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Will Gulf Air Ever Install PTV's In The Future?  
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1198 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4319 times:

I was wondering if Gulf Air were planning on installing PTV's across their long-haul fleet in the near future? I know they are downsizing at the moment, but they really ought to install them in order to compete with Emirates, Etihad etc..

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User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

I always thought Gulf Air did have PTVs. I remember an episode of Airport when they were onboard a Gulf Air plane and it had PTVs. Do only certain aircraft have them?

User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

Their A330s and a few A340s (the ones they got from SQ) have PTVs but the rest of the fleet hasn't. I suspect the non PTV planes will stay like that as a replacement itsn't incredibly far off

User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4294 times:



Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 1):
I always thought Gulf Air did have PTVs. I remember an episode of Airport when they were onboard a Gulf Air plane and it had PTVs. Do only certain aircraft have them?

Well theres no pictures of any of the Gulf Air fleet with PTV's on the database. And on their website there is no mention of personal video entertainment apart from in some of the First Class seats.


User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4256 times:



Quoting 8herveg (Reply 3):
Well theres no pictures of any of the Gulf Air fleet with PTV's on the database. And on their website there is no mention of personal video entertainment apart from in some of the First Class seats.

I flew with Gulf Air just over a month ago. Their A330s and A340s do have PTVs in every class including economy. The 320s, 737s, and 767s don't. They only have 4 767s in the fleet, which are the only long haulers ith no PTVs [one of which operates under Gulf Traveller], and they are expect to leave soon, so there won't be any updates on them.



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User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4196 times:



Quoting Ramzi (Reply 4):
I flew with Gulf Air just over a month ago. Their A330s and A340s do have PTVs in every class including economy. The 320s, 737s, and 767s don't. They only have 4 767s in the fleet, which are the only long haulers ith no PTVs [one of which operates under Gulf Traveller], and they are expect to leave soon, so there won't be any updates on them.

Thank you. The PTV's were obviously installed recently if there is photographic evidence on the database to show otherwise!


User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
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Quoting 8herveg (Reply 5):
Thank you. The PTV's were obviously installed recently if there is photographic evidence on the database to show otherwise!

Actually, turns out there are if I'm not mistaken four 340s with no PTVs. These are the A340-312s. The rest are A340-313Xs, and all have PTVs. The images above show you the -312s with no PTVs. Sorry I couldn't find one of the interior of the ones with the PTVs, but I guarantee you they're there. I watched Ratatouille twice from BAH to KUL while my friend next to me was watching the Bourne Ultimatum  Smile

Sorry for any confusion.



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User currently offlineExperimental From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

Although I travel to the Middle East quite frequently, I haven't flown on Gulf Air longhaul since 2006. I flew Gulf Air 6 times in 2006 (A330's and A340's) and all of those flights had PTV's in all classes. I doubt they have removed them!

The six flights were composed of 3x LHR-BAH, 2x BAH-LHR and 1x BAH-SIN.

On a related note, I was surprised how good they were! Certainly exceeded my expectations.


User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4133 times:



Quoting Experimental (Reply 7):
On a related note, I was surprised how good they were! Certainly exceeded my expectations.

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Quoting Experimental (Reply 7):
all of those flights had PTV's in all classes. I doubt they have removed them!

You were probably lucky enough to always get the -313Xs like myself as the -312s never had PTVs  Wink
(talking about the A340s - all A330s have PTVs)

Just out of curiosity, do you happen to remember which legs had the A330? Thanks.



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User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

I have been on the 763, 332 and 343. The 343 and 332 had PTVs. The 763 didn't. As I remember the PTV was rubbish. It wasn't AVOD and had the same programs on the inbound and outbound flights which meant I ended up watching the same programs for both legs.

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Hi,

Apologies if kinda off topic but was flying the Fs2004 Saudi Airlines E170 route from Riyadh to Bahrain recently and I think their website showed most of these flights were codeshared with Gulf Air, which flew an A340 regularly on what is like a 1 hour shuttle. I assume this A340 doesn't have PTV but is it also the shortest A340 flight in operation? (I think Olympic airlines flies to LHR sometimes but Riyadh-Bahrain is I think less than even 500nm).

Apologies for the off-topic but thought might be interesting if anyone has flown the route.

P.


User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3951 times:



Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 9):
had the same programs on the inbound and outbound flights

same here, but there were three movies, a channel with comedy series running non-stop, a channel with music concerts running non-stop, as well as the map and a few other channels i had no interest in such as tourism and cartoons. it was ok for me, better than no entertainment whatsoever.



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User currently offlineExperimental From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3912 times:



Quoting Ramzi (Reply 8):
Just out of curiosity, do you happen to remember which legs had the A330?

LHR-BAH (10am flight every time) / BAH-LHR (both the VERY early morning and the early afternoon flights) were a mixture of A330's and A340's. BAH-SIN was an A340.


User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3846 times:



Quoting Experimental (Reply 12):
LHR-BAH (10am flight every time) / BAH-LHR (both the VERY early morning and the early afternoon flights) were a mixture of A330's and A340's. BAH-SIN was an A340.

Interesting. I flew with them to Malaysia on a 340. I had in total around 5 hours in BAH, 1h30 on the way in at night and 2h30 on the way out [late morning], and I didn't see a single 330. First round it was 738s and 343s, second round I got to see four of their 767s including the Gulf Traveler one and the one with the special livery, as well as a big bunch of 320s and some 5 340s.

Thanks  Smile

I might be at LHR in July, early afternoon arrival with MEA I think, hope I'm lucky enough to see one of their 330s.



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User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

A340's with registration A9C-LB,LC,LD,LE,LF have no PTV's.
I heard there is a budget available to update them with sleeper seats in First and Business but I don't know anything about a different entertainment system yet.


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