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What To Expect From Air India  
User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6776 times:

My dad and I are thinking about flying JFK-LHR on Air India in May. I don't know much about this airline in terms of service. I noticed their 744s come from a variety of different airlines. Does anyone know if a certain version do the JFK route? What kind of service do they offer?? Thanx

C-GAGN


Widebodies flown on: A330-300,A340-300,A380-800,747-400,767-200ER,767-300ER,777-200A,777-200ER,777-200LR,777-300ER
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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

Expect lots of free booze, good food (both Indian and Western - and lots of it), lousy (or out of order) IFE on their own 744 aircraft, a hit or miss on working PTVs on the leased SQ planes.

Take your own iPod. The rest should be just fine. I'm assuming the fares are dirt cheap.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3975 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

Blimey! My dad and I are looking at doing the same thing (and same time of year too!)

I'm assuming they'll treat JFK as one of their flagship routes? Assuming that's true, they should in theory put the best aircraft on that route.

Anyone got any photos inside the "new" 744s?


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6740 times:

Cattle class blows, business class is good...that's really all there is to say about AI.....


"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineVTNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6740 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 1):
Expect lots of free booze

... and not the brand names in Y. Hey a wide body for a 6 hour flight is not bad. Can't get that for transcon flights in the US. Expect to get good service if you appear to be any thing other than a FOB. Wish they would reserve a bathroom for the non-lotta crowd!!!!

VT-NYC



First Flight, PA001 DEL-FRA-LHR-JFK; Dream- JFK-COK on a B6 787
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6722 times:

Quoting Cgagn (Thread starter):
My dad and I are thinking about flying JFK-LHR on Air India in May. I don't know much about this airline in terms of service. I noticed their 744s come from a variety of different airlines. Does anyone know if a certain version do the JFK route? What kind of service do they offer?? Thanx

I flew Air India to JFK from LHR and return a year ago, here is my trip report:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/57873

I enjoyed the service and the flight was a pleasent experiance  Smile

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 3):
Cattle class blows, business class is good...that's really all there is to say about AI.....

I actualy enjoyed Economy class, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 5):

I actualy enjoyed Economy class, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be  Smile

You were fortunate... Smile



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6675 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 2):
Anyone got any photos inside the "new" 744s?

Their first aircraft is still undergoing cabin fitting----40 days were said for the time [About a month has passed lets see after 10 days what it looks like]

Oh BTW the KE aircrafts will be gone by then---and if you aree remotely lucky you could get the wet leased 343s [if the deal goes through]


Karan


User currently offlineManny From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6531 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 7):
Their first aircraft is still undergoing cabin fitting----40 days were said for the time [About a month has passed lets see after 10 days what it looks like]

Oh BTW the KE aircrafts will be gone by then---and if you aree remotely lucky you could get the wet leased 343s [if the deal goes through]

The first i am hearing of 744s being refurbhised. That great news.


I had flown them last year from FRA-BOM. The service was awesome. Much better than what you get from any US carrier. The interiors were tired looking, but clean. Food was awesome. They even distributed menu's in Y class. The IFE was the communal bulkhead screen. Overall it was a good experience.

[Edited 2006-11-01 21:00:07]

User currently offlineCgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6325 times:

Thanx for the replies. Browsing on Air India's website looking at seating configurations, it states that "smoking and non-smoking sections are marked." I find it hard to believe that a major airline would still offer smoking. Is that just an out of date section of their website?

C-GAGN



Widebodies flown on: A330-300,A340-300,A380-800,747-400,767-200ER,767-300ER,777-200A,777-200ER,777-200LR,777-300ER
User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6314 times:

It's been years since I've flown them (think the 70's) JFK-LHR-JFK but I have one funny memory to share. We pulled from the gate about an hour late. I was non-reving at the time and was bumped off PA. With a slashed ID-90 (relic, I know) I ran to AI who boarded me.

We pulled from the gate and were served sweets (hard candies) to help with the altitude (nice touch). However, the f/a's didn't have time to do the emergency procedures. Before the f/a's had finished doing the sweets distribution we were flying down the runway. No announcement from the cockpit the girls (all girls at the time) were running down the aisle to grab their jumpseats with saris flying.

When we reached 10,000 feet they got up and did the emergency procedures demonstration. No one seemed to notice. I was a bit stunned but laughing.


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