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Air India AI 601: 24/SEP/07: HYD-BOM: Y Cabin  
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 19032 times:

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 036
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 24-Sep-07
SDT/SAT/Delay: 0415/0530/01:15 hrs
Flight: Air India/NACIL: op. by Air India AI 601, 385 miles
Routing: HYD-BOM
Aircraft: 310
Seat: Economy Class, 19A

I > Background:

Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

I believe this will be the first TR on a AI domestic flight, and perhaps the first for HYD-BOM. Preliminary A.Net searches indicate the same. Reason for flying was that I had never flown Air India internally in India, and thought it would be a good time to fly the airline before it undergoes “radical” transformation as one NACIL entity. Moreover, I wanted to fly the A313 one last time with AI. These aircrafts had formed the backbone of AI’s fleet for a long time, and I am afraid that they will soon be retired as more 320’s and 738’s of the merged entity comes in.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
I could have booked online using Air India’s booking system at www.airindia.in . However, I really wanted paper tickets  Smile … so after calling the toll-free number and making the reservation, I went to the AI-WHQ in Bombay and picked up my paper ticket. I am SO going to miss paper tickets. The woman wanted to issue me an e-ticket and was super confused when I insisted on a paper ticket. LOL. One thing that annoyed me is that you cannot pre-assign seats on domestic flights through counter, phone, or internet. Why?

b) At Airport:
India is the only country in the world where domestic terminals are markedly better than international ones. Perhaps it’s noble pursuits and democratic pressures to look after local populace over creating an impression for the foreigner … who knows … but the difference between the domestic and international terminals at Hyderabad is heaven and hell. Ok, maybe not heaven … but definitely better than hell. This difference between domestic and international is also true at CCU, DEL, BOM, MAA, etc. Anyway, HYD domestic is calm and collected … however, as I was flying AI, I had to make way to the international wing at HYD and pure chaos. Seriously, I would like to consider myself well travelled in India, but HYD took the cake … and there was only ONE other international flight at that point. EK to DXB.

So after pushing my way through the crowds of well-wishers, my ticket was checked by the security agent at the entrance, and I made it to the AI counter. Check-in was surprisingly smooth and all the Indian men giggled as they thought it was funny that this Gringo was flying AI domestically. I was told by the agent that I was the “only one today not flying internationally” as he enthusiastically put my LH M&M number into the reservation … and voila, it was on the boarding pass. After check-in, I explored the “terminal” and met this Singaporean guy (Mr. Chu) at this snack counter. I made the mistake of responding to his small talk … and God was he obnoxious. He went on this 10 minute tirade on how “Hyderabad is unlike Singapore” (DUH) and how everything is “so much better” and “so much more efficient.” I mean seriously A.Netters. People like this need to not travel … oh, and this was his 4th business trip to India?! Anyway, so on the 14th minute of the conversation, he said for the 4th time (yes, I counted) how “India is so different than Singapore”. In my most dead-pan face, I said, “Ya. It is a democracy. Singapore isn’t.” LOL. I felt mean … but it totally shut him up. Thank God most Singaporeans are unlike Mr. Chu. Anyway, after bidding adieu to Mr. Chu, my boarding pass was checked and I went to the immigration line … but I wondered why I should be on this line … so I kinda just ignored the immigration counters and proceeded to security. The Immigration officer didn’t even bother looking … now, at the Security I was told that I had to wait for this one dude who would come and do a “Customs Clearance” where I had to declare any large sum of money. As much as I absolutely adore India, some things make no sense … but make me laugh. So since I was the only passenger, I waited for like 45minutes before this AAI “babu” came and asked me all these customs questions, stamped my boarding pass, and then let me go. One thing to keep in mind … all the security agents were super nice to me … and one felt sorry and offered to buy me tea  Smile. YAY. This is why I love the place.

So after clearing security, I went to the boarding area where both AI and EK flights were called at the same time from a tiny door. Uugh. There was much pushing and shoving in keeping with the spirit of ILBST. Actually, this was on the bad side … compounded by a super aggressive EK agent who was keep on ensuring his flight took on time. Uugh again. Anyway, after all the crap, I walked onto the 310 and back to mid 1980s. As I made my way to my seat, I was awestruck by the interiors and the overall retro feel. Load in J was 20%, and Y load must have been around 60%.

Airport - External:

(HYD Domestic – looks decent)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/001.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/002.jpg

(HYD International – super “IADS”)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/003.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/004.jpg

(Very Indian external departure board)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/005.jpg

(Ok, people … go home … nothing to see here)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/006.jpg

Check-in:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/007.jpg

Airport - Internal:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/008.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Lounge

NONE

Boarding:

(Boarding area lounge)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/009.jpg

(Mad ILBST – people, how do you have this energy at 4am?!)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/010.jpg

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Juice service prior to take-off. Snack service soon after take-off.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
This particular 310 came from SQ. As always, the best place to check lineage is the lavatory, and this aircraft was no different. The entire aircraft felt old with some non-essential pieces literally being duck-taped! The seats were old, worn, and certainly needing replacement. Moreover, the blanket (though in a sealed pouch) had the nastiest smell EVER! Gross. Thankfully, the lavs and the overall aircraft was clean and the aircraft did not rattle too much … which was surprising … but then again, the A310 is a very well made aircraft and I will miss them (with their distinct flap fairings and “chubby” fuselage) as they start being retired.

While worn out, the seats were comfortable and had had generous pitch, and slightly above average legroom. As most people slept, I began to have much random thoughts … like imagining all the people who possibly could have sat at the exact seat during the life of the aircraft. Ok, I digress.

Aircraft:

(Taken at BOM – I really am a fan of the now erstwhile AI logo. Simple and classic.)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/011.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/012.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

NONE

Seat Leg-Room:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/014.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/015.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/016.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/017.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/018.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/019.jpg

(Look at those bulk-head buttons)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/021.jpg

(I love how LAVS give away lineage and pedigree  Smile)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/022.jpg

c) Meal + Beverage:
Upon embarkation, crew did a run of either water or packaged fruit juice. After take-off, was a pre-packaged meal sandwich which comprised of a cheese sandwich, a vegetable sandwich, and a weird dessert. While I appreciated the gestures at the ungodly 0415am departure, the food itself was absolutely horrible. The sandwiches were barely edible, and the dessert was just horrible. I had no idea what it was – it was hard and sweet. Yuck.

(Pre-takeoff drink)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/023.jpg

(4,30am sandwich + more … nasty though)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/024.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:

IFE using old antiquated overhead system comprised of the “Just For Laughs” serious … which I am convinced is Canada’s single greatest contribution to aviation. In-flight magazine was of good quality.

(IFE)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/025.jpg

(IFE Controls – falling apart?)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/026.jpg

(Headphones + super dirty and smelly blanket)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/027.jpg

(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc. – I LOVE the dot matrix boarding passes!)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/028.jpg

e) Crew:
Ok. While I absolutely adore IC crew, I found their counterpart AI crew to be lacking charm and smiles. I understand it was an early morning departure, but the crew was missing for most of the flight. Is this India? Or is this an Air France flight?! They were nowhere to be seen during passenger embarkation, and nowhere during disembarkation. The meal service was done devoid of anything human. I went back to express my interest about the 310 to be met by blank stares and a non-verbal request to be left alone. There was one guy who came by later to say … “let me know if you need anything” … “except alcohol unfortunately. It is domestic after all”. LOL. Not good overall impression at all.

IV> Post-Flight:

All passengers except me were connecting internationally, so I made my way through lonely corridors to the exit. At immigration, there was another small arrow telling me to bypass the counter. Of course, my boarding card was checked at exit.

(Aircraft next to us at BOM)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/029.jpg

(CSIA Arrivals – along the long walk to the exit)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/030.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/031.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/AI%20601/032.jpg

V> Impressions + Scores:

While AI might have got a fantastic new livery, and their 777’s do indeed rock, I found them to be many notches below IC on domestic India flights. IC crews seem to care much more about their jobs. Perhaps because it was a domestic segment, the AI crew seem to not care. I was disappointed at the dirty state of the blankets and the poor IFE as well. Given India’s super competitive airline industry, I cannot enthusiastically endorse AI as the first choice.

1.0 > RESERVATION: 6.5
2.0 > CHECK-IN: 9.0
0.5 > LOUNGE: N/A
0.5 > BOARDING: 2.0
2.0 > SEAT: 7.5
0.5 > AIRCRAFT OVERALL AMBIENCE: 3.0
1.0 > IFE: 5.5
2.0 > CREW: 4.0
2.0 > FOOD: 5.0
0.5 > BEVERAGES: 6.0
0.5 > A.KITS + OTHER FREEBIES: 5.0
0.5 > DISEMBARKATION: 8.0
1.0 > ON-TIME RECORD: 9.0
WEIGHTED OVERALL IMPRESSION (WOI): 6.22
(Pre-flight WOI of all reviews: 6.31)
* Weighted Overall Impression (WOI) aligns scores with what matters most. Weights are indicated alongside each category.

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.70: KLM: EBB-AMS: 08/2007
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007

ECONOMY: Short
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)

VII> Other Pictures:

NONE


Live, and let live.
18 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 19021 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
all the security agents were super nice to me … and one felt sorry and offered to buy me tea

Wow! Thats a really nice gesture considering they earn next to nothing

Another great TR. Did you get to see the Business Class Cabin, and if so how was it?


User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 18904 times:

Great TR!
The cabin seems to be in a terrible condition...



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 18899 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
India is the only country in the world where domestic terminals are markedly better than international ones.

There will be an improvement nw that 9W & soon IT joining the Gang.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(IFE Controls – falling apart?)

Why use Paper masking tape  Smile

Excellent TR Alex as usual.I liked the Short cuts to the remaining TRs too.Excellent Pics.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 18810 times:

They sure have a lot of work to do with upgrading their product. Most probably the 310 will be phased out soon and isn't worth a refurbishment of the interior.
Great read with some very nice shots! Thanks for sharing!

Brgds,
D-ALCE



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 18627 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I love how LAVS give away lineage and pedigree

and the original operator's logo  Wink

Do you know when AI will phase out the A310?

Excellent report as usual. I really enjoy reading your reports. Thanks.


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18443 times:



Quoting Ag92 (Reply 1):
Did you get to see the Business Class Cabin, and if so how was it?

= Ya. It was as equally old.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 1):
Wow! Thats a really nice gesture considering they earn next to nothing

= Very much so.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):
The cabin seems to be in a terrible condition...

= Unfortunately, yes.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Excellent TR Alex as usual.I liked the Short cuts to the remaining TRs too.Excellent Pics.

= Thanks Mel.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Why use Paper masking tape

= Its AI. No idea  Smile?

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 5):
Do you know when AI will phase out the A310?

= Perhaps the Indian A.Netters can help? I would think once the 787's start coming online?

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 5):
Excellent report as usual. I really enjoy reading your reports. Thanks.

= Thanks.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18383 times:

Another fantastic report... thanks a bunch for sharing this report...

User currently offlineDCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18367 times:

Excellent report, comme d'habitude.

Those A310s are in a sad state. AR was going to lease two this past summer to supplement the 310 fleet - don't have the registrations and C/Ns with me here, both were ex SQ, ex AI. Such was the sorry state of affairs with them, that the whole operation was called off upon closer inspection of the frames. Sad, but they required such a large investment on AR's part that it was just not worth it as interim measure until the A330s begin to arrive later this year. One of them is still parked somewhere in Germany.

One of the things that come to mind about the many issues with those planes was, in line with your report, the Audio/Video system. Working randomly at best, and inop most of the other times - and no spare parts on the market anymore, as they are no longer manufactured! Certainly AI got their money's worth out of those airframes!

Regards from DC,



"Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten"
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18272 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
...met this Singaporean guy (Mr. Chu) at this snack counter. I made the mistake of responding to his small talk … and God was he obnoxious. He went on this 10 minute tirade on how “Hyderabad is unlike Singapore” (DUH) and how everything is “so much better” and “so much more efficient.” I mean seriously A.Netters. People like this need to not travel …

I am so sorry you have to come across people like that from my country. I normally tell these people to stay home if they are so disturbed by how undeveloped other countries are. It is precisely because of people like them that we have been labelled "arrogant", "ignorant" and so on. Next time you are in town, let me buy you coffee and I can assure you we will have more than a 10 min conversation.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I went back to express my interest about the 310 to be met by blank stares and a non-verbal request to be left alone.

Hahahaha... That is utterly embarassing. A smile would have been nice from them.



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User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18247 times:



Quoting DCAjet (Reply 8):
Certainly AI got their money's worth out of those airframes!

and then some more!!! .. these a/cs are in a real sad state and are the backbone of AI's service to the Middle East. I am sure they r gonna feel the heat once 9W kicks its ops to these regions and later when iT joins in on the fun.

Good report BTW and thanx a lot for sharing with us..

Which overseas destination was this flight going to/coming from?! ..



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18091 times:
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Great TR as always, nice stuff!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Moreover, the blanket (though in a sealed pouch) had the nastiest smell EVER!

- Yuck! - Thankfully I've neve come across a smelly blanky yet!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Seat Recline + Angle View:

- Wow, one of those seats looks a bit grubby!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
While I appreciated the gestures at the ungodly 0415am departure, the food itself was absolutely horrible. The sandwiches were barely edible, and the dessert was just horrible. I had no idea what it was – it was hard and sweet. Yuck

- Shame, I've actually heard good things about AI catering.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I LOVE the dot matrix boarding passes!)

- Now way! - Thought those printers went out with the ark!!

Thanks again.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18003 times:

Hi there very nice TR . I love Air India. Although funny enough I never flew then when I was going to India or on Domestic. I flew J class LHR-JFK and it was amazing.

I would have loved to see the J class seats. Whilst old I think I would like them. Id love to do that flight. I will miss paper tickets also so your not alone. There is something nice about having the ticket with the unique logo or pattern of the airline on it. I have kept my AI one which is the same as yours safely in a folder. Theres something about being branded with the airlines ticket wallets/Baggage lables LOL.....Its part of the trip.

Anyway another good TR

OA260


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18002 times:

Nice TR

The pics are really good

As usually a enjoyable read!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Very Indian external departure board)

LOL!!! Wonder what they mean with the last flight, tomorrow!!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 17878 times:

BTW was this how the J class cabin looked???

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95176569@N00/323995588/


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 17803 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Hi there very nice TR . I love Air India. Although funny enough I never flew then when I was going to India or on Domestic. I flew J class LHR-JFK and it was amazing.

= Ya. I have flown AI on a couple of international routings and found their service to be exemplary. Perhaps the domestic flights do not get much bidding attention? I am a big AI fan (once it actually is in the air), so this was a disappointment. However, the flight was at 415am.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I would have loved to see the J class seats.



Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
BTW was this how the J class cabin looked???

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9517656...5588/

= No. I think that is the interior of the AI owned 310's. Mine came from SQ. The SQ 310's are in much worse state than AI's.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I will miss paper tickets also so your not alone. There is something nice about having the ticket with the unique logo or pattern of the airline on it. I have kept my AI one which is the same as yours safely in a folder. Theres something about being branded with the airlines ticket wallets/Baggage lables LOL.....Its part of the trip.

= Yup. I get such weird looks when I get super excited with the exotic ticket in my hand, or a ticket jacket. Sigh.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Shame, I've actually heard good things about AI catering.

= Well. To their defense though, it was a 415am flight. AI catering is undoubtedly my favorite in the world ... and I have flown enough  Smile.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Now way! - Thought those printers went out with the ark!!

= LOL. Isn't it great?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
I am so sorry you have to come across people like that from my country. I normally tell these people to stay home if they are so disturbed by how undeveloped other countries are. It is precisely because of people like them that we have been labelled "arrogant", "ignorant" and so on. Next time you are in town, let me buy you coffee and I can assure you we will have more than a 10 min conversation.

= Do not worry. I do not extrapolate an entire country based on one person (well, except a certain larger Euro country where I am yet to encounter a really cool person  Wink) ... and I mention that thankfully he is not representative of all Singaporeans. But l am a positive thinker ... and this experience got me a cafe date with you Ryanair!!!  Smile. I will take you up on it. I am scheduled to fly JNB-SIN soon.

Cheers,
A.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 17795 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 15):
= Yup. I get such weird looks when I get super excited with the exotic ticket in my hand, or a ticket jacket. Sigh.

Even with an E tkt I ask for a ticket jacket LOL.....

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 15):
The SQ 310's are in much worse state than AI's.

Hahah you should have told that to Mr Chu !!!


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3098 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17629 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(IFE Controls – falling apart?)



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Why use Paper masking tape

= Its AI. No idea ?

I took a close look at the picture of the armrest with the masking tape.....if I'm not mistaken, the tape is covering the ashtray on the armrest and not the IFE controls.....


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 17588 times:



Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 17):
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(IFE Controls – falling apart?)



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Why use Paper masking tape

= Its AI. No idea ?

I took a close look at the picture of the armrest with the masking tape.....if I'm not mistaken, the tape is covering the ashtray on the armrest and not the IFE controls.....

= You are right. I was on something when I said IFE controls.

Cheers,
A.



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