• His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain hosts further meetings
  • Saudi Gulf Airlines orders 10 Airbus A320neo with further option for 10 more to the value of US$2.1bn
  • Bell confirm sales of AH-1Z Attack Helicopter to Royal Bahraini Air Force at US$912M
  • Construction of New Air Traffic Control Centre announced
  • Gulf Air Completes Sales and Leaseback of 6 Airbus A320neo to support future acquisitions
  • Gulf Air Group Holding to increase shares in Bahrain Airport Services to 44 per cent
  • New joint venture to invest in and operate Bahrain International Airport’s F&B offerings
  • Bahrain Airport Company awards contract for design and supervision of BD 22 million Cargo Area

Thursday 15th November 2018: Day two of the Bahrain International Airshow saw His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of the Kingdom of Bahrain in attendance hosting further meetings with chalet holders, senior international government figures and touring the exhibition hall. 

Aircraft and engine orders came from Saudi Gulf Airlines for 10 Airbus A320neo with an option for a further 10 plus valued at US$2.1bn and 45 CFM LEAP 1A engines valued at US$1bn. 

At a signing ceremony with MG Major General Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, RBAF Commander and LTG Charles Hooper, DSCA (Defence Security Cooperation Agency) Director, the Royal Bahraini Air Force also confirmed the purchase of 12 Bell AH-1Z attack helicopters valued at US$912m. 

The day also saw further investments in Bahrain’s aerospace infrastructure by Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications including the construction of a new Air Traffic Control Centre, supply of air navigation equipment from Leonardo and a two-year contract with DFS Aviation Services for the provision of manpower for air navigation services. 

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) also confirmed the appointment of French engineering company Egis as a consultant to provide design and supervision services for Bahrain International Airport’s new Cargo Area, a state-of-the-art facility that will help turn logistics and air cargo into one of Bahrain’s primary industries. 

Minister for Transportation and Telecommunication and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS, His Excellency Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed said, “It’s been a productive day of high-level meetings for our show participants. The feedback from participants in the exhibition hall and chalets has been extremely positive. 

“The aviation investments announced today will boost Bahrain’s status as a transportation hub and once completed add significant value to Bahrain’s economic prosperity.” 

Farnborough International’s Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer, added, “We’ve worked with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications since the airshow’s inception and we are delighted by how the show has grown. Participation is up by 35% with 187 companies either exhibiting or taking a chalet in the show. The Saudi Gulf Airlines order announcement today is further endorsement of the show as a platform for business.” 

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