Sakhir Airbase, Bahrain International Airshow, Kingdom of Bahrain January 2014: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced it has signed a three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement with JorAMCo, to meet the airline’s Heavy Maintenance and ‘C’ check fleet requirements. JorAMCo, a regional MRO facility based in Jordan was awarded the contract by Gulf Air following a successful bidding tender process through the Bahrain Tender Board.
Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, welcoming the agreement with JorAMCo at a signing ceremony held today at the 2014 Bahrain International Airshow in Sakhir Airbase commented, “Gulf Air is committed to achieving technical excellence in aircraft maintenance. JorAMCo’s vast experience and high quality technical expertise in the areas of Airframe Maintenance is the primary reason we selected the company as Gulf Air’s Heavy Maintenance and ‘C’ check MRO provider. Secondly, their close proximity to Bahrain has the added benefit that our aircraft will no longer have to leave the region for maintenance, thereby improving efficiency, decreasing turnaround time, reducing ferry charges and ultimately lowering Gulf Air’s operational costs while maintaining the highest quality of safety standards.”
Mr. Osama Fattaleh Chief Executive Officer of JorAMCo, said, "We are delighted that Gulf Air, a regional aviation pioneer, has selected JorAMCo as its Heavy Maintenance and ‘C’ check MRO provider for its wide and narrow-body Airbus fleet. With over 50-years’ experience in servicing a wide range of aircraft, including Airbus, Gulf Air is assured of high quality value solutions, superior maintenance services and on-time delivery.”
JorAMCo will provide Bahrain’s national carrier with Heavy Maintenance and ‘C’ checks including C1, C2, C3 and C4 checks for its fleet of 26 aircrafts - A330s, A320-ERs, A320s and A321s. All maintenance will be performed in its facilities at Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan. Gulf Air performs its own aircraft maintenance, up to and including A-checks, utilizing all the engineering resources available locally in Bahrain. The airline also fully manages its Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) functions which include engineering support services, aircraft systems and propulsion engineering, technical planning, airworthiness review and maintenance of fleet technical records.
Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Jamal Hashim, said, “Gulf Air’s entire engineering requirement is now based in Bahrain and the Middle East, yielding innumerable benefits for the airline, which directly improve efficiency and passenger experience. Greater aircraft technical dispatch reliability and higher aircraft availability allow us to operate more frequencies and improve our on-time performance; for which we are already a global leader.”
JorAMCo, a Jordanian based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, is a dynamic aircraft maintenance center that specializes in aircraft airframe services, components repair and overhaul for Airbus, Embraer and Boeing products. The EASA and FAA-approved MRO provides several regional and international operators with high quality efficient and competitive services and programs that include: heavy-base maintenance, technical support, shop and engineering.
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 36 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional capitals, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totaling 26 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.
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.
Gulf Air was the Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2013 and is the Official Airline and Sponsor of the Bahrain International Airshow 2014.