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Name: BAHRAIN AIR
7JetSet7 Code: BAZ
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: MIDDLE EAST
City: MANAMA
Country: BAHRAIN
Employees 27
Web: bahrainair.org
Email: info@bahrainair.net
Telephone: +973 1746 3330
Fax: +973 1746 3331
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Formed in 2007 and started operations in 2008. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Mohamed Center, Building 151
Road 44, 243 Arad,
Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain was established in 1783, it covers an area of 695 sq km, its population is .6 million, its capital city is Manama, and its official language is Arabic.

BAHRAIN IS AN ARCHIPELEGO OF 32 SPECKS AND ONE LARGE ISLAND. BAHRAIN IS AN OUTPOST FOR MANY MULTINATIONAL FIRMS; IT PROSPERS BY PROCESSING CRUDE OIL RATHER THAN DRILLING FOR IT. AMONG THE MOST LIBERAL STATES, IT VOTED IN 2001 TO MAKE THE KINGDOM A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY BY 2004. IT IS POPULAR WITH VACATIONING SAUDIS AND KUWAITIS.

January 2008: A320-212 (645, A9C-BAZ), (ILF) leased.

February 2008: Bahrain Air (BAZ) launched services with two daily flights from Manama to Dubai, and four weekly flights to Beirut. Is operating 2 A320s in two-class configuration under a "premium low-price" business model. Managing Director, Ibrahim Al Hamer says the carrier plans to soon operate 140 weekly flights to 13 destinations across the Gulf and Africa. Al Hamer is the former chief of Gulf Air (GUL), which as part of a restructuring last year made Bahrain its only hub.

May 2008: Added route to Kochi (Cochin) in the southern Indian state of Kerala, with daily service starting in October.

July 2008: Bahrain Air (BAZ) began thrice-weekly flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with two class, A320s. Currently, (BAZ) serves Dubai; Beirut; Amman; Aleppo; Mashad; Kochi; Doha; Damascus; and Alexandria. Kuwait and Dhaka service begins in October.

Snecma Services announced an exclusive three-year engine maintenance contract with (BAZ), a new private low-cost carrier based in Bahrain. The time and material contract covers all (CFM56-5A)s operated by (BAZ). The companies also signed an Engine Line Operation Support contract covering services such as engineering and Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) support.

October 2008: A319-111 (2700, A9C-BAX), ex-Frontier Airlines (FRO), (GEF) leased - - SEE PHOTO - "BAZ-A320-2008-10."

December 2008: Bahrain Air (BAZ) is to open two new routes, serving Abu Dhabi and the Indian city of Kozhikode. The expansion follows its introduction of a third A320 airplane. (BAZ) is to begin operating three times per week to Kozhikode from 16 March next year. It will be the carrier's second Indian route after Kochi. Services to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s capital, Abu Dhabi, will begin on 23 March. The airline will serve the city eight times per week. (BAZ) already operates to Dubai. The two new routes will give the carrier 16 destinations.

January 2009: Bahrain Air (BAZ) will operate thrice-weekly, Bahrain - Kathmandu flights beginning March 3. It will take delivery of a fourth A319 in the coming weeks.

February 2009: Bahrain Air (BAZ) is a low-cost carrier (LCC) operating from Bahrain to Alexandria, Aleppo, Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Dhaka (starting October 2008), Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, and Mashad.

(IATA) Code: 2B. (ICAO) Code: (BAB) (Callsign - BAHRAIN AIR).

http://www.bahrainair.org info@bahrainair.net

Parent organization/shareholders: Saudi Arabian interests (72%); & Bahraini investors (28%).

Main Base: Bahrain International Airport (BAH).

Destinations: Abu Dhabi*; Aleppo; Alexandria; Amman; Asyut; Beirut; Calicut*; Damascus; Dhaka*; Doha; Dubai; Erbil*; Jeddah; Kathmandu*; Khartoum; Kochi; Kuwait; Luxor; & Mashad.
(* Scheduled for introduction in 2009.)

April 2009: A320-214 (3840, A6-ABQ), RBS Aerospace leased.

May 2009: A320-214 (3896, A9C-BAT), delivery.

June 2009: Bahrain Air (BAZ) will add service from Bahrain to Mashad (twice-weekly on June 15) and Mumbai (daily on July 6).

2 A320-214s (3931, A9C-BAS; 3949, A9C-BAP), ALAFC (AVF) leased deliveries.

August 2009: Bahrain Air (BAZ) will launch twice-weekly, Bahrain - Baghdad service from August 28.

September 2009: Bahrain Air (BAZ) plans to place a firm order for three A320 family airplanes in January, Managing Director, Ibrahim Abdulla Al Hamer told reporters. "The company had planned to buy about four Airbus (EDS) planes. Due to the current international financial issues, there is a delay in the purchasing process and a reduction in the number to three airplanes." It signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to six airplanes last summer.

October 2009: A320-214 (4055, A9C-BAU), (GEF) leased.

April 2010: Bahrain Air (BAZ) said it is targeting a breakeven 2011 and that its board has boosted its authorized capital by 50% to BHD30 million/$79.3 million. (BAH), which began flying two years ago, launched thrice-weekly flights to Dhaka and four-times-weekly service to Chittagong last month and plans to begin serving Istanbul Ataturk on June 16. It operates four A320s and two A319s.

March 2011: Bahrain’s two carriers said (BAZ) & (GUL) have suspended flights to Lebanon, after a halt in services to Iran and Iraq, where Shiite communities have also slammed the kingdom’s handling of protests. Bahrain last week carried out a bloody crackdown on mainly Shiite activists demonstrating for democratic reforms in the tiny Shiite-majority, Sunni-ruled kingdom.

Iran condemned the March 16 intervention by troops from neighboring Gulf states in support of Manama, while Lebanon’s powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah has offered unspecified support for the Shiite-led Bahraini opposition. And thousands of protesters have turned out in Iraq in shows of support for Bahraini Shiites.

A Gulf Air (GUL) booking agent said that cancellations to Iran and Iraq were due to “operational reasons.” Another said: “What we know is that Gulf Air (GUL) cancelled the flights. We don’t know the reason.”

But another agent said: “Services have been cancelled by (the) Bahrain government for security reasons. You know the situation in Bahrain… We don’t have (any) idea” when they will resume.

National carrier Gulf Air (GUL)’s website says its operations are “suspended until and including 31 March, 2011; of flights to and from Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran, and to Baghdad, Najaf, Arbil and Basra in Iraq.

(GUL) and budget airline Bahrain Air (BAZ) have both called off flights to Lebanon “until further notice,” the official "BNA news" agency said. An employee of (BAZ) said the airline does not have services to Iran or Iraq, while the company’s website said flights to Lebanon have been called off until at least March 30.

In addition to the cancellation of flights from Bahrain to Lebanon, the Gulf kingdom has advised its citizens not to travel to the fellow Arab state, a popular destination for wealthy Gulf Arabs.

“Due to threats and interference by terrorists,” the Bahraini foreign ministry said it “warns and advises its citizens not to travel to the Republic of Lebanon as they might face dangers threatening their safety.”

April 2011:P A320-214 (4600, A9C-BAO), (GEF) leased.

June 2011: Bahrain Air (BAZ) will launch four-times-weekly, Bahrain - Istanbul service on June 22.

January 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) resumed flights to Kuwait City (KWI) on 26 January when the airline launched four weekly flights (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) from its Bahrain (BAH) base. (BAH), which operates 162-seat A320s on the route, will face considerable competition from Gulf Air (GUL)’s 34, Jazeera Airways (JZI)’s 10, United (UAL)’s seven, Kuwait Airways (KUW)’s four, (KLM)’s three and Biman Bangladesh (BNG)’s two weekly flights. Richard Nuttall, (CEO), (BAH), said: “We are delighted to be returning to Kuwait. Kuwait is an important destination in its own right and at the same time will also support our network beyond Bahrain with convenient connections especially to the Indian subcontinent and Khartoum.”

March 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) expanded its Indian network on 15 March when (BAZ) launched operations from its Bahrain (BAH) base to Thiruvananthapuram (TRV), also known as Trivandrum, in southernmost India. This is (BAZ)’s fourth destination in India after Mumbai, Kochi and Kozhikode. Flights on the new route initially operate four times weekly, but frequencies are planned to increase to daily by the summer. Competition on the route comes from Air India Express (AEB)’S weekly operation. (BAZ)’s Managing Director, Ibrahim Al Hamer commented: “The Indian Sub Continent remains a key focus area for Bahrain Air (BAZ) and Kerala continues to be a focal destination for us. Currently there are about 350,000 Keralites in Bahrain and another 400,000 in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This new route to Trivandrum, once again reiterates our commitment to improve our services and meet the needs of our customers within the region. We are positive for the future and traffic rights permitting we will continue to increase flights to India as we take more airplanes in the future.”

April 2012: Bahrain Air (Baz) will operate seasonal non-stop services from Dammam King Fahd International airport (DMM) to Beirut Rafic Hariri International airport (BEY) and Khartoum airport (KRT) between June 13 and July 28 offering its first services outside Bahrain after some limited similar services from Dubai International airport (DXB) some years ago.

May 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) (CEO), Richard Nuttall has made statements that he could envisage a merger with state-owned carrier Gulf Air (GUL) as a potential option to turn the two loss making carriers around.

June 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) has started the first new route from its new, second base in Dammam (DMM) in eastern Saudi Arabia, showing signs of a very liberal bilateral between the two countries. On 13 June, (BAH) introduced three weekly flights to Khartoum (KRT) in Sudan using its fleet of A319s/A320s. (BAH)’s Managing Director, Captain Ibrahim AL Hamer stated: “This is a great moment in the history of (BAH). The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia is a very important market for us as we start flying out of Dammam. My thanks and appreciation goes to the Civil Aviation Authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their far sighted support in this venture.”

July 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) said it is recovering from last year’s Middle East disturbances with a jump in traffic for the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

(BAH) announced a +57% increase in passenger traffic year-over-year, with a load factor of 78% LF compared to 59% LF a year earlier. Average airplane utilization also improved by +45% to stand at 13.1 hrs per day.

(BAH) attributes its recent return to growth to improvements in market conditions and the airline’s continued investment in product and services.

“The last 12 months have been really tough,” (CEO), Richard Nuttall said. “But there is now clear evidence that the markets are returning. We’ve used this time to invest in upgrading our systems, our products and our organization. We are in a much better place than we were 12 months ago.” (BAZ) anticipates outperforming its forecasts for 2012, he said.

Bahrain Air (BAZ) as well as Hainan Airlines (HNA) parent HNA Group have applied for licenses to operate domestic passenger services in Saudi-Arabia according to a report by "Reuters." Earlier, Gulf Air (GUL) and Qatar Airways (QTA) had already publicly declared their interest in entering the so far highly regulated Saudi-Arabian market.

October 2012: Bahrain Air (BAZ) and Saudi Arabia’s Nas Air (NAZ) have reached a code share agreement. The move comes ahead of Saudi Arabia’s plans to announce licenses for new competitors in the Kingdom’s domestic market and just a week after (NAZ) signed a similar tie-up with the (UAE)’s Etihad Airways (EHD).

Under the first phase of the deal, (NAZ) will place its code on (BAZ) flights operating from Dammam to Beirut and Khartoum. This is due to take effect in the forthcoming winter schedule, subject to regulatory approvals. “We are optimistic that this tie-up will be a win-win for both our carriers,” (BAZ) (CEO), Richard Nuttall said. “We see this as the start of a more extensive collaboration that will bring benefits to customers of both carriers.”

(NAZ) is a budget carrier, while (BAZ) positions itself as a hybrid, calling itself a premium value airline. Both airlines operate route networks throughout the Gulf and North Africa, with (BAZ) going additionally to the Indian sub-continent and the Levant. “Both our customers will benefit from increased flights at competitive fares,” (NAZ) (CEO), François Bouteiller said. “This additional code share agreement marks another milestone in the development of [the] Nas Air (NAZ) network and particularly out of Dammam.”

February 2013: Arabian Gulf carrier, Bahrain Air (BAZ) has filed for voluntary liquidation, squarely blaming the Bahraini authorities for its predicament. (BAZ), which operated a small fleet of leased A319s and A320s, was severely affected by the unrest in the Middle East in 2011, particularly in its home market.

Bahrain has a largely Shia Moslem population but the ruling family and government are Sunni. The government ordered Bahrain Air (BAZ) to stop flying to several of its most profitable destinations in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon after support from governments or organizations in those nations for Shia demonstrations against the Bahraini government.

In a statement following an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders that decided on voluntary liquidation, (BAZ) (CEO), Richard Nuttall was blunt in attributing blame for the airline’s collapse.

Despite a royal decree that had promised all parties affected by the government’s decision would be fairly compensated, Bahrain Air (BAZ), despite making official claims, had received no compensation, he said.
“The airline is now being required to make immediate payments on past government debts or face closure at the same time as having its scheduled operations, both destinations and frequencies, being reduced considerably by the Civil Aviation Affairs in the Ministry of Transportation.

“This effectively strangles the airline by simultaneously requesting payments and reducing its ability to generate the necessary revenues both to make these payments and to sustain long term profitability.”

(BAZ) had “spared no effort” to negotiate a solution with the Transportation Minister – who, noted Nuttall, was “also an active board member” of national carrier Gulf Air (GUL). “However, he has shown no inclination to provide a meaningful solution. His decisions to restrict route approvals have cost the airline BD 4.5 million/$11.9 million in lost revenues over the last three months.”

Bahrain Air (BAZ) put forward its latest proposals to improve its position. However, the (EGM) had brought “only minor route concessions in return for payments of over >BD4 million.

“In the circumstances, given the position of the Minister, the shareholders decided that they had no option but to discontinue financial support and put the company into voluntary liquidation.”

During Bahrain Air (BAZ)'s five year existence, it served some 27 destinations in 15 countries across the Middle East from its Bahrain base, competing directly with Gulf Air (GUL) on the vast majority.

Although Bahrain Airport’s traffic grew by almost +9% last year to 8.5 million passengers, this is still below the airport’s record of just over >9 million set in 2009. During the same period (2009 - 2013) passenger numbers in Dubai have grown by +41% from 41 million to almost 58 million, while in Abu Dhabi the airport has seen an increase of +50% in annual passengers from 9.8 million to 14.7 million.

The (February 13) statement from the Bahrain Air (BAZ) Board of Directors was unequivocally bitter and very critical of the government, clearly accusing it of collusion over its ownership of Gulf Air (GUL), and perhaps showing just how bold government critics have become:

* The company sustained considerable financial losses as a result of the unstable political and security situation in Bahrain.

* In 2011, during Bahrain’s State of National Emergency, Bahrain Air (BAZ) was instructed to suspend flights to several destinations. Despite the Royal Decree, which states that all affected parties will be fairly compensated, (BAZ), despite making official claims, has received no compensation.

* (BAZ) is now being required to make immediate payments on past government debts or face closure at the same time as having its scheduled operations, both destinations and frequencies, being reduced considerably by the Civil Aviation Affairs in the Ministry of Transportation. This effectively strangles the airline.

* (BAZ) has spared no effort to negotiate a solution with the Minister of Transportation (who is also an active board member of Gulf Air (GUL)). However, he has shown no inclination to provide a meaningful solution. His decisions to restrict route approvals have cost the airline -BD 4.5 million in lost revenues over the last 3 months.

* Today is a sad day for all Bahrain Air (BAZ) shareholders and employees. We helped promote Bahrain as a business and leisure destination and Bahrain International Airport as a passenger hub in line with the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030. In doing so, we have demonstrated that it is possible to provide high quality and reliable scheduled airline services at a fraction of the costs achieved by state airlines.

February 2014: Bahrain Air ((IATA) Code: BN, based at Bahrain) (BAZ) is set to file for bankruptcy on February 19, the "Gulf Daily News" claims. Though (BAZ) suspended operations and entered into voluntary liquidation in 2013, it has not yet legally entered into bankruptcy. Once filed, millions of dinars in severance packages owed to (BAZ)'s 345 ex-employees could be wiped out in addition to other sizeable debts owed to other firms. "(BAZ) is filing for bankruptcy on February 19 which means that all the 75 individuals (who have cases pending) and any companies with cases against it will get nothing," a lawyer arguing on behalf of former Bahrain Air (BAZ) staff said. "Because they are filing for bankruptcy in February, then all those cases in which verdicts were due in March will be useless." (BAZ) had previously agreed severance packages of 24 days' pay for each year its employee had worked, in addition to compensation for their notice period and leave, as well as indemnity for expatriates. Prior to its voluntary liquidation in 2013, Bahrain Air (BAZ) flew to 17 destinations. Its demise was partly blamed on sustained financial losses which stemmed from the "unstable political and security situation," in the country at the time, which forced it to cease operations.

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February 2014

1 A319-111 (CFM56-5B5/P) (2700, /06 A9C-BAX - - SEE PHOTO - "BAZ-A320-2008-10"), EX-(FRO), EX-(N944FR), (GEF) LSD. 12C, 114Y.

3 A319-111 (CFM56-5B5/P), 12C, 114Y.

3 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (579, /96 A9C-BAY 1/08; 645, /97 A9C-BAZ, 2008-02), (ILF) LSD. 12C, 150Y.

1 A320-214 (3896, A9C-BAT), 2009-05. 12C, 150Y.

1 A320-214 (3840, A6-ABQ), RBS AEROSPACE LSD 2009-04. 12C, 150Y.

1 +2 ORDERS A320-214 (3861), (ILF) LSD. 12C, 150Y.

2 A320-214 (3931, A9C-BAS, 2009-06; 3949, A9C-BAP 2009-06), (AVF) LSD. 12C, 150Y.

2 A320-214 (4055, A9C-BAU, 2009-10; 4600, A9C-BAO, 2011-04), (GEF) LSD. 12C, 150Y.

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BAZ-1-SHAIKH MOHAMED BIN ABDULLA ALKHALIFA
BAZ-2-IBRAHIM ABDULLA AL HAMER

SHAIKH MOHAMED BIN ABDULLA ALKHALIFA, CHAIRMAN.

RICHARD NUTTALL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

CAPTAIN IBRAHIM ABDULLA AL HAMER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-(GUL).

CAPTAIN AHMED MOHAMED YAQUBI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE.

B J MAJMUDAR, DIRECTOR CORPORATE PLANNING.

MOHAMED SALEH FAKHRI, DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS.

ABDULMOEEN MOHAMED ALBASTAKI, SENIOR MANAGER TECHNICAL.

ABDULAZIZ YOUSIF ALSHAER, MANAGER CORPORATE SECURITY.

AHMED YOUSIF ALBANNA, MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & SUPPORT SERVICES.

ANTOINE ALACHKAR, MANAGER MARKETING & SALES.

HUSSAIN AHMED ALJAWDER, MANAGER CABIN CREW & IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.

JOSEPH ABDO KANAAN, MANAGER ACCOUNTS.

KHALID MOHAMED OMAR, LEGAL ADVISOR.

KRISHNAMURTHY GANESAMURTHY, MANAGER FINANCE.

MAY FAROUK OMAR, MANAGER E-COMMERCE.

NASER ABDULAZIZ ISA, MANAGER GROUND OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN SUHAIL ABDULHAMEED ISMAEEL, MANAGER FLEET & TRAINING.

 
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