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Old 21st Oct 2012, 08:02
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"Same here, heard via via from one of the mumtalakat board members that what the GDN reported was just one of the options. It just happened to be the most 'spectacular.'"

- As far as we (the GDN) know there were other options on the table, but the solution reported was the one chosen. Nothing has been officially approved by parliament or Shura Council yet so the situation could still change.
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Old 21st Oct 2012, 14:23
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Perhaps the other options weren't worthy of such cataclysmic headlines?
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Old 22nd Oct 2012, 08:15
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"Perhaps the other options weren't worthy of such cataclysmic headlines?"

- The following article appeared on the GDN's page 1 on January 25. It seems they have gone for the downsizing option because parliament and the Shura Council refused to agree to a BD600m+ government bailout. They agreed to a BD185m handout based on a government-proposed downsizing.

This has been in discussion since January and it has taken them almost 10 months to reach a point where the government and the parliament/Shura Council are in agreement. However, both chambers must rubber stamp the downsizing plan in a vote before it is official.

"MANAMA: Radical plans for the future of Gulf Air have been drawn up that could have massive consequences for the airline and its staff.
The government has come up with four proposals: dissolve the airline altogether, sell it off and launch a new national carrier for Bahrain, conduct a downsizing of the carrier or allow it to continue in its current form with government support.
Top secret documents shown to the GDN suggest the second option, to sell off Gulf Air and build a new carrier from scratch, would cost the country BD460 million.
They estimate a downsizing operation could cost as much as BD600m, which one MP told the GDN would be the cost of cancelling international agreements and paying off employees made redundant, among other things.
A joint parliament and Shura Council committee formed on Monday has now been tasked to study the government proposals."

Gulf Daily News Local News Radical rethink of Gulf Air's future
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Old 22nd Oct 2012, 09:31
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Dr Gonzo,

I don't know why GDN try so hard to ruin gulf air reputation. Everybody knows that gulf air is used as a political instrument.

Look at the facts!

Which airline would have made a profit or break even if
1) the world media insist that the Arab spring is in Bahrain
2) embassies all over the world - urging their own citizens to avoid Bahrain
3) the cause way bridge is closed
4) 8 routes from Iraq and Iran closed - gulf air was the first serve Iraq.
5) high fuel prices
....... Much much more

Please note that while all this is happening - gulf air still had to pay the costs. Ie wages, fuel, landing charges etc etc... Please note also that gulf air still operated every flight, in which it kept the kingdom connected to the world despite what was happening around.

Please look at the facts and explain to all the citizens of Bahrain, that if the current situation is not going to stop - the whole economy and reputation of the whole country is being affected and it will take time to heal.

Whilst your neighbours are investing heavily in their infrastructure, tourism which includes a hub where you can meet people for buisness or leisure, a place where you can learn the Arab culture, a place of hostility and luxury - Bahrain citizens are fighting against each other and let the world wonder what exactly is going on. Who would invest in Bahrain with the current situation? Why would you fly gulf air as a passenger when you can fly etihad, Qatar or emirates with a better marketing and history behind their brand?

The option of downsizing will hurt gulf air as an airline, will hurt Bahraini families and the economy in general. I hope that won't be the solution. The nation need to come together and flourish an exciting future with prosperity, dignity and peace.

Looking forward to read an article that for once won't be political biased.

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Old 24th Oct 2012, 11:46
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Basra will not be resumed: Gulf Air Shelves Planned Basra Service Resumption | Airline Route – Worldwide Airline Route Updates

So out of the planned 8 'new' destinations only 3 survived. Not a bad effort...
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 15:33
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I hope the GF guys and gals stationed out at KRT weren't anywhere near the factory that was bombed by four fighter bombers last night.
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 16:33
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Aircraft & crew is back in BAH on 20th
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Old 26th Oct 2012, 05:34
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Not too difficul to predict this: Gulf Daily News Local News Jobs dilemma for airline staff
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Old 27th Oct 2012, 12:23
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Heard something about a certain Manila, Jakarta, Hong Kong block late November.
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 08:51
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Wonder how Gulf Air got around the 7 days max for the "Tour de Europe" block ,probably with alittle help from the friendly BCAA.
Life's good if your in with the bosses.
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 09:31
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Anyway relax gentlemen I have heard that Capt M Salman & his favorite F/O are being rushed through a quick 320 CCQ course in order to do the "tour de europe" block. & why not may I ask since I know that the gentleman works harder than the rest of us so he's entitled to his easy block for a change!
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 15:44
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Once again rostering at its best !
Way toooo difficult to split that block into at least 2 crew sets ...
They are having at around 200 hours time away, that's what you get in an average flying month with 4 sector days, split duties and couple of night subcontinent flights ...
Amazing GF rostering, they just broke their own record
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 18:27
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Haters going to hate
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 18:38
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It is not about hate It is not really fair that some do hardly any flights except Europe, and others have to request to get one a month Anyway, screw them all Let them enjoy

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Old 28th Oct 2012, 19:26
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Showel, don't complain.
Since you are too cheap to buy the folks at rostering a bottle every week you should not expect to get anything good.
Tongue in cheek of course. But it seems like you have to play the game if you want a good roster. Otherwise you are at the mercy of the people upstairs

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 18:30
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Went through FRA the other day, usual ME suspects all parked up. An Emirates 777, an Etihad 330 and the same from Oman. And then, out of the shade, came a humble A320 from Gluf. Quite the contrast.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 03:36
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Since you are too cheap to buy the folks at rostering a bottle every week you should not expect to get anything good.
Why you couldn't keep the secret mate?!
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 07:39
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It doesn't matter. Most pilots are too stingy to do it. They call it "standing by their principles".
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Old 1st Nov 2012, 09:29
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Gulf Air manager holding four positions has just failed etihad interview a week ago
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Old 1st Nov 2012, 11:15
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Some justice in the world then, eh ?
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