Indian Coast Guard

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Proposals to set up a Coast Guard service were first taken seriously in the early ‘seventies, when a committee was set up to examine the problem of seaborne smuggling and the feasibility of establishing such a service. The committee recommended the setting up of a Coast Guard service. This recommendation was accepted and plans were put into effect to create a Coast Guard service under the overall responsibility of the Ministry of Defence. In August 1976, the Maritime Zones of India Act was passed, which defined the Exclusive Economic Zones surrounding the Indian sub-continent where Indian sovereignty would be applied.

On 1 February 1977 an interim Coast Guard organisation was established, with the help of the Indian Navy, which began to put into place the necessary infrastructure for a national maritime policing service. The duties and functions of the service were formally defined in Coast Guard Act, which was passed on the 18 August 1978, and came into effect on the 19 August. The Coast Guard was to become responsible for the policing of over 2.01 million square kilometres of ocean, with the stated objective of providing offshore security, marine environmental security, coastal security, marine safety, scientific assistance and national defence. The area under it’s control was to include 1197 islands and a coastline of 7517 kilometres.

Begining in 1978 with two old frigates seconded by the Navy and five small patrol vessels, the ICG expanded over the following two decades to attain a force level of 52 ships and craft and 35 aircraft and helicopters. An Air Wing was formed in 1982 with Indian Navy assistance to aid the surface fleet. The first helicopter Squadron was formally commissioned in May 1982 and the first fixed-wing unit was activated in 1982.

One of the Coast Guard’s greatest ever tests began on 26 December 2005, when an earthquake off Indonesia triggered a giant Tsunami wave which caused massive destruction along the coastlines of the Indian Ocean. Coast Guard personel immediately began relief operations in the remote Andaman Islands from Port Blair, and in the regions of Chennai and Mumbai on the mainland. A Coast Guard Dornier 228 (CG 753) was also the first aircraft to deliver medicines and essential supplies to the Maldives within 24 hours of the tragedy. A total of 230 sorties were flown by aircraft and helicopters in the period up to 21 January 2006.

Key Dates

Sept 1974    Rustamji Committee set up to study creation of a coast guard service
31 July 1975    Rustamji Committee strongly recommends creation of the Coast Guard
25 August 1976    The Maritime Zones of India Act passed
1 Feb 1977    Interim Indian Coast Guard organisation created by the Navy
18 August 1978    Coast Guard Act passed in Parliament
19 August 1978    Coast Guard Act comes into force – ICG formally established
22 May 1982    First air squadron (CGAS 800) commissioned with helicopters
1982    First fixed wing squadron (CGAS 700) activated
June 1984    First trainee Coast Guard aviators qualify for their wings
7 July 1986    First two Do 228s handed over in Germany
March 2002    First Dhruv helicopter delivered

Current Status

The duties of the Air Wing are defined as: Air Surveillance of the EEZ, Ensuring Pollution Prevention measures, Providing Assistance to Fishermen and Search and Rescue. In recent years it has achieved some major successes in anti-piracy operations. The service carries out regular operations and exercies with the Indian Navy, to maximise operational efficiency.

Future Plans

The ICG has plans for an eventual fleet of 36 light observation helicopters, 12 rescue helicopters, 36 coastal patrol aircraft and 9 long range surveillance aircraft.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All aircraft and helicopters carry a three-digit serial number prefixed by the letters ‘CG’. Fixed wing aircraft are serialled in the range 7xx, while helicopters are serialled in the range 8xx. Examples are Do 228 CG 766 and Chetak CG 803.

Unit/Base Codes

Unlike Indian Navy aircraft, unit or base code letters are not carried.


Chetak CG 810. (photo, Simon Watson)

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

Not used – manufacturers designation used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

A reported order for 5 BN-2 Maritime Defender patrol aircraft placed in 1980 did not result in any aircraft being delivered.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The only serious accident suffered so far has been the loss of Do 288-101 CG 757 in January 1993.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Coast Guard Headquarters, National Stadium Complex, New Delhi 1100 01.

Organisational Structure

The Indian Coast Guard is commanded by the Director General at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi. It has three regional commands – at Mumbai (Region West), Chennai (Region East) and Port Blair (Region Andaman and Nicobar). There are 11 district commands – one in each coastal State on the mainland and two in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are six Coast Guard stations: Jakahu, Okha and Vadinar in Region West; and Tuticorin and Mandapam in Region East, under their respective district commands. The Air Wing of Coast Guard is operated from two stations and six air enclaves and has ten air units.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Table of Historical Unit Assignments

All-Time Flying Units List

CGAS 700
CGAS 744
CGAS 745
CGAS 747
CGAS 750
CGAS 800
CGAS 841
CGAS 842
CGAS 848
ICGEFU
Port Blair Chetak Flight

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Indian Coast Guard Air Wing currently operates from two main air bases, and a number of air enclaves along India’s coast. See listing below for details.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

ICGAW Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

Indian Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.12 p.138

Websites

Indian Coast Guard Official Home Page
(Includes history, mission, organisation etc)

Bharat Rakshak Indian Coast Guard Page
(Indian-based website giving details of organisation, ships and aircraft))

Indian Coast Guard: A Profile
(Brief overview of the service)

Wikipedia: Indian Coast Guard
(Includes objectives, history, bases, vessels etc)

Irish Coast Guard

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Irish Marine Emergency Service (IMES) was first established on 1 January 1991, when a contract to operate one S-61N helicopter for Search and Rescue (SAR) duties came into effect. The contract was operated by Irish Helicopters and the aircraft was based at Shannon. On 1 January 1997, a new contract with Bond Helicopters came into effect, for the provision of two Shannon-based machines, one being a backup to the primary SAR aircraft.

On 29 June 1998, a second helicopter base was inaugurated at Dublin Airport, providing coverage of the east coast with a single Bond-operated S-61N. On 2nd February 2000 the IMES was renamed the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) to better reflect its role. In the same year Bond Helicopters was renamed CHC Helicopters. In 2002 a third base was opened at Waterford in the south of the country. In 2003 the Coast Guard took over the operation of an IAC operated S-61N at Sligo, giving a more even distribution of helicopter missions.

CHC were subsequently awarded a further contract renewal to provide SAR services from July 2007 to July 2010. It is likely that a future contract will require replacement of the aging S-61Ns with a more modern design.

Key Dates

1 January 1991 Irish Marine Emergency Service (IMES) established.
1997 Service expanded to two helicopters.
2 February 2000 IMES renamed to Irish Coast Guard.
2003 Fourth helicopter base opened.

Current Status

Search and Rescue missions off the coast of Ireland are contracted out by the Department of the Marine to a civil operator on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. The present contractor has been providing the service since 1997, initially as Bond Helicopters, but now known as CHC Helicopters.

Future Plans

Replace the S-61Ns with a more modern design, most likely the Sikorsky S-92.

Markings

National Insignia

The helicopters operate in civil markings, with civil registrations and IRISH COAST GUARD / ‘Garda Cósta na hEirann’ service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Coast Guard helicopters carry civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Sikorsky S-61N 7 7 0 SAR

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Sikorsky S-61N 2 1991 1997 Irish
Sikorsky S-61N 7 1997 current CHC

Irish = operated by Irish Helicopters under contract.

CHC = operated by CHC Ireland under contract.

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Dublin.

Organisational Structure

There are normally six Sikorsky S-61N’s active: four on 24hr standby and two reserve helicopters. Two are based at Shannon Airport, two based at Waterford Airport, one at Dublin Airport and one in Sligo (this latter was formerly operated by the IAC).

Current Unit Assignments

Squadron Type Base
1 x Sikorsky S-61N Dublin-Collinstown
2 x Sikorsky S-61N Shannon
2 x Sikorsky S-61N Waterford
1 x Sikorsky S-61N Sligo

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See current organisation, above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Bases used by the IMES/IRCG are: Shannon (since Jan 1991), Dublin (since June 1998), Waterford (since 2002) and Sligo (since 2003).

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

No articles known.

Websites

Official Irish Coast Guard webpage

wikipedia: Irish Coast Guard

Rescue Reports

CHC Helicopters

airliners.net

Lebanese Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Lebanese Government operated a single Falcon 20 business jet for VIP transport between 1979 and 1998, but this aircraft was not replaced. In 2008 Qatar donated an AW139 helicopter to Lebanon, for use by the President.

Key Dates

1979    Lebanese Government Aviation Unit first established.
1998    Lebanese Government Aviation Unit disbanded.
2008    VIP transport helicopter delivered.

Current Status

The helicopter is operated by the Air Force on behalf of the Government.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

The markings of the Falcon 20 are not known. The AW139 appears to carry the national flag on the fin and an air force roundel under the belly of the fuselage. It is not clear if any country identifying titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All government aircraft carry civilian registrations in the OD-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
AgustaWestland AW139 1 1 VIP Transport Qatar

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
AgustaWestland AW139 1 2008 current Qatar
Dassault Falcon 20F 1 1979 1998 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Beirut Airport.

Organisational Structure

The helicopter is based at Beirut Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are now based at Beirut Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

None found.

Jordanian Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The King of Jordan has used transport aircraft operated by the RJAF since at least 1958. By the 1970s however, the Royal Family had started using civilian aircraft.

Key Dates

19??    Jordanian Royal Flight first established.

Current Status

Jordanian Royal Flight aircraft are flown under contract to the royal family. The main operator is Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Jordanian Royal Flight aircraft fly in the colours of Royal Jordanian Airlines. The country title THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN is displayed on the fuselage in English on the starboard side and in Arabic script on the port side.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Royal Flight fixed-wing aircraft normally carry civilian registrations in the JY-Hxx series. The helicopters appear to carry two-digit serial numbers, e.g 02 for an S-70A-11.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Airbus A340-211 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A340-642 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Sikorsky S-70A-11 Black Hawk 3 3 0 VIP Transport
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 2 2 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Airbus A340-211 1 2001 current Brunei
Airbus A340-642 1 2008 current France
Boeing 727-30 1 1975 1981 USA
Boeing 727-205 1 1980 1985 USA
Dassault Falcon 20 1 1972 1981 France
Dassault Falcon 50 2 1981 1997 France
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 8 1 1952 1988 UK
Gulfstream III 2 1986 1995 USA
Lockheed L.1011 TriStar 500 1 1984 2001 ?
Sikorsky S-70A-11 Black Hawk 3 1987 current USA
Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk 2 1995 1996 USA
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 2 2003 current USA
Sikorsky S-76A 2 19?? 19?? USA
Sud Aviation Alouette III 2? 1965 1988 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.


Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are now based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

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planepictures.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Jordanian Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Jordanian Government has had its own aircraft, separate from the Royal Flight, since at least 1978.

Key Dates

1978?    Jordanian Government Aviation Unit first established.

Current Status

Jordanian Government aircraft are flown under contract to the government by commercial airlines and business jet operators. Operators used include Arab Wings.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Jordanian Government aircraft fly in mainly white colour scheme, with a fuselage cheatline in the national colours. A golden crown appears on the fin. The country title THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN is displayed on the fuselage in English on the starboard side and in Arabic script on the port side.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Most government aircraft carry civilian registrations in the JY-Axx series, although some have out-of-sequence registrations such as JY-ONE, JY-TWO etc.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Airbus A318-112 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Canadair Challenger 604 2 2 0 VIP Transport
Gulfstream 450 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Airbus A310? 1 1987 ? France
Airbus A318-112 1 2009 current France
Boeing 707 1 1980 1990 USA
Boeing 737-7BC 2 2004 2007 USA
Canadair Challenger 604 2 19?? current Canada
Gulfstream IV 3 19?? 1999 USA
Gulfstream V 1 19?? 1999 USA
Gulfstream 450 1 2007 current USA
Rockwell Sabreliner 75A 2 1978? 1982+ Arab Wings

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are now based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Kuwait Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

A Government Aviation Unit was established circa 1973 for VIP transport.

Key Dates

1973?    Kuwait Government Aviation Unit first established.

Current Status

Kuwait Government aircraft are operated by Kuwait Airways under contract to the government.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Kuwait Government aircraft fly in a white and blue colour scheme, with the national flag and the insignia of Kuwait Airways on the fin. The country title STATE OF KUWAIT appears on the fuselage in English and Arabic script.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All government aircraft carry civilian registrations in the 9K-Axx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Airbus A300C4-620 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A310-608 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A320-212 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 747-400 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Gulfstream V 3 3 0 VIP Transport
Sikorsky S-92A 3 3 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Airbus A300C4-620 1 19?? current France
Airbus A310-608 1 1993 current France
Airbus A320-212 1 2004 current France
Boeing 727-269 1 1989 1999 USA
Boeing 737-200 1 1978 1982 USA
Boeing 747-400 1 19?? current USA
Gulfstream II 2 1980 1985 USA
Gulfstream III 2 1984 1993 USA
Gulfstream IV 3 1991? 2000 USA
Gulfstream V 3 2000 current USA
Hawker Siddeley HS.125-700B 2 1982 1990 UK
Lockheed Jetstar 8A 1 1973 1981 USA
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 1 19?? 2000 USA
Sikorsky S-92A 3 2007 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Kuwait City.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Kuwait International Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are now based at Kuwait International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Oman Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Oman Royal Flight was first established circa 1974 to provide VIP Transport for Sultan. Helicopters were added in 1975. The Flight has expanded considerably since its formation.

Key Dates

1974    Oman Royal Flight first established.
1975    First helicopter acquired.

Current Status

The Royal Flight is currently taking delivery of new EC225 helicopters to replace the Super Pumas now passed to the Air Force.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Royal Flight aircraft carry a red and green fuselage cheetline and the national ‘crossed swords and dagger’ symbol in black on the forward fuselage. The national flag is used as a fin stripe. No service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Royal Flight aircraft carry civilian registrations in the A4O-xx or A4O-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 2 2 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A320-233 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 747-430 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 747SP-27 2 1 0 VIP Transport
Eurocopter EC225/EC225LP 6 6 0 VIP Transport
Gulfstream IV 2 2 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA330J Puma 4 1975 1997 France
Aerospatiale AS332C Super Puma 2 1982 2005 France
Aerospatiale AS332L1 Super Puma 1 1990 2002 France
Aerospatiale AS350 2 2005 current France
Agusta AB212 4 199? 1996 SOAF
Airbus A320-233 1 2005 current France
BAC VC10 1 1974 1987 UK
Boeing 747-430 1 2005 current USA
Boeing 747SP-27 2 1984 current USA
Dassault Falcon 20E 1 1980 1982 France
Eurocopter EC225/EC225LP 4/2 2007 current France
FFA AS.202 Bravo 2 1975 1997 Germany
Gulfstream II 2 1976 1992 USA
Gulfstream IV 2 1992 current USA
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-73CF 1 1981 1993 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

The ‘Dassault Falcon 10’ reportedly used was actually a Dassault Falcon 20E.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not known.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Seeb Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Seeb Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See above.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Qatar Amiri Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Qatar Amiri Flight was first established circa 1975 to provide VIP Transport for the Royal Family. The Flight has expanded considerably since its formation and now provides charter flights for many Qatari VIPs.

Key Dates

1975?    Qatar Amiri Flight first established.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Qatar Amiri Flight are maintained and flown by personnel from Qatar Airways.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Most Qatar Amiri Flight aircraft now fly in full Qatar Airways markings. No national markings are carried, except for a small national flag on the rear fuselage. No Amiri Flight titles are displayed. Until the 1990s, the aircraft flew in a redish-brown and white colour scheme with the ‘State of Qatar’ seal on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Qatar Amiri Flight aircraft carry civilian registrations in the A7-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Airbus A310-300 2 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A319-133X 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A320-232 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A330-203 2 2 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A340-211/313X 1/1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A340-541 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 737-8KB 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Bombardier BD700 Global Express 2 2 0 VIP Transport
Canadair Challenger 300 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Airbus A310-300 2 1997 current France
Airbus A319-133X 1 2001 current France
Airbus A320-232 1 1999 current France
Airbus A330-203 2 2002 current France
Airbus A340-211/313X 1/1 1993 current France
Airbus A340-541 1 2006 current France
BAC VC10 1 1975 1981 BOAC
Boeing 707 2 1978 1999 USA
Boeing 727 1 1979 1997 USA
Boeing 737-8KB 1 2008 current USA
Boeing 747SP-21 2 1996 2007 USA
Bombardier BD700 Global Express 2 2003 current Canada
Canadair Challenger 300 1 2005 current Canada
Dassault Falcon 900 2 1991 2000 France
Hawker 800XP 1 2003 2004 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

Some reports confuse the Airbus A300 with the A310 that was actually used.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not known.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Doha International Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Doha International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See above.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Qatar Amiri Flight

flickr: Qatar Amiri Flight

airliners.net

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planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Bahrain Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Flight operates a small number of aircraft for VIP transport. All aircraft carry civilian markings.

Key Dates

1981?    Establishment of Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight.
February 2002    Official name changed to Bahrain Royal Flight.

Current Status

The Royal Flight aircraft are used primarily for VIP transport.

Future Plans

Future procurement plans not known.

Markings

National Insignia

The national flag is carried as a fin flash. All aircraft carry the service title BAHRAIN in Arabic and English lettering on the upper fuselage sides (in place of the previous BAHRAIN AMIRI ROYAL FLIGHT titles).

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Bahrain Royal Flight aircraft carry civilian registrations in the A9C-xx or A9C-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
Bell 430110VIP Transport
Boeing 727-2M7110VIP Transport
Boeing 747-4P9110VIP Transport
Boeing 747SP210VIP Transport
Boeing 767-4SFER110VIP Transport
Gulfstream II(TT)110VIP Transport
Gulfstream IV110VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Airbus A340-212119941994France
Bell 43012001CurrentUSA
Boeing 727-2M711993CurrentUSA
Boeing 747-4P912003CurrentUSA
Boeing 747SP21998CurrentUSA
Boeing 767-4SFER12009CurrentUSA
Gulfstream II(TT)11981CurrentUSA
Gulfstream III119831999USA
Gulfstream IV12000CurrentUSA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

BAHRAIN ROYAL FLIGHT, PO Box 245, Manama, Bahrain.

Organisational Structure

The Royal Flight is organised into the VIP Fixed Wing Squadron and the VIP Helicopter Squadron.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Shaikh Isa Air Base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The Royal Flight was initially formed at Bahrain International Airport (Manama), but moved to Shaikh Isa AB circa 1990.

More Information

Books

Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

airliners.net

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planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.