Gulf Air is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was established in 1950. It is headquartered in Manama and Bahrain International Airport as its main operation base. Gulf Air is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Union of Arab Air Transport.
Today, Gulf Air operates flights to 42 destinations in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. It owns a modern fleet of 28 aircrafts. Gulf Air connects the Kingdom of Bahrain with the world and it is one of the most important infrastructure assets supporting Bahrain's national economy.
In order to reach more destinations, Gulf Air has signed agreements with a group of global airline companies:
Falcon Gold Class: Falcon Gold class features the first class luxury and at the same time it gives the passengers a good deal of business class. It offers them lavish atmosphere in terms of on ground and inflight services. On board, the seats are spacious, comfortable and are equipped with massage functions on selected aircrafts models. Seats are adjustable reclining at 180 degrees; so it can be converted into a comfortable bed. Gulf Air offers Falcon Gold class passengers chef curated menus with a variety of free meals and drinks to select from. To enhance the passengers’ culinary pleasures, they are indulged with an on board chef to prepare specifically ordered dishes on long haul flights. Moreover, the passengers enjoy various entertainment genres displayed on 15 inches personal screens using high quality headphones ‘Bose’. Falcon Gold class passengers travelling with children would find peace of mind on board Gulf Air as it provides babysitters to look after children. Further, it offers Falcon Gold class passengers outstanding on-ground services.They are granted access to glamorous Falcon Gold Lounges located in Bahrain International Airport and some international airports around the world. The Lounges offers several services such as the Internet, food and drinks. They are also equipped with a business center allocated for business people to follow-up their business activities in a quiet atmosphere and enjoy their privacy.
Economy Class: Seats are comfortable and are equipped with adjustable headrests and individual screens installed to the back of seats to display entertainment materials. Also, Economy class passengers are offered mouth-watering meals and refreshing beverages.
Gulf Air owns a fleet consisting of 28 modern aircrafts, as follows:
Travellers with Gulf Air can use the Internet to complete their booking procedures, choose their favorite seats and and print their boarding pass. Boarding passes are available online for confirmed bookings as early as 24 hours upto 2 hours before the date of the scheduled flight departure time.
Gulf Air allocates special fast track for travellers who got their boarding pass printed online to check in their baggage without having to wait in long queues.
Passengers can also get their boarding passes issued and printed at Gulf Air counters in airports.
British entrepreneur and pilot Freddie Bosworth established Gulf Aviation Company Limited as a private shareholding company on 24th of March of the same year.
Overseas British Airways had 22% stake in Gulf Aviation through its subsidiary company BOAC in October of the same year.
Governments of Bahrain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman bought BOAC stakes in Gulf Aviation. As a result, the governments of the four states had shares of about 25% in the Gulf Aviation.
Gulf Air became a member of the International Air Transport Association "IATA".
Gulf Air company became the first Arab airline to make direct flights to Johannesburg in South Africa, and Melbourne in Australia.
On the 6th of May, Bahraini government announced its full ownership of the Gulf Air after gradual withdrawal of Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman governments from the ownership of the company.
Gulf Air launched the Falcon Gold cabin service to provide higher levels of comfort, especially for passengers on long flights.