Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
ORD To India - Airline And Cabin Reccomendations  
User currently offlineAA7573E From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 475 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

I am planning a trip this summer to India, and am curious on your thoughts as to the best carrier and class of service I can get. I have flown Air India before, and would like to avoid them at all costs. Who has the best business class cabin, and what can I expect to pay for it?

Thanks for your tips!




See you up front!
15 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4784 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

If you're flying to DEL from ORD then the best business class that I can recommend to you is :

1. BA
2. Korean via ICN
3. AF
4. KLM

However if you're flying to BOM :

1. BA
2. LX (Swiss)
3. AF

If you want to fly at a cheap fare business class to BOM or DEL from ORD :

1. Kuwait Airways
2. Royal Jordanian (amazing 82 inch seat pitch + full bed in J class on new A 342s but A 310s fly to India)


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

You state that you wish to avoid Air India at all costs, but they do have the best deals in Business Class to India. I have flown their 744s twice in Business class and the savings of over $ 1500 more than made up for the lack of PTVs and flat bed seats (AI is about $ 3000 versus the closest competitor that charges $ 4400 R/T). Apparently they have flat bed seats now on the upper deck, and perhaps personal DVD players, so it may not be quite as outdated a product as I experienced in May of this year. Service is good, they keep your drinks constantly topped off, and the food is better than most carriers: not quite Singapore Air, but a lot better than United or Delta.

If cost is not a factor, then BA is your best bet, although changing planes at Heathrow can be an exercise in frustration with long waits resulting from terminal and taxiway congestion.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Apparently they have flat bed seats now on the upper deck, and perhaps personal DVD players

The new upper deck business class seats on Air India are not flat beds, but rather 160-170 degree recline slumberettes with 59-62" pitch.

Very comfortable seats judging by my limited experience with them - and I hope to get into them next week as well.



[Edited 2003-11-29 06:25:32]

User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Royal Jordanian doesnt fly the A310 to ORD only the A342.

Kuwait flyes the A340 also and they fly from ORD-AMS.

Air India i believe doesnt fly nonstop to India.....i think that flight is flown to LHR using the 744 then you go to India....am i wrong? Because i dont know for sure about the Air India deal..


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Air India i believe doesnt fly nonstop to India.....i think that flight is flown to LHR using the 744 then you go to India....am i wrong? Because i dont know for sure about the Air India deal..

Starting this week, AI will offer 6x weekly direct 744 service from ORD to BOM with 3x via LHR and 3x via FRA.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

If you're flying to DEL from ORD then the best business class that I can recommend to you is .....2. Korean via ICN

Short of parachuting out as their ICN-BOM flights fly overhead, do you have any suggestion as to how he should fly KE to DEL?


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

If you tell us, where you are going, we could give you some more details. Are you going to BOM or DEL or MAA?

As far as DEL is concerned, I would probably recommend Air Canada via Toronto.

#1. Air Canada ORD-YYZ-DEL
#2. British Airways ORD-LHR-DEL
#3. KLM ORD-AMS-DEL
#4. Lufthansa ORD-FRA-DEL
#5. Air France ORD-CDG-DEL
Besides the fact that Korean Air does not serve DEL, it would be too long to go the Pacific way anyway. I have done it myself, Orlando to Bombay via the Pacific, and I really would not recommend it to anyone unless it was absolutely necesary.

For Bombay:

#1. Swiss ORD-ZRH-BOM
#2. British Airways ORD-LHR-BOM
#3. Lufthansa ORD-FRA-BOM
#4. Air France ORD-CDG-BOM
#5. KLM/NWA ORD-AMS-BOM

As far as the Kuwait Airways recommendation goes, I would stay away from them. Kuwait's Airport is bleak and lacks many of the charms of a European airport. Also Kuwait Airways is not all that high up in service. From my experience, the European airlines provide better service for better prices.

SR 103


User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Don't forget about VS... don't they still operate to DEL?

In the end I'd probably opt for BA with the flat business class beds. It's quite a long trip (In the summer of 2001 I've done SFO-LHR-DEL a number of times in UA's first suite and even so it's still long enough to make one go mad!)

I can't wait for the day when UA announces service back to India. It's absolutely vital we serve that amazing country! The US has so many ex-patriots and the economic boom down there is very exciting! UA would be a perfect fit to cover SFO-DEL or ORD-DEL/BOM. I know that UA has dormant slots to Karachi, BOM and DEL via Frankfurt that we bought from PanAm.

some day...



The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4784 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

FA4UA...wouldnt it have been shorter for you if you had taken a flight from SFO to DEL via the Pacific like on CX SFO-HKG-DEL especially or even SQ SFO-HKG-SIN-DEL (this route maybe longer) but I would expect CX to take less time than your UAL route to DEL from SFO.

Oh and VS doesnt fly to ORD so thats out of the question unless he chooses VS from JFK or EWR (CO will fly him from ORD to EWR and then EWR-LHR-DEL 3 times a week A 340-300s...soon to be A 346s from Dec).

But on the whole if money is not a problem...then choose BA...if it is then go for Air India or Royal Jordanian.


User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

I would choose Royal Jordanian, since you will get a good seat in Crown
class on a A342 for the first 10 hours, and the flight Amman to India will
only take 3 hours. And you have great value for a good product.

Regards,
AMS


User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

If you are looking for top of the line product opt for either LH/BA/KL for DEL and LH/BA/LX for BOM. Price-wise I'd recommend KU for both DEL / BOM (as you have already discounted AI). Forget them if you like a drink as they are totally dry. On the other hand if you are flying into BOM, KWI-BOM sector is an A300 with 18F/18J/196Y. However since no F/cl service is offered on this route all J/cl pax are seated in the F/cl cabin which are extremely spacious and comfortable. Connecting time in KWI is also not very much.

One word however for AI. I don't know why you had a bad experience with them, but I've just done a handful of J/cl long hauls with them and have found them excellent (even though I did not get to experience the new J/cl product). Food's top notch, friendly crew (don't go by their girth!), plenty to drink and the J/cl loos dont really get messed up like the ones at the back of the bus.

rgds//Vimanav



Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2026 times:

Behramjee,

you're right, it was the long way, however I had to run home in London to repack my suitcase and then I had to see family in SFO area! It's the long way... story of my life!

One time, trying to get LHR-SFO, all the flights were oversold so I had to fly LHR-NRT-SFO. Longest day of my life!  Nuts

Back to the subject at hand, thanks for the VS update, I thought they were still operating from ORD and daily to DEL! Show's how I'm a bit out of touch with big-red!
-FA4UA



The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
User currently offlineMog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

There are so many new things happening with aviation in India that by summer 2004 you will have a larger number of choices into India.

For good Business Class service, I would advise you to avoid the European carriers, however, and use one of the Asian/Far Eastern operators, for a variety of valid reasons, including more interesting stop-overs.

An interesting way to do it would be to use EVA from ORD to BKK via Taipei, and connect from there on Indian Airlines, enter through one city n India and exit through another.


User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Whenever I go to India I always prefer to fly there via Asia. I don't know if you have that option though from ORD. You might get cheaper fares via Europe. I would pick BA!

User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

I don't know what the accommodation is like, but the quickest way from ORD to DEL would be via Toronto. AC's new non-stop YYZ-DEL service is proving very popular and is already fully booked through January.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
News Article Gives Insight to New Airline - Paramount Airways India posted Sun Oct 29 2006 16:35:52 by Babumushai
Manchester To Bangkok: Which Airline And A/c posted Mon Oct 23 2006 15:15:57 by BA787
CX Traffic To ATL, DFW And ORD posted Wed Aug 30 2006 01:34:54 by Bkkair
What Airline And Plane From Palmero To Lampedusa? posted Wed Jul 19 2006 16:48:13 by Hydargos
Northwest From ORD To MSN And MKE posted Sun Feb 26 2006 00:50:01 by TheFlyGuy2
Largest Non-Indian Airline To India. posted Sat Oct 22 2005 18:58:45 by TRVYYZ
Blue Dart To Get 2 B757Fs And 757 In India posted Tue Oct 4 2005 05:57:36 by PanAm_DC10
New Services - Luton To India And USA? posted Sat Jan 15 2005 13:25:45 by Gilesdavies
Egyptair To Start HYD And DEL (India)? posted Fri Nov 26 2004 19:35:01 by Horus
AI To Add More Flights To London, LAX And ORD posted Thu Oct 28 2004 10:46:05 by Airish