Gulf Air A330-300 order in doubt


Gulf Air's order for 20 A330-300s, placed in July 2008, is increasing looking doubtful. Delivery slots for A330s ordered in early 2008 were available as early as 2011. One would expect aircraft from this order to have been delivered by now, but as of September 2012, none have been built or delivered.

In June 2010, Airbus' order report showed a cancellation for four A330-300s but did not disclose the customer. In September 2012, another 10 A330-300s were cancelled, but again, Airbus did not disclose the customer. An analysis of Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database shows that Gulf Air is very likely to be this undisclosed customer as nearly all other A330-300 customers have been taking delivery of their aircraft, especially those who placed orders around 2008 and before. Gulf Air's A330-300 order is the only one that appears "stale".

Gulf Air also placed an order for a total of 24 787-8s in 2008 and 2009, but eight of these have already been cancelled.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Things With Wings?

Aviation Week's civil aviation blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Oct 8, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 21

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More
Sep 18, 2015

The U.S.-Russian Moon Landing That Never Happened (1963) 8

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is well known for the 1961 speech to Congress in which he made the Apollo program a national goal. Less remembered is his controversial offer two years later to cooperate with the Soviet Union on a manned lunar landing....More
Sep 10, 2015

Airbus A380 Is Your Hotel In The Sky (2001) 5

In a September 2001 advertisement, Airbus promised to bring glamour back to passenger travel with its new A380, comparing the double-decker airliner to a hotel....More
Sep 9, 2015

Pratt & Whitney's Record Behind the DC-6 Record (1947) 2

Pratt & Whitney takes to the cover of AVIATION to credit its Double Wasp engines for the DC-6's record transatlantic flight....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×