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Press release

The Gulf Air agreement with AFI KLM E&M for full component support for its Airbus A320 family fleet

Paris, Amstelveen, Bahrain, April 27, 2021

Gulf Air continues its historic relationship with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance by renewing the contract with them for total equipment support for its Airbus A320neo/ceo family fleet.

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 A320neo/ceo and A321neo/ceo fleet. This long-term agreement includes pool access, repair, advanced pool and transportation support.

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In 2016, Gulf Air ordered A320neo and A321neo aircraft to progressively replace the older A320ceo models. In order to be efficiently supported, these recent and higher standard aircraft will require investment in “neo” specific components to guarantee the availability of necessary spare parts from AFI KLM E&M, its incumbent and now confirmed supplier. Under the agreement, AFI KLM E&M will provide comprehensive component maintenance-By-the-Hour support covering component exchange, repair, overhaul, modification, reliability monitoring and logistics services for Gulf Air’s new fleet of A320neo family aircraft and the older A320ceo fleet until they are phased out. This agreement is a renewal of an earlier contract for similar support services for a term of 6 years.

AFI KLM E&M programme, renowned for its flexibility and high level of customisation, is well established and popular among its global customers. For a fixed rate per hour, the airlines select a range of support services and pay a corresponding flight per hour rate, which is pre-determined. In this way, operators are able to keep operating costs low and also minimise fixed asset inventory holdings in terms of spares or maintenance equipment.

“AFI KLM E&M has demonstrated, during our relationship spanning over more than 10 years, that they are the right partner for Gulf Air as we drive forward with our fleet renewal programme in preparation to welcome more new aircraft to replace and modernise our fleet. AFI KLM E&M was able to adapt its components offer to our renewed fleet. Throughout a long and positive relationship, we were able to appreciate the quality of service and the reliability that AFI KLM E&M brings. Their expertise and their Airline-MRO profile, which gives them a perfect understanding of our operations, convinced us to extend our partnership.”

Captain Waleed AlAlawi

Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer


“Gulf Air's renewed confidence in us is undoubtedly an asset for our development in a region where MRO needs are growing rapidly. Our leading position in component maintenance, repair and adaptive solutions ensures that AFI KLM E&M delivers unmatched reliability and experience to our customers.”

Fabrice Defrance

AFI KLM E&M SVP Commercial

AFI KLM E&M can rely on a strong global network to maintain its presence in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region and already has a large number of customers in these geographical areas, enabling it to respond quickly to demand in an appropriate manner.

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Gulf Air currently serves all its destinations with a combination of wide and narrow body fleet. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering. 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.

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom's on-going economic growth. With its mobile app and Bahrain stopover programme, the airline promotes Bahrain as a tourist destination to the world. Gulf Air has been the Title Sponsor of the FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX ever since it made history as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East in 2004. In addition, the airline has been Official Carrier of the biennial Bahrain International Airshow since it was first held in 2010.

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