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Old 11th Nov 2008, 14:55   #81 (permalink)
 
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Lights out literally at the pink palace tomorrow
Yes, there was a power cut at the Pink Palace today and yes, we do know who dunnit...well done 6 DOf. What an anticlimax...

Mephistopheles
You Sir have managed to descibe a rudderless ship perfectly. The wonderful thing about this company is that someone always comes along with:

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Keep hanging in there Mephistopheles, I heard help in the form of (wet/dry) leased planes are on the way sooner than you think.
Thanks Boilermaker, you have got our hopes up again....maybe a part time job over at the GDN for you Sir?
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 15:49   #82 (permalink)
 
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Hey I just am relaying what I heard through the grapevine. I hope it's true as well. You guys deserve better planes than that.
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 16:06   #83 (permalink)
 
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Boiler
I was suggesting that you get job at the GDN.....positive spin if you know what I mean.

Yes, there have been rumours of 345s from KF (don't know their IATA), 346s from QA, space shuttles from NASA and so on...we have also heard sooner than you think for a long time now.....the big problem is that as in the GDN, talk is cheap....when they are actally sitting on the ramp, then we'll go out and fly them. I like anybody else here have heard a lot of talk, but now we need to see the walk..

Chao

PS Hope the shuttles are not dry leased!
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 16:10   #84 (permalink)
 
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I know how frustrating it must be getting a lot of empty promises. However, I heard this time there might be more "hope" in things being true given the dismal fleet situation GF is currently going through. There are a few airlines out there that are downsizing due to the economic situation (Cathay, Kingfisher and Jet are 3 prime examples) so some aircraft are available (unless other airlines went for it before GF).
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 16:58   #85 (permalink)
 
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I am sure we will be getting aircraft very soon but in what shape? The crap that the commercial dept??? got for us actually make ours look good. It's all very strange since neither ops nor engineering have any input into which aircraft to lease. It's all done by people who seem to have very little idea about aviation, or business for that matter.
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 17:13   #86 (permalink)
 
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I understand 6 B777-200s are on the cards. The first couple will be wetleases until our own crew are trained up. Maybe I'm wrong but who knows? If that ever materialises, I wonder how they're going to chose who's going to fly it. Some say it will be based on seniority, others say those with Boeing backgrounds will be prioritised, others say only locals. Who cares? The birds have to get here first.
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 17:19   #87 (permalink)
 
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Almost everybody here has a "Boeing background" for sure the most senior bunch on the big bus do...anyway so what??? The bigger they are the farther they go..I'm staying put...
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 17:24   #88 (permalink)
 
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That's the Krispy Kreme Kremlin to you Che
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 17:30   #89 (permalink)
 
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Thanks IB..all is clear now!
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 22:25   #90 (permalink)
 
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Well GF will for sure get 3 very decent birds - ex MEA A332's. They were brand new from Toulouse to ME and been with ME for 4 yrs? The rest in the hands of the gods from what I gather off PPRuNe.

Oddy.
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 23:13   #91 (permalink)
 
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If they ever get any aircraft, maybe a 777 here or there, then you can bet they will go on seniority. There has already been enough stink caused from the 76 guys trying to bully their way onto the big bus or into training. So believe me this time things will run strickly on seniority.
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 03:32   #92 (permalink)
 
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The 76 guys didnt try to "bully" their way into anything, it was simply the plan we were told as per the seniority (by time in seat) that existed at the time...when the PROPER seniority was set in place, then the 76 guys were slotted in appropriately...and yes I rest assured any new fleet types will be crewed as per seniority...
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 03:36   #93 (permalink)
 
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Too right, IB. Staying put is Sal-e due more home time.
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 04:18   #94 (permalink)
 
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The 3 330's are due to arrive in March'09

I think they will be KG, KH and KI

I thought CX got rid of their A346... Seriously, If QR can't run the A346 due to fuel prices and expensive cost of using the aircraft I wonder what GF will do and where they will position it ?

They are in SERIOUS crappy situation.
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 13:47   #95 (permalink)
 
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From the latest I hear, the "bored" are screwing GF because as of now they are refusing to bring aircraft from Jet Airways because a number of former GF people are working there now. They would rather bring in 15 year old aircraft than to deal with Jet. Sad!
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 14:31   #96 (permalink)
 
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GF really is now one mightily screwed up airline.

A board with no airline experience attempting to run the company through a puppet CEO.

Most of the senior managers in the commercial division in "acting" roles. Can they not decide on who is competent to handle which positions?

A fleet of increasingly tired and dirty aircraft. Of which the "old" A340s and the A320s are a real disgrace. If, as rumoured, EY are going to start Athens and Istanbul next year with new A320s, then GF can kiss goodbye to competing on those routes with their unacceptable product.

Pity really because Bahrain has the potential to be a really good hub ... and of course the Gulf Air brand could still be revived if the company was run by professionals.
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 15:07   #97 (permalink)
 
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Is gulf Air still interviewing airbus rated pilots?
can anybody predict how long they will be recruiting?

a friend of mine is looking at getting an interview but it will take him a couple more months to meet the requirements

thanks
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 16:32   #98 (permalink)
 
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I don't forsee, saviboy recruitment ceasing anytime in the foreseeable future, as they will need to address both their growth plans as well as attrition. Good luck to your friend.
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 19:48   #99 (permalink)
 
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spain?

hi everyone,
anyone here knows if gf thinks to open destinations to spain? madrid or barcelona?
thanks
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 20:08   #100 (permalink)
 
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I heard Madrid on the cards.
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