Gulf Air has awarded Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) a support contract covering its A320neo/ceo and A321neo/ceo fleet.

    The long-term agreement includes pool access, repair, advanced pool and transportation support.

    Gulf Air ordered A320neo and A321neo aircraft in 2016 as part of a strategy to progressively replace its older A320ceo models.

    The airline noted that the new aircraft would require investment in neo-specific components “to guarantee the availability of necessary spare parts from AFI KLM E&M”.

    Under the agreement, AFI KLM E&M will provide comprehensive component maintenance by-the-hour support covering component exchange, repair, overhaul, modification, reliability monitoring and logistics services.

    The agreement represents a renewal of an earlier contract for similar support services for a term of six years.

    “AFI KLM E&M has demonstrated, during our relationship spanning over more than 10 years, that they are the right partner for Gulf Air as we drive forward with our fleet renewal programme in preparation to welcome more new aircraft to replace and modernise our fleet,” said Gulf Air’s acting chief executive officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi.

    “AFI KLM E&M was able to adapt its components offer to our renewed fleet. Throughout a long and positive relationship, we were able to appreciate the quality of service and the reliability that AFI KLM E&M brings. Their expertise and their airline-MRO profile, which gives them a perfect understanding of our operations, convinced us to extend our partnership.”

    AFI KLM E&M’s SVP commercial Fabrice Defrance commented: “Gulf Air’s renewed confidence in us is undoubtedly an asset for our development in a region where MRO needs are growing rapidly. Our leading position in component maintenance, repair and adaptive solutions ensures that AFI KLM E&M delivers unmatched reliability and experience to our customers.”

    Earlier this week AFI KLM E&M had a component support contract with Corendon Dutch Airlines renewed and extended by the carrier.