Gulf Air reveals cabin details on future Airbus Boeing fleet
Bahraini national carrier Gulf Air has disclosed details of some of the cabin facilities it plans to install in its future fleet at the Farnborough Airshow.
The airline announced in January a series of new and adjusted contracts with both Airbus and Boeing that will shape its future complement of aircraft.
It has selected the Thales’s AVANT inflight entertainment system on its new fleet of 787-9s, A320neos and A321neos, totaling 39 aircraft. The first 787-900 and A320neo deliveries are scheduled for 2018, with delivery of the A321neo beginning in 2020.
Thales says that AVANT will provide passengers with “a fully customizable passenger experience”. It consists of a series of options for airlines including high-definition touchscreen monitors, intuitive handsets, peripherals to integrate with personal electronic devices, a catalog of apps and games and in-seat power.
Boeing 787-9 and A320neo entry into service will begin in 2018. The A321neo deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020
Meanwhile, it has selected B/E Aerospace to supply the business class seating for the new Boeing 787s.
Gulf Air CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam said the airline is “enhancing the entire spectrum of [its] onboard product offering and, with this key partnership we are confident that the passenger experience will be elevated.”
B/E Aerospace CEO Werner Lieberherr added: “Our seats will provide the Gulf Air passenger with enhanced comfort and functionality within the business class cabin.”
The new business class seat will be jointly developed with Gulf Air to provide Gulf Air’s passengers with enhanced living space, functionality and comfort.