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Safran chosen by Gulf Air for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations on the landing gear of six Airbus A321 and one A320


MRO contract signature Gulf Air and Safran Landing Systems in Dubai

Dubai Airshow, November 18, 2021

Safran Landing Systems has signed a five-year contract with Gulf Air, the Bahrain's national airline, to carry out maintenance operations on the landing gear of six Airbus A321s and one A320. These operations will take place at Safran Landing Systems’ MRO center based in Gloucester, Safran Landing Systems Services UK Ltd.

Bruno Chiarelli, Executive VP MRO, Safran Landing Systems: "Gulf Air is a very important customer for the MRO Division of Safran Landing Systems and by awarding this contract to our Gloucester facility, for six A321 and one A320 landing gear shipsets over the next five years, Gulf Air has confirmed its confidence in the quality and performance of our network.

Captain Waleed AlAlawi, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air, said “the landing gear is one of the most critical equipment and it is very valuable to be able to work with Safran Landing Systems (SLS), which is one of the leading maintenance organizations for the gears in the industry. As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the A321 gears, Safran Landing Systems has a deep knowledge of its products, and it is this aspect which will ensure highest standard of safety, quality and maintenance standards for Gulf Air. We are looking forward to working closely with SLS on this project.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. The airline operates scheduled flights from its hub at Bahrain International Airport to cities in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Gulf Air is rated Five Star Major Official Airline by APEX, a rating program that is based solely on certified passengers’ feedback. This milestone for Gulf Air is a testament to the success of its “boutique” strategy and the ongoing enhancements to its products and services.

Safran Landing Systems Services UK Ltd is a world leader in landing gear MRO. It has over 220 employees specializing in the repair and overhaul of landing gears and associated components for single-aisle, military and regional aircraft. The center started its activities in 1997 and over +1000 shipsets of A320 family landing gears have been revised there, to date.

MRO activities draw on our Landing Life support and services offer, which covers all Safran Landing Systems' after-sales business and aims to provide a responsive, reliable and good-value service.

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Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. The company has partnerships with 20 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, and supports 27,000 aircraft.

For further details: www.safran-group.com and www.safran-landing-systems.com / Follow @Safran and @SafranLandingS on Twitter.

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