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Gulf Air Information

Gulf Air IATA
Gulf Air ICAO
Gulf Air Callsign
Founded 1950
Hubs Bahrain International Airport
Frequent Flyer Program Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Programme
Member Lounge Gulf Air Lounge
Fleet Size 35 (+36 orders)
Destinations 40
Company Slogan "Guaranteed To Make You Smile"
Headquarters Muharraq, Bahrain
Key People Samer Majali, CEO
Talal Al-Zain , Chairman
Gulf Air Website

Gulf Air History

Gulf Air is the national airline of the island Kingdom of Bahrain. It is linked with about 45 destinations worldwide and covers up to 28 countries spanning the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Bahrain International Airport is the main base of Gulf Air.

The airline was first started in 1940 by a British pilot named Freddie Bosworth who initially operated the service between Bahrain, Dhahran and Doha. Today, this airline has grown into a mighty organization, having codeshare agreements with different airlines all over the world. The aircraft flown by Gulf Air are mostly different models of Airbus and Boeings.

History of Gulf Air

  • As mentioned earlier, Gulf Air began its journey in the year 1940.
  • In 1951, Gulf Air joined hands with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
  • The governments of Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman invested in Gulf Air in 1973 to make it the national airline of their respective countries.
  • By 1976, the airline had greatly expanded adding destinations from all over the world such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, Cairo, Bombay, Athens, Dhaka, Jeddah, Karachi, Cairo and Manila.
  • In the 1980s there was a further expansion of the airline, and it became a member of IATA.
  • In 1990, Gulf Air celebrated its 40th anniversary and shortly after this, it became the first Arab airline to have a direct flight to Australia.
  • In 2006, Abu Dhabi withdrew its partnership following the formation of its own airline, Etihad Airways.
  • In 2007, Bahrain became the exclusive owner of Gulf Air following the withdrawal of Oman.
  • Today, Gulf Air continues to add more destinations and also to add new aircraft to its fleet on a regular basis.

Facts about Gulf Air

  • Today Gulf Air is completely owned by the Bahrain government through Mumtalakat Holding Company.
  • Gulf Air has been around for more than 60 years now but has survived well amid rising fuel costs and recessions.
  • The cargo section of Gulf Air is known as Falcon Cargo and caters to different categories of goods ranging from general cargo to dangerous cargo as well as high value and special handling cargo.

Gulf Air Features and Facilities

  • Gulf Air offers three basic cabin classes, Economy Class, Business Class and First Class.
  • First Class travel offers the passengers luxury beyond imagination, with individual sleeper compartments which accommodate 2 passengers. This class also provides luxurious bedding and nightwear.
  • For First Class passengers, “Sky Chefs” are available which allow for customized menus.
  • The Business Class also has sleeper seats and there are screens available to ensure privacy.
  • In-flight entertainment offers individual screens for watching endless hours of movies.
  • “Sky Nanny” services are also available where the staff keeps a watch on children. This service was earlier restricted to in-flight but has been extended to the lounge as well.
  • The airport lounges provided by Gulf Air are comfortable and convenient and are located at Dubai, London and of course, Bahrain.
  • There are different tiers of frequent flier programs which offer attractive discounts to the regular customers of Gulf Air. The color coding of this system is Gold, Silver and Blue.

Gulf Air Destinations

Gulf Air Destinaitons in Africa

Gulf Air Destinaitons in North Africa

  • Egypt
    • Alexandria - Alexandria International Airport seasonal
    • Cairo - Cairo International Airport
  • Sudan
    • Khartoum - Khartoum International Airport

Gulf AirDestinaitons in Asia

Gulf Air Destinaitons in East Asia

  • China
    • Shanghai - Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Gulf AirDestinaitons in South Asia

  • Bangladesh
    • Dhaka - Zia International Airport
  • India
    • Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport
    • Chennai - Chennai International Airport
    • Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport
    • Kochi - Cochin International Airport
    • Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
    • Thiruvananthapuram - Trivandrum International Airport
  • Nepal
    • Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Pakistan
    • Islamabad - Benazir Bhutto International Airport
    • Karachi - Jinnah International Airport
    • Lahore - Allama Iqbal International Airport
    • Peshawar - Peshawar International Airport

Gulf Air Destinaitons in Southeast Asia

  • Malaysia
    • Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • Philippines
    • Manila - Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Thailand
    • Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport

Gulf Air Destinaitons in Southwest Asia

  • Bahrain
    • Bahrain International Airport Hub
  • Cyprus
    • Larnaca - Larnaca Airport
  • Iran
    • Mashhad - Mashhad International Airport
    • Shiraz - Shiraz International Airport
    • Tehran - Imam Khomeini International Airport
  • Iraq
    • Baghdad - Baghdad International Airport
    • Erbil - Erbil International Airport
    • Najaf - Al Najaf International Airport
  • Jordan
    • Amman - Queen Alia International Airport
  • Kuwait
    • Kuwait International Airport
  • Lebanon
    • Beirut - Rafic Hariri International Airport
  • Oman
    • Muscat - Muscat International Airport
    • Salalah - Salalah Airport seasonal
  • Qatar
    • Doha - Doha International Airport
  • Saudi Arabia
    • Dammam - King Fahd International Airport
    • Jeddah - King Abdulaziz International Airport
    • Riyadh - King Khalid International Airport
  • Syria
    • Aleppo - Aleppo Airport seasonal
    • Damascus - Damascus International Airport
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi International Airport
    • Dubai - Dubai International Airport
  • Yemen
    • Sana'a - Sana'a International Airport

Gulf Air Destinaitons in Europe

  • France
    • Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Germany
    • Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport
  • Greece
    • Athens - Athens International Airport
  • Turkey
    • Istanbul - Atatürk International Airport
  • United Kingdom
    • London - London Heathrow Airport

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations in Africa

  • Kenya - Nairobi
  • Morocco - Casablanca
  • South Africa - Durban, Johannesburg
  • Tanzania - Dar es Salaam, Kiliminjaro, Zanzibar
  • Uganda - Entebbe

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations in Asia

  • China - Hong Kong
  • India - Hyderabad, Kolkata
  • Indonesia - Jakarta
  • Philippines - Cebu
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka - Colombo
  • United Arab Emirates - Sharjah

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations in Europe

  • Netherlands - Amsterdam
  • Ireland - Dublin
  • Italy - Milan, Rome
  • Switzerland - Geneva
  • United Kingdom - Manchester

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations in North America

  • United States - Houston, New York City

Gulf Air Terminated Destinations in Oceania

  • Australia - Melbourne, Sydney

Gulf Air Destinations By City

City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates AUH OMAA Abu Dhabi International Airport
Aden Yemen ADE OYAA Aden International Airport
Addis Ababa Ethiopia ADD HAAB Bole International Airport
Amman Jordan AMM OJAI Queen Alia International Airport
Athens Greece ATH LGAV Athens International Airport
Baghdad Iraq BGW ORBI Baghdad International Airport
Bahrain Bahrain BAH OBBI Bahrain International Airport [Hub]
Bangalore India BLR VOBL Bengaluru International Airport
Bangkok Thailand BKK VTBS Suvarnabhumi Airport
Basra Iraq BSR ORMN Basra International Airport
Beirut Lebanon BEY OLBA Rafic Hariri International Airport
Cairo Egypt CAI HECA Cairo International Airport
Casablanca Morocco IFN OIFM Mohammed V International Airport
Chennai India MAA VOMM Chennai International Airport
Colombo Sri Lanka CMB VCBI Bandaranaike International Airport
Copenhagen Denmark CPH EKCH Copenhagen Airport
Dammam Saudi Arabia DMM OEDF King Fahad International Airport
Damascus Syria DAM OSDI Damascus International Airport
Delhi India DEL VIDP Indira Gandhi International Airport|
Dhaka Bangladesh DAC VGZR Shah Jalal International Airport
Doha Qatar DOH OTBD Doha International Airport
Dar es Salaam Tanzania IFN OIFM Julius Nyerere International Airport
Dubai United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Durban South Africa IFN OIFM Durban International Airport
Entebbe Uganda EBB HUEN Entebbe International Airport
Erbil Iraq EBL ORER Erbil International Airport
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport
[begins 17 January]
Saudi Arabia ELQ OEGS Qassim Regional Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong HYD VOHS Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad India IFN OIFM Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Geneva Switzerland GVA LSGG Geneva International Airport
Isfahan Iran IFN OIFM Isfahan Airport Temp. Suspended
Islamabad Pakistan ISB OPRN Benazir Bhutto International Airport
Istanbul Turkey IST LTBA Ataturk International Airport
Jeddah Saudi Arabia JED OEJN King Abdul Aziz International Airport
Johannesburg South Africa IFN OIFM OR Tambo International Airport
[begins 7 February]
South Sudan JUB HSSJ Juba Airport
Kabul Afghanistan KBL OAKB Kabul International Airport
Karachi Pakistan KHI OPKC Jinnah International Airport
Kathmandu Nepal KTM VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport
Khartoum Sudan KRT HSSS Khartoum International Airport
Kochi India COK VOCI Cochin International Airport
Kolkata India CCU VECC Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia KUL WMKK Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuwait Kuwait KWI OKBK Kuwait International Airport
Lahore Pakistan LHE OPLA Allama Iqbal International Airport
Larnaca Cyprus LCA LCLK Larnaca International Airport
London United Kingdom LHR EGLL London Heathrow Airport
Manila Philippines MNL RPLL Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Mashhad Iran MHD OIMM Mashhad International Airport
Medina Saudi Arabia MED OEMA Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport
Milan Italy MXP LIMC Malpensa Airport
Mumbai India BOM VABB Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Muscat Oman MCT OOMS Muscat International Airport
Nairobi Kenya NBO HKJK Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Najaf Iraq NJF ORNI [Al Najaf International Airport]]
Paris France CDG LFPG Charles de Gaulle Airport
Peshawar Pakistan PEW OPPS Peshawar International Airport
Riyadh Saudi Arabia RUH OERK King Khalid International Airport
Rome Italy FCO LIRF Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Sana'a Yemen SAH OERK Sana'a International Airport
Shanghai People's Republic of China SYZ OISS Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shiraz Iran SYZ OISS Shiraz International Airport Temp. Suspended
[begins 15 February]
Saudi Arabia TIF OETF Taif Regional Airport
Tehran Iran IKA OIIE Imam Khomeini International Airport
Thiruvananthapuram India TRV VOTV Trivandrum International Airport
[begins 15 January]
Saudi Arabia YNB OEYN Yanbu Airport
Zanzibar Tanzania IFN OIFM Zanzibar International Airport

Gulf Air Fleets

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 2 0 16 108 124
Airbus A320-200 12 0 16 120 136
Airbus A330-200 10 0 32 183 215
Airbus A330-300 0 20 TBA
Airbus A340-300 4 0 32 217 249
Boeing 737–700 BBJ 1 0 16 78 94
Boeing 787–8 0 16 TBA
Embraer 170LR 2 0 7 60 67
Embraer E-190 2 0 12 84 96
Total 35 36  

Gulf Air Fleet Development

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100 2008  
Airbus A320-200 1992  
Airbus A321-200 2008  
Airbus A330-200 1999  
Airbus A340-300 1994  
Boeing 737–200 1977 1995
Boeing 737–700 2011  
Boeing 737–800 2007 2008
Boeing 747–200 1984 1987
Boeing 757–200 1993 1996
Boeing 767–300 1988 2008
Boeing 777–300 2009 2010
Embraer 170 2010  
Embraer 190 2010  
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1976 1998

Gulf Air Contact

Gulf Air Postal Address (Head Office) is:
Gulf Air
P.O. Box 138, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

Gulf Air Call Centre

Gulf Air in Bahrain
Local number: 17 335 777

Gulf Air in Ireland
0818 272 828

Gulf Air in Jordan
Local number: 4653613

Gulf Air in Kuwait
Local number: 22243777

Gulf Air in Oman
Local number: 24482777

Gulf Air in Qatar
Local number: 499 8000

Gulf Air in Saudi Arabia (between 0800 and 2200 hours local)
From within Al Khobar: 8499444
From elsewhere in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: 03 8499444

Gulf Air in United Arab Emirates
Local number: 02 6516888

Gulf Air in United Kingdom
0844 4931717

Gulf Air in USA & Canada
Local toll free number: 1 888 3594853

Gulf Air Worldwide Offices

Gulf Air in United Arab Emirates

City: Abu Dhabi
Dialling Code: +971
City Code: 2

Gulf Air in Telephone:



Airport / Flight Information



6143203 / 6143201


6329721 /6315472



First & Business


Cargo Office


Gulf Air Phone Numbers

Gulf Air in Saudi Arabia
City: Al Khobar
Dialling Code: +966
City Code: 03

Gulf Air in Telephone:


8969393/03 8499444

Airport/Flight Information




Fax 8968455/8968456

Frequent flyer


First & Business


Brand Offices

Dammam – 8354194
Jubail – 3630982
Hofuf - 5852252



Gulf Air in USA

Gulf Air in Boston

Gulf Air Airport Information
Check In

Logan International Airport, gates 18A 19-29
Departure level, American Airlines Check in counter


Flight Inquiries

1 800 433 7300


1-888 FLY GULF (1-888-359-4853)



Gulf Air in South India

City: Chennai/Madras
Dialling Code: +91
City Code: 44

Gulf Air Telephone:


044-28156244 / 28156245 / 28156246
Toll free- 1-800-22 11 22 / 1-800-209-2099

Airport / Flight Information

22561472 / 22564320
Back-Up Office – 22564320

Airport Manager

22560654 / 22561452


22561473 /  22560654

Mishandled Baggage




Fax 044-28151158

Frequent Flyer

1-800-221122 / 1-800-209-2099 Toll free

First & Business

1-800-221122 / 1-800-209-2099 Toll free

Branch Office


Cargo Office

22560761 / 62 / 63 / 64
Cargo Fax – 22560761

Gulf Air Codeshare Agreements

Gulf Air Baggage Allowances

Gulf Air Total Weight:

  • Falcon Gold passengers: 40 kg
  • Economy Class passengers: 30 kg

Gulf Air Extra Baggage Allowance

  • Gold: an additional 20 kg
  • Silver: an additional 15 kg

Gulf Air Cabin / Hand Baggage

Gulf Air Falcon Gold:

  • One bag (maximum dimensions 55 x 40 x 30 cm)
    One garment carrier (maximum width 20 cm or 8 inches),
    One briefcase (maximum dimensions 45 x 40 x 30 cm or 18 x 14 x 8 inches).
  • Total weight: 9 kg

Gulf Air Economy Class:

  • One bag (maximum dimensions 45 x 40 x 30 cm or 17 x 15 x 12 inches)
  • Total weight: 6 kg
  • Infant (All Classes):
  • One bag (maximum dimensions 44 x 35 x 20 cm or 18 x 14 x 8 inches)
  • Total weight: 3 kg

Gulf Air Excess Baggage

Rates per 1 kg




GCC, Iran, Iraq

Rest of Middle East/Africa

ISC/South Europe

Rest of Europe

Far East cities

Sub Sahara Africa

Korea, Japan, China etc

Rest of world

  Bahrain   USD4 USD6 USD9 USD20  USD20 USD20 USD25 USD30
GCC, Iran, Iraq
Rest of Middle East/Africa
ISC/South Europe
Rest of Europe
USD20  USD24 USD24 USD29   USD40    USD45 USD50
Far East
USD20 USD24 USD26 USD29 USD40   USD40   USD50
Sub Sahara Africa
USD20 USD24 USD26 USD29   USD40     USD55
Korea, Japan, China etc
USD25 USD29 USD31 USD34 USD45   USD45   USD55
Rest of world