Gulf Air flies high with Bahrain Air Show
Manama, January 20, 2010
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain and the sponsor of the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS), has taken the event sky high, literally.
A new A320 aircraft body, fully dressed up in BIAS livery, will be unveiled tomorrow (Jan 21) by Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali in the presence of senior government officials, VIPs and business partners at the Bahrain International Show grounds in Sakhir.
The air show is being held from January 21 to January.
“As the national carrier of the kingdom it is but natural for us to associate with such an international aviation event that has attracted global attention,” said Majali.
“The event has already created an excitement as it is being brought for the first time to the kingdom and Gulf Air is pleased to dedicate a fully-branded aircraft that will serve as the ambassador of this prestigious event.”
He added further, “Bahrain is one of the few economies that has successfully managed the economic downturn and has become a preferred business destination for major global businesses because of the “Business Friendly ‘government that has chartered out long-term development plan though its ‘Vision 2030’. I am sure the BIAS will become another landmark event in the Kingdom’s history.”
Shaun Ormrod, chief executive officer of Farnborough International Limited, said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain has become a prominent and popular destination for several mega events such as the Grand Prix, and we are pleased to bring BIAS to Bahrain. BIAS will not only add great value to the growing prominence of the Kingdom in the international arena but also open up vast business opportunities for the aerospace industry.”
The painting of the aircraft took 10 skilled artisans and technicians 700 man-hours and nearly one tonne of paint and 6,000 metres of masking tapes.
Bader Murad, aircraft analysis manager with Gulf Air, who designed the livery and got it painted in record time, said: “I wanted to create a design using the BIAS logo that embodies the spirit of nationalism and modernity and at the same time adds up to the beauty of Gulf Air brand.”
The aircraft will fly throughout Gulf Air network the promoting Bahrain and the BIAS event. –TradeArabia News Service