Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air has been named winner in the ‘Virtualisation’ category at the Network World Middle East Awards 2013, honouring the airline’s on-going and noteworthy technology innovations during a gala ceremony held in Dubai.
The award which recognised Gulf Air’s high level of IT services that help achieve customer satisfaction and deliver service excellence, was presented to Dr Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director of Information Technology who commented on the achievement, "Winning this award demonstrates the success of our efforts in utilising state-of-the-art technology to deliver value to our customers. Our commitment to Gulf Air’s IT development is constant and winning this award reflects Gulf Air’s achievements to date, the strength of our team in providing the latest and best technology solutions and proves, once again, the carrier’s pioneering and innovative tradition.”
Recently, Gulf Air became one of the select few airlines in the region to hold the prestigious, global ISO certification for its information security management system. It prescribes a risk-based approach to identify, manage, and reduce the range of threats to which information is regularly subjected. Gulf Air also successfully introduced cloud computing in 2012 and demonstrated its corporate social responsibility by adopting several “green” solutions in its Information Technology infrastructure and practices. One of the latest in these initiatives is the opening of a redesigned, state-of-the-art, energy efficient Data Centre at the airline’s headquarters with energy-efficient blade technology and virtualisation that cuts the power requirement by 50% and uses 30% less airflow, making it one of the most environmentally friendly IT centres in the country.