Gulf Air is the national airline of the Kingdom of Baréin. The company operates about 40 scheduled international destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and Far East. Its airport is the reference or hub Bahréin.1 International Airport Company logo is a golden hawk.
The airline does not belong to any alliance, but has agreements with oneworld to offer better rates in certain rutas.2 also operates codeshare with other airlines and passengers can benefit from some of the benefits of loyalty programs Jet Airways and Oman Air.
In the late 40′s, the British rider Freddie Bosworth began an air taxi service from Bahrain to Doha and Dhahran. Bosworth later decided to expand its services and the March 24, 1950 reported Gulf Aviation as a private company. The adventure began with 7 Avro Anson and 3 four-engine De Havilland biplanes DH.86B, but it soon became apparent the need for a more modern fleet.
Bosworth chose the De Havilland this renewal Dove but while preparing for the introduction of the service died in an air show in Croydon on June 9, 1951.
In October 1951 British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) became a major shareholder in Gulf Aviation with 22% of capital.1 BOAC The arrival of Gulf Aviation assumed the establishment of services to London in April 1970 with a Vickers VC10 and enhanced the renewal of the fleet.
The turning point for Gulf Aviation is located in 1973, when the governments of Bahrain, the State of Qatar, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman purchased BOAC had actions of Gulf Aviation. The Foundation Treaty signed on January 1, 1974 each government gave 25% of the new Gulf Air, which passed and became the national airline of the four Gulf states.
Thanks to hire some Lockheed L-1011 Tristar and Boeing 737 in 1976 Gulf Air has expanded its route network including Amman, Amsterdam, Athens, Baghdad, Bangkok, Beirut, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Cairo, Hong Kong, Khartoum , Jeddah, Larnaca, Manila, Paris, Ras al-Khaimah and Sanaa.
The fleet comprised 4 Vickers VC10, BAC One-Eleven 3, 2 Lockheed L-1011 Tristar 200 and 5 Boeing 737-200. Two years later he doubled the number of Tristar to replace the VC10 and increased the number of Boeing 737 up to 9 for removing the outdated and One-Eleven.