GULF AIR AND SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES EXPAND CODESHARE AGREEMENT- New codeshare flights to Al Madinah and Dammam introduced

Published April 11th, 2006 - 11:07 GMT

Gulf Air (GF) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV)  have expanded their codeshare arrangement by introducing, for the first time, services between Bahrain and Al-Madinah Al Monwara  and, between Muscat and Dammam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The service to Dammam has started since 3 March while the service to the holy city of Al Madinah began from 26 March, 2006.

"This agreement further strengthens our existing codeshare partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines that started in 2003," says Gulf Air Vice President Network Fareed Al Alawi.

"We see this as an important development with regard to passenger traffic to and from these destinations. The new service to the holy city of Al Madinah will help more pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia during Umra or Hajj."

Dr Omer Jefferi, Vice President Marketing Planning in Saudi Arabia Airlines Advised
“Saudi Arabia Airlines are in the final stages to upgrade the codeshare opportunities with Gulf Air to include additional points in order to facilitate and ease traffic movements between the two airlines, which directly benefit our customers,”.

Under the SV/GF code share arrangement, the new service to Al Madinah is operated by SV aircraft. The flights to Al Madinah from Bahrain are on Wednesdays while the return flights on Fridays.

The service to Dammam from Muscat is operated by GF flights as an extension of its existing Kathmandu/Muscat/Kathmandu route. There are twice weekly flights between Dammam and Muscat on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Gulf Air already has codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Thai Airways, BMI, Cyprus Airways, Egyptair, Garuda Indonesia, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Olympic Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, and Middle East Airlines.
For more detailed please call Saudi Arabian and Gulf Air call centers.
About Gulf Air
Founded in 1950, Gulf Air, owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, 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 50 cities in 30 countries. The fleet comprises 34 aircraft and has the distinct advantage of possessing the strongest network across the Middle East.

A platform for sustained commercial operation has been established over the past three years as part of a multi-phased turnaround programme. It has also provided a framework for a succession of innovative products and services including the unique Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies that form part of Gulf Air’s ’smart airline, successful business’ vision.

International recognition has been achieved as a result of the turnaround programme leading to numerous awards for the airline’s innovative and high quality products and services: These include:
• Best Onboard Catering in First and Business Class (Skytrax World Airline Catering Awards 2005)
• Best designed in-flight magazine (American Creativity Awards,2005)
• Middle East Leading First Class Airline (World Travel Awards 2005)
• World’s Leading Airport Lounge (World Travel Awards 2005)
• Middle East & North African Platinum Best Airline (MENA Travel Awards 2004
• Most Improved Airline (Skytrax Awards 2004)
• Middle East First Class Airline (Arabian Business Awards)
• Best new product launch for in-flight services (PAX international Readership Awards)
• Best First Class Onboard Food (Skytrax Food Category 2004)
• Best Business Class Check-in (Skytrax Check-in Category 2004)
• Middle East region’s best airport restaurant for its restaurant in Bahrain International Airport lounge (PAX International Readership Awards 2005)


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