Gulf Air on Winning Streak with 3 Awards

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The FINANCIAL — Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has seen its Information Technology department recognized threefold recently – winning regionally acclaimed awards for its IT infrastructure and development.

The airline’s efficient implementation of Mobile Device Management for Electronic Flight Bags -that were recently rolled out across its fleet and pilots- saw Gulf Air win the Network Middle East Innovation award for “Wireless Implementation of the Year”, while its security framework for securing its Hybrid Cloud architecture saw the national carrier secure the “Best Cloud Security Implementation” Award for 2015 at the Gulf Information Security Exhibition and Conference (GISEC). Most recently, Gulf Air won the Best “Virtualization Project” Award at the Network World Middle East Awards – CNME – for its continuous efforts to qualify Information Technology in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage and enhance business value, according to Gulf Air.

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam commented on the national carrier’s achievement: “The Gulf Air family strives to excel in all areas – ensuring that our passengers’ experience onboard our airline is a superior one, across a broad spectrum of deliverables. I am pleased to see Gulf Air recognized yet again as we consistently work towards our ultimate goal and vision.”

Speaking of the airline’s recognition Gulf Air Director of Information Technology Dr. Jassim Haji said: “We are delighted to win some of the region’s top awards for achievements in Information Technology – a direct result of our steadfast commitment and focus on IT as a key business enabler. We are delivering our promise to continuously improve our services to better serve our passengers and utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to deliver greater value across our business.”

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Bahrain’s national carrier has consistently been at the forefront of introducing several improvements and innovations in its IT operations. The airline was the first organization in Bahrain to introduce Cloud Computing in its IT operations, enabling faster and more efficient business performance with resulting enhanced customer service. Gulf Air also recently rolled out Electronic Flight Bags across the airline’s fleet and pilots, thereby moving from a paper-based flight manual to an electronic process that offers advanced information management and delivers more accurate aircraft performance calculations, creating significant time and cost savings while increasing safety and streamlining the management of flight information.

Earlier this year Gulf Air won Computer News Middle East’s (CNME) annual, prestigious CIO 100 Award for the 4th consecutive year, becoming the first organization and first airline in the Middle East to do so. The national carrier’s Electronic Flight Bags were also recognized last year at the MEET ICT 2014 Recognition Awards, receiving a MEET ICT Excellence award for best mobile application.


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