FLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7484 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
About 10 years ago, I flew a SAUDIA Tristar L1011 on the CDG-FRA-RUH route. Had a connection from RUH to CMB on SV B741.
I remember a very comfortable plane (in economy). No alcoholic beverage served on board but an incredible selection of fruit juice instead...
And few seconds before take off, a recorded prayer from the Coran, "played" on the Public address....
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
Dhahran - London in the late 70s and 80s on Saudia Tristars. Gulf Air Tristars between Bombay and London with a change of planes in Dubai (back when Emirates was still a twinkle in Sheikh Makhtoum's eye !).
Needless to say, Gulf Air back then was very posh - even on their subcontinental slave labor ferry flights. Saudia less so even on premium routes to London. Gulf Air went for tall, leggy blond Brits and Aussie FAs dressed to the hilt in these "I love Genie" head dresses and pant suits. Move over Barbara Eden ! Saudia hired mostly Americans and Indians in more conventional FA attire. Both airlines ordered the Tristar-200s with updated RB211s with added thrust, and even when you took off on a Tristar on a hot Dubai afternoon (100 degrees plus), the climb was fantastic ! The Whoooshing sound of the tail engine as you climbed was something else. I never quite experienced that on Tristars operated by Delta or Eastern.