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Encyclopedia > Gulf Air
Gulf Air
IATA
GF
ICAO
GFA
Callsign
GULF AIR
Founded 1950
Hubs Bahrain International Airport
Frequent flyer program Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Programme
Member lounge First and Business Class Lounge (no member lounges)
Fleet size 27
Destinations 40
Headquarters Manama, Bahrain
Key people Bjorn Naf, Acting President & CEO
Website: http://www.gulfair.com

Gulf Air (Arabic: طيران الخليج) is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The airline operates scheduled services to over 38 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Far East. Its main base is Bahrain International Airport.[1] The company's logo features a golden falcon. Image File history File links Gulf Air logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Bahrain International Airport (IATA: BAH, ICAO: OBBI) (Arabic: مطار البحرين الدولي; transliterated: Matar al-Bahrayn ad-Dowaly) is an airport located on Al Muharraq, an island on the northern tip of Bahrain, north of the capital, Manama. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... Bahrain from space, June 1996 Manama (Arabic: المنامة Al-Manāmah) is the capital city of Bahrain and is the countrys largest city with a population of approximately 155,000, roughly a quarter of countrys entire population. ... Arabic redirects here. ... For other uses, see Flag carrier (disambiguation). ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The far east as a cultural block includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. ... Bahrain International Airport (IATA: BAH, ICAO: OBBI) (Arabic: مطار البحرين الدولي; transliterated: Matar al-Bahrayn ad-Dowaly) is an airport located on Al Muharraq, an island on the northern tip of Bahrain, north of the capital, Manama. ... Falcons eat humans. ...


The airline is not part of an airline alliance but is part of the oneworld global explorer fare. It has extensive codeshare services with other airlines and special partnerships with Jet Airways and Oman Air's Frequent Flyer Programmes. For other uses, see Oneworld (disambiguation). ... Jet Airways is an airline based in Mumbai, India, operating domestic and international services. ... Oman Air (الطيران العماني) is the national airline of Oman. ...

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History

[citation needed] In the late 1940s, Freddie Bosworth (a British pilot) began an air taxi service to Doha and Dhahran from Bahrain. Bosworth later expanded this service and on the 24 March 1950, he registered Gulf Aviation as a private share-holding company. Seven Avro Ansons and 3 De Havilland DH.86B 4-engine biplanes formed the fleet, but more modern aircraft were needed. Bosworth chose the De Havilland Dove but while preparing to introduce the type into service he was killed on a demonstration flight at Croydon on 9 June 1951. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Doha (Arabic: , transliteration: or ), population 400,051 (2005 census), is the capital of Qatar and is at , on the Persian Gulf. ... This article is about Dhahran, the city. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Avro Anson was a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and numerous other air forces during World War II and afterwards. ... The de Havilland 86 was developed in 1933 for QANTAS, to inaugurate the Singapore-Brisbane section of the England to Australia air route. ... de Havilland Dove The de Havilland DH.104 Dove was a British monoplane short-haul airliner from de Havilland, the successor to the bi-plane de Havilland Dragon Rapide and was one of Britains most successful post-war civil designs. ... For other uses, see Croydon (disambiguation). ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In October 1951 British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) became a major shareholder in Gulf Aviation, holding a 22% stake.[1] Gulf Aviation began services to London in April 1970 with a Vickers VC10 and, with the introduction of BOAC, saw a succession of updated aircraft entering the fleet. BOAC Logo The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state airline from 1939 until 1946 and the long-haul British state airline from 1946. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The VC-10 airliner was designed and built by Vickers in the 1960s. ...

VC-10 at London Heathrow Airport in 1977

The turning point for Gulf Aviation came in 1973 when the governments of the Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman purchased BOAC's shares in Gulf Aviation. The Foundation Treaty signed on 1 January 1974 gave each government a 25% shareholding in the re-branded Gulf Air, which became the national carrier for the four states in the Persian Gulf. Later that year, the airline's support of oil exploration resulted in the establishment of the wholly owned Gulf Helicopters subsidiary.[1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 680 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 680 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The VC-10 airliner was designed and built by Vickers (part of the British Aircraft Corporation) in the 1960s. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


With leased Lockheed L-1011 Tristar and Boeing 737s joining the fleet, by 1976 Gulf Air had expanded its route network to include: Amman, Amsterdam, Athens, Baghdad, Bangkok, Beirut, Cairo, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Khartoum, Larnaca, Manila, Paris, Ras al-Khaimah and San‘a’. The fleet comprised 4 Vickers VC10s, 3 BAC One-Elevens, 2 Lockheed L-1011 Tristar 200s, and 5 Boeing 737-200s. Two years later the Tristar fleet had doubled, replacing the VC10s, and the Boeing 737s had increased to 9, resulting in the phasing out of the One-Elevens. The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, commonly referred to as just L-1011 (pronounced ell-ten-eleven), was the third widebody passenger jet airliner to enter operation, following the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... For other meanings, see Amman (disambiguation) and Ammann. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governer Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... This article is about the Lebanese city. ... Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: , District Colombo District Government  - Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area  - City 37. ... For other uses, see Delhi (disambiguation). ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bengali: Ḍhākā; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. ... , Nickname: Location of Jeddah Coordinates: , Country Province Established 500+ BC Government  - Mayor Adil Faqeeh  - City Governor Mishal Al-Saud  - Provincial Governor Khalid al Faisal Area  - City 1,320 km²  (509. ... Nickname: Khartoums location in Sudan Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Abdul Halim al Mutafi Population (2005)  - Urban Over 1 Million For other uses, see Khartoum (disambiguation). ... District Larnaka  - Mayor Andreas Moyseos Population (2001)  - City 72,000 Time zone EET (UTC+2) Website: http://www. ... Nickname: Motto: Linisin Ikarangal Maynila Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Manila Coordinates: 14°35 N 121° E Country Region Districts 1st to 6th districts of Manila Barangays 897 Incorporated (city) June 10, 1574 Government  - Mayor Alfredo Lim (2007-2010; GO)  - Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (AM/PDP-Laban... This article is about the capital of France. ... --Blux 3 16:10, 7 July 2007 (UTC) The flag of Ras al-Khaimah Ras Al-Khaimah (Arabic: رأس الخيمة the top of the tent) is one of the United Arab Emirates. ... Building in San‘a’ Clay houses in San‘a’ The residence of Imam Yahya in the Wadi Dhar near San‘a’. Backstreet in Yemen (Arabic: ‎ , sometimes spelled Sanaa or Sanaa) is the capital of Yemen and the centre of San‘a’ Governorate. ... The BAC One-Eleven was a British short-range jet airliner of the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, commonly referred to as just L-1011 (pronounced ell-ten-eleven), was the third widebody passenger jet airliner to enter operation, following the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ...


The 1980s saw an increase in air travel and growth for Gulf Air. In 1981 Gulf Air became an IATA member and in the following year became the first international airline to land at Riyadh. In 1988 the Boeing 767s joined the fleet and services to Frankfurt, Istanbul, Damascus, Dar es Salaam, Fujairah and Nairobi were launched, with services to Shiraz and Baghdad resumed. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The International Air Transport Association is an international trade organization of airlines headquarted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Riyadh (Arabic: ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. ... American Airlines Boeing 767-300 at Gatwick Airport, England. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... Istanbul (Turkish: , Greek: , historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see other names) is Turkeys most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. ... For other uses, see Damascus (disambiguation). ... Dar es Salaam (دار السلام), formerly Mzizima, is the largest city (pop. ... The flag of the UAE Fujairah (Arabic: الفجيرة) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, on the Gulf of Oman in the countrys east. ... Nairobi (pronounced ) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. ... For other uses, see Shiraz (disambiguation). ...


Gulf Air celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1990 . The light blue and peach Balenciaga-designed uniform was introduced. Singapore, Sydney and Trivandrum were launched and Gulf Air became the first Arab airline to fly to Australia. Gulf Air added Johannesburg and Melbourne to its network (1992), becoming the first Arab airline to fly directly to these cities. The following year it opened up a Flight Simulator Centre in Qatar. The same year saw the introduction of services to Casablanca, Entebbe, Jakarta, Kilimanjaro, Madras, Rome, San'a', Zanzibar, and Zürich. Balenciaga is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga,1895 -1972 a Basque-Spanish artist. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... , Thiruvananthapuram   (Malayalam: തിരുവനന്തപുരം TiruvanÅ­ntapuraṁ), also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ... Location of Entebbe within Uganda. ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Sunda Kalapa, Jayakarta, Batavia and Djakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... Kilimanjaro is a mountain in northeastern Tanzania. ... Madras refers to: the Indian city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the former Indian state, now known as Tamil Nadu (Plural of Madra): Ancient people of Iranian affinites, who lived in northwest Panjab in the Uttarapatha division of ancient India. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... Map of Zanzibars main island Zanzibar is part of Tanzania Coordinates: , Country Tanzania Islands Unguja and Pemba Capital Zanzibar City Settled AD 1000 Government  - Type semi-autonomous part of Tanzania  - President Amani Abeid Karume Area  - Both Islands  637 sq mi (1,651 km²) Population (2004)  - Both Islands 1,070... For other uses of Zurich, see Zurich (disambiguation). ...


In May 1994, Gulf Air received its first Airbus A340-300. Gulf Air introduced a no-smoking policy on flights to Singapore and Australia in 1998 which later extended throughout its whole network. In 1999 , Gulf Air also launched three new routes in North Pakistan: Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar. It also took delivery of two (out of six) Airbus A330-200 aircraft and a new Balmain uniform was introduced. For the road in England, see A340 road. ...   (Urdu: اسلام آباد) is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ...   (Urdu: لاہور, Punjabi: لہور, pronounced ) is the capital of the province of Punjab and is the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi. ...   (Urdu: پشاور; Pashto: پښور) literally means City on the Frontier in Persian and is known as Pekhawar in Pashto. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ...

Gulf Air Airbus A340-300, displaying the 50th anniversary designs.

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21st century

[citation needed] In 2000 the airline celebrated its 50th anniversary. It took delivery of the remaining Airbus A330-200 aircraft in June of that year, and launched services to Milan. In May 2002 James Hogan became President and CEO of Gulf Air and instigated a three year restructuring and turnaround programme, which was launched in response to a drastic fall in profits at the company and ever-increasing debt. The Gulf Air Board unanimously approved the three-year recovery plan at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 18 December. This month also saw the withdrawal of the State of Qatar from Gulf Air. In 2003 Gulf Air introduced a new Landor designed livery. June 1, 2003 saw the establishment of Gulf Traveller, a subsidiary all-economy full-service airline. For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Landor Associates is a San Francisco-based brand and creative design consultancy. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gulf Traveller is an airline based in Manama, Bahrain. ...


Gulf Air also announced a sponsorship deal for the Bahrain Grand Prix which will last until 2010 . This deal created the Gulfair Bahrain Grand Prix, of which the first was staged in 2004 . Gulf Air also introduced direct daily flights to Athens and Sydney, via Singapore, on 23 November 2003. The Bahrain Grand Prix (Arabic: جائزة البحرين الكبرى) is a Formula One Championship race which first took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 4, 2004. ... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004, Gulf Air introduced direct flights between Dubai and London and Muscat and London, and a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah and carried a record 7.5 million passengers during this year. Gulf Air's sponsorship of the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix continued, with a record race crowd and a global TV audience. Coordinates: , Emirate Government  - Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area [1]  - Metro 4,114 km² (1,588. ... Several things are known as Muscat: Muscat, or Mascat is the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, also known as sultanate of Muscat. ...

Airbus A340-300 takes off. The undercarriage is retracting
Airbus A340-300 takes off. The undercarriage is retracting

A return to profit was announced, with the best financial performance since 1997 . Despite a BD30 million (US$80 million) cost to the business through fuel price rises during the year, Gulf Air recorded a profit of BD1.5 million (US$4.0 million) in the calendar year to December 2004, on revenues up 23.8% to BD476.3 million (US$1.26 billion) (2003: BD 384.6 million / USD1,020.2 million). The results meant the airline out-performed the targets set under Project Falcon, the three-year restructuring plan approved by the Board in December 2002. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 499 pixelsFull resolution (2499 × 1559 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 499 pixelsFull resolution (2499 × 1559 pixel, file size: 2. ... Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340. ... Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87s, with fixed conventional landing gear. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


The owner states of Gulf Air at that time - the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman - confirmed their support for further expansion of the airline, through a new three-year strategic plan which would include re-equipment of the aircraft fleet and recapitalisation of the business through private sector financing. Gulf Air was also placed on the IOSA registry following its successful completion of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... “IATA” redirects here. ...


The new summer schedule commencing 28 April 2006 saw the complete withdrawal of Abu Dhabi as a hub following the decision on the 13 September 2005, by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to withdraw from Gulf Air and establish its own airline, Etihad Airways. Gulf Air changed its operations to a dual hub basis between Bahrain and Muscat airports. The airline produced a series of adverts in local newspapers thanking Abu Dhabi for its contribution to Gulf Air. Due to the airline being the national carrier for the United Arab Emirates for over 35 years, it has a large customer base located in Abu Dhabi. Gulf Air endeavoured to show the continuing support for flights to Abu Dhabi from Bahrain and Muscat, connecting to the rest of the Gulf Air network, via adverts placed in local newspapers. is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد, ʼal-Ê»itiħād) is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. ...


Gulf Air has an aircraft simulator facility at its Bahrain Headquarters. The BD3.5 million facility will offer real-time, simulated on-board training to pilots on Boeing 767, Airbus A320 family aircraft and A330/340 in three flight simulators. A320 redirects here. ...


On the 27 April 2006, the Governments of Bahrain and Thailand signed an 'Open Skies' agreement which allowed an unlimited and unrestricted number of flights between the two nations. Gulf Air operates daily flights to Bangkok from Bahrain, with four flights a week from Muscat. With this new agreement in place, Gulf Air will double its frequency to Thailand by July 2006, with 14 flights a week between Bahrain and Thailand. April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Open Skies system is an integrated web-enabled reservation and inventory system suite that includes Internet, call center, airport departure control functionality and more. ...


James Hogan resigned his position as President and Chief Executive Officer (PCE) as of October 1, 2006, and has since taken the position of CEO at rival airline Etihad Airways. Ahmed Al Hammadi was named acting CEO until Swiss national André Dosé (former CEO of Crossair and Swiss International Air Lines) took on April 1, 2007. A few days later, he announced a BD310 million (USD825 million) restructuring plan which included: all flights originate from or arrive at Bahrain; routes to Johannesburg, Dublin, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney cancelled; withdrawal of the nine Boeing 767 from the fleet; phased withdrawal of the Airbus A340-300 from the fleet; introduction of the Airbus A321 in July 2007 and of the Airbus A330-300 in 2009 and layoffs that will not differentiate between employees' nationalities but will be solely performance-based. This led to some employees applying for jobs in other airlines, and in less than a month Gulf Air lost 500 persons from its workforce. This rapid decline of personnel required a senior official to state that "Gulf Air will not be sacking any staff under its recovery plan, but it will be weeding out those who don't do their jobs". The airline is aiming at cutting its workforce by 25 percent through people leaving naturally or accepting voluntary early retirement packages, and the company has a recruitment freeze till further notice. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Crossair was an airline based in Switzerland, founded by Moritz Suter. ... Swiss International Air Lines (short: Swiss) is the principal airline of Switzerland operating scheduled services in Europe and to North America, South America, Africa and Asia. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Sunda Kalapa, Jayakarta, Batavia and Djakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ...

Airbus A330-200
Airbus A330-200

On 6 May 2007, the government of Bahrain claimed 100% ownership of the airline as joint-owner Oman withdrew from the airline. André Dosé resigned on 23 July 2007.[2] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2087x1518, 94 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gulf Air ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2087x1518, 94 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gulf Air ... Air Canada Airbus A330 The Airbus A330 is a large_capacity medium_to_long_range commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Airbus. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Cabin upgrades would also be implemented as follows:


First Class Cabin Sky beds across the entire long-haul fleet/Install state-of-the art in-flight entertainment system/Implement latest soft furnishings specification to cabin interiors (Airbus A340 fleet)

Gulf Air local newspaper advert saying Thank You and Welcome to Abu Dhabi since their withdrawal in 2006.

Business Class Cabin Feature fully lie-flat seats across the entire wide-bodied fleet/Replace and improve seat pitch on the entire narrow-bodied fleet/Install state-of-the art in-flight entertainment system Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1928x1560, 1668 KB) Summary Gulf Air Advert in Local Newspaper Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1928x1560, 1668 KB) Summary Gulf Air Advert in Local Newspaper Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ...


Economy Class Replace economy seats with state-of-art “lighter-weight” seats across the entire fleet/Feature state-of-the art in-flight entertainment system with “seat back” personal video screens


Awards won By Gulf Air in 2007:

  • 1st place - Best economy class food (2007)
  • 1st place - Most Leg Space in economy class (2007)
  • 1st place - Best Fare In The Middle East (2007)

Destinations

See full article: Gulf Air destinations Gulf Air flies to the following locations. ...


Gulf Air are planning to start service to Colombo, Shanghai, Zurich from winter 2007. Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to Dar es Salaam are expected to start next year, schedules are being finalised. [1] Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: , District Colombo District Government  - Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area  - City 37. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... Dar es Salaam (دار السلام), formerly Mzizima, is the largest city (pop. ...


Fleet

The Gulf Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2007:

Gulf Air has announced in May 2007 that it will reduce its fleet size to 25 by removing the Boeing 767 aircraft from the fleet as an attempt to cut down maintenance costs.[citation needed] The first leased Airbus A321-200 is to join the fleet in mid-October 2007 and possibly the addition of Boeing 737-800s. The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ... American Airlines Boeing 767-300 at Gatwick Airport, England. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ...


Gulf Air has now stored the Boeing 767s. As of the 16th of September two remain in service, with one stored in Bahrain and the rest in Dublin.


The Gulf Air average fleet age is 11.9 years old in September 2007.[3]


Frequent Flyer Programme

[citation needed] In 2003, Gulf Air launched the Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP), replacing the Falcon Frequent Flyer programme. The frequent flyer programme also won four awards at the 17th Annual Freddie Awards. These awards are decided by frequent travellers.

  • 1st Place - Best Award Redemption, Frequent Flyer Programme, Europe/Middle East/Africa
  • 1st Place - Best Customer Service, Frequent Flyer Programme, Europe/Middle East/Africa
  • 1st Place - Best Award, Frequent Flyer Programme, Europe/Middle East/Africa
  • 1st Place - Best Website, Frequent Flyer Programme, Europe/Middle East/Africa

Gulf Air offers frequent flyer partnerships with the following airlines:

Gulf Air also offers frequent flyer partnerships with the following car rental agencies: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (SEHK: 0293)(traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is an airline based in Hong Kong, operating scheduled passenger and cargo services to 120 destinations worldwide. ... Jet Airways is an airline based in Mumbai, India, operating domestic and international services. ... Oman Air (الطيران العماني) is the national airline of Oman. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd (usually referred to as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline which is owned by Richard Bransons Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). It operates long-haul routes between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from...

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Program levels

Gulf Air FFP members are entitled to the following benefits listed below. These benefits do not apply to Family Members.

  • Blue Card
    • 10 kg Extra Baggage Allowance
    • Personal Baggage Tags
  • Silver Card
    • Check-In at Premium Desks
    • Lounge Access
    • 15 kg Extra Baggage Allowance
    • Priority Baggage Handling
  • Gold Card
    • Check-In at Premium Desks
    • Lounge Access + 1 Guest
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Subsidiaries

  • Gulf Cargo
  • Gulf Holidays

Gulf Traveller

The company's all Economy class airline Gulf Traveller ceased operations in April 2007. The airlines operations became unprofitable following the pull out of Abu Dhabi followed by Oman, the restructuring of Gulf Air, and the phasing out of its 767 fleet as well as some other types. Gulf Traveller is an airline based in Manama, Bahrain. ...


Sponsored events

Gulf Air sponsors events, of which the most prestigious is the Gulfair Bahrain Grand Prix. This is usually the first race of the Formula One season and is held in March or April of each year. The Bahrain Grand Prix (Arabic: جائزة البحرين الكبرى) is a Formula One Championship race which first took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 4, 2004. ...


Livery

Before 2003] the livery was predominantly white with a small golden falcon at the tail on a background of red, green and maroon stripes which represented the original four owner states of the Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. Since 2003] the livery has been fully gold at the front with white at the rear and a large redesigned falcon at the tail.[4] Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fleet refurbishment

Gulf is considering either Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s on option, to replace its Boeing 767 aircraft which are to be phased out by 2009.


A330 Interior refurbishment

[citation needed] The fleet of A330 aircraft underwent refurbishment which was completed in June 2005. All A330 aircraft now have the Gulf Air Sky Beds in First and Business Class Cabins.

  • The First Class cabin seating configuration is 1-2-1 and accommodates 8 passengers. It has an 80-inch pitch and 25-inch width bed with 180-degree recline. The Class 180 seat also converts to a full size bed. Individual screen size: 15-inch.
  • The Business Class cabin seating configuration is 2-2-2 and accommodates 24 passengers. It has an 63-inch pitch and 24-inch width bed with 163-degree recline. Individual screen size: 10.4-inch.
  • The Economy Class cabin seating configuration is 2-4-2 and accommodates 183 passengers. It has a 32-34-inch pitch and 18-inch seat width with 102-degree recline. Individual screen size: 6.5-inch.

A340 Interior refurbishment

[citation needed] Part of the A340 fleet underwent refurbishment which was completed in August 2006. The A340-312 (Version A) aircraft still have not been refurbished although all A340-300 aircraft now have the Gulf Air Sky Beds in First and Business Class Cabins.


A340-300 Details (Version B)

  • The First Class cabin seating configuration is 1-2-1 and accommodates 8 passengers. It has an 80-inch pitch and 25-inch width bed with 180-degree recline. The Class 180 seat also converts to a full size bed. Individual screen size: 15-inch.
  • The Business Class cabin seating configuration is 2-2-2 and accommodates 24 passengers. It has an 73-inch pitch and 24-inch width bed with 169-degree recline. Individual screen size: 10.4-inch.
  • The Economy Class cabin seating configuration is 2-4-2 and accommodates 217 passengers. It has a 32-34-inch pitch and 18-inch seat width with 102-degree recline. Individual screen size: 6.5-inch.

Incidents and accidents

23 September 1983 [5]

Main article: Gulf Air Flight 771
  • Location: Near Mina Jebel Ali, UAE
  • Flight #: GF771
  • Route: Karachi - Abu Dhabi
  • Air Craft Type: Boeing 737-2P6
  • Registration: A40-BK
  • Aboard: 112 (passengers:107 crew:5)
  • Fatalities: 112 (passengers:107 crew:5)
  • Summary: The aircraft crashed into the desert after a distress message and during an emergency landing attempt. This was due to the detonation of an explosive device in the baggage compartment.

23 August 2000 Gulf Air Flight 771 was a flight that flew from Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Karachi International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. ...

Main article: Gulf Air Flight 072
  • Location: Coast of Manama, Bahrain
  • Flight #: GF072
  • Route: Cairo - Bahrain
  • Air Craft Type: Airbus A320-212
  • Registration: A4O-EK
  • Aboard: 143 (passengers:135 crew:8)
  • Fatalities: 143 (passengers:135 crew:8)
  • Summary: The aircraft crashed into the Persian Gulf while attempting to land at Bahrain International Airport. The crew decided to perform a missed approach after it was determined the aircraft was coming in too high and fast. Instructions were given for a 180 degree turn and climb to 2,500 feet. While performing the missed approach the plane suddenly descended rapidly from an altitude of 1,000 feet and crashed into the shallow waters of the gulf approximately 1 mile from the airport.

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References

  1. ^ a b c Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. ^ http://www.arabianbusiness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=496507&Itemid=1
  3. ^ Gulf Air Fleet age
  4. ^ http://www.flug-revue.rotor.com/FRheft/FRH0306/FR0306g.htm
  5. ^ http://www.pbs.org/kcet/chasingthesun/planes/l1011.html

Flight International is a magazine relating to airlines, general aviation, and aerospace manufacture. ...

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