Neos Boeing 787 First Arrival in GBI
The Islands of the Bahamas welcomed for the first time, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, at the Grand Bahama International Airport, on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 where the flight arrived non-stop from Milan, Italy.
European tour operator, Alpitour, has added the long-haul fuel-efficient aircraft to the fleet, operated by Neos, a leisure airline, subsidiary of Alpitour, operating out of Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy.
The U.S. made, wide body, twin-jet engine airline is expected to bring approximately 120 passengers to Grand Bahama Island on a weekly basis, however, has a seating capacity of up to 335 passengers, with three-class seating configurations.
Karen Seymour, Director, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, GBI, said, "This is the only European service coming in direct to Grand Bahama so it's a significant service for the island."
She added that "The European visitor is extremely valuable to the island because they have a tendency to stay between 7-12 days where they patronize quite a few of the activities on island."
Entering the fifth summer season to GBI the annual Alpitour vacation program, features the 276-room, Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort. The resort is well known for the “Villaggi Bravo Club” all-inclusive experience, with newly refurbished rooms, a wide range of dining options, live entertainment and non-motorized sports, all located on the pristine Fortune Beach.
Ellison "Tommy" Thompson, Deputy Director General, MOTA, said, "The Alpitour Group has actually extended their program into Grand Bahama this summer, so we have an extra three rotations... the program is doing really well and we're really happy about that."
The 2018 Alpitour program commenced on May 17th and continues through September 6th. The aircraft is shared with a similar program located in Cancun, Mexico.