This is SMBC Aviation Capital’s first deal with Gulf Air and follows a competitive tender process.
The announcement was made at the Bahrain International Airshow.
Delivery of Gulf Air’s Airbus A320neo aircraft commenced from August 2018. The airline currently serves all its destinations with a combination of wide and narrow body fleet. It has orders for 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft with delivery having commenced in early 2018.
Gulf Air’s incoming fleet will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to one Airbus A320neo aircraft. Alongside this, in 2018 the airline continued to enhance its product and service offering, launched six new destinations and expanded its network to serve 47 cities in 26 countries.
Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital, added: “We are very pleased to partner with Gulf Air to assist with the airline’s ambitious fleet expansion plans. The A320neo incorporates the latest in aviation technology to provide our airline customers with a more modern, fuel efficient aircraft. As a new customer and our first entry into the Kingdom of Bahrain, we look forward to working alongside Gulf Air for the coming years.”
SMBC Aviation Capital currently has 20 A320neos in its portfolio and an order book of 129 A320neos.
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