Paris, France (June 20, 2011) - Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has selected International Aero Engines AG to power six A321 aircraft, becoming a launch customer for IAE's new V2500 SelectTwo™ engine. These extended-range Airbus platforms will be delivered in 2012, marking Gulf Air's initial application of V2500 engines into its fleet.
"We are pleased to be selected to provide Gulf Air with not only their first V2500 power-plants, but as the first customer to order our new SelectTwo offering," said Ian Aitken, president of IAE. "I am confident they made the right decision based on performance, reliability and maintainability that the V2500 SelectTwo will provide for their fleet."
The value of the contract is approximately $180M.
"The competitive fleet hourly offering from IAE and fuel burn advantage were key
characteristics that assured us that the V2500 was the right engine for us," explained
Samer Majali, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air. "Superb technology and world-class reliability were also important factors in our decision."
Source: Gulf Air Selects IAE power for A321 aircraft
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