✅ Trip Verified
| Manila to Istanbul via Bahrain. Gulf Air appears to have decided to use its new 787 for the MNL-BHR (GF155) route, and the Apex seats in the business cabin were quite good. It turned out that this was the only thing positive about the flight, however. The FAs seemed nice enough but were not as attentive as one would expect. The food was definitely not good - it's like they just served really bad economy class food on linen and plates. IFE selection was also very limited. I’ve seen YouTube videos of Gulf Air business class passengers on the airline’s new 787s having a wonderful time, being given pajamas, being attended to by a “sky chef,” being spoiled by the FAs, enjoying delicious food, choosing desserts from a cart. These things will not happen on this route - you will experience a general sense of apathy, you will have to endure being ignored by a generally invisible crew, and you will get hungry enough to wish you had stashed a burger in your carry-on bag. The second leg of the journey, BHR-IST, was a bit better simply because I had by this time thrown all expectations out the window and was just waiting to arrive at our destination. The experience was again more or less the same on our inbound flights (GF44 & 154), but this time around one of the male FAs took the effort to put on a “sky chef” uniform and later wheeled in a cart with a few dessert choices. I did not go hungry this time because I had the foresight to bring some food with me on this flight (just like I used to do on economy class trans-pacific flights to the US in the early 2000s). In short, Gulf Air provided a nice business class seat but not much else, at least for flights to and from Manila.