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Historic flight by Gulf Air

GULF Air became the first full-service airline to land at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai yesterday.

The special flight from Bahrain carrying Gulf Air executives was welcomed by officials at the airport in Jebel Ali.

During the official airport opening, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed Gulf Air's acting chief executive Maher Salman Al Musallam.

Gulf Air will be the first full-service carrier to launch a daily service to Al Maktoum International when flights start from Bahrain on December 8.

The new service is aimed at travellers who visit areas close to the airport, including Arabian Ranches, Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City and Palm Jumeriah.

It is in addition to the 51 flights a week Gulf Air currently operates into Dubai International Airport.

The carrier intends to operate its new A320 aircraft, equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment technology, on all of its flights between Bahrain International Airport and Al Maktoum International.

Al Maktoum International is serviced by one main runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to seven million passengers per year.

The first commercial flight to arrive at the airport was Wizz Air flight W6 2497, from Budapest, Hungary.

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways will also commence operations from the airport with two weekly flights starting October 31.



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