Gulfstream III

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One G.1159A Gulfstream III acquired in 1983. Used by the Government for VIP transport. Sold in 1999.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BB 393 N17587 1983 to HZ-MWD in May 1999.

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988) p.52
  • Worldmil (1996) p.50
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Gulfstream II(TT)

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

Key Facts

History

One G.1159TT Gulfstream II(TT) acquired in 1981. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BG 202 N17586 1981 noted Apr 2003

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988) p.52
  • Worldmil (1994) p.51
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 767-4SFER

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

Key Facts

History

One Boeing 767-4SFER delivered in January 2009. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HMH 34205 N526BA Jan 2009  

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 747SP

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Boeing 747SP-21 acquired on 24 December 1998. One Boeing 747SP-25 acquired in 2007. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HHH 21649 V8-AC1 April 1999 747SP-21, to A9C-HMH by Oct 2002
A9C-HMH 21649 A9C-HHH April 1999 747SP-21, to VQ-BMS May 2008
A9C-HAK 23610 A6-ZSN 2007 747SP-25, noted Aug 2008

Pictures


Boeing 747SP A9C-HMH (photo, Nils Böhrnsen)

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 747-4P9

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Boeing 747-4P9 delivered in February 2003. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HMK 33684   Feb 2003 noted Aug 2008

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 727-2M7

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Boeing 727-2M7 obtained new in 1993. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BA 21824/1595 N740RW 1993 noted Aug 2008

Pictures


Boeing 727-2M7 A9C-BA (photo, Rob van Ringelesteijn)

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1994) p.51
  • Worldmil (1996) p.50
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 430

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Bell 430 acquired by November 2001. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HA 49020 N11753 Nov 2001  

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Airbus A340-212

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Airbus A340-212 obtained new in March 1994 Used by the Government for VIP transport. Sold in June 1994.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HH 046 F-WWJC 31 Mar 1994 to V8-PJB 1st June 1994

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1996) p.50
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

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

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.