Bahrain is the latest Middle Eastern state to put down a marker in the
third-party MRO marketplace. The kingdom's airline Gulf Air has
wrestled with its MRO options since Bahrain's split with former
fellow-owners, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar. In the glory days of Gulf
Air, maintenance was the job of Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (Gamco) in
Abu Dhabi. However, shortly after the launch of Etihad as the new Abu
Dhabi-based United Arab Emirates national airline, Gamco was renamed
Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and Gulf Air withdrew its business. After a dalliance with SR Technics - now majority owned by Abu Dhabi's
investment company Mubadala - Bahrain has turned eastwards and teamed
with Singapore's SIA Engineering (SIAEC). Continue reading...
SIAEC maintains Gulf Air aircraft in Bahrain. Here is an SIAEC engineer performing engine work.
(Photo: Gulf Air)