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18 May, 2014 Manama,Kingsom of Bahrain
Gulf Air Extends Partnership with VIVA Bahrain

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has signed an agreement with VIVA Bahrain extending the airline’s partnership with Bahrain’s most innovative telecommunications provider, to include acquiring 355 iPad devices as part of Gulf Air’s proposed roll-out of iPad Electronic Flight Bags.

In a meeting between both organizations’ executive management teams, at Gulf Air’s headquarters, future plans for critical ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services and solutions were discussed.

Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam commented on the agreement: “We are proud of our existing strategic relationship with VIVA Bahrain and pleased to extend this partnership to include the provision of iPad devices as part of Gulf Air’s Electronic Flight Bag project. This is an essential component of our ongoing commitment to all new technology that provides integrated solutions for managing information in the air and on the ground.”

Gulf Air Director Information Technology, Dr. Jassim Haji, stated: “At Gulf Air we always endeavor to leverage the latest technologies in order to improve the efficiency of the airline’s operations and provide better services to our passengers. This collaboration ensures we deliver the latest technology to our team and, as a result, to our passengers.”

Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, VIVA Bahrain CEO, commented: “Further strengthening our long lasting partnership, we are delighted that Gulf Air has chosen VIVA to provide the latest devices that will assist in the successful execution of their iPad Electronic Flight Bags project.”

Gulf Air consistently strives towards implementing the latest technological advancements in the aviation sector and, in its continuous efforts to remain at the forefront of new trends, has embarked upon an Electronic Flight Bag project that should eliminate the need for heavy paper-based manuals, provide easier and faster access to data while significantly enhancing the national carrier’s operations and services. The adoption of such technology reinforces Gulf Air’s commitments and responsibilities toward environmental sustainability and actively adopting green technologies.

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