Bahrain’s Gulf Air has expanded a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines and added a new leisure destination to its network as part of its ‘boutique airline strategy’.
A Kuala Lumpur route, the capital of Malaysia, will commence from July 2020 with daily flights operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The airline’s network is expanding to strengthen the current reach by adding feeder cities to balance traffic from the east and west of the Kingdom.
With its boutique business model that was announced earlier this year, Gulf Air has started its fleet modernisation program and has received seven new Dreamliners and five A320neos.
“This is very exciting for us at Gulf Air to reach further places and connect multiple cities in the East and the West to our hub, the Kingdom of Bahrain,” said Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air’s CEO.
“We are glad to resume operations to Kuala Lumpur; a destination known for its leisure and business appeal. We will be operating daily flights to the Malaysian capital as it has proven to be an extremely popular destination to our passengers.”
The airline also announced a codeshare expansion with Turkish Airlines following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two carriers.
Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Turkish Airlines’ flights from Bahrain to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and from Istanbul Airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin, Zurich and Thessaloniki.
The agreement will see Turkish Airlines place its ‘TK’ code on Gulf Air’s flights from Bahrain to Dubai, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot and Manila.
In November 2017, Gulf Air signed the main codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines which doubled the travel opportunities for Gulf Air and Turkish Airlines passengers with two jointly operated daily flights between Bahrain and Istanbul at the time.