Gulf Air exhibits off new A321LR cabins with flatbeds in Enterprise Class
Over the previous few years Gulf Air has managed to actually shake off its drained merchandise of the previous and reposition itself as a boutique provider that provides the ME3 a run for his or her cash. The 787 product is certainly stunning, and we thought that in some ways, because of their smaller extra intimate cabins, supply a extra superior product to their bigger subsequent door neighbours. It’s simply their hub lounge product that wants an actual refresh to compete with it’s actual rival within the space, Oman Air.
Nevertheless, whereas Oman Air opted for deep-recline seats in its slim physique cabins, Gulf Air has upped the anti with its newest single-aisle plane kitted out for longer, thinner routes corresponding to Frankfurt, and shortly probably Paris too, leaving the provider’s 787 for extra flagship routes corresponding to Heathrow and Bangkok.
Gulf Air is the primary airline within the Center East to function such kind with flat-bed seats – and it particularly means the A321NeoLR, because the laborious product is absolutely the identical Collins Aerospace Diamond product discovered on Qatar Airways’s A320family plane which have been flying for just a few years. Simply obtained, this new plane for Gulf Air is the primary of the 17 A321neo plane order which contains of 8 which are outfitted with flat-bed seats for such true mid/long-haul routes.
The airline opted for a wholesome seat configuration of 16 flat-bed Falcon Gold seats and 150 financial system class seats. All seats are outfitted with newest in-flight leisure know-how and in-seat consolation options which are sensible and user-friendly for each passenger. “The plane is the right measurement of a flight to Europe because it boasts the epitome of the general boutique expertise with the chance to supply extra personalised service, cosier cabin and sooner boarding and disembarking,” states the airline – though we might simply name this right-sizing for these routes with lesser demand, however want for high-frequency.
What we do like is the extent of consistency. The seats in financial system match these within the 787 and the color and trim is nearly an identical. In Enterprise Class the seats characteristic the identical wave stitched sample and the bulkheads have the identical motif discovered within the 787s.
The brushed golden trim, deep muted blue-grey and slate tones create an air of sophistication in an analogous method to that of all Center Jap carriers (bar Emirates). The airline has opted in opposition to an all-aisle-product, nonetheless contemplating the provider is usually utilized by luxurious leisure travellers from Europe heading to locations like Maldives, Bangkok, Colombo or Manila (as was our frequent expertise flying with the airline) so many passengers want to journey facet by facet – identical to Air Tahiti Nui’s method.
There’s no denying that the footwells on the Diamond seat are a bit of slim, they’re completely acceptable for a 6-8hour flight which is all these plane might be flying. Nevertheless the addition of the customized privateness divider is a pleasant contact and the detailing right here is second to none. It’s actually a product we’re excited to see flying, and looks as if a strong, nicely thought-about possibility for such a boutique provider.