Gulf Air Retires Its Last Airbus A330

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Gulf Air yesterday retired its last Airbus A330 yesterday. The 20-year-old aircraft was the last of its type in the Gulf Air fleet, which now uses the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for long haul operations.

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In March this year, Gulf Air will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its first flight. The flag carrier of Bahrain was originally founded in 1950. Now, 70 years later, another page of the history book has closed as the airline has stored its last Airbus A330 to be retired. The last aircraft has always been owned by Gulf Air , however, was once leased in its history.

The Airbus A330 that was retired yesterday was most recently registered as A9C-KE. According to
Planespotters.net , the aircraft was first delivered to Gulf Air in May 2000. As a result, it is 19.8 years old. The A330 holds the manufacturer’s serial number 224 and was originally registered as A9O-KE.
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Following just a year in service, the aircraft was leased out to TAM Linhas Aéreas in June of 2001. It remained with TAM for just over a year under the registration PT-MSD. In September 2002, it returned to Gulf Air. Then, in December 2007, the aircraft received its final registration, A9C-KE.

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