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Inaugural CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit in Doha from 5-6 February 2019

Qatar Airways looks forward to hosting aviation industry leaders from across the globe next month following the announcement of the speaker line-up for the inaugural ‘CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit’, taking place in Doha from 5-6 February 2019.

The high-level forum, the first aeropolitical event of its kind to be held in the Middle East, will feature more than 35 expert speakers from across the airline, legal and government sectors to discuss the latest developments in international aviation regulation, both within the Gulf region and globally.

Senior decision-makers from across the international aviation industry are set to attend the two-day event, which will also include a gala dinner hosted by Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “With so many developments in the rapidly-evolving airline industry and the global regulatory environment, we are delighted to see such a wealth of industry experts have been lined-up for the inaugural summit.

“We look forward to welcoming them to Doha and to engaging in some meaningful discussion on the issues and challenges faced by the global industry, as well as developments in aircraft technology and airspace capacity.”

Key international industry speakers now set to present at the event include Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker; IATA Director General and CEO, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac; European Commission Director General Mobility and Transport, Mr. Henrik Hololei; US Department of Transportation Director, Office of International Aviation, Brian Hedberg; FedEx Express Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Rush O’Keefe; Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM); Director of Aviation Development, Mr. Germal Singh Khera; JetBlue Airways Senior Vice President Government Affairs and General Counsel, Mr. Robert Land; and African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Secretary General, Mr. Abderahmane Berthe.

Registrations are still open for the event and delegates can register their participation through the following link https://qatar19.capaevents.com/home

CAPA – Centre for Aviation Executive (CAPA) Chairman, Mr. Peter Harbison, said: “For an industry as global as the airline business, it seems impossible that there could be major constraints on international cooperation and national ownership. But there is a growing belief in the airline industry that the 70-year-old provisions restricting the foreign ownership and control of airlines are archaic and should be significantly liberalised – or abolished. Whether that can happen depends on establishing a powerful case for a new system. Bringing together the industry’s leaders under one roof to discuss these issues is one step in that direction.”

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’. 

Qatar Airways has launched an array of exciting new destinations recently, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. The airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Valletta, Malta and Isfahan, Iran, to name just a few.

CAPA is one of the world’s most trusted sources of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, with a global network of researchers and analysts located across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Established in 1990, CAPA hosts a series of global summit events in key markets throughout the year, offering valuable networking opportunities and in-depth insight on the issues and trends that are shaping the global airline industry.

ACI World delivers 100th Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Review in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International AirportAirports Council International (ACI) World has today delivered the 100th review in its Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme which promotes best safety practices in airport operations, utilizing the expertise and cooperation of the community of Airports.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is the 100th airport to receive an international delegation of safety experts, generously lent by Safety Partners who will this week conduct a full review with the Host Airport. The 100 safety reviews were conducted with participation from 323 safety assessors from 94 Safety Partner airports around the world.

Through the APEX programme, ACI requests airports to become Safety Partners by providing their safety experts to conduct a review of a requesting airport with the goal of improving safety in specific areas of interest. A review will include a wide range of key areas, tailored to the airport’s needs.

The programme, which was officially launched in 2012, brings together the airport community to provide assistance and advice to airports and has drawn strong interest from the membership and international organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Commission and the World Bank.

“A sustainable aviation industry is built upon a foundation of Safety,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.

“The APEX in Safety programme continues to grow and receive strong endorsement and I hope that many airports will continue to benefit from the knowledge, expertise and leadership of the community of airports. Every airport can benefit, and every airport can contribute.”

“Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to working with ACI and other international organizations to ensure the highest standards of safety across our airports and facilities,” said Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“The safety, health and welfare of our employees, stakeholders, partners and travelers are of utmost importance. We continuously strive to enhance safety practices and regularly educate our employees, in line with our vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group.”

Driven by demand from members, ACI will continue developing the suite of APEX programmes, adding best practices in Security in 2017 and piloting APEX in Environment in 2018.

Central Hotels to Continue Growth Momentum in 2019

Central Hotels that expanded its presence in Dubai with the addition of two spectacular new 5-star hotels – Canal Central Hotel Business Bay and Royal Central Hotel The Palm – in 2018 is looking ahead with optimism. The group has been operating with great success since the opening of its flagship property First Central Hotel Suites in Barsha Heights.

Ammar Kanaan, Central HotelsMr. Ammar Kanaan, Group General Manager of Central Hotels, said, “We are driving momentum at each of our hotels which are all performing well and expect to deliver two per cent RevPAR growth in 2019 at a group level. In addition, we are looking at a 10 per cent increase over our existing inventory of rooms with the opening of an upcoming property in Dubai shortly. We are confident about the outlook for 2019 and expect the market to be stable as the demand drivers for Dubai hotels remain strong.”

Highlighting some of the recent business initiatives, Mr. Kanaan stated, “To boost profitability and optimise revenue at our various hotels, we have implemented a series of strategic cost saving measures, incremental revenue streams as well as group efficiency programmes for optimum deployment of resources. These represent a meaningful and dynamic approach in the way we lead and conduct our business.”

Monitoring quality and improving guest satisfaction form the pillars of Central Hotels’ business strategy. Mr. Kanaan stressed, “Feedback from our guests is extremely valuable for us. Therefore, we have installed unique systems for establishing direct contact with guests staying at the hotel such as ‘Sarah’ as well as launched an exclusive loyalty programme ‘VIP’ to reward our return customers. The outcome is reflected in high scores of 8 + in terms of online reviews from guests staying across our properties.” 

Mr. Kanaan further added, “We have been making continuous progress at our hotels that is the outcome of hard work and dedication of our team members and we want to thank them for their commitment. Be it for leisure or business travellers, we are focused on delivering high level of service to our guests in order to deliver memorable experiences.”

Samsung Pay Now Available for Ajman Bank Cardholders

Samsung has partnered with Ajman Bank to make Samsung Pay available to its customers in the UAE. Now, Samsung users holding Ajman Bank MasterCard & VISA debit or credit card will benefit from payment convenience through Samsung Pay, a simple and secure mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases almost anywhere one can swipe a credit or debit card.

Samsung Pay

“In the UAE and throughout the Middle East, mobile payments are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide a greater degree of security and convenience than using cash, debit, or credit. At Samsung, we are proud to offer the leading mobile payment service in the country, and by partnering with top UAE banks, we are paving the way for Samsung Pay to become the country’s most-used form of payment in the digital age,” said Mohammad Gharaibeh, Head of Enterprise, Mobile Business at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “We are delighted to begin working with Ajman Bank to give its customers access to the mobile payment technology that is revolutionizing the checkout process and enabling users to enjoy the seamless simplicity of Samsung Pay with almost every transaction.”

Kashif Amin Thakkur, Acting Head of Consumer Banking, Ajman Bank said, “Launch of Samsung Pay is an integral part of digitalization journey for Ajman Bank where we plan to bring state-of-the-art technology to our customers in making their everyday transactions secure and convenient. We are delighted with this joint collaboration with Samsung and look forward to growing it further with strategic digital initiatives in future.” 

He further added, “We are committed to continuously upgrade our suite of payment solutions through investment in technology and strategic relationships to bring the best in class services for our customers.”

Samsung Pay works with Samsung’s patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology as well as with Near Field Communication (NFC). MST replicates a card swipe by wirelessly transmitting magnetic waves from the supported Samsung device to a standard card reader. Through MST, Samsung Pay will work seamlessly on most point of sale terminals in the emirates. The UAE is the first country in the Middle East to introduce the service and the 14th in the world, following successful launches in the United States, Korea, Russia and more. In just under two years since its initial launch, Samsung Pay is now present in 24 countries, including those with early access.

In the UAE, Samsung Pay is currently available for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Note 5, Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A5 and A7 (2016, 2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). Samsung Pay is also available for the Gear S3.

New flights connecting Sharm El Sheikh and Amman

Air Arabia Egypt started its new direct flights connecting Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Amman, the capital city of Jordan.

The one-hour flight operates twice a week, every Sunday and Wednesday. Return flights depart Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport at 11:45 hours on Sundays and 19:30 hours local time on Wednesdays arriving Queen Alia International Airport at 12:45 hours and at 20:30 hours local time, respectively.

Sharm El Sheikh

Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “This new route is the latest edition to our growing network from Egypt and will enable our customers to discover the amazing lifestyle experiences that both cities offer. Intra-regional tourism in the Arab world is a growing segment of the travel industry and we are glad to contribute to this growth through the launch of affordable and value-driven direct flights”.

Air Arabia, currently operates flights to more than 155 routes across the globe from four hubs located in the Middle East and North Africa.

Emirates Tops the 2018 Business Traveller Africa Awards

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, celebrated a hat trick win at the 2018 Business Traveller Africa Awards. 

Emirates received awards for Best Business Class – for the second consecutive year, Best International Long-Haul Airline and Best Airport Business Lounge, underpinning its brand promise to offer a ‘better’ flying experience. The Lounge award is for Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, in the international departures terminal. Emirates also operates an airport lounge in Cape Town. Over the years, Emirates has been honoured multiple times in these categories.

Fouad Caunhye, Regional Manager, Emirates Southern Africa, said, “To be recognised by our industry peers as well as travellers, is a real validation of our tireless efforts to deliver the best customer experience.  Our customer remains at the heart of what we do, and we have always aspired to make travel ‘better’; these awards are an indication that we are on the right track to creating memorable travel experiences.” 

“Emirates has been a consistent winner since the inception of the Awards in 2012, and this is just testament to its service and product offering,” said Dylan Rogers, Editor of Business Traveller Africa magazine. 

Connecting South Africa to the world

Emirates flies to 157 destinations around the world, in 85 countries, with 274 aircrafts. In South Africa, two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are served by the iconic Airbus A380, to cater to growing demand for the airline’s popular, customer-orientated experience. Emirates also operates three daily flights to Cape Town and a daily flight to Durban.

Emirates Lounges

Premium customers can access Emirates’ dedicated airport lounges at over 30 airports across six continents, including Johannesburg and Cape Town. Facilities at the lounges include a food and beverage offering, business centre, and showers amongst others.

Emirates Business Class

Business Class customers onboard have access to the finest wines from around the world including a selection from South Africa. Customers can also choose from up to 4,000 channels of movies, TV shows, music and games on demand and in multiple languages and enjoy free Wi-Fi. Business Class customers can enjoy premium cabins, wider and completely flat seats and a complimentary mini bar.

Winners in the various categories are chosen based on votes cast by members of ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents), ABTA (African Business Travel Association) and SAACI (Southern African Association for the Conference Industry). In 2018, voting extended to the wider South African business industry and members of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

Booking.com reveals what’s driving travelers into original homes, tree houses, boats and beyond

Ever dreamt of staying in a lodge to observe wildlife in its natural habitat? Or of spending a holiday in an idyllic country house to reconnect with nature? With research from Booking.com uncovering that almost one-fourth of global travelers (22%)* plan to stay in one of the aforementioned types of accommodation in 2019, you are not the only one.

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, conducted research and coupled it with a trop of its own data and insights to reveal what inspires travelers to look further than the familiar and leap into the unknown by selecting alternative places to stay for their next vacation.

Desire to be different

Vacations are an opportunity to break up your normal routine, to try something new and, sometimes, even let it change your outlook. So, it is no surprise that over one-third of global travelers (37%)* plan to stay at least once in a unique accommodation like a castle or treehouse in 2019.

Yet, travelers do not only want to feel inspired themselves, they also strive to impress their friends. That is why many travelers are turning to alternative accommodation types as a way of expressing their individuality, with 26%** of global travelers expressing that they like statement accommodation that is unique so they can seem like a trendsetter.

Live like a local

With 30%* of global travelers planning to book a stay in a villa or holiday home in 2019, and an equal share of travelers (30%) saying they would book an apartment, these accommodation types can also offer an inspiring change of perspective.

It allows travelers to explore the local surroundings of their destination and embrace a home away from home. It gives them the opportunity to find hidden gems only locals would know about and almost half (49%)** of global travelers agree that staying in a home-type accommodation lets them see areas of a city or parts of a country that they wouldn’t have explored otherwise.

Budget friendly

Aside from allowing travelers to explore destinations like locals, alternative types of accommodation can also offer the opportunity of more affordable travel. And with so much of the world waiting to be discovered, this is one major incentive that almost half (45%)** of global travelers agree with, stating that staying in a home-type accommodation allows them to feel that they are getting the most value for their money.

Olivier Grémillon, Vice President at Booking.com, explains: “We are seeing a clear trend among travelers to try unique types of accommodations and we understand that the perfect stay may look different for each of them. So, whether it’s an icy igloo, a cozy cabin or luxury villa you’re after – Booking.com offers more than 5.8 million instantly bookable homes, apartments and other unique places to stay to make sure that your next special experience is just a few clicks away.”

Marriott International Rebrands its Loyalty Programs: Marriott Bonvoy is the new Brand Name

Marriott International unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world. Marriott Bonvoy launches on February 13 when the logo and branding begins rolling out across all consumer touchpoints, including on property, marketing, and sales channels, digital, mobile and co-brand credit cards, bolstered by a multimillion-dollar global media campaign starting in late February.

“Marriott Bonvoy marks an evolution in travel because it represents more than a loyalty program,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. “Marriott Bonvoy is a travel program designed to bring to life our extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 129 countries and territories, while also providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions.”

Linnartz continued, “Represented by a simple, bold and modern logo, Marriott Bonvoy is welcoming and optimistic. Our 120 million members have access to the world’s leading hotel portfolio at the best room rates and member benefits, as well our collection of Moments experiences that bring exploration and discovery of the world to the forefront.”

Beginning on February 13, Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments will become Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which together with Marriott Moments will feature approximately 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations available for purchase or by redeeming points. In addition. In addition to accessing locally relevant sights and excursions, such as hiking into glacial Patagonia, desert treks on camelback in Morocco or cruising to Vietnam’s timeless floating villages, members can indulge in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like cooking alongside renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert, or honing football skills in a master class with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.

Throughout 2019, Marriott will bring Marriott Bonvoy to life with a series of experiential events for members taking advantage of the company’s marketing partnerships with iconic brands including the NCAA and the FIA Formula One™ World Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, as well as through sponsorships such as the Oscars®, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, The Hong Kong Sevens and The PGA Tour World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

On August 18, 2018, Marriott launched one loyalty program with unified benefits under its three legacy loyalty brands — Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG.  On February 13, the combined program completes its integration under one name, Marriott Bonvoy.

With Marriott Bonvoy, members will have access to Marriott’s portfolio of diverse brands including the largest collection of lifestyle and luxury properties. Whether it is sun-soaked overwater bungalows at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, mountain-side resorts nestled against ski slopes like at The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler, beachfront properties hugging pristine sands like at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, to iconic urban towers offering panoramic views like at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, or former palatial residences like The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Venice); Marriott Bonvoy provides members an unparalleled offering of experiences together with the opportunity to earn desirable member benefits.

Since Marriott introduced the unified loyalty benefits under Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG last August, members have been able to seamlessly book stays and earn and redeem points across the entire portfolio and achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers. Members now earn on average 20 percent more points per dollar spent.

The launch of Marriott Bonvoy will introduce two new names for previous Elite status tier names:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite for members who surpass 75 nights.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. This top Elite status tier recognizes members who surpass 100 nights and more than $20,000 in spend annually. These members enjoy the highest level of personalization with a dedicated ambassador to help plan their travel and cater to their needs one-on-one. 

Marriott Bonvoy will usher in a new mobile experience. Members using either the SPG or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps are encouraged to download the current Marriott app now which will automatically update to become the Marriott Bonvoy app on February 13. The SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps will be deactivated on that date. 

Members can learn more about Marriott Bonvoy at MeetMarriottBonvoy.marriott.com where they also can watch a short video describing the new brand.

Emirates and flydubai To Expand Codeshare Flights with Better Connections

Dubai’s two airlines, Emirates and flydubai made a partnership, which came into effect at the end of October 2017, has since delivered a number of benefits to both airlines’ customers, such as offering greater global connectivity through more destination choices, flexibility with flight options when planning trips, one integrated loyalty programme, and the convenience of travelling on a single ticket with seamless point to point baggage handling.

Between January and December 2018, the two airlines have jointly carried 3.29 million customers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations, which include popular tourism and adventure destinations such as Bucharest, Kathmandu and Zanzibar, amongst many others. Through the codeshare partnership, Emirates customers can access 67 additional destinations through flydubai’s network, while flydubai customers have 115 additional destinations they can travel to on Emirates network.

Expanding global connectivity

The partnership started with codeshare flights to just 29 cities, and has since expanded to 84, including new flydubai destinations such as Catania, Krakow, Dubrovnik and Helsinki.

During 2019 the network of codeshare flights will be further expanded, with the launch of new flydubai destinations Naples and Budapest, as well as several others that will be announced in due course. flydubai flights to Chittagong will also restart from 20 January, while flights to Kozhikode, Kerala, will start from 1 February.

Delivering better connections

Since 2 December last year, 11 flydubai flights started to operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport to help improve the connections between Emirates and flydubai. These are Belgrade, Bishkek, Bucharest, Catania, Helsinki, Krakow, Mineralnye Vody, Prague, Rostov-on-Don, Salalah and Zagreb. During this year, more flights, including Naples and Budapest, will be departing from Terminal 3, further improving the connection experience for customers.

This move has enabled customers booked to travel to these destinations to check-in at the Emirates Business Class and Economy Class desks in the departures area of Terminal 3. Business Class passengers are also able to use fast track on the ground and enjoy other Business Class services, whilst transiting passengers have a smooth and quick transit time.

One loyalty programme

To provide customers with an easy way to accrue and redeem air miles, flydubai adopted Emirates Skywards as its programme in August last year. The alignment of the loyalty programme allows Emirates Skywards members to earn Skywards Miles and Tier Miles and enjoy shared travel benefits when flying across the combined networks.

Since August 2018, over 125,000 Skywards members have flown and earned almost 300 million Skywards Miles on flydubai. Skywards members have also been active in using their Miles to partially or fully pay for over 10,000 flydubai tickets.

Members earn the same currency with both airlines, so they can reach rewards faster and more easily rise through the tiers of the programme. Members enjoy even more privileges as they move through the membership tiers – they earn bonus Miles, can use Business Class check-in desks when flying Economy Class, and enjoy extra baggage plus priority baggage delivery.

Currently, the combined networks of Emirates and flydubai is 216, which by 2022, is expected to reach 240 destinations, offering customers across the world far reaching global connectivity via Dubai.

Gulf Air Launches Boutique Business Model Concept

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, revealed its business plans for 2019 to internal and external stakeholders during its commercial conference held in Manama, Bahrain, as part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen its position as a national asset to the economic growth of the Kingdom.

The conference was held in the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Bahrain Bay and was attended by the airline’s Chairman, Executive Management, station managers from the airline’s network, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Air Group.

In line with its 5 year strategy to become a customer airline of choice, Gulf Air announced its new boutique business model concept which will reinforce its focus on product and customer experience.  As already done in the hospitality industry, Gulf Air will differentiate itself as a boutique airline that is different and unique in the way it operates comparing to the bigger airlines that are more volume driven. This approach will give the airline a competitive advantage that will translate in its new fleet, new Falcon Gold class offering, new exclusive products, new destinations for 2019 and its presence in the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport due to open towards the end of the year.

Gulf Air’s Chairman of Board of Directors Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani said: “This is an even more exciting year for Gulf Air as we continue our efforts and plans to portray the airline as a solid national asset that serves the Kingdom of Bahrain and yet caters to an international audience. Today we announced our boutique concept, which will see the airline adapt a new business model to shine amongst the competitors in our own unique way. Working hand in hand with Gulf Air Group, BTEA and BAC with the launch of the new terminal, will allow the new Gulf Air to represent Bahrain to the world and open more bridges to and from the island”.

The event included topic-specific workshops highlighting the main business units of the airline and a number of sessions were conducted to communicate business objectives, projects, and expansion plans of 2019.

In 2018, Gulf Air announced its new 5-year strategy, which began with the delivery of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 1 Airbus 320neo as well as opening 6 new destinations: Alexandria and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Baku in Azerbaijan, Casablanca in Morocco and Bangalore and Calicut in India. The airline deployed its latest state-of-the-art Dreamliner’s to London Heathrow, Casablanca, Bangkok and recently to Manila – a step that was appraised by its loyal and new customers alike. The new livery and brand identity were also launched in 2018 – at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – that included all new logo, colour pallets, uniforms, cabin definition and refreshed look and feel. The airline concluded 2018 with 2 exciting projects: the launch of a mobile app and the launch of “The Bahrain Stopover” which allows passengers to stop and spend a number of nights on the island including hotels, airport transfers and tours while transiting in Bahrain before continuing to their final destination.

With the new business model concept, Gulf Air aims to grow strategically in size and will expand to more boutique destinations in 2019 and continue its fleet modernization programme by receiving additional 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 5 Airbus A320neos this year.