Safran Landing Systems sign a $1.9bn deal with Gulf Air
PUBLISHED: 12:18 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 30 January 2018
The Staverton-based firm has signed a $1.9bn deal to supply Gulf Air Dreamliners and Airbus aircraft with its world-leading landing and braking system
Safran Landing Systems will equip the Bahrain airline’s new fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A320neo with its award-winning equipment.
A long-time partner of Safran, Gulf Air Deputy CEO Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi said: “We selected Safran Landing Systems for its high dispatch reliability and simplified maintenance, as well as their weight advantage resulting in lower fuel burn.
“Safran Landing Systems is a reliable partner of Gulf Air and we are pleased with our choice towards a wheels and brakes technology of renowned quality to equip our new fleet that will enter into service later this year.”
Vincent Mascré, Safran Landing Systems CEO, said: “Our carbon brake technology is an ideal choice with regard to the requirements of cost, efficiency and expected performance.
“We are delighted and proud to have earned the trust of Gulf Air and we are fully committed to supporting the entry into service of their 787-9 and A320neo fleets.”
Gulf Air started operating in 1950 and was one of the first commercial airlines in the Middle East.
Today, it serves 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents.
This new modern fleet hails a new era for the airline, renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality and as a lifetime sponsor of the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Safran employs 58,000 people worldwide and is a partner to 30 major commercial, military, business and regional aircraft manufacturers.
More than 27,000 aircraft make 54,000 landings every day thanks to its landing and braking gear.