Gulf and Saudi Arabian Sign Co-op Agreement

In a significant move for both companies, Gulf Air’s Vice President Network, Mr Fareed Al Alawi and Dr Omar Abdulla Jefri, Vice President Marketing Planning at Saudi Arabian Airlines, have recently signed an agreement to strengthen operational co-operation between the two Gulf carriers.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will expand their current agreement on operational co-operation to include the addition of all flights operated by both airlines between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi International airports, and Riyadh and Dammam airports, as well as Saudi Arabian Airlines flights between Bahrain International Airport and the Saudi Airlines Southern Terminal at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah with effect from 9 June 2004. All flights operated by the two carriers between the previously mentioned points will be operated jointly, thus facilitating sales and marketing activities and the transfer of nationals and residents between both carriers’ flights offering greater choice for passengers.

As part of their new agreement the joint flights will be linked with both carriers’ networks and will be supported by a preferential prices between them to allow for an easy transfer between the flights of both airlines.

Other areas of co-operation include the use of First and Business Class lounges owned by the two carriers in operating airports and co-ordinating flight schedules to offer the best travel services to their customers.

The current co-operation agreement between Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines includes code sharing services between Dammam and Katmandu via Abu Dhabi Airport, as well as code share services between Abu Dhabi and Muscat on the one hand and Dammam and Riyadh on the other hand .

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Dr Omar Abdulla Jefri thanked Dr Khalid Bin Abdulla Bin Baker, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air, for their support in driving co-operation between the two airlines in accordance with the government directives of cooperation with the brotherly nations .

He said: “In view of current developments in the global airline industry, it has become essential to work together. A partnership will benefit both our airlines and promote development in the region and I am happy with the outcome of cooperation between our two airlines.”

Fareed Al Alawi said: “By working together we can strengthen and expand on our network and leveraging economies of scale we can offer travel solutions to destinations not served on our individual networks. This means more choice and better services for our customers.”

“Our co-operation will extend to include all aspects agreed upon in the memorandum of understanding which was signed between the two airlines last year. Work is currently in progress for the addition of other projects that will support the operations and integration of the two carriers with the aim of enhancing the capabilities and position of both carriers on both regional and global levels,” he added.
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