Gulf Air selects GX Aviation connectivity for B787-9 and A321Neo-E (LR) aircraft


Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, signed the agreement with Thales during His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain’s, visit to France.

Gulf Air has selected the GX Aviation Ka-band connectivity solution for its B787-9 and A321Neo-E (LR) aircraft.

Thales will deliver the complete end-to-end connectivity solution through the connectivity portal and onboard Wi-Fi network, allowing passengers to browse the internet, check social media, shop onboard and more during their flights. The connectivity solution leverages the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.

In 2016 Gulf Air selected Thales’ AVANT inflight entertainment system for their complete fleet renewal programme. AVANT offers a highly customisable passenger experience with full HD displays and a wide selection of features and applications.

Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air, commented: “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 the flight.”

Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience, added: “Thales is proud to be a long-term partner with Gulf Air in their goal of excellence in passenger experience. It is an honour to equip Bahrain’s national carrier with our connectivity solution and the AVANT high-performing IFE system onboard their newest aircraft. Thales is committed to support Gulf Air in driving innovations and the highest standards in passenger engagement.”