Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
I have several relatives including my dad who have flown on AI on the LHR-JFK sector and their responses were quite negative. Haven't flown them myself, but if you're only looking for cheap fares, AI is for you.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
Tons better than Virgin in Economy, which has become a total disgrace. Who wants a rubber ducky if you're knees are being crushed by the passenger in front of you. Better than UA in Coach which has indifferent flight attendants. Or heaven forbid, Northwest.
AI give you a few more inches of legroom and a better meal. And free alcoholic beverages. No PTVs though.
I think that AA are still the best across the Atlantic just because of the extra legroom they provide. If you can dish up the extra $$$, I'd take American. Otherwise, AI aren't too bad.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2618 times:
I flew AI once, from LHR to JFK on a cheap ticket and it was fine. The food is good, the cabin service is attentive. You will either ride with the hoy paloy or a quiet crowd, it just depends. The 747-400's are nice. I found the plane to be clean. Not the best choice to London but not the worst either.
Thai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
I flew AI a few weeks ago on their LHR-ORD-LHR route and paid the fare of £150 excluding tax, about £60 cheaper than all other airlines at the time we were shopping around - wasn't the best flight ever, but I guess you get what you paid for.
Food was OK (choices between Continental and Indian meals), wide range of beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) and a pleasant service. If you happen to get one of their older 747-400s - request for seats in Zone B (up to row 36) where there are 9 seats per row and extra seatpitch.
The few things keeping me away from flying AI again are some of the passengers on their flight who can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, the state of the older cabin (masking tape on the seats, old chewing gum on seat fabric and at times revolting lavatories) - if you get VT-EVJ like I did on the way back, you'll be more than fine.