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On The Golden Falcon From AUH To BOM  
User currently offlinetaloush From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2001, 154 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9515 times:

If you’ve ever been in the UAE or the Gulf in general, you’ll know that Indians make up a huge percentage of the population, and their influence on the local culture is enormous—from cuisine to movies to language, it is inescapable. Having grown up in Abu Dhabi, I’ve eaten many a biryani, spent many Friday nights at home with the fam watching the Indian Film of the Week on Abu Dhabi TV (back before satellite TV became ubiquitous), and I know enough Hindi/Urdu words to string into a nonsensical but authentic-sounding sentence. And yet, despite the fact it was only short 3-hour hop across the Arabian Sea, it took me 25 years to finally visit the source of a lot of my childhood memories.
In mid-November I was invited to spend New Year’s with a friend of mine from college in her native Mumbai. I would be home for winter break for about 3 weeks (read about my trip home here! Homeward Bound!: BA GND-LGW/LHR-AUH (by taloush Apr 10 2011 in Trip Reports)) and, not wanting to deprive my family of my presence too long (yes, I am special), I decided on a quick 3-day jaunt, from Dec 30 to Jan 2, giving me enough time to take in the sites, enjoy my friend’s company, and have fun on New Year’s Eve.

The most logical and straight-forward route would have been a direct flight to Bombay on either Etihad or Air India. Air India was cut from the running almost immediately, as their flight times were terrible and wouldn’t give me much time in Bombay. An INSANE fare of Dhs2800/$760 quickly eliminated any chances of flying Etihad, too. A quick Expedia search showed an excellent deal with GF—Dhs1500/$400 and good flight timings and the ability to earn AAdvantage miles. Even better: the chance to fly their new ERJs. Deal!

Please note: I unfortunately lost all of the details of this trip in a computer crash. I’ve tried to reconstruct them as best as possible!

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Thursday, December 20, 2010
GF541 AUH (Terminal 1) – BAH
Y
Dep: 07.40
Arr: 07.40
Embraer E190-AR A9C-MD

An early flight meant an early start from my home in the Khalidiyah district of Abu Dhabi, and my mom was kind enough to drive me the 35 km to the airport at 06.00. AUH is pretty quiet at that time, so all check-in and immigration formalities were a breeze, and 10 minutes after being dropped off, I found myself in the empty, glorious, psychedelic toilet that is AUH’s Terminal 1 satellite.

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Thank you, Aeroports de Paris, for this monument to 80s architecture and design.

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I had an overpriced but tasty breakfast at Costa, marking the beginning of what would turn out to be the central theme of this trip: FOOD.

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Soon enough, my flight was called. I made my way to one of the mini-satellites that branch out of the Mother Ship; they are basically holding areas that require you to pass through a security point.

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EY on one side…
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…and RJ on the other.

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Boarding finally started; it was pleasantly (and surprisingly) orderly for a flight involving Middle Easterners.

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Now I hadn’t flown on GF since…2000? 1999? Back when the emirate of Abu Dhabi was one of four investors in the airline (along with Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar), when AUH was a major hub, when peach was the color of choice for everything from uniforms to seats, and when the Golden Falcon actually…mattered. So I didn’t really know what to expect when I entered the Embraer, but after a warm and friendly welcome from the Bahraini male FA, I walked into the business class cabin to find…

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…teal?!

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Hats off to Gulf Air--I definitely didn’t see that coming. After getting over the shock, I took a quick look around the J cabin and noted that, with its 2-1 layout, it was compact yet spacious, and the seats looked comfortable and roomy.
I continued down the aisle…

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…to be met by surprise number 2: PTVs! Nice, big PTVs!

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Very nice, GF! So far, so good.

Obligatory Airliners.net TR Legroom Shot

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I was seated in an aisle seat next to a Yemeni man who, upon my sitting down, decided to phone his family in Sanaa and yell his flight details to them.


The load on today’s flight was somewhat light, and, looking around, I noticed that the entire exit row, 2 rows behind me, was empty. Once boarding was complete, I scurried back and planted myself in the window seat. Much better.

New Obligatory Airliners.net TR Legroom Shot

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The welcome announcement was made in Arabic and English by the same male FA who had greeted me, after which the safety video was played on the PTVs. The safety video was tedious and cheaply produced and seemed to take forever to finish. Safety checks were done by the 2 female FAs with way too much make up on.

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The Golden Falcon looks on at the other falcon that stole its glory.

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After take-off, I took a closer look at my surroundings.

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The seat itself was quite comfortable—not too hard, not too soft. The cabin itself was fantastic: spacious, light, bright, and in excellent condition. This was my second time on the E170/190 family, my first experience being on a NW example in 2008, and I remember being extremely impressed by the plane back then; the sentiment was certainly similar today.

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The PTVs started playing cartoons once we reached cruising altitude—a loop of 3 or 4 classic Disney and Loony Tunes episodes. No headsets were distributed, though, and even when I plugged in my own, there was no sound.
About 15 minutes or so into the flight, the crew came down with this morning’s in-flight service.

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I was given this pleasantly designed box.

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Inside it was:

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Orange juice, a moist oatmeal muffin, and a cup of fruit. I was also offered a choice of coffee or tea or water. Everything tasted good (except, of course, the coffee), and overall I was very impressed—this was more than I expected for a 1-hour flight. Hats off again, GF!

The crew was pleasant and courteous, if not a bit reserved. No complaints from me.

After finishing my (second) breakfast, I went down the aisle to check out the toilet.

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It was big enough and it was clean (which, incidentally, is also what she said).


Before long, it was time to land in Manama.

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Lots of GF and a lone Bahrain Air at the terminal.

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We were parked at a remote stand, thankfully. That would give me a chance to take a closer look at the beauty that carried me today.

Absolutely gorgeous.
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BAH follows the UK airport model in which all passengers pass through a central security checkpoint before entering airside. On the one hand, it makes life easier once you pass it, but on the other hand, you’re stuck in line behind three or four (or five or six) planefuls of passengers and it can get a bit chaotic, which was the case for me this morning.

I eventually made it through, though, and took the escalator up to the main terminal area.

A little art gallery as you enter the duty-free.

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BAH was very much alive at 08.00. Lots of passengers walking around, shopping, eating, or just sitting and waiting for their flights to be called. The airside has a decidedly early 90s vibe, but I found it nice and compact and welcoming.

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Ah, globalization.

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It had been almost an HOUR since I had last eaten, so I had to rectify that situation tout de suite! I settled on a breakfast platter at Chili’s—all of this plus unlimited coffee for only 2 Bahraini dinars/$5.30; I couldn’t NOT eat!

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I then walked from one end of the terminal to the other about 4 times, taking in the scenery.

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Bahrain’s national day was in a few days.

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What a beautiful sight.

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Eventually my flight was called. I ended up being one of the last to board. Judging by the line to board, I was one of 10 or so non-Indians on the plane. I was also one of 10 or so that wasn't sniffling and sneezing and coughing.


Thursday, December 30, 2010
GF64 BAHBOM
Y
Dep: 10.00
Arr: 16.25
Airbus A320 A9C-??

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I was welcomed aboard by yet another male Bahraini FA. Again, it was a warm and friendly greeting. The reason I emphasize the fact that he is Bahraini is that you will basically never see an Emirati in a similar position on EY or EK; it’s an interesting indicator of the difference between the cultures of the two countries.

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In contrast to my earlier flight, the load was 100% in both classes and the seats were a less jarring (but more boring? It’s a lose-lose situation with me, apparently) blue.

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Also: no PTVs.

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Obligatory Airliners.net TR Legroom Shot

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Boarding ended soon after I sat down, and before I knew it, we were rocketing off into the skies of Bahrain.


One for all you foot fetishists out there.

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User currently offlinetaloush From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2001, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8844 times:

So I JUST realized that my report got cut off! Woops!
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Today’s in-flight entertainment consisted of 20 minutes of Just For Laughs (which is NEVER FUNNY) and then an Indian movie that was inexplicably stopped about 40 minutes into it. Again, no headsets were distributed and there was no sound (or radio) when I plugged in my earphones.

About 45 minutes into the flight, the meal service began, and this is when things got a bit strange. The meal service felt rushed, yet, at the same time, it took forever. If I recall correctly, there were 2 female FAs assigned to Y (both had way too much make up on, too, which apparently seems to be a theme in GF). They started serving from the back, and since I was seated towards the front of the cabin, I had to wait quite a bit to be fed (What? I had only had THREE breakfasts, I was famished!). But what perplexed me the most was the fact that food and drinks were served separately—as in: they served everyone their meals and then went back to the galley, brought out the drinks cart, then gave everyone their drinks. Of course, by the time they reached me, I had long finished my food. Such a bizarre and inefficient way to serve.


Speaking of food, this is what I had, and it was delicious.

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Our trays were cleared an hour after the meal service began, and that’s when I made a quick trip to the loo.

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Full house today!

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I occupied myself with a book and my iPod, and before I knew it, it was time to land.

I thanked the crew for a pleasant flight and walked into a stuffy BOM. I made my way to immigration, which was surprisingly quick, and soon I found myself, bag in tow, walking out of the terminal, waving at my friend. I was finally in India!


The next three days were a whirlwind of activities. And by activities I mean eating. (I wish I were kidding).
I fell in love with Bombay in my short stay there—it is chaotic and loud and smelly and DELICIOUS and ALIVE and I cannot recommend it enough. I will definitely be going back.


The return trip was a veritable carbon copy of my inbound journey, so I decided to just photograph BOM’s Terminal 2Something airside.

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My connecting flight to AUH was parked in a remote stand, so I found myself in the bus gates portion of BAH.

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What is there to say? I was blown away by Gulf Air. For not too much money I received a comfortable ride, meals in every sector, and an all-round pleasant experience. GF’s been struggling to re-establish its relevance in the cut-throat market that is Gulf aviation. It may not have the glamor, or the glitz, or the cachet of its younger and bigger competitors, but it does have a friendliness and casualness that makes for a very nice experience. Also, they’re cheap.
Rock on, Golden Falcon!



I leave you with a few pictures from Bombay. Mostly of places we saw on our way to eat.

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Your attention, please.
User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8462 times:

A very enjoyable read! Thanks for posting. I've always wanted to try Gulf Air, and hopefully will do that soon.


Indian street food - yum!

Question - your comment about Bahrainis vs Emiratis - please elaborate?


p.s. I am very grateful to you for posting lav pics with the toilet seat down.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8247 times:

Hi Talal,

A most excellent report! It's nice to see you scored a ride on GF's new Jungle Jet, I find the color scheme amazing! And btw, you really are a food addict, are you  

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
And yet, despite the fact it was only short 3-hour hop across the Arabian Sea, it took me 25 years to finally visit the source of a lot of my childhood memories.

Glad you were now able to go there and relive your childhood memories.

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Even better: the chance to fly their new ERJs. Deal!

Double bonus points for you!

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
I found myself in the empty, glorious, psychedelic toilet that is AUH’s Terminal 1 satellite.

What's the resemblance with a toilet?

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
PTVs! Nice, big PTVs!

Looks great indeed!

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
The Golden Falcon looks on at the other falcon that stole its glory.

That's how you see it?

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Orange juice, a moist oatmeal muffin, and a cup of fruit. I was also offered a choice of coffee or tea or water.

Totally acceptable as breakfast and nicely presented as well.

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Absolutely gorgeous.

You have my vote as well.

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
The reason I emphasize the fact that he is Bahraini is that you will basically never see an Emirati in a similar position on EY or EK; it’s an interesting indicator of the difference between the cultures of the two countries.

Interesting to see these culture diiferences even on board of an airliner.

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Speaking of food, this is what I had, and it was delicious.

Looks very tasty.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8134 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing, very interesting.

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Thank you, Aeroports de Paris, for this monument to 80s architecture and design.

- Thanks for the reminder pictures, spent a good few hours there back in 2007, quite a place!

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
my flight was called. I made my way to one of the mini-satellites that branch out of the Mother Ship; they are basically holding areas that require you to pass through a security point.

- Correct and quite tight on space for a full widebody flight!

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
the meal service began, and this is when things got a bit strange. The meal service felt rushed, yet, at the same time, it took forever. If I recall correctly, there were 2 female FAs assigned to Y (both had way too much make up on, too, which apparently seems to be a theme in GF). They started serving from the back, and since I was seated towards the front of the cabin, I had to wait quite a bit to be fed (What? I had only had THREE breakfasts, I was famished!). But what perplexed me the most was the fact that food and drinks were served separately—as in: they served everyone their meals and then went back to the galley, brought out the drinks cart, then gave everyone their drinks. Of course, by the time they reached me, I had long finished my food. Such a bizarre and inefficient way to serve.

- There are many airlines that run service like this, not keen on it either myself, I like a drink with my meal, not keen on waiting for it to arrive and having a cold meal.

GF used to be a class act, not so these days, they seem to have quite away to go before regaining their former premium status, perhaps they are one the way.................

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8041 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, we don't see GF getting covered to much. Suprised about the AUH-BAH flight, looks to be very nice. BAH airport seems crowded IMO.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7814 times:

Nice pics of BOM international terminal.....looks quite spacious and neat....which it actually is, having flown through there just about a year ago   

The domestic terminals are eqaully good....the only problem is that the international and domestic terminals aren't connected, being quite far apart from one another......


User currently offlinejustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7669 times:

Excellent TR!! Glad you enjoyed both GF and India.

On my last trip to BAH, the GF A320 was being operated all economy and I managed to get the J class seat, which were real comfy!!  

BTW, how come u did not check out 9W? They have a direct flight from AUH to BOM.



Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7032 times:

Hi taloush!

Such an excellent TR and I was very much bemused by your commentary. Thanks for the being detailed from start to end which has made this TR a wonderful read. Nice to look at the pictures of the different airports you transited through. Really interesting especially to see BAH's airport in action. Lovely pictures of India as well, vibrant and just as incredible as other photos I've seen!

Really wonderful to see a TR on GF and it sounds like it can give EK and QR a run for their money.

Again, a most interesting TR and I enjoyed it very much!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6879 times:

Hi taloush ! ... beautiful and educational ... e-jets are my favorite planes so it was nice to see the golden edition...the residential building in Mumbai is positively shocking as well as the entire city ...

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
The reason I emphasize the fact that he is Bahraini is that you will basically never see an Emirati in a similar position on EY or EK; it’s an interesting indicator of the difference between the cultures of the two countries.

... or just maybe that guy wants to build a career in the service industry

thanks...stipica  



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6870 times:

Quoting taloush (Thread starter):
breakfast platter at Chili’s

Pancakes shaped like the Chili's logo? Brilliant!


User currently offlinetaloush From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2001, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

Many thanks for the comments, guys!

Quoting comorin (Reply 2):

Question - your comment about Bahrainis vs Emiratis - please elaborate?

To clarify first: I didn't mean any malice by my comment. Simply put, in the aviation sector you'll find Emiratis in the cockpit but not in the cabin; it's partly due to cultural (prestige/cachet/etc) and partly due to financial reasons. The UAE is a younger, richer country with a smaller population that is well-provided for by its government. In comparison, Bahrain (and Oman, too, actually) is comparatively less rich and has a larger population that is more open to jobs in the service sector. Please understand that this is a very crappy and simplistic explanation; you need to visit the Gulf to understand how things work!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
And btw, you really are a food addict, are you

If you ever see any pics of me, you'll know how much of a food addict I am. At least it's a delicious addiction!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
What's the resemblance with a toilet?

The ceramic tiles look just like the tiles you see in old-fashioned toilets; you really need to see it in person to believe it!

Quoting justbala (Reply 7):
BTW, how come u did not check out 9W?

In one word: price. In another word: schedule.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Really wonderful to see a TR on GF and it sounds like it can give EK and QR a run for their money.

I don't know about "giving EK and QR a run for their money", but I do believe GF has a niche and it serves it well.

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
.the residential building in Mumbai is positively shocking

THat building is actually the world's most expensive private residence. It's owned by the richest man in India (and one of the richest men in the world). It is absolutely hideous.


Thanks again for reading!

Talal



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