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Bahrain's Gulf Air inks $100m fleet support deal

Carrier signs five-year agreement to extend Rolls-Royce support for fleet of six A330 planes

Bahrain's Gulf Air inks $100m fleet support deal
Gulf Air

Bahrain's Gulf Air has signed a five-year agreement to extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare support for its fleet of six A330 aircraft powered by Trent 700 engines.

The agreement worth just over $100m extends the previous five-year agreement that was signed in 2009, the airline said in a statement.

Gulf Air acting CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam and Andrew Harper, Rolls-Royce vice president - Customers, Civil Large Engines signed the agreement at the 2014 Bahrain International Airshow.

Al Musallam said: “We are happy to extend our agreement with Rolls-Royce... In addition to maximising engine availability, essential towards meeting high fleet utilisation targets, TotalCare also allows and provides forward visibility of service costs, facilitating tighter fiscal control, increasingly important as Gulf Air transitions from a period of restructuring to one of development.”

Harper added: “We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with the airline.”

The relationship between Gulf Air and Rolls-Royce stretches back to 1966, when the airline ordered a Dart-powered Fokker 27 aircraft and subsequently the RB211 engines for its Tristar Fleet.

In 1999 Gulf Air operated its first A330 and today the airline operates a fleet of six A330s. The aircraft, which service Gulf Air’s long-haul destinations in Europe and Asia, are integral to the airline’s fleet, Gulf Air said.

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