Gulf Air signs engine order for A321 aircraft
Gulf Air has selected International Aero Engines AG to power six A321 aircraft, becoming the 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 US$180 million.
"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, CEO of Gulf Air. "Superb technology and world-class reliability were also important factors in our decision."
He added that the qualities brought by SelectTwo will enable his airline to more easily focus on developing a profitable regional route structure and optimise its network.