The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Gulf Air have recently announced their plans to launch a “Rail & Fly” ticket combination that will allow passengers arriving from many of the airline's destinations to enjoy the benefit of low-cost rail travel to all leading cities across Germany and France.
All that business travellers who are interested in taking advantage of this offer need to do is purchase a flight ticket from Gulf Air that will either embark or disembark from either Frankfort ‘s or the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
The strategy behind Gulf Air’s thinking is that both of these major European countries are in key markets for the airline and the estimates are that this new agreement will go a long way to strengthening the airline’s presence in these countries. The hope is that by considerably subsidizing their customer’s internal travel within the mainland of Europe Gulf Air will provide an unrivalled service. According to a spokesman for Gulf Air, they will be looking very closely from the outset at the success or failure of the combination. If it works out as expected, the chances are that Gulf Air will reach agreements with other rail travel networks with a view of expanding the network.
From the part from the beginning of next month, Gulf Air will begin to operate twice weekly flights to both destinations with the situation to be viewed again at the end of September. To show how seriously they are treating this project, Gulf Air will be upgrading the aircraft for these routes to an Airbus A320ER, which will be offering a capacity of 110, fourteen in Falcon Gold class and the remaining 96 will be flying economy class.
Gulf Air anticipate that regular business clients will appreciate the fact that the flights to and from these major European destinations will be able to link up with other Gulf Air schedules such as Addis Ababa, Chennai, Islamabad, Jeddah, Karachi, Khartoum, Kochi and Mumbai, and from there on to thirteen destinations in Germany, and nineteen across France.
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