Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great flight experience on Gulf Air from Manila to Bahrain

Great flight experience on Gulf Air from Manila to Bahrain


This post is about the great flight experience on Gulf Air from Manila to Bahrain.

The other day, in Asia living a Travelife, we flew Gulf Air to Bahrain and then onwards to Athens after a short holiday in Bahrain at the Sofitel Thalassotherapy Resort and Spa.

More on this wonderful hotel later, which is the best place to stay in Bahrain...




It was my second time to do a roundtrip long-haul from Manila on Gulf Air.

I have to say that this second time around replicated the very positive experience I had on my first trip.

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GREAT FLAT BEDS TO THE MIDDLE EASTON GULF AIR FROM MANILA

In business class to the Middle East, the flight experience of Gulf Air includes great beds and probably the best business class configuration out of all the airlines on this same similar route.

The flat beds are huge and very comfortable, and the personal space for each passenger is really spacious.

SO MUCH SPACE THATI DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF




On my first trip on Gulf Air from Manila to Bahrain, I'd written in this very same blog how I'd had so much space on business class that I didn't know what to do with myself.

Well, it was the same experience on this most recent trip.

IT'S LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PRIVATE PLANE




Gulf Air's business class configuration is also only two rows of four seats across. 

This kind of configuration is simply unheard of, because this means that each business class passenger gets so much space that it's like flying in your private plane.



That was my exact description on my last flight with Gulf Air, and it was the same this time around.

I felt we were on a private plane to the Middle East.

GENUINELY WARM SERVICE ONBOARD GULF AIRFROM MANILA TO BAHRAIN




Then there's the service.

Gulf Air so far hasn't adopted an aggressive high profile marketing strategy in the manner of its other more glamorous Middle Eastern sister airlines, so few people actually even have it at top of mind when they're choosing a carrier to the Middle East or Europe.



But the service is warm and very homey, and you can see that everyone in the crew is really sincerely nice.



I haven't met a Gulf Air air crew doing the business class areas, who didn't strike me as super nice in a very real way.

OUR HANDS FULL WITHTIPS ON BAHRAIN




When they found out we were stopping over in Bahrain, for instance, the crew all gave us tips on what to buy and where to find these.

I've actually never had this level of friendliness on another airline, although admittedly this is because I'm not someone who talks to others a lot on flights or when traveling.



Meanwhile, my friend who joined me on this trip chatted everyone up, so we were besieged with well-meaning advice, information and offers to go around by the time we landed in Bahrain.

GULF AIR INFLIGHT MEALS ARE GOOD AND ENJOYABLE 



The inflight catering on Gulf Air from Manila to Bahrain is also very enjoyable.

Everything is in large volumes and at one point, I even had three heaping dishes of salads in front of me

Dessert is a wagon service offering a selection of cakes, pastries, fruits and cheeses.


THE GREAT FLIGHT EXPERIENCE ON GULF AIRFROM MANILA TO BAHRAIN


Finally, two things are worth mentioning about my Gulf Air experience.

The Gulf Air plane used from Manila to the Middle East is an older aircraft compared to the what is used between the Middle East and Europe.


So if you're used to the modern infrastructure of a handful of other airlines that have done across the board upgrading ahead of everyone else, or of you fly as much as I do, you'll notice the difference between riding an older aircraft and a newer one.

That said, I had no complaints whatsoever, and I am usually a very finicky business class passenger.

INFLIGHT SYSTEM IS IN THE MIDDLEOF AN UPGRADE


The inflight entertainment system is also in the midst of an upgrade, I understand.



The last time I flew Gulf Air, they provided business class passengers with iPads that enabled us to watch a wide variety of movies on a relatively high resolution screen.


The iPads have been phased out and the entertainment system, even for business class, is not on-demand. Nevertheless, I found two movies I liked and slept the rest of the way to Bahrain on what is perhaps one of the most comfortable flat beds from Asia.

It was perfect for my needs, and I'll take the great flat bed with lots of space over the movies anytime.

BRING YOUR OWN MOVIES
IF YOU WANT MORE, FOR NOW

Those who need a constant state-of-the-art entertainment system should probably bring their own iPads or tablets loaded with movies.



Interestingly, the Bahrain-Athens flight was on a much newer plane with a great entertainment system.

So it's probably just a matter of time that the entertainment system on the Bahrain-Manila sector is upgraded -- hopefully for the next time I fly them, on another adventure in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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