Gulf Air announces US$10 million investment
Gulf Air Thursday announced a US$10 million investment in new First and Business class skybeds, which will see the airline offering the most comfortable seating and sleeping environment in the skies.
The airline has signed a contract with EADS Sogerma to provide First Class and Business Class seats for a full refit programme across its Airbus A330 fleet, with an option for the A340 refurbishment later on.
In the First Class cabin, EADS Sogerma's Class 180 seats will be installed.
The Class 180 configuration offers a private ‘cabin’ space for each passenger, which can transform into a fully functional bed, offering a unique combination of comfort and privacy. Another unique feature to be incorporated in the re-fit will be a dedicated changing room, enabling passengers on night flights to comfortably change into their Gulf Air sleep suits or other attire to further enhance the quality of sleep.
The Evolys meanwhile offers an exclusive lounge-bed sleeper position, scientifically proven to be the healthiest and most comfortable sleeping position for air travellers.
Each model will be customised to Gulf Air’s exact requirements.
The new skybeds are to be installed as part of a complete cabin refurbishment, which starts in February 2005 and will include the enhancement of in-flight entertainment systems. The first refurbished aircraft will be in operation from March, serving destinations including London, Frankfurt and Paris. The full refit programme will be complete by July 2005.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air, said: “This investment means Gulf Air will offer the most comfortable seating and sleeping environment in the skies today. Our new seats are the most advanced in the market and will offer the highest levels of luxury, privacy and spaciousness in the industry."
“In the last 18 months, we have introduced many ground-breaking and award-winning new services for our premium travellers, including Sky Chefs in First Class, new menus, new departure and arrivals lounges across the network and new chauffeur and fast track check-in facilities."
“With the introduction of these new skybeds, we put in place another piece of the jigsaw in the turnaround of Gulf Air. Our premium passengers can now be sure that every element of their journey, that they are truly experiencing the best in air travel.” (menareport.com)
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