Saturday, June 22, 2024

Gulf Air turns 60

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, touched 60 years of operations on March 24, the airline said in a statement.
The airline’s first flight, an Avro Anson seven-seater aircraft, took off from Bahrain to Sharjah via Doha in 1950. The fare was Rs130 (single) and Rs220 (return) at the time. The Bahraini dinar was introduced in 1965.
Now Gulf Air connects 43 cities in 28 countries with a fleet of 35 aircraft and has the biggest network in the Middle East in terms of reach and frequency.
“I’m confident that the next 60 years will be no different, as the airline continues to establish itself as an efficient, commercially sustainable business and dynamic airline that effectively serves the people and the economy of Bahrain,” said Gulf Air Chairman Talal Al Zain.
Chief Executive Officer Samer Majali said the airline has come a long way — from a small-scale commuter service to the region’s most iconic airline and one of the most powerful brands in the global aviation industry.
“The Golden Falcon is etched in the minds of almost every traveller flying in or out of the region.”
“Gulf Air has clearly demonstrated that age is no barrier to enterprise and innovation. The airline earned its reputation in the 70s and 80s for the passion for innovation and high quality service. Its luxurious tri-star and five-star services continue even today.”
Majali also said they contributed more than 400 million Bahraini Dinars ($1,040 million) to the nation’s economy in fiscal 2006-07, while the airline also accounts for over 70 percent of the country’s airport traffic.
To mark the airlines 60th anniversary, staff and management came together to launch a number of activities. In a show of strength and solidarity behind the airline, hundreds of Gulf Air employees and management gathered at Bahrain’s International Airport runway to form a human shape of the number 60.
It also organised a ‘Family Day’ last weekend at the Gulf Air Club for staff and their family members.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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