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2 February 2008

Manama, Bahrain

Royal welcome for Bahrain Air


BAHRAIN Air's first aircraft received a royal welcome when it arrived at the Bahrain International Airport yesterday.


The welcome party for the A320 Airbus included Bahrain Air chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, managing director Ibrahim Al Hamer, commercial operations director Mohammed Fakhri and maintenance and operations director Captain Ahmed Yaqubi.


Civil Aviation Affairs Under-Secretary Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, Bahrain International Airport Company chairman Sheikh 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 takes off at 7am today. 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.


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