Published January 9th, 2006 - 10:31 GMT

Customers from the Middle East and Thailand now have more convenient options to travel to popular destinations in Thailand, China, Oman and Bahrain with a codeshare agreement signed between Gulf Air and Thai Airways.

The agreement paves way for Gulf Air to codeshare on Thai Airways' services in the following sectors: Bangkok-Muscat, Bangkok–Phuket-Bangkok, Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok. Thai Airways codeshares with Gulf Air on its Bangkok-Bahrain and Bangkok-Muscat sectors.

The sale of tickets for these sectors has already begun with Gulf Air and Thai Airways.

“We are delighted to become codeshare partners with Thai Airways, another airline of repute. It is part of Gulf Air’s growth strategy to strengthen its network and expand its operations in association with like-minded partners for mutually beneficial business propositions,” says Gulf Air Vice President Network Fareed Al Alawi.

“This is only the beginning; soon we will be offering more destinations in the Asia Pacific region for our discerning customers.”

The agreement signifies substantial levels of passenger traffic growth to and from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, says Thai Airways Executive Vice President Commercial Vasing Kittikul.

"It is with great pleasure that Thai Airways enters into codeshare agreement with Gulf Air, which we are sure will be a successful venture for both the airlines," he adds.

Gulf Air already has codeshare agreements with American Airlines, BMI, Cyprus Airways, Egyptair, Garuda Indonesia, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Olympic Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Middle East Airlines.

About Gulf Air
Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is presently 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.

More than half a century later, the regional, geographic and cultural values that the airline has embraced over more than half a century are still central in defining the brand and service ethos within the contemporary and global environment.

Today the airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 44 cities in 30 countries. The fleet comprises 34 aircraft.

Under President and Chief Executive James Hogan, the successful implementation of the first phase of a restructuring programme, which commenced in 2003, has resulted in the establishment of a platform for sustained commercial operation.

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 ‘boutique airline’ vision.

The dramatic turnaround in fortunes has won international recognition.  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, which recognised the airline’s commitment to service excellence. Other awards include:

Winner – Middle East Leading First Class Airline, World Travel Awards 2005
Winner – World’s Leading Airport Lounge, World Travel Awards 2005
Winner - Middle East & 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 2006

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