GULF Air, the flag carrier of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar, has agreed to buy six 777s from Boeing and taken options on a further six.
The six definitely ordered are scheduled for delivered between 1997 and 2000, with the six options to follow.
Gulf Air becomes the 14th customer for the big twin-jet. Others are in Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East. A total of 136 planes have been ordered, and options have been taken on 100 more.
Gulf Air president and chief executive H.E. Salim bin Nasser Assiyabi said the agreement ''is further evidence of Gulf Air's vitality and confidence in the future growth of air traffic in the region''.
Operating from its headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, the airline will serve cities in Asia, Australia and Europe with the 777.
''Gulf Air's decision underscores the viability of the 777 for carriers operating in the region,'' said Seddik Balyamani, vice-president of international sales for Boeing.