Review of AI Biz class NY to India

#1 Feb 8th, 2018, 21:07
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OK, maybe most don't fly biz class on AI but an interesting read. It sounds rather ugh.

But take it from me: I was lucky enough to be upgraded to First Class on Jet Airways Mumbai to Amsterdam on my last trip and all I can say is HEAVEN. Probably first and last time I'll fly FC internationally so I savored it. If you have a chance to upgrade, do it!

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Jet on long haul business itself is very nice (1-2-1). Better by a long shot than British, which is downright a rip off 2-4-2 layout in biz.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post J Better by a long shot than British, which is downright a rip off 2-4-2 layout in biz.
Well ! they claim technically, to be a 2-2-2-2. Having flown them twice in the LHR-DEL/BOM sector (that's another story), I know some of my compadres consider it fudging.
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I absolutely despise Air India and haven't flown with them internationally for years. Unfortunately next month that's what we'll be flying and more unfortunately, in economy. (Wish they offered economy plus.) Nothing to do with the electronics ban (we're flying Qatar in June) but rather trying to get 3 of us on the same return flight while husband is flying in a week earlier than daughter and me. Our home airport is a United hub and I had enough miles for all 3 of us to fly to BOM and back. Couldn't get the dates/times to work. Didn't want to waste my very precious India time taking a flight with a layover (even a short one). So...here we are on AI.

Some things to help us survive:

Bring our own food (at least our "first" meal will be sort of hot).
Daughter will bring iPad/DS and I'll bring my Nook. Hopefully the in-flight entertainment system will work - I especially need the maps. Helps keep my sanity on those 16 hours flights.
Bring our own clean travel blankets.
Bring cholorox wipes for the remote and tray table.
Use Disposable Airplane Seat Covers that I recently bought.
The bathroom is a challenge - after 5 hours on a flight to/from India nobody want to use the bathrooms. Makes it tough to stay hydrated.

In any case, it will all be worth it the minute we land!
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I've flown AI Delhi to New York a few times, and although yeah, sometimes some things are crummy, the convenience of not having to stop and wait in Europe is tremendous. The seat-back entertainment system sometimes doesn't work, and that's the worst for me. On the other hand, several times I booked seats towards the back of the plane and had three seats in a row. Slept the whole way. Wonderful!

I find the food on AI perfectly fine as airline food goes. I think Indian food is better suited to that kind of arrangement than many western dishes.
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I have flown AI business class (once, upgraded) and I can confirm that the blogger's review is accurate. After takeoff from Delhi at 3am, they brought us one skewer of off-tasting chicken and nothing else. Halfway through the flight they shook me awake to serve "veg or nonveg?" Then near the end of the flight they finally brought out printed menus, drinks cart with alcohol, etc (this is early morning US time!). I didn't play any movies, but the plane's location on the map display was wrong, and the time shown onscreen was wrong. I did not wipe the seat but it was very old and worn and I can certainly believe that it was dirty. It was comfortable enough for sleeping, though, which is worth something.

You'd think that joining Star Alliance would require some improvements in service standards, but apparently not. Admittedly standards on United and Lufthansa are not at all high, but they're better than Air-India.

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Not sure I followed that. The electronics ban ended many months ago.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post I have flown AI business class (once, upgraded) and I can confirm that the blogger's review is accurate. After takeoff from Delhi at 3am, they brought us one skewer of off-tasting chicken and nothing else. Halfway through the flight they shook me awake to serve "veg or nonveg?" Then near the end of the flight they finally brought out printed menus, drinks cart with alcohol, etc (this is early morning US time!). I didn't play any movies, but the plane's location on the map display was wrong, and the time shown onscreen was wrong. I did not wipe the seat but it was very old and worn and I can certainly believe that it was dirty. It was comfortable enough for sleeping, though, which is worth something.

You'd think that joining Star Alliance would require some improvements in service standards, but apparently not. Admittedly standards on United and Lufthansa are not at all high, but they're better than Air-India.

Not sure I followed that. The electronics ban ended many months ago.
It was referenced in the article specifically mentioning Qatar. I believe we booked Qatar just before the ban was lifted. I wouldn't book or not book an airline because of a ban - I wouldn't have booked AI just because there was a ban on Qatar (sorry it wasn't clear). Thankfully we don't have to deal with the ban.
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Whist I am never going to be able to afford the nicer seats towards the front of the planes, I am greatful to those who can. If the business class and above did not subsidise us, poorer folk like me would not be able to scrape by in steerage!

As an older guy, I look back in astonishment at my earlier bucket shop flights on Bangladesh Biman and Aeroflot. Nowadays if I can grab an aisle seat, and the plane lands safely, that will do for me.

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Originally Posted by RPG View Post . Admittedly standards on United and Lufthansa are not at all high, but they're better than Air-India.
LH is only marginally better in seat quality. I was shocked as to how badly worn out the seats on Delhi-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Phil sector were. The controls on DEL-FRA didn't work, that too on an A380. The cabin was wonderfully empty so could change seats. No luck on FRA-PHL. Controls didn't work, seat wasn't firm and the FA, though super friendly, couldn't do a thing. They didn't have an engineer come on-board and check (Etihad did that, the last time i had a seat problem).

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