Aviation professional returns to Gulf Air as new chief operating officer
Gulf Air appointed Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismail as the airline’s new chief operating officer.
The appointment marks a return to the airline for Captain Ismail, who started his career with Gulf Air flying the Fokker F27 and later the Boeing 747 fleet that Gulf Air operated in the 1980s.
In an aviation career spanning over 35 years, Captain Ismail has worked both at Gulf Air and with other airlines in the region where he managed major fleet expansion projects including managing a fleet composed of 144 aircraft.
Captain Ismail joins at a significant time in the airline’s history, as Gulf Air prepares to receive a new fleet consisting of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft, of which 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018.
Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air CEO and Captain Waleed AbdulHameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air deputy CEO, welcomed Captain Ismail to his new post.