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Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 1:14 am

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


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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 3:52 am


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.

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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 12:26 pm

They became TransOcean Airways on May 1, 1989 and went bankrupt February 10, 1990.
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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 12:37 pm

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











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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 5:03 pm

Didn't Delta buy some of their 767-300ERs?
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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:45 am

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.
 
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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 11:39 am

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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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:55 pm

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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Wed Jun 19, 2002 3:30 pm

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.

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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 4:25 pm

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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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 5:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: Anyone Remember Gulf Air (charter Airline)?

Thu Jun 20, 2002 11:17 am

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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