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    SYNOPSIS: BURBANK, Calif., Jan. --The first of a fleet of Lockheed TriStar transports for Gulf Air has been delivered to the airline in ceremonies at Lockheed in California.

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    Gulf Air TriStar taxis

    Crowther at lectern

    VIPs at luncheon ceremony

    Wood seated

    Wood at lectern

    Wood and His Excellency Hands signing

    His Excellency

    HE & Wood shake hands

    Crowther at lectern

    Nat's flags centrepiece

    His Excellency seated

    His Excellency at lectern

    Falcon centrepiece TriStar tail TriStar interior views Coffee ceremony

    His Excellency

    TriStar taxi

    TriStar takeoff


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    Background: SYNOPSIS: BURBANK, Calif., Jan. --The first of a fleet of Lockheed TriStar transports for Gulf Air has been delivered to the airline in ceremonies at Lockheed in California. The airline will introduce its TriStar Service--between London and the Gulf States--on April 1.

    H. David Crowther, Director of Public Relations, Lockheed-California Company
    Preparation for today's ceremony actually started back in mid-1974, when Gulf's evaluations indicated that the airline was growing at such a rapid pace that wide-bodied equipment would be needed to maximize operating efficiency and meet anticipated passenger demand.

    Our luncheon host today is our most dedicated and conscientious Middle Eastern business representative the president of the Lockheed-California Company, Mr. D. O. Wood.

    D. O. Wood
    You might think with all the experience we have had in delivering commercial aircraft, we at Lockheed might tend to take these ceremonies for granted. After all, we have delivered 122 L-1011s.

    However, once you see this particular aircraft and realize what it means to Gulf Air and to the Gulf States of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, you will see that it is a very special delivery.

    We at Lockheed are proud to have built this aircraft for Gulf Air.

    It is with great pleasure that I sign over the log books to Gulf Air, Your Excellency.

    His Excellency, Salim bin Nassir Al Busaidi
    It is also my pleasure to accept from lockheed the first TriStar
    Thank you very much.

    A distinguished representative of the Gulf States an ever more prominent leader in world aviation and our host for today's demonstration flight is Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Communication for the Sultanate of Oman and Managing Director of Gulf Air, His Excellency, Salim bin Nassir Al Busaidi.

    His Excellency, Salim bin Nassir Al Busaidi
    With the introduction of four new Lockheed TriStars, of which this is the first, we become not only the third largest airline in the Arab world, but one of the fastest expanding airlines in the history or world aviation.

    Our emblem, like that of the United States, is a bird, the Golden Falcon, which you see on this aircraft as well as on the others in our fleet.

    Our aim is to make Gulf Air as symbolic of our beloved homelands as the falcon symbolizes Arab style, strength, and service. Already it unites us--particular Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and United Arab Emirates--in the same way our common culture and history unites us.

    This is the importance of Gulf Air, and the importance of this fine aircraft, this beautiful bird.

    It gives me on behalf of the four shareholding states, great pride and pleasure to accept this plane, this beautiful Golden Falcon, into service.

    The Rolls-Royce-powered TriStars for Gulf Air are extended-rang versions of the basic jetliner, and were designed with the most luxurious interior of any commercial airliner in service. Four will be delivered to Gulf Air this year; another four are on option.

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