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Up in the Air with Turkish Airlines

On our recent Eid Al Adha holiday trip to Oman, we had the opportunity to fly via Turkish Airlines, currently ranking 7th among the World’s Top Airlines as per Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012.

Choosing to fly via Turkish Airlines to and fro Muscat was basically due to same reasons we chose British Airways during our recent Eid Al Fitr holiday trip in Qatar  – lowest rate, flight times and siempre, the airline experience. 🙂

Turkish Airlines (TurkishTürk Hava Yolları) (İMKBTHYAO) is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered in the Turkish Airlines General Management Building on the grounds of Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy, Bakırköy, Istanbul

aboard TK, BAH-MCT

It operates scheduled services to 163 international and 41 domestic cities (38 domestic airports), serving a total of 204 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. With an increase to 91 destination countries, the carrier’s destination network from one hub is the world’s largest.

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Up in the Air with Gulf Air

I’m actually hesitant to write a review for Gulf Air as my last flying experience with the airline was way back August 2009 – yes, three years ago pa mga frenshipsI was thinking to put it off until I get to fly with them again, para fresh bah. :)

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Gulf Air (Arabic: طيرانالخليج‎ Ṭayarān al-Khalīj) is the principal flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Its main base is Bahrain International Airport in Muharraq; with London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Dubai, Karachi, and Mumbai as major routes. The airline operates scheduled services to 41 destinations in 30 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe and is part of the OneWorld global explorer fare. It has extensive code share agreements with other airlines and special partnerships with their Frequent Flyer Programmes. (Source:


However, having flown GF’s “sister” British Airways* recently  and looking at my sked till next year (all with other airlines, meaning no GF flights anytime soon) finally decided to make a review. Will just update if any chance I get lucky & fly GF sooner.

(*In October 1951, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) became a major shareholder in Gulf Aviation, holding a 22% stake through the BOAC subsidiary company BOAC Associated Companies…… The merger of BOAC & BEA in 1974 formed British Airways. Source: Wikipedia)

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Up in the Air with British Airways

They said, when upset, inhale, exhale a dozen times and zip your mouth until you’re finally calm. So I’ve put off writing about our flying experience with BA until I finish the series on our recent Eid holiday trip to Qatar.

British Airways (BA) is the British-Spanish owned flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, based in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport. It is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind easyJet. (Source:

British Airways Logo

First of all, I am not an expert on airliners nor  technical stuff on aircrafts. I am basically a regular passenger who wants a safe, smooth journey and arrive at my destination on time. In short, hindi ako choosy. I just want to share my experience and maybe something to review prior to booking a subsequent flight. 🙂

For direct flights to Doha, the travel website showed Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and British Airways.

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The Dubai Metro

I don’t know why, while I’m willing to shell out for airfare to get somewhere, once I arrive, I dread taking a cab. I think I’ve had trauma from all the broken / jumpy /magical taxi meter experiences in Manila (sad but true). That, or I’m just simply “kuripot” on road transport (selective stinginess echos). Yes, I prefer to walk and find my way armed with a map. Dora the explorer complete with backpack lang ang peg! 🙂

This worked for me most of the time, but not so convenient during high summer in the Middle East. You may be brave enough for a few minutes but after that you will eventually melt, get dizzy and faint dramatically. Hehehe. No kidding.

Thank God for Metro trains. 🙂

Metro station looking like a spaceship.. 🙂

The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with three further lines planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (elevated railway). All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.

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Up in the Air with Emirates

Emirates (Arabic: طَيَران الإمارات‎ DMG: Ṭayarān al-Imārāt) is an airline based at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 2,500 flights per week, from its hub at Terminal 3, to 122 cities in 72 countries across six continents. The company also operates four of the world’s ten longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston.

Fly Emirates 🙂

Emirates is a subsidiary of  The Emirates Group, which has over 50,000 employees, and is wholly owned by the government of Dubai directly under the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Cargo activities are undertaken by the Emirates Group’s Emirates SkyCargo division.

The airline ranks amongst the top 10 carriers worldwide in terms of revenue and passenger kilometres, and has become the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried as of 2007.

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Up in the Air with Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد‎, ʼal-ittiħād, meaning UnionUnity) is a flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Established by Royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.

@ Abu Dhabi Airport T3 via Etihad Airways

The airline operates more than 1,300 flights per week to 85 passenger and cargo destinations in 55 countries, with a fleet of 67 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012

The world’s top 10 airlines for 2012 according to Skytrax:

1. Qatar Airways (QR)

2. Asiana Airlines

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

5. ANA All Nippon Airways

6. Etihad Airways (EY)

7. Turkish Airlines (TK)

8. Emirates (EK)

9. Thai Airways International

10.Malaysia Airlines

Special awards:

Best first-class: Etihad (EY)

Best business-class: Cathay Pacific (CX)

Best inflight entertainment: Emirates (EK)

Best low cost carrier:  AirAsia (AK) (PQ)

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