By Andy Sambidge
Bahrain's national airline says service will be rolled out to entire network soon.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has launched an online Check-in and advanced seat selection service as part of efforts to improve passenger services.
Gulf Air passengers flying from Bahrain can now check in online at gulfair.com 24 hours in advance and up to 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of their Gulf Air flight, the airline said on Tuesday.
They can also choose a seat of their choice using the online interactive seat map, change their seat, and print their boarding pass before arriving at the airport.
The online check-in service is currently only available for departures from Bahrain but will be rolled out across the rest of the Gulf Air network over the coming weeks, the airline added.
Initially launched in English, the service will also be available in Arabic from April onwards.
Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said: "Web check-in is an important addition to the Gulf Air travel experience we offer our customers and we are prioritising rolling out the service across our network as quickly as possible."
In November, Gulf Air unveiled its new strategy to save the government about $2.65bn over the next five years.
The carrier said it would launch a more targeted network of routes, expanding its operations into more than 20 new destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.
At the same time it said it would also suspend up to 15 other routes and close a number of overseas stations that are not profitable and no longer reflect customer needs.
Wow, online check-in? Welcome to the 1990's Gulf Air!
No online web check in service from Istanbul....
Although they have a page and has already announced it , It does not even respond...