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Gulf Air wants Airbus and Boeing’s aircraft are late, Deputy CEO told Reuters

© Reuters.Gulf Air CEO Waleed Abdul Hamid al Alawi attends an interview in Muharraq


Alexander Cornwell

Dubai (Reuters)-Gulf Air in Bahrain is in talks with Airbus and Boeing (NYSE :) to delay the delivery of some aircraft as the pandemic continues to disrupt travel around the world. The CEO said on Sunday.

Airlines around the world have postponed deliveries and canceled orders in hopes of a long-standing recovery from a pandemic that has crushed global travel demand.

State-owned Gulf Air expects delivery of the Airbus A320neo to be put on hold until 2022, but hopes to receive at least three large A321neos this year, acting CEO Waled Abdulhameed Al Alawi told Reuters. ..

We are also discussing with Boeing about a new delivery schedule for the five 787-9 Dreamliners we ordered, and we will receive some this year.

Airbus and Boeing declined to comment.

Unlike some other airlines, Gulf Air does not have a domestic market to prevent border closures.

The airline currently flies to about half of the 49 destinations it operated before the pandemic and expects to be able to resume flights to all destinations by the end of 2023.

“We are very optimistic that the situation will improve and we will utilize most of our fleet from now until the end of the year,” said Al Alawi.

“I think we’ll survive the storm and get out of a strong situation. We’re very positive. It’s only a matter of time, but certainly we stay in the market.”

He said he hopes that the availability of vaccines will help the public regain confidence in travel.

Last year, the airline cut private jobs and received 36 million dinars ($ 95.6 million) from state owners, according to a government bond prospectus seen by Reuters.

We also canceled an order for 10 Airbus A220s, which were signed when they were Bombardier (OTC :) C Series.

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Gulf Air wants Airbus and Boeing’s aircraft are late, Deputy CEO told Reuters Gulf Air wants Airbus and Boeing’s aircraft are late, Deputy CEO told Reuters

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