santos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 705 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6050 times:
According to Bahrain Air website:
"Bahrain Air held an Extraordinary General Meeting today at which the shareholders made the decision to announce the company’s immediate suspension of operations and to file for voluntary liquidation in accordance with the Kingdom of Bahrain's Commercial Companies Law."
Full news article on here: http://www.bahrainair.net/
It's a shame for such another airline to go like that.
Probably the other gulf airlines are the blame for this? Or 2 airlines in such a small country just doesn't work?
Tdan From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 306 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5973 times:
Wow, surprised they didn't outlast GF! Bahrain Air was neither iconic, nor necessary when it started operations. I had always assumed it would be the vehicle that would eventually replace GF, but I guess not. The internal issues in Bahrain not doubt played a role, but Bahrain Air was a failed experiment from the beginning. Like Wataniya, these carriers should have never started.
We will ride this thunderbird, silver shadows on the earth, a thousand leagues away our land of birth... -Captain Bruce
135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 357 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5651 times:
Quoting GF777 (Reply 2): Gulf Air is a government own company, so they kind of have a stronger back bone.
Yes, but when politics prevents you from suceeding...
"The company sustained considerable financial losses as a result of the unstable political and security situation in Bahrain. In 2011, during Bahrain’s State of National Emergency, the airline was instructed to suspend flights to several destinations, and also suffered from the lack of traffic to and from Bahrain, and from the restrictions on the Saudi Causeway. Despite the Royal Decree number 18 for 2011 Article 5/10 regulating land, sea and air transportation during Bahrain’s State of National safety which states that all affected parties will be fairly compensated, the airline, despite making official claims, has received no compensation."
"The airline is now being required to make immediate payments on past government debts or face closure at the same time as having its scheduled operations, both destinations and frequencies, being reduced considerably by the Civil Aviation Affairs in the Ministry of Transportation. This effectively strangles the airline by simultaneously requesting payments and reducing its ability to generate the necessary revenues both to make these payments and to sustain long term profitability. The shareholders of the company have spared no effort to support the airline financially since its inception and to support the airline and Bahrain through the unrest in 2011."
And the final blow...
"The airline has also spared no effort to negotiate a solution with the Minister of Transportation (who is also an active board member of Gulf Air) "
You have no choice but to fold.
This is too bad, I really enjoyed my visit to Bahrain years ago too!
GF777 From Bahrain, joined Jan 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5566 times:
I agree with you 135Mech, but the fact is the airline was doomed the day they started their operation, Bahrain is small enough for just one airline and opening Bahrain Air was driven by individuals (ex Air Arabia) who thought they can copy what Air Arabia did in the UAE and the success they had. The bottom line Bahrain can't house two airlines.
AsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
That's just a pity. Bahrain Air was my only selected airline for regional low-frill travels, as I always made an effort to avoid Gulf Air and their horrible service whenever possible. It's a sad day for all those passengers who relied on Bahrain Air and their reliable onetime performance.
135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 357 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5340 times:
Quoting GF777 (Reply 4): I agree with you 135Mech, but the fact is the airline was doomed the day they started their operation, Bahrain is small enough for just one airline and opening Bahrain Air was driven by individuals (ex Air Arabia) who thought they can copy what Air Arabia did in the UAE and the success they had. The bottom line Bahrain can't house two airlines.
I agree with you also! Your country is nice but small, feeding two airlines would be tough to keep it working.
KU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 368 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2422 times:
Quoting skyguyB727 (Reply 7): Maybe the BN code is jinxed. Braniff went bankrupt twice as BN. Now Bahrain Air went under with the same code.
I think so too.
I also agree that Kingdom Bahrain cannot house to airlines and I also believe that due to several low cost carrier in the region such as Jazeera Airways, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and Nas Air, it would be very difficult for Bahrain Air to compete under the restrictions of the Bahrain civil aviation.
QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1602 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
Of the countries in the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain is probably the poorest and least privelaged. And over the past two years, violent protests let many people to avoid the island kingdom at all costs. Its no wonder that GF cut half its routes and fleet and now BN being bankrupt.