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Bahrain's Gulf Air inks deal for new inflight entertainment package

National carrier signs agreement with Thales to supply entertainment system on 39 new aircraft on order

Bahrain's Gulf Air inks deal for new inflight entertainment package

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has announced the selection of Thales AVANT In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for the airline's 39 new aircraft orders of B787-900, A320 NEO and A321 NEO.

The first B787-900 and A320 NEO deliveries are scheduled for 2018 and the A321 NEO delivery will start in 2020, the airline said in a statement.

Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air CEO, said: “We are delighted to introduce an enhanced product and service offering onboard Gulf Air's newest aircraft - further appealing to passengers across the globe.

"We are committed to ongoing investment in the Gulf Air offering, to elevate our passenger experience. With Thales AVANT IFE system passengers now have greater entertainment options onboard, ensuring their comfort."

Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience added: "Thales is very proud to have been selected by Gulf Air, a longstanding Middle East airline. We are honoured to support Bahrain's national carrier in their goal of excellence in passenger experience. This selection represents a major win for Thales in the region, reinforcing our presence within the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Gulf Air recently announced restructured aircraft orders in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016, geared towards facilitating long-term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement. 

The orders comprise 45 aircraft in total, 39 of which will be equipped with the latest AVANT full high definition monitors, the most lightweight ever deployed.

The business cabin will be equipped with the Thales Touch Passenger Media Unit providing the opportunity to multi-task on a second screen, which enhances passenger experience.

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