Gulf Air was established way back in the year 1950 as the Gulf Aviation Company and has been constantly progressing ever since. The national airline of Bahrain, at present, is completely owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain through the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. Initially, the airline was setup to serve as a commuter service of a small scale to cater to the regional customers. However, presently the carrier is one of the top player in the commercial aviation field. There is a comprehensive schedule of Gulf Air flights, serving more than 30 destinations around the world. The motto of the airline over years has remained the same; to provide in-flight facilities to the passengers at low cost and ensure that the passengers have safe flight. Backed by the world-class services provided in-flight, reasonable air fare and convenient purchasing of air tickets through online booking service, the airline has managed to win the trust of passengers. The airline has also been awarded with the winner title in the 'Virtualisation' category at Network World Middle East Awards 2013 held in Dubai. This award was a result of the airline's technology innovations in the field of IT. The popularity of Gulf Air is thus increasing immensely, across the globe. less... more
Destination & Services
The national flag carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air, serves a number of global and domestic destinations. There are a number of frequent and regular Gulf Air flights in the schedule of the airline. The airline also provides convenient booking of air tickets at low air fare through the online booking facility. In its region, the airlines flies to top destinations including Beirut, Amman, Baghdad, Medina, Riyadh, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and Dammam, to name a few. The airline also flies to popular destinations in Europe, namely London, Paris and Frankfurt. At the same time, Gulf Air connects Bahrain to several cities in Indian sub-continent including those in India and Pakistan. In India, the airline flies to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai. On the other hand, in Pakistan it serves cities of Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore. Gulf Air covers Asia in its route network with regular to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket, Manila and Kuala Lumpur. The airline also has codesharing agreement with several other airlines, which lets it serve more destinations in Europe and America. In American region it offers codesharing flights to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, Detroit, Miami and Houston, among many others. Less... more
Gulf Air boasts of an extraordinary fleet of 34 with aircrafts like the Airbus A319-100, A320-200, A321-200, A330-200, A340-300 and Boeing 777-300ER. Gulf Air's service to London has Fifty Hackney Carriages for all fights from London Heathrow to Bahrain and beyond! On 1 March 2010, Gulf Air launched its new "Falcon Gold" cabin, a single premium cabin that is aimed at offering higher standards of comfort for the usual price. Temporarily, the same seats will be used until a new-state-of-the-art flat bed seat is launched soon. In addition to this, Gulf Air also expects to add another 59 aircrafts including Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 787-8 to its fleet by 2012.
The baggage allowance as per Gulf Air baggage policy is 30 kgs for Economy class passengers and 40 kgs for Falcon Gold Passengers. These luggage restrictions hold good for children as well (2 years or older). The Gulf Air check-in luggage, as per frequent flyer program, can exceed by an extra 20 kgs of baggage (for Gold members) and an extra 15 kgs (for Silver members). Excess baggage is chargeable as per class of ticket and point of origin of flight. Gulf Air cabin baggage allowance is different for different classes. For Falcon Gold a total of 9 kgs of baggage is allowed and for Economy Class, total 6 kgs of baggage is permissible.
Awards & Recognition
Gulf Air's meticulous services to India and other destinations have earned it numerous accolades over the past few years. In 2006, Gulf Air was the proud recipient of the Golden Award in the on board service category. Gulf Air has also been honoured with the title of Overall Winner by the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA) for its innovation, quality in application and customer satisfaction.
Gulf Air History
Gulf Air was started in the 1940's as an air taxi service to Doha and Dhahran from Bahrain. It was later expanded to a private share holding company under Gulf Aviation. In 1973, Gulf Air starting its services to Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar, Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman, becoming the national carrier for the Persian Gulf. In 1981, Gulf Air became part of the IATA and in 1982, it became the first international airline to land at Riyadh. On its completion of 40 years in 1990, Gulf Air became the first Arab airline to fly to Australia. Thereafter, Gulf Air flew to many new destinations like Johannesburg, Thiruvananthapuram, Casablanca, Jakarta, Rome, Zurich and many others.