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I flew with the new Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 from Bahrain to London recently. With the introduction of the new B787, Gulf Air introduced a new corporate branding and new uniforms.

Gulf Air New B787-9 has 26 Business Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats. The 787-9 is currently deployed on All London service (twice daily), as well as Casablanca and Bangkok soon.

Seating

Falcon Gold Business Class boasts one of the longest flat bed in the world with all direct aisle access and forward facing seats. I would recommend the window seat as it gives you extra privacy with high screens with your own passage in and out of the seat.  The middle seats are perfect for traveling pairs though the window and aisle seats on the side can also worked out as a good choice. All seats have privacy screen that can be elevated to create more privacy. Overall, I think this is one of the best Business Class seat out there.

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Falcon Gold Business Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Falcon Gold Business Class

The Economy class features a standard 3-3-3 seating configuration. The seat pitch is quite generous and the seat can recline deeply which is an advantage.

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

Gulf Air B787-9 Economy Class

I flew in from Dubai on a Gulf Air A320neo in the morning to connect on to Gulf Air 787 flight to London. Flying time to London was 6 hours 30 minutes. My connection time in Bahrain was 2 hours.

I had a glass of the refreshing lemon & mint juice and enjoyed some toasted nuts after take-off. Gulf Air also serves alcohol on-board. The champagne was Jacquart Brut.

In-Flight Service

Gulf Air has a chef on-board in Business Class to look after the passengers. On my flight chef Nizar is in charge of the food and drink suggestion, platting and delivering the food. The table was set up individually without the use of tray.

For starters, I was offered a choice of Arabic Mezze, garden salad or mushroom soup.

Then, there were 4 choices of main course include lamp chop, sweet and sour chicken, red snapper or linguini pasta.
Gulf Air Chef on-board

Gulf Air Chef on-board

Main Course: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Main Course: Sweet and Sour Chicken

A dessert trolley with strawberry cheesecake, lemon pie and opera cake was rolled out after the main course, among fruit and cheese.

Gulf Air Business Class dessert trolley

Gulf Air Business Class dessert trolley

After lunch, it is time for a quick nap. Gulf Air offers a turned down service with seat cover and warm comforter. They also offer pyjamas for overnight flight.

Gulf Air Business Class bed turn down service

Gulf Air Business Class bed turn down service

Shortly before landing into London, afternoon tea was served with choices of English scone, lamingtons and sandwiches.

 

My Thoughts

I must say my Gulf Air flight was excellent in both hard and soft products. The seat is one of the most private and can convert into a very long bed. I particularly liked the fact it was forward facing instead of side or rear facing. The crew were excellent in looking after all passengers, the crew to passengers ratio was 4 to 26 in Business Class which is generous!

The only downside to my flight is that there was no Wi-Fi installed yet. The entertainment options were also somewhat limited compared to other airlines. Gulf Air gave me the impression as a quality boutique regional carrier. I was very impressed with the quality they provided and would certainly recommend to travel with them in their network.

At the end of my flight, the crew surprised me with a large card of my face printed! Check out the video below!

 

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