B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
Ok, I finally have the details on the new Air India premium classes.
* Capacity reduced from 16 seats to 12 seats in A-zone on main deck
* Pitch increased from 60-inches to 78-inches
* Recline increased from 150-degrees to fully flat 180-degrees
* Crew to passenger ratio improved from 1:4 to 1:3
* Flat bed extends to 74-inch usable bed length - the largest in its class among all airlines
* Electronic 4-way lumbar support
* Personal DVD player with integrated supports and storage
* Introduction between December 2002 and February 2003 on all 747-400s only
* Capacity reduced from 34 seats to 26 seats on upper deck
* Pitch increased from 50-inches to 62-inches
* Recline increased from 125-degrees to 160-degrees
* Crew to passenger ration improved from 1:8.5 to 1:6.5
* Electronic lumbar support
* Personal portable DVD players
* Introduction between February 2003 and April 2003 on all 747-400s only
Aeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 689 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2829 times:
I would KILL to see interior shots of Air India.. Why are there never any to be seen? I remember brochures from the 70's where the cabins were painted in colors, and it looked so beautiful, but I've wondered if it is still like that..
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2719 times:
The new First Class cabin looks like an improvement over the dated cabin they had, but they're not particularly impressive. Looks a lot like Air France's First Class seats without the inbuilt PTVs or the privacy dividers. I suppose that personal DVD players are a good substitute for PTVs (which often don't work or which are constantly interrupted for cabin announcements), but I'm not sure if I'd like to be sleeping next to some snoring paunchy businessman without a privacy divider when I can fly BA. In any case, it appears that with no competition from the likes of SQ, Cathay, JAL or Qantas on the India-Europe-US routes, the only product that appears to be superior to AI's is BA. AI cabin crew do tend to be more attentive than BA's professional, but often cold, dilettantes, so I guess they're hoping that this puts them over the top.
Also, is anyone concerned that the BJP Hindu Cow brigade will get their dhoties in a wad over "leather" seats? AI don't serve beef or pork on their flights, so I wonder if "leather" would cause some fundie nut case to go "Holy Cow !"