Gulf Air has canceled orders for two Airbus A319ceo aircraft.
The Bahrain-based carrier has been reshaping its fleet with greater emphasis on regional, rather than long-haul, operations and has ordered Airbus A320 family aircraft in both the current A320ceo and forthcoming A320neo configurations.
Immediately prior to last month’s Bahrain International Air Show, the island state’s Transportation Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed said the carrier was in talks with all its aircraft suppliers—it also has the Boeing 787 and Bombardier CSeries on order—and that numbers of aircraft on order could change.
Nobody was available from Gulf Air to comment on the cancellation despite repeated requests from ATW.
Gulf Air has been heavily in the red, but is anticipated to announce it has more than halved its losses when it publishes its annual accounts next month. It also anticipates a further, albeit considerably smaller, reduction in its deficit in 2014.