IrishAyes From Israel, joined Jan 2008, 2553 posts, RR: 16 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8716 times:
I am planning a trip from the U.S. to India in the upcoming weeks and am comparing two options: AA ORD-DEL vs. AI JFK-DEL. I know that the ORD-DEL flight has been around for some time and the AA service is decent, operated on a 777-200 ER with PTV in Y and semi-quality meals. The AI JFK-DEL route is relatively new and few discussions are available about it. I know its a -200LR and it seems like its a lot nicer than the 747s used on the scissor routes between the U.S. and India via Europe (which I have unfortunately done).
I am more concerned with hearing opinions about the Air India route (in case somebody has flown it or even on the AI route from JFK to BOM would be comparable).
FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8632 times:
You sound biased toward AI, already, but my Dad uses the AA flight at least once a month for work. Only has good things to say. Ticket prices for the two options listed are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Do some research and let us know which you choose.
LHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8577 times:
My friend has flown the ORD-DEL flight and said it was nothing to write home about. I'd go with AI if I were you.
Here's his TR. In case this is your first time to India, I would definitely recommend asking him any questions of concern about going there. From what I've heard he's been to India numerous times already. A Trip To India On AA /IC With Photos! 56K!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29459 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8550 times:
In Y class some people may prefer AA's 2-5-2 seating. If you're travelling alone you may find the 2-abreast seats next to the windows slightly less claustrophobic than the more usual 3-3-3 configuration on 777s which I assume AI has. I believe AA and UA are the only major 777 operators with 2-5-2 in Y class.
IrishAyes From Israel, joined Jan 2008, 2553 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8510 times:
Well, I did ultimately choose Air India because ticket prices were lower and the TR from the AI flight made it seem much superior to AA! So I am definitely looking forward to the experience, although I do have very high expectations. I have been to India several times so I appreciate the advice offer but I know my way around Delhi
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8480 times:
Quoting Soxfan (Reply 10): How do their on-time performances compare? I haven't been on very many AA flights that have been delayed or cancelled, but I don't know about AI.
AI has only 2 772LR non-stop flights to the US. One is the JFK-BOM and the other JFK-DEL. They currently have 5 LR's, 3 remain to be delivered. Their utilization rate is not as high, so these flights usually depart and arrive on time.
Also, i think when the 6th LR is delivered, AI might look into starting BLR-SFO non-stop, is it doable?