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Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:51 pm

For early next year passengers will be able to experience the most comfortable seating and sleeping environment in the skies as Gulf Air introduces the latest state of the art flat Skybeds in First and Business Class on all A330 aircraft.

Designed to provide the ultimate in comfort, spaciousness and privacy the First Class Skybed will offer a private 'cabin' space for each passenger, which transforms into a fully functional bed, while the Business Class Skybed offers an exclusive lounge-bed sleeper position, scientifically proven to be the healthiest and most comfortable sleeping position for air travellers.

The first Skybeds will be in operation from March, serving destinations including London, Frankfurt and Paris. The full programme will be complete by July 2005.







 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 12:23 am

Why do every airline claim their seats are the most comfortable in the world. Especially when sitting in them for 30mins clearly disprove that. Perhaps pax should start suing to get a refund if it is not the most comfortable to them. False advertising...  Smile
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 12:50 am

What a big waste of space in my opinion. How can an airline be profitable with that kind of seating arrangement?

Look at the opportunity cost of having a more dense cabin layout!

In any case, the governments take good care of Gulf Air which is why they are allowed to get away with things like this, it kinda brings back the golden age of aviation that we saw in the U.S. before deregulation. The passengers were very spoiled and pampered.

Thanks for posting this GF-A330  Smile
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 1:14 am

Some of us dislike dense cabin configurations and are willing to pay the extra to fly with the extra room. When you spend a week sleeping on planes going from meeting to meeting and need to arrive refreshed, a dense cabin configuration is your enemy.
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 3:41 am


What a big waste of space in my opinion. How can an airline be profitable with that kind of seating arrangement?

Look at the opportunity cost of having a more dense cabin layout!


 Insane

The topic is about J and F not Y.
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 6:30 am

Look like standard contemporary First and Business Class cabins. Different colors, but other than that they've just brought their product into line with other major carriers. How are these seats any better than what Swiss or SQ or BA offer?
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos

Sun Oct 24, 2004 8:18 am

Having flown the new Virgin Atlantic upper class to New York over a month ago I'd say that the Gulf business class cabin is dead in the water if it has to compete with that concept.

The first class looked very good, but didn't seem to offer all that much more than the new Virgin product, which is also going to kill the otherwise good Qantas new long haul business class seats when we get it here in December. And we will also see the Virgin type of sleeper on Air NZ starting sometime next year.
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 8:33 am

Amen to that Kanebear!!!!
"Some of us dislike dense cabin configurations and are willing to pay the extra to fly with the extra room."
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:35 am

while the Business Class Skybed offers an exclusive lounge-bed sleeper position, scientifically proven to be the healthiest and most comfortable sleeping position for air travellers.

for this read, "it has been scientifically proven that we can fit more J class seats in, if they do not recline into fully flat beds"

or

"with fully flat beds in First Class, first class passengers will not get so much sleep, compared to J class"


marketing logic - don't you just love it!
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:45 am

What a big waste of space in my opinion. How can an airline be profitable with that kind of seating arrangement?

they see a ROI due to the high price they charge for these seats.
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:58 am

"Some of us dislike dense cabin configurations and are willing to pay the extra to fly with the extra room."

I totally agree. Not only do some people like having a little extra room when flying but others need the extra room. People, like my grandfather, have poor circulation in their legs and have no choice but to pay that little extra just to stay healthy. The airlines need to cater for people such as these because they can and will pay big bucks for luxury. This is where airlines can gain more money than having an economy layout in the same cabin.
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 4:44 pm

As someone who has experienced the discomfort of long haul economy - particularly when it's full, I can vouch for the need for extra space. I will be flying to Orlando with Virgin next February and I'm damned if I'm going to put up with their Economy Class; I'm flying Premium Economy.

It really is worth it to pay a surcharge for more space. Of course, if I could afford Upper Class, I would take it!
 
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 8:02 pm

Dense configurations make more money????? Think about it!

Taking into account the average price of a J seat on a given flight (averaging full fare J & discount J) I'd say £1000/$1800 (half a return fare) is a fair assumption. Can you get £1000 worth of Y seats into the space occupied by the one J seat? Not likely

I am with the Why Y group! Having done approx 80% of my flights as a teen in F or J I would not be happy with flying in the back now I have become accustomed to it. Now I am paying for my own flights I still fly J on longhaul, although earlier in the year I was looking to book a last minute trip to IAD and couldn't get J on BA or UA and wasn't willing to pay for F so decided on UA. Even in E+ I felt extremely cramped.

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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:42 pm

Is it just me, or is it that the "newer" and more technologically advanced F and C classes these days just keep getting smaller and smaller in size? ...

BA Club world's older seats which weren't lie-flat were BIGGER in size! now they just look like a tin can that can barely fit one human size sardine! ...

i think airlines are overlooking the size of the width of the seat and concentrating on the length .... or the lie-flat concept, or what-not

Royal Jordanian's OLLLLLLD business class (when they used to have a 3 class layout) was much wider!

i may be wrong .. these are just my observations.

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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:36 pm

Hmm wonder what QF think of the product name.
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RE: Gulf Air New First Business Class (with Photos)

Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:08 am

Am I the only one, who counts 6-abreast and can't see any aisle in the very top picture???