Arabian Business, Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Shaaban 29, 1440
Bahrain's Gulf Air inks key deals during royal visit to France
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.