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Growing depot in the desert. (Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co.)

Abu Dhabi-Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co. (GAMCO) has been so successful in attracting customers from various parts of the world that the facility in being enlarged with the construction of a second hangar. Shortly after GAMCO started operations (ATW, 7/88), there was some uncertainty as to whether many airlines would make use of the giant depot located in the desert United Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The only certain customer was Gulf Air, which along with the Abu Dhabi government, owns GAMCO. The ownership officially is 60/40 with the government the majority shareholder. The government, however, has more than 60% as it also owns 25% of the airline's share capital.

Gulf Air is GAMCO's No. 1 customer. its Lockheed L-1011 and Boeing 767 fleets receive technical support from the Abu Dhabi base. The 12 Airbus A320s that the multinational airline will receive from 1992 and the 12 A321s that it also has ordered will be the responsibility of GAMCO as well. However, the eight 737-200s that the Airbus aircraft will replace will continue to be supported by Gulf Air's original technical base in Bahrain until they are phased out. …

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