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About Gulf Air
Gulf Air is the national flag carrier of Bahrain and is headquartered in Muharraq with its hub airport at Bahrain International Airport. The airline flies to many destinations including Bahrain, Larnaca, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, Shiraz, Tehran, Baghdad, Najaf, Beirut, Karachi, Lahore, Sialkot, Dammam, Moscow, Doha, Manila and many others.
Gulf Air's current fleet consists of Airbus A320, Airbus A321 and Airbus A330.
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Gulf Air In-flight Entertainment
Gulf Air in-flight entertainment service, Falcon Entertainment, offers passengers Radio Broadcasts, International cinema and Kids movies.
Gulf Air Seat Selection
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Gulf Air Food
Gulf Air Meal Options
Gulf Air provide passengers with meals on board their flights. If passengers upgrade to the Falcon Gold class, they will experience the Sky Chef for a fine dining experience. This is much like the quality and service you would receive in a five-star restaurant, the only difference being that you are dining above the clouds. Food will be inspired by European and Middle Eastern cuisine in a contemporary mezze style, including a starter, main and dessert.
Gulf Air Special Dietary Requirements
All passengers on Gulf Air flights can request a special meal to suit their dietary needs and requirements, providing they pre-order it at least 24 hours in advance. The following are the meals that can pre pre-ordered with Gulf Air:
- Baby Meal (BBML)
- Bland Meal (BLML)
- Child’s Meal (CHML)
- Diabetic Meal (DBML)
- Fruit Platter (FPML)
- Gluten Free Meal (GFML)
- Hindu Meal (HNML)
- Low calorie Meal (LCML)
- Low fat / Low cholesterol Meal (LFML)
- Low lactose (NLML)
- Low Salt Meal (LSML)
- Muslim Meal (MOML)
- Raw vegetariam (RVML)
- Vegetarian Hindi meal (AVML)
- Vegetarian Jain meal (VJML)
- Lacto-ovo vegetarian Meal (VLML)
- Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML)
- Vegan vegetarian Meal (VGML)
Gulf Air Drinks & Alcohol
For passengers in the Falcon Gold class, they will receive a recommendation for a beverage to accompany their meal, based on their meal choice. They can also indulge in fine wines, excellent spirits and vintage champagne in addition to non-alcoholic drinks. For all other passengers, there are the usual soft drinks and other beverages available.
Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Program
Gulf Air operates a frequent flyer program called Falconflyer to reward regular travellers with Gulf Air. Earn loyalty points to progress to higher levels of membership and exchange the awarded Miles for free tickets or upgrades. When you book a ticket with Gulf Air you can collect points to work towards special deals. Unfortunately, Gulf Air is not yet part of an airline alliance. It is very easy to collect frequent flyer points with your Alternative Airlines purchase, just check out our step-by-step frequent flyer guide.
Earn extra tier bonuses, generous baggage allowance, lounge access and other dedicated benefits for our premium members.
Gulf Air Baggage Allowance
Passengers in Economy Class are entitled to 30kg and Falcon Gold passengers are allowed 40kg.
If you are a Gold or Silver member of the Gulf Air Falconflyer programme, you also receive an additional baggage allowance over and above the applicable allowance for your journey, free of charge. Falcon Gold lounges are available in Bahrain, Dubai and London. These lounges provide premium passengers with comfort, privacy and individual service in luxurious settings.
Gulf Air's Economy Class comes with comfort and space for all travelers on a budget.
Economy Class Facilities
Facilities in Gulf Air's Economy Class includes meals, entertainment and 30kg of baggage. These are dependant of flight journeys. Breakfast meals include a hot meal and selection of pastries and coffee and teas. Hot meals are also provided at dinner.
Economy Class Seats
Seats in Economy class can be booked in advanced if you are requiring more leg room, at an additional fee. Preferred seats are exit row seats and bulkhead seats and are subject to availability. Each Economy zone are at priced at different seat pricing. Please note that there are terms and conditions for prepaid seat selection. Any seat changes require a fee.
Premium Economy Class
This airline does not have a set Premium Economy. Passengers must choose to travel either in Economy of Business/First (Falcon Gold)
In 2018 Gulf Air unveiled its new Business class, called Falcon Gold, which lets eligible passengers upgrade to a premium service.
Business Class Facilities
Pre-flight, Gold Falcon passengers access to Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Lounge (Bahrain, Dubai and London), which includes a Sky Nanny, quiet room, and range of refreshments. On-board, passengers can enjoy priority check-in, as well as a generous baggage allowance. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny will entertain your children while you enjoy a 5-star meal.
What are the Business Class Seats Like?
Falcon Gold Business Class boasts one of the longest flat-bed in the world with all direct aisle access. All seats have privacy screen that can be elevated to create more privacy, noise cancelling headphones, inbuilt massage function, and 22 inch flatscreen TV.
Gulf Air only have one premium class; Falcon Gold. Read the information in Business Class above to discover more about this class.
Does First Class Facilities Have a First Class Lounge?
The Falcon Gold lounge is available in Bahrain, Dubai and London. Passengers can enjoy their airport experience in comfort with exception service in privacy. Passengers are able to do as they please, whether that’s sleep and relax or concentrate on work or catch up with events. Included in the lounge is a restaurant, free WiFi access, shower facilities and premium comfort seating.
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Gulf Air News
Gulf Air adds maiden A320neo
Gulf Air started scheduled A320neo operations this weekend, following the delivery of its first of the type on Saturday. The A9C-TA, which began service on Sunday, will operate on select rotations from Bahrain Int'l to Dubai Int'l, Larnaca, Athens Int'l, Kuwait and Beirut. The Bahraini airline will add a further two A320neos in 2018 followed by four in 2019, three in 2021, and three in 2022.
18th June 2018
Gulf Air to start flying new service to Kozhikode
Today, Gulf Air flew its inaugural flight between Bahrain and Kozhikode. The new non-stop service will be operated by either an Airbus A320-100 or an Airbus A320-200. The flight is estimated to take 4 hours and 35 minutes. Kozhikode is the eighth destination in India that Gulf Air flies to. The other cities include Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kochi.
According to Gulf Air's scheduling, the airline will fly the service daily. Leaving at 9.15pm Bahraini local time and arriving 4.30am local Indian time.
4th June 2018
Gulf Air to fly to North America in the next 5 years
Gulf Air is looking at the possibility of flying to a number of destinations in North America in 2023 as part of a larger plan to extend their network to more countries around the world. Recently, Gulf Air CEO Waleed Abdul Hamid Al Alawi, Deputy CEO Krishmir Kuchko and the US Ambassador to Bahrain met to discuss the expansion to North America.
Gulf Air already codeshares flights with American Airlines to connect Europe with North American cities, and North American cities with Bahrain, but the flights in 2023 would see Gulf Air operate the flights on their own. The cities that Gulf Air would fly to are yet to be undecided, but they're likely to be cities with big international airports that can act as potential gateways to other destinations in the area.
30th May 2018
Gulf Air’s rebrand takes flight: a total re-design for Bahrain's pioneering national carrier
The rebrand comes as one of a broad spectrum of recent, positive developments by Gulf Air which include fleet modernisation, network expansion, enhanced product offering and a new long term strategic direction for the airline’s continuous growth.
Global brand and design consultancies, Saffron and tangerine, announce the launch of their rebrand of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air.
The rebrand comes as one of a broad spectrum of recent, positive developments by Gulf Air which include fleet modernisation, network expansion, enhanced product offering and a new long term strategic direction for the airline’s continuous growth. Gulf Air’s new brand and first, incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft were officially unveiled at the 2018 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX race day on the 8th April with a dedicated fly pass before the race showcasing not only the airline’s newest, state-of-the-art aircraft but also the new Gulf Air livery.
The rebrand consists of a new visual identity and strategy that highlights Gulf Air’s innovative edge while emphasising its legacy as one of the region’s pioneering airlines. The project has taken two years to realise and has been conducted by tangerine and Saffron in close collaboration with Gulf Air’s executive management and Board of Directors. From Saffron’s revamp of pre-flight experience to tangerine’s work on-board the aircraft, the outcome of this partnership is a unique and special brand identity that is expressed across every touchpoint of Gulf Air’s service.
The key changes in the new brand:
- A new identity system centred around the falcon, an iconic symbol of Bahrain and the Gulf region
- A new livery for the existing and incoming fleet - Gulf Air's incoming fleet consists of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft
- A redesign of the plane interiors for the existing and incoming fleet
Saffron CEO Jacob Benbunan said: “This fascinating project has perfectly demonstrated Saffron’s ability to work across borders and cultures as a truly global consultancy. Together with Gulf Air and with our design partners tangerine, we have created an experience for passengers that is both technology-led and welcoming – retaining Gulf Air’s renowned offering of Arabian hospitality. The new brand will let Gulf Air reclaim its place as an airline of choice in the Gulf and beyond.”
Saffron’s Chief Creative Officer Gabor Schreier added, “By delving into the culture of Bahrain and understanding Gulf Air’s past, we have rediscovered the airline’s magic and captured it in a powerful visual language. The new system is coherent across all channels and celebrates the heritage of one of the Gulf region’s very first airlines, while looking ahead to its exciting future.”
tangerine CEO Martin Darbyshire said: “The airline’s new brand positioning and cabin interiors revitalise the Gulf Air brand and elevate the quality of their customer experience to unprecedented new heights. This has been achieved through a potent mix of brand and design consultancy and the close collaboration of tangerine and Saffron with the wider programme team, in order to fully understand each parties’ vision and push for the very best result.”
tangerine Chief Creative Officer Matt Round said: “The new cabin interior design repositions the brand through a contemporary and sophisticated look and feel that captures the essence of Bahraini hospitality. We carefully curated the design across multiple seating products and aircraft types, to ensure that a cohesive brand and customer experience is established across every touchpoint of Gulf Air’s service. The result is a completely transformed customer experience that is elegant, sophisticated and quintessentially Bahraini.”
21st May 2018
Gulf Air receives first delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
In late April, Gulf Air added its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. The aircraft was delivered to its hub at Bahrain International Airport from Boeing's factory in the USA.
There was a lot of coverage from the Bahraini media and others involved in the aviation industry. The aircraft was met with a traditional water cannon salute. On-board the aircraft was Gulf Air CEO, Krešimir Kučko, and a number of the airline's other key members.
Speaking on the matter, the Gulf Air Chairman expressed that they are very happy with the airline's new aircraft and desrcibed it as a game-changer that will improve their product and customer experience, whie also allowing them to expand their network.
In 2018, Gulf Air will fly eight new routes to a list of international destinations including, Sharm El Shaikh, Alexandria, Casablanca, and Bangalore
10th May 2018
Gulf Air update service to Larnaca to make it daily
In summer 2018, Gulf Air will increase the number of flights from its hub Bahrain International Airport (BAH) to Larnaca International Airport (LCH). The popular route that connects Bahrain with Cyprus will now run once a day, every day. This new change to the schedule is said to be permanent. This comes as part of a larger strategy which will see the airline's summer 2018 schedule operate 200 more weekly flights in comparison to 2017.
The Bahrain–Lanarca service will continue to operate using the Airbus A3200-100/200. The jorney takes an estimated 3 hours and 30 minutes.
8th May 2018
Gulf Air launch route between Casablanca and Manama in summer 2018
On 11th June, Gulf Air are starting a service that will run five times a week between Casablanca and Manama. The journey will take an estimated 7 hours and 20 minutes and the airline will use their newly acquired Boeing 787 aircraft to operate the service.
In a statement, the Bahraini airline described this new route that will connect Bahrain and Morocco as a 'major leap' in their current expansion plan.
28h April 2018
Gulf Air welcomes Boeing 787 to its fleet of aircraft
Recently, Boeing completed the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner jet to airline Gulf Air. This 787 aircraft will be the first of its kind to fly with the Bahrani carrier and will operate two times a day on a service between Bahrain International (BAH) and London Heathrow (LHR).
Gulf Air CEO, Krešimir Kučko, described the arrival of the 787 aircraft as a historic moment. He also stated, "The 787- Dreamliner orders will ensure we maintain of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon our award-winning reliaibility."
Gulf Air will receive another four Boeing 787s in 2018.
10th April 2018
Gulf Air puts new Dreamliner in pole position
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix, took advantage of the major racing event to showcase its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which also featured new Gulf Air livery.
The new fleet entry will be delivered on 27 April and serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced products and services, from 15 June this year.
A total of five Dreamliners will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by the end of 2018, with an additional two aircraft arriving by the end of 2019, and three by the end 2020.
This summer, Gulf Air will launch flights to new destinations including Bangalore, Alexandria, Casablanca, Baku (Azerbaijan) plus Abha and Tabuk (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Calicut (India) and Sharm el Shaikh
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Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a 2-2 configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 economy-class seats.
Kresimir Kucko, Gulf Air chief executive, said: “As the proud title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it first made history in 2004, it is fitting that we use this platform today to reveal our new Gulf Air livery and our new brand. Public reaction to witnessing the return of the Gulf Air fly-pass at the Bahrain Grand Prix and to getting an early glimpse of one of our newest incoming aircraft has been overwhelmingly positive."
6th April 2018
Gulf Air reveals new branding, prepares for first 787
Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 by the end of this month, the airline said April 6, as it unveiled the first look at its new branding.
The airline expects its Boeing 787-9—the first of 10—to be delivered on April 27. It marks the start of a complete rollover of the airline’s fleet, with the new orders including 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo, as well as six further options for 787s. The new aircraft will replace the A320s, A321s and A330-200s that currently constitute the fleet. The first two 787-9s will serve Gulf Air’s double-daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and improved on-board products and services, from June 15. The 787-9s will have a two-class, 282-seat configuration with a 26-seat Falcon Gold business-class cabin, plus 256 seats in economy.
A new business class section will be “best in class,” according to CEO Krešimir Kučko, who has said that new business-class seats had been benchmarked not against other carrier’s business class, but first-class, seats. While declining to give further details, he said the cabin would be considerably better than normal business-class offerings from other airlines.
“The same goes with the neo. It will have lie-flat seats in business-class in the A321s flying the longer destinations, such as Paris and Frankfurt.” The airline’s current A321s also have this feature—unusual in a single-aisle aircraft. Gulf Air says that the arrangement has proved popular on the Bahrain-Paris run.
The airline also unveiled its new branding. The current livery of a gold forward fuselage and dark blue engine nacelles will be replaced with an all-white fuselage, with oversized Gulf Air titles on the forward fuselage and a more naturalistic rendition of the company’s falcon logo on the fin. The engine nacelles are painted gold.
The airline said it will reveal further details over the coming weekend, during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix motor race.
22nd March 2018
Gulf Air launch routes to Egypt and Sauidi Arabia
The national carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air, will be operating new routes for the summer with direct flights to be launched to two new cities each in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The carrier will fly direct to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria (thrice-weekly service from June 10) and Sharm El Shaikh (a twice-weekly service from June 16) as well as expanding to the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tabuk with five weekly flights from June 15. The network expansion is in conjunction with the airline’s new aircraft deliveries, of which five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neos will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. Gulf Air chief executive officer, Krešimir Kučko, said: “We are delighted to launch two very attractive destinations in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia – countries with which we have held longstanding and historic ties and which continue to be an incredibly important market for Gulf Air. As we begin to welcome our new incoming fleet, our network will continue to expand giving our passengers greater travel options across the globe, onboard state-of-the-art aircraft and with superior products and services.”
Gulf Air , VFS Global tie up to launch tourist visa service
Bahrain's flag carrier Gulf Air today joined hands with leading outsourcing and technology service provider VFS Global to launch a tourist visa service for its passengers flying across its world-wide network.
As part of this service, Gulf Air travellers having return tickets can apply online for a Bahrain visa or through the airline's local sales office with the required documents 30 days prior to travel period, a release said.The visa service takes a minimum of four working days to process and is done in coordination with the relevant ministries and government entities, the release added.
Gulf Air expands Moscow flights in S18
Gulf Air in summer 2018 season plans to expand Bahrain – Moscow Domodedovoservice, with the addition of 8th weekly flight. Airbus A320 aircraft operates this route, from 25MAR18.
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Gulf Air makes Nov 2017 London service changes
Gulf Air during the month of November 2017 once again adjusts operational aircraft for Bahrain – London Heathrow route, currently served by A330-200 aircraft twice a day. From 01NOV17 to 30NOV17 (except 04NOV17 and 05NOV17), 1 of 2 daily GF003/006 service will once again sees 110-seater A320 operating.
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Gulf Air increases Russia service in W17
Gulf Air in winter 2017/18 season is expanding service to Russia, as the airline schedules daily Bahrain – Moscow Domodedovo service, effective from 29OCT17. Currently this route is served by Airbus A320 aircraft, 4 times a week. Note the operational schedule changes for winter season, including selected service departing Bahrain during overnight hours.
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Gulf Air and Aegean Airlines ink codeshare deal
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest carrier, have entered into a codeshare partnership widening their respective networks across Europe and the Middle East. Specifically, travellers can now codeshare on flights from Bahrain, via Athens, to and from the European cities of Brussels and Rome while travellers from Geneva, Milan and Vienna can now codeshare on flights, via Athens, to the Kingdom of Bahrain with Gulf Air. The national carrier operates a year-round direct four weekly service between Bahrain and the Greek capital in addition to operating double daily flights or more to ten regional cities across the GCC and Mena region - allowing passengers to easily and conveniently transit through Bahrain for seamless onwards travel across the Gulf Air network.
Gulf Air recognises top corporate clients in UAE
Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted dinner events for the airline’s top corporate clients in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The event was hosted by Gulf Air country manager in Abu Dhabi, Madina Abdulla Albalushi and Gulf Air’s senior manager sales, Saad Al Qinni. At both events, Gulf Air representatives shared news of the airline’s progress while shedding light on various upcoming projects and initiatives. Gulf Air thanked its corporate clients for their contribution to the airline’s business throughout the year and in promoting sales across the airline’s 42 destination network
Gulf Air hosts Dubai Travel Trade representatives
Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, recently hosted key trave trade representatives in Dubai at an event that showcased the airline's latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking guests for their longstanding support. Recently, Gulf Air launched passenger facilities including prepaid seat selection, excess baggage and lounge access – all aimed at making travel even more comfortable for passengers while giving them greater control to manage various add-ons pre-travel. Additionally, the airline recently rolled outonline flight status and online group bookings facilities aimed at giving passengers more access to relevant and time-critical information and to facilitating travel across the Gulf Air network for group travellers– respectively.
Gulf Air announced it had appointed a new country manager for Egypt. Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of Mr. Wael Mattar as its new Country Manager for the Arab Republic of Egypt, effective this month, July 2017. Boasting over 23 years’ experience in aviation, Mr. Mattar has previously supported the airline’s commercial mission in all of marketing and sales, representing Gulf Air in the GCC region. Gulf Air currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents. The airline operates multiple daily flights between Cairo and Bahrain allowing for seamless same-day movement while offering passengers onward connectivity, via its hub at Bahrain International Airport, to and from key destinations in the GCC region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe.
In July 2017, Gulf Air announce it had recently celebrated its newly renovated IT Data Centre achieving tier 3 standard compliance classification. As part of the celebration, Gulf Air chief executive officer Maher Salman Al Musallam visited the IT Data Centre, formally inaugurating the upgraded facility which allows the airline to ensure that their hosted mission-critical services are continuously available.
In June 2017, Gulf Air announced it will start its eight European services. Gulf Air celebrated the launch of its three times weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi (TBS) on 23 June. The route is its eighth into Europe, joining Athens, Frankfurt, Istanbul Atatürk, Larnaca, London Heathrow, Moscow Domodedovo and Paris CDG. Flights from the airline’s Bahrain (BAH) hub are operated by its A320 fleet and faces no direct competition.
Gulf Air announced it will take delivery of its maiden B787-9 during the second quarter of next year. In January last year, the Bahrain-based operator confirmed it had revised an existing order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for sixteen B787-8s into the larger -9 variants. Gulf Air’s B787-9s will seat 282 in a two-class configuration; twenty-six in Falcon Gold Class and 256 in Economy Class. The Trent 1000 from Rolls-Royce has been selected to power ten of the jets.
Gulf Air announced a $37m deal for new aircraft seats for the new fleet. Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has appointed German aircraft manufacturer Recaro to supply economy class aircraft seats for the airline’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft and 29 Airbus 320/321neo aircraft. The contract, which is valued at over 35 million euros ($37.3 million), was signed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. Since 2009, Gulf Air has deployed Recaro seats on the airline’s short-haul routes in both economy and business/Falcon Gold class. Gulf Air’s incoming fleet is composed of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Airbus A321neo and Airbus A320neo aircraft.
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