Monday, October 19, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched a two-month "Early Bird" campaign, slashing fares for passengers traveling across the airline's network from now until mid-December to winter city breaks such as Istanbul, London and Moscow and to popular year-round summer destinations including Bangkok, Manila and Mumbai. Economy class fares start from BHD167 to Istanbul, and BHD135 to Mumbai while the Early Bird fares to other GCC destinations start from BHD46 to Doha.

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Following a busy summer travel period, we are pleased to offer these attractive fares for passengers wishing to visit a range of Gulf Air destinations. We are committed to delivering the best service at competitive prices which will appeal to our valued passengers.”

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 1737 3737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. The airline's official website, gulfair.com offers Gulf Air Tours, giving visitors access to the convenient facility of not only fare bookings but also: hotel reservations, sightseeing activities, airport transfers, car rentals, rail ticket and travel insurance purchases. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

 

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is adding two new destinations in Pakistan to its network with the addition of direct services to the cities of Faisalabad and Multan scheduled for launch in December 2015. The airline will begin four weekly direct flights to Multan and will commence three weekly services to Faisalabad.

 

Commenting on Gulf Air’s new route announcement the national carrier’s A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are committed to serving the Pakistan market, as we have done since our first entry in 1960. Accordingly, we are delighted to supplement our existing operations – catering to passenger demand from across the country. Gulf Air affords travelers seamless connectivity via our efficient hub in Bahrain International Airport, linking a number of GCC and European destinations to and from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I would like to extend our thanks to the Pakistan authorities and Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority for facilitating and supporting this new development that I am confident will be well-received by passengers.”

 

Taking our total Pakistan destinations up to 07, Faisalabad and Multan will supplement Gulf Air’s current service to five cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot. Gulf Air flights to Multan, Pakistan's 5th largest city by population, and Faisalabad, a major industrial and manufacturing hub, will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

 

Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

Faisalabad (all times local)

Flight Number

Departure Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Frequency

GF  0790

BAH

00:55

LYP

05:55

TUE, THU, FRI

GF  0791

LYP

06:40

BAH

08:40

TUE, THU, FRI

 

Multan (all times local)

Flight Number

Departure Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Frequency

GF  0788

BAH

01:05

MUX

05:45

MON, WED, THU, SAT

GF  0789

MUX

06:30

BAH

08:20

MON, WED, THU, SAT

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has honored the airline’s most productive travel agents in Pakistan for 2014 in recent award ceremonies that saw key trade partners, who exceeded their sales targets during the year, recognized and thanked for their loyalty and continued support of Gulf Air across the airline’s 5 serviced destinations: Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Sialkot.

Attended by the airline’s top performing agents and representatives of Travel Agents Association of Pakistan (TAAP) the awards ceremonies provided an opportunity for Gulf Air to thank the travel trade for its tremendous support as well to brief them about Gulf Air’s outlook in Pakistan and across the airline’s network.

 

Gulf Air’s Pakistan Country Manager, Mr. Saleem Motiwala along with the airline’s other sales managers across Pakistan thanked the travel agents for their longstanding support of Gulf Air business while sharing information on the airline’s newest Falcon Gold premium class cabin and discussing potential opportunities for further expansion within Pakistan: “Travel agents are integral to the growth of our airline, and we are taking this opportunity to thank these key agencies across the country for promoting the Gulf Air experience to a wider audience and giving more travelers the chance to experience our unique and distinctive travel offering.”

 

Serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents, Gulf Air also operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air operates direct flights to and from 5 Pakistan destinations: Islamabad (03 weekly), Karachi (10 weekly), Lahore (04 weekly), Peshawar (04 weekly) and Sialkot (02 weekly). Passengers can book tickets and obtain further information about the airline at gulfair.com, or through Gulf Air’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 or by visiting dedicated Gulf Air offices and approved travel agencies.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced a collaboration with ACP Rail International, a leading distributor of rail passes and train tickets to travelers from around the world, allowing them to book and purchase rail tickets for travel across the globe, from the comfort of their homes, via rail.gulfair.com.

With railway partners in Europe, Asia and Australasia, ACP Rail International affords an attractive range of rail products to Gulf Air passengers with the added benefit of greater value, convenience and flexibility allowing travelers to explore the many destinations across the airline’s network and beyond.

Specifically catering to Gulf Air passengers, ACP Rail International offers a wide array of rail travel options for those arriving in Europe. Travelers arriving in London can avail of the complete range of domestic train e-tickets, Eurostar e-tickets to Paris and Brussels, as well as BritRail Passes for travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Travelers arriving in Frankfurt can purchase train tickets to all major European destinations in addition to booking German Rail Pass tickets for travel throughout the country and beyond. For these destinations, as well as for travelers arriving in Paris, Athens and Istanbul, the complete range of Eurail Passes is on offer for travel throughout Europe. 

 

Commenting on the new offering, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are delighted to give our passengers the opportunity to book their rail travel services in advance of their travel across the Gulf Air network. As we add further benefits to facilitate passengers’ travel requirement we are working to change the concept of travel, making it a more convenient and attractive proposition while simultaneously broadening the scope of Gulf Air’s reach across the globe. I truly believe our passengers will find this new service both highly appealing and beneficial.”

 

Further to this, ACP Rail International VP of Business Development & Marketing Mr. Denis Grenier, highlighted: “Rail travel offers customers more end destinations which greatly complements travel with Gulf Air, where ultimately customers will enjoy the convenience of arriving in city centers by train. To this end, we are very pleased to offer our extensive range of rail products, boasting great value and limited-time promotions. For example, the autumn months offer exciting low season discounts for rail passes in Europe and the UK, such as 20% off and extra day specials.”

 

The rail services available on rail.gulfair.com compliment the airline’s existing suite of additional online services that can be accessed via gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website that offers hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the recently added Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Bahrain Polytechnic recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the tertiary education institute’s Information Technology students and graduates with the opportunity to perform final year industry projects and obtain valuable industry experience in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Gulf Air in the airline’s Information Technology Department.

 

Satisfying the needs of Bahrain’s labour market and further enhancing students’ and graduates’ technical skills and knowledge base, Bahrain Polytechnic students can now enroll in internships, receive on-the-job training and conduct industrial visits related to their field of study – integrating academic education with practical application.

 

Speaking at the signing ceremony on the Bahrain Polytechnic campus, Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology said: “The field of Information Technology is fast paced and ever-changing, resulting frequently in critical gaps between the academic studies of this field and what is actually being practiced in the workplace. With this training program, Polytechnic students will gain real-life experience at Gulf Air in a broad range of ICT projects.”

 

Dr. Mohamed Al Aseeri, Acting CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic said: “The problem-based learning approach the Polytechnic practices focuses on practical learning, resulting in students being ready to work in a corporate environment upon graduation.”

 

“Producing work-ready graduates has always been our aim, and the main ingredient here is practical experience. We want to keep working with renowned companies such as Gulf Air, so that our students can benefit by gaining practical experience in a well-established and prestigious organization that operates internationally. We are certain this collaboration will be a win-win for both our students and the organization. This shall have a positive impact on our students’ careers and the aviation industry in the Kingdom. This ideally fits into Bahrain’s 2030 Vision and the government action plan for 2015-2018.” concluded Dr. Al Aseeri.

 

Gulf Air Senior Manager People Development, Human Resources Ms. Sohair Faisal Khalfan said: “Such people development programs are vital for facilitating new graduates’ entry into the workforce. We are delighted to support the strengthening of the Kingdom’s people development and to do our part in improving the readiness of young Bahraini graduates as they embark on their professional lives. These programs provide benefits and experience that can’t be obtained through the various ICT training courses or workshops.”

 

Gulf Air provides comprehensive training for Bahrainis and leads the way amongst regional competitors in terms of nationalization - recording 64% Bahrainisation in 2014. As a key employer committed to developing a national workforce of aviation professionals Gulf Air collaborates with local institutions to develop the skills of young Bahraini aviation professionals in the Kingdom further reinforcing its commitment to the local community.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has partnered with Euro Motors to offer “Intaleq” loyalty card members a new way to enjoy their earned Klicks with the ability to redeem them for FalconFlyer miles and gain a number of member benefits and privileges with Gulf Air’s loyalty programme.

The partnership agreement was signed earlier this month by Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer and Mr. Paul Yates, General Manager of Euro Motors at the national carrier’s head office in Muharraq.

Commenting on the agreement Mr. Janahi said: “We are delighted to partner with Euro Motors and offer their customers the opportunity to enjoy the distinctive privileges and services offered by Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme. We truly look forward to working closely with Euro Motors and building a mutually rewarding, long-term partnership.”

“Intaleq” is Euro Motor's Loyalty programme exclusively designed for valued customers. This unique programme allows customers to earn Klicks and tailored benefits to make their motoring experience an enjoyable and rewarding one.

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the programme include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among a host of other benefits.

For further information about Euro Motors, please contact the “Intaleq” team on 17 750 750 or visit Euro Motors showroom in Sitra, Bahrain.

Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has posted its 2014 financial and operational results, the airline’s strongest financial results in a decade. The results reflect a fall in annual losses from BHD93.3 million in 2013 to BHD62.7 million in 2014 – equivalent to a 32.8% reduction. 

Commenting on the airline’s ongoing positive development in 2014 H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors said, “Gulf Air’s 2014 performance reflects a steady and continued improvement in its financial and operational business with targeted efforts to maintaining the airline’s strategic direction that ultimately encouraged solid customer growth, enhanced global bookings and a resultant marked improvement in financial and operational results – all over the previous year and with the support and direction received across both the operational and administrative level.” 

The airline, in 2014, continued to strategically shift from low-value transit traffic through Bahrain to high-yield, high-demand, point-to-point routes focused largely on the MENA region while, in tandem, better utilizing its existing assets to push the business forward. As a result Gulf Air witnessed, over the course of the year, a 15.4% rise in total revenue passengers. 

In line with the ongoing holistic strategy implemented since Gulf Air’s 2013 restructuring, the national carrier’s financial trajectory remains on a positive upswing reflected by its consistently falling losses as the airline moves closer to achieving full commercial sustainability. In tandem, Gulf Air’s 2014 developments are visible across a broad spectrum of deliverables. 

On the network front, 2014 saw Gulf Air maintain its leadership position in the Middle East by operating one of the largest regional networks while balancing its regional stronghold with strategic global links extending to 41 destinations by the end of 2014. Gulf Air’s network in 2014 saw landmark growth with flights launched to 06 destinations in all of Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East. This was further enhanced by the airline’s continuous, dynamic schedule adjustments with increased frequencies to various destinations across its network in response to passenger demand. Strategically utilizing its fleet capability to cater to the airline’s growing capacity and network requirements, Gulf Air’s 28 strong all-Airbus wide and narrow body fleet of predominantly new aircraft underwent specific, targeted enhancements that were completed by the end of 2014. 

Commenting on the airline’s 2014 progress, Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “We are moving strategically forward, making changes to Bahrain’s national carrier that are not only positive in the short term but that form part of our greater long term strategy towards transforming the airline across many fronts. Reducing our budget requirement doesn’t just involve cutting costs and saving money, it involves a strategic 360 assessment of our business that includes looking into how we can best nurture and develop our operations, technical capabilities, network, fleet, product, workforce, customers and more. We are working towards all of this and I am delighted with our progress to date.” 

Operationally, 2014 saw Gulf Air’s on-time-punctuality results position the airline as one of the global leaders in on-time-punctuality, with an average annual on-time-performance of 89%. Operating one of the largest regional networks with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, Gulf Air’s record punctuality facilitates its seamless operations across its network. The year also saw, on the technical front, the national carrier completing its first insourced Airbus A330 18-Month Check at the airline’s base maintenance facility. Channeling its strong in-house technical expertise and further building Bahraini, home-grown engineering skills and capabilities, Gulf Air is moving towards establishing a robust aircraft maintenance system and this most recent development delivered important cost savings while preserving the quality of aircraft servicing. 

Looking back on the national carrier’s positive 2014 results Mr. Al Musallam said, “Our 2014 results were promising and trends are favorable. Most crucially, we are now, more than ever, embracing our role as a key national infrastructure asset providing critical business links which are important for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s wider economic development. Gulf Air’s strategy today is one that not only supports and strengthens the national carrier but that of the community and economy in which we are entrenched – our future vision extends well beyond 2015 to ensure the longevity of this airline and its role in driving value to Bahrain and the industry as a whole. Our success to date in realizing the positive turnaround of Gulf Air over the past two years gives me great confidence in our 2015 results. Perceptions of our national carrier are changing and confidence is boosted both internally and externally – I am delighted with our achievements to date as we serve the airline industry, our greater community and the Kingdom of Bahrain.” 

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air continued, throughout 2014, to be involved in key events supporting the local community including taking on the role of official airline sponsor of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s annual International Quran Recitation Contest and as title sponsor of the prestigious 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Alongside this and with 64% Bahrainisation, Gulf Air continues to be a key employer committed to developing a national workforce of aviation professionals. 

Gulf Air’s 2014 financial results were audited by the international accounting firm Ernst and Young and approved at the AGM in the presence of representatives from Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the airline’s external auditor.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has partnered with Dreams Society, on the occasion of World Charity Day, donating airline tickets to the local charity in order to help them realize the dreams of children effected with terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases.

Gulf Air Communications Manager Mr. Ahmed Al Anzoor met with Senior Coordinator Dreams Society Ms. Eman Torani who accepted the donation on behalf of Dreams Society at Gulf Air’s headquarters in Muharraq earlier this week, thanking the airline for its longstanding and continuous support.

Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, World Charity Day is celebrated globally on 5th September and is a day dedicated to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual assistance among people.

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. – reinforcing its commitment to being a responsible global citizen and reaching out to those in need. Gulf Air has supported Dreams Society in the past with donations of tickets to the 2014 Bahrain International Airshow and Bahrain Grand Prix – giving children the opportunity to attend and enjoy both events.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A meeting held today between the Kingdom of Bahrain's Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, national carrier Gulf Air's A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Airbus Group Mr. Marwan Lahoud and Managing Director Airbus Middle East Mr. Fouad Attar saw discussions on the airline's future narrow and wide body fleet requirements - up to 50 aircraft in total.

Bahrain's Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed said: "Gulf Air is a strategically important, key national infrastructure asset, connecting the Kingdom of Bahrain globally and supporting the country’s long term aspirations for economic development and diversification. We have seen considerable positive progress achieved by Bahrain's national carrier on both an operational and financial level since the airline embarked on a comprehensive restructuring in 2013. Optimizing Gulf Air's fleet is an ongoing process and a critical component of its current and long term strategic business direction."

Commenting on their discussions, Mr. Marwan Lahoud said: "Airbus has been a long term, committed partner of Gulf Air's since 1992 and while we are delighted to have had Bahrain's national carrier utilize the Airbus family for its developing fleet requirements to date we also anticipate a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship going forward."

Gulf Air currently operates an all-Airbus fleet composed of 28 combination wide narrow and wide body aircraft that serve the airline's network of 43 destinations.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier is collaborating with Batelco, Bahrain’s leading communications solution provider, with an agreement that will see Batelco support the airline’s on-board operations by providing iPads for Gulf Air’s cabin service managers to streamline their on-board processes.

The partnership deal was sealed through the signing of an agreement during a meeting at Batelco’s Hamala Headquarters recently. Through the agreement Batelco will provide iPads for Gulf Air’s cabin crew team to maximise their efficiency and support the national carrier’s drive to digitise their operational processes. The crew members will benefit from the use of the latest iPad technology with access to Batelco’s dedicated 4G data network and tailor -made packages for the airline.

Speaking on the occasion, Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Gulf Air Chief Operating Officer said, “Equipping Gulf Air’s cabin service managers with iPads on-board Gulf Air’s fleet further streamlines our operational performance and gives our team greater capabilities and efficiencies in handling various passenger preferences while inflight. This helps Gulf Air further elevate the customer service experience on-board our aircraft. Accordingly, we are delighted to partner with Batelco to realise this technological development in our on-board service offering.”

“Gulf Air is keen to utilize the latest technologies as part of our ongoing paperless drive that, in tandem, further enhances our operations, elevating the customer service experience on-board and helping us better serve our passengers. With these tablets, our frontline passenger-service team are equipped with current information about passenger preferences, helping us offer unique and personalized services,” said Director of Information Technology, Dr Jassim Haji.

Batelco’s Acting Head of Enterprise Division Donya Al Ansari said: “Batelco values its partners and assures them the availability of tailor-made packages and customised support. We are delighted to support Gulf Air with their digitisation efforts, and plan to extend this support further to benefit the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

In August 2014 Gulf Air successfully rolled out its new generation iPad Electronic Flight Bags to all the airline’s pilots in order to facilitate the airline’s flight-critical communications while increasing operational efficiency and eliminating paper-based flight materials. The national carrier’s subsequent roll out of iPads to its cabin service managers will be finalized by the end of the year.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in collaboration with the airline’s Saudi Arabia General Sales Agent, Al Tayyar Travel and Tourism Group recently opened a new, dedicated sales office in Al Madina Al Munawarah – serving the western province. The official opening ceremony was attended by Gulf Air Country Manager to Al Madina Al Munawarah Mr. Zubair Ahmed Muhammed, Al Tayyar Travel and Tourism Group’s Executive Vice President of the western region Mr. Saeed Alfreeh and a number of representatives from both companies.

During the opening ceremony Mr. Muhammed praised the fruitful partnership and cooperation between Gulf Air and Al Tayyar Travel and Tourism Group adding that the opening of this new dedicated sales office for Gulf Air is part of the airline’s ongoing expansion strategy and business plan within Saudi Arabia and their mission to provide quality, exemplary customer service as it strives to enhance its competitive position in the aviation market, which is, to date, witnessing significant growth in passenger traffic across the airline’s Saudi Arabia destinations.

Gulf Air’s dedicated sales office in Al Madina Al Munawarah can be found in Sultana Center, Abubaker Al Siddiq Street (Sultana Street) and can be reached at (014) 815 3255 or (014) 815 3127.

Gulf Air operates 4 direct weekly flights to/from Al Madina Al Munawarah and direct multiple daily flights between Bahrain and all of: Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. Most recently, the national carrier commenced direct operations to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport (ELQ, Gassim) and Ta’if Regional Airport (TIF, Taif) in January 2015 with 4 flights per week to each destination. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently received representatives from a number of Southeast Asian Cargo Agents, in the airline’s headquarters in Bahrain. From the Philippines, representatives from all of Speedmark Philippines Incorporated, DSV Air & Sea Inc. and DHL Global Forwarding visited while, from Thailand representatives from Harpers Freight International Air Cargo Co Ltd., East-West Logistics Co., Ltd. and Trans Air Cargo Co. Ltd. all took part in what was an incentive and familiarization visit to Bahrain to experience the Kingdom and learn about Gulf Air’s product and service offering.

Gulf Air operates direct daily flights between both Bahrain and Manilla and between Bahrain and Bangkok. Further information about Gulf Air’s cargo capabilities which include live animals, produce, electronics, furniture and more, can be found by visiting the airline’s official cargo website at gfcargo.com. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

In a meeting held today at Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier’s Muharraq headquarters the airline’s A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam welcomed Mr. Kuljinder Bahia, Managing Director and Founder of Southall Travel, one of the largest travel agencies in the UK and a long-established, long-haul flight specialist.

During the meeting, Mr. Al Musallam and Mr. Bahia identified areas of mutual interest and opportunities for growth reaffirming their commitment to longstanding cooperation and touching on new areas of potential collaboration going forward as they work together to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Serving the UK market since 1970, Gulf Air offers seamless connectivity between London Heathrow and various cities across its network in the Middle East and Asia. The airline currently serves the Manama – London route with double daily flights, operated by an A330 retrofitted aircraft.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today welcomed 50 youths participating in the Northern Governorate’s summer programme, at the company's headquarters in Muharraq, providing them with a tour of the airline’s headquarters, a site visit to Gulf Air’s dedicated museum and an interactive discussion on the national carrier’s history in Bahrain and the region.

The Northern Governorate’s annual summer programme is currently in its third year and through a variety of sports, cultural, educational and artistic activities for students aged between 8-12 years aims to promote a series of educational and cultural values. This year, Gulf Air was chosen in recognition of its longstanding and renowned standing in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region’s history and its role in support of the local community.

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. The airline continues to give back to the community through activities such as sponsoring events, supporting charities and local initiatives and raising awareness of various environmental and social causes.

 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced it will increase its flights between Bahrain and Cairo from 12 to 14 weekly flights (double daily) from 24th August to meet high passenger demand following successful negotiations between the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority, to increase air traffic rights between the two countries.

With one of the largest Middle East networks, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to link regional travelers to Cairo and allow seamless movement from the Egyptian capital to several key regional and Asian destinations with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport to prominent cities in the Gulf, the Indian Sub-continent and the Far East such as Dubai, UAE, Bangkok, Thailand and Delhi, India in less than two hours.

Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “Gulf Air’s increased Cairo service will mean a greater connection to one of our national carrier’s longstanding routes. We are always looking to satisfy the high demand to and from Cairo and cater to passenger needs on this popular route. With twice daily flights between Bahrain and Cairo we are offering enhanced schedule flexibility for our travelers.”

Gulf Air’s enhanced schedule will take effect from 24th August and flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

The new flight schedule is as follows:

Flight Number

Departure Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

     Frequency

GF071

Bahrain

10:15

Cairo

12:20

Daily

GF070

Cairo

13:10

Bahrain

17:25

Daily

GF079

Bahrain

17:15

Cairo

19:20

Daily

GF080

Cairo

20:05

Bahrain

00:10+1

Daily

*all times are local

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently welcomed a number of Russian travel trade representatives to Bahrain as part of a familiarization trip that afforded them the opportunity to explore Bahrain and visit a number of its tourist attractions.

During the visit, leading Russian trade representatives, tour operators, luxury travel outlets and foreign independent travel agents reviewed a number of hotels and experienced various local attractions around the Kingdom. Additionally, the representatives experienced Gulf Air’s latest products, both inflight and on-the-ground and visited the airline’s headquarters to meet with the national carrier’s executive management team to learn more about the Gulf Air offering.

Gulf Air launched a direct Moscow link in October 2014 and the route has seen steady growth. In support of this, the airline recently entered into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) with Russian carrier S7 Airlines enabling Gulf Air passengers to take flights beyond Moscow to and from the Russian cities of St Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa, Sochi and Voronezh. With a combined fare that is more attractive than those purchased separately, the SPA agreement allows passengers to purchase only one ticket, at a more competitive fare, for their entire journey instead of separate tickets for each individual carrier.

Gulf Air’s direct three weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Flights to and from Moscow can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 25 October 2015: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, gave a number of British lifestyle and travel media representatives the opportunity to visit and explore Bahrain earlier this month with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by the airline and Art Rotana Hotel & Resort, a 5 star luxury seafront property located in Amwaj islands.

 

During the visit, media representatives experienced Gulf Air’s latest products, both inflight and on-the-ground including the airline’s dedicated Falcon Gold Lounges in Bahrain International Airport and London Heathrow, visited various local attractions around the Kingdom while enjoying Art Rotana’s premium accommodation and culinary offering.

 

Boasting one of the largest regional networks with multiple daily flights to over ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air is well-positioned to facilitate two way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East and North Africa. Gulf Air has had a strong presence in the United Kingdom since its first flight to London in 1970, and currently operates a double daily service to London Heathrow Airport offering passengers a choice of morning and evening flights.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 1737 3737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. The airline's official website, gulfair.com offers Gulf Air Tours, giving visitors access to the convenient facility of not only fare bookings but also: hotel reservations, sightseeing activities, airport transfers, car rentals, rail ticket and travel insurance purchases. 

 

 

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.

 

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.

 

Gulf Air was the Title Sponsor of the 2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX and is the Official Airline of the Bahrain International Airshow 2016.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Azza Mubarak Matar

Senior Manager Communications

Gulf Air Tel: +973 17338765 / +973 39652012

Email: Azza.Matar@gulfair.com

 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 October 2015: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today hosted a meeting between H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the airline’s Board Executive Committee and member of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer and representatives from the airline’s three trade unions to address organizational and workplace matters.

 

The meeting took place at Gulf Air’s headquarters in Muharraq and saw representatives and members of the national carrier’s three unions: National Labour Union of Gulf Air, Gulf Air Trade Union, Flight Attendants General Trade Union and represented by Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Yousif Ahmed Hassan and AbdulQader Hussain respectively, discussing issues pertaining to staff in an active two-way dialogue that touched upon their views on labour and employment issues.

 

H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa said: “Recent years have seen Gulf Air undergo a remarkable transformation, one that we can all be proud of and that is directly attributed to the active involvement and dedication of all stakeholders. We always welcome the invaluable feedback from Gulf Air’s three unions and the discussions we had today served to further underline the importance of unions in making the workplace more productive and inclusive. Gulf Air’s executive management team is committed to addressing the various matters highlighted today as part of an ongoing collaboration between all parties in support of Bahrain’s national carrier.”

 

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Al Musallam praised the role of trade unions in support of the ongoing positive development of the Kingdom’s national carrier, stressing the importance of their function and endeavors. He spoke of 2016 as “the year of the employee,” reinforcing the airline’s commitment to its workforce: a valuable asset that is integral to the carrier achieving commercial sustainability.

 

In turn, representatives and members of the national carrier’s three unions expressed their appreciation and thanks to the airline’s executive management team and Board of Directors for providing a forum for discussion on a broad range of employee-related matters – maintaining two way channels of communication aimed at enhancing and promoting the airline’s workforce towards the ongoing and future success of the airline.

 

Gulf Air’s 2013 restructuring strategy, led by the airline’s Board of Directors and executive management team, saw the active involvement of all stakeholders including the airline’s unions. The national carrier’s positive financial and operational results in 2014 delivered a 32.8% reduction in losses, positioning the airline firmly on-track towards achieving long-term commercial sustainability and strengthening its role as a key national infrastructure asset that provides business links which are important for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s economic development.

 

 

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.

 

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.

 

Gulf Air was the Title Sponsor of the 2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX and is the Official Airline of the Bahrain International Airshow 2016.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Azza Mubarak Matar

Senior Manager Communications

Gulf Air Tel: +973 17338765 / +973 39652012

Email: Azza.Matar@gulfair.com

 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 October 2015: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced the successful roll out of its new generation iPad Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), utilizing Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro as its EFB solution, to all the airline’s pilots in a move that provides them with fully digitized, real-time access to all operational information inflight, enhancing efficiency while reducing paper usage and delivering cost savings. Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, is providing digital navigation and flight information for Gulf Air, delivered through iPads.

 

Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Gulf Air Chief Operating Officer commented on the airline's successful transition to EFBs: “This is a significant achievement and one that will deliver operational benefits, positive environmental impact and cost savings. Equipping Gulf Air’s flying crew with iPad Electronic Flight Bags on-board gives them a paperless way to manage in-flight data further streamlining our operational performance and giving our team greater capabilities and efficiencies. The EFBs help us bring the latest technologies to the cockpit, centralizing information and enhancing our operations.”

 

“We are proud to support the transition of Gulf Air’s operations to a fully digital working environment, through use of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as their EFB solution,” said Alex Zakroff, vice president, Jeppesen Navigation Solutions. “Digital navigation solutions provide a wealth of information available at the tap of a finger, which helps to increase situational awareness and reduces costs to help airlines operate more efficiently in a competitive business landscape.” 

 

Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro helps to reduce pilot workload and preparation time and provides streamlined access to essential operational and flight information, including Jeppesen’s industry-leading navigation data. Vector-based terminal charts and data-driven enroute content are dynamically rendered on-screen and information is displayed per pilot and operator preference.

 

Gulf Air commenced its EFB roll out in August 2014 in a move to integrate flight-critical communications towards increasing operational efficiency and eliminating paper-based flight materials. Going forward, Gulf Air also plans to finalize the roll out of iPads to its cabin service managers by the end of 2015, equipping them to manage and cater to passenger preferences more efficiently while inflight - further elevating the customer service experience on-board.

 

 

 

 

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.

 

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.

 

Gulf Air was the Title Sponsor of the 2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX and will be the Official Airline of the Bahrain International Airshow 2016.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Azza Mubarak Matar

Senior Manager Communications

Gulf Air Tel: +973 17338765 / +973 39652012

Email: Azza.Matar@gulfair.com

 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 10 November 2015: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, in partnership with Sabre, a leading global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, recently organized a familiarization trip to Cannes and Paris for key Kuwait-based travel agencies in recognition of their longstanding support and ongoing mutual cooperation.

 

During the 5 day trip, the participating agents, accompanied by Gulf Air and Sabre representatives, enjoyed tailored itineraries that allowed them to experience Gulf Air’s renowned onboard product and service offering, including the airline’s luxurious Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport, and visit some of Cannes and Paris’ most iconic attractions including the Eiffel Tower, a helicopter journey at Cote d’Azure and accommodation at the Fouquet Barrier Hotel.

 

Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi commented on the successful visit: “We are delighted to give some of our key trade partners in Kuwait the chance to experience the trademark Arabian hospitality that Gulf Air is renowned for: visiting one of our most popular European destinations and enjoying the many products and services that Bahrain’s national carrier has to offer. It was a pleasure working with our colleagues at Sabre to ensure a successful trip for all.”

 

“This FAM trip reflects our successful relationship with our customers and partners in Kuwait.” Said Ramzi Al Qassab, Sabre Commercial Director. “We are committed to empower Kuwait travel industry with the latest technology and innovation to deliver exceptional experience to the travelers and exceed their expectations. We work hand in hand with our customers to bring them up to the level to compete with regional and global travel agencies. These FAM trips are great way to strengthen our relationship with our partners and stay aware of market trends and get to know what’s new in the world.” He continued.

 

Gulf Air connects Kuwait to Bahrain with 37 direct weekly flights and currently boasts a network that serves 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. Flights to/from Kuwait can be booked online at gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 17 November 2015:  Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will increase its flights between Bahrain and Hyderabad from 05 weekly flights to daily flights from 02nd December 2015 to meet high passenger demand.

 

Catering to over 5 million Indian nationals residing in the Arabian Gulf region, Gulf Air has provided direct air services between India and Bahrain since 1960. With one of the largest Middle East networks, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to link regional travelers to Hyderabad and allow seamless movement from the Indian city to several key regional and European destinations with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport.

 

Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “Gulf Air’s increased Hyderabad service will mean a greater connection to one of our national carrier’s newest and most successful routes. We are always looking to satisfy the high demand to and from Hyderabad and cater to passenger needs on this popular route. With daily flights between Bahrain and Hyderabad we are offering enhanced schedule flexibility for our travelers.”

 

Gulf Air’s daily Hyderabad service will take effect from 02nd December and flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

The new flight schedule is as follows:

Flight Number

Departure Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

     Frequency

GF274

Bahrain

02:55

Hyderabad

09:25

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun

GF 0275

Hyderabad

10:25

Bahrain

12:35

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun

GF 0276

Bahrain

14:30

Hyderabad

21:00

Tue & Sat

GF 0277

Hyderabad

22:00

Bahrain

00:10 +1

Tue & Sat

*all times are local

 

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.

 

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.

 

Gulf Air was the Title Sponsor of the 2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX and is the Official Airline of the Bahrain International Airshow 2016.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Azza Mubarak Matar

Senior Manager Communications

Gulf Air Tel: +973 17338765 / +973 39652012

Email: Azza.Matar@gulfair.com

 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, can confirm that, upon arriving into London Heathrow on Tuesday 19th January, passengers on-board flight GF007 disembarked the aircraft following standard disembarking procedures in order to proceed to the terminal building. At the aircraft bridge leading to the terminal building, London police authorities questioned one passenger. The airline would like to clarify that the authorities did not board the aircraft but were positioned at the aircraft bridge in order to question the passenger – as stated earlier.

Such security procedures and practices are entirely in the jurisdiction of the destination country’s official police system/authority, and such events are standard occurrences for all airlines and airports around the world. The safety, protection and comfort of our passengers and employees are of utmost importance and Gulf Air crew handle such matters with a high level of professionalism.

The airline cannot comment further on such matters.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has launched a joint-solution with Anixe, a state-of-the-art internet booking engine supplier, and Vayant Travel Technologies, a provider of customized, personalized and innovative core shopping engines, to improve the airline’s ecommerce website with a next-generation booking and shopping platform.

he enhanced platform supports the airline’s drive to strengthen its online and mobile channels, adding dynamic shopping and booking capabilities to give clients a more personalized travel experience.

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, said: “This partnership with Anixe and Vayant Travel Technologies will improve the experience for customers booking flights and purchasing various travel add-ons such as rail tickets, hotel bookings, car rentals, tours and more through gulfair.com. As consumers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and demanding a more seamless experience, this initiative ensures we deliver that to them while still maintaining a direct relationship between the customer and our airline.”

Radoslaw Tomczyk, Chief Executive Officer, Anixe Polska, said: “Our goal is to build a comprehensive suite that increases flexibility and performance while driving down overall costs for the airline and providing a seamless travel experience to its consumers regardless of the device or online channel they access. This solution is a solid foundation to fulfill current and future needs of Gulf Air.”
 
Eric Dumas, Chief Executive, Vayant Travel Technologies, said: “It takes something special to succeed in today’s travel ecommerce environment. With Anixe we’ve given Gulf Air a shopping solution that meets the expectations of today’s demanding travel buyer.”

For the first time the joint solution will introduce a unified booking engine for Gulf Air, replacing three separate booking engines which served different categories of bookers (individual travelers, corporate travelers and loyalty scheme redemption travelers). Unifying the booking engine will enable Gulf Air to reach its online targets more cost-effectively, and with flexibility to develop and release future solutions quickly for all categories of bookers.

The Anixe-Vayant solution will operate independently of the host reservation system and offer fare and availability searches for up to a full year across all fares and flight combinations. It will be connected with Gulf Air’s current reservation system for booking creation.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Gulf Air Awarded Five Information Technology ISO Certifications

Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, recently became the first airline in the world to be certified with Information Technology ISO certifications in the five areas of Quality Management, Environmental Management, Service Management, Information Security Management and Energy Management Systems.

 

National carrier becomes first airline in the world to be accredited for its Information Technology practices under five (5) different ISO Certificates.

 

Following a comprehensive internal and external audit conducted by RINA Services, one of the oldest and most reputed international certification bodies, Gulf Air was awarded ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 Certifications (Environmental Management and Energy Management Systems) while picking up, for the second year in a row, ISO 9001 Certification (Quality Management System) and ISO 20000 Certification (Service Management System) and also garnering, for the third year in a row, ISO 27001 Certification (Information Security Management System).

 

In a world first, these ISO Certifications acknowledge Gulf Air’s successful implementation of international standards and best practices as it strives to continuously improve the quality of the airline’s Information Technology services as well as their impact on the environment. Receiving the 5 ISO certifications, Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam said: “I’m delighted with our achievement. At Gulf Air, we effectively deliver superior quality, service and security while maintaining focus on our impact on the environment. Gulf Air continually strives to safeguard and enhance these areas across the organization – including our Information Technology offering – critical to ensuring customer satisfaction.”

 

Gulf Air Director of Information Technology, Dr. Jassim Haji commented: “We are pleased to achieve yet another ‘first’ in our Information Technology offering and pleased to be recognized for our team’s work in further helping to achieve customer satisfaction. Such certifications enable us to guarantee the highest level of IT services excellence which has direct a positive influence on the end-user and passenger experience.”

 

The certificates were presented to Gulf Air by RINA Certification Manager, Mr. Santosh Rodrigues who congratulated the airline on yet another achievement in the field of Information Technology. The national carrier’s most recent IT achievements include implementation of Electronic Flight Bag, Big Data, Business Intelligence and the Hybrid Cloud, which were recognized in several international forums and have earned the airline numerous international awards. These achievements enable Gulf Air to proactively monitor and respond to customers’ needs, resulting in an enhanced customer service in every step of their journey. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahraini Women’s Day

National carrier Gulf Air has celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day with a dedicated week-long tribute to key Bahraini female members of the airline’s workforce across its official social media platforms. The Bahraini women that were recognized in the social media campaign represented a cross section of the airline’s female workforce and included: Ameera Mohammed Ahmed, Accounts Payable Analyst, Wafa Adel, Line Manager Coordinator, Ameera Mohamed Al Jasim, Administration Assistant, Dr. Rasha Hamad Al Amer, Senior Manager Medical Services and Fayza Ameen Al Mukharreq, Manager Network Planning.

 

Speaking on the role of women in the workplace and the importance of Bahraini Women’s Day, Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said, “Gulf Air is dedicated to the advancement of our human resources and the entire Gulf Air family takes pride in our female workforce and their key role in our national carrier’s positive development. My special thanks go to all for their dedication and support and, on the occasion of Bahraini Women’s Day I congratulate all Bahraini women for their significant achievements and contributions to the Kingdom.”

 

Gulf Air has been a pioneer in encouraging and offering targeted training and career development opportunities to its workforce – thereby ensuring it facilitates and supports a range of career opportunities within the aviation industry. With 36.6% female personnel, the airline’s female workforce represent all Gulf Air divisions, ranks and levels of expertise.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahrain’s National Day

Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, celebrated the Kingdom’s National Day today at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq. Hundreds of Gulf Air employees joined the airline’s Executive Management team and members of the airline’s three unions to partake in the airline’s annual National Day Majlis event, which started with the National Anthem, and included a range of activities such as the announcement of Gulf Air’s National Day staff photography competition winners, cutting a special National Day cake, and the distribution of National Day themed giveaways. The national carrier also launched an online promotion of 16% on its fares in celebration of the 16th Accession Anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, which will be valid for travel from 1st January to 31st March 2016.

In addition, Gulf Air celebrated National day onboard its flights by offering special National Day meals, National Day cakes, and National Day programming on its inflight entertainment system. The airline’s Falcon Gold Lounges were also specially decorated for the occasion.

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Monday, December 7, 2015
Gulf Air Integrated Operations Centre Staff Get Advanced Flight Operations Training

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently recognized four members of its workforce for having successfully completed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Flight Operations Officer training at the Civil Aviation Training Center, Thailand.

The four Bahraini attendees were Ahmed Ismaeel Alqassab, Adam Adnan Mohamed, Ahmed Abdulla Al Haddad and Sara Abdulelah Khonji.

All four are currently working at Gulf Air’s Integrated Operations Control Centre (IOC) that controls and manages the airline’s “Day of Operation” and next two days’ flight schedule and disruptions on a 24/7 basis. IOC is also responsible for maintaining joint Operational Control of all Gulf Air flights, the airline’s On Time Performance (OTP) and initial crisis/incident management and schedule recovery in addition to managing the communications systems between ground and aircraft.

Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer Captain Nasser Al Salmi congratulated the staff members and presented them with their certificates and licenses: “Gulf Air’s IOC presents a challenging and dynamic environment for which our workforce must be fully prepared for all eventualities. Obtaining this Flight Operations Officer training is critical to enhancing our capabilities and honing our skills in order to better serve the airline and our passengers. I am delighted to see members of the Gulf Air family embrace the opportunity to further their technical qualifications and capabilities.”

Adhering to ICAO training requirements for Operations Controllers, the 3 month long aviation training was followed by Flight Operations Officer’s license exams conducted by the Thailand department of Civil Aviation.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Gulf Air Launches BBC Worldwide Channels Onboard

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is bringing the airline’s passengers a new entertainment experience, as it becomes the first airline in the Middle East to launch BBC Worldwide’s three newest genre brands onboard: BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First.

BBC Brit is the home of Top Gear and so much more – blending expertise with entertainment, BBC Brit covers a rich variety of subjects: cars, adventure, life-changing moments, quirky British characters, chat show and comedy. Nature lovers can now enjoy watching BBC Earth onboard their Gulf Air flight – a channel dedicated to sharing the incredible wonders of our planet, showcasing the work of the world’s foremost factual film makers. Fans of British drama now have BBC First – the home of the very best original, innovative and compelling dramas.

Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are delighted to partner with BBC Worldwide to share their premium new channels with our passengers, giving them a greater selection of programs. I don’t doubt that our enhanced onboard entertainment will please travelers and I look forward to receiving their invaluable feedback.”

Zina Neophytou, Director – Travel & Special Markets, BBC Worldwide said: “BBC Brit, Earth and First offer customers the very best of British entertainment, documentary and drama and we are thrilled that Gulf Air passengers will be the first in the region to be able to enjoy all three channels in-flight.”

Gulf Air’s entire fleet is equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment technology offering hundreds of channels of entertainment that include religious programs, movies, TV shows, a channel dedicated to local Bahraini productions and an instructional and informative health channel in addition to a variety of games for the airline’s younger passengers. 

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Gulf Air Opens New Sales Office in Hyderabad

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently opened a new, dedicated sales office in Hyderabad – the airline’s sixth destination in the Republic of India. The official opening ceremony was attended by Gulf Air Country Manager to India Mr. AbdulHusain AbdulRahman and the airline’s station manager in Hyderabad Mr. Jabir Ali together with a number of officials representing Hyderabad International Airport and representatives from ground handling service providers and travel partners.

During the opening ceremony Mr. AbdulHusain highlighted the importance of Hyderabad amongst Gulf Air’s destinations in India adding that the opening of this new dedicated sales office is part of the airline’s ongoing expansion and business strategy within the Indian market and its mission to provide quality customer service to enhance its competitive position in the market, which is, to date, witnessing significant growth in passenger traffic across the airline’s Indian destinations.

Gulf Air’s Hyderabad sales office can be found at 6-3-349, Road No 1 Banjara Hills, First Floor, Near Nagarjuna Circle, Hyderabad - 500034 and can be contacted via telephone on (+91) 40233 54090.

Gulf Air operates direct daily flights to/from the six Indian destinations of Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Cochin, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Gulf Air Airbus A320

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today released the results of its quarterly Customer Satisfaction Survey results for Q3 2015. Customer comments for the period from July to September 2015 revealed an overall 31% increase in compliments, a 6% decrease in complaints and a 26% increase in the distribution of Staff Appreciation Vouchers compared to the same period last year.

Significantly, the passenger feedback reflected the positive impact made by Gulf Air’s cabin crew performance including appearance, responsiveness and availability – all delivering the highest rating for Q3 – while also revealing an increase in popularity and positive feedback on the airline’s Falconflyer Programme which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary and launched a new, premium Black tier Falconflyer loyalty programme card – introducing a host of new benefits for Gulf Air’s most elite level of frequent flyer programme members and supplementing the programme’s existing Blue, Silver and Gold loyalty program tiers.

Passenger feedback on their selection of Gulf Air revealed four important aspects for their choice of Bahrain’s national carrier and these did not vary throughout the year, even though their ranks might slightly change from one quarter to another: most convenient departure/arrival time (49%), non-stop flights (31%), lower fare (31%) and good value for money (26%). In line with this, 2015 saw Gulf Air increase its total number of flights by approximately 1,000 including increasing schedule frequencies for more convenient and seamless movement across the airline’s network. With a focus on connectivity for convenience, Gulf Air boasts one of the largest networks in the Middle East and operates double daily (or more) flights to 10 regional cities in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline offers regular fare promotions via its official website gulfair.com for travel across its network.

Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said, “These results are further testimony to our continuous efforts towards improving our customer service across all fronts. We have embarked on an aggressive revamping of our products and services over the past year that has received excellent feedback from customers, as reflected in these survey results. We continue to do so in line with our mission to deliver a superior travel experience to all and I am delighted with our progress to date.”

The quarterly surveys serve to assess satisfaction across several Gulf Air customer touch points, helping the airline to gauge passenger perceptions and providing an integral tool in the airline’s continuing assessments. As a result of these surveys various developments are put into action. Over the past year, Gulf Air’s efforts to provide an enhanced, seamless travel experience to its customers have seen the airline successfully complete the highly anticipated retrofit of its Airbus A330 aircraft – upgraded with fully-flat bed seats in the airline’s Falcon Gold Class, revamped seats in Economy Class and a state-of-the-art in-flight-entertainment system throughout – most recently supplemented when Gulf Air became the first airline in the Middle East to launch BBC Worldwide’s three newest genre brands onboard: BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First.

In tandem, Gulf Air continues to rationalize its operations in its mission to realize commercial sustainability, with progressively improving financial and operational results year-on-year since its 2013 restructuring. Progressively improving business results have reduced the airline’s financial losses by approximately 85% since 2012 and, today, Gulf Air’s strategic direction has shifted – a sure sign of its ongoing recovery and a permanent, positive change in its financial trajectory.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gulf Air Aircraft

Multan and Faisalabad popular amongst travelers

In its countdown to this month’s Multan and Faisalabad launch, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is witnessing strong advance bookings for both routes’ first three months of operation with a 5,000-strong advance ticket take-up ahead of this month’s launch of the service. Gulf Air will operate four weekly direct flights to Multan starting on 14 December and three weekly direct flights to Faisalabad starting from 22 December.

Commenting on the strong advance bookings, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are delighted with the interest that these two new routes have garnered in advance of their launch later this month and we are pleased to serve the Pakistan market with the addition of Multan and Faisalabad. I look forward to the launch of these two newest routes in the coming days.”

Taking the airline’s total Pakistan destinations up to 07, Multan and Faisalabad will supplement Gulf Air’s current service to five cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot. Gulf Air flights to Multan and Faisalabad will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Shadi

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of Mr. Shadi Raweh, a seasoned aviation professional, as its new Country Manager for Turkey. 

With over 15 years’ experience and an in-depth, working knowledge of the aviation and travel industry, Shadi has covered several management roles both within Gulf Air and in other industry organisations. He previously held the position of Country Manager for Yemen, initially for IATA in 2004 and later for Gulf Air in 2008.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer said: “On behalf of the entire Gulf Air family I am delighted to welcome Shadi to his new role representing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier in Turkey.  His industry knowledge and experience will further strengthen our team, helping to raise awareness of all that Gulf Air has to offer the Turkish market.”

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Gulf Air Participates in Ahlia University Career Fair

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, participated in the recent Ahlia University Career Fair that took place on 1 March, 2016. With various Gulf Air representatives on hand to talk about the airline, Gulf Air’s participation helped raise awareness of the various opportunities available at Bahrain’s national carrier, providing Ahlia University students with training and recruitment information surrounding possible internships and/or vacancies.

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Gulf Air a Winner at iTECH 2016 Awards

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was recognized earlier this month at the iTECH 2016 Awards, held during Gulf Industry Fair 2016, which celebrated regional and international ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector achievements in Bahrain.

 

Receiving the award for “Leading CIO,” Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director of Information Technology said: “I'm delighted to receive this award – a true and fitting testament to the commitment, dedication and skills held by the national carrier’s Information Technology team and which have helped propel Gulf Air consistently to the forefront of industry innovations.”

 

This is the second iTECH Award recognition garnered by Gulf Air. The airline was recently honoured, for the third consecutive year, at the sixth edition of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) conference “MEET ICT” and the Bahrain International Technology Exhibition (BITEX) – held in Bahrain earlier in January 2016. Additionally, Gulf Air recently won Computer News Middle East's (CNME) annual, prestigious CIO 100 Award for the 4th consecutive year, becoming the first organization and first airline in the Middle East to do so.

 

Gulf Air's IT achievements include being the first organization in Bahrain to implement Private Cloud Computing in its IT operations and thereby introduced numerous innovations and improvements in its IT function. In 2015, the airline successfully rolled out its new generation iPad Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), thereby eliminating the need for paper-based manuals and procedures and going electronic to further improve flight operations and achieve major cost-savings. 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Women day

National carrier Gulf Air today celebrated International Women's Day, recognizing female members of the airline's global workforce with activities planned across its network, including its Bahrain headquarters. 

In gestures of appreciation, Gulf Air recognized the achievements and contributions of: Supachitra Gajesanandana Gulf Air Airport Duty Manager II - Bangkok, Asha Manawar Gulf Air Reservations & Ticketing Agent - Sialkot, Lucy DMello Gulf Air Sales Support - Abu Dhabi, Shital Unadkat Gulf Air Accounts Officer II - London, Amale Saad Elchoueiry Gulf Air Sales Manager - Beirut and Asmaa Mohamed Abou Zeid Gulf Air Cabin Service Manager. In addition, a staff competition was held at the airline's Muharraq headquarters giving winning female staff complimentary vouchers to experience the services on offer at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain's Rimal Spa.

With 36.6% female personnel, Gulf Air's female workforce represent all the airline's divisions, ranks and levels of expertise. International Women's Day is observed each year on March 8. This year's theme is gender parity.  

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is set to increase its Riyadh service with an increase of 4 additional afternoon flights per week effective 03rd March, taking the airline’s weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 28 to a total of 32. This supplements a recent permanent increase in the carrier’s Jeddah service, to a total of 4 daily flights – effective 22nd February 2016.

 

“Today, Gulf Air operates direct flights to 05 destinations within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim. The airline has had a presence in the Kingdom since 1950, when Gulf Air was first established. With a strong presence in this market dating back to 1950 (when Gulf Air launched its Dammam operations) and 1983 (when Gulf Air launched its Riyadh and Jeddah operations) we are delighted to provide superior travel solutions that cater to the travel needs of our Saudi passengers. The enhanced Gulf Air service give travellers an additional afternoon flight, supplementing our existing, multiple daily schedule,” said Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi. “This not only helps us further satisfy passenger need but also creates improved connections for those passengers connecting to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe.”

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline currently boasts a network that serves 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

 

Gulf Air’s 4 additional afternoon flights per week between Bahrain and Riyadh will operate as below:

Flight

Frequency

Dept Arp

Dept Time

Arvl Arp

Arrv Time

GF  0189

MON, TUE, THU, SAT

BAH

13:45

RUH

15:00

GF  0190

MON, TUE, THU, SAT

RUH

16:00

BAH

17:10

All Times Local

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Gulf Air Participates in Saudi Aramco Travel Fair 2016

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, has successfully participated in the recent Saudi Aramco Travel Fair which was held between 28 February and 3 March at Saudi Aramco's worldwide headquarters in Dhahran. Alongside over 50 travel and hospitality exhibitors, Bahrain's national carrier showcased and promoted some of the airline's key products and services, its attractive flight schedule to/from 5 destinations in Saudi Arabia and its flexible and convenient travel proposition.

 

Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi, said: "Participating in the Saudi Aramco Travel Fair offers us an ideal opportunity to showcase the distinctive Gulf Air offering to the Saudi Aramco team. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of our key markets in which we have had a strong presence dating back to 1950 (when Gulf Air launched its Dammam operations). Events such as these allow us to further consolidate our position in the market. We are delighted to provide superior travel solutions that cater to the travel needs of our Saudi passengers and showcase our tailored offering to meet their requirement.”

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with direct flights to 5 destinations within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim, and double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline recently announced an increase in its Riyadh service, taking the airline’s weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 28 to a total of 32. This supplements a recent permanent increase in the carrier's Jeddah service, to a total of 4 daily flights. Gulf Air currently boasts a network that serves 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Gulf Air Recognises Airline Procurement Staff

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, recently celebrated the achievements of 15 members of the airline's Procurement & Logistics Department who successfully completed the requirements of three different industry certifications in: Procurement Principles, Contact Management and Managing Inventory. A ceremony was held at the airline's Muharraq headquarters in recognition of the staff members' acheivements and Gulf Air Director Procurement & Logistics Mr. Mahmood Ahmadi presented them with their certificates.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today unveiled a dedicated, local call centre number in Pakistan to serve customers and passengers wishing to contact the airline from any Pakistani city. Effective today, Pakistan-based customers can call +92 21 3565 4483 to automatically connect to Gulf Air’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre in Bahrain.

 

Providing a wide range of services, Gulf Air’s Worldwide Contact Centre can assist with all queries relating to ticketing, booking modifications, enrollment to the airline’s Falconflyer programme in addition to serving as an invaluable source of current and up-to-date information about Gulf Air’s latest products and special offers, in either English or Arabic.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are committed to serving the Pakistan market and part of this commitment involves making direct communications with Gulf Air more accessible in order to assist with a variety of passenger and customer needs - round the clock. This service will offer great benefits and convenience to travelers from Pakistan to the Middle East and beyond, travelling with Gulf Air. Most importantly, we believe that having this dedicated, local call centre number for our Pakistan-based callers is a big step in enhancing the way in which we operate and engage with our customers.”

 

Gulf Air also has dedicated local call centre contact numbers in all of: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany, France, Thailand and the Philippines.

 

Catering to passenger demand from across the country, in December last year Gulf Air added two new cities in Pakistan to its network with direct four weekly services to Multan and direct three weekly services to Faisalabad. Taking the airline’s total Pakistan destinations up to 7, Multan and Faisalabad supplement Gulf Air’s service to five cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot. Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on +92 21 3565 4483 (in Pakistan) or +973 17373737 (in Bahrain or globally), or through any local Gulf Air Office and approved travel agencies. 

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
Gulf Air Organizes Visit to Europe for Kuwait Travel Agents and Media

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently organized a familiarization trip to Germany and France for key Kuwait-based travel agencies and media members in recognition of their longstanding support and ongoing mutual cooperation.

 

During the five day visit the participants, accompanied by Gulf Air representatives, enjoyed tailored itineraries that allowed them to experience Gulf Air’s renowned onboard product and service offering, including the airline’s luxurious Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport and various tourist attractions in both destinations.

 

Gulf Air’s Senior Manager Sales, Mr. Ahmed Al Matrook commented on the successful visit: “We are delighted to give some of our key partners in Kuwait the chance to experience the trademark Arabian hospitality that Gulf Air is renowned for: visiting two of the airline’s destinations and enjoying the many products and services that Bahrain’s national carrier has to offer.”

 

Gulf Air’s multiple daily Kuwait service was, in February, increased to 6 daily flights between Bahrain International Airport and Kuwait International Airport and, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport, the Kingdom’s national carrier is well positioned to link Kuwait to key business and leisure destinations in the region and beyond with excellent connectivity via Bahrain in less than 3 hours. The airline currently boasts a network that serves 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents.

 

Building upon a relationship that dates back to Gulf Air’s maiden flight into Kuwait City in 1959, the State of Kuwait remains a strategic destination and market for Bahrain’s national carrier. Flights to/from Kuwait can be booked online at gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Gulf Air Sponsors Egyptian Women Association's International Women's Day Event in Doha

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, recently sponsored an event held by the Egyptian Women's Association of Qatar on the occasion of International Women's Day. Gulf Air's Country Manager in Doha Mr. Wael Mattar welcomed the attendees, praising the opportunity for dialogue about the important role of women in the community.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
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Seven days away from the upcoming 2016 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier and title sponsor of the event is counting down to the most highly anticipated motor sporting and entertainment event of the year.

 

“Now in its 12th year, the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the strongest events to propel Bahrain onto the international stage,” Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said. “This race has become a favorite among motorsport fans around the world, and Gulf Air is proud to bring in visitors to the Kingdom of Bahrain to attend the race and enjoy the array of attractions and tourist activities on offer alongside it.”

 

The 2016 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on 1, 2 and 3 April at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir (the only desert Formula One track amongst the 21 races worldwide) which will host its third night race this year. The event boasts an entertainment lineup that includes Grammy-nominated artist and producer DJ Avicii, DJs Axwell & Ingrosso and reggae musician Jimmy Cliff, in addition to a variety of family oriented entertainment throughout each day.

 

Gulf Air is committed to strategic sponsorships in support of the promotion of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the national carrier’s extensive network. The airline has been the Title Sponsor of the FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX ever since it made history as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East in 2004.

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Monday, March 28, 2016
Gulf Air Honours Abu Dhabi Travel Agents

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently invited leading Abu Dhabi-based trade partners to an industry dinner at the Le Meriden Hotel, Abu Dhabi, honoring the airline’s top travel agents, informing them of Gulf Air’s latest developments and thanking them for their loyalty and continued support to Gulf Air while giving them an opportunity to enjoy an informal setting for discussion and networking with industry peers.

 

Gulf Air Country Manager, Abu Dhabi Ms. Madina Al Balushi thanked the travel agents for their longstanding and continuous support to Gulf Air business: “Travel agents are integral to the growth of our airline, and we are taking this opportunity to thank these key industry partners in Abu Dhabi for making the Gulf Air experience a positive one for our passengers from the very first moment of booking.”

 

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities – including 28 weekly Gulf Air flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain – in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any local Gulf Air office and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Gulf Air and Information & eGovernment Authority Conduct Knowledge Sharing Session

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and the Information & eGovernment Authority (IGA) recently conducted a knowledge sharing session at the airline's Muharraq headquarters in order to raise awareness and facilitate understanding of the protection of state information and documents, in line with the State Secrets law. 

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam spoke of the session: “It is of critical importance that Gulf Air's management team and the airline's entire workforce, have the capabilities and knowledge to collect, classify and maintain information securely and responsibly - protecting and securing the airline's information in all its forms to ensure there is no misuse. Such knowledge sharing sessions help us work together to secure all Gulf Air information and ensure the airline's compliance with information handling requirements.”

The session was attended by representatives from a broad spectrum of Gulf Air divisions and was conducted by Mr. Ahmed Jaber Aldoseri, IGA's Act. Director General of Information Security. Topics of discussion included recommendations and best practices on classification of information and documents and the various levels of protection that need to be applied throughout any information or document's life cycle. 

Mr. Aldoseri praised Gulf Air's progressive information security practices, saying “Gulf Air is poised to have an exemplary implementation of the law's requirements in protecting sensitive information, as it has exceptional senior-level awareness of prevalent security issues, and boasts a highly skilled team”. Aldoseri invited other state-owned entities to follow suit and ensure compliance with legal requirements through knowledge sharing workshops.

Gulf Air recently established an Information Handling Committee to oversee the implementation and practices related to data classification and information handling in the company. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted representatives from key Russian-based MICE travel agencies on a 4 day visit that gave them the opportunity to experience the comforts of flying with Gulf Air and enjoy some of Bahrain’s most notable tourist attractions.

 

In a meeting with Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam and Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi at the airline’s headquarters, topics of discussion included the importance of travel agents’ role and function and their critical partnership with Gulf Air to promote Bahrain and raise awareness of all that the Kingdom and its national carrier have to offer Russian visitors. In turn, the representatives voiced their positive feedback on the Kingdom’s many tourism and business capabilities and its broad appeal to various types of visitors.

 

Gulf Air launched a direct Moscow link in October 2014 and the route has seen steady growth to date. In support of this, the airline has entered into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) with Russian carrier S7 Airlines enabling Gulf Air passengers to take flights beyond Moscow to and from the Russian cities of St Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa, Sochi and Voronezh. With a combined fare that is more attractive than those purchased separately, the SPA agreement allows passengers to purchase only one ticket, at a more competitive fare, for their entire journey instead of separate tickets for each individual carrier.

 

Gulf Air’s direct four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights to and from Moscow can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today congratulated the Bahraini leadership and public on yet another successful hosting of the prestigious 2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

 

Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said, “The success of this year’s race is a testament to the commitment and efforts of our leadership and the Bahraini people as a whole – whose ongoing efforts have been fruitful over the years in securing the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix as a firm favorite amongst fans from all over the world and garnering Bahrain global recognition as a business and tourism destination in the Gulf as well as the home of motorsport in the region. We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Bahrain for many years to come and continuing our successful partnership with Formula One going forward.”

 

Gulf Air has been the title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it made history in April 2004 as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East. Since then, the airline has been instrumental in the success of the event and the benefits it has brought to Bahrain’s economy. Gulf Air is a proud ambassador for Bahrain and takes its role in supporting the Kingdom’s diversification in areas such as tourism very seriously. The airline has been Official Carrier of the biennial Bahrain International Airshow since it was first held in 2010.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mobile and online travel identified as growth opportunities to promote Bahrain as an international tourist destination

Investment in technology will support the growth of Bahrain’s travel industry and contribute more to gross domestic product (GDP). This was a key topic of discussion at a media event jointly hosted by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and travel technology leader, Sabre Travel Network Middle East (STNME), a longstanding joint venture partnership between Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) a leading global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, and Gulf Air.

 

Titled “Bahrain Travel Industry: Partnership in Synergy,” the event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Khaled Bin Humood Al Khalifa, Acting CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA), and was attended by government officials and industry leaders from Bahrain, the Middle East and Europe, to discuss economic opportunities and challenges, trends shaping the future of travel and the contribution of the sector to Bahrain’s economy.

 

Sheikh Khaled Bin Humood opened the event, sharing BTEA’s strategy and vision for travel and tourism in Bahrain and highlighting Brand Bahrain, an international campaign launched last month to promote the Kingdom as a top tourist destination.  

 

Harald Eisenächer, senior vice president, Sabre Travel Network, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said Bahrain’s travel industry is growing and is expected to increase its GDP contribution to five percent this year. “Travel companies need to understand changing consumer habits and the impact mobile and online technologies are having on travel. Make sure you know what’s coming and invest in technology that will provide travelers a more personalized experience that will drive loyalty, while generating new revenue streams for your business,” said Eisenächer.

 

He also said that while internet penetration in Bahrain is almost 100 percent, e-commerce and m-commerce were still relatively low. “There’s still a lot of concern about shopping online and sharing credit card details, which is why Sabre developed a virtual payments solution to address payment security concerns. We spend a lot of time understanding future traveler needs, and helping our customers develop the right mobile and online strategy to cater to what their customers want today and in the future.  Travel is continually transforming – it never stands still,” he said.

 

Another topic of discussion was the future of travel particularly the rise of the millennial travel.

 

Director of Information Technology, Gulf Air Dr Jassim Haji said: “Technology is a great enabler, and it has been widely adopted with growing numbers of travelers embracing the mobile revolution as they become increasingly tech-savvy.”

 

He also reflected on the evolving travel experience and how various stakeholders within the industry need to step up and change their offering: “Travelers today have stronger voices that carry further thanks to the prominence of social media and its ease of use. That’s not all, coupled with travelers’ greater strength of voice is an evolved expectation. We now, more than ever, need to deliver a seamless travel experience that is convenient, flexible, friendly and – at all times – responsive to individual needs. At Gulf Air we are committed to driving the travel technology movement and supporting greater uptake of the latest travel solutions on offer.”

 

The Bahrain Travel Industry: Partnership in Synergy panel had speakers from STNME, Gulf Air, Sabre, key travel agencies in Bahrain, Bahrain Economic Development Board and Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority.

 

About Sabre Corporation

Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than $120 billion of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Gulf Air Participates in Applied Science University Career Fair

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, participated in the recent Applied Science University Career Fair that took place on 29th March, 2016. With various Gulf Air representatives on hand to talk about the airline, Gulf Air’s participation helped raise awareness of the various opportunities available at Bahrain’s national carrier, providing Applied Science University students with training and recruitment information surrounding possible internships and/or vacancies.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Gulf Air Appoints Country Manager in Greece

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of Mr. Abdul Hussain Abdul Rahman Hussain, a seasoned aviation professional with over 20 years’ experience, as its Country Manager in Greece.

 

Over the course of his career to date Abdul Hussain has amassed an in-depth, working knowledge of the aviation and travel industry. He has previously represented Gulf Air in all of: the Republic of India and the People's Republic of Bangladesh and has held management roles both within Gulf Air and in other industry organisations including Hong Kong flag carrier, Cathay Pacific.

 

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer said: “I am delighted to welcome Abdul Hussain to his new role representing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier in Greece – an important European market for Bahrain’s national carrier. His industry knowledge and experience will further strengthen our presence in Athens, helping to raise awareness of all that Gulf Air has to offer the Greek market.”

 

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline currently operates 4 weekly flights between Athens and Bahrain and flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (210) 3220851 within Greece and (+973) 17373737 internationally, or through any local Gulf Air Office and approved travel agencies. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced the appointment of MaXposure Media Group, one of the largest corporate publishing companies in South East Asia, as publisher of Gulf Air’s inflight magazine “Gulf Life.”  The appointment will take effect from May 2016.

 

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, said, “I am delighted to see MaXposure Media Group take on this role, bringing with them a wealth of experience that can only benefit the Gulf Life brand – leading its growth and continued appeal to our valued readers.”

 

“It's a very proud moment for all of us at MaXposure and we thank Gulf Air for entrusting us with this role in support of their prestigious, award-winning magazine. Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 39 cities in 22 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities. As such, Gulf Life magazine has significant strategic importance within the MaXposure portfolio of magazines with the potential to reach an immensely broad readership base” said Prakash Johari, MD and CEO, MaXposure Media Group.

 

Gulf Life is a bilingual (English and Arabic) monthly magazine catering to each and every passenger travelling by Gulf Air across the world. It will contain a wide-ranging mix of features relating to Gulf Air’s global destinations, with a particular emphasis on the Gulf and Middle East region.

 

MaXposure Media Group is the second largest in-flight publisher in terms of titles and the largest corporate publisher in South Asia with an array of magazines under its portfolio. It is a full service media company spreading across the dimensions of publishing, creative solutions, events, custom publishing, ambient media, international representation and outsourcing. 

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Gulf Air Hosts Trade Luncheon in Abu Dhab

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently hosted a trade luncheon in Abu Dhabi, inviting leading Abu Dhabi-based travel agent representatives to the event that provided a forum for information exchange about Gulf Air’s latest news and developments. The airline is represented in Abu Dhabi by Country Manager Ms. Madina Al Balushi.

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities – including 28 weekly Gulf Air flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain – in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any local Gulf Air office and approved travel agencies.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Gulf Air Boosts Gassim Service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the upcoming increase of its Gassim service, which was launched in January 2015. Service to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport will, effective 24th April, now be served with daily flights. This is the airline’s third Saudi Arabian destination to witness a frequency boost over the past three months; Gulf Air increased its Riyadh service, in March 2016, to 32 weekly flights while its Jeddah service was increased to a total of 4 daily flights in February 2016.

 

“Following on from recent increases to other Saudi Arabian destiantions, Gulf Air’s most recent schedule enhancement to Gassim not only helps us further satisfy passenger need but also creates improved connections for those passengers connecting to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe” said Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi. “By focusing on this critical market we are working to provide superior travel solutions that cater to the travel needs of our Saudi passengers and their growing travel needs,” he concluded.

 

Gulf Air’s enhanced Gassim service will see an additional 2 flights per week and will operate as per the schedule below:

Flight

Frequency

From

Dept Time

To

Arrv Time

GF  0187

MON, WED, SAT, SUN

BAH

09:35

ELQ

10:55

GF  0188

MON, WED, SAT, SUN

ELQ

11:45

BAH

12:45

GF  0185

TUE, THU, FRI

BAH

16:40

ELQ

18:00

GF  0186

TUE, THU, FRI

ELQ

18:45

BAH

19:45

All times local

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline currently boasts a network that serves 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Gulf Air Offers 50% Off of Falconflyer Miles Redemption

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently launched an exclusive offer for the airline’s Falconflyer loyalty programme members offering 50% off Falconflyer miles redemption. Customers can redeem their Falconflyer miles for Gulf Air tickets – at a 50% discounted rate – between now and 30th June 2016.

 

The airline’s 50% discount* offer is available to Falconflyer members when redeeming Falconflyer miles online at gulfair.com, via any local Gulf Air office or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre at (+973) 17373737. The 50% redemption promotion is valid from today until 30th June 2016.

 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the program include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding.

 

Enrolling in the Gulf Air FalconFlyer Programme and/or booking Gulf Air flights across the airline’s 39 destination network can be done online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Gulf Air Recognises Top 20 Travel Agents in Muscat

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently recognized its top 20 travel agents in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman awarding Mr. Sunil Prabhakar, Chief Executive Officer of Travel City for being the airline’s top 2015 travel agent and highest revenue-generating trade partner for the airline. The first place award was given to Travel City, a leading travel agent, and the largest travel company in Oman with 32 branches across the Sultanate, for the second consecutive year.  

 

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ahmed Ali Ramadhan, Gulf Air Country Manager in Muscat, said: “Travel agents are key partners for our airline and the support of these top selling agents in 2015 helped raise Gulf Air’s game, building even greater awareness of our product and service offering amongst our passengers and helping us secure an even more loyal customer base. We are delighted to recognize our top 20 travel agents and, of course our first place travel agent: Travel City.”

 

Gulf Air has had a strong presence in the Sultanate of Oman since Bahrain’s national carrier was first established in 1950. Currently, Gulf Air operates 28 weekly flights between Muscat and Bahrain. Boasting one of the Middle East’s largest networks, Gulf Air is well-positioned to connect Muscat to several key destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe with excellent connectivity via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+968) 2477 5000, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Gulf Air Obtains ISO Certifications

In an awards ceremony recently held at Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Muharraq headquarters, the airline was recognized by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), for successfully upgrading its Information Security Management System to the latest ISO 27001:2013 standard. The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an Information Security Management System. 

The certification was awarded to Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer, by Mr. Zulfiqar Haider, Chief Executive of Certification at Bureau Veritas Bahrain at the awards ceremony which was attended by members of Gulf Air’s Information Security Committee. 

Accepting the certification Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “As a global airline, much of our work involves handling sensitive and critical information, including passenger data. We are committed to providing the highest standard of Information Security and this involves constantly assessing our capabilities and modifying/enhancing them. I am delighted to receive this upgraded certification, reflecting our implementation of a strict framework to guarantee the protection and security of information across the board - further helping to achieve customer satisfaction.”

“Gulf Air is considered a reputable operator in the GCC region maintaining information security standards and meeting ISO requirements. The same was witnessed by our assessors during the certification process. This upgrade will enhance customer confidence and satisfaction in doing business with Gulf Air,” said Mr. Zulfiqar Haider.

Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director of Information Technology, commented: “We are pleased to achieve yet another Information Technology enhancement and to be recognized for our team’s work. This advance in Information Security not only demonstrates our technological control and the evolved measures we have in place but also our high level of user awareness.”

Gulf Air has successfully managed its ISO 27001 certification over the past four years, and it is the first airline in the world to be accredited for its Information Technology practices under five (5) different ISO Certificates. The Information Technology ISO certifications were in the five areas of Quality Management, Environmental Management, Service Management, Information Security Management and Energy Management Systems.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Gulf Air Marks World Health Day 2016

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently marked World Health Day 2016, dedicated this year to diabetes, with a company-wide initiative consisting of raising awareness about the rise in diabetes, its consequences, how to prevent the disease, diagnose it and treat and care for those individuals with diabetes in addition to general initiatives to promote healthier lifestyles.

 

The Gulf Air Health Clinic in collaboration with the National Labour Union of Gulf Air held a number of activities at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters which included a dedicated health seminar, a yoga class and free medical examinations including complimentary screening tests for blood glucose, blood pressure and other vitals in addition to complimentary dental checkups.

 

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. As a responsible global citizen the airline has, most recently, supported World Cancer Day 2016 in collaboration with the Bahrain Cancer Society and previously partnered with Dreams Society, on the occasion of World Charity Day, donating airline tickets to the local charity in order to help them realize the dreams of children effected with terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases. Additionally, Gulf Air collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) office in Bahrain to celebrate World Environment Day and raise environmental awareness amongst all members of the local community.

 

Key sponsors and contributors to Gulf Air’s World Health Day 2016 initiative included: Ceram Dental Medical Center, Reps Fitness Studios, Medical Line Bahrain, SERVIER, Green International Medical and Gulf Pharmacy.

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Gulf Air to Launch Direct Flights Between Bahrain and Dhaka

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced its planned return to Dhaka, Bangladesh from Monday, 30 May 2016.

 

The airline will soon launch direct flights between Bahrain and the Bangladeshi capital operating 05 weekly flights to and from Dhaka with a proposed schedule that will provide travellers with seamless connectivity via the airline’s efficient Bahrain International Airport hub, to key GCC and European destinations.

 

Commenting on news of the re-launch Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are pleased to re-connect Dhaka with Bahrain – boosting the significant commercial opportunity that exists for businessmen from both Bahrain and the Bangladeshi capital while facilitating the movement of Bangladeshi nationals. This is a promising development in 2016 as we respond to strong passenger demand coupled with promising economic signs in Bangladesh. We feel it is just the right time for us to return and anticipate this new route will be a success for our passenger operations.”

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest Middle East networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. With this addition, the airline’s network will serve 40 cities in 23 countries spanning three continents.

 

Flights to/from Dhaka will operate as per the below schedule and are available for booking by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

 

Flt Desg

Freq

From

Dept Time

To

Arrival Time

GF  0248

MON / WED

Bahrain

1:00

Dhaka

9:30

GF  0249

MON / WED

Dhaka

10:30

Bahrain

13:25

GF  0250

TUE / THUR / SAT

Bahrain

20:10

Dhaka

4:40

GF  0251

WED / FRI / SUN

Dhaka

5:40

Bahrain

8:35

All Times Local

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Gulf Air’s Falconflyer Loyalty Programme and Europcar Partner to Reward their Members

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced a partnership between the airline’s Falconflyer Loyalty Programme and Europcar, the European leader in vehicle rental services  and a major mobility player.

The partnership will see Gulf Air FalconFlyer members benefit from Europcar’s mobility services, obtaining access to one of the largest car rental networks,spanning over 140 countries, and accruing FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme miles on every Europcar rental. 

The partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer and Mr. Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar Group, at the national carrier’s head office in Muharraq. 

Mr. Janahi welcomed the agreement saying: “We are delighted to partner with Europcar and broaden the distinctive offering and privileges available to Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members. We look forward to working closely with Europcar and building a mutually rewarding partnership.” 

Commenting on the agreement Mr. Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar Group, said: “We are delighted to provide Gulf Air FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members with our expertise and quality of services. Thanks to the impressive coverage of our network, Gulf Air FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members can now have a Europcar vehicle awaiting them upon arrival at their destination – at greater benefit to them!”

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the programme include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among a host of other benefits. Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Gulf Air Hosts Al Noor International School Student Visit

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently welcomed 25 Al Noor International School students participating in an educational visit to the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq. 

The students enjoyed a tour of Gulf Air’s premises, an overview of Bahrain’s national carrier’s corporate culture and operations, a site visit to Gulf Air’s dedicated museum and an interactive discussion on the national carrier’s history in Bahrain and the region. Student feedback following the one-day visit was overwhelmingly positive as all participants spoke of the value of increasing awareness of Gulf Air and its integral role in Bahrain and the aviation industry as a whole.

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. The airline continues to give back to the community through activities such as sponsoring events, supporting charities and local initiatives and raising awareness of various environmental and social causes.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Gulf Air Launches Summer 2016 Schedule

In anticipation of the upcoming peak summer travel period Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced frequency increases to and from all of Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport, with Gulf Air’s double daily Amman service and daily Beirut service increasing to multiple daily with an increase of 3 weekly flights to each city while the airline’s 5 weekly Istanbul service will increase to daily – all from July until end of August, in anticipation of growing passenger demand.

 

Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi commented on the additional flights: “Boosting our network, Gulf Air’s planned frequency increases will provide greater choice of flights and enhanced connectivity for passengers travelling across the Gulf Air network. The summer period is typically associated with an increase in travel demand to some of our airline’s most popular destinations. Our additional frequencies to the Jordanian and Lebanese capital cities and Turkey’s most populous city, are all key to strengthening our existing business and tourism links. These additional flights allow greater connectivity and more seamless travel for passengers travelling across our extensive network via Bahrain International Airport while facilitating movement to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

 

Gulf Air boasts one of the largest Middle East networks with multiple daily flights to ten regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The national carrier is well-positioned to provide seamless connectivity and two-way movement across its network and through its efficient Bahrain hub.

 

Further information on Gulf Air’s enhanced flight schedules and bookings can be found online at www.gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 or via any local Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Gulf Air Showcases Istanbul to Muscat-Based Travel Agents

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently gave a number of prominent Muscat-based travel agents, tour operators and select media representatives the opportunity to explore the Turkish city of Istanbul with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by the airline and OUA (Oman United Agency) Holidays. 

With the aim of promoting one of the airline’s key network destinations, participants had the opportunity to experience Gulf Air’s onboard and on-the-ground offering including its dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport in addition to participating in tailored tours of Istanbul’s historical and cultural sites.

Gulf Air has had a strong presence in the Sultanate of Oman since Bahrain’s national carrier was first established in 1950. The airline currently operates 3 daily flights to Muscat and 5 weekly flights to Istanbul – increasing to a daily Istanbul service as part of Gulf Air’s Summer 2016 Schedule. Boasting one of the largest networks in the Middle East with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport Gulf Air is well-positioned to connect travelers from several key destinations across its global network.  

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+968) 24775000 (in Muscat) or (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Maher Al Musallam

Gulf Air’s Board of Directors today announced the instatement of Mr. Maher Salman Jabber Al Musallam in the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr Al Musallam joined Gulf Air as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and has been at the helm of the airline, as Acting Chief Executive Officer, since December 2012. A seasoned aviation professional Mr. Al Musallam has, with Gulf Air’s executive management team, spearheaded the national carrier’s 2013 restructuring strategy to deliver groundbreaking results – most significantly the record reduction in the airline’s annual losses.

 

The announcement is a direct result of Mr Al Musallam and Gulf Air’s executive management team efforts leading to three consecutive years of landmark achievements – a true turnaround for Bahrain’s national carrier that now opens up the airline to new growth and development opportunities. The support of Gulf Air’s executive management team lays the groundwork of Gulf Air’s strategic vision for controlled growth, while further promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain at home and abroad.

 

Speaking on his appointment and vision for Gulf Air Mr. Al Musallam said, “This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly – I am honoured to continue serving the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier and, with the airline’s executive management team’s ongoing support and efforts, realising its ongoing positive transformation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the airline’s Board of Directors and the Bahraini government for entrusting us with this responsibility that we highly appreciate”

 

Gulf Air’s Board of Directors additionally instated Mrs. Sahar Ataei as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi as Chief Commercial Officer and Mr. Jamal Hashim as Chief Technical Officer in recognition of their efforts and contributions towards the national carrier’s turnaround over the past three years.

 

This announcement follows news of Gulf Air’s restructured aircraft orders, comprising 45 aircraft with Boeing and Airbus in deals worth a combined total of USD7.6 billion and geared towards providing Gulf Air with the requisite expansion capabilities for the airline’s extensively studied future network requirements. The airline is currently preparing to release its highly anticipated 2015 financial and operational results. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Gulf Air Celebrates 40 Years of Direct Operations between Bahrain and Cyprus

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its direct operations to/from the city of Larnaca in the Republic of Cyprus, giving a number of regional media members the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean island with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by The Cyprus Tourism Organization. 

With the aim of promoting one of the airline’s key network destinations, participants had the opportunity to experience Gulf Air’s onboard and on-the-ground offering including the airline’s premium onboard product and its dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport. Additionally, the familiarization trip included tailored tours to a number of Cypriot cities including Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol giving participants an insight into what Cyprus has to offer such as historical and cultural sites, nature reserves, beaches and mountain activities as well as luxury accommodation and rich culinary options.

Launched in 1976, Gulf Air’s direct five weekly flights to and from Larnaca International Airport depart Bahrain on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Boasting one of the largest Middle East networks with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to link the Gulf region and Cyprus with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport in less than 90 minutes. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. 

 

 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Gulf Air Secures IATA Ground Operations Manual Certificate

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has become one of the first airlines in the region to be awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Ground Operations Manual Certificate (IGOM) certifying that the airline is in full compliance with international standards of ground safety and operations.

 

Mr. Kashif Khalid, IATA Campaign Manager Gulf Area, presented the certificate to Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer Captain Nasser Al Salmi and Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi, at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters congratulating Gulf Air on successfully achieving IGOM registry status.

 

Receiving the Certificate Captain Al Salmi said: “As we strive to remain at the forefront of operational developments to ensure convenient travel solutions for our passengers, Gulf Air prides itself on operating to the highest global standards with regards to our ground handling processes, ground safety and operations. This is key to ensuring satisfied passengers and seamless operations. It is an honor to be recognised for our achievements to date and a reminder of the need for our continuous, rigourous efforts.”

 

Committed to operational excellence, Gulf Air continuously reviews and appraises the airline’s internal operational processes, conducting rigorous quality control processes and self-auditing to ensure conformity with global best practices. Most recently, the national carrier announced the successful completion of the internationally recognized, biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) – keeping Gulf Air on the IOSA registry until May 2017.

 

“In successfully completing the IATA IOSA audit earlier this year and recently joining IATA’s IGOM registry Gulf Air has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the highest levels of operational safety. The airline’s achievements are positive for both its passengers who can have confidence that the latest aviation standards are in place and the industry which is another step closer to establishing its vision of a globally aligned operating environment,” said Kashif Khalid, IATA Campaign Manager Gulf Area.

 

Providing one internationally recognized standard for ground handling processes, the IATA Ground Operations Manual represents airlines’ definitive source for the latest industry-approved standards and is geared towards improved safety and operational efficiency. By applying these standards, IGOM strives to drive down costs by reducing complexity, simplifying training requirements and reducing aircraft damage by applying common procedures.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Gulf Air Inflight Magazine “Gulf Life” Launches Mobile App and Website

Gulf Life, the inflight magazine of the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air, has launched its mobile app “Gulf Life” and official website www.gulflife.online in addition to its social media presence, with active Facebook (Facebook/GulfLife) and Twitter (@GulfLifeMag) pages. With these launches, Gulf Life becomes digitally empowered, making its presence felt across all platforms.

“We are delighted to embrace the digital technologies that allow us to reach a broader audience, facilitating their access to Gulf Life. With the launch of our magazine app, available for both Android and iOS devices via Google Play Store and Apple App Store, we are providing more convenience and value to our readers, giving them the freedom to manage and access articles whenever they like and wherever they may be,” commented Mr Ahmed Janahi Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer.

In addition to providing detailed updates to relevant Gulf Air information, readers can now browse both the app and website for articles on various destinations, festivals, events around the world and much more. The Gulf Life app also allows readers to download specific content for future reference. 

“If you like a feature or story, you can download it to access it at a later date. The app also allows readers to connect with the magazine publisher and give suggestions/feedback,” said Prakash Johari, CEO & Managing Director, Maxposure Media Group India Pvt Ltd.   

Gulf Life is a bilingual (English and Arabic) monthly magazine catering to each and every passenger travelling by Gulf Air across the world. It contains a wide-ranging mix of features relating to Gulf Air’s global destinations, with a particular emphasis on the Gulf and Middle East region. Effective May 2016, Gulf Air appointed MaXposure Media Group, one of the largest corporate publishing companies in South East Asia, as Gulf Life publisher. 

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, can confirm that flight GF155, carrying 247 passengers, from Manila to Bahrain experienced severe turbulence while mid-flight on Friday 27 May 2016 resulting in some passengers and crew sustaining minor injuries.

 

The flight was diverted to Bombay, landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, at 1130GMT (1430 local Bahrain time) where one passenger received medical attention.

 

Gulf Air apologises for the uncontrollable incident and resulting impact on passengers. The airline's crew are trained to manage such events and all passengers on board were assisted by Gulf Air staff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport while the aircraft underwent maintenance inspection. The flight departed Bombay at 1542GMT (1842 local Bahrain time) resuming service to Bahrain International Airport with an anticipated arrival time of 1855GMT (2155 local Bahrain time).

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Gulf Air Cricket Team Returns Victorious from Manila

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has once again celebrated the victorious return of the airline’s cricket team from Manilla where they participated in their 21st consecutive annual cricket tour.

Gulf Air team (A), led by Captain Waqas Mohammad Riaz Hakim, walked away with the prestigious winner’s trophy thus becoming the champions of the annual international cricket challenge played against Nomads Sports Club for 2016. Gulf Air team (B), led by Captain Khalid Faiz Mohamed, achieved runner up position in 6 a side tournament played at Nomads Sports Club 2016. Individual trophies were also awarded to members of the Gulf Air Cricket Team in the categories of: Man of the Match, Best Catch, Best Bowler and Most Consistent Player.

The Gulf Air cricket team, which was established in 1994, is a strong brand ambassador for the airline, competing globally throughout the year and have previously won the Nomads Cricket Club Annual Tournaments for four consecutive years in addition to winning over ten finals including six-a-side and one day matches. Most recently, Gulf Air won the Centenary of Nomads Tournament playing against Manila team: Nomads CC and reached the semi-final stage of the Clark Sixes tour.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Gulf Air's Inaugural Dhaka Flight Touches Down

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, celebrated the airline’s inaugural 5 weekly service to and from Dhaka, the capital of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. 

Gulf Air flight GF248 was welcomed into Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the biggest airport in Bangladesh, with a water cannon salute and, upon arrival, a celebratory event was held in the airport that saw the attendance of various dignitaries, Gulf Air flight’s captain and crew, Gulf Air’s Country Manager to Bangladesh, Mr. Hussain Ghuloom, and a number of local media and travel industry representatives, alongside official Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport officials.

Serving 7 destinations in Pakistan and 6 in India, Gulf Air’s Dhaka service enhances the airline’s existing Indian Subcontinent operations providing strong connectivity to destinations across Gulf Air’s Middle East network and beyond via the airline’s hub, Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air 5 weekly flights to Dhaka are operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft with a total of 16 Falcon Gold business class seats and 120 economy class seats.

Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Gulf Air Reduces Losses by 88% in the Three Years Since it embarked upon its Restructuring Strategy

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has posted its 2015 financial and operational results, revealing a fall of almost BHD40 million in the airline’s annual losses from BHD62.7 million in 2014 to BHD24.1 million in 2015 – equivalent to a landmark 62% reduction.

 

Commenting on the airline’s record 2015 annual results H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors said: “I am delighted with these results. 2015 delivered the fruits of Gulf Air’s ongoing holistic business strategy, implemented since the airline’s 2013 restructuring. The airline’s losses in 2012 were BHD196 million and this has fallen, by 2015, by 88% - no mean feat. With an improved performance, an increasingly positive financial trajectory for our national carrier and consistently falling losses, Gulf Air’s positive 2015 developments are visible across a broad spectrum of deliverables and could only have been realised with the support and direction of our leadership, the airline’s Board of Directors, executive management team and global workforce.”

 

On the airline’s 2015 progress, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “We are further stabilising and strengthening the business in both the short and long term and this has been achievable primarily through the continued dedication and ability of all members of the Gulf Air family. As we successfully eradicate legacy debts, Gulf Air is further enabled to manage its controlled future growth, with the capabilities to further invest in the airline’s ongoing growth and development.”

 

Throughout the year, Gulf Air focused on its performance turnaround and improving operational results. With an average annual on-time-performance of 89%, the airline remains one of the global leaders in on-time-punctuality, while its commitment to operating to the highest global safety standards saw it successfully complete its biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), keeping the airline on the IOSA registry until May 2017. On the network front, 2015 saw Gulf Air balance its regional stronghold with strategic global links extending to 44 destinations by the end of the year and this was further enhanced by the airline’s continuous, dynamic schedule adjustments across its network in response to passenger demand. Strategically utilizing its fleet capability to cater to the airline’s growing capacity and network requirements, Gulf Air’s fleet underwent specific, targeted product enhancements that were completed by the end of 2015 including the retrofit of the airline’s A330 fleet. Channelling its strong in-house technical expertise, Gulf Air also successfully completed a fully insourced C1 check on its Airbus A321 aircraft at the airline’s base maintenance facility.

 

Commenting on the airline’s goals for 2016 and beyond Mr. Al Musallam said, “Today, our controlled future growth and expansion capabilities are considerable and being carefully planned by the airline’s management team and Board of Directors. In parallel, Gulf Air’s positive and controlled growth in the forthcoming year and beyond will proceed alongside continued investment to enhance every facet of the Gulf Air passenger experience ensuring that our national carrier continues to showcase and support our Kingdom at home and abroad. While the coming years will be challenging, our noteworthy achievements to date have built a solid foundation for us to move forward.”

 

Gulf Air’s ongoing recovery, since 2013, and positive steps taken towards realising commercial sustainability, is a testament to the continuous state support received by the airline. The carrier’s annual national budget allocation has supported its strategic development and the allocated funds have, as a result of encouraging trends to date, fallen significantly since the start of the airline’s restructuring strategy in 2013, coinciding with the positive financial and operational results delivered since then.

 

Gulf Air is among the biggest national companies in Bahrain in terms of employment, in addition to being one of the largest employers of a national workforce – recognised as such on a regional level – with 90% Bahrainisation at the airline’s headquarters. Specific functions, such as cabin crew, pilots and aircraft engineers, within Gulf Air have greater numbers of foreign nationals, recognised and lauded by the airline for their important role in either satisfying a shortage or delivering on the organisation’s mission to diversify its workforce. Greater numbers of foreign workforce are also visible across the airline’s global network of destinations in compliance with local labour laws and regulations.

 

Gulf Air’s 2015 financial results were audited by the international accounting firm Ernst and Young and approved at the AGM in the presence of representatives from Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the airline’s external auditor.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Gulf Air Delegation Visit Patients at Muharraq Geriatric Hospital

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has once again rolled out a series of tailored initiatives during the holy month of Ramadan, reaching out to the local community. Mr Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah, Gulf Air Director Corporate Affairs & Communications Board Secretary, along with members of the airline’s workforce, recently visited Muharraq Geriatric Hospital where, with Muharraq Geriatric Hospital’s Manager Mr. Hassan Faraj, they toured various wards, distributing gifts and wishing the elderly patients good health and wellness.

 

During the visit, Mr. Hulaiwah stressed the importance of embracing the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan and its teachings in support of this integral segment of the local community while Faraj expressed his thanks, on behalf of the hospital’s administration, for the airline’s warm gesture.

 

Gulf Air is involved in a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives during the holy month of Ramadan including network-wide iftars and community engagement activities and local initiatives such as the airline’s weekly iftar meal box distribution at busy junctions of the Kingdom around al Maghreb prayer time. In addition, the airline designs a special iftar menu served onboard its flights during Ramadan to cater to Muslim passengers’ needs when breaking their fast.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Gulf Air Celebrates 30 Years of Direct Operations between Bahrain and Turkey

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its direct operations to/from the city of Istanbul in the Republic of Turkey. Marking the occasion, the airline invited leading Turkish trade partners and media representatives to a celebratory dinner held at CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel.

 

The dinner was hosted by Gulf Air’s newly-appointed Country Manager Mr. Shadi Raweh, who welcomed the guests, sharing information about Gulf Air’s latest developments and thanking them for their loyalty and continued support of the airline. Speaking at the dinner Mr. Raweh said: “We are delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gulf Air’s direct service between Turkey and Bahrain. Istanbul is a key destination for our customers travelling for either business or leisure and our upcoming summer schedule will see an increase of our operations to and from Istanbul to daily flights to meet passenger demand for this popular destination. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our key industry partners in Istanbul who are integral to the growth of our airline.”

 

Gulf Air boasts one of the largest Middle East networks with multiple daily flights to ten regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The national carrier is well-positioned to provide seamless connectivity and two-way movement across its network and through its efficient Bahrain hub.

 

Launched in 1986, Gulf Air’s operates direct 5 weekly flights to and from Istanbul Atatürk Airport which will increase in the summer period to daily flights (from July until end of August). Gulf Air flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Gulf Airs Annual Ramadan Football Tournament 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently held its annual Ramadan football tournament, which saw 10 teams representing different departments and divisions within the airline competing to win the tournament’s cup. The tournament, held in Al Najma Sports Club, was won by Gulf Air’s Pilots team who were awarded the winner’s cup from Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Gulf Air Selects Alfa Express Company for Airline's Waste Management and Recycling Drive.

As part of Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier’s ongoing mission to be a socially responsible entity, the airline has selected Alfa Express Company for its waste management and recycling drive. 

The two companies entered into an agreement recently allowing Gulf Air to avail of recycling services from Alfa Express Company to eliminate and dispose of the organisation’s waste papers, plastic bottles, aluminium cans and cardboard. This initiative is in line with Gulf Air’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy to participate actively in green initiatives, minimise the airline’s impact on the environment while promoting sustainability and acting as a role model to other organizations. 

At a signing ceremony held at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters Mr. Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah, Gulf Air Director Corporate Affairs & Communications Board Secretary and Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology signed the agreement with Mr. Fadhel Al Maskati, Alfa Express Company Managing Director.

Gulf Air is committed to ensuring its operations deliver positive environmental impact. Most recently, the airline rolled out its new generation iPad Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) to all pilots in a move that provides them with fully digitized, real-time access to all operational information inflight, enhancing efficiency while reducing paper usage and delivering cost savings. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Gulf Air Hosts Annual Staff Gergaoun Celebrations

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, held its annual Gargaoun event recently for the airline’s workforce and their families at the Gulf Air Club in Salmabad. 

The event was hosted by Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam and members of the national carrier’s executive management team, and saw hundreds of attendees consisting of Gulf Air staff and their families. With a variety of children’s activities, games, music and other entertainment, all children were presented with traditional Gergaoun packs containing nuts and sweets while parents enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the opportunity to interact with colleagues in an informal and relaxed setting.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
GULF AIR AWARDS ROLLS-ROYCE $900M CONTRACT FOR TRENT 1000 ENGINES

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, has awarded Rolls-Royce a $900m contract for Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The contract also includes long-term TotalCare® service support. In addition, Gulf Air also has the option to purchase the same engine to power 6 further Boeing 787-9s.

The aircraft all form part of Gulf Air's recently announced wide-body aircraft orders, geared towards facilitating long term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement. 
Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, said: “Gulf Air's current wide body fleet are also powered by Trent 700 engines and, with this latest development, we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce as we take an important step forward in developing our future fleet. We have experience of the Trent engine and its durability and resilience in a variety of operating conditions and we are confident the Trent 1000 will deliver the same outstanding performance.”
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to be selected by a valued customer such as Gulf Air and this marks a significant success for the Trent 1000. It has developed a real momentum in the marketplace, winning more than 60 per cent of engine competitions in the last six years.”
The signing was witnessed by Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications H.E. Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, H.E. Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to United Kingdom and British Ambassador to Bahrain, Simon Martin.

Gulf Air’s restructured aircraft orders were announced in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016 and comprise 45 aircraft in total with deliveries commencing from Q2 2018. Today's announcement follows the recent release of Gulf Air's 2015 financial and operational results, which showed the airline's ongoing positive development as it realises full commercial sustainability and increasingly focuses on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth and development. 

Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service, in 2014.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Gulf Air CEO with BE Aerospace CEO.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, the selection of B/E Aerospace to supply the business class seating for its Boeing 787 aircraft. 
B/E Aerospace, the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products, will supply their next generation business class seats for Gulf Air’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The first B787-9 deliveries are scheduled for 2018.
Commenting on the announcement Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are enhancing the entire spectrum of Gulf Air's onboard product offering and, with this key partnership we are confident that the passenger experience will be elevated - meeting the needs and requirements of travellers moving across the Gulf Air network.” 
At the contract signing ceremony, Werner Lieberherr, CEO and President of B/E Aerospace stated, “We are pleased to be here today with Gulf Air in Farnborough and to have been awarded the business class seating program for Gulf Air’s Boeing 787 aircraft. Our seats will provide the Gulf Air passenger with enhanced comfort and functionality within the business class cabin.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with Gulf Air." 
The B/E Aerospace business class seat will be jointly developed with Gulf Air to provide Gulf Air’s passengers with enhanced living space, functionality and comfort.  
The signing was witnessed by Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications H.E. Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and the attending Bahraini delegation.
Gulf Air recently announced restructured aircraft orders in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016, geared towards facilitating long-term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement. Gulf Air's other Farnborough International Airshow 2016 announcements reflect the airline's ongoing investment in its product and service offering. They include the selection of Thales AVANT In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for the airline's future fleet and awarding Rolls-Royce a contract for Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 6 further Boeing 787-9 options.  
Today's announcement follows the recent release of Gulf Air's 2015 financial and operational results, which showed the airline's ongoing positive development as it realises full commercial sustainability and increasingly focuses on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth and development. 

 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Gulf Air Commences Ramadan Iftar Meal Box Distribution Initiative

National carrier Gulf Air commenced its Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative last week, with members of the airline’s workforce helping ensure the safety of drivers on the road and facilitate the breaking of their fast by distributing Ramadan iftar meal boxes at the Bahrain Map junction, leading to Services Road.

 

The annual Ramadan initiative, which commenced in 2014, continues to receive much positive feedback from the public and this year sees members of the Gulf Air family once again volunteering to distribute iftar meal boxes at busy intersections during the Maghreb prayer.

 

The national carrier’s staff volunteers will continue to distribute Ramadan iftar meal boxes, with items donated by Bahrain Airport Services, throughout Ramadan in different areas of Bahrain (such as the junction of Al Fateh Highway and Turfa bin Al Abd Street and the Seef District area), as one of Gulf Air’s corporate social responsibility initiatives during the holy month. 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
GULF AIR SELECTS THALES AVANT IFE SYSTEM FOR FLEET RENEWAL PROGRAM

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, the selection of Thales AVANT In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for the airline's 39 new aircraft orders of B787-900, A320 NEO and A321 NEO. The first B787-900 and A320 NEO deliveries are scheduled for 2018 and the A321 NEO delivery will start in 2020.
Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to introduce an enhanced product and service offering onboard Gulf Air's newest aircraft - further appealing to passengers across the globe. We are committed to ongoing investment in the Gulf Air offering, to elevate our passenger experience. With Thales AVANT IFE system passengers now have greater entertainment options onboard, ensuring their comfort."
Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience said: "Thales is very proud to have been selected by Gulf Air, a longstanding Middle East airline. We are honoured to support Bahrain's national carrier in their goal of excellence in passenger experience. This selection represents a major win for Thales in the region, reinforcing our presence within the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
Thales is committed to providing a premium passenger experience on Gulf Air’s new fleet with the AVANT state-of-the-art Android-based IFE solution, offering a highly customisable passenger experience with a wide selection of features and applications.
Gulf Air recently announced restructured aircraft orders in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016, geared towards facilitating long-term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement. 
The orders comprise 45 aircraft in total, 39 of which will be equipped with the latest AVANT full high definition monitors, the most lightweight ever deployed. The business cabin will be equipped with the award winning Thales Touch Passenger Media Unit providing the opportunity to multi-task on a second screen, which greatly enhances passenger experience.
Today's announcement follows the recent release of Gulf Air's 2015 financial and operational results, which showed the airline's ongoing positive development as it realises full commercial sustainability and increasingly focuses on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth and development. 

 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Dr. Jassim Haji and Ahmed Al Kuwaiti seen alongside members of Gulf Air’s Management Committee and National Labour Union of Gulf Air

A meeting was held recently in Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, between Dr. Jassim Haji, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Management Committee and Mr. Ahmed Al Kuwaiti representing National Labour Union of Gulf Air, during which various matters related to Gulf Air’s employees were discussed.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Gulf Air Organizes Business Continuity Management Workshop

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently conducted a 2 day interactive awareness workshop on Business Continuity Management (BCM) which was delivered by industry experts. The workshop was attended by more than 30 employees from various departments of the airline.

The main objectives of the awareness workshop were to increase the knowledge of the participants and to explain the main reasons and benefits of implementing a (BCM) program within large corporations. The workshop also highlighted “ISO 22301” framework and common methodology of preparing and exercising recovery plans, to resume business operations in the event of a disaster as quick as possible with minimum losses.

Participants had the opportunity to form a direct dialogue with the experts to share their thoughts and past experiences in an interactive approach.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Gulf Air Launches Sale Season Campaign.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched its sale season campaign, slashing fares up to 55% for passengers travelling across the airline’s network for the period of 01 September until 10 December 2016. The tickets will be available for purchase starting from 01st to 15th September 2016, offering attractive and low prices to many winter city breaks and year-round summer destinations.

 

Following a busy summer travel period, Gulf Air is offering these attractive fares for passengers wishing to visit a range of Gulf Air destinations. The airline is committed to deliver the best service at competitive prices which will appeal to different passengers’ travel preferences.

 

Boasting one of the largest regional networks with multiple daily flights to over ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air serves 40 cities in 23 countries and is well-positioned to facilitate two way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East with excellent connectivity via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 1737 3737, or through any local Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Gulf Air Welcomes Participants of Bahrain International Airport Summer Programme

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently welcomed youth participants of the 1st Bahrain International Airport Summer Programme at the company's headquarters in Muharraq, providing them with a tour of the airline’s headquarters, an aircraft site visit which included interactive discussion on the national carrier’s history in Bahrain and the region.

 

Bahrain International Airport inaugurated its 1st summer programme which will be an annual event for school students to promote a series of educational and interactive learning activities amongst an important segment of the society. Gulf Air was chosen as a key part of the programme in recognition of its longstanding and renowned contribution to the region’s aviation history and its role in support of the local community. Members of the airline participated in the programme and provided information of airline business and airline engineering.

 

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. The airline continues to give back to the community through activities such as sponsoring events, supporting charities and local initiatives and raising awareness of various environmental and social causes.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Gulf Air Wins Best IT Security Project Award at Security Advisor Middle East

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently won the Best IT Security Project Award during the Security Advisor Middle East event. Organized by CPI Media Group and held at Al Habtoor Grand Hotel in Dubai, the event was attended by security decision makers and IT professionals from various Middle East companies representing a wide range of backgrounds and industries.

 

Security Advisor Middle East highlighted the necessity to keep security decision makers ahead of the evolving threats and challenges to their businesses and included a number of topics such as information security, physical security, business continuity and advanced persistent threats aiming to create safer and more profitable enterprises.

 

The award, being the seventh won by Gulf Air during 2016, was accepted by Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology, on behalf of the airline and commented: “With ever-changing threat landscape and new breed of attacks, organizations of all industries are encouraged to enhance their security capabilities to ensure smooth operations and continuity of the business during any risks. We are happy to receive this award of best IT project of the year for private sector companies as we continue to explore different areas to enhance the way we operate as an airline”.

 

In 2015, Gulf Air became the first airline in the world to be certified with Information Technology ISO certifications in the five areas of Quality Management, Environmental Management, Service Management, Information Security Management and Energy Management Systems. The airline also won Computer News Middle East’s CIO 100 Awards for the 4th consecutive year, becoming the first organization and first airline in the Middle East to do so.

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Monday, September 5, 2016
Gulf Air Brings Qatari Media to Bahrain

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, recently sponsored a media familiarization trip to Bahrain with tailored itineraries that gave the media representatives the opportunity to experience Bahrain most iconic attractions.

 

During the three-day visit, the participants, in collaboration with The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, experienced the comfort of flying with Gulf Air, residing at one of the Kingdom’s five star hotels and enjoying some of Bahrain’s most notable touristic sights and sounds.

 

Meeting with Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi during their visit to the airline’s headquarters, he spoke of the importance of media role and function, the partnership between them and Gulf Air to promote the Kingdom’s tourism capabilities and raise awareness of all that Bahrain and its national carrier have to offer.

 

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 40 cities in 23 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline currently operates 42 weekly flights between Doha and Bahrain. Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any local Gulf Air Office and approved travel agencies.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has brought back the popular half-price miles redemption promotion for its FalconFlyer members, following positive passenger feedback from a similar offer earlier this year. The promotion for 50% off FalconFlyer miles redemption allows Gulf Air passengers travelling on Economy class and Falcon Gold across the airline’s network during the month of November to redeem their FalconFlyer miles for Gulf Air tickets – at a 50% discounted rate*. 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the program include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding.

Boasting one of the largest regional networks with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, Gulf Air serves 40 cities in 23 countries and is well-positioned to facilitate two way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East with excellent connectivity via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

Enrolling in the Gulf Air FalconFlyer Programme, redeeming FalconFlyer miles and/or booking Gulf Air flights across the airline’s 40 destination network can be done online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office. The 50% redemption promotion is valid from today until 30th November 2016.
* Terms and conditions apply.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Gulf Air Increases Riyadh Flights to 5 Daily

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced the upcoming increase of its flights to and from the Saudi capital city of Riyadh from 32 to 35 weekly flights starting from 30th October 2016 to meet high passenger demand. The airline’s 5 daily Riyadh service will better serve passengers affording them with greater choices and enhanced two way connectivity across the Gulf Air network.

 

Commenting on the airline’s enhanced schedule, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: "The Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have historically held strong ties and this is supported by the longstanding service offered by Gulf Air between the two Kingdoms – dating back to 1950. We are always looking to cater to and satisfy the high demand on our five destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in light of the strong relationship between the two Kingdoms and their people. The airline’s multiple daily flights to and from its Saudi destinations ensures that our passengers have a flexible, convenient and seamless travel offering while our upcoming schedule increase on Gulf Air’s Riyadh service is in direct response to high passenger demand on this route. By enhancing the existing Gulf Air service to/from Riyadh we are offering a greater selection of flights and improved connections for those passengers travelling to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe, increasing passenger convenience – which is our ultimate goal.”

 

Gulf Air’s existing operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia consist of direct service to the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah, Dammam and Gassim. Considered a key market for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, the Saudi market contributes two way passenger movement between 5 Saudi airports and various Gulf Air destinations across the GCC, Middle East, Europe and Asia via Bahrain International Airport.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com or by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

 

Gulf Air’s new Riyadh flight schedule is as follows:

Flight Number

Departure Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Frequency

GF 161

Bahrain

0345

Riyadh

0500

Daily

GF 162

Riyadh

0700

Bahrain

0810

Daily

GF 163

Bahrain

0940

Riyadh

1055

Daily

GF 164

Riyadh

1205

Bahrain

1315

Daily

GF 189

Bahrain

1325

Riyadh

1440

Daily

GF 190

Riyadh

1540

Bahrain

1650

Daily

GF 167

Bahrain

1545

Riyadh

1700

Daily

GF 168

Riyadh

1800

Bahrain

1910

Daily

GF 169

Bahrain

1945

Riyadh

2100

Daily

GF 170

Riyadh

2200

Bahrain

2310

Daily

*all times are local

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Gulf Air Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today held a Breast Cancer Awareness workshop at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters, marking Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event was attended by Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam and members of the Gulf Air family. 

The Breast Cancer Awareness workshop included a breast cancer detection screening service for the airline’s female workforce, a training session on self-examination and several other health-related activities that were held alongside a charity bake sale, from which funds were raised and donated to the Bahrain Cancer Society to benefit cancer research. The airline’s Health clinic conducted informative medical lectures for staff while Think Pink – Bahrain and Bahrain Cancer Society both collaborated in the day-long event providing attendees with valuable information regarding the disease and the means of prevention and management. 

Gulf Air is involved in a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, as part of its corporate social responsibility principles. Earlier this year the airline marked World Cancer Day with a company-wide initiative consisting of awareness and fundraising activities in collaboration with the Bahrain Cancer Society. As a responsible global citizen the airline has, most recently, conducted an official visit to Muharraq Geriatric Hospital during the holy month of Ramadan, partnered with Dreams Society, on the occasion of World Charity Day, donating airline tickets to the local charity in order to help them realize the dreams of children effected with terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases and collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) office in Bahrain to celebrate World Environment Day and raise environmental awareness amongst all members of the local community. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain has signed a ground handling services contract with Swissport Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry. The agreement sees Swissport Saudi Arabia provide ground handling services for Gulf Air’s Saudi operations in all of: King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.

 

Commenting on the agreement, Gulf Air Chief Operating Officer Captain Nasser Al Salmi said: “This is a positive development in support of Gulf Air’s operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia giving our passengers more choice and ensuring greater ease of travel when flying to and from our destinations in the Kingdom. We look forward to reaping the rewards of this agreement and further strengthening our relationship with Swissport Saudi Arabia.”

 

Swissport Saudi Arabia’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Bommer stated "We are proud to be able to assist Gulf Air with professional ground handling services. A key feature of the collaboration with Gulf Air will be a high degree of customer focus and innovation that we intend to bring to the operation. We see a great potential for continuing to expand this partnership in the future as well.” To ready the organization across the Kingdom Swissport International has brought in a sizeable number of ground support equipment and recruited an additional 250 experienced aviation staff, besides strengthening the current set-up with a number of key position appointments.

 

Swissport International provides Gulf Air with comprehensive ground handling services including passenger and ramp handling, baggage services, operations coordination and load control. The agreement with Gulf Air followed a rigorous selection process and sees Bahrain’s national carrier become the second Gulf carrier to appoint Swissport Saudi Arabia for its ground handling services in the Kingdom.

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Bahrain’s national carrier offers over 90 weekly flights to 5 destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to regularly providing seasonal frequency and schedule enhancements that cater to greater passenger movement to and from the Kingdom. 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Gulf Air Increases Riyadh Flights to 5 Daily

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is set to increase its direct Sialkot service from two to four weekly flights starting from 1st December 2016 to meet high passenger demand.

 

Commenting on the upcoming increase, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are always looking to satisfy the high demand to and from Pakistan and cater to passenger needs across the Gulf Air network. Gulf Air’s increased Sialkot frequency will enhance the existing Gulf Air service to one of our national carrier’s seven destinations in Pakistan. With additional flights between Bahrain and Sialkot we are offering enhanced schedule flexibility for our valued travelers while also creating improved connections for those passengers travelling to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe.”

 

Catering to over 3.5 million Pakistani nationals residing in the Gulf region, Gulf Air has provided direct air services between Pakistan and Bahrain since 1960. Last year Bahrain’s national carrier introduced direct services to the cities of Multan and Faisalabad in Pakistan taking the airline’s total Pakistan destinations up to seven cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sialkot, Multan and Faisalabad. With one of the largest Middle East networks, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to link regional travelers to Sialkot while allowing seamless movement from the Pakistani city to several key regional and European destinations with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport.

 

The additional Sialkot flights will take effect from 1st December 2016 and flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

The new flight schedule is as follows:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 772

MON, SAT

BAH

00:20

SKT

05:35

GF 773

MON, SAT

SKT

06:20

BAH

08:25

GF 768

TUE, FRI

BAH

11:20

SKT

16:35

GF 769

TUE, FRI

SKT

19:55

BAH

22:05

 

*all times are local

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Monday, October 31, 2016
Gulf Air Conducts Training Course for Cross-Network Country Managers

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently commenced a five-month training course for the airline’s global network of representatives – bringing Gulf Air Country Managers to Bahrain to take part in a comprehensive program that will equip them with the requisite tools and skillset to better achieve their tasks, positively enhance their knowledge base and support their work abroad.

 

Meeting with the airline’s Country Managers, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “We are continually exploring how best to deliver training and development opportunities to all members of the Gulf Air family in order to support our organization and ensure that all our markets, across the globe, have the best possible representation and that our colleagues in each destination are given the capabilities to succeed. Training and development is a constant process, helping us build upon the experience and knowledge of our workforce – an integral tool to ensure Gulf Air flourishes and remains on the cusp of latest developments globally.”

 

Gulf Air collaborated with the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) to provide course contents and materials which included a variety of topics such as competency-based development, airport route development and commercial management, IATA airlines sales strategies and strategic marketing planning. With both in class study and self-learning, the training course is set to enrich Gulf Air Country Managers with soft skills and technical knowledge enhancing their competencies amongst various competitors in their home markets.

 

With over 50% of the airline’s total workforce being Bahraini, Gulf Air leads the way amongst its regional competitors in terms of nationalization, while still maintaining a multinational workforce that reflects the airline’s position as a global carrier. The airline embraces a culture of leadership, training and development and strives to build a workforce of aviation professionals.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016
Gulf Air Collaborates with Bahrain Cancer Society

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently received Bahrain Cancer Society representatives at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters, presenting them with the proceeds of the airline’s recent Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, which the airline’s staff contributed in support the Society’s cancer research efforts.

 

Gulf Air’s Director of Corporate Affairs & Communications and Board Secretary Mr. Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah received Bahrain Cancer Society’s General Secretary Mr. Essam Matar and Treasurer Mr. Ahmed Al Nowakhda, who both praised the initiative, thanking the national carrier for its efforts in realizing the fruitful cooperation. Mr. Hulaiwah expressed appreciation towards the airline’s staff involvement and thanked them for this charitable gesture.

 

Gulf Air is involved in a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, as part of its corporate social responsibility principles. Last month, the airline marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a Breast Cancer Awareness workshop and a charity bake sale to raise funds for cancer research. Earlier this year, Gulf Air marked World Cancer Day with a company-wide initiative consisting of awareness and fundraising activities in collaboration with Bahrain Cancer Society. 

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Gulf Air Wins 3 IT Awards

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently took home 3 awards for its Information Technology achievements: “Technology Innovation of the Year” at the Aviation Business Awards 2016 (the leading awards programmes for the Middle East aerospace industry), “Hospitality and Tourism Deployment of the Year” at the seventh annual Computer News Middle East (CNME) ICT Achievement Awards (organized by CPI Media Group, the region’s leading IT publisher) and “Best Airline in Technology - Middle East” at the Global Enterprise Connect (GEC) Awards 2016 (one of the region's biggest celebrations of IT excellence).

The awards were accepted by Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology, on behalf of the airline. Commenting on the wins, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said, “Gulf Air’s IT achievements are many and I am delighted to see them recognized yet again. Information Technology is a critical aspect of any airline and, at Gulf Air, our IT department continually strives for innovation while remaining on the cusp of latest developments. By continuously improving our IT services we are ensuring a more efficient organization and a more seamless offering to our passengers – essential in today’s fast paced digital world.”

Gulf Air has received numerous accolades for its IT achievements in the past, totaling 11 prestigious awards, a remarkable accomplishment and honour that reflects the airline’s expertise and capabilities.  Most recently, the airline won the Best IT Security Project Award during the Security Advisor Middle East event. In 2015, Gulf Air became the first airline in the world to be certified with Information Technology ISO certifications in the five areas of Quality Management, Environmental Management, Service Management, Information Security Management and Energy Management Systems. The airline also won Computer News Middle East’s CIO 100 Awards for the 4th consecutive year, becoming the first organization and first airline in the Middle East to do so.

Gulf Air currently operates flights to 40 cities in 23 countries spanning three continents.

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Monday, November 7, 2016
Gulf Air Enhances Falconflyer Loyalty Program with Akruu Partnership

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, today announced a partnership with Akruu, an innovative online loyalty portal that provides members the opportunity to earn Gulf Air Falconflyer miles through Akruu’s unlimited evolving and dynamic offers, further enhancing the airline’s portfolio of corporate accounts.

 

During the signing ceremony held at Gulf Air’s head office in Muharraq, the national carrier’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, said: “We are pleased to broaden Gulf Air’s Falconflyer partner base and allowing our valued loyalty members to earn miles with greater flexibility and ease by utilising Akruu. Our partnership with Akruu  reinforces our commitment to tailoring the best product and service offering to our passengers.”

 

Ben Ashwell, Head of Consumer Products at Loylogic said: “We are excited to announce a partnership with Gulf Air and to be able to offer the benefits of Akruu to Falconflyer members in the Kingdom of Bahrain and beyond. The entire Akruu team have enjoyed working with the Falconflyer team so far, and we have no doubt we are embarking on a prosperous alliance that will focus on bringing a wealth of earning options to program members globally. We truly look forward to working closely with Gulf Air and to building a strong long-term partnership.”

 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the program include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com.

 

Akruu is an innovative online loyalty solution offering unparalleled earning flexibility and customization options to program members. Unlike other online loyalty solutions, Akruu offers numerous ways to earn in multiple program currencies (i.e., points or miles) within a single platform, making it the only solution that allows members to earn in the way that best suits their lifestyles and needs. As such, Akruu can significantly increase a program’s member engagement, revenue and boost brand loyalty. To find out more, please visit www.akruu.com

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Gulf Air Increases Riyadh Flights to 5 Daily

Gulf Air would like to clarify events occurring onboard flight GF562 (on Tuesday 08 November) from Bahrain to Muscat International Airport where a passenger disturbance occurred after landing. The incident was successfully managed by the airline’s crew who restrained the unruly passenger and followed the relevant procedures to ensure he was disembarked from the aircraft in a timely manner and with minimal impact to passengers. In the interests of passenger privacy, Gulf Air does not wish to comment further on the details of the incident. However, the airline reiterates its commitment to the safety and security of its passengers and crew. The airline's flight crew are trained and well equipped to handle a variety of incidents onboard.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Gulf Air Participates in World Travel Market

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today participated in World Travel Market (WTM), the world's largest travel trade show, taking place in London from 7 to 9 November alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives including hotels, travel agencies and destination management companies. The show provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry members to meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business and the airline’s attendance at the event is in line with its longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination.

Bahrain’s national carrier has a long history with WTM and has been a key exhibitor for many years. The exhibition is an annual global event attended by key international players and professionals of the travel industry. 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Gulf Air Increases Riyadh Flights to 5 Daily

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced the addition of the Sri Lankan capital city, Colombo, to its network of destinations with the upcoming launch of 5 weekly flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport from 19th January, 2017.

This latest addition to Gulf Air’s network is in line with the airline’s business strategy which sees it strengthening its position as one of the Middle East’s largest network carriers, while serving key global destinations that provide strong business and tourism links to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, commented: “We are pleased to re-connect Bahrain and Colombo, meeting the demands of our customers across the globe and tapping into the significant commercial opportunity that exists from business and leisure travelers from both countries and, of course, facilitating connections for travelers across our network. This is a promising development which we believe will start 2017 on the right note, building momentum for Gulf Air’s further development over the course of the next year.”

With this addition, Gulf Air’s network will serve 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Gulf Air Promotes Bahrain at World Travel Market

On the sidelines of the World Travel Market and in line with Gulf Air’s longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination, Gulf Air and Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority presented a grand prize to Mr. Carl Halvorsen who won an all-inclusive package to visit the Kingdom and attend the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The prize included Gulf Air return flights from London, race tickets and hotel accommodation for 2 persons. 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Gulf Air Launches Sale Season Campaign.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced an upcoming schedule increase on its direct Hyderabad service from seven to nine weekly flights starting from 17th December 2016. This latest positive development will meet high passenger demand to/from Hyderabad and coincides with the 2 year anniversary of the airline’s operations to the city.

 

Commenting on the upcoming increase, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are always looking to satisfy the high demand to and from India and cater to passenger needs across the Gulf Air network. Gulf Air’s increased Hyderabad frequency will enhance our existing service to India’s “City of Pearls” – one of our six destinations in India and a key market for the airline. We have seen strong and growing demand over the past two years on our Hyderabad route and, with additional flights between Bahrain and Hyderabad, we are offering enhanced schedule flexibility for our valued travelers while also creating improved connections for those passengers travelling to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe.”

 

Catering to over 6.5 million Indian nationals residing in the Gulf region, Gulf Air has provided direct air services between the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1960. In India Gulf Air currently serves six cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad. With one of the largest Middle East networks, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to link regional travelers to Hyderabad while allowing seamless movement from the Indian city to several key regional and European destinations with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport.

 

The additional Hyderabad flights will take effect from 17th December 2016 and flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

The new flight schedule is as follows:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 274

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Bahrain

02:55

Hyderabad

09:25

GF 275

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Hyderabad

10:25

Bahrain

12:35

GF 276

Tuesday & Saturday

Bahrain

14:30

Hyderabad

21:00

GF 277

Tuesday & Saturday

Hyderabad

22:00

Bahrain

00:10+1

 

GF 278

 

Monday & Friday

Bahrain

22:55

Hyderabad

05:25+1

 

GF 279

 

Tuesday & Saturday

Hyderabad

06:30

Bahrain

08:40

 

*all times are local

 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted its annual Cargo Agent Awards recognising the airline’s top cargo agents for their contribution, performance and continued support in 2016. The event took place in Swiss-Bell Hotel where Gulf Air Cargo Manager Mr. Esam Sultan represented the airline’s cargo department, presenting awards to agents as an acknowledgement and in recognition of their constant high level of commitment towards Gulf Air’s cargo operations.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently gave a number of prominent Saudi-based travel agents the opportunity to explore the Turkish city of Istanbul with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel) and Heysem Tourism & Travel.

 

With the aim of promoting one of the airline’s key network destinations, participants had the opportunity to experience Gulf Air’s onboard and on-the-ground offering including its dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport in addition to participating in tailored tours of Istanbul’s historical and cultural sites.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
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National carrier Gulf Air, in partnership with the National Labour Union of Gulf Air (NLUGF) today celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day with a special event at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters. The event occurred alongside a dedicated week-long tribute to key Bahraini female members of the airline’s workforce across its official social media platforms and a special honor that was delivered to the airline’s longest serving Bahraini female employee Mrs. Badriya Abdulla Ali Janahi. The Bahraini women that were recognized in the social media campaign represented a cross section of the airline’s female workforce and included: Amal Saleh Jawad, Gulf Air Clinic Nurse; Nadia Saad AlAtteyah, Incentive & ORC Administrator; Aysha Aldoseri, Executive Secretary; Mardheya AMajeed Mosawi, Repair Specialist; Shaikha Mahamed, Manager Scheduling, and Yasmin Shanaa, IT Project Manager.

 

Addressing the airline’s female workforce and speaking on the role of women in the workplace and the importance of Bahraini Women’s Day, Gulf Air Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Sahar Ataei said, “There exist challenges unique to being a woman in the workplace and these are evident to varying degrees across the globe. Part of Gulf Air’s mission to be a healthy organization includes empowering our female workforce, dedicating ourselves to their advancement and giving them the tools for success. I am honoured to work amongst female colleagues of the caliber we have at Gulf Air and take this opportunity to congratulate all Bahraini women for their significant achievements and contributions to the Kingdom as we celebrate Bahraini Women’s Day today. The entire Gulf Air family unites today to celebrate our female workforce and thank them for their key role in our national carrier’s positive development.”

 

Gulf Air has been a pioneer in encouraging and offering targeted training and career development opportunities to its workforce – thereby ensuring it facilitates and supports a range of career opportunities within the aviation industry. With 37% female personnel, the airline’s female workforce represent all Gulf Air divisions, ranks and levels of expertise.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Gulf Air Increases Riyadh Flights to 5 Daily

Following its recent announcement of the addition of the Sri Lankan capital city, Colombo, to its network of destinations Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has now rolled out its flight timetable for its 5 weekly flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport which will launch from 19th January 2017.

 

Commenting on the airline’s schedule to/from Colombo Mr. Yahya Ali Buali, Gulf Air Director of Sales and Marketing said: “Gulf Air’s five weekly service between Colombo and Bahrain affords convenient flight timings for travelers with morning and evening flights departing Colombo alongside afternoon and evening flights departing Bahrain. Our tailored flight schedule satisfies the needs of the varied passenger base we are catering to on this route – both those travelling for business and leisure – and we anticipate their positive feedback.”

 

Boasting one of the Middle East’s largest networks, Gulf Air is well-positioned to connect the Sri Lankan capital to several key destinations in the Middle East and Europe with excellent connectivity via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

 

The new flight schedule is as follows:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 136

TUE, SUN

BAH

1250

CMB

2010

GF 137

TUE, SUN

CMB

2110

BAH

0010+1

GF 138

WED, THU, FRI

BAH

2010

CMB

0330+1

GF 139

THU, FRI, SAT

CMB

0430

BAH

0730

 

*all times are local

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, December 12, 2016
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Mrs. Hala Azzam, Gulf Air Manager Emergency Response Planning, recently chaired The Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee held at the Egypt Air Crisis Management Center. This was attended by emergency response planning managers from AACO member airlines that have signed the emergency response management mutual assistance agreement and was focused on ensuring greater synergy between all parties.

 

Mrs. Azzam, representing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is the first Bahraini elected Chairperson of The Arab Air Carriers’ Organization Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee. She is also the first Bahraini to be qualified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an Aviation Security Professional Manager – one of the most advanced aviation security training programmes in existence today. She also recently attended the AACO Annual General meeting held in Casablanca, the Kingdom of Morocco delivering the 2016 AACO Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee report and the Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee’s 2017 Plan.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Gulf Air, BAC and GAA Celebrate National Day

Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, in collaboration with Bahrain Airport Company, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), and all three Gulf Air unions, celebrated all of The Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day, Accession Day and Martyrs’ Day today at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq. Employees from all three companies were joined by their Executive Management teams and participated in a series of activities including raffles, cutting a special National Day cake and the distribution of National Day themed giveaways.

In addition, Gulf Air celebrated National Day onboard its flights by offering special National Day meals, National Day cakes, and National Day programming on its inflight entertainment system. The airline’s Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport also celebrated the occasion by offering its guests a special National Day cake.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently organized a familiarization trip in collaboration with Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts Bahrain, promoting Bahrain to key Turkish travel agencies.

 

During the three-day visit the participating agents experienced the comforts of flying with Gulf Air, residing at one of the Kingdom’s five star hotels and enjoying some of Bahrain’s most notable touristic sights and sounds.

 

Meeting with Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi and Gulf Air Director Sales & Marketing Mr. Yahya Buali during their visit to the airline’s headquarters, topics of discussion included the importance of travel agents’ role and function, the partnership between them and Gulf Air to promote the Kingdom’s tourism capabilities and raise awareness of all that Bahrain and its national carrier have to offer.

 

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 41 cities in 24 countries (with the scheduled addition of Colombo flights in January 2017), spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline currently operates 5 weekly flights between Istanbul and Bahrain and flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any local Gulf Air Office and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Gulf Air Launches Sale Season Campaign.

From 19th January, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will implement a modified daily flight schedule to and from the Lebanese capital Beirut in response to passenger demand from across the GCC region. Catering to weekend leisure and business travelers, the airline’s Beirut flights will, from 19th January, now include Thursday departures from Bahrain at 1710 arriving into Beirut at 1950, departing to Bahrain at 2035 to arrive at 0045+1. The airline’s Saturday flights will now depart Bahrain at 1130 arriving into Beirut at 1410, departing to Bahrain at 1455 to arrive at 1905 (all times local). The changed flight schedule gives passengers from Bahrain and across the GCC greater flexibility and better connectivity when travelling to/from Beirut on those days.

 

Commenting on the modified flight schedule, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “Our new flight timings on Thursdays and Saturdays cater to weekend passenger movement between the GCC, Bahrain and Beirut, giving travelers more convenient travel times and better connectivity across the region. With consistently high load factors, Beirut is a popular destination and we are pleased to respond to passenger feedback and demand on this route and hope our valued passengers will take advantage of our new timings.”

 

Gulf Air operates daily flights between Beirut and Bahrain. Boasting one of the Middle East’s largest networks, the airline is well-positioned to connect the Lebanese capital to several key destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe with excellent connectivity via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

The modified flight schedule is as follows:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 0911

MON, TUE, WED, FRI, SUN

BAH

0935

BEY

1215

GF 0910

MON, TUE, WED, FRI, SUN

BEY

1300

BAH

1710

GF 0911

THU

BAH

1710

BEY

1950

GF 0910

THU

BEY

2035

BAH

0045+1

GF 0911

SAT

BAH

1130

BEY

1410

GF 0910

SAT

BEY

1455

BAH

1905

 

*all times are local

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 3 January 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently launched a Bahrain travel guide in Athens in coordination with Arab World Tours, a Bahraini travel agency committed to promoting the Kingdom globally. “101 Things to See and Do in Bahrain” is sponsored by Gulf Air and serves as a comprehensive travel guide to Bahrain that is useful to first time visitors as well as recurring travellers with activities, suggested itineraries and places to visit in the Kingdom. The book launch took place in IANOS – a leading bookstore in Athens, promoting Bahrain as a tourist destination to the Greek market and helping to inform potential visitors about Bahrain’s tourism and hospitality assets.

 

Gulf Air’s business strategy focuses on strengthening the airline’s position as one of the Middle East’s largest network carriers, while serving key global destinations that provide strong business and tourism links to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region. Its network currently serves 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents (with the scheduled addition of Colombo flights in January 2017).

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 05 January 2017: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, today began its official 14-day countdown to the highly anticipated launch of the airline’s first flight to Bandaranaike International Airport, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which will commence on 19th January 2017 with 5 flights per week.

 

In advance of the route launch Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam praised the fruitful partnership and cooperation between Gulf Air and its General Sales Agent Mack Air in Colombo and spoke of the newest network expansion: “We are 14 days away from the launch of Gulf Air’s newest route services that will further strengthen our Asian network while extending our product and service offering to a broader passenger base. We are delighted to provide superior travel solutions that, supplemented by the support of our General Sales Agent Mack Air, will cater to the travel needs of our passengers.”

 

Gulf Air’s General Sales Agent in Colombo, Mack Air, can be found in No 11, York Street, Colombo 01, SriLanka and can be reached at (+94) 11 2475325.

 

Gulf Air will operate 5 weekly flights to Colombo with an A320 aircraft, as per the below schedule:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 136

TUE, SUN

BAH

1250

CMB

2010

GF 137

TUE, SUN

CMB

2110

BAH

0010+1

GF 138

WED, THU, FRI

BAH

2010

CMB

0330+1

GF 139

THU, FRI, SAT

CMB

0430

BAH

0730

 

*all times are local

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 10 January 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has been independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the most punctual airline in 2016, amongst GCC airlines, with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 82.7%. In its ranking amongst global airlines, Gulf Air garnered 9th place for punctuality amongst Europe, Middle East & Africa airlines and 19th place for punctuality globally - in 2016.

 

OAG released their annual airline and airport Punctuality League performance report for 2016 showing alongside this, and thanks to the synergy between local aviation entities, Bahrain International Airport’s ranking as the 9th most punctual airport in the world and the highest-placed airport in the Middle East for 2016.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam commented, “We are delighted to be recognized as a leading global player in on-time-punctuality for 2016. Recognising that on-time-punctuality is a critical element for travelers, we are committed to improving our performance to better deliver on our promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner, while at the same time continually focusing on ongoing enhancements across all aspects of our product and service offering.”

 

OAG leverages the world's largest network of air travel data to provide accurate, timely, actionable digital information and applications to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. OAG’s annual Punctuality League performance report is drawn from a database of approximately 54 million flight records for 2016 and defines “on time” as within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled arrival/departure time.

 

Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP, ranking first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013. The airline operates one of the largest regional networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. The airline’s network currently serves 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents (with the addition of Colombo, Sri Lanka scheduled from 19th January 2017).

 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 15 January 2017: Gulf Air the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier has, effective 15th January, moved its Cairo operations to Terminal 2 at Cairo International Airport. From that date, all Gulf Air flights between Bahrain and Cairo – a total of 2 scheduled flights each day - will arrive and depart from Terminal 2.

 

Speaking of this development, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “We are delighted to commence operations to and from Cairo International Airport’s recently-opened Terminal 2 – further facilitating and enhancing passenger movement and comforts on the ground. All passengers travelling with Gulf Air can now enjoy a modern, efficient and passenger-friendly facility in Terminal 2. With the broad scope of facilities on offer we anticipate our passengers will be delighted with all that the terminal has to offer.”

 

Operating to the Arab Republic of Egypt since 1974, Gulf Air’s multiple daily flights allow for seamless same-day movement between Bahrain and Cairo while offering passengers excellent onward connectivity, via Bahrain International Airport, to and from key destinations in the GCC region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. Gulf Air passengers can find further information about the national carrier’s Cairo operations by contacting the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 or visiting gulfair.com.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 17 January 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will open a new route to Georgia with direct flights to/from the capital city of Tbilisi which will come into effect from June 2017, with 3 weekly flights to/from Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport.

 

Commenting on the upcoming addition of Georgia to the airline’s network, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “We are pleased to respond to passenger demand by opening this newest destination. Launching in June 2017 our new route to Tbilisi, Georgia will cater to summer movement and leisure travellers from the GCC region. As part of our longstanding mission we are always looking for ways to introduce and strengthen business and tourism links between key global destinations and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region. The addition of Georgia to our network map follows extensive discussions and negotiations with the Georgian aviation authorities and we thank them for their support to date and their contribution to our efforts going forward in ensuring the success of our newest route. I believe this is yet another positive development for Gulf Air in 2017 and one that will appeal to our passengers around the world.”

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest regional networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.

 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 19 January 2017: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, today commenced its highly anticipated direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, with 5 flights per week.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam commented at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Bahrain International Airport and attended by airport officials, local and regional media representatives and members of the airline’s executive management team: “We are delighted to strengthen our Asia network with the launch of direct flights to the Colombo. We expect our newest destination to further enhance Gulf Air’s network, in line with our business strategy to provide strong business and tourism links to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region while simultaneously appealing to our passengers’ travel requirement.”

 

Gulf Air’s 5 weekly flights to/from Colombo will operate as per the below schedule:

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 136

TUE, SUN

BAH

1250

CMB

2010

GF 137

TUE, SUN

CMB

2110

BAH

0010+1

GF 138

WED, THU, FRI

BAH

2010

CMB

0330+1

GF 139

THU, FRI, SAT

CMB

0430

BAH

0730

 

*all times are local

 

Boasting one of the Middle East’s largest networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, Gulf Air is well-positioned to connect passengers travelling to/from Colombo to several key destinations in the Middle East and Europe via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. The airline’s network currently serves 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

 

 

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Monday, January 23, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 23 January 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has rolled out the airline’s revamped Falcon Corporate Programmes: Falcon Corporate Plus and Falcon Corporate Loyalty – tailored offerings that will benefit both employers and employees in companies, making business trips more profitable for all parties.

 

Designed exclusively for the corporate traveler, Falcon Corporate Plus offers competitive flight fares, discounted rates and exclusive benefits for corporates – giving them a dedicated account manager and support team alongside customizable privileges and employee incentives. Falcon Corporate Loyalty is a frequent flyer programme created to reward both companies and employees every time they travel with Gulf Air, giving members enhanced savings and rewards.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi commented: “Gulf Air’s high-frequency regional strategy gives passengers the flexibility of same day return travel, making business travel much easier. With the revamped corporate offering we are now going one step further and addressing the needs of companies across the Gulf Air network – making travel even more rewarding to both individual employees and corporate entities as a whole. It’s never been easier to plan business or holiday travel with Gulf Air and, as we continue to enhance our products and services, it is equally important to reward our loyal customers with a tailored corporate incentive program that appeals to corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).”

 

Companies wishing to enroll in Falcon Corporate Plus or Falcon Corporate Loyalty and/or receive more information can visit corporate.gulfair.com, email b2b.support@gulfair.com or corporate.loyalty@gulfair.com, or contact any Gulf Air sales offices. Additionally, the airline has launched dedicated corporate contact centres in each GCC country which can be reached 7 days a week at: (+973)-17272727 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, (+966)-13-510-9590 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (+971)-2-651-6999 in the United Arab Emirates, (+965)-222-43-788 in the State of Kuwait, (+974)-4499-8008 in the State of Qatar and (+968)-2477-5005 in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Gulf Air CEO Congratulates Airline Sports Teams

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam (centre) congratulates members of the airline’s football, basketball, bowling, cricket and darts teams on their many achievements in 2016. Gulf Air’s 5 sports teams represented the airline throughout the year in local, regional and global competitions. Gulf Air is committed to promoting sports participation amongst its workforce and, in 2017, will establish a dedicated sports committee to manage and support the airline’s teams.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier and strategic partner of the third edition of “Shop Bahrain”, has launched a stopover package to promote the shopping festival and boost visitors to the Kingdom. Gulf Air passengers traveling across the airline’s network anytime before 20th February and transiting through Bahrain now have the opportunity to obtain an entry visa into the Kingdom, reside in select 4 star hotel accommodation, utilise complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off services and receive an additional 20KG baggage allowance for their onwards journey out of the Kingdom – all for a minimal fee of $100 for a one day stopover or $150 for a two day stopover*.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi commented: “We are delighted to give our passengers the chance to visit Bahrain and experience the “Shop Bahrain” festival – turning their transit travel through Bahrain into convenient and attractive stopovers whereby we are affording them the opportunity to enjoy the “Shop Bahrain” nationwide festival. This should appeal to many travellers who wish to visit Bahrain.”

 

Gulf Air currently serves 41 cities in 24 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Passengers wishing to book their stopover can contact the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, email wwcc.support@gulfair.com or visit their nearest Gulf Air office.

 

“Shop Bahrain,” the kingdom’s largest nationwide festival aims to stimulate the national economy and attract tourists to Bahrain. As a strategic partner, Gulf Air is supporting the festival by providing discounted airline tickets and promoting “Shop Bahrain” through different marketing channels. Prizes that will be provided by the national carrier include round-trip economy class tickets to any of the GCC countries and round-trip business class tickets to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The third edition of Shop Bahrain is co-organised by Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority and Tamkeen. Shoppers and visitors can learn more about ‘Shop Bahrain’ through the website: www.shopbahrain.com

 

*Terms and conditions apply.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 January 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will increase its Istanbul service to 6 weekly flights effective April 2017. The increase is in direct response to passenger demand, increasing the number of convenient flight options offered by Gulf Air and giving passengers greater flexibility and choice when travelling to and from Istanbul. 

 

Operating one of the largest regional networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, Gulf Air provides excellent connectivity for passengers travelling to/from Istanbul with connections to various cities in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Asia. The airline’s network currently serves 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents.

 

Gulf Air’s 6th weekly flight to/from Istanbul will commence from April 2017 and the updated schedule can be found below (all times local):

Flight

Frequency

Dept. Airport

Dept. Time*

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time*

GF 043

SUN, MON, WED, FRI

BAH

10:10

IST

14:35

GF 044

SUN, MON, WED, FRI

IST

15:25

BAH

19:15

GF 045

THU

BAH

21:00

IST

01:25+1

GF 046

FRI

IST

02:10

BAH

06:00

 

*all times are local

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain - 7 February 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched an ‘Early Bird’ promotion offering 25% off on Economy and Falcon Gold fares booked during the month of February to and from the airline’s newest destination Tbilisi. In advance of its highly anticipated route launch this summer, the discounted fares can be purchased between now and 28th February via Gulf Air’s website gulfair.com, the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies with travel on the discounted fares valid from the route’s launch date on 22nd June until 31st December 2017. 

 

Gulf Air will operate direct flights to Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi from 22nd June 2017, with 3 weekly flights to/from Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport catering to leisure travellers from the GCC, MENA, Indian Subcontinent & Far East regions. Bahrain’s national carrier operates one of the largest regional networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.  

 

 

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Monday, February 13, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 13 February 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Agoda PointsMax, one of the fastest-growing online hotel booking platforms worldwide, allowing Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn loyalty miles with every Agoda hotel booking made on agoda.com.

 

The partnership will see Gulf Air FalconFlyer members benefit from Agoda’s online global accomodation booking services, providing access to 1 million+ properties around the world, and accruing FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme miles with every booking.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi welcomed the agreement saying: “We are delighted to partner with Agoda, one of Asia’s leading accommodation sites, and broaden the distinctive offering and privileges available to Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members making travel planning a rewarding experience. We look forward to working closely with Agoda and building a mutually rewarding partnership.”

 

Commenting on the partnership, Agoda.com’s Senior Director Ernst Hemmer said: “We are very happy to offer Agoda.com’s extensive global hotel portfolio to members of Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer, a highly respected airline loyalty brand. We intend to make it both easy and rewarding for FalconFlyer members to accelerate the earning of miles when they book their hotel on Agoda.com.

 

Gulf Air FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members can visit www.agoda.com/falconflyer for more information and to book from among 1 million+ properties around the world while earning FalconFlyer miles.

 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the program include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com

 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 19 February 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, this month rolled out new, branded (Cerruti 1881 and Guy Laroche) amenity kits for the airline’s premium Falcon Gold passengers onboard all medium and long haul flights in addition to Gulf Air Kids Entertainment Packs for the airline’s younger passengers in both Falcon Gold and Economy Class.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are excited to launch our newest onboard products – catering to our premium and younger passengers and helping ensure they have the best inflight experience. Our new Cerruti 1881 and Guy Laroche amenity kits complement Gulf Air’s distinctive premium offering in all of our onboard and on-the-ground products and services such as our dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounges, Sky Chef service, multiple daily flight schedules for same day business travel and more. Our Gulf Air Kids Entertainment Packs similarly come as part of a host of other tailored, kid-friendly offerings which include our acclaimed Sky Nanny service. We look forward to continuing to offer our passengers superior onboard products and services that cater to their needs.”

 

The Gulf Air amenity kits feature signature products by Aigner and are available on all medium and long-haul Gulf Air flights for the airline’s Falcon Gold Class passengers. The Gulf Air Kids Entertainment Packs which are tailored for the airline’s 3-12 year old passengers travelling in both Falcon Gold and Economy Class cabins feature items including an aviation themed backpack, activity book, toys, hats and more.

 

In 2013 Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Class amenity bags - designed by Chopard - won the TravelPlus 2013 Airline Amenity Bag Awards in the category of Business Class Middle East Unisex amenity bag while the airline’s comprehensive approach to serving families through a wide range of service touch points on the ground and in the air garnered it the best ‘family friendly airline’ award twice from US-based publications in 2012 and the ‘best cabin crew’ ranking from an IATA survey in the same year.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
gulfair.com a Winner at 2016 Magellan Awards

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain - 21 February 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, along with travel partner Anixe, a state-of-the-art internet booking engine supplier, have been recognised by the Travel Weekly 2016 Magellan Awards winning the 2016 Silver Award for Online Travel Services – in the category of Overall - Booking Interface.

 

The award recognizes the joint-solution crafted by Gulf Air and Anixe to improve the airline’s ecommerce website gulfair.com with a next-generation booking and shopping platform improving the experience for customers booking flights and purchasing various travel add-ons such as rail tickets, hotel bookings, car rentals, tours and more. The enhanced platform supports the airline’s drive to strengthen its online and mobile channels, adding dynamic shopping and booking capabilities in an easy-to-navigate design that gives users a more personalized travel experience.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “It is an honour to be recognised for such a key achievement for Gulf Air that saw us work hand in hand with Anixe to deliver an engaging, easy to use booking interface designed to appeal to users around the world. Our focus has always been on the continual development of innovative technology. This recognition is a testament to our skilled ecommerce development team and their capabilities, alongside our partners Anixe – I am proud of the contribution of our teams to delivering a revamped gulfair.com.”

 

Gulf Air’s one-stop-shop website gulfair.com offers a suite of services beyond flight bookings to include hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination.

 

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards acknowledge outstanding travel professionals who provide the best products and services in the tourism industry, honouring the best in a wide range of industry segments, such as hotels, resorts, travel destinations, online travel services, airlines and airports. Winners are evaluated based on the highest standards of excellence in their entered category, on the extensive experience of Travel Weekly, and the awards are judged and overseen by a panel of top travel professionals and the most accomplished leaders in the travel and tourism industry.

 

For more information on the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards, visit www.travelweeklyawards.com.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
GCC Media Take Off with Gulf Air to Athens

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 23 February 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has joined forces with Aktina Travel Group, the leading travel organization in Greece, taking select GCC media members from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to the Greek capital Athens for a 4-day visit where they experienced the comforts of flying with Gulf Air, stayed at one of the leading five star hotels in Athens and enjoyed some of the city’s most notable touristic sights and tours.

Operating four weekly flights between Bahrain and Athens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Gulf Air recently enhanced its flight schedule to the Greek capital with newly introduced morning flights to complement its afternoon flights – giving passengers more flexible and convenient flight timings and allowing for better connectivity for passengers from across the GCC wishing to visit Greece. The airline has also promoted the Kingdom of Bahrain in Greece, launching a Gulf Air-sponsored Bahrain travel guide in Athens “101 Things to See and Do in Bahrain” – a comprehensive travel guide to Bahrain, helping to inform potential visitors about Bahrain’s tourism and hospitality assets.

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental, travel insurance and the Gulf Air Tours service that gives passengers access to a variety of travel add-ons such as sightseeing tours, museum passes, tours, excursions, local activities and airport transfers at their final destination. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Gulf Air Participates in Saudi Aramco Travel Fair 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 February 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has once again successfully participated in the recent 2017 Saudi Aramco Annual Travel Show which was held between 20 and 23 February, at Saudi Aramco's worldwide headquarters in Dhahran. Alongside travel agents, various airlines and travel and hospitality exhibitors, Gulf Air showcased and promoted some of the airline’s key products and services, its attractive flight schedule to/from 5 destinations in Saudi Arabia, its flexible and convenient travel proposition in addition to the latest news, flight schedules and fares to/from the airline’s newest route, Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

Gulf Air operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with direct flights to 5 destinations within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim, and double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air currently boasts a network that serves 41 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Gulf Air London Cabs

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 March 2017: London's iconic cabs were recently adorned with full Gulf Air branding on them as part of a campaign with taxi advertising specialist Sherbet Media, advertising Bahrain’s national carrier’s network, one-stop-shop website and worldwide call centre. For over one month, Gulf Air branded London cabs operated across the central and greater London area.

 

On the successful taxi advertising campaign, Gulf Air’s UK Country Manager Mr Rashid AlGaoud commented: “We wanted to raise awareness of Gulf Air in one of the airline’s key markets, and to do so in a truly standout way. With Sherbet Media we achieved this. We gained great brand awareness from this campaign with positive feedback from a broad spectrum of residents and visitors who saw and used the Gulf Air branded taxis in various locations throughout London.”

 

Gulf Air has had a strong presence in the United Kingdom since its first flight to London in 1970, and currently operates a double daily service to London Heathrow Airport offering passengers a choice of morning and evening flights. Boasting one of the largest regional networks with multiple daily flights to ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air is well-positioned to facilitate two-way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 March 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has expanded its bundle of prepaid services to offer customers prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access. Passengers can now purchase these services in advance of their travel via any Gulf Air sales office or the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737. Additionally, Gulf Air’s prepaid excess baggage rates are 20% lower than standard airport rates.

 

Mr. Yahya Ali Buali, Gulf Air Director Sales & Marketing spoke of this latest development: “The Gulf Air experience is evolving and we are now expanding our bundle of prepaid services – giving greater selection and discounted rates on select services such as excess baggage to our passengers who avail of the same in advance of their check-in. Our focus is ensuring greater ease and efficiency for travellers, helping them not only move around the world easily, but also manage their travel experience simply and easily. I am delighted with the efforts of Gulf Air’s eBusiness team who helped realise this.”

 

Going forward, Gulf Air will be introducing this facility to pre-purchase a bundle of services on the airline’s official website, gulfair.com in addition to rolling it out to travel agencies across the airline’s network.       

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 08 March 2017: In advance of Gulf Air’s highly anticipated route launch to Tbilisi, Georgia this summer, the Georgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman H.E. George Janjgava was recently welcomed to the airline’s headquarters in Bahrain where he met with Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam and members of the airline’s executive management team. During the meeting they discussed future collaboration and joint promotion of the airline’s upcoming new route to Tbilisi, Georgia which is scheduled to commence on 22nd June 2017.

 

Gulf Air will operate direct flights to Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, with 3 weekly flights to/from Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport catering to leisure travellers from the GCC, MENA, Indian Subcontinent & Far East regions starting from 22nd June 2017. Bahrain’s national carrier operates one of the largest regional networks, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.   

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Monday, March 13, 2017
Gulf Air Awarded 7 Information Technology ISO Certifications

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 13 March 2017: Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, was recently awarded Information Technology ISO certifications by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), in the seven areas of Quality Management, Environmental Management, Service Management, Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, Energy Management and Asset Management – making it the first airline in the world to achieve 7 ISO certificates in Information Technology.

 

The 7 ISO certifications acknowledge Gulf Air’s successful implementation of international standards and best practices as it strives to continuously improve the quality of the airline’s Information Technology services as well as their impact on the environment. Receiving the 7 ISO certifications, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman AlMusallam said: “I’m pleased to see the airline’s IT team build upon their ISO certifications year after year. At Gulf Air we strive to provide safe and reliable air transportation with superior access to the region delivered with contemporary Arabian hospitality. We do so by delivering superior quality, service and security across the organization – including our IT offering.”

 

The airline’s IT department underwent comprehensive external audits conducted by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), following which Gulf Air was recognized by Bureau Veritas’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zulfiqar Haider, who joined Gulf Air to present the certificates to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer and IT team. Gulf Air first initiated the compliance and certifications exercise in 2013 and has continuously added more management systems in its governance framework to date.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Gulf Airs Online Group Bookings Facility Takes Off

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 15 March 2017: Gulf Air has launched an online Group Bookings Facility on the airline’s official website gulfair.com. The Group Bookings Facility is available to both travellers and travel agents wishing to avail of preferential deals on bookings of 10 persons or more across the Gulf Air network.

 

 

Speaking on this latest development Mr. Yahya Ali Buali, Gulf Air Director Sales & Marketing said: “Gulf Air’s group bookings continue to increase year-on-year and in light of this we are pleased to make group booking requests available online so that, whether travelling with friends, colleagues or family, groups of 10 or more can now easily enjoy preferential airfares with Gulf Air. Our dedicated group bookings team will personally handle all requests, reaching out to passengers to facilitate their requirements wherever they are across the Gulf Air network.”

 

Customers wishing to book fares for groups can now not only visit any Gulf Air sales office but also enter their information online at corporate.gulfair.com/group-bookings and have a dedicated team member review their request and provide tailored attractive offers in a timely manner. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Gulf Air Organises Media and Travel Trade Visit to Moscow

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 March 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has joined forces with Toronto Travel and Visit Russia, taking select GCC media members from Bahrain and Kuwait to the Russian capital Moscow for a 4-day visit where they experienced the comforts of flying with Gulf Air, stayed at two of the leading five star hotels in Moscow and enjoyed some of the city’s most notable touristic sights and tours.

 

Gulf Air’s direct Moscow route is further supported by a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) agreement between the airline and Russian carrier S7 Airlines enabling Gulf Air passengers to take flights beyond Moscow to and from the Russian cities of St Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa, Sochi and Voronezh. With a combined fare that is more attractive than those purchased separately, the SPA agreement allows passengers to purchase only one ticket, at a more competitive fare, for their entire journey instead of separate tickets for each individual carrier.

 

Gulf Air’s direct four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights to and from Moscow can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Gulf Air Launches Flight Status Facility

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 March 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, in partnership with OAG, the leading global provider of digital flight information, has launched an online Flight Status Facility on the airline’s official website gulfair.com providing booked passengers with real-time information on their Gulf Air flights including customised flight trackers, destination, weather and flight status alerts via email/SMS/Twitter that are all available in English, Arabic, German and French.

 

Mr. Yahya Ali Buali, Gulf Air Director Sales & Marketing commented: “Today, the speed with which information is delivered is crucial to any business and it is particularly relevant and critical for airlines and an important unique selling point for today’s connected travellers. With this new facility we are keeping our passengers fully abreast of any changes to their journey and giving them destination-specific information so as to enhance their travel experience both with Gulf Air and at their final destination.”

 

“As a leader in the aviation industry, Gulf Air understands that today’s connected traveller values transparency and real-time information above all else,” said Ev Jordan, EVP Flight Status, OAG. “Through OAG, Gulf Air is able to keep travellers informed through the world’s most comprehensive status data across mobile, email and social alerts in four separate languages.”

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services offering group bookings, hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany – 05 April 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has appointed German aircraft manufacturer Recaro Aircraft Seating to supply Recaro CL3710 economy class aircraft seats for the airline’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft and 29 Airbus 320/321neo aircraft. The contract, which is valued at over 35 million euros, was signed at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

 

“Gulf Air guests rightly expect an exceptional level of service and quality on board our aircraft – and as we expand and modernise our fleet, Recaro’s economy class seats fit perfectly into our new cabin concept, guaranteeing a pleasant travel experience for our passengers and standardising our product across our short and long-haul fleet,” said Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer.

 

Since 2009, Gulf Air has deployed Recaro seats on the airline’s short-haul routes in both economy and business / Falcon Gold class. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet is composed of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Airbus A321neo and Airbus A320neo aircraft, and the airline is committed to ongoing investment in its product and service offering. Reliability, design and comfort played an important role in Gulf Air once again opting for Recaro as seat supplier.

 

The CL3710 stands for quality, exceptional design and comfort on long-haul flights. The multi-award-winning “made by Recaro” economy class seat uniquely features a flexible and individually adjustable headrest, state-of-the-art IFE systems and extra legroom for passengers. Its modular lightweight construction also offers a great variety of options to aircraft manufacturers and airlines.

 

“We are honored by the confidence Gulf Air has placed in us,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder, Recaro Aircraft Seating. “And we are delighted to continue our collaboration with our highly successful CL3710 seat.”

Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus 320neo deliveries are scheduled for 2018 and the airline’s A321neo aircraft delivery will start in 2020.

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Gulf Air Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain10 April 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has joined forces, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, with the Bahrain Society for Children with Behavioral and Communication Difficulties (Alia for Early Intervention) and the Bahrain Autistics Society – providing them with complimentary airline tickets for use in support of their various annual calendar of activities that are geared towards raising awareness of the disorder, its prevalence and ways to manage it.

 

Gulf Air Manager Communications & Sponsorships Mr. Talal Al Mahmood met with Bahrain Society for Children with Behavioral and Communication Difficulties Board Members Mr. Fathi Matar and Ms. Fatima Arrar and Bahrain Autistics Society Head of Public Relations Ms. Ahlam Juma and Head of Media Committee Mr. Zakareya Hashim – presenting them all with complimentary airline tickets at Gulf Air’s headquarters in Muharraq earlier this month.

 

World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase global awareness about people, especially children, with autism. It is an internationally recognised day - on the 2nd of April every year as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

 

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations – reinforcing its commitment to being a responsible global citizen and reaching out to those in need. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 11 April 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier and Title Sponsor of the 2017 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, today begins its 3-day countdown to this month’s Bahrain Grand Prix weekend which takes place on 14, 15 and 16 April at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

 

“As Bahrain's global ambassador Gulf Air is committed to supporting –as Title Sponsor- this world class event. As a key national infrastructure asset and an integral part of the local economy, it is natural for us to be involved in this action-packed weekend of motorsport racing and live entertainment that draws visitors to Bahrain from around the world while also providing entertainment for the Kingdom’s residents. We anticipate yet another successful Formula 1 race in Bahrain this year,” commented Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam.

 

As part of the 2017 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix family activities at the Bahrain International Circuit, Gulf Air will have a kids’ maze adorned with images and information about the airline’s extensive network of destinations. A dedicated team will assist visitors who wish to successfully solve the maze for a variety of prizes including complimentary Gulf Air tickets. This will be in addition to the airline’s own VIP paddock club suite.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix can be purchased via the official Bahrain Grand Prix website http://www.bahraingp.com/, or by calling the dedicated hotline +973-17450000.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services including Flight Status Updates, Group Bookings, Online Prepaid Services, hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 18 April 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has begun a GCC-wide informative roadshow in which airline representatives in the 6 GCC states will visit corporate entities to share information about the Gulf Air Falcon Corporate Plus and Falcon Corporate Loyalty programmes – tailored offerings that will benefit both employers and employees in companies, making business trips more profitable for all parties.

 

Designed exclusively for the corporate traveler, the tailored corporate incentive program is aimed at corporates and small and medium enterprises (with fewer than 250 employees). Falcon Corporate Plus offers competitive flight fares, discounted rates and exclusive benefits for corporates – giving them a dedicated account manager and support team alongside customizable privileges and employee incentives. Falcon Corporate Loyalty is a frequent flyer programme created to reward both companies and employees every time they travel with Gulf Air, giving members enhanced savings and rewards.

 

Gulf Air Director Sales & Marketing Mr. Yahya Ali Buali said: “We are delighted to launch our GCC-wide informative roadshow, raising awareness of Gulf Air’s Falcon Corporate Plus and Falcon Corporate Loyalty programmes and the many benefits they offer to corporates in the region. We look forward to engaging with organisations across the GCC to share information about how our corporate offering facilitates travel for both employers and employees across the Gulf Air network, providing a host of tailored advantages.”

 

Companies wishing to enroll in Falcon Corporate Plus or Falcon Corporate Loyalty and/or receive more information can visit corporate.gulfair.com, email b2b.support@gulfair.com or corporate.loyalty@gulfair.com, or contact any Gulf Air sales offices. Additionally, the airline has launched dedicated corporate contact centres in each GCC country which can be reached 7 days a week at: (+973)-17272727 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, (+966)-13-510-9590 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (+971)-2-651-6999 in the United Arab Emirates, (+965)-222-43-788 in the State of Kuwait, (+974)-4499-8008 in the State of Qatar and (+968)-2477-5005 in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 25 April 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has appointed Voyager Ltd as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Georgia to represent the airline and sell Gulf Air services and products on its behalf. With direct flights between Bahrain International Airport and Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport starting from 22nd June 2017, Voyager Ltd will facilitate ticket sales from/to Tbilisi and beyond, across the Gulf Air network.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer said: “Tbilisi is our newest addition to the Gulf Air network and we are happy to appoint one of the best travel agencies in Georgia as our GSA. With their expertise and history in the Georgian market, Voyager Ltd will help Gulf Air establish itself. Voyager was the first company that worked closely with the GCC market to promote Georgia as an attractive travel destination for travellers from the region and we are looking forward to the support that their experience will bring to our operations.”

 

Ms. Mariam Kvrivishvili, General Director at Voyager Ltd said: “It is an honour and a privilege to represent Gulf Air in the Georgian market. This truly is an important step for the development of Georgia’s tourism sector, as well as the promotion of the country’s travel potential across Gulf Air’s network. I strongly believe that the partnership between Gulf Air and Voyager Ltd will develop dynamically and further support the achievement of mutually beneficial goals set forth by both companies.”

 

Today’s announcement took place at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai where the airline was present alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority. Voyager Ltd’s office in Tbilisi is located at Taktakishvili Street #10 and they can be contacted via telephone on +995 322 400808/400909 – Mondays to Fridays 10:00 – 19:00, Saturday and Sunday – 11:00-16:00.

 

Gulf Air will operate direct flights to Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, with 3 weekly flights to/from Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport catering to leisure travellers from the GCC, MENA, Indian Subcontinent & Far East regions starting from 22nd June 2017. Bahrain’s national carrier operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.   

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 26 April 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has partnered with VFS Global, the largest visa service provider in the world, to facilitate visa issuance for passengers flying to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The online visa facility will launch this summer on gulfair.com.

 

Signing the agreement with VFS Global, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, said: “We are partnering with VFS Global to provide a much needed service to Gulf Air passengers that will support our national carrier’s longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient. Soon, Gulf Air passengers will be able to easily obtain short term visit visas to Bahrain via our website gulfair.com – allowing them to come to Bahrain and experience all that our Kingdom has to offer in terms of tourism, business opportunities and more.”

 

Mr. Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group said: “Integrating next-generation convenience into the traditional visa process lies at the heart of our services. We are pleased to synergise our efforts with Gulf Air and the Government of Bahrain to ensure greater flexibility and digital-friendly services for visitors to Bahrain, while maintaining the security requirements of the visa process. We believe the online e-visa platform will make visa application much more convenient for Gulf Air customers, providing them with greater speed and transparency in the process, thereby enhancing their overall experience.” 

 

Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, added: “Applying for an eVisa through our dedicated online platform, designed exclusively for Gulf Air passengers, will transform the visa application experience for passengers, offering more customer-centric services. Quicker turnaround times, 24X7 accessibility, and online tracking, amongst other advantages, will make applying for a visa to Bahrain easier than ever before.”

 

Today’s announcement took place at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai where the airline was present alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can also find a suite of additional online services including Flight Status Updates, Group Bookings, Online Prepaid Services, hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Gulf Air BAC GAA Labour Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 27 April 2017: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, in collaboration with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA) and Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) today celebrated International Labour Day with a staff appreciation ceremony that was held at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 30 April 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is gearing up for the arrival of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which will be delivered to Gulf Air in April 2018 and will operate the airline’s long haul routes, gradually replacing its Airbus A330s. A total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018 with an additional 2 aircraft arriving by end-2019 and 3 arriving by end-2020.

 

“We are 12 months away from welcoming the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to the Gulf Air fleet – a historic moment in our trajectory and yet another important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process and supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies. As we look to strengthen our presence across the globe, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will also serve to enhance Gulf Air’s operational efficiency while offering enhanced passenger comfort. I am confident our guests will be delighted with the experience of flying with our newest aircraft,” said Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer.

 

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost.

 

 “The 787 customer base is growing not just globally but in the Middle East as well with airlines such as Gulf Air taking delivery of the Dreamliner,” said Marty Bentrott, Vice President – Sales, The Middle East, Turkey, Russia & Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  “We are confident that the 787-9 will help Gulf Air achieve a new level of efficiency and profitability and will contribute to their future growth and success.”

 

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market with 20 to 25 percent less fuel and 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

 

Passengers enjoy many improvements with the 787 family such as the largest windows of any jet; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort; large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag; soothing LED lighting; and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

 

Gulf Air’s highly anticipated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Gulf Air Holidays Set for Take-Off

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 09 May 2017: As Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, prepares to launch its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” this summer the airline has appointed online travel booking company “Ezeego1.com” as the Gulf Air Holidays back-end service provider. Gulf Air Holidays will offer travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are looking forward to the launch of Gulf Air Holidays – a key service to our customers that will cater to their various and diverse travel needs. With Ezeego1.com as our back-end service provider, we anticipate greater capabilities to reach a broader market segment – specifically those travellers looking for the ease of pre-purchased holiday packages that include air tickets, hotel bookings, transfers and more, all at a more competitive and attractive rate.”

 

Gulf Air Holidays will be a comprehensive, dedicated holidays unit that will develop and promote attractive holiday packages including airfares, hotel accommodation, car rental, insurance, guided tours, excursions as well as the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection. Gulf Air Holidays can be accessed via the airline’s official website gulfair.com or any local Gulf Air sales offices across the airline’s network of 42 destinations.

 

Ms Neelu Singh, CEO & Director, Ezeego1.com said: “We are happy to have won the mandate to roll out Gulf Air Holidays. It will be our endeavour to provide world class holiday products to travellers who choose Gulf Air as their preferred carrier. Our combined expertise of a great holiday product with Gulf Air’s seamless connectivity will be an unmatched partnership, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship.’’

 

Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Gulf Air Renews IOSA Certification

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 02 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier has successfully completed the internationally recognised, biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been renewed on the IOSA Safety Audit Registry until May 2019 – a registry that the airline has been on since 2005.

 

Gulf Air Chief Operating Officer, Captain Nasser Al Salmi congratulated employees for their efforts in maintaining these international standards, saying of the achievement: “Gulf Air prides itself on operating to the highest global safety standards and industry best practices – this is our main priority. Our latest IOSA renewal cements our ongoing commitment to safety and Gulf Air’s continuous development of IATA standards, regulatory requirements and practices within our operations. As we strive to remain at the forefront of safety developments this latest achievement reflects our success to date.”

 

This is the seventh IOSA audit successfully completed by Gulf Air since 2005, in-line with IATA’s two-year audit cycle. Between IOSA audits, Gulf Air’s Quality Assurance Departments continuously review and appraise internal operational processes, conducting rigorous quality control processes and self-auditing to ensure conformity with IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices in addition to industry best practices. All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership. IOSA is an internationally recognised evaluation system designed to assess airlines’ operational management and control systems.

 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Gulf Air can confirm that, due to inclement weather conditions in Riyadh yesterday 10th May 2017, its flight GF167, an Airbus A330 departing Bahrain International Airport at 1545 local Bahrain time to King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh with 107 passengers and 11 crew, experienced severe turbulence on approach into King Khalid International Airport and was subsequently diverted to Bahrain, landing into Bahrain International Airport at 1915 local Bahrain time.

The aircraft resumed the flight once weather conditions had cleared in Riyadh, departing Bahrain International Airport at 2037 and arriving at King Khalid International Airport at 2201 on 10th May – all local time.

Gulf Air extends its sincerest apologies to all passengers for any inconvenience caused by weather conditions that were beyond the airline’s control. Bahrain’s national carrier always strives to deliver the highest standards of customer service while delivering on its commitment to the safety and security of its passengers and crew.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Gulf Air Supports Bahrain Red Crescent Society’s Outreach Mission in Bangladesh

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has extended its support to the Bahrain Red Crescent Society sponsoring a visit organized by the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, with complimentary flights from Bahrain to Dhaka, for representatives from different Bahraini charities and societies. The representatives took part in the international callout to help the needy in Bangladesh by providing food, shelter and medicines. 

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Gulf Airs Latest Commercial Offering Rolled Out to Bahraini Travel Trade

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 14 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key members of Bahrain’s travel trade industry at a dinner and networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support.

 

Esam Al Hammadi, Gulf Air Country Manager Bahrain said: “We work together in synergy with Bahrain’s travel trade on a number of fronts - proactively promoting in-bound tourism to the Kingdom and catering to the diverse needs of passengers travelling across the globe. This forum gives Gulf Air the chance to expand on the scope of our latest and upcoming products and services, looking at their impact on passengers and how we are transforming the concept of the passenger journey through these endeavours. We are honoured and grateful to have the support of these key trade members in Bahrain.”

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which will launch in June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Gulf Air Signlent App Wins Accolades

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 17 May 2017: INJAZ Bahrain recently held its 2017 National Company Competition and Annual Appreciation Ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel where Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, was honoured for its support in developing Signlent – the first instant messaging mobile application in the region exclusively designed to serve the hard of hearing. The application was jointly created by a team from Al Estiqlal Secondary Girls School garnering them the “High School Company for Best Social Impact 2017” award.

 

Her Highness Shaikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, Executive Director of INJAZ Bahrain presented awards to the winning teams while also thanking INJAZ Bahrain’s partners – including Gulf Air. The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam currently serves on the board of INJAZ Bahrain, and members of the airline’s workforce regularly volunteer to support and inform students in schools across the Kingdom, delivering a number of INJAZ Bahrain's programs.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, one of our goals is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of young Bahrainis by supporting organizations created for this purpose. The Signlent application which was developed with the support of members of the airline’s IT division saw us actively encourage critical thinking and practical abilities to deliver a product that will serve our larger community. I’m delighted that the young minds behind this were celebrated today and honoured that our national carrier supported them.”

 

Gulf Air and Al Estiqlal Secondary Girls School’s Signlent application comes with an easy to use chat feature and a keyboard specifically designed and based on the sign language alphabet. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Zayed Alzayani

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 18 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of its new Board of Directors which, chaired by H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, is composed of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Dr Dawood Nassif Dawood, Mr. Jameel Ali Al Matrook, Mr. Essa Mohamed Najibi, Mr. Jean-Christophe Durand and Mr. Jassim Hassan Abdelaal.

Speaking on the new appointments H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors said: “I extend my sincerest thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board for the confidence placed in me. I also extend thanks to the former Chairman H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, the Deputy Prime Minister and to the former Board members, for their outstanding contributions towards the airline’s performance during their tenure. Going forward, Gulf Air’s new Board of Directors who collectively represent Bahraini professionals and highly experienced business leaders will, I am sure, contribute much to realising our national carrier’s key goals. Their dedication and efforts will help us directly support and strengthen Gulf Air, a key national infrastructure asset that serves the Kingdom’s aviation industry and economic interests.”

Bahrain's national carrier's future plans are geared towards realizing a broad spectrum of positive developments as it achieves full commercial sustainability and increasingly focuses on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth, development and long-term expansion capabilities. Gulf Air's new incoming fleet comprises 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Airbus A321 NEO and 12 Airbus A320 NEO aircraft with deliveries commencing from Q2 2018.

Gulf Air’s 7-member Board of Directors serve a 3-year term and actively support the airline’s management team in implementing a business strategy that, as part of the airline’s greater mission, further strengthens its position as a key national infrastructure asset that supports the Kingdom’s economic growth.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Gulf Air Honours Top Abu Dhabi Travel Agent

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 24 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently honoured the airline’s most productive travel agent in Abu Dhabi for 2016: Infinity Travel. Gulf Air Country Manager Abu Dhabi Ms. Madina Al Balushi presented an award to Infinity Travel Business Development Manager Mr. Razi Koya and his team for their contribution to the airline’s business throughout the year and in promoting the airline’s sales across its 42 destination network. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Oman Travel Trade Welcome Gulf Air Commercial Roadshow

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman – 25 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key members of the Sultanate of Oman’s travel trade industry at a dinner and networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Muscat, Mr. Ahmed Ali Ramadhan.

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which will launch in June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017
Gulf Air Georgia National Tourism Administration and Voyager Ltd

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 04 June 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, in partnership with the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) and Voyager Ltd, Gulf Air’s General Sales Agent (GSA) in Georgia, recently hosted key members of Bahrain’s travel trade industry at the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s upcoming route launch to Tbilisi on 22nd June and promoting Georgia as a destination for every kind of traveller.

 

Guests were welcomed by Esam Al Hammadi, Gulf Air Country Manager Bahrain who spoke of the importance of synergy between Gulf Air the Georgian National Tourism Administration and Voyager Ltd as all three entities work together to boost travel and tourism to this destination, tapping into the potential that the travel trade has to offer in Bahrain and beyond. Mr. Amiran Ivanidze COO of Convention and Exhibition Bureau of Georgia, GNTA spoke of the growing popularity of Georgia as a destination particularly for year-round leisure and MICE visitors, while Ms. Mariam Kvrivishvili General Director, Voyager Ltd – Gulf Air’s General Sales Agent (GSA) in Georgia elaborated on the many attractions of Tbilisi and neighbouring areas which draw visitors for all of medical and wellness tourism, family holidays, ski, lakeside, cultural and adventure holidays.

 

Gulf Air’s direct 3 weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport will commence on 22nd June 2017 and Voyager Ltd will facilitate ticket sales from/to Tbilisi and beyond, across the Gulf Air network. Voyager Ltd’s office in Tbilisi is located at Taktakishvili Street #10 and they can be contacted via telephone on +995 322 400808/400909 – Mondays to Fridays 10:00 – 19:00, Saturday and Sunday – 11:00-16:00.

 

Bahrain’s national carrier operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub.  Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Monday, June 5, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 June 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced the suspension of its multiple daily service between Bahrain and Doha with effect from 23:59, 5 June 2017 – local Bahrain time – and until further notice.

 

The last Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Doha (GF530) will depart at 20:55 on 5 June and the last Gulf Air flight from Doha to Bahrain (GF531) will depart at 22:40 on 5 June (all times local).

 

Gulf Air regrets any inconvenience this may cause to passengers affected by the suspension.  A dedicated customer services team from the Gulf Air 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre has been set up and is contacting affected passengers to offer alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Gulf Air destinations.

 

The airline would like to thank all its customers for their patience and understanding and advises them to contact the Gulf Air Worldwide Contact Centre on +973 17373737 or visit the airline’s website gulfair.com for further information. Gulf Air’s official social media accounts Facebook Gulf Air| Twitter Gulf Air | YouTube Gulf Air| Instagram Gulf Air | Google+ Gulf Air will also post regular updates as needed.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Gulf Air Onboard with Annual Ramadan Iftar Meal Box Distribution

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 7 June 2017: Building on the success of previous years, national carrier Gulf Air, last week commenced its annual Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative with members of the airline’s workforce helping ensure the safety of drivers on the road and facilitate the breaking of their fast by distributing iftar meal boxes at major traffic junctions in Manama prior to Maghreb prayer time.

 

The annual Ramadan initiative, in its fourth year now, continues to garner much positive feedback and is in line with Gulf Air’s commitment to delivering on a variety of corporate social responsibility initiatives throughout the year. 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain –11 June 2017: The Board of Directors of Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have today accepted the resignation of the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam.

 

H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors said: “On behalf of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors and the airline’s executive management team and workforce, I extend my sincerest thanks to Mr Al Musallam for his invaluable contributions and achievements delivered during his tenure with the airline. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

 

Gulf Air announced the appointment of its new Board of Directors on 14th May 2017.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Gulf Air’s Maiden Flight to Tbilisi, Georgia Takes Off

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 22 June 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today celebrated the launch of its highly anticipated direct 3 weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi. A celebratory event took place at Bahrain International Airport with The Georgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman H.E. George Janjgava joining Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs officials, Bahrain International Airport officials and members of Gulf Air’s executive management team.

Commenting on the launch of Gulf Air’s newest destination, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said: “I am delighted Gulf Air is directly connecting Bahrain and Georgia – and witnessing such high demand as we commence operations is a positive indication of what is to come. I look forward to seeing passengers from across the GCC and MENA region fly with us, enjoying the Gulf Air product and service offering en-route to experiencing the diverse appeal of this destination.”

Mr. Al Musallam concluded, "I would like to thank all officials in both Bahrain and Georgia who have supported the successful launch of Gulf Air’s maiden flight today: H.E. George Janjgava – The Georgian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport, Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs, Bahrain Airport Company, Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain Airport Services, the Civil Aviation in Georgia and Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport. This is all in addition to the invaluable efforts of members of the Gulf Air family and our GSA in Georgia, Voyager Ltd, who, both in Bahrain and Georgia, extended the utmost efforts towards launching this route and raising awareness of this destination.”

Gulf Air’s direct 3 weekly flights between Bahrain and Georgia are supplemented by, this week and due to high passenger demand, two additional flights that will operate on 23rd and 25th June 2017. Bahrain’s national carrier operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, May 29, 2017
Gulf Air Chairs AACO Emergency Response Planning Meeting in Musc

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 29 May 2017: Mrs. Hala Azzam, Gulf Air Manager Emergency Response Planning, recently chaired the annual Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee held in Muscat this month.

The two-day event was attended by emergency response planning managers from AACO member airlines that have signed the emergency response management mutual assistance agreement. With various discussions and workshops centered upon preparing responses for any potential emergencies concerning Arabian airlines the meeting was focused on ensuring greater synergy between all parties.

Mrs. Azzam, representing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is the first Bahraini elected Chairperson of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization Emergency Response Planning Steering Committee and has held this position since 2013. She is also the first Bahraini to be qualified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an Aviation Security Professional Manager – one of the most advanced aviation security training programmes in existence today. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 25 May 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, today held its first Board of Directors meeting following the appointment of its new members and under the Chairmanship of H.E. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism – focusing on a broad spectrum of internal business matters. 

Sharing his feedback on the first meeting, H.E. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air's Board of Directors said: "Today's meeting was not only an important strategic milestone in support of our mutual endeavours and mission to direct and support Gulf Air, but it marked a critical junction whereby momentum was set for our airline's future trajectory. We are optimistic for what the future holds for our national carrier and what the combined efforts of Gulf Air's Board of Directors, management team, workforce and various stakeholders can deliver as we collectively work to implement a business strategy that, as part of the airline's greater mission, further strengthens its position as a key national infrastructure asset that supports the Kingdom's economic growth.”

His Excellency also announced that the Board of Directors is currently assessing and tailoring Gulf Air's business strategy with a view to the airline's future within the dynamic field of aviation and in line with the national carrier's longstanding mission. He stressed the importance of professional synergies and collective efforts in support of Bahrain's national carrier and for the greater benefit of the Kingdom.

Chaired by H.E. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani - Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Gulf Air Board of Directors include H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Dr Dawood Nassif Dawood, Mr. Jameel Ali Al Matrook, Mr. Essa Mohamed Najibi, Mr. Jean-Christophe Durand and Mr. Jassim Hassan Abdelaal.

Bahrain's national carrier's future plans are geared towards realizing a broad spectrum of positive developments as it achieves full commercial sustainability and increasingly focuses on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth, development and long-term expansion capabilities. Gulf Air's new incoming fleet comprises 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Airbus A321 NEO and 12 Airbus A320 NEO aircraft with deliveries commencing from Q2 2018.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 18 June 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced two additional flights which will be scheduled for the first week of its Georgia operations – in advance of the route launch to Tbilisi on 22nd June and due to high demand from travellers across the region. The two additional flights will operate on 23rd and 25th June 2017.

 

Commenting on the development Gulf Air Senior Manager Network Planning Sh. Ali Mohammed Al Khalifa said: “It is highly encouraging to see such positive demand on our newest route, prior to the launch of our maiden flight! Boasting a wealth of attractions in Tbilisi and neighbouring areas which draw visitors for all of medical and wellness tourism, family holidays, ski, lakeside, cultural and adventure holidays – I am optimistic that this route will be a success and will appeal to our travellers from across the GCC and MENA region.”

 

Gulf Air’s direct 3 weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport will commence on 22nd June 2017. Bahrain’s national carrier operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 19 June 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has introduced a multi-ticket discount scheme giving the airline’s Bahrain-based passengers attractive discounts when purchasing multiple tickets (up to a maximum of 5 return trips) under one booking code for travel within 3 months to select GCC destinations.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to ten regional cities, and it is this connectivity that caters to and allows for convenient regional travel for business and leisure passengers. We have recognized the key intra-GCC traveler segment and our multi-ticket discount scheme is tailored to them specifically, giving regular customers, who travel frequently within the GCC region, to save even more when booking their flights with Gulf Air – in either Falcon Gold or Economy class.”

 

Gulf Air’s multi-ticket discount scheme allows customers to save up to 25% of the total cost of a bundle of tickets if purchased together under one booking code to select GCC destinations (Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat). 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Gulf Air Annual Ramadan Football Tournament 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21June 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently held its annual Ramadan football tournament, which saw 10 teams representing different departments and divisions within the airline competing to win the tournament’s cup. The tournament, held in Al Najma Sports Club, was won by Gulf Air’s Pilots team who were awarded the winner’s cup from Gulf Air Chief Operating Officer, Captain Nasser Al Salmi.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Gulf Air’s Commercial Roadshow Targets Saudi Travel Trade

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 29 June 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key members of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s travel trade industry at a networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Dammam, Mr. Hamed Khamdan with the support of the airline’s Saudi Arabia General Sales Agent, Al Tayyar Travel and Tourism Group.

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Gulf Air Appoints New Country Manager for Egypt

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 July 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of Mr. Wael Mattar as its new Country Manager for the Arab Republic of Egypt, effective this month, July 2017. Boasting over 23 years’ experience in aviation, Mr. Mattar has previously supported the airline’s commercial mission in all of marketing and sales, representing Gulf Air in the GCC region.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer commented on the new appointment: “It is a pleasure to welcome Wael to his newest role with Bahrain’s national carrier. As a longstanding member of the Gulf Air family, Wael has amassed extensive industry experience and skills, making him the perfect candidate to further strengthen our presence in the Egyptian market and continue representing our airline in the Arab Republic of Egypt, a country we have proudly served since 1974.”

 

In Cairo, Gulf Air’s offices are located on 21 Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, and can be reached by calling (+20)-2-01005436565 / 01119727777. The airline works closely with Imperial Travel Centre Group the sole general sales agent for Gulf Air in Egypt handling both the airline’s passenger and cargo needs.

 

Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates multiple daily flights between Cairo and Bahrain allowing for seamless same-day movement while offering passengers excellent onward connectivity, via its hub at Bahrain International Airport, to and from key destinations in the GCC region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. Flights can be booked online via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Monday, July 10, 2017
Gulf Air IT Data Centre Achieves Tier 3 Standard Compliance

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 10 July 2017: In line with Gulf Air’s ongoing commitment to implement industry best practices and standards in the field of technology, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier recently celebrated its newly renovated IT Data Centre achieving tier 3 standard compliance classification.

 

As part of the celebration, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam visited the IT Data Centre, formally inaugurating the upgraded facility which allows the airline to ensure that their hosted mission-critical services are continuously available. Speaking at the event Mr. Al Musallam said: “Gulf Air’s business relies heavily on the reliability, availability and stability of its IT services, and as a result, upgrading our IT Data Centre was a priority for the airline. I’m delighted with what we have achieved.”

 

Commenting on this achievement Gulf Air Director Information Technology Dr. Jassim Haji, said: “Gulf Air has renovated its IT Data Centre to satisfy the requirements and comply with the world renowned Tier 3 standard and achieving this classification confirms our compliance with best practice and standards as we continually strive to improve the airline’s business sustainability, continuity and commitments.”

 

Gulf Air’s state-of-the-art, energy efficient Data Centre at the airline’s headquarters is also one of the most environmentally friendly IT centers in the Kingdom. The national carrier’s Data Center Tier 3 compliance fits into a wider digital transformation vision that was recently underscored by becoming the world’s first airline to achieve seven (7) ISO certifications in Information Technology in March this year. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Gulf Air’s Latest Commercial Developments Rolled Out to Abu Dhabi’s Travel Trade

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 12 July 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key travel trade industry representatives in Abu Dhabi at an event that showcased the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking guests for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Madina Abdulla Albalushi.

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air’s Abu Dhabi offices are located in Airline Tower - (Omeir Travel Agency Building) Ground Floor Sheikh Khalifa street, and can be reached by calling (+971)-2- 6331700 / 6516888. Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities – including 28 weekly Gulf Air flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain – in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017
Gulf Air Recognises Top Travel Agents in Dammam

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently honoured the airline’s top travel trade partners for their contribution, performance and continued support in 2016, presenting awards to agents as an acknowledgement and in recognition of their constant high level of commitment towards Gulf Air’s operations. The national carrier also recognized its most productive travel agent in the Eastern Province of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2016: Khalid Saeed Al Hajri travel agency. Gulf Air Country Manager Dammam Mr. Hamed AbdulRedha Khamdan presented an award to Mr. Mohamed Anwar, General Manager of Khalid Saeed Al Hajri travel agency and his team for their contribution to the airline’s business throughout the year and in promoting sales across Gulf Air’s 42 destination network. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Gulf Air Hosts Dubai Travel Trade Representatives

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 25 July 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key travel trade industry representatives in Dubai at an event that showcased the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking guests for their longstanding support. The event was hosted by Gulf Air’s Senior Manager Sales, Mr Saad Al Qinni.

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air’s Dubai offices are located in Gulf Air Sheikh Saud Al-Qasimi Building, Salahuddin Road, opposite Reef Mall, and can be reached by calling (+971)-4- 2716207 / 2713222. Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities – including 49 weekly Gulf Air flights between Dubai and Bahrain – in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 30 July 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has joined Saudi Arabian telecommunications services company Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) as its newest Neqaty program partner, in a move that enhances the diversity of the program's partnership base.

 

Through this new partnership with Gulf Air, Mobily customers can now redeem their points for Gulf Air FalconFlyer miles when the combined points reach 5,000 points or more. Customers can access their Neqaty account and select from multiple points redemption options with Neqaty partners.

 

Gulf Air Senior Manager Customer Experience, Mrs. Kavita S. Al Jassim welcomed the agreement saying: “We are delighted to partner with Mobily, broadening their distinctive offering and privileges available to Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme members and giving their customers the chance to increase their FalconFlyer miles for greater travel benefits. We look forward to working closely with Mobily and building a mutually rewarding partnership.”

 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme, with its innovative incentives and benefits for the airline’s frequent flyers, offers members attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years’ miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com

 

Neqaty is one of the most distinguished loyalty programs in the region, thanks to both the strategic diversification of its many partnerships across multiple sectors and its added value that allows all Mobily customers to collect and redeem points through the program’s premium partners.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Gulf Air appoints deputy CEO

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 01 August 2017: Gulf Air has announced that the Board of Directors of the airline has recently appointed Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Captain. Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi has over thirty-seven years of experience in various aviation related positions and holds an MBA in Aviation Management from City University of London. 

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Monday, August 7, 2017
Gulf Air Hosts Travel Trade Event in Jeddah

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 August 2017: In a tribute to the airline’s top travel agents in the Western Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently welcomed key travel trade industry representatives from Jeddah to a dinner event hosted by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Jeddah Mr Zubair Ahmed Muhammed. At the event, Gulf Air’s longstanding commitment to the Saudi market was reiterated while guests learned of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives.

 

Most recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including: prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled out online flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers – respectively.

 

Among its most highly anticipated upcoming initiatives, Gulf Air will soon be rolling out its dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – both across the Gulf Air network and beyond. The airline is also preparing to launch an online visa facility this summer that will support its longstanding efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination to a broad spectrum of travellers while making the process of obtaining a short term visit visa to Bahrain easier and more convenient.

 

Gulf Air’s Jeddah office is located in Madinah Road, Markaz Al Noor, and can be reached by calling (+966) 012-6578441. Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities – including multiple daily Gulf Air flights between the five Saudi Arabian cities of: Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Al Qassim and Bahrain – in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain and (+966) 013-5109595 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Gulf Air Recognizes Top Corporate Clients in Dubai

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted dinner events for the airline’s top corporate clients in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, hosted by Gulf Air Country Manager in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Madina Abdulla Albalushi and Gulf Air’s Senior Manager Sales, Mr Saad Al Qinni – respectively. At both events, Gulf Air representatives shared news of the airline’s progress while shedding light on various upcoming projects and initiatives. Gulf Air thanked its corporate clients for their contribution to the airline’s business throughout the year and in promoting sales across the airline’s 42 destination network.

 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 August 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest carrier, have entered into a codeshare partnership widening their respective networks across Europe and the Middle East.

 

Specifically, travellers can now codeshare on flights from Bahrain, via Athens, to and from the European cities of Brussels and Rome while travellers from Geneva, Milan and Vienna can now codeshare on flights, via Athens, to the Kingdom of Bahrain with Gulf Air.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our commitment to strengthening Gulf Air’s network is reinforced with this codeshare agreement – allowing us to connect our passengers to popular destinations across Europe that extend beyond our network, while giving passengers from more cities in Europe the distinctive opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain while experiencing our unique product and service offering.”

 

“We are welcoming this new codeshare with Gulf Air and we strongly believe that the combined networks of our two carriers will offer our guests new travel opportunities not only between Greece and Bahrain, but also beyond,” stated Tassos Raftopoulos, Network Planning and Alliances Director of Aegean Airlines.

 

The national carrier operates a year-round direct four weekly service between Bahrain and the Greek capital in addition to operating double daily flights or more to ten regional cities across the GCC and MENA region – allowing passengers to easily and conveniently transit through Bahrain for seamless onwards travel across the Gulf Air network. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Gulf Air Hosts Top Travel Partners in Lebanon

Photo caption: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted an event for the airline’s top travel trade partners in Tripoli, Lebanon – facilitating greater networking between Gulf Air representatives and trade partners and also serving as a forum for information exchange about the airline’s latest news and developments. Welcomed by Gulf Air’s Country Manager in Beirut, Mrs. Amale Elchoueiry and her sales team, the airline’s trade partners were thanked for their longstanding support throughout the year and their contribution to Gulf Air business and sales across the airline’s 42 destination network. 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Gulf Air and Oman Air in Codeshare

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 23 August 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently launched a new codeshare agreement with Oman Air, the national carrier of the sultanate of Oman, that sees the airlines’ combined frequencies between Bahrain and Muscat increase to 6 daily flights.

 

Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, commented on the agreement: “This codeshare reflects Gulf Air’s consistent drive to offer our customers attractive options to fly to popular travel destinations. With this agreement we are not only increasing our flight frequencies to and from Muscat but also giving Muscat-based passengers an expanded range of connections with Gulf Air via Bahrain International Airport to various destinations across our network. On this occasion, we thank Oman Air for sharing our commitment and vision, which I am sure will allow us to continue to reinforce the longstanding relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman – helping strengthen tourism and commercial ties.”

 

Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer, of Oman Air commented: “Oman Air is very happy with this codeshare agreement with Gulf Air, which is a strategic and important partner for Oman Air. Through this codeshare, Oman Air offers its guests a combined frequency of six daily flights. The new Muscat International Airport is also due to open soon, which will give our Bahrain-based guests an exciting opportunity to connect to our global network through a world class facility. Our guests can also benefit from a range of destinations connected through this codeshare by both the airlines, providing them with greater choice, convenience and a seamless travel experience.”

 

This new codeshare provides customers with additional frequencies on the popular route while also giving passengers to Bahrain enhanced flight connectivity possibilities with Gulf Air to various destinations in Europe, Asia and the Indian Subcontinent and, in tandem, giving passengers to Muscat enhanced flight connectivity possibilities with Oman Air to various destinations across its network. Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents – including Tbilisi, Georgia which launched on 22nd June 2017. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. The codeshare flights connecting Bahrain and Muscat are currently available for sale and Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Original 1960’s Gulf Air Uniform Sketch Donated to the Airline

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 August 2017: A signed sketch by the late Joy Stokes, designer of Gulf Air’s cabin crew uniforms in the 1960s and 1970s, was recently donated by her son Michael Stokes to the national carrier and now appears in the airline’s Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport.

 

Professionally trained in art and design, Mrs. Stokes’ Gulf Air cabin crew uniform designs from the 1960s till the late 1970s, defined the look of the airline: from the turtle collar dress and pillbox style beret to the then revolutionary concept of outfitting both male and female cabin crew in trousers and the master-stroke adaptation of the Middle Eastern headscarf in chiffon flowing from a central pillow box cap. Today, a version of the original iconic headdress design is still worn by Gulf Air female crew – recognizable in airports around the world.

 

Commenting on Joy Stokes’ long reign as Gulf Air’s uniform designer Mr Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer said: “During her time in Bahrain, Joy made an indelible mark on Gulf Air’s history. Designing some of our national carrier’s first uniforms, Joy helped shape the ‘face’ of Gulf Air for many years. We are delighted to receive and showcase her original sketch in our popular Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport – helping us celebrate the immensely positive and enduring impact Joy made.”

 

Donating the cabin crew uniform design sketch to Gulf Air, Joy’s son Michael Stokes said: “Joy Stokes was inspired by the brilliant light & vibrant colours of Bahrain and the Gulf. She loved wandering in the souqs and markets of Bahrain where she could derive ideas for her designs & drawings. She shared her passion for Bahrain with her husband, Jimmy Stokes, a Captain with Gulf Aviation/Air who joined the airline in 1961. Joy would be deeply humbled & honored by the recognition that Gulf Air is providing to her in prominently displaying her original uniform design in the Gulf Air Falcon Gold lounge. As a family we are privileged and delighted by the enduring link with Gulf Air and Bahrain that this represents.”

 

Bahrain’s national carrier has regularly showcased its historic cabin crew uniforms at a variety of events both in the Kingdom and across the airline’s global network. Such events include, the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) where, in 2014, Gulf Air cabin crew members toured the Airshow grounds greeting visitors in an assortment of uniform designs spanning the different eras. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 September 2017: Gulf Air today announced it will increase its Moscow service from 4 weekly to daily flights with a new operating schedule that will come into effect in the last week of October, coinciding with the airline’s 3-year anniversary of direct, nonstop service to/from Domodedovo International Airport in the Russian capital.

 

Commenting on this latest development, Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, said: “By adding frequencies and enhancing our product offering we are making Moscow more accessible than ever for our customers travelling from across the region, providing them with greater flight selections for both direct and transit travel to and from the Russian capital. We believe this positive development will boost our competitive edge in the market and anticipate positive passenger response and heightened demand as a result on our popular Moscow route.”

 

Gulf Air’s direct Moscow route is further supported by a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) agreement between the airline and Russian carrier S7 Airlines enabling Gulf Air passengers to take flights beyond Moscow to and from various Russian cities including St Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. With a combined fare that is more attractive than those purchased separately, the SPA agreement allows passengers to purchase only one ticket, at a more competitive fare, for their entire journey instead of separate tickets for each individual carrier.

 

Gulf Air flights to and from Moscow can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rentals and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Monday, September 11, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 11 September 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Swiss-Belhotel International, a leading global hotel chain and one of the world's fastest-growing international hotel and hospitality management groups, allowing Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn 200 loyalty miles for every night’s stay at participating Swiss-Belhotel properties spread across 23 countries worldwide. The agreement is effective from September 1, 2017.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Ahmed Janahi, welcomed the agreement saying: “Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme offers a host of exciting privileges and benefits to members and we are continually working to expand our network of partner hotels in order to make our programme as rewarding as possible. In line with this, our partnership with Swiss-Belhotel International gives our valued members the opportunity to earn miles during their stay at any of the participating Swiss-Belhotels.”

 

Serving 42 cities in 25 countries, Gulf Air operates daily flights to 10 regional cities. To earn miles, guests must quote their FalconFlyer membership number when booking their stay at any participating hotel within Swiss-Belhotel International’s network and present their FalconFlyer membership card at the time of check-in. All bookings must be made direct with the hotel or through the hotel website.

 

Mr Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “We are pleased to partner with Gulf Air, the national carrier of Kingdom of Bahrain’s, prestigious loyalty programme: FalconFlyer. We are committed to rewarding our valued guests for their loyalty and this new alliance will entitle FalconFlyer members to outstanding earnings at our hotels located in some of the most desirable destinations. With its vast reach and popularity as a frequent flyer programme, partnering with Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme is a strategic tie-up for us and will increase our brand exposure globally as well as in our top source markets in the Middle East.”

 

Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer Programme is known for its high-value promotions and partnerships making it one of the most sought-after frequent flyer programmes in the world. Gulf Air FalconFlyer Members can enjoy attractive privileges and value-added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, family membership and special privileges both on the ground and in the air. Other advantages of the program include the best redemption rates and the best miles earning system for premium class in the GCC and Middle East region, special online booking bonuses, a generous baggage allowance, three years’ miles validity, unlimited lounge access, priority baggage handling and guaranteed seats among many other benefits intended to make the traveling experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Further information about Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme can be found online by visiting gulfair.com

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Gulf Air Goes Daily to Istanbul

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 20 September 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will introduce a permanent increase to its Istanbul service with daily flights on the route effective early November 2017. The increase is in direct response to passenger demand, increasing the number of convenient flight options offered by the airline and giving passengers greater flexibility and choice when travelling to and from Istanbul. 

 

Last year Gulf Air celebrated the 30th anniversary of its direct, nonstop service to and from the city of Istanbul in the Republic of Turkey. Launched in 1986, Istanbul is one of the airline’s main tourist destinations with growing numbers of passengers from Bahrain and the GCC throughout the year. Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, commented on this growth saying: “Gulf Air’s Istanbul route performance to date has been promising with consistently strong passenger demand throughout the year. Offering our valued passengers a daily service to and from Istanbul meets their travel needs, further reinforcing the strong historic ties between Bahrain and Turkey and our airline’s key role in encouraging two-way travel, trade, tourism and investment opportunities.”

 

Operating double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, Gulf Air provides excellent connectivity for passengers travelling to/from Istanbul with connections to various cities in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Asia. The airline’s network currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, September 25, 2017
German Media Take Off with Gulf Air to Colombo

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 25 September 2017: German media representatives were recently invited to visit the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo as part of a collaboration between Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Onyx Hospitality Group, a leading hotel management company in Asia. The 6-day visit saw guests experience the comforts of flying with Gulf Air, residing at leading hotels and enjoying some of the island’s most notable touristic sights and tours.

 

Gulf Air’s schedule includes daily flights between Frankfurt and Bahrain and five weekly flights between Colombo and Bahrain, giving Europe and MENA-based travellers wishing to visit the Sri Lankan capital greater flexibility and better connectivity. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Gulf Air Celebrates World Tourism Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 27 September 2017: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air today celebrated World Tourism Day in collaboration with the University of Bahrain. Recognising distinguished students of the University’s Media, Tourism and Arts Division, Gulf Air awarded them complimentary flights to some of its newest destinations: Tbilisi, Georgia – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Athens, Greece.

 

Presenting the tickets to the University of Bahrain’s Head of Media, Tourism and Arts Division Dr. Abdul Nasser Fattah Allah, Gulf Air Corporate Communications Manager Mr Ahmed Al Anzoor stressed the importance of tourism studies to further promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a destination for a broad spectrum of global visitors, in line with the airline’s mission to raise awareness of the many attractions Bahrain has to offer, facilitating travel to the Kingdom and giving visitors the chance to experience the trademark Arabian hospitality for which its national carrier is renowned. In return, Dr. Fattah Allah expressed gratitude and appreciation for the airline’s gesture and collaboration that encourages students to excel in their studies.

 

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset, Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has annually celebrated World Tourism Day on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. This year’s theme is Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development.  

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Gulf Air and Turkish Airlines Sign a Codeshare Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain - 29 September 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national air carrier, today signed a codeshare agreement that will be effective from 1st November 2017. The agreement will expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of both airlines with jointly operated double daily flights between Bahrain and Istanbul.

 

The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul headquarters. Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, and Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bilal Ekşi signed the agreement together in the presence of senior officials from both airlines.

 

This new codeshare agreement will be applied to the flights operated by both carriers to Manama and Istanbul, broadening the commercial partnership between the two companies and their respective countries while giving passengers of both airlines more travel options between Bahrain and Turkey.

 

Gulf Air and Turkish Airlines each operate one daily flight between Bahrain and Istanbul and, under the terms of this agreement, both carriers will place their codes on both airlines’ flights, operating between Bahrain and Istanbul.

 

Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, welcomed the codeshare agreement saying: “Entering into a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines is a positive strategic step forward for Gulf Air, through which we offer our guests a larger combined frequency of flights while strengthening and enhancing our commercial ties. Gulf Air passengers can now connect to a range of destinations through this codeshare by both airlines, providing them with greater choice, convenience and a seamless travel experience.”

 

Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bilal Ekşi said: “We are glad to sign this codeshare agreement with Gulf Air and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through our flight networks. Moreover, we believe that this partnership with Gulf Air will bring a remarkable benefit to both airlines from a commercial perspective in rapidly growing relations between our countries.” Mr. Ekşi also stressed that the codeshare agreement will enhance the airline’s commercial cooperation with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and also expressed his hope that this agreement will allow Turkish Airlines to win more passengers in the region.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gulf Air Showcases Bahrain to Russian Media

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 17 October 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, gave a number of Russian lifestyle and travel media representatives the opportunity to visit and explore Bahrain with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by the airline and Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, a 5-star luxury seafront property located in the Kingdom’s capital.

 

During the visit, media representatives experienced Gulf Air’s latest products, both inflight and on-the-ground including the airline’s dedicated Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport, visited various local attractions around the Kingdom while enjoying Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s premium accommodation and Michelin Star culinary offering.

 

Boasting one of the largest regional networks with multiple daily flights to over ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air is well-positioned to facilitate two way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East and North Africa. The airline recently announced it will increase its Moscow service from 4 weekly to daily flights with a new operating schedule that will come into effect in the last week of October, coinciding with the airline’s 3-year anniversary of direct, nonstop service to/from Domodedovo International Airport in the Russian capital.

 

Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 1737 3737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies. The airline's official website, gulfair.com offers Gulf Air Tours, giving visitors access to the convenient facility of not only fare bookings but also: hotel reservations, sightseeing activities, airport transfers, car rentals, rail ticket and travel insurance purchases.  

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Gulf Air Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 19 October 2017: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, in collaboration with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA) and Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) today marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a series of events and activities that was held at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters with the aim of providing attendees with valuable information regarding the disease and the means of prevention and management.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Gulf Air Brings British Media to Bahrain

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 October 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently flew a number of British media representatives to Bahrain on a familiarization trip jointly hosted at ART Rotana Amwaj Islands, by the airline and Rotana Hotel Management Corporation. The visit was in line with the national carrier’s longstanding mission to promote both the Kingdom of Bahrain and its national carrier, further bolstering the Kingdom’s economic development and promoting Bahrain on a regional and global level by raising awareness of the many attractions Bahrain has to offer, facilitating travel to the Kingdom and giving visitors the chance to experience the trademark Arabian hospitality for which the Kingdom of Bahrain and its national carrier are renowned.

 

Gulf Air’s schedule includes twice daily flights to and from London Heathrow. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, the airline’s one-stop-shop website, where customers can find a suite of additional online services offering hotel bookings, car rental and travel insurance. Fare / booking queries can also be directed to the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 October 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has officially launched one of the airline’s most highly anticipated initiatives “Gulf Air Holidays”, offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations worldwide – across the Gulf Air network – available via holidays.gulfair.com. The airline is working in partnership with online travel booking company “Ezeego1.com” who are the “Gulf Air Holidays” back-end service provider.

 

Commenting on this initiative Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, said “By launching “Gulf Air Holidays” we hope to not only spoil our customers with a broad spectrum of holiday packages to choose from but also, and in line with our mission, to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain across our network – give travellers worldwide attractive holiday packages to visit Bahrain and enjoy a wide array of experiences while in the Kingdom. Our airline’s dedicated holidays unit “Gulf Air Holidays” will now give travellers even more choice when visiting any of our destinations and help make their holidays even more convenient and comfortable.”

 

Ms Neelu Singh, CEO & Director, “Ezeego1.com”, the company that built the holiday model, integrating technology into the service and ensuring its seamless operation, said: “Ezeego1.com is happy to have won the mandate to roll out Gulf Air Holidays. It will be our endeavour to provide world-class holiday products to travellers who choose Gulf Air as their preferred carrier. Our combined expertise of a great holiday product with Gulf Air’s seamless connectivity will be an unmatched partnership, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship.’’

 

Gulf Air Holidays is a comprehensive, dedicated holidays unit that develops and promotes attractive holiday packages including airfares, hotel accommodation, car rental, guided tours, excursions as well as the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection. Gulf Air Holidays can be accessed via holidays.gulfair.com, any local Gulf Air sales offices across its network of 42 destinations or the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 – option 3.

 

Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Gulf Air Recognises Top Travel Agent at Londons WTM

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 09 November 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has recently participated in World Travel Market (WTM), the world's largest travel trade show, alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives. At WTM, Gulf Air presented an award recognising Skylord Travel in the category of Best Growth in Sales for delivering highest growth in leisure sales with a growth of 53% year on year in 2016.

The award was represented by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Gulf Air’s Senior Manager Sales, Mr. Ahmed Al Matrook and the airline’s UK Country Manager Mr Rashid AlGaoud. Bahrain’s national carrier has a long history with WTM and has been a key exhibitor for many years. The exhibition is an annual global event attended by key international players and professionals of the travel industry and provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry members to meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business. The airline’s attendance at the event is in line with its longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination.

Gulf Air operates a double daily service to London Heathrow Airport offering passengers a choice of morning and evening flights. Serving 42 cities in 25 countries and boasting one of the largest regional networks with multiple daily flights to ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air is well-positioned to facilitate two-way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East and North Africa, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Gulf Air, CFM sign a $1.9 billion LEAP-1A engine and services deal

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 November 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and CFM International have today signed an agreement for the purchase of 58 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft and an additional 7 spare engines to support the operation. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $1.9 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term service agreement. The aircraft order was announced in January 2016.

 

To support its fleet, the airline has also signed a 10-year Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement.   Throughout the term of the agreement, CFM guarantees maintenance costs for all of Gulf Air’s LEAP-1A engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

 

Gulf Air has been a CFM customer since 1992 and currently operates a fleet of 16 Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. Going forward, the airline will welcome 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft alongside 10 Boeing Wide Body aircraft - due for delivery commencing in early 2018. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet will facilitate the long-term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering.

 

Marking the announcement, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alalawi, said: “CFM International are a key and longstanding partner for Gulf Air, with whom the airline has worked closely for over 2 decades. Our selection of this engine for our incoming Airbus aircraft is significant, reflecting the reliability and expertise afforded by CFM products. This is integral to our ongoing strategic development and I am pleased to call CFM International Gulf Air’s partner of choice as we move ahead with our long term plans to shape the future trajectory of our carrier.”

 

"It is highly gratifying when an airline of this stature makes your products such an essential part of its operations,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are honoured to be a part of this team and to be a part of Gulf Air’s continued growth and success. The CFM56-5B engines they currently operate have performed very, very well over the years. We know that the LEAP-1A engines will bring even greater benefits and we can’t wait to help them induct this advanced technology into their fleet.”

 

The LEAP engine entered commercial service in August 2016 and is providing its more than 20 operators with a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; and lower noise and NOx emissions. To date, the fleet in service has logged more than 75,000 engine flight cycles and more than 350,000 engine flight hours while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability.

 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Gulf Air Appoints New CEO

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 12 November 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced the appointment of Mr. Krešimir Kučko as the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, effective 12th November 2017.

H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors welcomed Mr. Kučko to his new post: “On behalf of the airline’s Board of Directors and executive management team I welcome Mr. Kučko to the Gulf Air family. He brings with him exceptional industry knowledge that I am confident will add considerable value to our business and I look forward to the journey ahead for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier.”

Mr. Kučko brings a wealth of international aviation experience to his new position at Gulf Air, having held roles in the airline industry for the past 25 years. He joins the airline’s recently appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, at a significant time in the airline’s history as it prepares to receive a new fleet consisting of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft due for delivery commencing in early 2018. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering.

Mr. Kučko previously served as Croatia Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer. He is a member of several highly-ranked associations; such as the Croatian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, as well as SKAL Club Zurich, BAR Swiss and Benelux, Star Alliance, CSC in Belgium and CSC in the Netherlands, where he was voted Vice-Chairman in 2012 and appointed Chairman for 2013.

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Monday, November 13, 2017
GulfAir-DAE Signing Ceremony

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2017 – Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd. (DAE) have today signed an aircraft lease agreement for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to enter the Gulf carrier’s fleet in 2018. These modern, fuel efficient planes will help Gulf Air expand its network, facilitating the long-term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement.

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi commented on the agreement: “Our agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, sees Gulf Air gear up for a landmark moment in our history as we welcome five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in the coming months. The incoming aircraft represent an important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process, enhancing passenger comfort and broadening our network as we look to strengthen our presence across the globe.”

 

Dubai Aerospace Chief Executive Officer, Firoz Tarapore said: “We are pleased to be in a position to support Gulf Air’s fleet strategy in 2018 as they look to develop their route offering. Leasing these top-of-the-range aircraft underlines Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s ability to work with customers with varying requirements and is made possible by our long-standing presence in the leasing and finance space. We look forward to supporting one of the Gulf region’s premier airlines as it continues to grow.”

 

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Gulf Air Contracts APU Support for its Incoming Boeing 787s To EPCOR

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2017Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has entrusted maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping the airline’s 10 new, incoming, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to AFI KLM E&M. The long-term contract includes a guarantee covering APU replacement. The repair services will be provided by AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, global market leader for MRO support for APUs.

This latest contract, signed at the Dubai Air Show, marks the renewal of Gulf Air’s trust in the AFI KLM E&M network. The collaboration between the two companies started several years ago with the repair of Gulf Air’s CFM56 engines and the airline currently uses AFI KLM E&M services for component support on its existing fleet of A320s and A330s, and those of its Dubai-based AMES subsidiary for nacelle and radome repairs. EPCOR, for its part, has provided APU support for the Bahraini carrier’s Airbus A330s for a number of years.

Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said: “EPCOR’s proven TAT and service quality performance observed in the framework of our A330 APU contract convinced us to extend our partnership to this new type of APU and we are pleased to continue our relationship with them as we prepare to welcome new aircraft into our fleet.”

EPCOR Managing Director, Dennis Wetjens added: “Our leadership position for APU maintenance and repair means we can guarantee unrivalled reliability and experience for our clients. The renewed trust Gulf Air has honoured us with is most definitely a bonus for our development in a region with fast-growing MRO requirements.”

 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Gulf Air selects Honeywell’s auxiliary power units to power its Airbus A320/321neo fleet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 14, 2017 Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and long-time customer Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, have signed an agreement that sees the airline purchase Honeywell Auxiliary Power Units for its new, incoming fleet of 29 Airbus 320/321neo aircraft. Under the agreement, Honeywell will also provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services helping Gulf Air achieve greater cost predictability for future maintenance while reducing expenses when unexpected servicing is required.

 

“We are committed to being an airline industry leader, as shown by our selection of a modern fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft. These aircraft along with Honeywell’s advanced auxiliary power units show a commitment to keeping our fleet up to date with the latest technologies,” said Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air. “We are moving in the right direction, and with Honeywell’s APUs and the accompanying maintenance service agreement, we are better able to focus on providing our passengers with the performance and reliability they deserve.”  

 

The Honeywell 131-9A auxiliary power unit (APU) is a critical piece of equipment on a plane, supplying the air source to start an aircraft’s main engines, as well as electrical power and air conditioning while the plane is on the ground to ensure maximum passenger comfort. The 131-9A is known for its reliability and lower maintenance costs over the course of its entire life cycle, resulting in significant fuel savings each year.

 

“Our experience and legacy in aerospace affords us the opportunity to provide the best technology, equipment and support services possible to some of the most innovative and customer-centric operators around the globe,” said Varant Panosian, senior director Customer Business at Honeywell Aerospace. “Gulf Air is a long-term customer of ours, and we are pleased to be chosen as the APU and maintenance service supplier for their new fleet of A320neo aircraft.”

 

Honeywell has a long history of producing APUs for aviation as the first company to produce a gas turbine APU in 1948 and continuing that trend with its family of 131-series APUs, one of the company’s most successful lines of APUs with more than 100 million hours in service.

 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Safran Partners with Gulf Air to Supply Wheels and Brakes for its New Fleet of Boeing 787-9

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 November 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and a long-time partner of Safran, has signed an agreement to equip the airline’s new incoming fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A320neo with Safran Landing Systems wheels and brakes.

 

Commenting on the agreement Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi said: “We have selected Safran Landing Systems for their high dispatch reliability, simplified maintenance, as well as their weight advantage resulting in lower fuel burn. Safran Landing Systems is a reliable partner of Gulf Air and we are pleased with our choice towards a wheels and brakes technology of renowned quality to equip our new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320neo that will enter into service in 2018.”

 

Vincent Mascré, Safran Landing Systems Chief Executive Officer, commented on this signature:

“Our carbon brake technology is an ideal choice with regard to the requirements of cost, efficiency and expected performance. We are delighted and proud to have earned the trust of Gulf Air and we are fully committed to supporting the entry into service of their 787-9 and A320neo fleets.”

 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Gulf Air Marks 50th Anniversary of Bahrain-Paris Route

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 19 November 2017: Marking the 50th anniversary of its Bahrain-Paris route, Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently flew a number of GCC media representatives to Paris on a familiarization trip jointly hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. With daily operations to the French capital, Gulf Air provides excellent connectivity between key cities in the GCC/MENA region and Paris with under 2 hour transits via Bahrain International Airport. Travellers wishing to book package holidays to Paris can visit holidays.gulfair.com to purchase any/all of: airfares, hotel accommodation, car rental, guided tours, excursions as well as the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.  

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Gulf Air Awards ST Aerospace Arm 15-Year Contract for Boeing 787 Aircraft Component Support

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 20 November 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced that it has awarded a 15-year contract for Boeing 787 aircraft Component Support to Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) the aerospace arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering).

Under the agreement, ST Aerospace will provide comprehensive component Maintenance-By-the-Hour (MBH™) support covering component exchange, repair, overhaul, modification, reliability monitoring and logistics services for Gulf Air’s new fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Commenting on the agreement Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, said: “ST Aerospace has demonstrated that it is the right partner for Gulf Air as we drive forward with our fleet renewal programme in preparation to welcome our new aircraft which commence delivery in the second quarter of 2018.”

"We are happy to play a role in Gulf Air's fleet renewal plan, which will see its fleet of 787-9 expanding to 10 aircraft in the coming years. This multi-year component support contract that Gulf Air has awarded us speaks of the value we can create for, and deliver to, our customers through our hallmark Component MBH™ programme,” said Lim Serh Ghee, President, ST Aerospace.

 

ST Aerospace's MBH™ programme, renowned for its flexibility and high level of customisation, is well established and popular among its global customers.  For a fixed rate per hour, the airlines select a range of support services and pay a corresponding flight per hour rate, which is pre-determined. In this way, operators are able to keep operating costs low and also minimise fixed asset inventory holdings in terms of spares or maintenance equipment.

 

Today, ST Aerospace provides integrated component support for a fleet of close to 600 aircraft on the MBH™ basis, for over 20 aircraft operators in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

 

Gulf Air is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Headquartered in Muharraq, the airline operates scheduled services to 42 destinations in 25 countries.

 

This contract is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Bahrain Duty Free Flying High as Gulf Air Inflight Partnership Takes Off

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 November 2017: Regional travel retailer Bahrain Duty Free is taking to the skies as exclusive onboard supplier of inflight retail for Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier giving the airline’s passengers the opportunity to purchase a range of items from a total of 143 Bahrain Duty Free-supplied products onboard every Gulf Air flight.

 

The official signing ceremony was held at Gulf Air’s Muharraq headquarters yesterday in the presence of Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Bahrain Duty Free General Manager, Mr. Bassam Al Wardi and representatives from both organisations.

 

Speaking at the signing ceremony Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, said: “Gulf Air guests rightly expect an exceptional level of service and quality onboard our aircraft – and that extends to their inflight shopping experience which is an intrinsic element of the onboard experience. We are delighted to partner with Bahrain Duty Free to deliver a wide range of superior duty free products to our passengers.”

 

“Gulf Air is continuously working to enhance its incredibly successful product and service offering, and that extends to onboard shopping opportunities. Bahrain Duty Free has worked hand-in-hand with the Gulf Air team to curate a collection of products that speak directly to passengers’ needs and desires allowing them the opportunity to now select their favourite fragrances and cosmetics from leading brands, unique pieces of jewellery, accessories, electronic gadgets and the latest travel essentials,” said Mr. Bassam Al Wardi, Bahrain Duty Free General Manager.

 

“Gulf Air’s new product portfolio reflects its forward-thinking approach to the passenger journey evolution and our commitment to delivering tailor-made duty free retail solutions that engage passengers and drive sales,” he added.

 

The new partnership with Bahrain’s national carrier provides Gulf Air’s leisure and business travellers choosing to fly to any of the airline’s 42 global destinations across three continents, in-seat access to a broad variety of on-trend gifts – a total of 143 Bahrain Duty Free-supplied products onboard every Gulf Air flight including fragrances and cosmetics from leading brands, jewellery, accessories, electronic gadgets and the latest travel essentials.

 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahraini Women’s Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 29 November 2017: National carrier Gulf Air today celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day with a company-wide event held at its Muharraq headquarters. This year, Bahraini Women’s Day focused on Bahraini women in the field of engineering, recognising their contribution to this key sector. As such, Gulf Air’s event honoured the female Bahraini employees working in its engineering division. The Bahraini women that were recognized in the event included: Ms. Hameeda Mohamed Sharif, Controller Engineering Publications & Modification; Mrs. Maryam Isa Ali, Technical Records Officer; Mrs. Mardheya A.Majeed Mosawi, Repair Specialist; Mrs. Eman Hameed Mandeel, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor; Mrs. Batool Adnan AlQassab, Aircraft Maintenance Technician; Ms. Buthaina Abdullatif AlGhunaim, Aircraft Maintenance Technician; Mrs. Sameera Abdulla Jamal, Controller Engineering Publications & Modification; Mrs. Ameera Mohamed Aljasim, Administration Assistant; Mrs. Maryam Faisal Ali, Assistant Planner; and Mrs. Amal Husain AlHoori, Project Engineer.

 

Gulf Air has been a pioneer in encouraging and offering targeted training and career development opportunities to its workforce – thereby ensuring it facilitates and supports a range of career opportunities within the aviation industry. With 36% female personnel, the airline’s female workforce represents all Gulf Air divisions, ranks and levels of expertise.

 

Bahraini Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 1st December as part of an initiative by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) to honour the achievements and valuable insights and contribution made by Bahraini women towards the development and progress of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 03 December 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed an agreement with Thales to equip the airline’s new, incoming 12 Airbus A320Neo and 17 A321Neo aircraft with a cockpit package of Thales avionics solutions including the TopFlight and Flight Management System (FMS).

 

With 70% market share on the Airbus A320Neo and A330Neo families, TopFlight FMS remains the most successful flight management system in the world. Customers appreciate its specific features notably “what you see is what you fly” technology and temporary flight plan capability. TopFlight FMS provides pilots with highly reliable navigational information, displayed in a simple manner especially suited to heavy air traffic conditions.

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi said: “We are selecting the best systems to support our incoming fleet - ensuring the best capabilities for our operations and, ultimately, the best possible passenger experience.”

 

Eric Huber, Thales VP and general manager of avionics services worldwide said: “Our avionics products benefits have been repeatedly acknowledged as providing an operational edge for pilots through better trajectory management, as numerous selections in 2017 confirm it. This new selection by Gulf Air reinforces our leadership position in the Middle-East aviation market, underlining the performance and competitiveness of our products and the excellence of the support”.

 

 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Gulf Air Launches Bahrain Tourist Visa Service

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 December 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has today in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest visa service provider, launched a Bahrain Tourist Visa Service available via visa.gulfair.com exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its global network to Bahrain.

 

Travellers with return Gulf Air tickets can now conveniently apply for a visa to the Kingdom of Bahrain online via visa.gulfair.com or by visiting their local Gulf Air sales office with the necessary documents no more than 30 days prior to travel to fill in the relevant forms and submit their application. The visa service takes a minimum of four working days to process and is done in coordination with the relevant ministries and government entities.

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, said: “Promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain as a many faceted tourist destination is key to Gulf Air’s longstanding mission. We are delighted to, in partnership with VFS Global, launch the Bahrain Tourist Visa Service - making the process of obtaining a visa to enter Bahrain easier and more convenient. We anticipate positive feedback from our customers, for whom this service is tailored, and we look forward to welcoming more people from around the world to Bahrain to experience all that the Kingdom has to offer.”

 

Mr. Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, added: “We are delighted to partner with Gulf Air and the Government of Bahrain to develop a convenient, next-generation visa service for Gulf Air passengers visiting Bahrain. The dedicated online platform not only makes applying for a visa to Bahrain quicker and more convenient than ever before, but also provides passengers with 24x7 accessibility and online tracking of their visas, amongst other advantages.”

 

Further information on Gulf Air’s Bahrain Tourist Visa Service can be found by visiting visa.gulfair.com, calling any local Gulf Air sales office or emailing query@bahrainvisaservice.com. Travellers wishing to book package holidays within Gulf Air’s extensive network of destinations can visit holidays.gulfair.com to purchase any/all of: airfares, hotel accommodation, guided tours and excursions while the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection are available on gulfair.com. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.   

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Gulf Air Gears up to Host Gulf Flight Safety Council’s Annual Summit

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 6th December 2017: National carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air, is gearing up to host the Gulf Flight Safety Council’s (GFSC) annual summit which will be held in Bahrain this year. As official carrier of the two-day event which will be held on 10th and 11th December 2017 at the ART Rotana Hotel & Resort, Gulf Air is committed to supporting and promoting the improvement of safety in the GCC region.

 

Comprising different sessions focusing on flight, ground and cabin safety, this year’s event will see the attendance and participation of key representatives from Gulf Air, Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (BCAA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and Ministry of Interior (MOI). Airlines from the region, including Gulf Air, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Saudi Airlines, Oman Air, Air Arabia, FlyNas and Flydubai, will also participate in the proceedings.

 

The Gulf Flight Safety Council consists of a regional and global membership base. Members include aircraft manufacturers, regulators, air traffic service providers, business jet and VVIP operators, airlines, cargo operators and more. The Council meets quarterly to promote safety improvement initiatives.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Gulf Air Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Aviation Academy Celebrate Bahrain

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 14 December 2017: Hundreds of employees from The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport and Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), the main training arm of the aviation industry in Bahrain, gathered today at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq to celebrate the occasion of Bahrain’s 46th National day and the anniversary of His Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne. Employees from all three companies were joined by their Executive Management teams and participated in a series of activities including traditional live cooking, and cutting a special National Day themed cake.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Gulf Air Lauds Success of Gulf Flight Safety Council’s Annual Summit 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 19 December 2017: Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has lauded the success of the Gulf Flight Safety Council’s (GFSC) annual summit which was held in Bahrain this week. This year’s summit comprised different sessions focusing on flight, ground and cabin safety, and saw the attendance and participation of key representatives from Gulf Air, Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (BCAA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and Ministry of Interior (MOI). Airlines from the region, including Gulf Air, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Saudi Airlines, Oman Air, Air Arabia, FlyNas and Flydubai participated in the proceedings. As official carrier of the two-day event, Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, welcomed all attendees and stressed Gulf Air’s commitment to supporting and promoting the improvement of flight safety in the GCC region.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Gulf Air’s 3 Weekly Tbilisi Service Showcased to GCC Travellers

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 24 December 2017: Highlighting the comfort and convenience of Gulf Air’s 3 weekly flights between Bahrain and Tbilisi, Georgia, Gulf Air recently flew a number of GCC-based media representatives to Tbilisi with a familiarization trip jointly hosted by the airline and The Biltmore Hotel, a 5-star luxury property, ideally situated within the historic and cultural district of the Georgian capital.

 

Onboard Gulf Air’s 3 weekly service to/from Tbilisi, Georgia, media representatives experienced the airline’s latest products and services, while enjoying the dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport, and, in Tbilisi, visiting various local attractions while staying at The Biltmore Hotel, a glass skyscraper and the highest hotel in the Caucasus Region – offering spectacular views of the city.

 

Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. 2018 will see Gulf Air begin to welcome a new, state-of-the-art Boeing and Airbus fleet, heralding a new era for the airline as it continues to enhance its product and service offering and strategically develop its network. Gulf Air flights, add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection and/or holiday packages can all be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 December 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently collaborated with Jumeirah Group, a luxury hotel company, and Visit Britain, the British Tourist Authority, to fly a number of Saudi Arabian media representatives to London on a tailored familiarization trip.

 

Guests experienced Gulf Air’s latest products, both inflight and on-the-ground including the airline’s dedicated Falcon Gold Lounge in Bahrain International Airport, and in London Heathrow airport, and visited various local attractions including the London Eye and the ArcelorMittal Orbit while enjoying stays at the Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living and Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

 

Gulf Air operates a double daily service to London Heathrow Airport offering passengers a choice of morning and evening flights. Serving 42 cities in 25 countries and with multiple daily flights to ten cities across the Middle East, Gulf Air is well-positioned to facilitate two-way movement between Europe, Asia and several key destinations in the Middle East and North Africa, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. A wide range of holiday packages to Gulf Air destinations are available online via holidays.gulfair.com and Gulf Air’s Bahrain Tourist Visa Service is available exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its global network to Bahrain - available online via visa.gulfair.com

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Gulf Air Continues to Support Bahrain National Football Team in Arabian Gulf Cup Semi-Finals

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 December 2017: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced today it will continue its support to the national football team of Bahrain by allocating an aircraft to transport spectators free of charge from Bahrain to Kuwait to show their support to the team. The team recently reached the semi-finals of Arabian Gulf Cup currently taking place in Kuwait City from 22 December until 5 January 2018.

 

The airline’s support comes in line with a series of initiatives to support the sport scene in the Kingdom and as part of Gulf Air’s corporate social responsibility program as the national carrier helping the national team in its overseas participations.

 

Gulf Air is the official carrier of the Bahraini football team in its participation in the Arabian Gulf Cup in Kuwait and has been the first company to believe in the team's potentials. The airline is keen to work hand in hand with the youth and in the field of sports.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
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Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, regrets to inform passengers that all incoming and outbound flights have been cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing dense fog over Bahrain that has severely impacted visibility.

 

The Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre is working to contact all impacted passengers and advises those holding bookings over the next 24 hours to check ‪gulfair.com for more information or call the Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre for additional information on ‪+973 17373737 before proceeding to the airport.

 

Gulf Air will update passengers as soon as weather conditions improve and regular operations are resumed.

 

Gulf Air apologizes for any inconvenience to passengers as it continues to monitor the adverse weather conditions in Bahrain. The airline is committed to the safety and security of its passengers and crew.

 

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Monday, January 22, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 22 January 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has been independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, amongst Middle East and African airlines, with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 80.22%.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “Punctuality is a critical element for travelers and we are delighted to be recognized yet again as a leading global player in OTP. Gulf Air is committed to delivering on its promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner. We are gearing up to welcome our incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft of which a total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. With this development, passengers can soon enjoy not only Gulf Air’s punctuality and trademark Arabian hospitality, but also remarkable product and service enhancements alongside network growth.”

 

Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP, ranking as the most punctual airline in 2016, amongst GCC airlines. Gulf Air also ranked first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013. Gulf Air’s network currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries. The airline operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe.

 

OAG leverages the world's largest network of air travel data to provide accurate, timely, actionable digital information and applications to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. OAG’s annual Punctuality League performance report is drawn from a database of approximately 57 million flight records for 2017 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports. OAG defines “on time” as within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled arrival/departure time.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Gulf Air Chairman Welcomes Talks with Airline’s Unions

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 January 2018: H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, alongside Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, today welcomed talks with Gulf Air’s three unions at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters.

 

The meeting saw representatives and members of the national carrier’s three unions engage in an active two-way dialogue with the airline’s executive management. All parties pledged their enduring commitment to open, productive communications aimed at enhancing and promoting the airline’s workforce towards the success of the airline.

 

H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani urged ongoing active engagement and maximised cooperation between the airline’s executive management and unions, emphasising the importance of credible news sources versus hearsay. He also stressed that in order for Gulf Air’s development strategy to be successfully realised, its internal stakeholders need to be mobilised, actively involved and committed to a shared vision for the airline.

 

 “We are committed to moving forward together as key partners in Gulf Air’s development and strategic growth. As such we always welcome feedback from Gulf Air’s three unions and the discussions we had today served to further underline the important role they play in making the workplace more productive and inclusive. Ongoing collaboration between all parties is critical to supporting Bahrain’s national carrier, helping us move forward collectively.”

 

Gulf Air’s three existing unions consist of the Gulf Air Trade Union, National Labour Union of Gulf Air and Flight Attendants General Trade Union represented by Sawsan AlAradi, Mahmood Yousif and AbdulQader Hussain respectively.

 

Gulf Air’s highly anticipated incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neo aircraft. Alongside this, the airline is expected to soon announce its development strategy for the coming years. The strategy will include expansion plans and will be geared towards elevating the passenger experience, promoting Bahrain’s tourism economy and bolstering the Kingdom’s aviation, transport, tourism and business infrastructures and the aviation industry as a whole. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer and Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismail, the airline’s new Chief Operating Officer

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 12 February 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced the appointment of Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismail as the airline’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective February 2018.

 

Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer and Captain Waleed AbdulHameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer welcomed Captain Ismail to his new post. They jointly shared the airline’s Board of Directors and executive management team’s well wishes and confidence in the added value Captain Ismail will bring to Gulf Air’s business.

 

As a UK graduate, Captain Ismail started his career with Gulf Air flying the Fokker F27 and later the renowned Boeing 747 fleet that Gulf Air operated in the 1980s. With an aviation career spanning over 35 years, he brings a wealth of international aviation experience to his new position. Captain Ismail has worked both at Gulf Air and with other airlines in the region where he managed major fleet expansion projects including managing a fleet composed of 144 aircraft.

 

Captain Ismail joins at a significant time in the airline’s history. Gulf Air is now preparing to receive a new fleet consisting of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering. The incoming fleet will be outfitted with some of the best onboard products and services, significantly elevating the passenger experience while allowing for strategic network expansion. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahrain Sports Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 13 February 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today held a walkathon in celebration of Bahrain Sports Day and in keeping with the airline’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst its workforce. The initiative gathered H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, alongside Gulf Air’s executive management and staff together at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters from where they commenced a walkathon at Dohat Arad, to mark the occasion which was celebrated all over the Kingdom.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Gulf Air Unveils Strategy and Plans for 2018 and Beyond

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 25 February 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today hosted an event gathering key government officials, dignitaries, trade and corporate partners, Falconflyer members, the airline’s workforce and media outlets from across the Kingdom. At the event, H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors welcomed attendees and introduced Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko. Mr. Kučko rolled out the airline’s new corporate strategy, 2018 network expansion plans to 8 new routes, details surrounding Gulf Air’s incoming fleet and new, best in class products and services among other positive developments.

 

H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors said: “Our national carrier is an integral part of the Kingdom of Bahrain's economy and a critical component of its aviation infrastructure. Gulf Air’s new corporate strategy includes expansion plans and is geared towards elevating the passenger experience, promoting Bahrain’s tourism economy and bolstering the Kingdom’s aviation, transport, tourism and business infrastructures and the aviation industry as a whole. I commend the airline’s workforce and management team on their efforts towards realising this plan for our national carrier’s future. Gulf Air’s future plans bode well for the Kingdom of Bahrain's aviation, transport and tourism infrastructures and the Kingdom as a whole.”

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “It is an honour to share some of our airline’s upcoming developments and to invite a broad spectrum of key stakeholders to be a part of the great journey that lies ahead for both the Kingdom of Bahrain and its national carrier. Our new state of the art fleet and best in class products and service will pave the way for Gulf Air’s growth and expansion. This will have a positive impact on the entire Kingdom of Bahrain, cementing our role as the regional airline of choice with a global footprint and best in class. As a proudly Bahraini enterprise, operating in the interests of the Kingdom of Bahrain, people look at Gulf Air today and see much more than an airline. They see a national carrier, a local employer, a tourism driver and a link to our business partners and political allies across the globe. They see an airline that, like all airlines around the world, reflects and supports its country and economy. We believe Gulf Air’s pioneering legacy, which dates back to our establishment in 1950, will continue to positively shape our future.”

 

Gulf Air recently carried out a strategic 360 degree assessment of its business. This included looking into how the airline can best nurture and develop its network, fleet, product, workforce, customers and much more. At the event, Mr. Kučko unveiled the airline’s new corporate strategy for 2018 and beyond, outlining its key pillars. They are: Safety, Network Growth, Innovation, Human Resources, Customer Focus, Revenue Vs Cost and most significantly the national carrier’s role as a contributor and key driver of the local economy as it promotes the Kingdom of Bahrain globally and operates as its ambassador worldwide.

 

In the coming months, Gulf Air’s highly anticipated incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will commence delivery. A total of 7 new aircraft, 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft, will enter the airline’s fleet before the end of the year. With this development, major positive change is on the horizon. Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior on-board products and services (some of the best in class: seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more). With aspirations to be best in class across both its wide and narrow body fleet, Gulf Air’s new business class offering will compete with the first class standard of other airlines while its economy class product will afford enhanced onboard comfort.

 

The airline plans major network expansion coinciding with its new aircraft deliveries. Gulf Air will add eight new destinations to its network this year. In India, its current operations to Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad, will be enhanced by flights to Bangalore and Calicut. Gulf Air will also commence flights to the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tubuk. This will expand its Saudi Arabia operations to complement its current service to Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim. Gulf Air’s Cairo operations will be supplemented by direct flights to Alexandria and flights to Sharm El Shaikh. The airline will also launch operations to Baku in Azerbaijan and to Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Alongside this, frequency changes to key routes in 2018 will enhance Gulf Air’s offering of seamless movement to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain – and across its network. Gulf Air will increase its flights during the peak summer period by 200 more weekly flights compared to 2017.

 

Mr. Kučko also spoke of upcoming plans to rollout a new brand identity very soon. The new look and feel for Gulf Air will, alongside its new fleet, new network, new products and services, represent the “Gulf Air of tomorrow”. Shedding light on the national carrier’s more long term development he elaborated that the airline’s planned strategic growth in the years 2019-2023 will see it strengthening its regional base and then supplementing that with an expanded network that will reach various points across the globe. This includes: Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and, ultimately, North America. By 2023 Gulf Air’s reach will have expanded to over 60 destinations.

 

“2018 represents the beginning of a new era for Gulf Air and for the Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2018 and beyond, Gulf Air will challenge the traditional definition of travel, broadening its scope and making it more convenient and appealing for every traveller,” Mr Kucko concluded.

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates one the largest networks in the Middle East with double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Gulf Air Participates in 2018 Saudi Aramco Annual Travel Show

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 18 March 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has once again successfully participated in the recent 2018 Saudi Aramco Annual Travel Show which was held at Saudi Aramco's worldwide headquarters in Dhahran. Alongside travel agents, various airlines and travel and hospitality exhibitors, Gulf Air shared news of its highly anticipated incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft which will commence delivery in the coming months. A total of 7 new aircraft, 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft, will enter the airline’s fleet before the end of the year. With this development, major positive change is on the horizon. Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior on-board products and services (some of the best in class: seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more). With strategic goals to be best in class across both its wide and narrow body fleet, Gulf Air’s new business class offering will compete with the first class standard of other airlines while its economy class product will afford enhanced onboard comfort. Alongside this, Gulf Air promoted its attractive flight schedule to/from 5 destinations in Saudi Arabia, its flexible and convenient travel proposition in addition to the airline’s latest news, which includes major network expansion plans to the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tabuk, from 15th June 2018. This will expand its Saudi Arabia operations to complement its current service to Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim.

 

Further to its upcoming new routes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2018 the airline will add to its current India operations to Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad, with flights to Bangalore and Calicut. Gulf Air’s Cairo operations will be supplemented by direct flights to Alexandria and flights to Sharm El Shaikh. The airline will also launch operations to Baku in Azerbaijan and to Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates one the largest networks in the Middle East with double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will launch direct 5 weekly flights to the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tabuk from 15th June 2018. Taking the total number of cities served by Gulf Air in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to 7, the launch of direct operations to Abha and Tabuk will be in addition to the airline’s current operations to Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim. The network expansion coincides with the airline’s new aircraft deliveries, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been one of the most strategically important markets for us as the announcement of these 2 new destinations reiterates. With these new additions, it becomes one of Gulf Air’s most heavily served countries within the Gulf Air network, by number of cities and frequencies. This is a testament to its significance. By connecting more destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Bahrain we are expanding the commercial, tourism and religious travel opportunities between the two countries and beyond. As we welcome our new fleet, Gulf Air’s network will continue to expand giving our Saudi passengers greater travel options across the globe, onboard state-of-the-art aircraft and with superior products and services.”

 

In Q2 2018 Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Baku in Azerbaijan and Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information on Gulf Air’s flight schedules and bookings can be found online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will launch direct flights to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria (with a 3 weekly service) from 10th June 2018 and Sharm El Shaikh (with a 2 weekly service) from 16th June 2018. The network expansion coincides with the airline’s new aircraft deliveries, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “We are delighted to launch two very attractive destinations in Egypt – a country with which we have held longstanding and historic ties and which continues to be an incredibly important market for Gulf Air. As we begin to welcome our new incoming fleet, our network will continue to expand giving our passengers greater travel options across the globe, onboard state-of-the-art aircraft and with superior products and services.”

 

In Q2 2018 Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will expand its Saudi Arabia operations to serve 7 cities in total, complementing the airline’s current Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim operations. Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, alongside Baku in Azerbaijan and Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information on Gulf Air’s flight schedules and bookings can be found online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will launch direct daily flights to Bangalore from 1st May 2018 and direct 7 weekly flights to Calicut from 15th June 2018. This will expand its India operations to serve 8 cities in total supplementing its existing services to Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad. The expansion coincides with Gulf Air’s new aircraft deliveries, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will enter its fleet this year.

 

Alongside this, Gulf Air is also expanding its network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, launching direct 5 weekly flights to Abha and Tabuk from 15th June 2018 which will be in addition to the airline’s current operations to Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim. The combination of destinations served and Gulf Air’s multiple schedule offerings will enhance connectivity for travellers between India and Saudi Arabia via Bahrain while facilitating movement further across Gulf Air’s network.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “India is a strategically important market for us and this is increasingly evident as we expand our international network to reflect our customers’ needs. As we welcome new aircraft, our network will continue to expand giving our India-based passengers greater travel options onboard state-of-the-art aircraft, with greater capacity and superior products and services.”

 

In Q2 2018 Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh, Baku in Azerbaijan and Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information on Gulf Air’s flight schedules and bookings can be found online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will launch direct 5 weekly flights to Baku from 12th June 2018 as part of its 2018 network expansion that coincides with the airline’s new aircraft deliveries, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “Gulf Air will, for the first time, enter Azerbaijan and the addition of our highly anticipated Baku operations further demonstrates the airline’s strategy of strengthening our network with key global destinations that provide strategic business and tourism links. By connecting Bahrain with Baku we are opening up opportunities for trade, tourism and investment between both countries. We are confident this new route will be a success for our passenger operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond.”

 

“We have scheduled our Baku operations to serve regional travellers with convenient connections through Bahrain, providing excellent connectivity for travellers flying from the GCC and MENA region,” he concluded.

 

In Q2 2018 Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will expand its Saudi Arabia operations to serve 7 cities in total, complementing the airline’s current Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim operations. Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt and Casablanca in Morocco.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe, providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, will launch direct 5 weekly flights between Bahrain and Casablanca from 11th June 2018. This move is part of Gulf Air’s 2018 network expansion that coincides with its new aircraft deliveries, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. Gulf Air’s Casablanca route will be operated by the airline’s incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners which will be outfitted with new, best in class products and services.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “We are tapping into new opportunities for business and leisure travel. Serving one of the most important cities in the whole of Africa and the largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco, is a huge step in that direction. Launching Casablanca operations demonstrates Gulf Air’s strategy of strengthening our network with key global destinations that open up new opportunities for trade, tourism and investment. We are confident this route will be a success for our passenger operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond.”

 

“We have scheduled our Casablanca operations to serve regional travellers with convenient connections through Bahrain, providing excellent connectivity for travellers flying from the GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Asia. Alongside this, Gulf Air passengers travelling to and from Casablanca will experience our new, state-of-the-art fleet which will be outfitted with some of the best-in-class onboard products and services,” he concluded.

 

In Q2 2018 Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will expand its Saudi Arabia operations to serve 7 cities in total, complementing the airline’s current Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim operations. Gulf Air will also launch direct flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt and Baku in Azerbaijan.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe providing seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information on Gulf Air’s flight schedules and bookings can be found online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales office and approved travel agencies.

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Gulf Air 787 CP visit.

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 6 April 2018: H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors expressed his gratitude and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister following his tour of Gulf Air’s newest aircraft yesterday. The new, incoming aircraft represents the beginning of an important chapter for the Kingdom’s national carrier as it begins to strategically expand its network and destinations, and modernize its fleet. H.E. Mr. Alzayani highlighted His Royal Highness’ central role in the continuous development of the national carrier.

 

He noted that “Gulf Air is looking to provide a unique experience for passengers on its new, incoming fleet across both its business and economy class cabins, as the airline prepares for the upcoming entry of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. In line with Bahrain’s Vision 2030, Gulf Air’s mission is to connect and establish Bahrain as a gateway to the world while continually enhancing the passenger experience across every touchpoint and developing the human capital resources that exist within the Kingdom’s national carrier. Going forward, every kind of traveler will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art, modern, relaxing and memorable experience as Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more, elevating the premium passenger and economy class experiences.”

 

Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be delivered on 27th April and will ultimately serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services, from 15th of June 2018.

 

As part of Gulf Air's efforts to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services, the carrier will be operating two kinds of new fleets, which are Boeing787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320neo aircraft.

 

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimization at a lower operating cost. Passengers will enjoy many improvements with the 787 family such as the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for more baggage, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market with 20 to 25 percent less fuel and 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

 

In February this year, Gulf Air unveiled a new corporate strategy, 2018 network expansion plans to eight new routes, details surrounding its incoming fleet, new, best in class products and services and its new overall direction. The new fleet will facilitate Gulf Air’s expansion plans which will see it in 2018 grow to serve 50 cities. This summer, Gulf Air will begin launching flights to its newest destinations which include Bangalore from 1st May to Alexandria, Egypt from 10th June, Casablanca in Morocco from 11th June, Baku in Azerbaijan from 12th June, Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 15th June, Calicut, India from 15th June and Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt from 16th June.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
GF B787 F1 2018

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 8 April 2018: On race day, at the 2018 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix had a standout, globally broadcast, moment as the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner conducted a fly pass before the race showcasing not only the airline’s newest, state-of-the-art aircraft but also the new Gulf Air livery.

 

The new and highly anticipated fleet entry will be delivered on 27th April and will ultimately serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services, from 15th June 2018. A total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018 with an additional 2 aircraft arriving by end-2019 and 3 arriving by end-2020. Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “As the proud title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it first made history in 2004, it is fitting that we use this platform today to reveal our new Gulf Air livery and our new brand. Public reaction to witnessing the return of the Gulf Air fly pass at the Bahrain Grand Prix and to getting an early glimpse of one of our newest incoming aircraft has been overwhelmingly positive. We are only weeks away from officially taking delivery of Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – a historic moment for Gulf Air and Bahrain and yet another important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process and supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies. Only a few weeks ago, we unveiled a new Gulf Air corporate strategy, 2018 network expansion plans to 8 new routes, details surrounding our incoming fleet, new, best in class products and services, our new overall direction and where we hope the future will take us all. It is time for change and we are embracing change today.”

 

This summer, Gulf Air will begin launching flights to its newest destinations which include flights to Bangalore from 1st May to Alexandria, Egypt from 10th June, Casablanca in Morocco from 11th June, Baku in Azerbaijan from 12th June, Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 15th June, Calicut, India from 15th June and Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt from 16th June.

 

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost.

 

Passengers will enjoy many improvements with the 787 family such as the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

 

“We are very proud to see Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner do a fly pass as the opener to the F1 event in Bahrain,” said Marty Bentrott, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa. “The number of airlines operating this super-efficient airplane is increasing across the world and we look forward to the Dreamliner joining Gulf Air’s fleet.”

 

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market with 20 to 25 percent less fuel and 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

 

In 2018 Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Gulf Air Participates in Arabian Travel Market 2018

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 24 April 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market 2018 (ATM), the region’s leading travel and tourism exhibition. Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 22-25 April, Gulf Air is displaying its latest state of the art product at the event. Guests at the Bahrain stand will have the opportunity to experience Gulf Air’s incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium, business class seat. The Bahrain stand is located in Hall 2 stand ME1410 at ATM.

 

Captain Waleed AbdulHameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer commented, “As the proud national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, it is fitting that we use this platform to showcase a key element of our new premium Gulf Air product offering. Going forward every kind of traveller will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art, modern, relaxing and memorable experience as Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more, elevating the premium passenger experience and enhancing the economy class experience. We are only days away from officially taking delivery of Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – a historic moment for Gulf Air and Bahrain and yet another important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process and supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies. The ATM provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry members to learn more of industry offerings and trends. Gulf Air’s attendance at the ATM is in line with our longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination and to promote how our national carrier is facilitating and enhancing the passenger experience to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain. With the support Gulf Air has been receiving to date from the Kingdom’s leadership, our Board of Directors and Chairman H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, we are looking forward to a more promising future for Gulf Air and to becoming an airline of choice, which is our strategic goal.”

 

Gulf Air’s new and highly anticipated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet entry will be delivered on 27th April and will ultimately serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services, from 15th June 2018. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. The new incoming aircraft will facilitate the national carrier expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

 

Gulf Air will begin launching flights to its newest destinations with flights to Bangalore from 1st May, to Alexandria, Egypt from 10th June, Casablanca in Morocco from 11th June, Baku in Azerbaijan from 12th June, Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 15th June, Calicut, India from 15th June and Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt from 16th June.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Gulf Air Welcomes First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 1

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 27 April 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today welcomed the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft, which landed in Bahrain International Airport at approximately 1500 local time, following its delivery from the Boeing factory in the United States, will service a number of regional routes before it takes on the Bahrain - London, Heathrow route on June 15. With Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and other airline executives on board, the Dreamliner received a water canon salute as it taxied to the terminal and was welcomed at Bahrain International Airport by a delegation of VIPs, dignitaries, government and aviation industry representatives and media members.

 

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. Two Dreamliner services have been announced so far this year: the Bahrain - London, Heathrow service and the Bahrain – Casablanca, Morocco service. The new incoming aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

 

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats – a 32% increase in capacity on the airline’s previous wide body offering. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost.

 

Gulf Air Chairman H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani commented, “We are delighted to welcome Gulf Air’s newest aircraft, a game-changer for the Kingdom’s national carrier that will not only elevate Gulf Air’s product and service offering and passenger experience but will also allow us to expand our network in a strategic manner. 2018 will see Gulf Air open eight new routes to Abha, Alexandria, Baku, Bangalore, Calicut, Casablanca, Sharm El Shaikh and Tabuk. With such expansion, we are creating growth opportunities within the Kingdom of Bahrain’s financial and tourism sectors amongst others. Going forward, every kind of traveller will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art, modern, relaxing and memorable experience as Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more. We are looking forward to Gulf Air becoming an airline of choice, which is our strategic goal.”

 

Passengers will enjoy many improvements with the 787 family such as the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

 

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market with around 20% less fuel and around 20% fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Operates Jeddah Route

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 01 May 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today launched its new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the airline’s Jeddah route. Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will service a number of regional routes over the coming weeks including Jeddah and Dubai before it takes on the Bahrain - London, Heathrow route on June 15.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented: “Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service to and from Jeddah over the coming weeks will give our Saudi based travelers the chance to experience our new and enhanced offering, which is in addition to Gulf Air’s attractive flight schedule, flexible and convenient travel proposition. The coming weeks will see us expanding further in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with new routes to the cities of Abha and Tabuk, from 15th June 2018 which will complement our current service to Dammam, Riyadh, Madina Al Munawarah, Jeddah and Gassim. Having served the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1950 Gulf Air recognizes this is a critical market and accordingly we are delighted to provide superior travel solutions that cater to the travel needs of our Saudi passengers.”

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft this year. Two Dreamliner services will operate this year: the Bahrain - London, Heathrow service and the Bahrain – Casablanca, Morocco service. Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats – a 32% increase in capacity on the airline’s previous wide body offering. The new aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans to 8 new routes this year, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Monday, May 7, 2018
Gulf Air’s Summer Schedule Offers More Flights and Greater Capacity

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 6 May 2018: This summer sees Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, commence its highly anticipated major network expansion. Alongside this, the airline will roll out its 2018 Summer Schedule, increasing capacity and flights to and from several popular destinations during the upcoming peak travel period between mid-June and mid-September 2018, catering to growing passenger numbers.

 

Gulf Air flights to the Jordanian capital city of Amman will increase to triple daily, while flights to the Lebanese capital city of Beirut will increase to double daily. The popular summer destination of Istanbul in Turkey will be served with 12 weekly flights during the peak summer period while Athens, Greece will be served by seven weekly Gulf Air flights. Gulf Air flights to Larnaca, Cyprus have permanently increased to a daily service and Baghdad in Iraq has also permanently increased to a five weekly service.

 

Additionally, the airline’s flights to Multan in Pakistan have already increased to five weekly while Gulf Air has increased capacity on its Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa routes. Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will serve the airline’s double daily London Heathrow service, with increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services, from 15th June 2018. Alongside this, Gulf Air will increase its flights during the peak summer period by 200 more weekly flights compared to 2017.

 

Regionally, the airline’s upcoming network expansion will see it launch five weekly flights to Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 15th June, 3 weekly flights to Alexandria, Egypt from 10th June and 2 weekly flights to Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt from 16th June. In India, Gulf Air will expand to include daily flights to Bangalore from 1st May and seven flights weekly to Calicut from 15th June. Alongside this, the airline will offer five flights weekly to Casablanca in Morocco from 11th June and five weekly flights to Baku in Azerbaijan from 12th June.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “Not only will our upcoming network additions better connect our valued passengers to the places and people that matter the most, our Summer 2018 Schedule will see us increase flights to several popular destinations during the peak summer travel period between mid-June and mid-September 2018. The frequency and capacity increases that Gulf Air will implement in the coming months are in response to the demand on these key routes. Gulf Air’s summer schedule provides greater choice of flights and greater capacity to carry more passengers during the busy summer holiday period. This will also serve to strengthen the Kingdom of Bahrain’s strategic business and tourism links and facilitate enhanced connectivity for passengers travelling across the Gulf Air network, to and from Bahrain.”

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air’s highly anticipated incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see, in 2018, the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. Last month’s 2018 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX had a standout, globally broadcast, moment as Gulf Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fly pass showcased not only Gulf Air’s newest, state-of-the-art aircraft but also the new Gulf Air livery.

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Europe. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Gulf Air Soars to Record Heights with Sky High Projection

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 8 May 2018: Under the patronage of HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), Gulf Air, the Kingdom’s national carrier, today hosted a brand unveiling event gathering key government officials, dignitaries, trade and corporate partners, Falconflyer members and media outlets from across the globe. The VIP event, marking the start of Gateway Gulf Investor Forum Bahrain 2018, saw the worldwide exclusive premiere of Gulf Air’s outdoor 3D projection #yearofchange video – one of the highest projections in the world, on the Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain Bay. The projection video will soon be toured across the airline’s network. The #yearofchange video showcased the broad spectrum of Gulf Air’s latest developments in supporting Bahrain’s economic transformation which include fleet modernisation, network expansion, enhanced product offering, rebrand and long term strategic direction for continuous growth.

 

At the event, H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors welcomed attendees saying: “The aviation industry’s economic footprint is extensive and it spans a variety of sectors across the globe. As Gateway Gulf Investor Forum Bahrain 2018 begins – this is a fitting time to look at aviation’s role in supporting the global economy and, specifically, our national carrier’s pivotal role in Bahrain’s economic transformation.  2018 is a year of change for Gulf Air as it embarks upon a new era in its history, becoming the airline of choice with a global footprint and best in class. The 3D #yearofchange video projection showcased tonight sheds light on the future shape of Gulf Air and its growing positive impact on Bahrain, the region and the aviation sector as a whole. As one of the world’s tallest projection screenings, with a truly inspiring vision of our Kingdom’s future and the potential of our national carrier, we hope all our guests and the Bahraini public as a whole, enjoy it. We are looking forward to a promising future for Gulf Air and the wealth of possibility that comes with this new and exciting chapter for the Kingdom of Bahrain and its national carrier.”

 

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Gulf Air’s new and highly anticipated fleet entry, the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, arrived on 27th April and will serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services. Gulf Air’s incoming aircraft orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. This summer, Gulf Air is launching flights to its newest destinations including flights to Abha and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
British Ambassador to Bahrain Visits Gulf Air Headquarters

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 May 2018: In advance of Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner serving the airline’s Bahrain - London, Heathrow route next month, H.E. Simon Martin CMG The British Ambassador to Bahrain was recently welcomed to Bahrain’s national carrier’s headquarters where he met with Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi and Gulf Air Chief Technical Officer Mr. Jamal Hashim. During the meeting they discussed future collaboration and joint promotion of the airline’s upcoming and highly anticipated Dreamliner service on its London Heathrow route which is scheduled to commence in June 2018. Gulf Air’s 10 incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will be powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000-TEN engines in an agreement that also includes long-term TotalCare® service support. Gulf Air's current wide body fleet are also powered by Trent 700 engines and, with this latest development, the airline is continuing its longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce as it takes an important step forward in developing its future fleet.

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. Three Dreamliner services have been announced this year: the Bahrain - London, Heathrow service, the Bahrain – Casablanca, Morocco service and the Bahrain – Bangkok, Thailand service. The new incoming aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Gulf Air Supports Dreams Society with Childrens Initiative

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 May 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently partnered with Dreams Society, a non-profit organization establish in 2011 with a mission to fulfill the dreams of children affected with terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases. A number of young children and their parents visited the airline’s headquarters, meeting with Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed AbdulHameed Al Alawi, along with other members of the airline’s executive management team and members of Dreams Society's Board of Directors. The guests were then taken on an exclusive guided tour of a Gulf Air aircraft where Senior Captain Mohammed Felaifel introduced them to different flight concepts, while each child took turns to experience the cockpit. Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor Eman Hameed Mandeel discussed various technical aspects of flight and the airline’s onboard crew entertained the children, distributing gifts and meals to all.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko welcomed the children, their parents and Dreams Society Board members including Chairman of the Board Mrs. Eman Nooruddin saying, “As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community. We are honoured to have collaborated with Dreams Society and played a part in making these young children’s dreams come true. At Gulf Air, we take our responsibility towards the greater community very seriously and we were both privileged and humbled to welcome our young guests. We hope that this event helped spread joy and fun in all.”

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed AbdulHameed Al Alawi said: “Gulf Air is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations. Such initiatives reinforce our commitment to being a responsible global citizen and reaching out to those in need. At Gulf Air, our goal was to contribute to an atmosphere of fun for both the children and their families and to support the Dreams Society in their worthy cause. In this instance it was a pleasure to meet these highly gifted children and we hope they enjoyed themselves during their visit.”

 

Miss Aysha Fakhro, Vice Chairman of Dreams Society said, “It is our pleasure to collaborate with a pioneer organization like Gulf Air and we thank all those who contributed to make this event a memorable experience for Dreams Society's children.”

 

Gulf Air has supported Dreams Society in the past with complimentary tickets to the Bahrain Grand Prix – giving children the opportunity to attend and enjoy this key motorsport and racing event.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Members of Gulf Air’s executive management team and Bahraini media members at Gulf Air’s annual Ramadan media ghabgha

Members of Gulf Air’s executive management team and Bahraini media members at Gulf Air’s annual Ramadan media ghabgha.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Gulf Air and Tamkeen Sign Joint Cooperation Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 29 May 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Tamkeen have signed a joint cooperation agreement aimed at enhancing opportunities for the training and employment of Bahrainis within the Kingdom’s aviation sector. The agreement is tailored to Gulf Air’s requirements and brings a value-added, unmatched training experience to the airline’s aviation professionals.
The joint cooperation agreement was signed by Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Tamkeen Chief Executive Officer Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Janahi. The signing ceremony took place at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters in the presence of Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismaeel and Gulf Air Director Human Resources Mrs. Nouf AlSowaidi.
Gulf Air CEO Mr. Kučko praised the role played by Tamkeen: “Gulf Air is one of Bahrain’s leading organizations affording attractive and promising employment opportunities to Bahrainis and actively supporting the national workforce’s development process. As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, one of Gulf Air’s long-term goals is to help enhance the aviation skills and experience of Bahrainis. Tamkeen is a strategic partner in many important national development projects in the Kingdom and has a long history of supporting Gulf Air’s many training and employment programs. Accordingly, we are pleased to collaborate with Tamkeen yet again to support the strengthening of the Kingdom’s people development and further affirm our commitment to developing a national workforce of aviation professionals.”
Gulf Air Deputy CEO Captain Al Alawi spoke of the airline’s longstanding relationship with Tamkeen. “One of Gulf Air’s goals is to increase nationalisation of our staff, thereby building a skilled Bahraini aviation workforce. This latest agreement underscores the continuous role Tamkeen plays in supporting the success and development of the Kingdom’s national carrier. This program is established at an opportune time following the recent announcement of Gulf Airs’ strategic growth plans. Eight new destinations will be added to our network in 2018. Gulf Air will be welcoming 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft into our fleet, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft will enter into service before the end of the year.”
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s aviation sector is developing and expanding in line with the Kingdom's development aspirations. This is also reflected in Gulf Air’s expansion plans and the positive developments seen industry wide. Alongside this, key indicators such as Bahrain International Airport’s modernisation programme are promising in their contribution to positioning Bahrain as a key air transport hub globally with a world-class standard aviation infrastructure. A home-grown Bahraini workforce of aviation professionals is critical to realising the sector’s fullest potential across the Kingdom and region.
In 2010 Gulf Air became the first airline in the GCC to launch a joint-initiative with Tamkeen to encourage more Bahrainis to join the national carrier in key customer-facing positions such as flight crew. Gulf Air’s Bahrainisation level currently leads the way amongst regional airlines in terms of nationalization. The airline continues to actively work to develop the skills of young Bahraini aviation professionals in the Kingdom further reinforcing its commitment to the local community.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Gulf Air Kicks Off Annual Ramadan Iftar Meal Box Distribution Initiative

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 May 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has once again kicked off its popular annual Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative – which is now in its fifth year. The initiative centers upon members of the airline’s workforce volunteering to ensure the safety of drivers on the road and facilitate the breaking of their fast by distributing iftar meal boxes at various locations around Bahrain each week during the Maghreb prayer.

Gulf Air’s Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative receives much positive feedback from the public every year. This year, the national carrier will distribute approximately two thousand iftar meal boxes throughout the holy month of Ramadan as one of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Gulf Air is committed to giving back to the local community. The national carrier’s staff who volunteered to participate in, and ensure the success of, this initiative reflect a broad cross-section of the airline’s workforce, both locals and expatriates, coming together to embrace the true spirit of giving that is associated with the holy month of Ramadan.

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Monday, June 4, 2018
Gulf Air Management Meet With US Ambassador to Bahrain

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 04 June 2018: H.E. Justin Siberell the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain was recently welcomed to Gulf Air’s headquarters where he met with the national carrier’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi. During the meeting, they discussed Gulf Air’s 10 new, incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and long-term network expansion plans, which will see the airline reach North America by 2023.

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. In total, Gulf Air will receive 10 Dreamliners by end-2020. Three Dreamliner services have been announced this year: the Bahrain - London, Heathrow service which will commence in June 2018, the Bahrain – Casablanca, Morocco service and the Bahrain – Bangkok, Thailand service. The state-of-the-art aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.

In 2018, following the launch of 8 new routes this year, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. As per the airline’s long term strategy it will expand to North America by 2023 building upon its existing presence through Gulf Air’s reciprocal codeshare agreement with American Airlines. The codeshare agreement connects Gulf Air passengers from London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt to: New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and vice-versa and connects American Airlines passengers from London, Paris, Frankfurt to Bahrain and vice-versa.

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Taking Flight Bahraini Gulf Air Pilots Earn Their Stripes

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 June 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today announced the successful graduation of fourteen Bahraini Senior First Officers who successfully earned their fourth stripe after qualifying to become Gulf Air Captains.

 

Captain Mohamed Yagoob Yagoobi, Captain Omar Fuad AlBinfalah, Captain Abdulrazaq Hasan Ali Yusuf, Captain Saqer Bader Sultan Al Hammadi, Captain Mahdi Mahmood Abbas Farhadi, Captain Ahmed Yousif Ismaeel, Captain Muath Ishaq AlKooheji, Captain Ebrahim Abduljalil AlKooheji, Captain Hadi AlSarraf, Captain Ali Naji, Captain Khaled Mohamed Almoawda, Captain Abdulla Sameer AlKhan, Captain Yusuf AlBanna and Captain Ali Mohammed Najaf accumulated the required flying hours, completed the necessary training and went on to pass extensive and rigorous checks, successfully earning their Captain ranking.

 

Celebrating their achievement in a dedicated ceremony held at Gulf Air’s Muharraq headquarters Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, commented, “These gentlemen’s accomplishment today is a reflection of their hard work, exceptional skill and tireless determination. We, the Gulf Air family, are incredibly proud to see these Bahraini Captains graduate from our ranks and we look forward to their contributions in bringing Gulf Air even closer to achieving our goals.”

 

On behalf of his fellow graduates, Captain Saqer Bader Sultan Al Hammadi said “We received the best training available in the industry, which is proof of Gulf Air’s leading position in the international market, and the significance of its legacy as one of the best airline’s in the region today.”

 

With 66% of the airline’s pilots being Bahraini, Gulf Air leads the way amongst its regional competitors in terms of nationalization, while still maintaining a multinational workforce that reflects the airline’s position as a global carrier. Gulf Air is now preparing to receive a new fleet consisting of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air and the coming months will see the airline’s network strategically expand to include 8 new destinations: the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tabuk; the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh; the Indian cities of Bangalore and Calicut; Baku in Azerbaijan and Casablanca in Morocco. Alongside this, the new incoming fleet will be outfitted with some of the best onboard products and services, significantly elevating the passenger experience.

 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Gulf Air's Annual Ramadan Footbal Tournament 2018

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently held its annual Ramadan football tournament, which saw 9 teams representing different departments and divisions within the airline competing to win the tournament’s cup. The tournament, held in Juventus Academy Bahrain Saar Cultural Sports Club, was won by Gulf Air’s Cabin Crew team who were awarded the winner’s cup from Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Gulf Air charters a flight to Moscow for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, chartered a flight of World Cup fans from Dammam to Moscow on 13th June 2018. This was in support of the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s opening match between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Gulf Air thanks the Saudi FIFA World Cup fans for choosing to fly with Bahrain’s national carrier and wishes the Arab teams participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup the best of luck.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Gulf Air Staff Honored for Outstanding Performance

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 24 June 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, today honored members of the airline’s workforce for their exceptional performance and efforts in realising the recent successful launch of the airline’s double daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service connecting Bahrain International Airport and London, Heathrow. The ceremony, which was held at Gulf Air’s headquarters, was attended by members of the airline’s executive management team including Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi and Chief Operations Officer, Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismaeel, who congratulated staff and awarded them with appreciation certificates.

 

The celebrated staff included Gulf Air’s cabin crew, security, captains and first officers. These individuals were among those who supported not only the the airline’s inaugural double daily Dreamliner service between Bahrain and London Heathrow but also the aircraft tour that followed in London. Members of the airline’s executive management team including Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi were welcomed upon landing into Heathrow by Bahrain's Ambassador to the United Kingdom H.E. Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, embassy officials, executive management from Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited, officials from Gulf Air’s General Sales Agent for United Kingdom Aviareps UK and Gulf Air’s London team.

 

Mr. Krešimir Kučko thanked staff saying: “Passenger feedback on our inaugural London, Heathrow Dreamliner service was overwhelmingly positive, with crew singled out by travellers for their commendable performance and the service standard onboard. Thank you for your outstanding work that ensured the personal comfort of our valued passengers and guests. As we introduce our newest aircraft on Gulf Air’s London Heathrow route and meld cutting edge technology and infrastructure with traditional warmth and hospitality, your roles are more critical than ever in making lasting, positive experiences for our passengers. Your service and your commitment create long-lasting impressions of our airline and, as the ‘face’ of Gulf Air, your role is of critical importance as you represent our airline on a daily basis and in all that you do.”

 

Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi commented, “We are delighted to honor those members of our workforce today who have truly embraced not only their roles as integral members of the Gulf Air family, but also the culture of our national carrier which pushes us all to strive for excellence in all that we do. I am pleased to see our staff commit and dedicate themselves to their profession. Their performance is a true reflection of Gulf Air’s culture and is reflected in our passengers’ increasing satisfaction with our national carrier – our mission at all times.”

 

Gulf Air’s double daily nonstop flights connecting Bahrain and London Heathrow Terminal 4 provide excellent two-way connectivity. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to London while UK-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, India Subcontinent and the Far East, all on-board one of the airline’s newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Gulf Air Recognised for Top On Time Performance Across the United Arab Emirates

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 11 July 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has been recognised for its On Time Performance (OTP) across the United Arab Emirates. The airline was awarded by Dubai airports for its 2017 OTP category A (2000 +movement) at the second annual Airline Excellence Awards held at Park Hyatt - Dubai this year. Alongside this, Gulf Air was also recognised by Abu Dhabi International Airport for its OTP throughout the month of May 2018, during which the airline achieved 94% OTP and exceeded the target set. All Abu Dhabi International Airport departure flights have to attain 80% OTP.

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi said: “Gulf Air has been proudly flying to Dubai since 1960 and operating to Abu Dhabi since 1954. We are committed to continually supporting our longstanding relationship with the United Arab Emirates. Achieving such record punctuality in Gulf Air’s operational performance across both Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport is a result of our workforce’s great efforts and commitment. Working together we strive to deliver on our promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner, thereby giving them the best possible experience. I am proud of what Gulf Air has achieved in the United Arab Emirates and look forward to more such positive results in future, across our expanding network.”

 

Gulf Air’s Dubai Airport Manager Mr. Ahmed Hafiz and the airline’s Abu Dhabi Airport Manager Mr. Tariq AlAlawi jointly commented: “We recognise the need for travellers to have an airline that is reliable, efficient and consistent. Having a strong OTP record is critical for any airline and at Gulf Air we are committed to delivering on our on time performance and setting our targets even higher than those expected by local airport authorities.”

 

Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP. The airline was independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, amongst Middle East and African airlines, with an average OTP of 80.22%. additionally, Gulf Air ranked as the most punctual airline in 2016, amongst GCC airlines and also ranked first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013.

 

Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 47 cities in 26 countries, spanning three continents. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Gulf Air Recognised for Top On Time Performance Across the United Arab E

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 14 July 2018: In light of Gulf Air recently being recognised for its On Time Performance (OTP) across the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Minister of Industry and Commerce and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors has issued the following statement thanking the airline’s workforce. “These OTP awards in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are valuable recognition for all the efforts exerted by Gulf Air staff working together to help the airline’s flights operate on time. With 8 daily flights to Dubai and 4 daily flights to Abu Dhabi, Gulf Air’s Dubai Airport Manager Mr. Ahmed Hafiz and the airline’s Abu Dhabi Airport Manager Mr. Tariq AlAlawi work tirelessly to ensure that the airline’s promise of seamless movement to and from Bahrain and across Gulf Air’s global network, is delivered. This is but a small example of what this airline is made off, our dedicated and loyal staff are the backbone of our airline. I would like to thank all Gulf Air staff who contribute to such achievements and especially to Mr. Hafiz & Mr. Alalawi and their teams on this occasion.” “Gulf Air has an excellent reputation across our global operations for on time performance, which is of critical importance to the airline’s passengers. I am delighted with this achievement and look forward to seeing Gulf Air continue to excel in its operations across the globe.” The airline was awarded by Dubai airports for its 2017 OTP category A (2000 +movement) at the second annual Airline Excellence Awards held at Park Hyatt - Dubai this year. Alongside this, Gulf Air was also recognised by Abu Dhabi International Airport for its OTP throughout the month of May 2018, during which the airline achieved 94% OTP and exceeded the target set. All Abu Dhabi International Airport departure flights have to attain 80% OTP. Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP. The airline was independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, amongst Middle East and African airlines, with an average OTP of 80.22%. additionally, Gulf Air ranked as the most punctual airline in 2016, amongst GCC airlines and also ranked first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Gulf Air’s High Flyer Award Scheme Honors Top Employees

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 July 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has rolled out a “High Flyer” award scheme whereby the airline recognises and honours employees who perform their duties at an outstanding level of service.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi, alongside members of the airline’s executive management team including Gulf Air Director of Human Resources Mrs. Nouf AlSowaidi, congratulated the honored staff in a dedicated ceremony at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters. The celebrated staff included members of Gulf Air’s maintenance, technical, marketing, sales, human resources and operations departments.

 

Mr. Kučko thanked staff saying: “Employees are the backbone of any organisation, and never more so than at the Kingdom’s national carrier. Our airline’s growth and success is directly linked to our workforce’s individual and collective growth and success. I am delighted to recognise you all – representatives from across the organisation’s various departments, who have tirelessly worked and excelled in their fields. Thank you for your dedicated efforts.”

 

Gulf Air’s “High Flyer” award scheme, established this year, recognises the efforts of employees who consistently display a superior level of commitment, accountability, positive attitude and ability to embrace change. It takes into consideration a range of business accomplishments and achievements in terms of customer service and teamwork and recognises individual and team efforts across Gulf Air’s global operations.

 

Captain AlAlawi commented: “At Gulf Air, employee appreciation is given in the larger context of our national carrier’s goals, values and culture. We are delighted to honour those members of our workforce today who have embraced not only their occupational roles, but also the culture of our national carrier, which pushes us all to strive for excellence. With Gulf Air’s “High Flyer” award scheme we are recognising both our business achievements and the commitment and loyalty of our staff towards their work.”

 

Gulf Air’s “High Flyer” award scheme entails a series of ceremonies in which Gulf Air staff are recognised for exhibiting exceptional performance and commitment to the airline. The recognised Gulf Air staff include those based in the airline’s Bahrain headquarters and across its global network, which currently serves 47 cities in 26 countries.

 

The recognised Gulf Air staff include: Gulf Air Captain Taleb Janahi, Gulf Air Captain Adel Al Awadhi, Tariq AlAlawi, Abu Dhabi Airport Manager, Buthaina Abdullatif Rashed Alghunaim, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Fadel Mohd Mahmoud Diab, Aircraft Maintenance Duty Manager, Riadh Ben Ali Jaidi, Aircraft Technical Cabin Supervisor, Budoor Hasan Al Rasheed, Recruitment Officer, Ahmed Hasan Abdulla Zayer, GOSI & Industrial Accident Specialist, Sarah Salman Mohammed Al Wasaibei, Media Buying Specialist, Sayed Ali Mohamed Ali Almosawi, Reservation & Ticketing Agent, Thabet Wael Ateyatalla Mohamed, Reservation & Ticketing Agent and Abdulsatar Ghuloom Hasan Husain, Reservation & Ticketing Agent. 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Gulf Air Welcomes Another Batch of Tamkeen Pilots

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 July 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently welcomed another batch of Bahraini pilots who joined the airline as Second Officers as part of the ongoing cooperation agreement between Gulf Air and Tamkeen. The cooperation is tailored to the airline’s requirements and brings a value-added, unmatched training experience to Gulf Air’s aviation professionals. Gulf Air and Tamkeen have signed a joint agreement in May 2018 aimed at enhancing opportunities for the training and employment of Bahrainis within the Kingdom’s aviation sector.

 

Photo caption: Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi and Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismaeel are seen alongside Mr. Abdulrahman Al Hamar, Mr. Bader Al Ghawi, Mr. Mohamed Ameen Al Qasim, Mr. Abdulrahman Al Awadhi, Mr. Nooh Ismaeel and Mr. Tareq Al Meer who all successfully joined the airline as Second Officers.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Gulf Air Celebrates Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Service to London

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 July 2018: ​ Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, yesterday celebrated the introduction of the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner double daily service to and from London. Marking the occasion, the airline hosted a celebratory event at the Arts Club in Mayfair, with guests including Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in the United Kingdom, of countries served by Gulf Air, owners and managing directors of some of the biggest UK travel companies, leading British trade partners and media representatives.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and members of the airline’s executive management including its UK Country Manager Mr. Rashid Al Gaoud welcomed the guests, sharing information about Gulf Air’s latest products and services and the many improvements Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passengers will experience.

 

Speaking at the event, Mr. Kučko said: “Gulf Air has had strong ties with the United Kingdom since we commenced our operations to London in 1970. London is a key destination for our customers traveling for either business or leisure, and I am delighted to introduce our newest 787-9 Dreamliner double daily service on this route. I look forward to receiving passenger feedback on this exciting addition to our fleet, which allows our UK travellers to travel across Gulf Air’s expanding network in superior comfort. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our key industry partners in UK who are integral to the growth and success of our London operations.”

 

Gulf Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner double daily service connects London, Heathrow and Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offers 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats with greater pitch, larger IFE screens, enhanced onboard comforts and greater entertainment choices. Onboard the state-of-the-art aircraft, passengers can enjoy the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

 

Gulf Air’s double daily nonstop flights connecting Bahrain and London Heathrow Terminal 4 provide excellent two-way connectivity. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to London while UK-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, India Subcontinent and the Far East, all on-board one of the airline’s newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Capt. Waleed A. Hameed AlAlawi

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 01 August 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has selected Honeywell’s GoDirectTM Flight Efficiency analytics software to reduce fuel costs across its entire Airbus and Boeing fleet – of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo will be delivered this year - and to help minimize the airline’s carbon footprint. The innovative Connected Aircraft service analyzes a multitude of flight-related factors to optimize fuel consumption and help the airline reduce its fuel consumption and lower associated operational costs, which can run from hundreds to millions of dollars.

 

Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi directed the airline’s Operations to increasingly focus on reducing fuel costs and further developing the carrier to better its environment friendly practices. “Fuel costs constitute a larger proportion of expenses for any airline. It is essential that Gulf Air has a clear overview of the fuel used by our fleet to lower consumption and improve our operational efficiency. Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Efficiency software allows Gulf Air to quickly improve our fuel consumption by analyzing the performance of our aircraft at different stages of operations,” said Captain AlAlawi.

 

Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismaeel, the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, commended Honeywell’s software saying: “The intuitive user interface of the software provides us with sophisticated reports and dashboards that are clearly understandable and designed to help us meet our targets on lowering emissions through improved fuel efficiency.”

 

Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Efficiency software boasts a user-friendly interface and integrates with existing aircraft components to produce more than 100 pre-defined analysis reports. The reports improve flight-planning capabilities and empower pilots with unprecedented levels of insight on optimal climb speeds, cruise altitudes, and other opportunities to reduce fuel usage, thereby helping to expand their knowledge of operations and allow them to learn from previous flights. Existing users of the service have reported fuel savings of up to 5%.

 

“Airlines have an ever-increasing need to improve fuel consumption, both to reduce emissions and to get the most out of their existing aircraft. Even small fuel savings can impact an airline’s profitability when multiplied by hundreds, or thousands, of flights annually,” said David Shilliday, vice president, Airlines, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace. “Our GoDirect Flight Efficiency solution is a user-friendly Connected Aircraft service that integrates data sources to monitor fuel use in real time. It detects opportunities to make fuel savings and identifies ways to lower the environmental impact of an aircraft.”

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates multiple daily flights to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Gulf Air Management in Drive for Workforce Engagement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 02 August 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is in the midst of a drive to further engage its workforce and encourage two way dialogue. Spearheaded by the airline’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi, staff from across Gulf Air divisions are regularly interacting with the airline’s executive management team, learning more about the national carrier’s vision and business strategy, their role in delivering on the airline’s growth and future successes while also having many available platforms for idea exchange and insight sharing.

 

Captain AlAlawi said: “With regular, interactive meetings with members of the Gulf Air family we are not only ensuring that our messages are clearly and consistently being relayed to all parties, across the board. We are also giving them an opportunity to engage with us, share their invaluable feedback and use their knowledge and experience to guide us further forward. Gulf Air’s #YearOfChange is an exciting and promising time for us all, and it is in the spirit of positive change that I welcome this dialogue and the positive developments that it fuels.”

 

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Gulf Air’s new and highly anticipated fleet entry, the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, serves Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services. The national carrier’s incoming aircraft orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards. In 2018, Gulf Air has launched flights to six new destinations with flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

 

Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates multiple daily flights to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

 

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Monday, August 6, 2018
Gulf Air Chairman and Deputy CEO Receive the Secretary General and Members of The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 06 August 2018: H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, alongside the airline’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi today received the General Secretary of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU), Mr Hassan Al Halwachi, along with a number of GFBTU representatives and Mrs Sawsan Al Aradi, Chief of Gulf Air Trade Union.

 

During the meeting, a number of matters related to labor issues were discussed. H.E. Mr. Alzayani praised GFBTU’s role and work in the Kingdom of Bahrain, specifically their efforts to develop cooperation and close ties across various sectors with the greater goal of creating a stable working environment that will operate in the interests of employers and workers. The meeting was an important platform for Gulf Air to reiterate its longstanding support of GFBTU and vision of close collaboration to achieve the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision and strategies in this regard.

 

Gulf Air is in the midst of a #YearOfChange which sees the airline, in 2018 receive 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Gulf Air’s new and highly anticipated fleet entry, the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, serves Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services. The national carrier’s incoming aircraft orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards. In 2018, Gulf Air has launched flights to six new destinations with flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
New Batch of Tamkeen Pilots Takes to the Skies with Gulf Air

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 August 2018: A new batch of pilots from the Gulf Air-Tamkeen programme recently took to the skies with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier as they completed ground and base training courses. A group of 7 pilots are now operating as Second Officers to complete a set of flying hours and earn their next stripe to be First Officers. The cooperation between Gulf Air and Tamkeen is tailored to the airline’s requirements and brings a value-added, unmatched training experience to Gulf Air’s aviation professionals. Gulf Air and Tamkeen have signed the joint agreement in May 2018 aimed at enhancing opportunities for the training and employment of Bahrainis within the Kingdom’s aviation sector.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Gulf Air Chairman and CEO Receive the Chairman of Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation (Al Hurr)

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 30 August 2018: H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, alongside the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko today received the Chairman of Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation (Al Hurr), Mr. Yaqoob Yousif, along with a number of representatives from the airline and the National Labour Union of Gulf Air.

 

During the meeting, a number of matters related to labor issues were discussed. H.E. Mr. Alzayani praised the role and work of Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, specifically their efforts to develop cooperation and close ties across various sectors with the greater goal of creating a stable working environment that will operate in the interests of employers and workers. The meeting was an important platform for Gulf Air to reiterate its longstanding support of the federation and the close collaboration to achieve the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision and strategies in this regard.

 

Gulf Air is in the midst of a #YearOfChange which sees the airline, in 2018 receive 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Gulf Air’s new and highly anticipated fleet entry, the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, serves Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services. The national carrier’s incoming aircraft orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards. In 2018, Gulf Air has launched flights to six new destinations with flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

 

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
GF RCO

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 01 September 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with the Royal Charity Organisation, launched today an initiative to allow passengers to donate coins or notes of any currency onboard Gulf Air flights. The project was launched by H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors and H.E Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed, Secretary-General of the Royal Charity Organization on the airline’s flight from Bahrain International Airport to London Heathrow. This initiative is aimed at activating social responsibility and allowing passengers to participate and contribute to charitable work.

 

H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani praised the Royal patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain and RCO's Honorary President, and the His Majesty’s attention and patronage of charitable and humanitiarian work inside and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. His Excellency also praised the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation, and his role in the charity scene to provide a better life for all.

 

H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani accliamed the spectrum of charitable and humanitarian activities of the Royal Charity Oranisation and confirmed Gulf Air’s commitment in giving back to the community and in contributing to such intitatives driven by RCO for Bahraini orphans.

 

For his part, Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayyid expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Minister for his contribution in supporting charitable initiatives in the Kingdom and said that this cooperation comes within the community partnership programme to provide support, care and opportunities to orphans. Donations will be allocated to support health and education programs for the underpreviliged families and children.

 

It is worth mentioning that Mr. Mohammed Salahuddin, one of the passengers on the said London flight, was the first person to participate and donate. He expressed his admiration to the project and wished success to both parties in this colloboration. The Gulf Air-RCO donation project is being held for the first time in the Kingdom of Bahrain and promotes the principle of community partnership to encourage travelers to donate excess money change by placing it in special envelopes that are located in seat pockets onboard Gulf Air flights.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Gulf Air Brings In New Chief Commercial Officer

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 04 September 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently announced the appointment of Mr. Vincent Coste as the airline’s new Chief Commercial Officer, effective September 2018.

 

Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer welcomed Mr. Coste to his new post and shared the airline’s Board of Directors and executive management team’s well wishes and confidence in the added value Mr. Coste will bring to Gulf Air’s commercial business.

 

Coming with a wealth of aviation business experience, Mr. Coste spent 25 years in various commercial roles with airlines in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He joins Gulf Air from his recent post as Chief Commercial Officer in Kenya Airways where he spent the last 2 years stimulating the commercial operations of the airline and establishing a new business model for greater commercial benefits.

 

Mr. Coste joins Gulf Air at a significant time in the airline’s history. The airline’s executive management has defined 2018 as the #YearOfChange as it involved many changes to the business such as new brand, new livery, new fleet, new uniform, new destinations and a new strategy. By end of 2018, the airline will receive 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft in total. The new and highly anticipated fleet entry, the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, serves Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service and 5 weekly flights to Casablanca, offering increased capacity and enhanced, superior on-board products and services. The national carrier’s incoming aircraft orders will ensure it maintains one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards. Last summer, Gulf Air has launched direct flights to six new destinations with flights to Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Gulf Air CEO Receives New CEO of Thales InFlyt Experience

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 18 September 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, headed by its Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko recently received the new Chief Executive Officer of Thales InFlyt Experience Mr. Philippe Carette and members of executive management of the company. The courtesy visit included discussions on various existing projects between the two organisations and familiarisation on new products offered by Thales InFlyt Experience.

 

In 2016, Gulf Air selected Thales Avant In-Flight Entertainment system for its new incoming fleet of B787-900, A320neo and A321neo totaling 39 new aircraft. The entry into service of this new fleet started this year with the delivery of five B787-900 and one A320neo in total by the end of 2018. All new aircraft are delivered with the latest Avant full high definition monitors and the award winning Thales Touch Passenger Media Unit installed on board for a greater passenger experience.

 

In addition, last year Gulf Air signed an agreement with Thales to equip the airline’s new incoming 12 Airbus A320neo and 17 A321neo aircraft with a cockpit package of Thales avionics solutions including the TopFlight Flight Management System (FMS) which remains the most successful flight management system in the world. TopFlight FMS provides pilots with highly reliable navigational information, displayed in a simple manner especially suited to heavy air traffic conditions.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Gulf Air Marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 02 October 2018: Taking part and highlighting the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain Gulf Air - in collaboration with Child's Wish Society - welcomed 22 little heroes to its headquarters and its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The children spent the day with the airline's top management and a number of crew, took part in activities and experienced the new aircraft.

As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and an integral national infrastructure asset Gulf Air prides itself on having a special connection with the Bahraini community, and is involved in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with a number of local organizations – reinforcing its commitment to being a responsible entity and reaching out to those in need.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Gulf Air Participates in IFTM 2018

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 October 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently participated in the International French Travel Market (IFTM) Top Resa which took place in Paris between 26 and 29 September 2018. The airline was featured on the Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion and members of Gulf Air’s Paris office represented the airline during the show. Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority and Gulf Air promoted the Kingdom of Bahrain as a tourist destination to the French market. Gulf Air also highlighted its new expansion plans, new brand, new developments in 2018 and future plans for 2019.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Gulf Air Flies Lebanese Tour Operators to Kerala

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 09 October 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with Eastbound Discoveries – a leading destination management company in India – recently arranged a familiarisation trip for Lebanese tour operators to Kerala, India. The trip took place from 25 to 30 September 2018 and guests had the opportunity to experience the comfort of flying Gulf Air and using the airline’s Falcon Gold lounge in Bahrain International Airport during transit. At the destination, the guests visited most notable touristic sights and landmarks and enjoyed staying in top end hotels in Kerala. Being professionals from the travel industry, the guests were also given the chance to participate in Kerala Travel Market which is the top B2B event for tourism in the region.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Gulf Air Introduces New Baggage Policy

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 11 October 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will launch a new and simplified baggage policy providing more choice and clarity to its customers.  The current weight concept will be replaced by a harmonized piece concept worldwide, effective for all tickets issued on or after 28 October 2018.

 

The new policy has been introduced to respond to individual customer needs with greater flexibility.  The changes will provide greater benefits for Falconflyer loyalty program members.    Customers will be entitled to bring one, two or three bags free of charge, depending on their fare type, route and Gulf Air Falconflyer status.  On many routes, the new concept means increased baggage allowances for customers.  At the same time, excess baggage rates have also been simplified.  In most cases, the fees for excess baggage have been cut significantly. Customers can benefit from further reductions if they purchase directly with Gulf Air up to 24 hours before travel.

 

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said: “In line with industry best practices, we are moving to a fair and transparent baggage policy. Generous allowance will be given to premium and Falconflyer passengers while we offer choices for customers with minimum baggage to pay less for their tickets”.

 

More information is available on the airline’s website www.gulfair.com/baggage-allowance

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Gulf Air Co-hosts Blood Donation Drive

 

المنامة، مملكة البحرين في 28 أكتوبر 2018: شاركت طيران الخليج – الناقلة الوطنية لمملكة البحرين – وبالتعاون مع مستشفى الملك حمد الجامعي وأكاديمية الخليج للطيران وشركة مطار البحرين، في حملة للتبرع بالدم تصب في أهداف الشراكة المجتمعية للمؤسسات المذكورة. حملة التبرع التي أقيمت في مركز التدريب التابع لأكاديمية الخليج للطيران حضرها العديد من موظفي الشركات الثلاث الذين تبرعوا بالدم لمساعدة المحتاجين له وللمحافظة على صحة دورتهم الدموية.

 

وبوصفها الناقلة الوطنية وكونها جزءاً أساسياً من أصول البنية التحتية في المملكة، تفخر طيران الخليج بامتلاكها روابط قوية مع المجتمعات التي تعمل بها؛ وهي تلتزم بعدد من مبادرات الشراكة المجتمعية مع عدد من مؤسسات المجتمع المدني المحلية كجزء من مبادئها في هذا المجال. وتعزز الناقلة من التزامها كعضو فاعل في المجتمع من خلال الترويج لبرامج زيادة الوعي الصحي بين موظفيها وعملائها.

 

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Gulf Air Flies Tour Operators from Amman to Sri Lanka

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 29  October 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with Le Ceylan & Ceylon in style – a leading destination management company in Sri Lanka – recently arranged a familiarisation trip for tour operators from Amman to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The trip took place from 18 – 25 October 2018 and guests had the opportunity to experience the comfort of flying Gulf Air and using the airline’s Falcon Gold lounge in Bahrain International Airport during transit. At the destination, the guests visited most notable touristic sights and landmarks and enjoyed staying in top end hotels in Sri Lanka.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Gulf Air Introduces New Baggage Policy

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 October 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Thai Airways International (THAI), Thailand’s flag carrier, signed an expansion to the existing codeshare agreement effective from 28th October 2018. The expanded codeshare agreement will extend the travel opportunities for Gulf Air passengers to fly beyond Bangkok on THAI to Hong Kong with immediate effect and to Singapore, Tokyo and Melbourne in the coming months and broaden the commercial partnership between the two companies.

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “Gulf Air has a longstanding commercial partnership with THAI that we are proud of. Gulf Air passengers can now have greater choice, convenience and a seamless travel experience from Bangkok to local Thai destinations as well as international destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Gulf Air looks forward to grow the broader bilateral relationship with THAI.”

THAI’s President, Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham said: “THAI continuously works towards making improvements for maximum passenger satisfaction. The codeshare agreement between THAI and Gulf Air will increase our capacity through the route network and sales, as well as to make travel convenient for passengers traveling between Thailand and Bahrain in addition to the Middle East. The codeshare expansion provides more opportunities for THAI passengers to travel to Bahrain and Middle East on Gulf Air. On the other hand, it also makes more traffic volume from Middle East to Asia and Australia by THAI. This cooperation will strengthen a good longstanding relationship between both airlines”.

Earlier in the summer of 2018, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and Chairman of Gulf Air Board of Directors Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani and Gulf Air CEO Mr. Krešimir Kučko met THAI executive management and discussed strategic partnership opportunities and other commercial projects between the two airlines.

Moreover, last Sunday Mr. Alzayani held a meeting with the Thai Minister of Commerce Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong at the Ministry premises, in the presence of Thai Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Mr. Thanis Na Songkhla and a Thai economic delegation accompanying the minister. During the meeting, the minister stressed the keenness of the Bahraini leaders and government to enhance economic and trade relations between Bahrain and Thailand.

In November Gulf Air will start operating its latest fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Bahrain-Bangkok route. This upgrade will enhance the product and service offering to the airline passengers on this popular route. With the THAI codeshare, Gulf Air forecasts to attract more passengers from Europe and the Middle East to fly to Asia-Pacific and the Far East through the airline’s hub, Bahrain International Airport.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Gulf Air Participates in World Travel Market

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 06 November 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, yesterday participated in World Travel Market (WTM), the world's leading travel trade show, taking place in London from 5 to 7 November. The airline participated alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives including hotels, travel agencies and destination management companies. Gulf Air promoted its latest products and services showcasing the airline’s new brand identity.

 

The show provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry to meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business. Gulf Air’s attendance at the event is in line with its longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination. Bahrain’s national carrier has a long history with WTM and has been a key exhibitor for many years. The exhibition is an annual global event attended by key international players and professionals of the travel industry.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily nonstop flights connecting Bahrain and London Heathrow Terminal 4 and providing excellent two-way connectivity. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to London while UK-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, India Subcontinent and the Far East, all on-board one of the airline’s newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Gulf Air sponsors Bahrain Marathon Relay 2018

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 November 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain; has affirmed its commitment to the local community development, by signing up as a Bronze sponsor to the Bahrain Marathon Relay 2018 (www.bahrain-mr.com); scheduled to take place on November 9th 2018.

 

Speaking on this occasion; Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Alalawi Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer commented: “As the national carrier, Gulf Air is pleased to sponsor Bahrain Marathon Relay 2018, confirming the national carriers’ commitment to supporting the local community development initiatives that Bahrain Marathon Relay undertakes here in Bahrain; whereby, other than promoting healthy and fitness enthusiasm – Bahrain Marathon Relay’s fun & frolic marathon relay ultimately turns to generate contributions towards various pressing community services & developments, in general”.

 

Jalal Akila; Chairman of Bahrain Marathon Relay’s Organizing Committee commented: “We are pleased to welcome Gulf Air onboard to support Bahrain Marathon Relay which is running since 37 years and takes 200 teams and over 3,200 participants to take part in this Marathon demonstrating the national carriers’ beliefs and esteem to support the local community’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Bahrain.”   

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Gulf Air and Etihad Aviation Group MoU

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Bahrain International Airshow.

 

The wide-ranging MOU covers scope to introduce joint codeshare operations between Abu Dhabi and Manama, as well as on the global flight networks beyond the two carriers’ GCC hubs.

 

The MOU also contains plans for greater commercial cooperation in the fields of cargo, engineering, guest experience and the optimisation of pilot training facilities.

 

The MOU was signed on the first day of the Bahrain International Airshow, currently taking place at the Sakhir Airbase, by Mr. Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.

 

Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “The relationship between Bahrain and UAE is strong in many fields including aviation and today with the signing of this MOU we enrich the relationship by cooperating with Etihad Airways. This is an example of how two airlines can work hand in hand for greater mutual benefits. We are happy to work with our friends and colleagues in Etihad and support each other to achieve bigger goals.”

 

Mr. Douglas said: “The deep ties between Abu Dhabi and Manama are well-known in the aviation world and date back nearly 70 years. Therefore the natural way to build upon those ties is to examine ways in which the two flag carriers – Etihad and Gulf Air – can work more closely together to improve business operations and enhance the experience for our guests.

 

“We look forward to the Etihad and Gulf Air teams coming together during the next few months to look at how we can put that in place, whether it is in codeshare, engineering, cargo, or through our frequent flyer programmes.”

 

In addition to exploring codeshare operations, the teams at Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programmes will shortly begin discussions which would see members of each programme being offered reciprocal earn and burn opportunities.

 

The teams in both carriers’ engineering and cargo divisions are also set to begin talks about greater cooperation. These discussions would look at optimising MRO (maintenance repair operations) opportunities, as well as ways to increase volumes of freighter traffic flowing into and out of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

 

Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates three return daily A320 operations between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Gulf Air and SMBC Aviation Capital

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 15 November 2018: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, and SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies, have today announced a six-aircraft agreement for the purchase and leaseback of six Airbus A320neo aircraft. This is SMBC Aviation Capital’s first deal with Gulf Air and follows a competitive tender process.

 

Delivery of Gulf Air’s Airbus A320neo aircraft commenced from August 2018. The airline currently serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet and has orders for 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft with delivery having commenced in early 2018. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet will see by end-2018 the arrival of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Alongside this, in 2018 the airline continued to enhance its product and service offering, launched six new destinations and expanded its network to serve 47 cities in 26 countries.  

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Krešimir Kučko said, “We are delighted to begin a new relationship with SMBC Aviation Capital and successfully mark the financing of our six new A320neos as we diversify our financing relationship to support aircraft acquisition. These aircraft will allow us to greatly enhance our fleet, enabling us to deliver operational efficiency and an upgraded customer experience. The upcoming deliveries of our 6 new Airbus A320neo will support the airline’s network expansion plans while affording us flexibility in our fleet planning – allowing us to transport Gulf Air passengers more seamlessly across the Gulf Air network.”

 

Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital added, “We are very pleased to partner with Gulf Air to assist with the airline’s ambitious fleet expansion plans.  The A320neo incorporates the latest in aviation technology to provide our airline customers with a more modern, fuel efficient aircraft.  As a new customer and our first entry into the Kingdom of Bahrain, we look forward to working alongside Gulf Air for the coming years.”

 

SMBC Aviation Capital currently has 20 A320neos in its portfolio and an order book of 129 A320neos.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Gulf Air and CFM

Manama (Bahrain) – 15 November 2018 – Middle East airline Gulf Air and CFM International have reached a long-term agreement for the maintenance of LEAP-1A engines. This agreement is valued at just over US $ 1 billion at list price.

Under the terms of this 10-year Rate per Flight Hour agreements, CFM will provide Gulf Air with maintenance on a dollar per flight hour basis covering the 58 LEAP-1A engines, plus 7 additional spare engines. In January 2016, Gulf Air announced an order for 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft.

Gulf Air has been a CFM customer since 1992 and currently operates a fleet of 16 Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. The company began commercial operations with the A320neo powered by LEAP-1A engines in August 2018.

"We are excited to expand our long-term partnership with CFM, which has been a key partner in our development for more than 25 years," said Mr. Krešimir Kučko, CEO of Gulf Air. We are extremely pleased with the LEAP engine we recently introduced into our fleet. This engine will allow us to continue to improve our commercial offer, while optimizing our operating costs.”

"We are very honored by the confidence Gulf Air has placed in," said Gaël Meheust. This company is a major player in the growth of air transport in the Middle East and we believe that the introduction of the LEAP engine will allow them to go even further in terms of efficiency. "

Since entering into service in August 2016, the LEAP engine has accumulated more than 2 million flight hours and offers a 96% utilization rate, with more than 77 operators worldwide.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
GF and RR

Rolls-Royce celebrated the delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to Gulf Air by handing over a fan blade to the carrier on the second day of the Bahrain Air Show. Gulf Air has 10 aircraft on order and currently operates four of the ordered aircraft.

[Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have added the Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into our fleet, as we look to ramp up delivery in the years to come to deliver the service our customers have come to expect.”]

 

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, already has a fleet of widebody aircraft, the Trent 700-powered Airbus A330.

John Kelly, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice-President – Customers, Civil Aerospace said: “Gulf Air is an important customer and the addition of the Trent 1000 to its fleet will only further strengthen our successful relationship. The handover of this blade symbolises our commitment to working closely together going forward.”

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Gulf Air Chairman meets with Kuwait Civil Aviation

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 22   November 2018: His Excellency Mr. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Chairman of Gulf Air, met today with His Excellency Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, President of Civil Aviation of Kuwait, at his office at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Kuwait.

During the meeting, they discussed the long-term bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait including Gulf Air and the importance of transporting passengers between the two countries throughout the years.

The Bahraini-Kuwaiti relations are old and timeless. Such visits promote and consolidate such strong ties.

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Monday, November 26, 2018
New Gulf Air Pilots Graduate to Fly

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 26 November 2018: A new batch of pilots recently took to the skies with the Gulf Air as they completed ground and base training courses. A group of 4 pilots are now operating as Second Officers to complete a set of flying hours and earn their next stripe to be First Officers. This is part of the cooperation between Gulf Air and Tamkeen which is tailored to the airline’s requirements to bring a value-added, unmatched training experience to Gulf Air’s aviation professionals. Gulf Air and Tamkeen have signed the joint agreement in May 2018 aimed at enhancing opportunities for the training and employment of Bahrainis within the Kingdom’s aviation sector.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahraini Women’s Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 01 December 2018: National carrier Gulf Air today celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day by operating an all-Bahraini female flight to Kuwait; inclusive of the flight’s operating and hospitality crews. The flight also included Bahraini social media influencers Khawla Al Maraghi, Rasha Yusuf, and Amina Al Khenna. The participants were received by representatives of Kingdom of Bahrain Embassy to Kuwait, where they visited the embassy prior to attending a luncheon in their honor.

 

With 38% female personnel, the airline’s female workforce represents all Gulf Air divisions, ranks and levels of expertise.

 

Bahraini Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 1st December as part of an initiative by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) to honor the achievements and valuable insights and contribution made by Bahraini women towards the development and progress of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Four Bahraini Pilots Return to Bahrain and Join Gulf Air

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 December 2018: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently welcomed four Bahraini pilots who joined the airline from other neighbour airlines. The return of those aviation professionals symbols Gulf Air’s efforts to boost nationalisation in its flight operations division. First officers Mr Ali Ahmed, Mr Falah Radhi, Ms Arwa Janahi and Mr Salman Shaikh were welcomed by Gulf Air’s executive management who expressed their good wishes to the group.

 

In a dedicated ceremony held at Gulf Air’s Muharraq headquarters Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are happy to welcome the new batch of Bahraini pilots into Gulf Air. It is our priority to give Bahraini aviation professionals the chance to return home and join the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Gulf Air is dedicated to increase Bahrainisation in various divisions of the airline including flight operations. We are proud to have them here and look forward to their contributions in bringing Gulf Air closer to achieving its goals”.

 

With over 65% of the airline’s pilots being Bahraini, Gulf Air leads the way amongst its regional competitors in terms of nationalization, while still maintaining a multinational workforce that reflects the airline’s position as a global carrier. Through cooperation with local organisations, Gulf Air is in the process to hire more Bahraini pilots to join their workforce and represent the airline to the world.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Gulf Air sign agreement with Etihad Aviation Training

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed a contract with Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) to offer full flight simulator training to Gulf Air’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots.

 

The contract strengthens the ties between Gulf Air and Etihad Aviation Group following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies at the Bahrain International Airshow in November.

 

As part of the agreement, Gulf Air will dry lease EAT’s Full Flight Simulators at the training facility located in Abu Dhabi. The training will be conducted by Gulf Air instructors at the Etihad Training facility.

 

Gulf Air’s Chief Operations Officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Ismaeel said: “We are happy to work hand in hand with our friends in Etihad Aviation Training and use their facilities to train our flying crew. This is the start of ongoing projects with Etihad Airways and Etihad Aviation Training.”

 

Paolo La Cava, Accountable Director, EAT, said: “Etihad Aviation Training is pleased to welcome Gulf Air instructors and pilots to the comprehensive training facility in Abu Dhabi. 2018 has been a strong year for the organisation since its relaunch in January as a commercially focused operation offering aviation training to a global client base.”

 

EAT currently boasts 11 Full Flight Simulators (FFS) including three Airbus A320 FFS devices and two Boeing 787 devices. The facility is expanding and will soon open a third B787 FFS device which will be available in Abu Dhabi to third party customers.

 

In addition to the Abu Dhabi facility, EAT operates a flight training college located in Al Ain offering an extensive cadet pilot training programme.

 

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Monday, December 10, 2018
Gulf Air to Istanbul on A320neo

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain –  10 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently arranged a familiarisation trip for social media influencers from GCC to experience its latest A320neo aircraft on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

 

The influencers flew from Dubai and Kuwait to Istanbul and had the opportunity to experience the comfort of flying Gulf Air’s eco-friendly Airbus A320neo, which features the widest single aisle cabin in the market, and also explored the airline’s Falcon Gold lounge in Bahrain International Airport during transit. At the destination, the guests visited notable touristic sights and landmarks and enjoyed staying in the Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul experiencing its luxury accommodation and dining offering.

 

Gulf Air operates double daily flights between Bahrain and Istanbul as part of its codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines and provide excellent connection times for passengers from the GCC on this route.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Gulf Air Introduces New Baggage Policy

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 15 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the launch of new stopover travel packages designed to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a tourist destination to its global customer base. The new stopover programme was launched in response to the directives of the Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior’s Nationality, Passport & Residence Affairs (NPRA), Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and local destination management agencies.

Eligible passengers on Gulf Air can now explore Bahrain en-route before reaching their final destination. The stopover packages, available for both Falcon Gold and economy travellers for the duration of 1 – 4 days, can be booked via the airline’s website and worldwide contact centre. The packages comprise a wide range of hotel accommodations, day tours and excursions for authentic Bahraini experiences.

Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) His Excellency Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa further emphasized the importance of cooperating with Gulf Air for such projects that promote Bahrain as a tourist destination; expressing the will to continue supporting the national carrier to facilitate the entry of its passengers to the Kingdom.

Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority’s CEO His Excellency Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa commented: “We are pleased to collaborate with Gulf Air yet again through the Bahrain stopover packages project. We’ve always thought of Gulf Air as an innate partner of tourism promotion of Bahrain, and we believe this new project will be well received by passengers of the national carrier, and will encourage them to stopover in Bahrain and hopefully come back to discover more”.

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “Bahrain has a lot to offer and we are glad to end the eventful 2018 with the launch of the stopover package. When booking online, all our eligible customers will have the opportunity to add up to four nights to spend time in the island and explore its treasures. Our main goal is to promote Bahrain tourism to the global audience”.

The airline has defined 2018 as the #YearOfChange as it involved many changes to the business such as new brand, new livery, new fleet, new uniform, new destinations and a new strategy. Gulf Air received 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft in 2018 and launched flights to six new destinations: Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Gulf Air Introduces New Baggage Policy

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 20 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched a new mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones allowing users to manage their Gulf Air trips and book flights, check-in online, pre-select seats, monitor flight status, buy Falcon Gold lounge access and excess baggage – all on the go.

The new app, which is available in Apple Store and Google Play, will be a one-stop-shop for Gulf Air passengers to access a number of facilities and services conveniently from their handhelds wherever they are. The app is designed to be a user-friendly platform with easy steps to perform common travellers’ needs through various personal devices.

Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said: “At this day and age the importance of technology is at its highest as customers are becoming more and more tech-savvy and we are happy to cater for their needs with the launch of our mobile app. We invite our passengers to download the app and interact with its multi functions. We will continue to develop and add more features in the future to provide a smooth and seamless travel experience for everyone”.

The airline has defined 2018 as the #YearOfChange as it involved many changes to the business such as new brand, new livery, new fleet, new uniform, new destinations and a new strategy. Gulf Air received 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft in 2018 and launched flights to six new destinations: Bangalore and Calicut in India, Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt, Casablanca in Morocco and Baku in Azerbaijan.

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Gulf Air Deploys Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Manila Route

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 24 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently deployed its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Bahrain-Manila route increasing the number of destinations served by the Dreamliner to four including London Heathrow, Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Being one of Gulf Air’s long-haul destinations, Manila route will now be permanently served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to cater to passenger demands.

 

Earlier this year in April, Gulf Air received its first Dreamliner marking the airline’s fleet renewal programme. A total of five Dreamliners are now in service with an additional two being delivered in 2019 and three more to enter the fleet in 2020.

 

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats – a 32% increase in capacity on the airline’s previous wide body offering. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost.

 

Passengers will enjoy many improvements with the 787 family such as the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Gulf Air and BTEA Promote Bahrain as a Wedding Destination

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 25 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in collaboration with Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) recently arranged a meeting with a well-known family from Hyderabad, India to discuss the family’s arrangements for an upcoming mega wedding in Bahrain.

 

The wedding will take place from 23 to 26 January 2019 and will feature 500 guests who will fly to Bahrain on Gulf Air from various cities in India including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The airline will allocate one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to transport the majority of the guests from Hyderabad while the other guests from the other cities will use Gulf Air scheduled flights.

 

In the meeting, Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Al Alawi and Dr. Ali Foulad, the consultant for BTEA and the director of the weddings incentive programme met with the Indian family and discussed logistics and other facilities to ensure comfort and convenience for the wedding guests.

 

Gulf Air and BTEA work hand in hand to promote Bahrain as a wedding destination as the airline provides excellent connections and frequencies from India to the island and BTEA offers all ground arrangements for such big events.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Gulf Air to Feature AlRawi Audio Books Onboard

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 26 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, plans to feature a number of audio books on-board its fleet in collaboration with the Bahrain-based AlRawi Audio Books. The diverse collection of Arabic audio books will include various genres such as novels, management, education, self-development and children books ranging from 50 minutes to a few hours recording time that will entertain passengers in short, medium and long haul flights. With this aspiring step, AlRawi Audio Books will soar with Gulf Air in its quest to revive reading in the Arab world.

 

Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer said: “We are happy to support Bahraini businesses and entrepreneurs and we are proud to feature AlRawi audio books on our in-flight entertainment system. This will promote Arabic literature to cater to many passengers and will provide another option to be entertained and learn at the same time during flights.”

 

AlRawi is an innovative technology-based cultural project that was launched from the Kingdom of Bahrain with an aspiration for global reach out. It aims to stimulate reading in modern and innovative ways by converting traditional printed books into audible books in the authors’ voices or the voices of professional narrators. This has been achieved by developing a modern digital application and platform to invade the virtual world and enable everyone to buy, listen to and enjoy books while in their waiting periods or while commuting by car or at any other time where the books will be accessible to all.

 

“It is a great privilege for our startup to be on-board Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain” AlRawi CEO Mohamed Ebrahim said in a statement. Mr. Ebrahim also stated: “This is a great achievement for our startup and a crucial step for us to reach global audience and fly towards our vision. Gulf Air’s embrace of AlRawi is a great testimony to Bahrain’s fertile land for entrepreneurship and builds on the great support provided to the startup community by Tamkeen, Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism”.

 

 AlRawi, is an award-winning audio book application and platform developed and cofounded by 3 Bahraini entrepreneurs Hala Sulaiman, Ameera AlQubaiti and Mohamed Ebrahim.  AlRawi recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Pitch@Palace Global 3.0  held in St. James Palace, London, UK.  Pitch@Palace was founded and held under the auspices of the Duke of York HRH Prince Andrew.  Also In January 2018, AlRawi was awarded the Mohamed bin Rashed Award for Young Business Leaders as the best Startup in the Arab World.

 

In its latest reach out, AlRawi audio books soar the skies in cooperation with Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air.  AlRawi seeks to provide exciting and engaging Arabic audio books and content via Gulf Air, which carries more than 6 million passengers around the world each year and has joined the strive to provide the Arab audio library with unique content to attract listeners and spread culture in the global community.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
Gulf Air Showcases B787 Dreamliner and Casablanca to Bahrain Media

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 30 December 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently arranged a press trip for Bahraini press to experience its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on a flight to one of its newest destinations, Casablanca, Morocco.

The journalists had the opportunity to experience the comfort of flying Gulf Air’s new Dreamliner and the facilities of its Falcon Gold lounge in Bahrain International Airport prior to the flight. In Casablanca, a city that has been added to the Gulf Air’s network since summer 2018, the guests visited notable touristic sights and landmarks and enjoyed staying in a key 5-star hotel, Sheraton Casablanca Hotel.

Gulf Air operates five weekly direct flights between Bahrain and Casablanca on its B787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft offers 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats – a 32% increase in capacity on the airline’s previous wide body offering. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost. The state of the art aircraft includes many improvements such as the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner and more humid for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019
Gulf Air Launches Boutique Business Model Concept

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 06 January 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today revealed its business plans for 2019 to internal and external stakeholders during its commercial conference held in Manama, Bahrain, as part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen its position as a national asset to the economic growth of the Kingdom. The conference was held in the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Bahrain Bay and was attended by the airline’s Chairman, Executive Management, station managers from the airline’s network, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Air Group.

 

In line with its 5 year strategy to become a customer airline of choice, Gulf Air announced its new boutique business model concept which will reinforce its focus on product and customer experience.  As already done in the hospitality industry, Gulf Air will differentiate itself as a boutique airline that is different and unique in the way it operates comparing to the bigger airlines that are more volume driven. This approach will give the airline a competitive advantage that will translate in its new fleet, new Falcon Gold class offering, new exclusive products, new destinations for 2019 and its presence in the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport due to open towards the end of the year.

 

Gulf Air’s Chairman of Board of Directors Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani said: “This is an even more exciting year for Gulf Air as we continue our efforts and plans to portray the airline as a solid national asset that serves the Kingdom of Bahrain and yet caters to an international audience. Today we announced our boutique concept, which will see the airline adapt a new business model to shine amongst the competitors in our own unique way. Working hand in hand with Gulf Air Group, BTEA and BAC with the launch of the new terminal, will allow the new Gulf Air to represent Bahrain to the world and open more bridges to and from the island”.

 

The event included topic-specific workshops highlighting the main business units of the airline and a number of sessions were conducted to communicate business objectives, projects, and expansion plans of 2019.

 

In 2018, Gulf Air announced its new 5-year strategy, which began with the delivery of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 1 Airbus 320neo as well as opening 6 new destinations: Alexandria and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Baku in Azerbaijan, Casablanca in Morocco and Bangalore and Calicut in India. The airline deployed its latest state-of-the-art Dreamliner’s to London Heathrow, Casablanca, Bangkok and recently to Manila - a step that was appraised by its loyal and new customers alike. The new livery and brand identity were also launched in 2018 - at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – that included all new logo, colour pallets, uniforms, cabin definition and refreshed look and feel. The airline concluded 2018 with 2 exciting projects: the launch of a mobile app and the launch of “The Bahrain Stopover” which allows passengers to stop and spend a number of nights on the island including hotels, airport transfers and tours while transiting in Bahrain before continuing to their final destination.

 

With the new business model concept, Gulf Air aims to grow strategically in size and will expand to more boutique destinations in 2019 and continue its fleet modernization programme by receiving additional 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 5 Airbus A320neos this year.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Gulf Air Conducts Emergency Response Exercise at Headquarters

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 January 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, successfully conducted an emergency response exercise at the airline’s headquarters last week as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the required preparedness level to handle any emergency in a timely, effective and responsible manner.

 

The planned emergency response exercise provided a refresher training to Gulf Air’s Emergency Response Team and prepare them in the event of an actual emergency situation. The exercise aimed to assess the adequacy of plans and procedures in the event of an emergency and to provide key departments with a valuable opportunity to learn and improve their emergency preparedness level. The exercise was coordinated by the airline’s Emergency Response Planning unit within the Security department in Gulf Air’s Emergency Management Centre.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Gulf Air Unveils its 2019 Business Plans to Staff

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain - 20 January 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently revealed its business plans for 2019 and rolled out the recently launched boutique business model concept to its headquarter staff in an event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen its position as a national asset to the economic growth of the Kingdom, the airline arranged a big comprehensive town hall meeting to present its latest developments to all employees.

 

Gulf Air’s Chairman of Board of Directors Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani spoke to the airline’s employees and shared the company’s direction in 2019 and beyond along with members of the Gulf Air’s executive management that presented topic-specific plans and interacted with the employees during the event. With the new business model concept, Gulf Air aims to grow strategically in size and plan to expand into more boutique destinations in 2019 as well as continue moving forward in modernizing its fleet with an additional delivery of 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 4 Airbus A320neos this year.

 

In line with its 5 year strategy to become the regional airline of choice, Gulf Air recently announced its new boutique business model which will reinforce its focus on enhancing their product and customer experience. Gulf Air aims to differentiate itself as a boutique airline that is different and unique in the way it operates comparing to the bigger airlines that are more volume driven, a reflection of a popular concept currently within the hospitality industry. This approach gives the airline a competitive advantage that will translate in its new fleet, Falcon Gold class offering, exclusive products, destinations in 2019 along with its presence in the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport due to open towards the end of the year.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Gulf Air and Royal Air Maroc Sign SPA Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 22 January 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s national air carrier, recently signed a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) effective from 22 January 2019. The agreement builds upon the current travel opportunities for passengers of both airlines beyond the hubs of Bahrain International Airport and Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. This new SPA agreement supports facilitating travel for passengers of both airlines who wish to explore cities and regions that are not directly served by the home carrier – such as domestic points in Morocco, West Europe and GCC.

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Gulf Air and Royal Air Maroc Sign SPA Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 January 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Thai Airways International (THAI), Thailand’s flag carrier, recently added Singapore to the list of cities served by the existing codeshare agreement effective from 28th January 2018. Back in 2018, the Gulf Air/THAI codeshare agreement extended the travel opportunities for Gulf Air passengers to fly beyond Bangkok on THAI to Hong Kong broadening the commercial partnership between the two airlines and their respective countries.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo Honors the Gulf Air Country Manage in Egypt

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 January 2019: The Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo has recently honored Mr. Wael Matar, Gulf Air’s country Manager in Egypt, for the airline’s continuous support to the Embassy and to Bahraini students studying in the universities of Egypt. The Embassy also thanked the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain for its participation in Bahrain's National Day celebrations, held at the Embassy last December.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Gulf Air Reveals Malaga Costa del Sol in Series of New Destinations for 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 6th February 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today revealed its first new destination for 2019 being Malaga - Costa del Sol in Spain. Commencing 14 June and operating until 15 September 2019, Malaga will be added as a seasonal summer destination as the airline continues revealing throughout the year its further network expansion plans for 2019.

 

“In line with our 5 year strategy to become the airline of choice, and in light of the recent adaptation of the new boutique business model, we are adding a seasonal destination to cater to summer’s peak travel demand” said Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko. He also commented: “Malaga is known for its summer appeal as a holiday destination and is very popular to our customers in the region. Gulf Air is flying to a direct point in Spain for the first time and we are excited to offer this opportunity to everyone this summer.”

 

The President of Costa del Sol Tourist Board and the Provincial Government of Malaga, Francisco Salado, has congratulated Gulf Air on the decision to introduce, for the first time, a direct flight between Bahrain and Costa del Sol. “The new flight reinforces the importance of the objectives marked by the Tourist Board and its department of Connectivity & Emerging Markets. Gulf Air and Costa del Sol Tourist Board are already working on a co-marketing plan with the aim of promoting the destination and consolidating the flight frequency and future programming, based on a successful, ongoing, strategic alliance.”

 

Earlier in 2019, Gulf Air announced its new boutique business model concept which will reinforce its focus on product and customer experience.  As already done in the hospitality industry, Gulf Air will differentiate itself as a boutique airline that is unique in the way it operates comparing to airlines that are more volume driven. This approach will give the airline a competitive advantage that will translate in its new fleet, new Falcon Gold class offering, new exclusive products, new destinations for 2019 and its presence in the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport due to open towards the end of the year.

 

With the new business model concept, Gulf Air aims to grow strategically in size, expand to more boutique destinations in 2019 and continue its fleet modernization programme by receiving additional 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 4 Airbus A320neos this year.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Gulf Air Celebrates Bahrain Sports Day

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 12 February 2019: Hundreds of staff of Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air participated today in a special event held at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq on the occasion of Bahrain Sports Day. A number of activities were hosted including football, basketball, table tennis, cricket and darts among many other fun sports activities. Gulf Air seized the opportunity to reiterate its commitment towards encouraging its staff to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Bahrain Sports Day, organized by Bahrain Olympic Committee, was created to promote sports and health-enhancing physical activities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is in line with the resolution of the heads of the GCC Olympic Committees to designate a sports day during the second week of February.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Gulf Air Reveals Salalah in Series of New Destinations for 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 13 February 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today revealed its second destination for 2019 being Salalah, in Sultanate of Oman. Commencing 15 June and operating until 14 September 2019, Salalah will be added as a seasonal summer destination as the airline continues revealing throughout the year its further network expansion plans for 2019.

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said “We are constantly on the look out for ways to enhance our customers' travel experience by adding new routes and increasing flight frequencies, we chose Salalah as part of our summer schedule in response to positive customer feedback by expanding our network in tune with the demands of the season. With competitive fares and convenient flights from Gulf Air, I am sure travelers can enjoy their best summer vacation by visiting this fabulous destination.” 

Salalah provides a welcome relief with its cool climate, monsoon rains, misty mountains, flowing wadis and verdant gardens while the popular Salalah Khareef Festival offers a wholesome family vacation.

Earlier in 2019, Gulf Air announced its new boutique business model concept, which will reinforce its focus on product and customer experience.  As already done in the hospitality industry, Gulf Air will differentiate itself as a boutique airline that is unique in the way it operates compared to airlines that are more volume driven. This approach will give the airline a competitive advantage that will translate in its new fleet, new Falcon Gold class offering, new exclusive products, new destinations for 2019 and its presence in the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport due to open towards the end of the year.

With the new business model concept, Gulf Air aims to grow strategically in size, expand to more boutique destinations in 2019 and continue its fleet modernization programme by receiving additional 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 4 Airbus A320neos this year.

Fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Gulf Air and Al Baraka Discuss Potential Business

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 19 February 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently welcomed the executive management of Al Baraka Banking Group at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq, Bahrain. Both executive management teams discussed potential business cooperation specifically in geographical areas where the bank currently operates. The meeting also included discussions of new ideas to better serve customers of both the airline and the bank.

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Monday, February 25, 2019
Gulf Air welcomes back Rashid Abdulrahman Al Gaoud

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 25 February 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, proudly welcomes back Rashid Abdulrahman Al Gaoud to the airline’s headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain as Senior Manager of Sales in the European and Asian Pacific regions.

Mr. Al Gaoud has been part of the Gulf Air family for 16 years, in which he was the first Bahraini country manager for the United Kingdom which he served for 6 years; one the airline’s most successful sectors with double daily flights on its new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9.

“I began working in Gulf Air in 2003 and was enrolled in the company’s management training programme, which was designed to develop Bahrainis for management roles, and have been guided by the company continually to develop my career to become country manager of the airline’s most successful station.” Mr Al Gaoud added at the announcement of his promotion, “I am honored that the airline continues to give, not only the training and guidance to Bahrainis, but also opportunities for us to put those skills into practice in management positions. I look forward to moving back to Bahrain and continuing my development and working for our national carrier in its new dynamic era and contributing to its future growth plans.”

 

Mr. Al Gaoud has proudly represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in the United Kingdom and set record revenue and passenger numbers last year. He has also worked closely with Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority increasing tourist numbers to the Kingdom of Bahrain from the United Kingdom, which also reported record figures in 2018.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Gulf Air Welcomes Second Airbus A320neo to its fleet

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 06 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, welcomed the airline’s second Airbus A320neo to join the fleet, which landed in Bahrain International Airport today. This is the second aircraft of the 12 A320neo aircraft ordered during the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow. This delivery also makes Gulf Air the first national carrier to fly the A320neo in the Middle East and Africa region.

 

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented: “We are delighted to welcome the second A320neo to our fleet, and proud to be the first national carrier in the region to operate the A320neo. We have a strong network in the region with multiple daily flights to 10 regional cities and the addition of A320neo into our fleet will strengthen our position in our market. We invite our loyal customers to come on-board and enjoy the experience of flying on A320neo.”

 

 

Gulf Air’s A320neo (new engine option) is the most advanced A320 version as Airbus continues to invest over 300 million Euros a year in innovation and upgrades for the A320 family to maintain its position as the most advanced and fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft family. Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the market, the new aircraft is equipped with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International and feature large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. Together they deliver 15% fuel burn reduction per seat. The A320neo is also more eco-friendly with 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year per aircraft and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

 

Earlier last year Gulf Air received 5 Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft as it continues its major fleet development project which will see by end of 2023 a total of 39 new aircraft: 10 Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, 12 Airbus A320neo and 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
ITB

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, yesterday participated in the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in the capital of Germany, Berlin. ITB Berlin is a leading travel trade show that takes place annually in March and is attended by key international professionals of the travel industry. The airline participated alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives including hotels, travel agencies and destination management companies. Gulf Air promoted its latest products, services, destinations as well as its title sponsorship of the upcoming Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, due to take place on 29-31 March 2019.

 

The show provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry to meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business. Gulf Air’s attendance at the event is in line with its longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist, business and stopover destination. Bahrain’s national carrier has a long history with ITB Berlin and has been a key exhibitor for many years.

 

Gulf Air operates daily nonstop flights between Bahrain and Frankfurt and provides excellent two-way connectivity. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to Frankfurt while Germany-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, India Subcontinent and the Far East.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
EY_GF_Codeshare Signing

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 20 March 2019 – Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a codeshare partnership, for travel commencing with the summer schedule.

 

The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two carriers at the Bahrain International Airshow in November last year and will further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries and carriers.

 

Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.

 

The agreement will see Etihad place its ‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca, Dhaka, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sailkot and Tbilisi.

 

 

Guests who are travelling to the USA with Etihad will be able to enjoy the preclearance facility offered at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport is a purpose-built facility that allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they depart. On arrival in the US, guests arrive as domestic passengers, speeding up the arrival process and making onward connections more seamless.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.

 

Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “This is a remarkable event for both Gulf Air and Etihad Airways and we take pride in elevating this relationship further with the signing of this codeshare agreement. Last year, during the Bahrain International Airshow, we signed a cooperation MOU and today we extend this to the next level with this codeshare. Customers of both airlines will now have more options to fly to more destinations and explore new cities across our networks. The relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates has always been a strong one and we feel proud to be part of history by working closely with our friends at Etihad Airways.”

 

Mr. Douglas added: “We are thrilled to be signing this codeshare agreement today with our long-time partner, Gulf Air. The relationship between Abu Dhabi and Manama stretches back nearly 70 years, with established and deep-rooted ties between both countries and carriers. This partnership reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to working closer with Gulf Air following the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year. The signing today is a great example of how two flag carriers can enhance the experience of our guests by providing a greater choice of destinations and world-leading inflight service and Arabian hospitality.”

 

In addition to the codeshare signing, both Gulf Air Falconflyer and Etihad Guest loyalty programmes are exploring ways to offer earn and burn opportunities.

 

Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates three return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Gulf Air and Royal Air Maroc Sign SPA Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was recently awarded as the Fastest Growing Airline in the Middle East region at the 19th Airline Marketing Workshop organized by Athens International Airport in the Greek capital. The event takes place annually in Athens and includes all carriers that operate to and from Athens International Airport. The award ceremony was attended by Gulf Air’s representative who accepted the award on behalf of the airline.

Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said on this occasion: “This is a great achievement for Gulf Air to be awarded as the fastest growing airline in the Middle East region by the authorities in Athens International Airport. Athens is one of our important European destinations and the route sees steady growth rates year on year. The upcoming summer season will see increased flights to and from Athens as it is a popular route by many of our passengers. We thank the organizing committee of this event for recognizing the hard work for the airline and we will always work hand in hand to further strengthen our position in the Greek market”.

Gulf Air operates five weekly nonstop flights between Bahrain and Athens and provides excellent two-way connectivity between the two countries and beyond. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to Athens while Greece-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and the Far East. During the summer, Gulf Air will operate daily flights to/from Athens to cater to increased travel demand during the summer holiday.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Gulf Air Achieves Best Seat Load Factor in 5 years

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has achieved its best February results in 5 years with the highest seat load factor for February since 2014; immediately a month after launching the boutique airline strategy. With the growth of capacity and the increase of destinations, frequencies and fleet, the February 2019 results show Gulf Air’s strategic expansion with 75.7% seat load factor and a record number of 478,959 passengers. The preliminary results for the month of March, based on first twenty days, also show record numbers that beat all March results since 2012 in both seat load factors and number of passengers.

 

“We are extremely proud to report that the National carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain achieved the best results for the month of February comparing to the same month since 2014.” Stated the CEO of Gulf Air Mr. Krešimir Kučko “With greater capacity and number of seats, it was challenging to hit the best seat load factors however we managed to achieve this goal. Our passengers are proving to becoming more loyal and we see returning customers since the launch of our new fleet products the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the Airbus 320neo”.

 

Earlier this week, Gulf Air’s CEO met the Gulf Daily News and Daily Tribune at their headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain and discussed key achievement of 2018, which was the year of change for the airline and expressed his positive outlook for 2019 onwards. Mr. Kučko also discussed the airline’s latest developments in terms of fleet additions and new destinations, the upcoming Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 and current air transport trends in the aviation sector.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
F1 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 31 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, congratulates the Bahraini leadership and public on yet another successful hosting of the prestigious Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019.

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “The success of this year’s race is a testament to the commitment and efforts of our leadership and the Bahraini people as a whole. The ongoing efforts have been fruitful over the years in securing the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix as a firm favourite amongst fans from all over the world and garnering Bahrain global recognition as a business and tourism destination in the Gulf as well as the home of motorsport in the region. We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Bahrain for many years to come and continuing our successful partnership with Formula 1 going forward. We thank our colleagues in the Bahrain International Circuit and everyone who contributed to the success of the event from ministries, authorities and the private sector”.

Gulf Air has been the title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it made history in April 2004 as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East. Since then, the airline has been instrumental in the success of the event and the benefits it has brought to Bahrain’s economy. Gulf Air is a proud ambassador for Bahrain and takes its role in supporting the Kingdom’s diversification in areas such as tourism very seriously.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 07 April 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is celebrating one year since launching its new brand at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2018. Millions of viewers globally witnessed the new look and feel of the airline and saw the complete change of the brand during the weekend race. The launch was planned to coincide with the Kingdom’s largest motorsport event to maximise the exposure of its new logo, new cabin crew uniforms and new aircraft livery. With this celebration, Gulf Air has released a series of images and a video showcasing its new uniforms across different landmark locations in the Kingdom of Bahrain highlighting the island’s heritage as well as modern landscape.

The year 2018 adopted by the #YearOfChange, kicked-off when the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in April 2018 and continued receiving its incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9 and Airbus 320neos. To date, the airline has received 7 Boeing aircraft and 2 Airbus 320neo. Gulf Air introduced a refreshed identity including its logo, colour palette, typography and aircraft livery. Other modifications included the choice of interior aircraft design, material selection and cabin crew uniforms.

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “Gulf Air today celebrates one year of successfully launching its new brand identity. Changing the face of any company is not an easy task and we have gone through numerous brainstorming sessions and brand workshops to finally create the great brand we have today. We have received considerable positive feedback since the launch, which projects a fresh, clean and simple look that can be easily remembered and identified.” Mr. Kučko added: “Our new livery with its white background and large Gulf Air text not only reads easier but also reflects a vision at the cutting edge of innovation, modernity and progress. We have always wanted to keep the iconic falcon in our logo and retain the gold colour, which represents the luxury and warmth of the Kingdom. The falcon, its bill and feathers inspire many aspects of the font design and cabin definition, adding more pride to our iconic logo.”

The new images and video are available on Gulf Air’s social media platforms.

Friday, April 12, 2019
chairman in Russia

Moscow, Republic of Russia in 12 April 2019: H.E Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism and Chairman to the Board of Directors at Gulf Air heads a delegation from the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet with the Bahraini-Russian Intergovernmental Commission to explore possibilities of trade, economic, scientific and technological opportunities. During the official visit in Moscow, H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism and Chairman to the Board of Directors at Gulf Air, met with Mr. Vitaly Saveliev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in the presence of Mr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Saati, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Russian federation, Mr. Dharminder Hunjan, Director of Network and Partnerships at Gulf Air and the members of Bahraini economic delegation. A number of vital issues were discussed during the meeting, related to the aviation sector. The most prominent of them being the effect of passenger transport and air freight to our economy. Both parties stressed the importance in the continuation of such discussions and visits to promote mutual cooperation taking this opportunity to exchange both experiences and information, as well as coordination in all matters related to common goals, visions and joint strategies between the two sides.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Export Bahrain Ties Up With Gulf Air Cargo To Offer Special Discounts On Cargo Exports

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16th April 2019:  Export Bahrain signed an exclusive partnership with Gulf Air’s Falcon Cargo to provide SMEs in the Kingdom of Bahrain, exporting their goods to the tune of 100 kilograms or above, with special discount of up to 40% on their cargo exports.

The partnership agreement was signed during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) Bahrain 2019, which is being hosted in the Kingdom from the period 15-18 April 2019. Attended the signing ceremony H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of Gulf Air, while the agreement was signed by Export Bahrain Chief Executive Dr. Nasser Qaedi and Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko.

Export Bahrain’s Chief Executive, Dr. Nasser Qaedi praised the opportunity of announcing this partnership that coincided with the 2019 GEC. He stressed the importance of this event which bringing together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and economic policymakers from more than 170 countries.

Highlighting the importance of this initiative, he said: “Export Bahrain is looking to build a repertoire of different types of solutions and offerings like this one to enable exporters to make that journey into the area of exporting their products and services much easier. We are pleased to have the national carrier support us in this direction and we are sure that SMEs will benefit from not just the fast connections from its Bahrain hub but also to actively participate in promoting the national objectives of economic development with this promising opportunity.”

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “Our most important strategy pillar is to contribute to the economy of the Kingdom of Bahrain and today, as we signed the partnership with Export Bahrain, we are facilitating export services for SMEs in Bahrain at preferential rates. We want to support the small and medium-sized enterprises to export their goods to the outer world and show pride in the Kingdom’s manufactured products. This is the start of a good potential for Gulf Air, Export Bahrain and SMEs in Bahrain”.

SMEs can have their application registered and processed through Export Bahrain office located in Bait Al Tijjar building, to avail the discount and process their exports. 

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Gulf Air Completes IOSA Audit and Renews Registration

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 21 April 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has successfully completed the internationally recognised, biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been renewed on the IOSA Safety Audit Registry until May 2021. The audit covers approximately 1,000 standards and recommended practices that are all related to the safety of operations and procedures of the airline.

 

Gulf Air’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Al Alawi congratulated employees for their efforts in maintaining these international standards, saying of the achievement: “Gulf Air prides itself on operating to the highest global safety standards and industry best practices – this is our main priority. Our latest IOSA renewal cements our ongoing commitment to safety and Gulf Air’s continuous development of IATA standards, regulatory requirements and practices within our operations. As we strive to remain at the forefront of safety developments this latest achievement reflects our success to date. We would like to congratulate Bahrain and the airline for yet another milestone for the Kingdom’s aviation industry”.

 

This is the eighth IOSA audit successfully completed by Gulf Air since 2005, in-line with IATA’s two-year audit cycle. Between IOSA audits, Gulf Air’s Quality Assurance Department continuously reviews and appraises internal operational processes, conducting firm quality control processes and self-auditing to ensure being in line with IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices in addition to industry best practices. All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership. IOSA is an internationally recognised evaluation system designed to assess airlines’ operational management and control systems.

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic. IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

 

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Programme is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The IOSA audit creates a standard that is comparable on a world-wide basis, enabling and maximizing the joint use of audit reports.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Gulf Air Introduces New Baggage Policy

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain –  21 April 2019: Gulf Air sympathises with the people of Sri Lanka amidst the bombings that occurred today in a number of locations and would like to confirm that its flights to and from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo are operating as normal. Gulf Air has been advised by the Sri Lankan authorities that the airport and its surroundings are safe and the operations of the airport are still functional.

 

Gulf Air will continue to monitor the situation closely, as the safety of its passengers and crew remain a top priority for the airline. Additionally, Gulf Air has learnt that the Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew from 1800hrs – 0600hrs and advises its passengers to arrive at their airport at least 4 hours before their flight.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Gulf Air Includes Bicycles as Free Baggage Allowance for Athletes

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 24 April 2018: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in a move to facilitate travel to athletes around its global network, has enhanced its baggage allowance for cyclists to include one free bicycle over and above their original ticket baggage allowance. The new policy has been introduced in response to an increasing demand from athletes who fly to attend and participate in various sport events within the global Gulf Air network, The new baggage allowance covers one bicycle, which must be packaged within a purpose-designed cover, weighing 15 kilograms or less. Earlier this month Gulf Air announced that one free golf bag would be allowed for golfers.

 

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: "Gulf Air is enhancing its baggage allowance for athletes to promote a healthy lifestyle within its customer base. By allowing athletes to take their sport equipment for free – over and above their original baggage entitlement – we help make their travel logistics and journeys much easier and hassle free”.

 

Back in October 2018, Gulf Air launched a new and simplified baggage policy providing more choice and clarity to its passengers. The old weight concept was replaced by a harmonized piece concept worldwide, which provided greater benefits to passengers and Falconflyer loyalty program members. Currently passengers are entitled to check in up to two bags free of charge, depending on their fare type, route and up to three bags depending on their Gulf Air Falconflyer status. On many routes, the new concept means increased baggage allowances for customers and an instant reduction in excess baggage rates. Customers can benefit from further reductions if they purchase directly with Gulf Air up to 24 hours before travel.

 

More information is available on the airline’s website https://www.gulfair.com/baggage/special-baggage

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Gulf Air Reinforces Long-term Relationship with India

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 25 April 2019: Gulf Air – the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain – earlier this month conducted a visit to India in order to reaffirm the longstanding relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India, unveiling a series of commercial dynamic plans for the Indian markets.

 

A gala dinner was held in New Delhi and attended by some of India’s top travel agency owners and directors as well as H.E. Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Gaoud, Bahrain’s Ambassador to India and members of Bahrain’s diplomatic mission in New Delhi, Indian government officials, media representatives and Gulf Air commercial teams from Bahrain and India stations.

 

Commenting on the event, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said “Gulf Air’s relationship with India is longstanding – dating back to our first flight to Mumbai in 1960. India remains a strategic and a key market for the airline. Moreover, our role as an airline connecting both countries is to promote The Kingdom of Bahrain as a tourist destination to the Indian market. With excellent facilities and entertainment venues, Bahrain is a very popular wedding destination for couples from India. We are here to showcase our 5-year plan and new strategy and also to deepen the airline’s partnerships with our stakeholders”.

 

Gulf Air is currently operating 75 weekly flights to eight destinations in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Hyderabad, Calicut and Bangalore.

 

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
Gulf Air and Oman Air Strengthen and Expand Codeshare Agreement

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 28 April 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has expanded their existing codeshare agreement allowing passengers to benefit from the outstanding products and services offered by the two airlines. This will extend travel opportunities to fly beyond Muscat and Bahrain effective from the upcoming summer schedule.

Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Oman Air flights from Muscat to Salalah and Khasab in Oman, Nairobi in Kenya, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Goa and Lucknow in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Jakarta in Indonesia. On the other hand, the extended codeshare agreement will see Oman Air place its ‘WY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to Tbilisi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaijan, Gassim in Saudi Arabia and Beirut in Lebanon.

Commenting on the codeshare extension, Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “Gulf Air and Oman Air has been long-time partners and now we are celebrating many years of close partnership with an extension to what is already one of our strongest codeshare collaborations. The existing codeshare on the Bahrain-Muscat route has been receiving good feedback over the years allowing passengers to choose from a variety of frequencies every day. Now Gulf Air passengers can explore more destinations beyond Muscat as they fly on Oman Air to different destinations in Oman, Africa, India and the Far East”.

Mr. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air commented: “Oman Air is very happy with the extension of this codeshare agreement with Gulf Air, which is a strategic and important partner for Oman Air. Through this code share, Oman Air offers its guests the opportunity to extend their travel from Bahrain to Tbilisi, Baku, Gassim and Beirut.  The Gulf Air guests in return can travel to Oman Air’s destinations of Salalah, Khasab, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Goa, Lucknow, Kathmandu and Jakarta. We are sure the guests will find the award-winning services of Oman Air and the legacy services of Gulf Air a truly rewarding experience. “

Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 49 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air currently serves all its destinations with a combination of wide and narrow body fleet of 36 aircraft including its flagship the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the latest Airbus 320neo. The airline connects Bahrain to the world, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.

Oman Air currently serves up to 55 destinations worldwide. The carrier operates direct international flights from Muscat to GCC region as well as Middle East & Africa region. In addition, Oman Air flies to many destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent, China, Far and South East Asia and Europe and has codeshare agreements with a number of airline partners offering guests better connectivity and increased choice. Oman Air’s fleet consists 54 aircraft, that includes Airbus A330s, 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737s and Embraer. Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in many international awards that the airline has won consistently over the past few years.

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Monday, April 29, 2019
GF Paris

Paris, France – 29 April 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has ceremonially signed a number of agreements with French based companies during His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain’s visit to France. The ceremonies took place during a business lunch organized by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the MEDEF, France’s main organization of business owners.

“Gulf Air proudly continues to work with companies based in the Republic of France, contributing to the strong ties between the two countries.” HE Zayed bin Rashed Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the Chairman to the Board of Directors at Gulf Air, said during the lunch in Paris “We have had a long and close relationship with French firms and these agreements solidify the confidence the aviation industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain has with France.”

The airline has signed with Airbus during the Bahrain International Airshow 2016 for an order of 12 A320neo (out of which 2 has been delivered already) and 17 A321neo with a total investment with French companies exceeding $3.5 billion.

Thales
Gulf Air selects Thales’ Ka-band connectivity solution for its B787-9 and A321Neo-E (LR) fleet. Thales will provide a robust, modular and full-featured connectivity platform for a best in class experience onboard leveraging Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network. Thales will deliver the highest performing connectivity service on the market, providing a complete end-to-end connectivity solution. Through the connectivity portal and onboard Wi-Fi network, passengers can browse the internet, check social media, shop onboard and much more during their flights. Thales’ Ka-band connectivity solution leverages the INMARSAT Global Xpress satellite network. It is designed as a robust, modular and full-featured platform for a best-in-class onboard experience with reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage.

Michelin
Gulf Air has chosen Michelin, the leading tyre company based in the Republic of France, to equip every aircraft type within its fleet with tyres including its brand new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s, Airbus 320neo’s and Airbus 321neo’s.

CFM
Gulf Air and CFM International finalized an agreement for the purchase of 65 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A320 neo and 12 A321neo aircraft. The engine order is valued at approximately $1 billion U.S. at list price. Gulf Air has been a CFM customer since 1992 and currently operates a fleet of 16 Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. With its new LEAP-1A-powered A320neo family aircraft, Gulf Air is going to strengthen its footprint in the Middle-East with new routes, while enhancing its services for customers.

Safran Landing System
Gulf Air signed with Safran an agreement to equip the airline’s new fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A320neo with Safran Landing Systems wheels and brakes.

Epcor (Air France Industries – KLM)
Gulf Air has entrusted maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping the airline’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to AFI KLM E&M. The long-term contract includes a guarantee covering APU replacement. The repair services will be provided by AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, global market leader for MRO support for APUs.

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Monday, April 29, 2019
GF ATM

Dubai, UAE 29 April 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority and a number of Bahraini travel and tourism industry representatives, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), the region’s leading travel and tourism exhibition. Taking place at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre from 28 April – 01 May, Gulf Air is displaying its latest state of the art product at the event. Guests at the Bahrain stand will have the opportunity to experience Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium, business class seat. The Bahrain stand is located in Hall 2 stand ME1410 at ATM.

 

Mr. Vincent Coste, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer commented, “As the proud national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, it is fitting that we use this platform to showcase a key element of our latest premium Gulf Air product offering. Going forward every traveller will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art, modern, relaxing and memorable experience as Gulf Air’s new fleet will be outfitted with superior seats, Inflight Entertainment and much more, elevating the premium passenger experience and enhancing the economy class experience. The ATM provides a unique opportunity for global travel trade industry members to network and learn more about each other’s offerings and trends. Gulf Air’s attendance at the ATM is in line with our longstanding mission and continuous efforts to promote Bahrain to an international audience as a tourist and business destination, and to promote how our national carrier is facilitating and enhancing the passenger experience to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

 

During ATM, Mr. Vincent Coste participated at the CAPA Summit highlighting Gulf Air’s 27% capacity increase in Q1 of 2019 proving that the new boutique airline strategy has been working.

 

Gulf Air’s network serves 47 cities in 26 countries. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader, continually enhancing its services and tailoring a product offering that best fits its passengers’ needs. The airline is famous for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by its signature family and business friendly products. Today, Gulf Air operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe while its network spans the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and the Far East. The airline provides seamless connectivity for passengers travelling across its network via its efficient Bahrain International Airport hub. Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online via the official Gulf Air website gulfair.com, by contacting its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Gulf Air Celebrates International Labour Day and Awards Distinguished Staff

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 02 May 2019: Gulf Air – the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain – today celebrated the International Labour Day with a staff appreciation ceremony that was held at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq, Bahrain. The event included opening remarks by the airline’s executive management and concluded with rewarding more than 40 employees for their distinguished work and exceptional performance during the last 12 months.

 

Moreover, Gulf Air takes pride in its development programmes that aim to create a pool of Bahraini talents to take over senior positions, which have resulted in a total of 46 Bahraini staff promotions since the beginning of 2019 within its Bahrain headquarters. The number included 7 junior staff being promoted to a managerial level, 6 first officers being promoted to senior first officers and 8 senior first officers being promoted to Captains.

 

The airline is proud in its highly qualified Bahraini personnel and continuously invests in their development and career progression. With 90% of employees that are based at the headquarters in Muharraq being Bahraini along with nearly 70% of its pilots, Gulf Air is a leader in the Bahrainisation programme in the Kingdom as it provides the opportunity for local talents and experienced personnel to work in its various areas of the airline’s business.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Gulf Air and Sabre Launch their Ramadan Initiative

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 05 May 2019: As the Islamic world welcomes the holy month of Ramadan; Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Sabre, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today launched their Ramadan initiative. The project sees the two trade partners collaborate to collect tangible and monetary donations by placing donation boxes at Gulf Air Headquarters and the Bahrain Financial Harbour to encourage the spirit of giving – a fundamental value of the holy month.

 

The tangible donated items vary from clothing and school supplies for kids, to canned goods and household kitchen electronics and supplies. This Ramadan initiative further strengthens the long-standing ties between Gulf Air and Sabre, and builds on both companies’ principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and giving back to the community.

 

Gulf Air is committed to reaching out to the communities it operates in, and to lending a helping hand to the needy and the less fortunate. Most recently, the airline collaborated with the Royal Charity Organisation to launch an ongoing initiative aiming at activating social responsibility by encouraging travellers to donate excess money change by placing it in special envelopes that are located in seat pockets onboard Gulf Air flights. 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019
Gulf Air Offers Free Extra Baggage Allowance for University Students

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 12 May 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced it enhanced the baggage allowance for all college and university students with an additional free of charge 23-kilogram bag. The new baggage allowance is applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students holding a valid college or university student ID card and flying between any points within the airline’s global network.

“This is a great bonus for all our student passengers” Mr.  Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air CEO said. He added: “We know that students need more luggage to carry their books, laptops, winter clothes and so on. It is always a hassle for students to carefully pack their items when travelling for the academic year. Now, we want to make things easier for all students by allowing one extra bag of 23 kilos for each student flying to college or returning home for the summer”.

The process of availing of the additional baggage allowance is very simple. Student passengers must present their student ID cards to the check-in counter agents. Names on the student ID card and on the air ticket must match. The check-in counter agent will then provide an additional 23-kilogram bag free of charge to the student passenger. In the past, such bonus baggage allowances were sanctioned through airline offices and it had to be done a few days prior to the trip. Now with this simple process, Gulf Air will offer all students an easy way to carry more.

Earlier this year Gulf Air increased the baggage allowance for athletes allowing them to travel with their golf bags or bicycles free of charge to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst its passengers.

 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Football

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 23 May 2019: Gulf Air - the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier – in a move to facilitate and ease travel of football fans has upgraded its aircraft that is scheduled to operate to Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport on 29 May 2019 for fans of both Arsenal and Chelsea football clubs. The airline will operate its flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to allow more fans to travel and watch the big game between two English giants Arsenal and Chelsea in the final of UEFA Europa League.

 

With 26 seats in Falcon Gold and 256 in economy class seats, the state-of-the-art Dreamliner will be operated for the first time on the Bahrain-Baku route to cater to the increasing demand from football fans around the Gulf Air’s network to witness the highly anticipated football match of the season.

 

Gulf Air’s CEO Mr. Krešimir Kučko said of this occasion: “The commercial team at Gulf Air is very responsive to events and happenings around our expanding network. When the demand forecast showed an increase we managed to upgrade the operating aircraft on 29th May to our new Dreamliner. The B787-9 has much more capacity than the regular scheduled aircraft to Baku and we are happy to offer this opportunity to all football fans of Arsenal and Chelsea”.

 

The airline operates 5 weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Baku as a Gulf Air destination has shown increasing demand since it was launched in 2018.

 

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Monday, May 13, 2019
ramadan bahrain ghabgah

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 13 May 2019: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, recently held its annual Ramadan ghabga; which was attended by trade partners, VIPs, media representatives, and a number of celebrities and social media influencers. The evening included a number of entertaining activities and a raffle that included the airline’s tickets as prizes.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
ramadan riyadh ghabgah

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 23 May 2019: The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, recently held its Ramadan media ghabga in Riyadh; which was attended by H.E. Shaikh Hmood bin Abdullah Al Khalifa Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , and media representatives of prominent Saudi publications. The evening included a detailed presentation on the airline’s latest developments delivered by Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi; and a raffle that included the airline’s tickets as prizes.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Gulf Air Annual Ramadan Football Tournament 2019

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently held its annual Ramadan football tournament, which saw10  teams representing different departments and divisions within the airline competing to win the tournament’s cup. The tournament, held in Juventus Academy Bahrain Saar Cultural Sports Club, was won by Gulf Air’s Pilots team who were awarded the winner’s cup from Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Gulf Air Participates in IMEX 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 30 May 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently participated in IMEX 2019, which was held in Germany from May 21-23.

 

The exhibition is one of the world's most important trade fairs in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry where international tourism offices, major hotels, exhibition and conventions venues, cruise lines, airlines, technology providers, MICE professionals and many more meet every year.  The airline participated alongside Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and major hospitality and tourism companies in Bahrain. Gulf Air promoted its latest products, services and destinations.

 

Gulf Air operates daily nonstop flights between Bahrain and Frankfurt and provides excellent two-way connectivity. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to Frankfurt while Germany-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, India Subcontinent and the Far East.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Iftar Boxes Distribution

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 May 2019: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has once again kicked off its popular annual Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative – which is now in its sixth year. The initiative centres upon members of the airline’s workforce volunteering to ensure the safety of drivers on the road and facilitate the breaking of their fast by distributing iftar meal boxes at various locations around Bahrain each week during the Maghreb prayer.

 

Gulf Air’s Ramadan iftar meal box distribution initiative receives much positive feedback from the public every year. This year, the national carrier will distribute over 2200 iftar meal boxes throughout the holy month of Ramadan as one of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

 

Gulf Air is committed to giving back to the local community. Gulf Air staff volunteering to participate in, and ensure the success of, this initiative reflects a broad cross-section of the airline’s workforce, both locals and expatriates. Earlier this week, the national carrier launched its Ramadan initiative in collaboration with Sabre, which sees the two trade partners collaborating to collect tangible and monetary donations by placing donation boxes at Gulf Air Headquarters and the Bahrain Financial Harbour to encourage the spirit of giving – a fundamental value of the holy month. The airline also collaborated recently with the Royal Charity Organisation to launch an ongoing initiative aiming at activating social responsibility by encouraging travellers to donate excess money change by placing it in special envelopes that are located in seat pockets onboard Gulf Air flights.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Gulf Air’s Inaugural Malaga Flight Touches Down

Kingdom of Bahrain – 15 June 2019: Gulf Air - the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain – celebrated its inaugural summer service to and from Malaga Costa del Sol in South Spain. Gulf Air’s flight GF021 was welcomed into Malaga Costa del Sol Airport with a water cannon salute and, upon arrival, a celebratory event was held at the airport that saw the attendance of various dignitaries, Costa del Sol Tourism Authority, a number of local media and travel industry representatives, alongside airport officials.

 

Before departing from Bahrain International Airport, passengers were handed commemorative gifts as the airline celebrated the very first flight from the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Spain.

 

The seasonal flights are operated by Gulf Air’s flagship aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which features 26 Falcon Gold seats and 256 economy class seats; all equipped with latest comfort technology and inflight entertainment system featuring blockbuster movies and rich content selection.

 

Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “This is a remarkable event for us to fly, for the first time, to Spain and especially to Malaga, which is widely popular for being a summer resort for many of our passengers. From today until mid-September we will fly twice a week to Malaga and provide this great opportunity for everyone to try our newest Dreamliner and our newest premium leisure destination.”

 

Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
Gulf Air Inaugurates Salalah Route

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 16 June 2019: Gulf Air - the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain – celebrated its inaugural summer service to and from Salalah yesterday as the airline resumed this popular route. Gulf Air’s flight GF548 was welcomed into Salalah International Airport with a celebratory event that saw the attendance of various airport officials.

Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said: “We are happy to resume our flights to Salalah as we cater to the summer demand for this sought after destination. Many of our regional passengers prefer to spend this season in Salalah as it enjoys significantly lower temperature than the rest of the GCC. From now until mid-September, we will be flying 3 weekly flights and I invite our passengers to experience this summer destination and enjoy its nature and pleasant weather”.

Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Gulf Air Signed Up as the Official Carrier of the Bahrain International Airshow 2020/22

Le Bourget, Paris – France 18 June 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today signed a sponsorship agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Civil Aviation Affairs entitling the airline to become again the official carrier of the Bahrain International Airshow in its 6th and 7th editions in 2020 and 2022. The agreement was signed by both parties in a signing ceremony that took place during the Paris International Airshow at Le Bourget, Paris in France.

The signing ceremony was attended by H.E. Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee for Bahrain International Airshow and Gulf Air’s CEO Mr. Krešimir Kučko at the Paris Air Show. Gulf Air has been the official carrier since the pilot edition of the Bahrain International Airshow in 2010 and it continues to support this important biennial event in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Commenting on the renewal of the official carrier deal, His Excellency the Minister said, “The Bahrain International Airshow 2020 marks a decade of success since it first launched in 2010 and we are very pleased to have had Gulf Air as the official carrier of each of the airshow’s editions and a contributor to its success.  We look forward to continuing on this success leveraging our partnership with Gulf Air, as the airline helps us to bring the leaders of the global aerospace industry to Bahrain.”

 

“We are very proud to hold the official carrier title of the very prestigious Bahrain International Airshow each time it is hosted in the Kingdom. This is a fantastic platform to promote Bahrain along with our evolving airline and it continues to be a great international forum to network with key industry players.” Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air CEO commented. He also added: “We have been the official carrier since the beginning and we are honoured to continue this relationship with our friends at the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications. The airshow witnessed significant moments for Gulf Air as we announced our fleet orders in 2016 and 2 years later displayed the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the Airbus 320neo to the visitors of the show and the world.”

The airline continues to support mega events in Bahrain that promote the Kingdom to the global audience. Gulf Air is the title sponsor of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, which established the Kingdom as a major host of motorsport events in the region and the world. With the renewal of Bahrain International Airshow agreement, Gulf Air will continue to promote the Kingdom as one of the main aviation hubs in the region.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019
a320 neo

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 22 June 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today welcomed the airline’s third Airbus A320neo, which on October 26 will begin operating to Gulf Air’s newest destination – Male in the Maldives. This delivery is part of a major fleet development project, which will see the airline receive a total of 12 Airbus A320neo aircraft by the end of 2023.

 

“We are proud of this fantastic milestone as we continue with our brand promise in expanding our fleet along with our network” stated Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Air “With its tranquil beaches and crystal clear waters; the Maldives is a breath-taking destination that fits perfectly in our new boutique strategy where we cater to the premium traveller seeking a tropical holiday wrapped in luxury, endorsed by our excellent connectivity through Bahrain International Airport”

 

Gulf Air will operate 5 weekly non-stop flights from Bahrain International Airport, departing at 2320 and landing at 0625 local time and then an onward journey to Colombo at 0725, landing at 0925. The return flight begins in Colombo at 1655, arrival in Male at 1755 and departing to the Kingdom of Bahrain at 1855, landing at 2205.

 

Gulf Air’s A320neo is the most advanced and fuel-efficient version of the single-aisle A320 aircraft family. Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the market, the new aircraft is equipped with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International and feature large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. The A320neo is also more eco-friendly with 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year per aircraft, and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

 

Further information about the airline’s network, fares and flight schedule can be found online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Gulf Air Features United Nations Videos on its Inflight Entertainment System

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 25 June 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will feature United Nations’ award-winning series of short feature stories - ‘UN in Action’, that reports on the organization’s peacekeeping efforts as well as United Nations’ projects aimed at reducing poverty and human suffering, fighting disease, providing humanitarian assistance and stimulating economic growth.

The main objective of this agreement between Gulf Air and United Nations is to broaden the reach of multimedia products produced by the UN to inform the public and raise awareness of global issues, sustainable development goals, and the work of the organization around the world.

The videos will be available for all Gulf Air passengers to watch starting from 1st July 2019.

 

Gulf Air CEO Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented on this new feature: “Gulf Air joined a long list of global organisations to collaborate with the UN to influence, educate and inspire change. With its unique audience of regional and global passengers, the airline will utilise its media platform onboard to educate and raise awareness of UN good-will projects.”

 

“The United Nations welcomes Gulf Air's support in amplifying the UN message, particularly about the Sustainable Development Goals", said Hua Jiang, Director of News and Media Division, Department of Global Communications. “These Goals are achievable if we all work together. Gulf Air's support is important in raising awareness of the SDGs and related UN issues among audiences in Bahrain and beyond.”

By broadcasting information about the global development agenda on its in-flight entertainment system, Gulf Air plays an important part in raising awareness of global issues, while affirming its support and commitment to contribute to society and sustainable development.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Gulf Air Appoints Bahraini Country Manager in Dubai

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 26 June 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces the appointment of Mr. Esam Abdulhameed Al Hammadi as a Country Manager for its Dubai station. With a vast experience in airline sales and having managed Gulf Air’s hub station in Bahrain, Mr. Al Hammadi will transfer his years of knowledge and practice to manage one of the airline’s main stations, Dubai.

 

The airline operates multiple flights to and from Dubai on daily basis and has a solid customer base in the UAE. With this appointment Mr. Al Hammadi will take on the challenge of further strengthening Gulf Air’s growth in the UAE. Mr. Al Hammadi has been part of the Gulf Air family for 8 years, during which he was country manager for Bahrain as the hub of Gulf Air.

“This is a great challenge for me as I move from the hub of Gulf Air to one of its most successful and revenue generating stations – Dubai. Although Bahrain and Dubai markets have similarities in terms of customer behaviour and travel patterns, I am sure there will be so much to learn.” Mr Al Hammadi added at the announcement of his promotion, “Gulf Air has been a big part of my life and I will continue to serve our airline from a different geographical location aiming to promote Bahrain and Gulf Air to a wider audience.”

 

Gulf Air is committed to invest in its Bahraini workforce and their career development and as such, it continues to provide opportunities for Bahraini nationals to take over senior positions in the company. Earlier this year Gulf Air welcomed the return of its Country Manager UK to its headquarter in Bahrain to take on the role of Senior Manager Sales managing the entire Europe and Levant regions. With 90% of employees that are based at the headquarters in Muharraq being Bahraini along with nearly 70% of its pilots, Gulf Air is a leader in the Bahrainisation programme in the Kingdom as it provides the opportunity for local talents and experienced personnel to work in its various areas of the airline’s business.

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Monday, July 1, 2019
Gulf Air Increases Direct Delhi Service

 

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 01 July 2019:  Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is set to increase its direct Delhi service from two to three daily flights starting from 9th July 2019. Strengthening our relationship with India as well as supporting tourism between both nations, Gulf Air has provided direct air services between India and Bahrain since 1960, operating 75 weekly flights to eight destinations in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Hyderabad, Calicut and Bangalore.

 

Commenting on the upcoming increase, Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krešimir Kučko said: “We are constantly developing strategies to satisfy the high demand to and from India and cater to our passengers’ needs across the Gulf Air network. Gulf Air’s increased Delhi frequency will enhance the existing Gulf Air service to one of our national carrier’s eight destinations in India. With additional flights between Bahrain and Delhi we are offering enhanced schedule flexibility for our valued travelers while also creating improved connections for those travelling to and from Gulf Air’s network of onwards destinations across the globe.”

 

Gulf Air is well positioned to link regional travellers to Delhi while allowing seamless movement from the Indian city to several key regional and European destinations with excellent connectivity via Bahrain International Airport.

 

The additional Delhi flights will take effect from 09th July 2019, and flights can be booked online at www.gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 03 July 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further strengthens its commitment in serving the youth and sports movement in the Kingdom by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs. The agreement was signed by H.E Mr. Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the Chairman to the Board of Directors at Gulf Air, and by H.E Mr. Aymen bin Tawfeeq Almoayed, Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs

 

Both parties are aimed at enhancing the existing relationship by supporting the members of the general assemblies in national clubs and sport teams through the cooperation between the airline and the ministry to support the youth and sport sectors within the Kingdom.

 

H.E Mr. Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the Chairman to the Board of Directors at Gulf Air said that the signing of this MoU reflects the airline's continuous commitment in preserving its stance as being an active member of the Bahraini society. Additionally, he highlighted the airline’s willingness to contribute to empowering youth and supporting national clubs, ultimately becoming the carrier of choice and representing the Kingdom in regional and international forums.

 

The agreement is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty the King's Representative for Charitable and Youth Affairs, The President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports added H.E Mr. Aymen bin Tawfeeq Almoayed, Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs. Furthermore, the minister emphasized that the aim is to achieve additional support for the youth and for sport movements in the Kingdom through partnerships with various parties in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He pointed out that the agreement came in line with the terms of the initiatives of "Estijabah", the national program for the development of the youth and sports sector.

 

This agreement joins the list of a number of joint collaborations with many of Ministries and local institutions within the Kingdom of Bahrain. The national carrier continues to support local institutions as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to contribute to the local community.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019
Gulf Air Appoints First Bahraini Female Country Manager

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 07 July 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has appointed Ms. Shams Al Doseri as a Country Manager for its Addis Ababa station. This appointment makes Ms. Al Doseri the first Bahraini female to run a Gulf Air station. With eight years of airline sales experience in Gulf Air’s hub station in Bahrain, Ms. Al Doseri was selected to represent Gulf Air in Ethiopia and manage the airline’s office in its capital.

 

The airline operates flights to and from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia since 2011 and with this appointment, Ms. Al Doseri will take on the challenge of further strengthening Gulf Air’s growth in Africa. Ms. Al Doseri has been part of the Gulf Air family for eight years, in which she started as a sales executive and then promoted to a sales manager before her recent appointment as country manager abroad.

“I am very proud and delighted to take this challenge and be the first Bahraini woman in Gulf Air to represent the national carrier outside the Kingdom.” Ms Al Doseri added at the announcement of her promotion, “This assignment is of a national nature to me as I will not only promote my airline but also promote my beloved country to the world by encouraging more passengers to fly Gulf Air to or via Bahrain.”

 

Gulf Air is committed to invest in its Bahraini workforce and their career development and as such, it continues to provide opportunities for Bahraini nationals to take over senior positions in the company. Earlier this year Gulf Air welcomed the return of its Country Manager UK to its headquarter in Bahrain to take on the role of Senior Manager Sales managing the entire Europe and Asia Pacific regions. With 90% of employees that are based at the headquarters in Muharraq being Bahraini along with nearly 70% of its pilots, Gulf Air is a leader in the Bahrainisation programme in the Kingdom as it provides the opportunity for local talents and experienced personnel to work in its various areas of the airline’s business.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Gulf Air Appoints Youngest Bahraini Country Manager in Asia Pacific Region

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 14 July 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it has appointed Mr. Mohamed Al Hamer as a country manager for its Colombo and Male stations and with this appointment, he will become the youngest ever country manager for Gulf Air in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Al Hamer will represent Gulf Air in Sri Lanka and the Maldives as well as manage the airline’s office in Colombo after gaining extensive knowledge within sales, network and revenue management departments at the headquarters in Bahrain and being trained to pursue this new role. The Sri Lankan capital is served by Gulf Air since 1981, and is one of Gulf Air’s key Indian Subcontinent routes alongside 8 destinations in India, 7 destinations in Pakistan and 1 destination in Bangladesh.

 

The airline operates five weekly flights to and from Colombo in Sri Lanka and beginning October 26, Colombo will be served via Male in the Maldives. The new country manager will take on the challenge of further strengthening Gulf Air’s growth in the Indian Subcontinent by utilizing the experience gained whilst spending two years in the airline’s Network and Revenue department.

 

“The most exciting thing about this appointment is that I will get to represent Gulf Air outside its hub.” Mr Al Hamer added at the announcement of his promotion, “Colombo is one of Gulf Air’s main stations in the Indian Subcontinent and it’s popular to leisure travellers from many origins in our network. I am happy to start this challenge and not only promote Colombo but also promote my country to the Sri Lankan audience and encourage inbound travel to Bahrain.”

 

Gulf Air is committed to invest in its Bahraini workforce and their career development and as such, it continues to provide opportunities for Bahraini nationals to take over senior positions in the company with 90% of employees that are based at the headquarters in Muharraq being Bahraini along with nearly 70% of its pilots. Earlier this year, Gulf Air welcomed back Mr. Rashid Abdulrahman AlGaoud to its headquarters to take on the role of Senior Manager Sales to in charge of the entire Europe and Asia Pacific regions, after serving as the country manager of the United Kingdom for almost six years. Also recently, the airline appointed Ms. Shams AlDosari as the first female Bahraini country manager and is currently representing the national carrier in Ethiopia. Gulf Air is proud that it remains a leader in the Bahrainisation programme in the Kingdom as it provides the opportunity for local talents and experienced personnel to work in its various areas of the airline’s business.

 

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 21 July 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, remains committed to invest in its Bahraini workforce and their career development by providing opportunities for Bahraini nationals to take over senior positions in the company. The airline also reiterates its plans on welcoming Bahraini aviation professionals and talents who work for the aviation industry in and around the region. Gulf Air is strategically growing since it has launched its new brand identity and commenced the fleet modernization programme. The airline launched its boutique business model concept in the beginning of 2019 and since then it saw positive results in a spectrum of extents of the business.

 

“We are proud that Gulf Air is strategically growing and with the adaptation of the recently launched boutique concept especially as we move towards reaching 70 years of expertise in the aviation industry – a wonderful milestone for the Kingdom of Bahrain.” Added Mr Kresimir Kucko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air “The airline is growing its fleet with new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus 320neo and 321neo aircraft as well as expanding the network to new places to connect the Kingdom with the world. With this growth, we will definitely need more pilots and more aviation professionals to manage the operations with a strong preference for our talented Bahrainis to take on these strategic roles. The pool of talent in Bahrain is phenomenal and we are extremely committed in ensuring that the future of the national carrier remains in the hands of its people.”

 

“The Kingdom of Bahrain has been known for many years to be the source for national talents in the aviation industry. There are many success stories and examples of Bahraini leaders in aviation management and professional pilots working for our neighbouring airlines and aviation organisations.” Expressed Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air “It is the perfect time to welcome them back to the national carrier and serving their Kingdom while being between their families in Bahrain. Gulf Air prides itself in continuing to retain generations of families within its organization and aspires to continue preserving its heritage by creating opportunities for the future.”

 

Gulf Air is committed to invest in its Bahraini workforce and their career development and as such, it continues to provide o