Bahrain builds MRO facility for Gulf Air

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Bahrain will construct an MRO facility for Gulf Air, while the state carrier has selected Jordanian MRO specialist Joramco as base maintenance provider in the short term.

The airline inked a three-year agreement with the Amman-based MRO provider, covering C-checks and heavy maintenance on Gulf Air’s narrow- and widebody fleet.

“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,” said the carrier’s acting chief executive Maher Salman Al Musallam during the contract signing at Bahrain air show.

In the past, Gulf Air employed Singapore Airlines’ engineering arm SIAEC for base maintenance checks.

Meanwhile, Bahrain plans to start construction works for an own MRO facility in the next few months, says transport minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed. “Hopefully within two years, we can see that Bahrainis and Gulf Air themselves can carry out their c-checks here in Bahrain”, he says.