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Gulf Air promotes four Bahrainis to managerial positions

January 6, 2022

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, recently promoted four Bahraini employees from the Technical Division as its continuous strategic plan to develop its national workforce.

The promoted managers are:

- Mazin Khaled Saleh, who has been serving since 2013, promoted to Senior Manager Base Maintenance

- Omar Yusuf Hasan Abdulrahman Zainal, who has been serving since 2006, promoted to Manager Planning & Technical Records

- Abbas Moosa Ali Buhassan, who has been serving since 2003, promoted to Manager Technical Quality

- Mahmood Ali Fardan, who has been serving since 2016, promoted to Aircraft Maintenance Duty Manager

During an internal event held on the occasion, Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi and Chief Technical Officer Jamal Hashim congratulated the engineers on their new positions and urged them to continue their hard work towards the success and prosperity of the national carrier.

“We are proud of our Bahraini workforce in Gulf Air and continue to support them in moving up in their career. We take pride in investing in training and developing solutions for our workforce to lead the way, and continue the airline’s legacy of over 70 years in aviation,' remarked Captain AlAlawi.

These new managers will be part of the technical management team that is involved in the development of the division through various initiatives including carrying out major maintenance activities, optimising in-house capabilities, embarking on digital transformation, supporting third party operators etc., as part of the global vision and mission of the company, he added.

Gulf Air's Technical Division recently completed an audit process successfully for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and also maintained its approvals from Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority to carry out maintenance on Airbus A320 family and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner including their associated engines and various fitted components.

This will allow the airline to expand its maintenance capability to support more regional and European airlines that operate to and from Bahrain International Airport. Further, the Division recently carried out several C-Checks on its Boeing 787 and A320Neo fleets in Bahrain, in accordance with the aircraft maintenance manuals issued by respective manufacturers, and the approval of Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs.

This was part of its cost saving initiatives and these maintenance tasks have been successfully completed with the active involvement and support of the Bahraini management, engineers and technicians.

Gulf Air has also completed the internationally recognised, biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been renewed on the IOSA Safety Audit Registry until May 2023.

The audit covers approximately 1,000 standards and recommended practices that are all related to the safety of operations and engineering and maintenance activities, as well as maintenance and engineering and the procedures of the airline.