Nonstop - NYC- Delhi -- Continental or Air India

#1 Jun 6th, 2010, 21:33
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Hi -

I am planning to buy a nonstop economy airline ticket from NY to Delhi. I have had a few very bad experiences recently with layovers and want to be over with it in 14-15 hrs. I am choosing between Continental and Air India which both don't have the best reputation, but which 15 nonstop flight do you guys think will be less horrible?

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I've heard good reports about Air India, which I thought would be poor.

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I presume you have no status in either airline. If accruing miles is no object - It is a wash. I have flown CO nonstop in the India-EWR sector and consider it to be a fine journey with excellent service (I gather that their Economy class has still scope for improvement)

Air-India no personal experience: but I do hear that AI has a better overall inflight food service.
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CO economy is really the worst. I think they are still at 31" between the seats. AI has uses planes with ~34" for the non-stop.

AI has a horrible reputation for handling passengers when things go wrong. I'd still chance it and take AI.
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I don't blame you for not wanting to change planes and have layovers. It can stretch a trip to 24+ hours.

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I've done the non-stop economy New York (actually Newark)-Delhi twice on Continental over the last two years. They were both fine. Both ways leave at night, so you can try and get some sleep. Food and service were both fine, as well. Nothing great, but nothing bad, either. I always sat in the last row on the aisle, as there's a bit more leg room. The row has only two seats, so you can angle yourself a bit to use the space behind the third seat (aisle)in the row in front of you. You can also use the space behind your seat for a bit of storage (I usually put my shoes there). Also gets the added benefit of boarding first, so you are assured of overhead space by your seat.
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Originally Posted by andymell View Post CO economy is really the worst. I think they are still at 31" between the seats. AI has uses planes with ~34" for the non-stop.
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Originally Posted by Marius View Post I I always sat in the last row on the aisle, as there's a bit more leg room. The row has only two seats, so you can angle yourself a bit to use the space behind the third seat (aisle)in the row in front of you. You can also use the space behind your seat for a bit of storage (I usually put my shoes there). Also gets the added benefit of boarding first, so you are assured of overhead space by your seat.
Continental's 777-200 ER and Air India's 777-200LR -- The review of good seats and bad seats. Keep in mind the choice of good seats in coach, if not charged more are given to elite pax - i.e Platinum or top Elites. There are better odds that a CO 82 flight might have lower loads than an AI's non-stop aggregator AI102. If one is lucky in being the only one in one of the 3-3-3 rows, one can comfortably lie down.
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I always don't go to my assigned seat and head to the back rows and sit in the middle seat hoping that if the planes not full I can get the whole row to myself and stretch out and sleep. It usually works.
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I just returned from India on Continental, Newark to Delhi/Delhi to Newark. The economy service was good, the selection of movies during the flight was varied and the seats were comfortable. I was traveling with my two sons who are both 6'5" tall and they, too, were comfy during the flight. I would suggest the following, though: bring your own headphones or earbuds to watch movies because the free headsets on board are not much better than tin cans for listening to movies/music; book an aisle seat; sit as far back in the plane as possible (because you'll board early and have plenty of carry on room available,) and if you're traveling as a couple, sit in the last two seats in the plane. They're a pair, side by side, and there is fantastic leg room for the person on the aisle.
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Smile Thanks for the thread

I am supposed to travel from MOntreal to Delhi.
And owing to cost considerations, I might have to go through New York. (I am the sort who prefers a lay over. Two 7 hour flights are definitely better than the promises of a CO 14 hour flight).

I was curious if on the CO/ AI flights of 14 hours, do they serve two meals or just one? And do they serve drinks more often than just with the meals? I usually take airlines based in Europe, and they all let you have as many drinks as you would like. I am a little paranoid about CO!

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Originally Posted by rastogi View Post I am supposed to travel from MOntreal to Delhi.
And owing to cost considerations, I might have to go through New York
. (I am the sort who prefers a lay over. Two 7 hour flights are definitely better than the promises of a CO 14 hour flight).

I was curious if on the CO/ AI flights of 14 hours, do they serve two meals or just one? And do they serve drinks more often than just with the meals? I usually take airlines based in Europe, and they all let you have as many drinks as you would like. I am a little paranoid about CO!

Thank you all
Pax in coach are on occasion known to misbehave after imbibing one too many. On a non-stop flight of 14 hours; misbehaving passengers are tied up

When was it last you took EU based airline to India ? And what kind of alcohol did they serve unlimited ? By the monies that you save flying via EWR/JFK you could buy a few drinks and still come out ahead.

What is paranoid about CO apart from then enforcing FAR/FAA regulation(s) ?
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Pax in coach are on occasion known to misbehave after imbibing one too many. On a non-stop flight of 14 hours; misbehaving passengers are tied up

When was it last you took EU based airline to India ? And what kind of alcohol did they serve unlimited ? By the monies that you save flying via EWR/JFK you could buy a few drinks and still come out ahead.

What is paranoid about CO apart from then enforcing FAR/FAA regulation(s) ?
True that about drunk passengers! Actually, a little red wine can help you sleep better, but you are right about the price and all that.
So, do you know if they serve two meals or just one, during the 14-15 hours in air?

Thanks a lot!
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Without second thought, I would go for AI. Agreed that AI doesn't have great reputation, yet, India-LHR and India-NYC are their prime routes so services are optimum on these routes.
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Originally Posted by rastogi View Post True that about drunk passengers! Actually, a little red wine can help you sleep better, but you are right about the price and all that.
So, do you know if they serve two meals or just one, during the 14-15 hours in air?

Thanks a lot!
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Wondering if anyone has any recent experience in economy class on Air India 102 from JFK-DEL?
Yes, I've seen the flyertalk reviews, but I'm looking for something more recent...

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