Gulf Air adds to all-Bahraini female cabin crew
Manama, May 22, 2011
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has recruited the third group of six all-Bahraini female cabin crew.
This is the third group of Bahraini cabin crew to graduate from a joint-initiative run by the airline and Tamkeen to encourage more Bahrainis, particularly women, to join the national carrier in key customer-facing positions, such as flight crew by offering flexible scheduling benefits.
“I am proud to say we have now 20 Bahraini female cabin crew at Gulf Air and more will be joining in the coming months. Since we launched this programme last year, the feedback has been positive and has exceeded our expectations. I look forward to the graduation of many other groups in the near future,” stated Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali.
“Tamkeen has a rich track-record of supporting Bahraini women in their search for new and non-traditional careers in areas such as accounting and finance and aeronautical engineering – this new career as cabin crew with the national carrier is yet another feather in our collective caps – for Tamkeen, for Gulf Air and most of all for our young female cabin crew graduates,” added Tamkeen’s VP for Enterprise and Human Capital Development Dr Ahmed Abdul Ghani Al Shaikh.
Recognising Bahrain’s traditional family values and the importance placed on home life, Gulf Air has developed new flexible scheduling benefits for Bahraini women joining as flight attendants. The new recruits can opt to fly on only turn-around flights, that do not require an overnight stay outside Bahrain. However, they have the option to fly the airline’s entire network if they wish to explore the world with Gulf Air.
Gulf Air is the first airline in the GCC to offer such a scheme. It reinforces the airline’s commitment to the local community.
The airline is still accepting applications for prospective Bahraini cabin crew. Those interested can log onto gulfaircareers.com to apply and get more information.-TradeArabia News Service