Gulf Traveller was the all-economy full service subsidiary airline of Gulf Air. Its main base was Abu Dhabi International Airport. It was briefly relocated between Bahrain and Muscat airports after Abu Dhabi pulled out of the Gulf Air consortium in 2005, and in May 2007 Oman also pulled out of the group leaving Bahrain as sole owner of Gulf Air. Gulf Traveller has since been disbanded due to these changes.
Gulf Traveller was founded on 1 June 2003
as part of the Gulf Air three year restructuring and turnaround programme instigated by James Hogan. The model behind Gulf Air was to economise on routes with little demand for First or Business Class passengers. Gulf Traveller's inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi
took place on 15 June 2003
Gulf Traveller also made history with the appointment of a female pilot - the first airline in the region to do so. The female pilot is a French national, Caroline Le Cann, flying the Gulf Traveller Boeing 767.
Gulf Traveller planned to add Birmingham, United Kingdom, to its list of destinations in 2004, however, the project was put on hold for the foreseeable future in 2005, and then eventually scrapped.
Gulf Traveller operated to the following destinations from their Hubs at Bahrain
- Africa: Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Zanzibar
- Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Amman, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
- South Asia: Dhaka, Islamabad, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, Mumbai, Peshawar, Thiruvananthapuram
- Southeast Asia: Jakarta
The Gulf Traveller Fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2007) :