Category Archives: Gulf Air

Saudia and Gulf Air hold talks to enhance partnership

"Year of Arabia Calligraphy 2021"

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently held talks to discuss their close commercial relationships and explore ways to build on the ties by establishing a codeshare agreement.

Being the first two airlines that started operations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Saudia and Gulf Air will cooperate to expand their footprints regionally and internationally by sharing their codes and offering guests the signature warmth of Arabian hospitality.

The codeshare will further enhance seamless travel options for passengers of Saudia and Gulf Air, providing wider choices of domestic destinations in Saudi Arabia and other international destinations across each airline’s network.

Saudia will place its ‘SV’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to Riyadh, Jeddah, Tbilisi, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Baku, and Multan. On the other hand, the agreement will see Gulf Air place its ‘GF’ code on SAUDIA flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to Bahrain, Abha, Jizan, Yanbu, Aljouf, Ha’il, as well as Tunis–Carthage airports. These codeshare operations will commence from the upcoming summer schedule of 2021.

Saudia’s Al Fursan frequent flyer members traveling with Gulf Air on these routes will be eligible to earn and redeem miles for flights operated by either carrier on their codeshare routes. Similarly, Gulf Air’s Falconflyer members will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on SAUDIA.

Top Copyright Photo: Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HZ-ARD (msn 41547) (Year of Arabia Calligraphy 2021) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 953535.

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Gulf Air resumes flights to Istanbul, will add Tel Aviv

Gulf Air's first Airbus A321neo

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it will resume its direct operations to Istanbul Airport in Turkey with 2 weekly flights starting from May 11,  2021.

Gulf Air has been operating direct flights between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Turkey since 1985 and it is one of the airline’s main regional destinations.

 

The airline currently flies to and from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, Muscat, Cairo, Amman, Casablanca, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Dhaka, Colombo, the Maldives and several destinations in India and Pakistan.

The airline will also boost its services and frequencies to its current network as follows:

  • Cairo: From 6 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Dammam: From 6 weekly flights to double daily flights
  • Riyadh: From 5 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Jeddah: From 4 weekly flights to daily lights
  • Medina: from 3 to 5 weekly flights
  • Sialkot: Resumed with 3 weekly flights
  • Multan: Resumed with 3 weekly flights
  • Athens: From 2 to 3 weekly flights
  • Casablanca: From 1 to 2 weekly flights
  • Faisalabad: Resumed with 2 weekly flights
  • Manila: From 6 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Dubai: From 18 to 21 weekly flights

The carrier is also planning to add Tel Aviv on June 3, 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Gulf Air Airbus A321-253NX WL D-AYAR (A9C-NA) (msn 9433) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 950942.

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Gulf Air and El Al Israel Airlines sign an agreement, Tel Aviv service to start on January 7

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and El Al Airlines, Israel’s national airline, are set to embark on a historic collaboration following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during an official visit from the Kingdom of Bahrain to the State of Israel. The MOU was signed at the Hilton Tel Aviv by the Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani and the Chairman of EL AL Airlines’ Board of Directors Mr. David Brodet. H.E. Mr. Alzayani also announced at the ceremony the launch of Gulf Air’s direct flights go Tel Aviv starting from, January 7, 2021 – subject to government approvals – with 2 weekly flights. The MOU signing and the announcement of the airline’s newest destination launch follows the recent announcement of peace between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel and the political, commercial and civil aviation agreements signed recently between the two countries.

The comprehensive MOU sets the foundation to discuss potential joint codeshare operations between Manama and Tel Aviv, as well as on the global flight networks beyond the two carriers’ hubs and contains plans for greater commercial cooperation in the fields of loyalty, cargo, engineering, travel technology and any area that can benefit both airlines and their customers.

Last month the airline operated the first-ever and historic flight between Bahrain and Israel that carried the Kingdom’s delegation headed by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister H.E. Abdul Latif Al Zayani which inaugurated the new flight code GF972 and the return flight of GF973, representing the international dialling codes of both countries.

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Gulf Air resumes direct flights to India

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced that it will resume its direct flights to and from the Republic of India staring with Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on September 14, 2020 along with Cochin and Calicut this week with plans to announce a further expansion into more destination within India soon. The flights are operating based on a special agreement between the governments of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of India.

Gulf Air has been operating direct flights between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of India since 1960 and its network of Indian cities has always been key within the Gulf Air’s global network. The airline currently flies to and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Manila, Athens, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

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Gulf Air and SpiceJet to explore options to work together

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and SpiceJet, India’s favorite carrier, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore greater cooperation between the two airlines including an interline and codeshare agreement, coordinated cargo services, engineering services and pilot training. The MoU was signed by Mr. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director at SpiceJet.

Besides looking at a codeshare and interline agreement, the scope of the MoU includes the two airlines exploring growth opportunities beyond network expansion by leveraging each other’s strengths. Gulf Air and SpiceJet will look at collaborating in the field of pilot training to nurture talent in order to deliver the finest resources for both the airlines. The airlines will also engage and collaborate to enhance their respective cargo and engineering services. The signing of this MOU between the two carriers aims at initiation of collaboration between the two carriers, and further strengthening the strong ties between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Gulf Air currently operates 82 weekly flights to eight destinations in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Hyderabad, Calicut and Bangalore. SpiceJet currently operates flights to more than 50 destinations within the Republic of India.

Gulf Air resumes flights to Erbil strengthening its regional network

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the resumption of its direct services between Bahrain and Erbil in Iraq; further strengthening the airline’s existing Iraqi routes of Baghdad and Najaf.

The airline’s services to Erbil will commence on February 2, 2020, and will see Gulf Air’s three weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Erbil International Airport operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft.

 

Gulf Air receives its 7th Dreamliner in its special 70th anniversary livery

1976 retro livery to celebrate Gulf Air's 70th Anniversary

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, proudly received on October 22 its seventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Bahrain International Airport in its special 70th anniversary livery which showcases the airline’s iconic vintage design from the last century with a revamped look. A number of VIP guests from the aviation industry and members of the media joined Gulf Air’s executive management at the welcoming event and viewed the new aircraft with its redesigned vintage version of the Golden Falcon Lockheed TriStar livery, representing Gulf Air’s iconic design from the 1970s. With the arrival of this special aircraft, Gulf Air has revealed its 70thanniversary logo which will be used in the airline’s marketing and promotional campaigns in 2020.

 

The new Dreamliner joined the Gulf Air fleet on its first commercial flight on October 23, 2019 from Bahrain International Airport to London Heathrow at 1015am local time. This will increase the total number of Dreamliners operated by the airline to seven aircraft which will be followed by the delivery of three more by end of 2020.

In 2018, Gulf Air launched its new brand identity at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and introduced its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner along with a series of new destinations. The airline also launched a new boutique strategy in early 2019. As Gulf Air moves forward with its strategy, the airline pays tribute to the past with a revamped livery signalling a new era.

Top Copyright Photo: Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N1012D (A9C-FG) (msn 39986) (70th Anniversary) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 947574.

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Etihad Airways and Gulf Air sign codeshare agreement, strengthening ties between the carriers

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have signed a codeshare partnership, for travel commencing with the summer schedule.

  • Codeshare operations to begin with the summer schedule between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and onwards from both hubs
  • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on 12 Gulf Air routes across the Gulf region, North Africa, Europe and key destinations in Pakistan
  • Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on 10 Etihad routes including destinations in Africa, Australia, Indonesia and the USA

The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two carriers at the Bahrain International Airshow in November last year and will further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries and carriers.

The agreement will see Etihad place its ‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca, Dhaka, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sailkot and Tbilisi.

Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.

Guests who are travelling to the USA with Etihad will be able to enjoy the preclearance facility offered at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport is a purpose-built facility that allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they depart. On arrival in the US, guests arrive as domestic passengers, speeding up the arrival process and making onward connections more seamless.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.

In addition to the codeshare signing, both Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programs are exploring ways to offer earn and burn opportunities.

Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates three return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Below Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLN (msn 39659) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938115.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLN (msn 39659) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938115.

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Below Copyright Photo: Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FB (msn 39997) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945083.

Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FB (msn 39997) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945083.

Gulf Air and Etihad Airways explore a closer relationship

Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FA (msn 39996) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 944463.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Bahrain International Airshow.

MOU scope includes provision for:

  • Joint codeshare operations as preferred partners between and beyond hubs
  • Development of commercial agreements to enhance guest experience
  • Coordinated Engineering and Cargo services in Abu Dhabi and Manama
  • Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programs

 

The wide-ranging MOU covers scope to introduce joint codeshare operations between Abu Dhabi and Manama, as well as on the global flight networks beyond the two carriers’ GCC hubs.

The MOU also contains plans for greater commercial cooperation in the fields of cargo, engineering, guest experience and the optimisation of pilot training facilities.

In addition to exploring codeshare operations, the teams at Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programs will shortly begin discussions which would see members of each programme being offered reciprocal earn and burn opportunities.

The teams in both carriers’ engineering and cargo divisions are also set to begin talks about greater cooperation. These discussions would look at optimising MRO (maintenance repair operations) opportunities, as well as ways to increase volumes of freighter traffic flowing into and out of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates three return daily A320 operations between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FA (msn 39996) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 944463.

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Gulf Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

The first Airbus A320neo for Gulf Air

Gulf Air on August 18, 2018, took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (A9C-TA, msn 8323).

The airline released photos of its new updated cabin for the new engine option.

Gulf Air also issued this statement and photo:

Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, took delivery of its first A320neo. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, made its maiden journey from Toulouse to Bahrain, landing at the Bahrain International Airport at 16:00 local time.

The aircraft is the first of the 29 A320neo Family aircraft ordered during the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow. This delivery also makes Gulf Air the first Middle Eastern national carrier to fly the A320neo.

Gulf Air currently operates 28 Airbus aircraft. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet and thanks to Airbus’ overall fleet commonality, the airline will benefit from low operating costs, optimum fuel efficiency and seamless, best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft.

Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, the A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.

Top Copyright Photo: Photo before the engines were added: Gulf Air Airbus A320-251N F-WWBB (A9C-TA) (msn 8323) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942587.

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