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Good News, Gulf Air reports $ 4 million income

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*****feeling exteremly happy for the greatest Economy related news i've heard this year******

(((Gulf Air is the National airliner of Bahrain along with Oman and A.Dhabi)))

Airline remains ahead of Project Falcon turnaround targets for third year in a row despite BD30 million (USD80 million) impact of fuel prices

2004 Financial Highlights
· Net profit of BD1.5 million (USD4.0 million) compared to loss of BD19.9 million (USD 52.8 million) in 2003
· Turnover up 23.8 per cent to BD476.3 million (USD1.26 billion ) (2003: BD384.6 million / USD1,020.2 million)
· Debt reduced by 7.8 per cent or BD41.7 million (USD110.6 million), the debt:equity ratio is thus 2.4
· Profits achieved despite fuel prices being BD30 million (USD80 million) over budget.

Operational Highlights
· Passenger numbers up 23.8 per cent to a record 7.48 million
· Seat factor up from 68.1 per cent to 71.4 per cent
· Passenger revenues up 28.2 per cent to BD405.3 million (USD1.075 billion) (2003: BD316.2 million / USD839 million)
· Cargo revenues up 20.4 per cent to BD53.3 million (USD141.4 million) (2003: BD44.3 million / USD117.5 million)
· RPKs up 32.5 per cent to 17,863.3 (2003: 13,481.6)

Key Business Initiatives
· USD10 million in sky beds begins roll-out
· Better for business campaign targets increased premium traffic
· Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies retain world-leading position
· New award-winning lounges in Bahrain and Heathrow

Gulf Air today announced a return to profit with its best financial performance since 1997. Despite a BD30 million (USD80 million) cost to the business through fuel price rises during the year, Gulf Air recorded a profit of BD1.5 million (USD4.0 million) in the calendar year to December 2004, on revenues up 23.8 per cent to BD476.3 million (USD1.26 billion) (2003: BD 384.6 million / USD1,020.2 million).

The results mean Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman, has out-performed the targets set under Project Falcon, the three-year restructuring plan approved by the Board in December 2002.

James Hogan, the airline’s President and Chief Executive said:
“Despite an exceptionally difficult operating environment, in which fuel prices meant a USD80 million over-budget cost to the business, we are proud to report the best financial results at Gulf Air since 1997.

“Our strategy of increasing passenger numbers and revenues through world-class product and service delivery, coupled with tight cost control management, has changed the Gulf Air business beyond all recognition.

“We now have a business built on sustainable foundations which can compete with – and win against – the very best in the world.”

In 2004, revenue passenger numbers rose by 23.8 per cent from 6,046,468 in 2003 to peak at 7,484,588 by the end of the year. Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPKs) increased by 32.5 per cent whilst Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs) rose by 26.4 per cent. The seat factor meanwhile rose to 71.4 per cent compared to 68.1 per cent in 2003 – another record – whilst Gulf Traveller, the all-economy subsidiary, recorded an average load factor of 75.8 per cent across its 17-destination network.

Passenger revenue increased by 27.0 per cent over 2003, largely driven by the 24.3 per cent increase in premium passengers carried in 2004. Similar growth was seen in cargo where the structural changes were immediately reflected in the 20.4 per cent growth in revenue.

Gulf Air’s improved financial health is also evident in its reduced debt burden. In 2004, BD41.7 million (USD110.6 million) was paid to financial institutions. This represents a decrease of 7.8 per cent, and means that at 2.4, the airline’s debt to equity ratio is now below the limit of 3.0 that was set under Project Falcon.

James Hogan continued: “The measure of our success lies not only in the numbers, but is evident in the renewed confidence in Gulf Air within the financial markets and among our industry partners.

“We have been active in the global business arena, successfully negotiating a USD65 million credit facility from a seven-bank syndicate led by Standard Chartered Bank, signed a new joint venture agreement with world-leader, Sabre Inc, and another equally important USD138 million agreement with Lufthansa Technik for the provision of component maintenance services.

“Ultimately, the airline business is about the customer. We have invested in and delivered world-class products and world-first initiatives directly aimed at serving or customers better, and putting Gulf Air in a tiny group of airlines that lead, not follow, in developing their products.”

“This investment is also evident in the new corporate identity and the ongoing rebranding programme that is repositioning Gulf Air as a distinctive, contemporary airline with a modern Arabian look and feel. This has been accompanied by significant investments in our IT infrastructure at the unique world wide contact centre in Oman and in the implementation of state-of-the-art enterprise software systems that simplify and streamline processes and the use of our human resources.

“The current climate is going to demand still more of our people and resources. The operating environment is tougher and more competitive than it was two years ago. 2005 is likely to see competitor activity intensify on all fronts, with the introduction of new aircraft, new destinations and aggressive marketing. Added to this we will have to manage the record fuel prices, which if unaddressed, have the potential to erode the progress we have made to date,” he said.

“I believe we have proved our credentials not only in corporate transparency and strict fiscal discipline but also in honouring our Project Falcon commitment to our shareholding owner states. Gulf Air is leaner and more flexible to take on these challenges,” he continued. “However moving forward, and on the back of these results, I also believe there is a strong argument for privatisation. This will generate the kind of capital we need to re-equip the airline to compete effectively in the region.”

Mr. Hogan also acknowledged the staff at Gulf Air who have been instrumental in meeting the airline’s objectives over the last two years, noting that the airline’s nationalisation and succession planning strategy was achieving significant success with unique programmes to recruit, develop and train Gulf nationals from its three owner states to take up positions of leadership in the Gulf Air of the future and to play a meaningful role in their respective communities and regional economies.

In closing he thanked the three shareholding owner states and Board members for their ongoing commitment to the success of the turnaround and Gulf Air’s performance in the year.
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Great news, nice to see them back on track after being heavily robbed by previous bosses (not al 7amar, he didn't even get the chance to stay), don't want to mention who.

Anyways, they've installed the best business and first class seats in the world (currently used on the Abu Dhabi - London route and soon to be deployed on others).
Gulf states give free jet fuel to their airlens, ((lets not mention any for the time being untill we see what the new bahraini law on web site is about hehe))

Gulf air however is not one of these airlines, it run fully on commercial basis.

The double decker Airbus 380-800 made its First flight safely today. This is a big day for the EU.

Where are we from these developments??
Moments after emerging from the cockpit of the A380 after its successful first flight, chief test pilot Jacques Rosay said flying the world’s biggest passenger jet had been “like handling a bicycle.”
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