• Joe Breitfeller

Gulf Air Carries out First In-House ‘C’ Checks on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320neo

Gulf Air has achieved a major maintenance milestone by carrying out their first-ever in house ‘C’ checks on both a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320neo. The checks were carried out in Bahrain by Gulf Air’s team of engineers and technicians.

Gulf Air Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Airbus

On Thursday (April 22, 2021), Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced a major milestone as the airline carried out their first-ever in house ‘C’ check on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner C-Check is Gulf Air’s second major milestone, as the company insourced the first C-Check of an Airbus A320neo last year. The check was carried out by Gulf Air’s professional team of engineers and technicians, comprised of over 90 percent of qualified Bahraini staff. The achievement affirms the airline’s technical capabilities and ongoing efforts to streamline operations for greater operational quality standards, efficiency and cost reductions.

At a socially-distanced ceremonial event marking the occasion, Gulf Air’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed, AlAlawi, said,

Gulf Air Celebrates First In House Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-Check - Courtesy Gulf Air

“The successful completion of this milestone demonstrates our strong in-house technical expertise and capabilities – for which I congratulate the entire Gulf Air’s Technical Division. I look forward to marking additional accomplishments over the coming months utilizing our robust aircraft maintenance system that delivers the highest quality and standards of aircraft maintenance while providing an opportunity for necessary cost savings for our national carrier. I also thank the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs for granting the necessary approval for carrying out this check.”

Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and normally serves 49 cities in 27 countries. From its hub at Bahrain International Airport, the airline offers twice daily service to 10 or more regional cities as well as international flights to the Indian subcontinent and Europe. Gulf Air currently operates a modern fleet of 33 narrow and widebody aircraft and by 2023 their fleet will consist of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 Airbus A320neos and 17 Airbus A321neos. The airline is known for its traditional Arabian hospitality and is committed to becoming an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of their guests.

Source: Gulf Air