Gulf Air wins Airbus award

Gulf Air has added one more award to its stack by winning the ‘Operational Excellence Award’ from Airbus. The award is bestowed on Gulf Air for its consistent performance throughout 2003 to 2005, amongst all airlines that have A330 aircraft.

In a brief ceremony held at Gulf Air Headquarters in Muharraq, Airbus Vice President Customer Support Jean Daniel Leroy presented the award to Gulf Air Vice President Technical Abdulkhaliq Saeed. They were joined by Airbus Resident Customer Support Manager Alain Deninotti based in Abu Dhabi and Customer Support Director Paul Klaassen.

“Gulf Air has once again proved that it is not only the best airline for its catering and service excellence but also for its technical and operational excellence,” says Mr Saeed.

“The fact that the award is given to airlines based on revenue flight hours, revenue take-offs, number of chargeable operational interruptions and average delay time speaks for Gulf Air’s operational excellence.”

In its biennial A330/A340 Family Symposium held recently at Sun City, South Africa, Airbus chose Gulf Air for the award. The awards are given in five categories and Gulf Air was chosen as the best operator in the A330- small fleet operator category. Other categories include A330 large fleet, A340 small fleet and A340 large fleet category.


Gulf Air has also been nominated this year for a


World Travel Award in the Middle East’s Leading Airline category.

The awards are based on airline fleet performance data, which are computed according to a programme run by Airbus, taking into account the annual average utilisation per aircraft in hours and cycles, and average delay duration. The parameters are compared for each airline to the fleet average and the best airline is chosen in each category.

Gulf Air wins the award for the second time. It received the Airbus Operational Excellence Award for 2000/2001, the only airline in the region to receive the award then.