Bahrain's Gulf Air inks key deals during royal visit to France

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, signs agreements with French-based companies including a $1bn deal for engines
Bahrain's Gulf Air inks key deals during royal visit to France
Gulf Air has signed a number of agreements with French-based companies.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 30 Apr 2019 01:50 PM

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has signed a number of agreements with French-based companies including a $1 billion deal for engines.

The agreements, signed during King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s visit to France, took place during a business lunch organised by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the MEDEF, France’s main organisation of business owners.

They included a deal between Gulf Air and CFM International for the purchase of 65 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A320 neo and 12 A321neo aircraft. The engine order is valued at about $1 billion at list price.

“Gulf Air proudly continues to work with companies based in the Republic of France, contributing to the strong ties between the two countries,” said Zayed bin Rashed Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the chairman of Gulf Air.

“We have had a long and close relationship with French firms and these agreements solidify the confidence the aviation industry in Bahrain has with France,” he added.

Other agreements include one with Thales for its Ka-band connectivity solution for its fleet, allowing passengers to browse the internet, check social media and shop onboard during their flights.

Gulf Air has also chosen Michelin to equip every aircraft in its fleet with tyres and signed with Safran an agreement to equip the airline’s new fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A320neo with landing systems wheels and brakes.

A deal was also agreed with Epcor for the maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping the airline’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Gulf Air serves 47 cities in 26 countries.

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