Great Success; Bahrain’s Gulf Air ends Dubai Airshow with notable deals

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, concluded its participation in the Dubai Airshow 2021 with great success, signing a number of agreements and using the event as a platform to showcase its fleet, products, and services.

During the airshow, Gulf Air displayed its flagship aircraft the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and its state-of-the-art cabins in its iconic 70th-anniversary livery. Gulf Air’s executive delegation represented the airline and organized a variety of networking events and meetings with partners and vendors.

The key signings included a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates to explore developing a codeshare partnership cooperation, an enhanced MoU with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport to introduce direct flights between the Emirate and Bahrain, a Letter of Intent (LOI) with EGYPTAIR to explore fields of cooperation.

Other signings include an agreement with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance for CFM56-5B engine support, an agreement with Safran for maintenance, revision and overhaul (MRO) operations on the landing gear of six Airbus A321 and one A320.

Captain Waleed AlAlawi
Captain Waleed AlAlawi
Acting CEO
Gulf Air

“I would like to thank and congratulate the authorities in Dubai for the warm welcome the UAE extended to us during this successfully organized airshow where our participation was fruitful as we’ve met, networked and sealed deals with a number of partners in the aviation industry. As the first major airshow after the pandemic, this was a very important event for key industry players to attend and conclude major business transactions. Next year we will be welcoming the world to our own Bahrain International Airshow and host our industry friends in our beloved Kingdom.”

The Dubai Airshow was the only live and in-person aerospace event in 2021, with over 1,200 exhibitors, 148 country representations, more than 80 start-ups, and over 20 country pavilions.

The event also featured a static display park & flying display activities which included the world’s most advanced aircraft on the ground and in the air. Including Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, over 160 aircraft were on display from top international aerospace leaders.

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