Bahrain Airline MoU To Explore Maintenance Opportunities

Captain Waleed AlAlawi, acting CEO of Gulf Air and John Chisholm, chairman of Texel Air parent company Chisholm Enterprises at the signing in Bahrain.
Credit: Gulf Air

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air has signed an agreement with charter airline and MRO provider Texel Air to develop various cooperation opportunities, including charter agreements, engineering and maintenance activities.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the end of last month at Gulf Air’s headquarters in Bahrain by executives at both companies and will see a mutual exploration of these opportunities as a means of enhancing services. 

“We are always looking to discover ways to enhance our commercial partnerships, and to get involved in every related sector of the aviation industry," says Captain Waleed AlAlawi. "We are very impressed with this collaboration with Texel Air and look forward to embarking on mutually fruitful relations for the two parties.”

Gulf Air operates a fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft and seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Texel Air, formed in 2013 by John Chisholm, operates five aircraft for cargo purposes. These include one Boeing 737-300F, two 737-700FCs and one 737-800BCF delivered in December 2021, with another due in July 2022.

For maintenance services, Texel Air holds EASA line maintenance approval for Boeing 737 classic and next-generation variants, along with Airbus A320 aircraft. It also holds a BCAA line maintenance approval for the 737CL, NG and A320 along with a BCAA base maintenance approval for the 737 classic and next-generation aircraft.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.