September 24 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Gulf Air expands IFE religious programming

By Rick Lundstrom

Gulf Air has added a suite of new religious channels to its inflight entertainment offering, the airline announced recently.

Complementing the existing Holy Quran audio channel, the airline has added a new video channel featuring the full 30 chapters of the Holy Quran – including all 114 Surahs – in both Arabic and English. Also part of the programming is a step-by-step ‘how to’ guide for Haj and Umrah in four languages and a special Dua’a channel.

Gulf Air says it is one of the few airlines worldwide to offer such a service, enabling passengers to read or listen to the Holy Quran anytime throughout their flight.

“Given Gulf Air’s strategic positioning in the region and efficient Bahrain hub, the airline is a popular choice for pilgrims travelling for Haj, Umrah and other religious occasions,” said Acting Chief Commercial Officer Ahmed Janahi. “These are spiritual journeys and for this reason we took the decision to launch these new channels. Passengers can now better prepare for their pilgrimage in the air by choosing to listen to the Holy Quran through the audio channels of our inflight entertainment system, or read it using the new Holy Quran video channel as well as familiarizing themselves with the steps involved to perform Haj.”

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