Bahrain's budget carrier gets royal welcome
Manama, February 3, 2008
Bahrain's new budget carrier Bahrain Air received a royal welcome when its first aircraft arrived at the Bahrain International Airport on Saturday.
The welcome party for the A320 Airbus included Bahrain Air chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, managing director Ibrahim Al Hamer, commercial operations director Mohammed Fakhri and maintenance and operations director Captain Ahmed Yaquby.
Civil Aviation Affairs Under-Secretary Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, Bahrain International Airport Company chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa and Bahrain Airport Services officials were also present.
The celebration featured a cake-cutting ceremony and speeches.
The airline's first commercial flight to Dubai took off at 7am today (Sunday).
The carrier has three aircraft already in place and plans to introduce a further four by the end of the year. By 2010 the airline intends to have 10 aircraft.
Bahrain Air's plan is to serve the GCC, Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.-TradeArabia News Service
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