After my short visit to the Bahrain International Airport, I went to check in for my flight back to Riyadh. And, surprise, I had been upgraded from economy, my typical flight grade, to First Class!! I did not question the clerk about this, but smiled, said “thank you” and almost ran to the Gate.
I walked on the plane with my first class boarding pass, and quickly found my seat very near the front of the plane. The seat was really roomy and comfortable, and I didn’t have to fight to get my somewhat long legs settled in front of me; rather, I slipped in smoothly and easily. The passenger in front of me immediately reclined upon boarding, and much to my amazement, his seat came nowhere near my legs or knees. I couldn’t believe it.
Before we took off, the flight attendant offered us a variety of newspapers and magazines. Then, we got water and freshly squeezed orange juice. As we taxied for take-off, we were offered hot towels, dates, and Arabic coffee.
By the way, there are no pull down trays in front of you in first class, but a pull out tray in the arm of your chair, and that tray fully covers your lap, so the chances of dropping food onto your lap are greatly reduced.
Did I mention that this flight was only for a little over one hour?
After ascending to cruise altitude, we were served a full meal, with real flatware, plates and glasses (cute 6 oz glasses, kind of IKEA style) and raspberry cheesecake.
I don’t think that the two flight attendants ever stopped moving through the short first class cabin the entire time we were in the air.
Again, I was one of two women on the entire plane, but who cares when you’re in first class?