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15/06/2015 - New Airbus Fleet Contract Confirms Long-Term Relationship Between Gulf Air and AFI KLM E&M

Component support contracts include access to spares located in the Gulf area.

Paris, Amstelveen, 15 June 2015 - AFI KLM E&M and Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, have announced the signing of a support contract for the airline's all-Airbus fleet. The contract covers component support for sixteen A320s, six A321s and six A330s and includes the provision of a Main Base Kit in Bahrain and access to the spares pools located in Dubai, CDG and other Pool locations of AFI KLM E&M

Full-blown engineering partnership
Under the terms of the component contract, AFI KLM E&M is embarking on an engineering cooperation initiative by supporting the airline as it develops and enhances its own in-house component maintenance capabilities. "This contract confirms the excellent working relationship we have maintained with Gulf Air for many years," emphasized Fabrice Defrance, SVP Commercial of AFI KLM E&M. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air acting CEO, added: "Our longstanding, positive relationship with AFI KLM E&M and the quality of the work provided during our earlier contracts mean that we had no hesitation in entrusting our aircraft to AFI KLM E&M support teams while the competitive nature of the offer proposed for the new component support contract was an additional incentive to enter into this agreement."

About Gulf Air
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totaling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline's signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.

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