Posted on: 29 October 2010 by Mark Howells
Two Embraer 190s have been delivered Gulf Air under a new agreement with Fort Lauderdale-based lessor Jetscape, just seven months after the carrier introduced two Embraer 170s to the fleet.
Gulf Air’s E-190s will provide regional and medium-haul services from Bahrain. Configured in a dual-class layout, featuring 12 seats in business class and 84 in economy, the aircraft features individual inflight entertainment (IFE) systems.
“The combination of the E-170 and the E-190 in Gulf Air’s fleet will give us greater flexibility to right-size aircraft to meet route demands and ensure optimum comfort for our passengers,” said Gulf Air chief executive officer, Samer Majali. “This marks a significant achievement for our expansion programme, reinforcing the company’s position as the carrier with the largest number of Middle East connections.”
“We are delighted to welcome Gulf Air as a new Jetscape customer. With these deliveries, Gulf Air becomes Jetscape’s first Embraer 190 customer in the rapidly growing Middle East aviation market,” noted John Evans, Jetscape’s chairman and CEO. “We appreciate Gulf Air’s trust in Jetscape, and we are also grateful for Embraer’s co-operation to enable the successful completion of this transaction.”
Jetscape’s senior debt financing for these aircraft was provided by DVB Bank SE.