BAS inks Bahrain air show pact
Manama, January 18, 2010
Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) said it has signed a 'ground handling' agreement with Farnborough International, organisers of Bahrain International Airshow, to provide key strategic support for the Kingdom's inaugural event.
As per the agreement, BAS will provide the on-site equipment, jet cleaning and ground handling services to support the high-profile event being held in Bahrain for the first time.
The company will provide the crucial ground handling expertise as the Kingdom gears up to meet thousands of visitors and industry leaders for the debut air show to be held at the Sakhir Air Base from January 21 to 23, said the company.
'We are immensely proud to play a key strategic role in this event which the Kingdom of Bahrain is set to host. Farnborough represent the world’s most iconic aviation air show. The BAS partnership with the CAA represents our on-going commitment to providing award winning and internationally acclaimed aviation services to the Kingdom,' BAS chief executive officer Phil Bowel observed.
'Of all the air shows I have visited on every continent, none compare to the quality of the facilities that Bahrain has made available, and all Bahraini’s should be justly proud of event the CAA have produced for the Kingdom. Everyone should turn up to watch this tremendous aerial spectacular,' he added.
'Our people are our prime asset and a dedicated team will be on hand to look after all visiting aircraft, their passengers and crew throughout the event. They will be supported by the entire BAS team of over 3,000 staff to ensure only the highest standards of customer service are delivered, Bowel said.
“BAS will provide the BIAS with the necessary key logistics management and operational functions to support an event of this magnitude” DCO Salman Al Mahmeed added.
Deputy chairman of BIAS committee Captain Abdulrahman Al-Gaoud said the company plays a crucial and pivotal role in the Kingdoms airport operations.
'With nearly 9 million passengers arriving in Bahrain each year, BAS is an integral part in the country’s ability to support the delivery of world class events such as the air show,' Al-Gaoud noted.
BAS have invested heavily in improving operational efficiencies to optimize their resource deployment, a critical factor in enabling BAS to meet the growing demand for servicing activities and events within the kingdom,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service