Tejari (www.tejari.com), the Middle East online marketplace, announced today that Gulf Air, the region’s only true Pan-Gulf airline, has joined its community of members.
In a move aimed at enhancing its relationship with more than 500 existing suppliers, Gulf Air will utilize the online auctioning facility on the Tejari marketplace to increase the efficiency of its procurement of goods and services, ranging from food and beverages to uniforms and technology, for the airline.
“The aviation sector in the Middle East is becoming increasingly competitive. As we near the end of the last year of our three-year strategic recovery, streamlining processes and utilizing existing technologies to reduce costs is of the utmost importance,” said James Hogan, CEO, Gulf Air.
“Tejari’s regional presence, the expertise of company advisors and their experience in dealing with other players in the airline industry made it the obvious choice when it came time to choose a service provider.”
“The conventional tendering process was not proving cost-effective and the incremental cost savings we have seen since joining the Tejari marketplace suggests that we made the right decision. The transparency of Tejari’s online auction process also ensures the equal sharing of information with local, regional and global suppliers,” he added.
Tejari’s solution can also be fully integrated with Oracle 11i E-Business Suite, which is implemented company-wide at Gulf Air.
“The e-commerce strategy adopted by Gulf Air reflects the growing commitment from large organizations in the region to embrace new technologies and business models to enhance their competitiveness and profitability. This partnership is especially significant for both parties as it enables Tejari to enhance its profile in the booming aviation sector while giving Gulf Air access to our huge member database,” said Omar Hijazi, CEO of Tejari.
Tejari is the Middle East’s premier online business-to-business marketplace. Tejari enables buyers and sellers to transact and share information about a variety of goods and services via a secured Internet environment. Tejari provides a single point of contact for an open and growing community of buyers and suppliers, permitting spot-purchasing and on-line auctions that enable participants’ real-time access to new markets and greater cost savings. Visit Tejari at http://www.tejari.com
About Gulf Air
Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 44 cities in 30 countries. The fleet is one of the most modern in the Middle East and comprises 34 aircraft.
The airline, in the last year of a three-year strategic recovery programme, headed by President and Chief Executive James Hogan, is making rapid strides towards regaining profitability in 2005 and aims to further evolve by taking its renowned cultural strengths, which have been gained over more than half a century, into a global environment.
The dramatic turnaround in Gulf Air’s fortunes has won international recognition. In January 2004, The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) presented the airline with the prestigious Airline Turnaround of the Year Award for 2003. Gulf Air was also the recipient of the 2003 Platinum Award for the Best Airline in the Middle East and North Africa, recognising the airline’s commitment to service excellence.
Winner - Middle East and North African Platinum Best Airline Travel Award 2004
Winner - Skytrax Most Improved Airline Award 2004
Winner - Skytrax Best First Class Onboard Food Category 2004
Winner - Skytrax Best Business Class Check-in Category 2004
Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2005
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