Gulf Air signs up for Thales GX Ka-band connectivity

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Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has chosen Thales’ Ka-band connectivity systems for its Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321Neo-E (LR) aircraft fleets. The deal builds on the airline’s contract signed in 2016 to fit the AVANT inflight entertainment (IFE) system for its complete fleet renewal program. Thales’ Ka-band connectivity solution leverages the Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite network, paired with a connectivity portal and onboard wi-fi network.

Krešimir Kučko, CEO of Gulf Air stated, “We are proud to announce our partnership with Thales once again for the onboard connectivity project. Back in 2016 we selected the AVANT IFE system for our yet-to-receive orders of new aircraft, and today we complement this partnership with Thales for another product – all to elevate the customer experience during flight”.

The signing ceremony took place at a Bahrain Delegation lunch at the George V hotel in Paris, France on April 29, 2019

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