Bahrain Royal Flight

Operator Profile

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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.


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 Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
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

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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.


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


Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.