Flynas gets Middle East's Leading Low-Cost Airline accolade again

Bander Al-Mohanna, CEO of NAS Holding, says ‘2016 was a year of major expansion for flynas’.
Updated 04 October 2016
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Flynas gets Middle East's Leading Low-Cost Airline accolade again

Flynas, the Kingdom’s national carrier, has been named as the Middle East's Leading Low-Cost Airline at the World Travel Awards 2016, for the second year in a row. The award was presented to flynas during a ceremony in Dubai on Sept. 29.
In bestowing the award, the organizers noted flynas’ significant expansion over the past 12 months, an increased number of destinations, growth in naSmiles, it loyalty program, and market leading enhancements in its customer focused mobile app and ecommerce suite of products.
Bander Al-Mohanna, CEO of NAS Holding, said: "We are delighted that this work continues to be recognized by the global aviation industry for the second year in a row."
Al-Mohanna added: "While 2016 was a year of major expansion for flynas in terms of business growth and business decisions, we remain committed to continuing to invest in our products and services for the benefit of our guests.”
For this special occasion, flynas has also announced that all guests can now get a discount of SR100 on all of its international destinations by using the promo code, WEWON, on flynas website or on flynas' mobile application. The offer took effect on Tuesday and will last for seven days till Oct. 10, and will give flynas guests the chance to travel until Dec. 31.
World Travel Awards celebrates its 23rd anniversary year in 2016. The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry.


Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Updated 21 May 2019
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Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri recently participated in the 13th Annual Maritime HR Conference in London. The company’s chief support officer Hisham Alkhaldi was invited as a guest speaker at the largest worldwide gathering of maritime HR professionals. 

Held at Leonardo Royal Hotel in London from May 9 to 10, the annual event discussed key issues facing HR teams in the maritime industry. The conference brought together regulators, industry-renowned speakers, business leaders, and nearly 200 delegates representing shipowners, ship managers, oil companies, and other maritime employers such as classification societies and P&I clubs. 

Speaking on the “Diversity and Inclusion in the Maritime Industry” panel at the conference, Alkhaldi put a spotlight on the under-representation of women in the workplace across industries, particularly in the maritime sector. Highlighting that only 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women and less than 1 percent occupy leadership roles in the industry, he said that it has become imperative for various stakeholders in the maritime industry to step up both concerted and individual efforts to address these challenges effectively and swiftly. 

“As a result of constant and deliberate efforts to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of gender balance in the workplace, policymakers and businesses in the maritime industry increasingly identify equal opportunities as a top priority today. Promoting women’s participation at work is critical not only for accelerating economic growth and sustainable development but also for driving stronger bottom-line results for businesses,” Alkhaldi said.

“Similarly, a diverse workforce will lead to higher productivity and customer loyalty, and catalyze innovation, leveraging the perspectives and experiences of employees of different nationalities, and ethnicities. As an employee-centric organization, Bahri has incorporated diversity and inclusion in its human resources policies and processes.” 

Alkhaldi also shed light on Bahri’s initiatives aimed at embracing diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its business. The company has been striving to boost the participation of women in its operations, which reached 18 percent this year. Bahri has also teamed up with universities to develop programs that will help introduce students to the maritime sector and its services. 

At the heart of Bahri’s diverse and inclusive workforce is its “Talent Management Framework,” which provides a clear direction for strategically attracting, sourcing, managing, developing and retaining talents in the company. The framework was recently named the “Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy” at the inaugural CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards. The company had also won in the “Best Talent Development Strategy” category at the Future Workplace Awards 2018.