Bahrain's flag carrier Gulf Air heralds new aviation era for the Kingdom

Published September 15th, 2007 - 07:20 GMT

Bahrain's aviation achieved a new milestone as the Kingdom's flag carrier Gulf Air made its first flight with a Bahrain registered aircraft.

Flight GF056, operated by Airbus A340 under the Bahraini registration A9C-LB, flew to Mumbai, India on the maiden voyage under the command of Bahraini Gulf Air Captain Nabeel Al Khayyer.

Bahrain's Finance Minister H.E. Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Civil Aviation officials, Gulf Air Board of Directors and senior management officials were at the Bahrain International Airport tarmac to see the aircraft taking off.

"This is a milestone for the Kingdom of Bahrain, and it also reflects the commitment of the whole country towards the flag carrier," says Gulf Air Board Chairman Mahmood Al Kooheji.

"After the successful implementation of the new network, Gulf Air adds Bahrain's aircraft registration as another milestone in its flight plan to success."

"We want to thank everyone involved in the aircraft registration process, especially the Civil Aviation team, working under the guidance of H.H. Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and headed by Captain Abdulrahman AlGaoud for their outstanding support and professionalism to make this happen," says Gulf Air Board Chairman Mahmood Al Kooheji.

"I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to Gulf Air employees for their hardwork, dedication and commitment to bring in a new era for our airline," says Mr. Al Kooheji, who also expressed gratitude to the Sultanate of Oman for making the start of this registration process, a smooth transition.

Gulf Air's acting Chief Executive Björn Näf echoed similar remarks and signaled a positive direction for Gulf Air.

"Gulf Air is the most established carrier in the region and this milestone will see the beginning of more positive things to come," says Mr. Näf.

"We are thankful to the entire team, which has made this changeover happen in a record time," says Mr. Näf, adding that the re-registration process for the entire Gulf Air fleet will be completed by the end of the year.

Photo Caption:
Bahrain Finance Minister H.E. Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al  Khalifa with Gulf Air Board Chairman Mahmood Al Kooheji and Civil Aviation Undersecretary Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud with other senior Civil Aviation and Gulf Air Management officials at the airport to see first Bahrain-registered Gulf Air aircraft take off.

About Gulf Air
Founded in 1950, Gulf Air, owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain is the only truly Pan Gulf carrier in the Middle East region.

The regional, geographic and cultural values that the airline has embraced over more than half a century are still central to defining its brand and service ethos.

Today the airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 40 cities in 26 countries. The fleet comprises 28 aircraft and has the distinct advantage of possessing the strongest network across the Middle East.

A new strategy to create a platform for sustained commercial operation has been put in place as part of a two-phased turnaround programme announced in April 2007 by the airline’s new management.

Gulf Air’s onboard service caters high quality products and services, including the innovative, unique and award winning Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies.

Some of the notable recognition include:
Best Onboard Catering in First Class 2006 (Sky Trax Awards)
Best Onboard Catering in Business Class 2006 (Sky Trax Awards)
Best Business Airline 2006 (British Travel Awards)
Best Onboard Service 2006 (Gold) (Mercury Awards)
Best Onboard Catering in First Class 2005 (Sky Trax  Awards)
Best Onboard Catering in Business Class 2005(Sky Trax  Awards)
Best designed in-flight magazine 2005 (American Creativity Awards)
Middle East Leading First Class Airline 2005 (World Travel Awards)
World’s Leading Airport Lounge 2005  (World Travel Awards)
Middle East region’s best airport restaurant for its restaurant in Bahrain International Airport lounge 2005 (PAX International Readership Awards)
Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2008

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