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Old 10th Oct 2012, 12:00
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The following is the first post in this thread from 2008. Check particularly the last sentence.

''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 10th Oct 2012, 12:17
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Why does the government try to run an airline? The lack of business acumen is startling. Coupled with corruption, this place is [email protected]! Why bother with a CEO when he is not allowed to run his business? Ridiculous.
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 12:35
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And in these very unsettled times, how ghastly to read about one's future in the GDN ! Truly hope that they have got it wrong. Heartfelt best wishes to all I have been privilaged to know.
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 12:43
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There are at least 10 skippers who already passed ready to join somewhere close In the Gulf...Guess where...

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Old 10th Oct 2012, 12:49
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So Gulf Air is the only company in the world that has an ongoing pilot recruitment and at the same time announces redundancies??
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 13:43
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Apparently a few years ago, another company in a small mediterranean island was doing the same .

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Old 10th Oct 2012, 16:41
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Gulf Air!

And finally the islands famous milking cow is admitted to the ICU
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 18:58
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Quite appropriate by EK to bring the A380 to Bahrain today. Anyway, I'll better finish reading my kids 'once upon a time...'
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 19:12
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but let me get this straight we are still recruiting? hehehe been to disneyland...but this place sure beats the F#$K out of it
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 19:23
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Would not surprise me. Only weeks ago Gulf Air got special dispensation to rectruit again to get the numbers up. A dozen or so A320 crews were hired from greece. Those numbers were too low so another 'road show' was planned elsewhere. The Gulf Air careers website still has active vacancies for both seats and cabin crew. Go figure that one out...?
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 20:59
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Yeah read the article in the gulf daily trash and from what i gather, in my limited wisdom,a plan has been put up.. How it will be implemented remains to be seen.

John21uk.. Dude you gonna give urself a stroke mate..as they say in bangkok.. Leeeeeelaaax.
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 21:22
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I will go with buba. Agreeing a plan between committee heads is one thing, allow for it to "leak" to the press is another thing and actually implementing it is a third matter. For some reason I am not that pessimistic.

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Old 10th Oct 2012, 21:46
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Buba rules!

Buba, you rule, mate!

I like the "could be" and "maybe" reports (could be rainin', but maybe not)when we talk on a serious subject like this. Info should be given only when there's a final decision, cause tomorrow there'll be a "stamping logbook" queue in the office and the poor guys will run out of stamping ink... Theeen we'll have to go stampin' by seniority, this will add up some more pressure... and the next day GDN will be: "Gulf Air pilots could be punchin' each other, which might lead to flight cancelations, according to a source"

Btw if they go for 20 airplanes (makes me laugh) better sell all slots, traffic rights etc. and shut it down, cause you'll end up doing so in a couple of years max + the losses. You wanna go to LHR? No probs, the guys next door go there 5 times a day!

Bubs I think I know who you might be, or maybe not... Cheers!
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 04:11
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Dzmeigolem then you must know i enjoy a drink or two cheers..
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 09:14
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Yeah, Buba rocks ! I said it somewhere else, Buba for CEO. Gordomac told us too how Dick Hughes reminded him that GF was a Flying Club & not to expect too much. GM went back to baking himself at the Gulf Hotel, surrounded by chicklets & never looked back for 17 years. GDN has always been quick to headline grab and loved trashing GF whenever they could. Don't be too quick to believe what you read there but, of course, be guided. Oh & Bubs, I still want to come back but as your Deputy & Head Of Cabin Crew Recruitment. Just spoke to GM & agreed that with you as CEO, he will come back too as Head of Cabin Crew Uniforms ! Chins up Guys. Forget LHR 5 times a day; me & Bubs are going for BKK 6 times a day on the Dreamliner.
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 12:52
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Landflap as GM used to say..'game is on' )) i know what he'l kit up the cabin crew in... Cheetah print! Lol
Landflap, GM... Sawadeeeeeeeeeeee
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 17:03
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See, amongst us plenty of good ideas. Here's one; why not build two bridges for use by high speed trains and cars between Bahrain and Qatar. Let Bahrain and Gulf Air cease to excist and become a part of Qatar. (+airways) Remove the pink palace apart from car park and crewroom and lets keep GAA where it is. We stay based here to 'run' this part of the ops. And then the alarm went off...

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Old 11th Oct 2012, 18:34
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Thumbs down THE internal memo sent to Gulf Air staff yesterday

Dear Colleagues,

I am sure most of you have read the extensive reports in today's local media speculating on 'downsizing' Gulf Air as a condition to receiving the required funding.

I understand the anxiety and uncertainty these reports have caused us all. The discussions between the government and parliament are ongoing with a final vote to approve the funding expected within weeks of parliament convening next Sunday.

At this stage we are waiting for official communication from our owners in this regard and as soon as it has been received I will share it with you all. Samer Majali

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Old 11th Oct 2012, 18:35
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etihad and qatar signing up with the other big boy alliances ie skyteam and one world....not a chance gents this island will be lucky if they have a national airline at the end of the day, remember national means for ie germany... munich- frankfurt flights as far as i know obbi and the airforce base is not a viable national carrier solution...i'm with john on this one sell her out while someone still wants her...on another chapter are we going to get the 3 month notice periods to leave or is it the next day sort of thing?
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 20:41
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Some of the routes operated by Gulf Air might be interesting for one of our neighbours.

However nobody is going to touch this debt ridden sick to the core company in a take over bid. The only part of Gulf Air that is interesting for the competition are the slots and maybe some of the crew.

The whole pink palace would be obsolete overnight as any airline interested can run all those operations from their own HQ, plus they don't want to inherit Robin Hood and his merrymen that are still hiding in the woods there. Obviously a precondition for sale from the Bahrain government would be to keep the pink palace opened with all its employees. Therefore don't get your hopes up. NOBODY will touch this airline in its current form, unfortunately.


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