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Lockheed L-1011 - Gulf Air

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Lockheed L-1011 TriStar - Gulf Air

For Gulf Air, today the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Lockheed TriStar was the first widebody aircraft type in the fleet. The airline operated thirteen L-1011s (-1, -100 and -200 versions). The TriStars were painted in a beautiful livery.

The airline started in the 1940s as an air taxi service from Bahrein to Doha and Dhahran and in 1950 it was named 'Gulf Aviation'. In 1973 it became the national airline of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar and was consequently renamed Gulf Air. The state of Qatar withdrew from Gulf Air in 2002, because it wanted to support its own airline, Qatar Airways, and in 2005 Abu Dhabi announced that it also wanted to pull out in favour of its own Etihad Airways. In 2007 Oman also withdrew, so that Gulf Air is now the flag carrier of Bahrain only.

The Tristar entered service in early 1976 and in 1988 Gulf Air started replacing them with Boeing 767s.

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