Lie-flat Business Class Fares Africa to Canada $400 One-way – Part III – Air Canada Star Alliance Lounge London (LHR)
This article is part of a trip review for a Business Class mistake fare originally found by Mighty Travels Premium. You can read Lie-flat Business Class Fares Africa to Canada $400 One-way – Part I – How to transfer without a visa (TWOV) in Sudan (Khartoum, KRT) Airport here.
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My VIP escort service had dropped me off right at the Business Class lounge at Khartoum airport. The lounge is rather tiny with just about 20 seats. It was filled to capacity with a Saudia and Ethiopian flight about to board but would wind up empty within five minutes of my arrival. There are some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks (duh!) to be had. The Internet was surprisingly speedy and allowed for some work if I wouldn't have been so sleepy.
Boarding for my GulfAir flight was called right on time and the lounge attendant escorted us through yet another security check (though we had just taken the very same security check a little earlier). There is a final immigration check and the officer was a bit confused about why my passport wouldn't bring up a big green box. However after mentioning the word 'Transit', he seemed satisfied.
The GulfAir A320 seemed to be in mint condition and the Economy was seemingly 100% full, but just two passengers (incl. me) would fill the 12 seats in Business Class. The flight attendants came by with non-alcoholic welcome drinks shortly. There were also the Arabian dates and coffee service which is surprisingly good.
The seat is comparable to many other regional Business Class seats (i.e. Turkish Airlines0 or most US domestic First Class. For some reason, I had trouble figuring out the leg rest but eventually gave up.
The moving map was broken in my seat as well (though the flight data would show).
We waited a bit longer and got about 200 frozen lambs loaded into the cargo bay. More lambs than passengers on this flight! Or maybe we are all lambs...
The flight attendant took orders for the dinner/ breakfast dinner service. I went for the Arabian version of the Foul Madames. It came up just 15 minutes after take-off and it was delicious.
I fell asleep quickly after, helped by a thick blanket and pillow though the seat recline was too much of a recline.
The sun would come up just about the same time but the flight attendants shut down all the window shades quite immediately.
Three hours later we touched down in Bahrain with all lambs (and souls) well accounted for.
In sum - Gulf Air does provide a separate bus for Business Class passengers and we got whisked away to the main Terminal.
As far as regional Business Class goes this was good but I'd wish more airlines install lie-flat seats - that would have been even better!