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.
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