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Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?  
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Anyone remember Gulf Air, the charter airline? Anybody know where they flew, what else they operated, etc, etc?


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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
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I think they operated some MCO-MAN & MCO-STN (or was it LGW?) charters in the mid to late 1980s with a couple of DC8s (N794AL & N795AL). If I remember correctly, the callsigns were either Gulftrans 794 or Gulftrans 795, dependent upon which aircraft was operating the service.

David/MAN


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

They became TransOcean Airways on May 1, 1989 and went bankrupt February 10, 1990.


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User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

who would've known a name change could bankrupt an airline.....











kidding...


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Didn't Delta buy some of their 767-300ERs?


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User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

They were from New Iberia, La and pretty much operated out of a hut there. I almost went to work there for them. Thankfully I didn't. I have seen their DC-8's in Waco for mtc and also thier 727 charters at the Dallas Naval Air Station as well as DFW.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Jhooper. That was Gulf Air from the UAE.

Notdownnlocked. DC-8s? As my database is in constant need of updates, would, or could you, please provide me with the specific aircraft?



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5073 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

According to my handy-dandy book "Deregulation Knockouts - Round One" by Tom W Norwood:

"Gulf Air Transport began operations in 1979 supporting the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico using Convair-Liners and, later, a Lockheed Electra. It expanded into the contract charter business in 1984 with acquisition of a Boeing 727-100. Overseas charters began in 1989, but because it shared the same name as the flag carrier of Oman, it had to change it's name. Sun International was selected but this choice was contested successfully by Sun Country Airlines. Therefore on May 1, TransOcean Airlines was adopted. The swift expansion into the European charter business proved costly and the company filed bankruptcy by the end of 1989. By March, 1990 the company ceased operations."



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User currently offlineMAC_Veteran From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 726 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

I remember them back in the 1980's. They had a military prisoner run from McGuire AFB to various "facilities" in the US midwest to drop them off. Afternoon would start out with the C-141 from Ramstein landing, inmates lead off, frisked, remember a few murderers being lead off, one was a woman that was strapped to a board. Remember a few CMSgt's being lead off minus all of his stripes. Gulf Air 727 would show up soon after. Inmates would be marched "basic training style" from the plane and held in the passenger terminal departure gate area, the rest that were going to the facility at Fort Dix were bussed out. Quite a scene to watch.

MAC


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

At AirMalta we operated 3 of Gulf Air's 727's in the Summers of '88 and '89. The aircraft were N502AV, N502AV and N2818W. 502 (or 504) was later destroyed by a lav fire soon after landing at the Dominican Republic.


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User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

IMissPiedmont, the -8's were taken on after the name change to TransOcean. I'm sorry I didn't make that clear in my last post but there were no -8's in the basic Gulf Air colors but there were 727's in the full TransOcean colors. The first -8's came in a variant of the blue/yellow 727 scheme before the transition to a blue/red scheme.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Notdownnlocked. That will teach me to not do a proper search before I ask.
TransOcean did indeed lease four stretched 8s. Thanks for the heads up.



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