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Gulf Air to Merge First, Business Classes

Bahrain : 21 February 2010

Sameer Majali, Chief Executive officer of Bahrain’s national carrier said that to slash costs, the Gulf Air will merge its first class and business class, from March 1.

Sameer Majali told that they have made a decision to opt for one super business class offering by merging the two cabins keeping the seating arrangement intact.

Majali told that one motive for the amendment was that bulk of Gulf Air’s traffic comprised passengers passing through Bahrain and it would be not be difficult to cater to them with only one best offer.

He said that the same product for all our airplanes will facilitate us.

The carrier has been discontinuing losing routes to reduce costs.

The worldwide fall in air travel demand has particularly hit airlines’ premium offers, with many companies changing their bookings to cheaper classes to reduce costs.

Australia’s Qantas said it would trim down its first class seats on several routes flown by its Airbus A380 aircraft fleet.

Gulf Air schedules to modify its order from wide-body to narrow body planes because it changes its route network to concentrate on regional traffic.

Gulf Air was founded as a regional airline but has struggled to secure its place. The ownership of the carrier was moved to Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat in 2007 after relinquishing of stakes by previous shareholders Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

Earlier this month, Mumtalakat disclosed that it would shift ownership rights of the carrier to the Bahraini government.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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