Gulf Air to decide on alliance membership in 'near future'
Gulf Air President and CEO, Samer Majali, stated the carrier is actively seeking to join an airline alliance and is in discussion with the main alliances. "Yes, we are actively looking to join an alliance. Joining an alliance provides Gulf Air an immediate virtual extension to the member airlines' vast network and vice-versa. We are continuing our discussions with the major alliances and we hope to arrive at a decision in the near future" (Manama/Trade Arabia, 06-Sep-2010). Meanwhile, there has been speculation that Gulf Air is one of 12 carriers targeted for takeover by British Airways/Iberia.