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Gulf Air

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air was founded in 1950 and was originally called Gulf Aviation. It is Bahrain's flag carrier airline and has its headquarters located in Muharraq, Bahrain, with a main operating hub situated nearby at Bahrain International Airport. The airline is currently wholly owned by the Bahraini Government. There are nearly 30 planes in its fleet, all of which are Airbus A320s, A321s and A330s.

Gulf Airlines flies to more than 40 different destinations all over the world covering more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and the Americas. Out of its many destinations, its most popular routes include its flights to Paris, Austin, Bangkok, London, Chicago, Paris, Atlanta, and Cairo. It also has codeshare agreements with EgyptAir, KLM, Saudia, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Philippine Airways, American Airlines and Royal Jordanian, although it is not an airline alliance member. Its Falcon Gold lounges can be found at Bahrain International Airport, London Heathrow Airport and Dubai International Airport.

Online check-in

The earliest that passengers flying with Gulf Airlines can check in online is 24 hours before their scheduled departure time, right up until 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to takeoff. While checking in on online, passengers can select a seat for the journey and print out their boarding cards. The airline also has special baggage drop counters that are designated for passengers who have already checked in online, in order to speed up the process. Online check-in is not possible for children travelling without an adult, passengers who need special assistance, and passengers with paper tickets.

Hand luggage allowance

Passengers on Gulf Air flights have their hand luggage allowance determined by their ticket type. Economy class passengers are able to take 1 bag of up to 45 x 40 x 30 cm that weighs no more than 6 kg, while Falcon Gold passengers can take 1 bag up to 55 x 40 x 30 cm plus a briefcase of up to 45 x 40 x 30 cm that must not weigh more than 9 kg combined. Infants can also bring 1 bag of up to 44 x 35 x 20 cm that must not weigh more than 3 kg. As well as this allowance, passengers can bring certain personal items without having to pay any extra. These include handbags, umbrella, coats, wheelchairs and crutches.

Checked baggage allowance

The maximum total weight for checked luggage is 30 kg for passengers travelling on an Economy fare and 40 kg for passengers travelling on a Falcon Gold fare. Infants younger than 2 have an allowance of 10 kg plus permission to bring a stroller and car seat. Members of the airline's Falconflyer program also receive additional allowances that include +15 kg for Silver members, +20 kg for Gold members and +25 kg for Black members. The maximum size for a single item of checked luggage is 95 x 75 x 45 cm while the maximum weight is 32 kg. Pieces of luggage that are found to be larger or heavier than this will not be carried by the airline.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Gulf Air
  • IATA code: GF
  • Year Founded: 1950
  • Headquarters: Muharraq, Bahrain
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Latest customer reviews on Gulf Air flights

3.6 /5
Total reviews based on: 49
Heathrow - Heathrow ( LHR - LHR )
5.0 /5
Uk recident
Date 2019-09-23 Location Uk Age 51-70 Class Economy

I have flown first time with Gulf Air and my experience was very good would recommend family and friends.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Heathrow - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport ( LHR - BOM )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-09-21 Location Engkand Age 51-70 Class Economy

Very happy with flight and the price

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Heathrow - Dubai International Airport ( LHR - DXB )
3.0 /5
Date 2019-09-20 Location London Age 31-50 Class Economy

Flight was good from london to dubai on Gulf Air. Food on board is terrible. Cabin crews are busy chatting to each other and are miserable. Gulf Air put their prices up just like Emirates and Oman Air. Charge you for selecting your seats like no frills airlines. They used to be good when they were flying A330 from London. Food was excellent and so was the cabin crew. Since induction of new leased planes which are expensive to maintain they have reduced weight allowance, cheap prison like food and copy other airlines rules and regulations.

2.5 /5
2 reviews
Heathrow - Bahrain International ( LHR - BAH )
3.0 /5
Date 2019-08-17 Location London Age 31-50 Class Economy

Overall service okay. Two things for improvement one more choices on entertainment system (on bahrain to kochi leg no english movie choices) and earlier service for inflight meals following take off rather than 2 to 2.5 hrs into flight which was experienced

3.6 /5
37 reviews
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