In a response from an email, however, Gulf Air CEO Krešimir Kučko responded July 7 that the “CSeries order has been recently resolved with Bombardier after numerous discussions over the past period of time in mutual agreement, according to which Gulf Air will not proceed further with the delivery of any aircraft.”
The order had been in doubt since 2016, when the airline’s then-acting CEO said that he was looking at whether the CS100 still had a place in the airline’s future plans. The airline has been silent since.
Airbus completed a transaction July 1 for majority control of the CSeries program and owns a 50.01% stake in CSALP.
Kučko also confirmed reports that Gulf Air is considering joining one of the three main airline alliances. This follows the announcement earlier this year of Gulf Air’s long-term expansion plans and the start of a significant growth spurt in its fleet.
“As a strategic goal, Gulf Air is indeed considering approaching one of the three global airline alliances,” Kučko said. However, no decision would be taken until a study on the matter had been completed, he added.
(Alan Dron ATWOnline News)