[photopress:air_Bjorn_Naf.jpg,full,alignright]Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has begun services to China with an inaugural flight to Shanghai on June 16.
Gulf Air chief executive officer BjÃ¶rn NÃ¤f, seens here, said, ‘Gulf Air’s first entry to the People’s Republic of China marks another significant and memorable milestone in the historic and friendly relationship that Bahrain and China have enjoyed for nearly two decades.’
Gulf Air is hoping to fly to more destinations in China as part of its expansion plans, BjÃ¶rn NÃ¤f said, ‘China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and we hope to make Gulf Air the national carrier of trade and investment between business friendly Bahrain and emerging world superpower China.’ [photopress:air_gulf_air.jpg,full,alignleft]
Presently a four-times-a-week service, it will be operated by an Airbus A340-300, offering first, business and economy class service. The service will be upgraded to daily flights, effective winter schedule 2008.
Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. But this flight only makes sense if oil stays under the $130 a barrel mark. If it soars above $150 or, even more disastrously $200 then this flight will be uneconomical.
Strange that an airline operating out of Bahrain should have its future tied to the price of oil.