Gulf Air Honors Top Travel Agents of India

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 14:10 hrs

New Delhi, Delhi, India:Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain invited over 300 travel agents to an official awards ceremony, honoring the airline’s top travel agents and corporates from Northern and Western Indian regions.

The event was aimed at recognizing and thanking trade partners for their loyalty and continued support to Gulf Air while giving them an opportunity to spend an evening in a relaxing environment with other members of the travel trade.

Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Karim Makhlouf thanked the travel agents for their continuous support to Gulf Air business and awarded top travel agents and corporates. From the northern region, M/s Akbar Travels of India won the Most Productive Agent award while M/s Yatra Online received the Most Improved Agent award. M/s FCM Travel Solutions was honoured as the Most Productive Corporate Agent whileDaburCompnay washonoured for being the Most Supportive Corporate Client.

From the western region, M/s Akbar Travels of India won the Most Productive Agent award while M/s Riya Travels and Tours received the Most Improved Agent award. M/s Thomas Cook India Ltd,was honoured as the Most Productive Corporate Agent while Tata Consultancy Services were honoured for being the Most Supportive Corporate Client.

Providing the guests an overview of the Gulf Air’s latest products, services and various commercial initiatives Mr. Makhlouf said, “Travel agents are integral to the growth of our airline, as they are responsible for generating substantial business for us. As the key frontline customer facingpersonnel, they make sure passengers receive a positive and comfortable travel experience throughout the entire travel chain - from the very first moment of bookingto completion of their journey. We are taking this opportunity to thank our travel agents and corporates from the Northern and Western regions of India for their continued support and cooperation,” he said.

Gulf Air recently developed a series of commercial initiatives tailored to the Indian market. These include the Falcon Corporate Plus Programmefor corporates and SME’s, the ‘Falcon Flyer’ Programme which offers members attractive privileges and value added benefits such as bonus miles up to 250%, guaranteed seats, priority baggage handling, half miles redemption and family membership, and ‘Family First’ - competitively priced packages for travelling families, offering special privileges both on the ground and in the air. The carrier was recently awarded the Family Friendly Airline Award 2012 based on its ‘Family First’ initiative which includes the introduction of dedicated Sky Nannies for family travellers.

Gulf Air has also just seen its Falcon Gold Bahrain Airport Lounge reopen following extensive refurbishment and the introduction of flatbed seats on some of its aircraft. In a world first, Gulf Air introduced a state-of-the-art entertainment and connectivity system on board in 2011 allowing passengers to browse the web at broadband speeds and access social media services such as Facebook and Twitter while onboard while communicating through mobile phones. In addition, business travelers can access their virtual private network (VPN) to send and receive emails while watching live news and stock market updates at 35,000 feet.

About Gulf Air

Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is the proud national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. As a pioneering airline in the Middle East region with over sixty years of experience and expertise in flying people across continents, Gulf Air is today one of the most powerful brands and a name to reckon with in the global aviation industry.

One of the prime objectives of Gulf Air is to connect Bahrain to the Middle East countries and the rest of the world. As such the airline currently operates the largest network in the Middle East with non-stop flights while providing seamless onward connections to other international destinations. The airline’s current network stretches from Europe to Asia, connecting 48 cities in 30 countries, with a fleet of 37 aircraft.

In tune with the Kingdom’s economic blue print, ‘Vision 2030’, Gulf Air’s strategy is to build an efficient, commercially sustainable and dynamic airline that effectively serves the people and the economy of Bahrain and represents the Kingdom on the world stage. Reflecting the needs and aspirations of its customers, the strategy focuses on three core areas: a targeted, more focused international network; a superior, more consistent product; and a modern, more efficient fleet that will optimize value. Gulf Air’s goal reflects a commitment to the latest aviation technology complemented by the hallmark Arabian hospitality for which the airline is well known.

Gulf Air was the official sponsor of the 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Katherine Kaczynska, Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Gulf Air, +973 17338416 - +973 36500292

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