Gulf Air appoints new general manager for India

A consistent achiever and winning performer, Nambiar has risen from the ranks of Gulf Air, having joined it in 1999 as District Sales Manager in Doha, Qatar from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.


After a nearly three and a half years stint in Doha, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya on promotion as Area Manager for East and West Africa. In June 2004 he was elevated to the position of General Manager at Gulf Air headquarters in Bahrain, the biggest station of Gulf Air network, before moving to Dubai in January 2005.


A Bahrain-born Indian, Nambiar brings to the position a depth of knowledge and experience that will serve him well in this highly competitive market.


"I am delighted to take up the new position in India, which is an important market for Gulf Air," says Nambiar.

"Gulf Air is, and will continue to be, a major player in this rapidly growing travel market. I hope to continue with my undeterred spirit to further develop the market. I am thankful to Gulf Air management for their confidence.

Regional General Manager Robin Middleton says Gulf Air's relationship with India goes back to the 60s when it started its first flight to Mumbai in 1960 - the first gulf airline to operate into India.

"It is one of the top five revenue producing markets for Gulf Air, and it continues to be one of the largest international carriers serving this important country, which is a rapidly-growing economy," he says.

"We are confident that under Rajeev's leadership and in conjunction with our GSA Jet Airways, Gulf Air will continue to go from strength to strength, not only in creating an even stronger profile with new innovative products but also by providing our Indian customers with our unique brand of Arab hospitality and culture, for which we are renowned."


About Gulf Air

Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is presently owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is the only truly Pan Gulf carrier in the region.


More than half a century later, the regional, geographic and cultural values that the airline has embraced over more than half a century are still central in defining the brand and service ethos within the contemporary and global environment.


Today the airline's network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 44 cities in 30 countries. The fleet comprises 34 aircraft.


Under President and Chief Executive James Hogan, the successful implementation of the first phase of a restructuring programme, which commenced in 2003, has resulted in the establishment of a platform for sustained commercial operation.


It has also provided a framework for a succession of innovative products and services including the unique Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies that form part of Gulf Air's 'boutique airline' vision.


The dramatic turnaround in fortunes has won international recognition. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) presented the airline with the prestigious Airline Turnaround of the Year Award for 2003. Gulf Air was also the recipient of the 2003 Platinum Award for the Best Airline in the Middle East and North Africa, which recognised the airline's commitment to service excellence. Other awards include:

Winner - Middle East Leading First Class Airline, World Travel Awards 2005

Winner - World's Leading Airport Lounge, World Travel Awards 2005

Winner - Middle East & North African Platinum Best Airline Travel Award 2004

Winner - Skytrax Most Improved Airline Award 2004

Winner - Skytrax Best First Class Onboard Food Category 2004

Winner - Skytrax Best Business Class Check-in Category 2004

Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2006

For further information please contact:

Rashmi Shetty / Riann Vaz

Tel: 022 22812957 / 60

Mob: 98217 65776 / 98198 64424

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