Business class vs economy on a Gulf Air Dreamliner

Dessert trolleys, chic styling and crew ‘that go the extra mile’: Travel experts put Gulf Air’s Dreamliner business class head-to-head with its economy cabin offering in a fascinating video

  • Gulf Air doesn’t have a reputation as a top airlinebut it impresses in this review
  • Two travel experts from The Points Guy UK put the airline through its paces
  • Up front, indulgent food is served, including a full afternoon tea
  • At the back a ‘fairly bland and flavourlessbraised beef is on offer
  • Egter, the service and seat comfort in economy get the thumbs up
  • Gulf Air doesn’t have a reputation as a thoroughbred airline. Byvoorbeeld, respected UK-based air transport rating agency Skytrax has declared it’s a ‘three-star werking, agter British Airways, which has four stars.

    Egter, two travel experts from The Points Guy UK are extremely impressed with the carrier when they put its business class and economy cabin head-to-head.

    They film their experiences in each cabin on a Dreamliner flight from Londen Heathrow to Bahrain, with the ‘spectacularbusiness class a riot of dessert trolleys and chic styling – and the economy cabin boasting a seat the reviewer declares might be the comfiest he’s ever sat on in cattle class.

    Nicky Kelvin, Head of The Points Guy UK, puts Gulf Air's Dreamliner business class to the test

    Nicky Kelvin, Head of The Points Guy UK, puts Gulf Air’s Dreamliner business class to the test

    Nicky describes the 'Falcon Gold' cabin as 'spectacular, absolutely gorgeous'

    Nicky describes the ‘Falcon Goldcabin as ‘spectacular, absoluut pragtig’








    Turning left for the video is Nicky Kelvin, Head of The Points Guy UK.

    His jaw drops immediately as he boards.

    He describes the ‘Falcon Goldcabin as ‘spectacular, absolutely gorgeous’, with a ‘spacious, fresh and privatefeel.

    He says the seat, which cost £1,535, is ‘big and comfy with a really nice colour scheme as well’.

    Nicky continues: ‘The cabin overall is very chic, modern and calming.

    He also loves the iPhone-style device that controls the entertainment screen and the service, which he describes as ‘exceptional’.

    Nicky is presented with a dessert trolley on his way to Bahrain

    Nicky is presented with a dessert trolley on his way to Bahrain

    Nicky's main course - 'soft and tender' chicken with a 'gorgeous' sauce and 'fluffy rice'

    The Gulf Air business class afternoon tea

    On the left is Nicky’s main course‘soft and tenderchicken with a ‘gorgeoussauce and ‘fluffy rice’. Aan die regterkant, his afternoon tea

    The afternoon tea is wheeled over on a trolley about an hour and a half after the main course

    The afternoon tea is wheeled over on a trolley about an hour and a half after the main course

    Hy sê: ‘The crew come across as friendly, experienced and passionate. I do not want for anything.

    The food and beverage offering, intussen, is ‘fantastic’.

    Nicky tucks into ‘soft and tenderchicken with a ‘gorgeoussauce and ‘fluffy rice’.

    Then the dessert trolley turns up and it’s time for a ‘smooth and sweetblueberry cheesecake with a ‘buttery biscuit base’.

    But the feast doesn’t end there. An hour and a half later, a full afternoon tea turns up‘a tasty and luxurious touch’.

    It isn’t perfect, wel.

    Nicky puts the lie-flat seat through its paces. He describes it as 'big and comfy'

    Nicky puts the lie-flat seat through its paces. He describes it as ‘big and comfy

    In business, an iPhone-style device controls the entertainment screen

    In business, an iPhone-style device controls the entertainment screen

    Nicky says: ‘Whilst the bed is comfortable, a thicker mattress and more plush bedding would make for a better sleeping set up.The blanket is a bit ‘polyester-yfor his liking.

    He also says that the check-in process is a ‘little slow and confused’, though this might be because he is flying out of Terminal 2, which isn’t Gulf Air’s Heathrow ‘home– Terminal 4.

    TPG UK’s Liam Spencer draws the short straw for this test – but at least his £375 economy berth is an empty row of three seats.

    TPG UK's Liam Spencer draws the short straw for this test - he's in economy

    TPG UK’s Liam Spencer draws the short straw for this testhe’s in economy

    Liam's main course is braised beef, op die foto, which he describes as 'fairly bland and flavourless'

    Liam’s main course is braised beef, op die foto, which he describes as ‘fairly bland and flavourless

    The dessert (aan die regterkant) is a highlight of Liam's economy culinary tour

    The dessert (aan die regterkant) is a highlight of Liam’s economy culinary tour

    The ups?

    Liam says: ‘The best service I’ve ever experienced in economy. The crew consistently go the extra mile to make sure I have everything I need. They are friendly, personable and make me feel like a valued passenger, rather than a customer.

    ‘The seat is very comfortablepossibly the comfiest I’ve ever sat on in economywith soft fabric and plenty of recline. And the cabin feels extremely fresh, clean and spacious. A particular highlight of Dreamliners is their button-controlled [dimmable] vensters, which add a luxury feel to the experience.

    Another win is a ‘pretty cosy fluffy blanket’.

    One of the plus points at the back of the plane for Liam is the service - 'the best I've ever experienced in economy'

    One of the plus points at the back of the plane for Liam is the service‘the best I’ve ever experienced in economy

    Liam's economy berth is 'an empty row of three seats'

    Liam’s economy berth is ‘an empty row of three seats

    TPG UK's flight, op die foto, departs from Terminal 2 by Heathrow

    TPG UK’s flight, op die foto, departs from Terminal 2 by Heathrow

    On the downside, ‘the main course isn’t particularly exciting – a braised beef curry that is fairly bland and flavourless’.

    But he trumpets – ‘it is a near-perfect economy flight’.

    For more information on travel tips and tricks, sign up to The Points Guy UK. Click hier to see the full-length Gulf Air review footage.

    Kategorie:

    seleksie

    Merkers:

    , ,

    Kommentaar gesluit.