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Old 17th Oct 2008, 08:20   #1 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Gulf Air Developments

What is on Flight Global website:

With Gulf Air not expecting its first Boeing 787s to arrive until at least 2016, the airline is focusing on its efforts on developing its Airbus A330 fleet.
The Bahraini flag carrier operates six A330-200s and will take three ex-Middle East Airlines A330-200s next year on eight-year operating leases from International Lease Finance.
The carrier is seeking four additional A330s as an interim replacement for some of its A340-300s, and sent a request for proposals to lessors earlier this year. "We have offers on the table and we will announce our decision next month," says Gulf Air chief strategy officer Tero Taskila.
Gulf Air has orders for 20 A330-300s and 24 787s. The latter will be the core of its future widebody fleet, with the A330s being taken as bridge aircraft. Taskila says Gulf Air is hoping to take four A330s on six- to eight- year operating leases but lessors are now offering 10-year leases.
Gulf Air has a growth requirement of three-to-four widebodies a year during the next five years as it growing its network from 43 destinations to 60 by 2013.

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Old 17th Oct 2008, 08:27   #2 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Gulf Air Adding Up To Six European Destinations

Here it goes what is on the Airliners.net...

Gulf Air is poised for a major expansion in the long-haul market, adding up to six European destinations to its network next year.

As part of its summer schedule for 2009, the Bahraini national carrier says it is hoping to launch flights to Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Munich, Moscow and Warsaw.

However, the decision on whether to go ahead depends on the level of the oil price. At $100-110 a barrel, the company will launch three or four destinations, and then review launching a further two or three.

However, any rise in the cost of fuel beyond that level could limit the number of new destinations, or even lead to the whole expansion programme being postponed.

"We have to decide which markets have the potential to bring enough passengers to Bahrain," says Bjorn Naf, chief executive officer of Gulf Air

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Old 17th Oct 2008, 08:30   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Gulf Air Increases Frankfurt Flights

Dear All,

This is to inform you that Gulf Air has officially revealed that it will be increasing nonstop flights between its BAH hub and FRA from daily A 332s to 9 weekly nonstop flights

8 weekly flights will be flown using an A 332 where as the 9th will see an A 343 being used which has the new F & J class product.

The 2 new weekly flights are on Mon & Fri only and start from Nov 17th onwards.

Flight schedule is as follows:

GF 15 Dep BAH 1645 Arr FRA 2130
GF 14 Dep FRA 2245 Arr BAH 0645+1

These new flights can be viewed on all major GDS reservations.

The new flights connect very well with all GCC, BKK, DEL and BOM bound flights

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Old 17th Oct 2008, 09:07   #4 (permalink)
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Definitly we need more Workforce and Equipements to do all that... Which we definitly don't have, at least currently and my guess until end of 2009.

To my knowledge, we are only getting three A330 by end of 2009, so is it possible to have all these extra destinatins and increase of flights to current hubs by 3 aeroplanes?
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 09:46   #5 (permalink)
 
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There is a rumor floating around that 3 more 330s (on top of the 3 ex-MEA 330s) are on their way soon...
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 09:55   #6 (permalink)
 
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they had first better sort out the sentiment amongst pilots who are in "work to rule" mode.
maybe throw out a few toxic elements in the crew planning department before moving forward.
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 11:28   #7 (permalink)
 
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We are already getting new SO's and FO's to the A320 fleet. I don't know about transfers to the WB fleet, but it will give some extra manpower to sort out this issue anyway.
Since the new filghts will start next month and the significant change on the network only next year, I believe there will be enough time.

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Old 17th Oct 2008, 15:06   #8 (permalink)
 
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Any idea how these extra CDG/FRA flights will work lay-over wise?
Minimum rest at some airport hotel? Arrive with the morning flight and leave with the evening flight?
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 16:07   #9 (permalink)
 
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I'd like to think that we might be picking up some more A319's. Seems like the right airplane to start-up a route until when/if loads support an A330.
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 17:12   #10 (permalink)
 
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8 transfers to the WB fleet are planned in December...
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 19:13   #11 (permalink)
 
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Keep dreaming boys
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 19:17   #12 (permalink)
 
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The two A319s are in the hangar now.
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 01:24   #13 (permalink)
 
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More . . . more!!!
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 04:42   #14 (permalink)
 
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i think gf has a hard enough problem maintaining its current schedule! dont see any expansion until maybe 2010..just management talk...we buy this..we start that..we change management...back to ZERO
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 09:53   #15 (permalink)
 
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More management BS. Our aircraft are a total embarassment not just technically but also aesthetically-I have seen shanty towns on the suburbs of Dhaka in better shape than most of our cabins!!! It's not anymore about just getting additional A/C, we now need to replace the entire fleet since God knows how much longer ours can keep on flying. But as our leader says:

"Letís take our Golden Falcon to its glory."

or maybe this is more correct

"Nehmen wir unser Golden Falcon auf seine Herrlichkeit"
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 10:08   #16 (permalink)
 
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the aircrafts are old and there's nothing we can do about it. we can't exactly cease operation until new aircrafts turn up.
on a preventative note, a lot of airlines fly much older equipment than ours. so we can't use the excuse that old aircrafts. it's a matter of upkeep and regular maintenance. at the very least, we must have clean and hygenic cabins. passengers expect this and pay good money for it.
ours are neither maintained or clean and hygenic.
someones head need to roll for this.
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 10:23   #17 (permalink)
 
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They may be older, but as you said, they are much cleaner.

GF better clean up their act, and their planes, soon as EY is already making big inroads into GF's customer base!
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Old 18th Oct 2008, 13:32   #18 (permalink)
 
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EV is doing GFA544 | BAH-AUH today

RC

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Old 18th Oct 2008, 14:48   #19 (permalink)
 
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Unhappy

Who is in charge of cleaning aircraft?
How many cleaning companies does GF have as option when deciding to sign a contract?
I like Bahrain and work for GF also but I say that I donít like the lack of hygiene culture around. Wherever you look at you see dirt! It is disgusting every time Iím coming to work or leaving from and walk across the bus stop area, mail area and at wing A gate area and see the amount of cigarettes, cans, cups, etc. all around.
So it is predictable that with the aircraft would not be different, since the person in charge of the cleaning company and the manpower contracted for this job unlikely has any clue of hygiene. It seems that the culture is drop litter wherever you are because there will be a humiliated Asian or sub-continent labour to collect.
Add to this among many other factors the turnaround time for a wide body aircraft...
There are still many things to be changed but some goes beyond GF control!

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Old 18th Oct 2008, 15:39   #20 (permalink)
 
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OK please for our sanity the word is AIRCRAFT not AIRCRAFTS. The plural is singular, there is no such word as aircrafts.
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