Gulf Air's senior Bahraini pilot retires
Manama, February 12, 2011
The senior most Bahraini pilot with Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has retired from service after 33 years of service with the airline.
Captain Abdul Sattar Al Alawi was given a farewell at an event at the Gulf Air headquarters, which was attended by his longtime friend and his longtime friend and colleague Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs and other senior Gulf Air officials and colleagues.
Captain Sattar, who has clocked close to 20000 flying hours, joined Gulf Air in 1977 and went to the College of Air Training, Southampton UK, where he completed his training in 1979 and returned to Bahrain to commence his AB Initio training on the B737.
He also completed the A320 conversion in Toulouse, France with Airbus. After flying many types of aircraft including the A330 and A340, he was promoted to take over the position of assistant chief pilot standard in 1999 and then he became manager fleet training for the A340 in 2002. – TradeArabia News Service