One of the oldest carriers of the Middle East, Gulf Air is also the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain. With a modest 6 decades behind it, today Gulf Air is one of the major flyers in the world. Flying to over 45 destinations across 28 countries, Gulf Air's golden falcon has become a symbol of trust amongst passengers across the world. With its headquarters in Muharraq, the Gulf Air is part of the Oneworld global explorer fare, which means that it has extensive codeshare agreements with other airlines and special partnerships with Jet Airways and Oman Air's Frequent Flyer Programs.
Destination & Services
Gulf Air flies to 45 destinations across the globe France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Cyprus, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Within India, Gulf Air operates flights to Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. Not only this, Gulf Air offers excellent in-flight services and facilities like telephone and PC power, duty free items, entertainment options including music, movies and television and the in-house flight magazine Gulf Life for a pleasant air travel experience.
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.
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