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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:21 pm

Announced this morning via press release

- SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG will be closed
- 767's all to go
- 5 A340 will be replaced by newer A330-200
- 3 A321 are coming in the fleet as well
- Other stations will get acft ug's or frequency increases ( no further info )
- Some stations will receive freq decreases ( no further info )
- Lounges will be updated
- Job losses to be announced shortly

Anybody want to take a guess how the new GF route/freq map will look like ?
 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:24 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG will be closed

Any dates of when the last flights will be ??? Especially DUB. Do you have a link to the press release??
 
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:47 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
- 5 A340 will be replaced by newer A330-200
- 3 A321 are coming in the fleet as well

So are these already announced orders or new ones?
 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:09 pm

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 2):
So are these already announced orders or new ones?

They could very well be looking on the used market too... After all they said "newer" not new.  scratchchin 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:22 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG will be closed

That is sad seeing all these destinations go.GF was amongst the first Middle Eastern carriers to go to HFG back in the 1980's or even earlier in the 1970's. DUB, JNB were new destinations less than a year old--and its a shocker seeing them leave the route map.
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:19 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG will be closed

I am honestly most surprised to see DUB go--because i was under the impression that they had the market all to themselves until EY came in the scene, and from what i heard or read they mis connected the slots--was it convenient say for a passenger to get from DUB to SIN/KUL with under 3 hours transit both sides

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
767's all to go

Does this also include the GF traveller ones, also will cities like BOM/DEL/KHI which utilised 767s be upgraded to 330s or downgraded permanently to 320s.

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
5 A340 will be replaced by newer A330-200

I am guessing the SQ/Leased 343 will be the first to go----- Which are the cities that would be served by the 343 now--KUL,????
Iam guessing Euope will become A330 exclusive.

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Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:55 pm

May be I'm a little off topic but I've flown several times BAH-DXB-BAH, everytime on A330 or A340 and most of the time, the load was 50% max.
Why don't they have narrowbodies (A320 for example) for these routes?
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:02 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
- 767's all to go
- 5 A340 will be replaced by newer A330-200

I can see the SRTechnics staff jumping for joy about that, those A340s and particularely the 767s gave them some major headaches over the last couple of weeks.
 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:15 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Any dates of when the last flights will be ??? Especially DUB. Do you have a link to the press release??

Jul 1 most likely, but not confirmed yet

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 2):
So are these already announced orders or new ones?

Not sure how they are coming into the fleet but my guess is dry-lease

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 5):
Does this also include the GF traveller ones, also will cities like BOM/DEL/KHI which utilised 767s be upgraded to 330s or downgraded permanently to 320s.

The GF traveller concept is going, not sure yet how the new schedule will look like but I am guessing as well that ISC will see some nice capacity increases.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 7):
I can see the SRTechnics staff jumping for joy about that, those A340s and particularely the 767s gave them some major headaches over the last couple of weeks

They for sure will sleep better now.


Oh yes one last guess from my end ..... ZRH BAH in 2008, with an LX/GF code watch and see
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:18 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 8):
Jul 1 most likely, but not confirmed yet

Same situation as SYD or complete different pull out date??
 
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:22 pm

Is James Hogan still running the show as COO down at GF these days?
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:23 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 8):
Oh yes one last guess from my end ..... ZRH BAH in 2008, with an LX/GF code watch and see

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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:26 pm

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
Is James Hogan still running the show as COO down at GF these days?

No he has moved to EY now
 
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:33 pm

I dont know what the management wants from GF , although i think closing destinations immediately is not a wise move, but how would that reflect positively on GF? it is not a matter of expenses but a bad management who is causing all these losses to the owners. Look at other local carriers who are serving same destinations and how they are doing.

They should market their selves more and more, many people doesn't know what is Gulf Air and which countries they are serving.
My personal advice to Gulf Air is to emerge with Kuwait Airways + Oman Air and form one structure in order to survive and compete with others.
In todays world there is no room for small players, especially in the Middle East market, where the competition is extreme.
 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:34 pm

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
Is James Hogan still running the show as COO down at GF these days?

Andre Dosé is running the club now, ex-CEO of Crossair and Swiss.
 
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:41 pm

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
Is James Hogan still running the show as COO down at GF these days?

He is GF's biggest headache now
 
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:44 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 15):
He is GF's biggest headache now

yup he managed to poach another GF staff i.e. head of cargo and made him the exec VP of Etihad Cargo
 
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GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:55 pm

Quoting Icarus75 (Reply 6):
May be I'm a little off topic but I've flown several times BAH-DXB-BAH, everytime on A330 or A340 and most of the time, the load was 50% max.
Why don't they have narrowbodies (A320 for example) for these routes?

May be onward flights to DXB via BAH or the fact that they recently grounded their 9 B767's which was close to 25% of their total fleet, must have been some good juggling acts there ......
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Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:08 pm

I am sure Àndre Dose will bring GF on to the right track again. He is very capable and he learned from mistakes done with LX and I am sure he followed the plans for the restructuring of the airline very carefully and look where we are now, on the way to cruising altitude  Wink .
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:34 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
Announced this morning via press release

can u provide a link please to this press release if possible...thanks  Smile
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:55 pm

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 19):
can u provide a link please to this press release if possible...thanks

Sorry not available yet as their PR depart did not post it on their website, just received by email ;


Gulf Air Starts BD 310 Million “Get Well” Programme

Major restructuring to secure future of the airline and to improve punctuality, fleet, network and customer service

Manama, Bahrain,17 April 2007: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, revealed a major programme today to turn the company around and to get it well again. The plan consists of two pillars to completely reshape the network to better serve the needs of the Bahrain and Oman economies and, to improve customer service through higher punctuality, better reliability and lower connection times. This will require investments in aircraft and ground facilities. The total cost of the programme is BD310 million (US$ 825m), say company officials.

Gulf Air Board of Directors Deputy Chairman Mahmood Al Kooheji announced today that the airline’s operation was currently losing more than 1 million US Dollar a day and including other costs such as financing ‘the figure would even be substantially higher.’ Accumulated losses and costs, including 2007, would amount to BD254m (US$ 675m).

“Gulf Air plays an important role in the economic development of Bahrain and Oman. But to do this effectively the airline has to be financially sound, efficient and fully focused on the needs of its customers,” said Mr. Al Kooheji at a press conference today, at the company’s headquarters in Muharraq.

“At this critical juncture, we have looked at ways in which the fleet and resources can be used in the most effective way to ensure customers are served effectively, while maintaining operations on a commercial basis.

“Together with the airline’s new President and Chief Executive André Dosé, who joined Gulf Air at the beginning of April, the Board of Directors has, therefore, developed a far-reaching, two-step programme to 'get Gulf Air well again'.”

Better Network Structure allows downsizing of fleet and cost savings
Under the first part of the programme that will cost BD120 million (US$ 319m), Gulf Air will undergo a major restructuring of its operations. The focus is on closing the airline's current profitability gap of BD156m (US$ 414m), creating a network that serves better the needs of the Bahrain and Oman business community and, increasing Gulf Air’s customer service level.

“The main goal of our restructuring and customer service programme is to increase flight frequencies to existing key destinations and to add new connections to major economic centres that are of growing importance for the economy of Bahrain and Oman,” said Mr Dosé.

“At the same time, Gulf Air’s new management will put great emphasis to improve punctuality, reliability and lower connection time for our passengers between their flights.

“We have made safety, punctuality and customer service the key issues of our restructuring programme because we are not satisfied with our current service level. Also, we have to improve the way we communicate with customers when delays do occur.”

To achieve its financial and operational goals, Gulf Air will downsize its fleet from 34 to 28 aircraft. In line with its goal to radically simplify the business, the company will move to an all-Airbus fleet. In parallel, the network will be fundamentally restructured.

"We will stop operating to our heavily loss-making long-haul services to Dublin, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Sydney and Singapore. Instead, we will allocate more assets to better serve all important centres in the Gulf and the Middle Eastern region,” added Mr Dose.

“It is our goal to offer each centre in the region at least two flights per day, and often more. The introduction of a ‘wave structure’ of inbound and outbound flights will also allow us shorter connection time and insure better connectivity with our Asian and European long-haul flights."

The second pillar of Gulf Air’s “get well” programme consists of investments of BD190m (US$ 505m) to improve the quality of its product on the ground and in the air.

The airline intends to refurbish the cabins of its existing Airbus aircraft. In addition, ground facilities, such as lounges, will be upgraded.

The fleet simplification will involve the introduction of four Airbus A-321 aircraft, the retirement of the entire Boeing B-767 fleet and the phasing out of the Gulf Traveller brand. Gulf Air will also replace part of its Airbus A-340 fleet by five newer Airbus A-330 aircraft.

24 Months to Complete Restructuring Programme
It would take until the beginning of 2009 to complete the fleet replacement and restructuring programme, said Mr Dose.

Parallel to the downsizing of its fleet by roughly 25 per cent, Gulf Air’s workforce will have to be reduced, also. Currently, the airline has nearly 6,000 employees. The exact number of jobs that will be cut as a result of the downsizing and restructuring of the company still has to be defined. A portion of the downsizing of the workforce will occur through natural attrition.

“Even though we do not have the exact number of how many jobs will have to be cut, we already know it will be a painful measure,” said Mr Al Kooheji

“Therefore, we will do everything to ease the impact on the Bahraini employees that will be affected.”

“We are fully aware that these are harsh measures and we have tough times ahead of us. But we need these measures to secure the survival of the company, to stabilise and improve our operations and to create a basis for further sustainable growth," concluded Mr. Dosé.

Task Force and Daily Management Meetings to Monitor Progress
To implement the changes as quickly as possible Gulf Air has simplified its organisation. It now consists of four divisions Finance & Administration, Sales & Marketing, Operations and Network. Also a project team of internal and external experts was installed to lead the restructuring process. The team reports on a constant basis to the Executive Management of Mr Dosé and the Board of Directors.

The company’s Executive Management meets each morning with the Vice Presidents to monitor progress in the areas of punctuality and daily operations.

“We have to build a culture of openness, customer focus, entrepreneurship and teamwork. We can do it,” said Mr Dosé.

Mr Al Kooheji said the Board of Directors was fully aware that the changes initiated now would take time and would be hard for many inside the Gulf Air organisation.
“These changes are unavoidable. We need to create an airline that serves the best interests of its owners, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman. This is why we have decided to fund it with a major capital injection and give it our full support,” he concluded.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:14 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Especially DUB.

DUB finishes on July 1st, according to RTE: http://www.rte.ie/business/2007/0417/gulfair.html?rss
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:27 am

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 13):
My personal advice to Gulf Air is to emerge with Kuwait Airways + Oman Air and form one structure in order to survive and compete with others.
In todays world there is no room for small players, especially in the Middle East market, where the competition is extreme.

You know what, there were always rumours that QR will take over GF back then and merge with QR. Personally, I think QR can take advantage of that but that would risk creating another Gulf Air with multiple hubs.

BTW: those destinations that GF will axe were amongst the oldest in the GF network, the following dates represent the first time GF flew these routes.

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
- SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG

HKG: started 1976
SYD: started 1990 (first Arab airline to start direct flights there)
SIN: started 1990
JNB: started 1992 (first Arab airline to start direct flights there)
JKT: started 1993
DUB: started 2005 (less than a year and a half ago)
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:28 am

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 13):
My personal advice to Gulf Air is to emerge with Kuwait Airways Oman Air and form one structure in order to survive and compete with others.

Very very bad idea

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 20):
The fleet simplification will involve the introduction of four Airbus A-321 aircraft, the retirement of the entire Boeing B-767 fleet and the phasing out of the Gulf Traveller brand. Gulf Air will also replace part of its Airbus A-340 fleet by five newer Airbus A-330 aircraft.

Good move with the A 321s and brilliant move by standardizing the long haul fleet with the A 332. This more or less confirms the fact that for a few years now, GF isnt interested in flying to USA from BAH !

The dates for the suspensions have been released on GF's res system too :

JNB will be halted from 2nd July.

SIN-SYD will be suspended from 13th June

HKG will be suspended from 30th June

JKT doesnt show up any more on the system.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:39 am

Wow!!! Is Gulf really having problems? I always thought GF was one of the healthier airlines out there, and always admired everything about them. It is so sad that they are cutting those flights. I wish the best to the employees that are affected by this, and I hope GF comes back stronger.
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:40 am

The last time GF made a profit was in 2005 and thats because they sold off many real estate assets of theirs...other than that its always made a loss in the 1990s and 2000-04 and 2006.

According the above mentioned GF press release, they are losing currently USD1 million a day  

Surprising that suspensions of CCU, SYZ and MHD havent been announced as yet.

[Edited 2007-04-17 19:43:37]
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:52 am

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 25):
Surprising that suspensions of CCU, SYZ and MHD havent been announced as yet.

This was on the cards but is complicated because of the bilaterals. Especially the India bileteral.
Do not know the exact details but that is the reason.

I think the key for GF is to see what will happen with the rest of the network.
Lot's of station will loose some good O&D's and in my opinion good connex to the Gulf and Middle East or ISC can be nice but still does not replace the chunks of traffic on a SYD/SIN or HKG route.

What are the likes of ATH/IST/LCA going to do with we large chunks of SYD/SIN/HKG traffic.
I know IST was one of the SYD top sellers because of the immigrant traffic.

My guess is that you will see more focus on regional flying.

Some stations will incurr some frequency reductions.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:08 am

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 26):
What are the likes of ATH/IST/LCA going to do with we large chunks of SYD/SIN/HKG traffic.

You can add BEY to that list  Wink
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:17 am

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 5):
I am guessing the SQ/Leased 343 will be the first to go----- Which are the cities that would be served by the 343 now--KUL,????

I guess not, we just refurbished the interiors and they are in a much healtier state then the older 340's.
A40-LG LH LI LJ are SQ leased and all have new business and First class skybeds.

A40-LB LC LD LE LF are GF and delivered around 94 and later, or so it says above the L1 doors, makes sense as well.

Rumours go that they want to get rid of 400 crew, not confirmed yet.
767 pilots move on to A320 and A320 crew to 340/330.
Every month around 40 crew resign, so in a few months without recruiting we wont have to sack much crew.

For us Chefs, we don't know anything what is going to happen, as soon as the head of inflight services makes a move, I guess we all go. He is Aussie as well and inventor of the inflight chef brand, so EY is not that far away for him...
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:43 am

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 3):
They could very well be looking on the used market too... After all they said "newer" not new.

Maybe they will turn to AC for A333s.These are RR powered (as are GFs) and were delivered to AC 99-01. However they are the -300X variant and GF operate the -200
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:38 am

Quoting EI787 (Reply 21):

DUB finishes on July 1st, according to RTE: http://www.rte.ie/business/2007/0417...l?rss

.....bugger...I just flew DUB-BAH-KHI a couple of weeks on GF and loved the service.... Sad

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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:25 am

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 18):
I am sure Àndre Dose will bring GF on to the right track again. He is very capable and he learned from mistakes done with LX

I wonder if he has. All he ever seemed to do at LX was cut route after route, after route. The joke at the time was if LX continued thy way they were going, soon they would be known as "S" (Swissair->Swiss->S).

Th danger is that GF will now not offer enough destinations to compete with the other carriers in teh Gulf. Perhaps if GF had rolled out the skybeds faster and improved its levels of service more 12-24 months ago, things would have been different.

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 20):

"We will stop operating to our heavily loss-making long-haul services to Dublin, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Sydney and Singapore. Instead, we will allocate more assets to better serve all important centres in the Gulf and the Middle Eastern region,” added Mr Dose.

Funny that; last November DUbwas said to be one of teh strongest performing routes in the GF network. I fit is "heavily lossmaking" as GF claim, the rest of the network must be a real mess!

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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:53 am

Any idea if Gulf might look into flying to JFK again via LHR or starting BAH-MAD?
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:26 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 32):
Any idea if Gulf might look into flying to JFK again via LHR or starting BAH-MAD?

I heard the APU in A40-KC will operate it...
(no chance at all!)

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 30):
.....bugger...I just flew DUB-BAH-KHI a couple of weeks on GF and loved the service....



Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 31):
Funny that; last November DUbwas said to be one of teh strongest performing routes in the GF network. I fit is "heavily lossmaking" as GF claim, the rest of the network must be a real mess!

I don't understand it as well...
The Irish guild of surgeons where regular guests in the first class cabin,I welcomed them many times on the flights and they are building a hospital in Bahrain (near Hamad town, a HUGE hospital).
I even served one of the main contractors in the Bahrain WTC who did electricity in the buildings, he is Irish as well, even regular First and Business class guests where full fare.

I understand JNB, HKG and JKT, but DUB SIN SYD is a very big surprise to know it is unprofitable, the amount of lebanese and Greek PAX on the SIN SYD are immense, and in First and Business we find a lot of retired Aussies with a few spare bucks going on holiday in europe...









Instead I will operate a LHR MCT flight with 80 pax on board and 0 first class guests...
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:42 am

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 33):

I don't understand it as well...
The Irish guild of surgeons where regular guests in the first class cabin,I welcomed them many times on the flights and they are building a hospital in Bahrain (near Hamad town, a HUGE hospital).
I even served one of the main contractors in the Bahrain WTC who did electricity in the buildings, he is Irish as well, even regular First and Business class guests where full fare.

I understand JNB, HKG and JKT, but DUB SIN SYD is a very big surprise to know it is unprofitable, the amount of lebanese and Greek PAX on the SIN SYD are immense, and in First and Business we find a lot of retired Aussies with a few spare bucks going on holiday in europe...

....maybe once GF gets its house in order, it will restart DUB-BAH service again....I liked it..much easier than dealing with LHR..that's for sure.... yes 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:47 pm

In today's Gulf Daily News from Bahrain

BD 310 million rescue package

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story...ticle=179546&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=30029
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:30 pm

Quote from GDN :

Gulf Air will shed around 1,500 of its roughly 6,000 staff, but most of the cuts will be amongst foreign cabin crew.

Natural attrition and early retirement packages will account for many of the job losses, said Mr Kooheji.

"The majority of the job losses will be cabin crew, most of whom are not Bahrainis," he said.

With no disrespect to the Bahraini's or the governments Bahrainisation programme, this is the root cause of GF's problems, ie 'jobs for the boys' , I was hoping that Dose after firing all the VP's would bring in ex-pat, airline experts to drag GF back into the 21st century....
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:48 pm

Another quote from todays GDN :

"The introduction of a 'wave structure' of inbound and outbound flights will also allow us shorter connection time and insure better connectivity with our Asian and European long-haul flights."


A 'wave structure' - another new, earth shattering concept from GF

How long has GF operated ??? , how long has BAH been their primary hub ???
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:14 pm

Quoting CV580Freak (Reply 37):

A 'wave structure' - another new, earth shattering concept from GF

How long has GF operated ??? , how long has BAH been their primary hub ???

Arent other carriers moving away from this type of structure? DL at ATL and AA at DFW.

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 33):
I don't understand it as well...
The Irish guild of surgeons where regular guests in the first class cabin,I welcomed them many times on the flights and they are building a hospital in Bahrain (near Hamad town, a HUGE hospital).
I even served one of the main contractors in the Bahrain WTC who did electricity in the buildings, he is Irish as well, even regular First and Business class guests where full fare.

You can be sure that although the fare was not coming out of the surgons own pockets, they were NOT upgrades. They type of people you speak of would not dream of flying economy(as long as they were not paying for it, out of their own pocket).

I dont see GF coming back to DUB ever, sadly. EY will have a lot of the promium traffic swen up by then. EI may have more eastward destinations, TG and SQ could also be present. Sadly this is the last we will see of GF in DUB. (Maybe they might try a SNN or ORK service at some stage, but this is very unlikely).

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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:34 pm

Quoting GFA330 (Reply 15):
He is GF's biggest headache now

Why does this statement sound so familiar to me? Let me tell you why. For those folks on a.net who know me, and for those who don't I was was an employee of British MIdland. Mr James Hogan brought about radical changes within the organisation which have left it in the state that is is today. I will however admit, that recently things are starting to look rather brighter than previously for BD, but my point remains (IMHO only) that he is a very dangerous man to have on board.

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 16):
yup he managed to poach another GF staff i.e. head of cargo and made him the exec VP of Etihad Cargo

He made similar efforts when he was made COO of BD. His fellow cronies were all ex AN, and as a group set about more or less destroying the reputation of the company; although I don't actually believe that that was their intention. It was only when SMB stood up and had a very serious look at what was happening at his airline that they all decided that they would "move on", within a week of one another - funny that!

I feel sorry for any airline that inherits this man's skills. May God/Allah be with you EY!

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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 39):
but my point remains (IMHO only) that he is a very dangerous man to have on board.

EY will realize it soon off, but by then he will have his $$ in the bank already.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:27 am

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 39):



Quoting GFA330 (Reply 40):

Hmmmm, why does he remind me of a certain ex-Swissair CEO?  scratchchin 
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:05 am

Quoting GFA330 (Thread starter):
SYD/SIN/JNB/DUB/JKT/HKG will be closed

This is because EK ...
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:25 am

If the situation at GF is as bad as Dose is reporting the question must be asked - what did Hogan do at GF in his three years there ???

I must admit that that it is good to see that Dose is communicating the problem areas and has had a busy first two weeks......
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:02 am

Quoting CV580Freak (Reply 44):
If the situation at GF is as bad as Dose is reporting the question must be asked - what did Hogan do at GF in his three years there ???

I must admit that that it is good Dose is communicating the problem areas and has had a busy first two weeks......

Dose has been communicating more to the media and all staff in his first two weeks then Hogan in his last two years.
I have heard from a GF insider that he even set up a Hotline for two hrs once a week, where any staff member can call him personally to discuss any business matters.

No doubt that what he is doing is the right thing, though we need to wait and see how the new schedule will look like in order to determine if the traffic lost on the scrapped routes will somehow be replaced by a new and approved schedule.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:50 am

Didn't realise that Hogan can bring on a stutter  Smile

Agree with you about the livery but 3 YEARS on his salary ..............
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:47 am

Shame we won't see the GF livery in Australia anymore........
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:16 am

what hogan did positively for GF was that he greatly improved their brand name/brand image and was instrumental in the F & J class cabins seeing high loads in 2006 (76% combined network wide) due to the intensive refurbishment programme he initiated.

i heard last summer that he was also on a short list of people that South African Airways wanted to be their new CEO.

one of his biggest goof ups was launching that new 5 weekly nonstop A 332 service MCT-CDG...what a blunder that was...within 5 months that route was suspended hehehe.

i think now we should worry who will buy GFs 5 A 343s (esp the ones with the new interiors) and from where will they get 5 A 332s from?
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:22 pm

In today's GDN ...

Unions back re-structuring plan

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story...ticle=179625&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=30030

Quote:
Union leaders at Gulf Air said yes to job cuts yesterday - but warned bosses to be fair.Their reaction followed the unveiling on Tuesday of a BD310 million rescue package for the stricken airline, as top officials revealed that it was "bleeding" money, with losses of more than $1 million (BD378,000) a day.

Union vice-chairman Khalid Al Aradi said Mr Dose addressed the airline's staff over three meetings on Tuesday and was well-received, despite announcing tough new measures to save the ailing carrier.

But he said staff were anxious after it was announced the airline is to shed roughly a quarter of its roughly 6,000-strong workforce.

Officials say the cuts will be mostly amongst foreign cabin crew, but Bahrain's biggest political society Al Wefaq Islamic Society has said around 500 Bahrainis may also lose their jobs.
 
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RE: GF Restructuring Plan Update

Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:32 pm

But he said staff were anxious after it was announced the airline is to shed roughly a quarter of its roughly 6,000-strong workforce.

Officials say the cuts will be mostly amongst foreign cabin crew, but Bahrain's biggest political society Al Wefaq Islamic Society has said around 500 Bahrainis may also lose their jobs.


A "sweet melody "to the recruiters of EK, EY and QR. The day they fire Bahrainis will be a "day". I am sure Andre Dose is under immense political pressure and the "locals" will be protected.
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