Gulf Air Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue
1986-1988 New Iberia, LA
Gulf Air had it's origins in Gulf Air Transport. Gulf Air Transport was a Part 121 supplemental carrier which specialized in on-demand charters.Gulf Air Transport was founded in 1979, working in the support of oil exploration companies with a single Convair CV-440. In 1981, a Lockheed L-188 Electra was added and later on a Convair CV-580 Turboprops. Circa 1984, Boeing 727 100 and 200s were introduced to the company. Name changed to Gulf Air in 1986 and then in 1988, the airline name changed again to TransOcean Airlines. Along with a recession in the US economy in the 1980s, Trans Ocean began to lose money and by 1989 it had to seek protection from its creditors by entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However the airline failed to make a profit and in March 1990 all operations were ceased and the airline ceased to exist.