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.