Gulf Air inaugurates new state-of-the-art security office at Bahrain headquarters

Published November 11th, 2007 - 01:17 GMT

Gulf Air inaugurated a new state-of-the-art security office today that will enforce and enhance the protection of the company headquarters.

“As the national carrier of Bahrain it is imperative to have an effective security system in place for the network,” says Gulf Air Acting President and Chief Executive Björn Näf, adding that Gulf Air has reported a strong increase in passenger traffic through its hub in Bahrain since the launch of revamped network in July.

“We have a very effective security system in place and the new office will further boost our vigilance and the security net already in place at the headquarters,” says Mr.  Näf adding that many new local Bahrainis are hired and trained for the job to run the hi-tech systems.

Gulf Air Head of Security Rinus Moerdijk said that more than 50 Bahrainis are now in place to carry out their duties, include patrolling the cabin crew residential localities in Manama, the headquarters and the Bahrain International Airport.

“We are working closely with Bahraini authorities to ensure a smooth security net for the national carrier and the facilities concerned,” says Mr. Moerdijk.

The responsibilities of the Gulf Air security staff include keeping vigilance in the excess baggage and other sensitive areas, checking aircrafts upon departure and arrival in order to comply with international standards and recommendations, he said.

The security department has also been equipping its security team with additional gadgets such as walkie-talkies, as well as installing state-of-the art surveillance cameras to enhance security of its operations at Gulf Air’s Muharraq headquarters and outstations.

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 30 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 2007 (Sky Trax Awards)
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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