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Old 28th Jun 2018, 09:13
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Unmentionable down the road has an excess of pilots and is sourcing out to Emirates. Quite a few would love a two year stint back in Bahrain . Easy scenario, easy to solve, easy to impliment. Where are all the MBA's in Air Transport Management that GF sponsored ?
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Old 29th Jun 2018, 07:05
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looks like they need more wide body jets so 332's are still in use. Maybe additional;787's would be announced in the coming airshow.
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Old 2nd Jul 2018, 12:12
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Just read headline that theyíre keeping 330s.

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Old 8th Jul 2018, 16:22
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despite the current expansion plans they still have problems at their planning departments, Newbes are in line waiting for chance to get on the LH seat, they have been financed by Bahrain Labour scheme,around 100 of them where i see that they can fix their shortage on the other hand facing problems with their staff on employe's benefits ,

All leaves were canceled at least on A320 fleet as far as i am told, The 787s are flying to LHR daily on both flights, they have booked slots from Boeing so they cant cancel as they don't have enough pilots to spare from any fleet,They cancelled their Cseries order, what made it worse is starting new 8 destinations without being prepared !

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Old 9th Jul 2018, 09:25
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When you continue to place numbskulls in charge, based on wasta , this is the inevitable result.Absolute joke but many people stopped laughing years ago.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 04:53
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Originally Posted by Landflap View Post
Unmentionable down the road has an excess of pilots and is sourcing out to Emirates. Quite a few would love a two year stint back in Bahrain . Easy scenario, easy to solve, easy to impliment. Where are all the MBA's in Air Transport Management that GF sponsored ?
work permits, relocating families...not as easy as just sliding over to Emirates...could be a reason...maybe the MBAs looked into that
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 10:45
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They found it quite easy setting up "Traveler", remember ? Forced move, minimal time to re-locate , no work permit problems as I recall,& very little help from Admin,
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Old 14th Jul 2018, 08:36
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Originally Posted by Smoke mountain View Post
despite the current expansion plans they still have problems at their planning departments, Newbes are in line waiting for chance to get on the LH seat, they have been financed by Bahrain Labour scheme,around 100 of them where i see that they can fix their shortage on the other hand facing problems with their staff on employe's benefits ,

All leaves were canceled at least on A320 fleet as far as i am told, The 787s are flying to LHR daily on both flights, they have booked slots from Boeing so they cant cancel as they don't have enough pilots to spare from any fleet,They cancelled their Cseries order, what made it worse is starting new 8 destinations without being prepared !
All this is merely the tip of the iceberg... Leave cancellations have now been extended to the end of September and are rumoured to be extended to the end of the year. What management once again fail to realise is that annual leave is of vital importance to most pilots and their families. We plan our families life around this. I believe that these latest cancellations are not ad hoc and have been planned for months, if not years. It does not require a brain surgeon to realise that when you expand the fleet by 40% you will need to increase the number of pilots to fly them. They have had years to do so and havenít. And now, the pilots pay the price yet again. Leave balances will once again increase, only to be reduced later next year in the form of forced leave at a time not suitable to the pilot (out of school holidays) and at short notice.

Previous management has been chipping away at the terms, conditions and benefits for years now... No salary increases, reduced staff travel benefits, no school fees increases, reduced medical cover, leave cancellations every year. To top it all off pilot numbers have been kept at absolute minimum, evident from 900 hours year after year. Combine that with a cost of living increase in Bahrain, especially for expats, it comes at no surprise that moral is low.

It is hard to see a way out. Hopefully the new management will manage to tackle these issues effectively and quickly.
Time will tell.

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Old 14th Jul 2018, 09:25
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Charles : Who's the new management ? Worse, any new management will find, like others before , that hands will be severely tied.Same old. Predictable outcome. It would be quite funny if it wasn't so sad.
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Old 16th Jul 2018, 05:54
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As we all agree that as long as unqualified person getting a management job depending on his last name and his loyalty they will never go to their old golden time.
The company is full with corrupt and unqualified people ,and believe me when I tell you they are holding every one who is talented enough to manage this place.
I can see that some one came from the boy-cut neighboring country with high level management role, he was doing well there, ,deputy CEO who is calling all the shoots new position made so they fit him in, holds an MBA in aviation management from well known university in UK,on the other hand their new board members are very qualified people, all or most of them are respected business men in their country but they have ZERO aviation knowledge!
you can add that they have fired around six first officers and captains for various reasons.

their vacancy for DEC and DEFO have been on for years now, only few who have applied for both jobs, they don't have the ability to attract us fellow pilots.

In my little experience till today, they need to remove all cancer 'being corruption' before starting any expansion plans, the environment inside the company reminds me of GOT or the godfather , its like mob families are on war and depending on your alliance you will get better jobs.
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Old 23rd Jul 2018, 12:05
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John Evans - Gulf Air Rostering 1970/80's

Just heard the very sad news that my old mate John has passed away today in Brisbane. Blessed with a wicked sense of humour, a remarkable ability to party all night, and a prodigious capacity for cognac and a mysterious spirit he referred to as "CDP" which lurked menacingly at the back of his drinks cabinet, John will never be forgotten by those of us who were lucky enough to have known and partied with him.

I'd like to think that there will be one hell of a party somewhere tonight when he gets together with Macreadie!

RIP John, a toast tonight to you and all the great times we shared with you.

7B

(This also posted as a new thread on the "Where are they Now" Forum)
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 15:48
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3rd 787 has arrived, will be used for CMN flights, they've opened online applications for Airbus first officer
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 16:27
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3rd 787 has arrived, will be used for CMN flights, they've opened online applications for Airbus first officer
And they removed the DEC link!!! Have they hired enough DECs already???

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Old 2nd Aug 2018, 05:48
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And they removed the DEC link!!! Have they hired enough DECs already???

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There is now way on earth that they have! DEC position have been there since 2011 and very few people have applied for it!
I've been speaking with a friend last night about it, they are desperate for FO! its normal day to day operation to fly two captains on same flight deck!
New management are not getting ahead of things as the previous one did too! All of what's happening now is because of lack of planning and Wasta every where in this place.

How is your application going on AA?
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Old 2nd Aug 2018, 12:51
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There is now way on earth that they have! DEC position have been there since 2011 and very few people have applied for it!
I've been speaking with a friend last night about it, they are desperate for FO! its normal day to day operation to fly two captains on same flight deck!
New management are not getting ahead of things as the previous one did too! All of what's happening now is because of lack of planning and Wasta every where in this place.

How is your application going on AA?
Thanks Smoke.
I am still waiting for the assessment invitation.
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Old 2nd Aug 2018, 19:09
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Thanks Smoke.
I am still waiting for the assessment invitation.
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Good luck mate
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Old 11th Aug 2018, 14:04
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A320 NEO due to arrive on 18th .. and another A320 du to return to lessor !
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 06:59
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DEC neither DEFO are unavailable now on their website.

They have posting on social media about Tamkeen's pilots, Tamkeen is funding organization supported by Gov.
They are due to receive 3 more 787's and A320neo by end of this year .

requirement is very slow
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 11:48
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DEC neither DEFO are unavailable now on their website.

They have posting on social media about Tamkeen's pilots, Tamkeen is funding organization supported by Gov.
They are due to receive 3 more 787's and A320neo by end of this year .

requirement is very slow
I applied back in February. Iíve got the invitation email but no actual date for the assesment. At this point I donít know if Iíll ever attend the assesment. Looks like they do not need DECs that bad. I have been PMs with other candidates and the same has happened to them.
Cheers.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 17:11
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allatp ; It's a Flying Club. Not a "proper" airline. Stay with it. Get in. Fabbo people. You will do, on average, 30 years ! I did, only 17. Interview at LHR was for B767 DEC. I was phoned, same evening by CP 767 stating I was accepted. Next evening, he stated that DEC for 767 was no longer sanctioned." Sorrry. Welcome to GF", he said, Burt, I was offered DEC 737, burt only on one year contract. Why not join us, anyway for B767 RHS ? "OK" said desperado. " , because, as explained, this would be a "three" year contract. Better than "one", eh ? ". "How soon do you want me?", said desperado, "Tomorrow would really help" said, equally desperate CP. I joined, larfed an awful lot, flew with the most talented bunch I have ever known, got my Command back within 6 months. Despite being kicked in the ollies 17 years later, I still tear up at the fabbo memories. Allatp, stay with it. You will never look back..........well, maybe, except in anger ! L A R F ! Oh, I keep saying "Burt" because that was all the UK Northern birds used to say. Burt, that's another story ! Poolside, Gulf Hotel ? Thought I was at the Manchester Excelsior Hotel !
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