Gulf Air has reached a major milestone in its aircraft safety and airworthiness control by receiving Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) approval from Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA).
Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Samer Majali, said the CAMO approval “recognises Gulf Air’s compliance with highest standards of airworthiness and safety regulations”.
“After many years of outsourcing our fleet management and airworthiness control to outside agencies, we are now able to in-source such key technical functions to be taken care of by our own technical team. This will enable us to further improve the quality and airworthiness control of our aircraft, significantly enhancing aircraft safety level while reducing maintenance cost.
“I would like to extend my special appreciation to the team that has been working tirelessly for the last several months in the preparation of necessary systems, processes and documentation in a very challenging and limited time and accomplishing the task successfully,” Majali said.
The Bahraini national carrier’s Director of Engineering & Airworthiness, Jamal Hashim, who was heading the project team, added; “This is a very significant milestone for our national carrier and a great recognition of our skills and capabilities.
“There are several benefits for us as we start in-sourcing these key technical functions. We are now in full compliance with an essential international regulatory requirement; we are now in complete control of our aircraft and components requirements from engineering and airworthiness perspective that enhances the airworthiness status and safety of our fleet; we will be able to control and up-keep aircraft technical records in a much better and systematic way.
“More importantly, this will help us in the efficient planning of maintenance checks, providing Gulf Air with a better fleet maneuverability maximizing our aircraft utilization resulting in a better management and reduction in maintenance cost,” Hashim said.