The national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air has recently announced a partnership between AAR and Gulf Technics to provide Gulf Air with an integrated supply chain and component repair solution. The five-year program began in April 2011.
The partnership between AAR and Gulf Technics will combine parts supply, distribution, component repair, information technology, and logistics capabilities to help Gulf Air cost-effectively and more safely operate its Airbus fleet.
AAR and Gulf Technics will manage the rotable components supply chain for 14 A320s, 10 A330s and four A340 aircrafts. In addition to the rotable program, the two partners are exploring a joint supply chain and component repair capability.
This joint supply chain and component repair capacity was outlined in an LOA and signed by both AAR and Gulf Technics in March 2011.
Division President, AAR Allen Asset Management, John Holmes says the program builds upon the excellent relationship AAR and GT have established with Gulf Air in support of their operations and will leverage their extensive planning.
Holmes added that as they focus on executing the program, they are also working closely with GT to develop a joint supply chain and component repair capability to serve Gulf Air, as well as other Airbus operators in the Middle East and North Africa.
GT is just as excited by this achievement as they strive to provide a fantastic program for Gulf Air and Bahrain. The partnership with AAR will bring direct benefits to Gulf Air, as well as to the economy and technical sector in Bahrain, says Ahmed Elnenaey of GT.
Elnenaey is the Head of Research and Business development for GT, and he adds that the program is only the launch pad for a greater endeavor to establish a competitive aviation asset management hub in Bahrain.