Dubai: Bahrain aims to become a key aircraft maintenance hub in the region after the national carrier Gulf Air signed an agreement with Bahrain Real Estate Company (Edamah) to build a hangar at Bahrain International Airport.

The agreement was signed by Gulf Air chief executive officer Bjorn Naf and Edamah chief executive officer Ma'amoon Al Moayyed.

Edamah has already identified an international firm specialised in building hangars to design and construct the complex, which is slated for completion in 2011.

Construction will begin next year and once completed, the facility will be able to accommodate three modern wide-body aircraft at any time.

"Gulf Air is pleased to partner with Edamah and the Bahrain Airport Company to build this state-of-the-art maintenance facility, which will make Bahrain a key aircraft maintenance hub in the region" Naf said in a statement.

"This world-class maintenance facility will enable Gulf Air to continue maintaining the highest safety standards as well as keep our existing and future fleet in the best condition possible.


"This is an important development not only for Gulf Air but for Business Friendly Bahrain and we are delighted to be able to make a contribution to the further development and diversification of the kingdom's economy" added Naf.

Al Moayyed said: "Our engagement with Gulf Air is a natural partnership aimed at significantly contributing towards the growth and development of Bahrain."