Gulf Air is the main flag carrier of Bahrain. It started as an air-taxi service about 68 years ago and in 1950 started its journey as Gulf Air becoming one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East. The unique feature of Gulf Air is its business philosophy. It concentrates on point-to-point traffic unlike its peers who thrive on transit passenger traffic. Gulf Air is also unique because it operates a fleet of 28 aircraft, all from Airbus.
Gulf Air operates flights to 23 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa touching 41 destinations. Its only hub is located in the Bahrain International Airport in Bahrain.
Gulf Air has entered into code share agreements with Thai Airways, Royal Jordanian, Philippine Airlines, Egypt Air and American Airlines.
Gulf Air’s Before Travel Facilities
Gulf Air has introduced several novel features that passengers can avail of even prior to boarding the flight. It offers pre-paid seat selection for economy class passengers where passengers can upgrade to a better seat on extra payment. It also offers pre-paid lounge access in its Falcon Gold Lounges. Yet another pre-paid service is for excess baggage where there is a concessional rate.
Gulf Air On Board Services
Gulf Air offers a variety of on board services that are quite exclusive. Special meals are offered through the services of a Sky Chef. To help families Sky Nanny service is offered. Falcon Gold Seat is a First Class service at almost business class fare. Gulf Air’s In-flight Falcon Entertainment is a modern service that enables the passenger to use any device to connect to the Internet.
Gulf Air runs the Falconflyer frequent flyer program. The program is quite broad based with several classes of membership including families and corporate. The program partners with a number of entities in the airline, lifestyle & leisure, telecommunications, finance, car rental and hotel industries.
Falcon Corporate Plus
Gulf Air operates an exclusive program for corporate flyers with attractive benefits to the corporate and its flyers in the form of lower prices, exclusive access to various Gulf Air products and services.
Gulf Air provides special services for those needing them. Special services are offered to passengers with disabilities, unaccompanied children and pregnant women. Services are also offered for special meals. Infants and small children are looked after with due care such as special seat belts for children on lap.
Gulf Air Web Check-in
Web check-in facilities offered by Gulf Air is very convenient and user-friendly. Passengers can check-in between 1 ½ hours and 24 hours before departure even opting for a seat of their choice. Gulf Air offers a “Web Check-in Baggage Drop” facility for web check-in passengers.
Gulf Air has a baggage allowance of 30 Kg for economy passengers and 40 Kg for Falcon Gold passengers under checked baggage category. There is a size restriction which is a maximum of 38 x 30 x 18 inches.
Cabin baggage allowance is restricted to a size of 17 x 15 x 12 inches and a weight of 6 Kg with additional benefits to Falcon Gold passengers.