On February 12, 2018, Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, announced the appointment of Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Ismail as the airline’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective February 2018.

“As a UK graduate, Captain Ismail started his career with Gulf Air flying the Fokker F27 and later the renowned Boeing 747 fleet that Gulf Air operated in the 1980s” is noted in a statement by the airline. “With an aviation career spanning over 35 years, he brings a wealth of international aviation experience to his new position. 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”.

Gulf Air underwent a series of management changes in 2017 – 2018. In May 2017 the carrier announced the appointment of its new Board of Directors. Following a sudden resignation of the airline’s CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam in June 2017, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi was appointed as deputy chief executive officer in August 2017. In November 2017 Krešimir Kučko was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer.