sutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 117 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18923 times:
We have arrived the final part of this report, the part that about using Air India going back Hong Kong from Osaka
Check-out the Nikko Hotel, the airport terminal was only 150 meters away, very good location!
PIDS in KIX airport
Check-in area for Air India in KIX
I was the only First Class passengers for this sector
After checking-in, the staff escorted me through security line using the crew line and pasted the immigration in no time, he would like to bring me to the lounge but I rejected as I wanted to walk around the airport. Nice service!
For Gate 2, I have to take the train
Nothing else to buy, only 110 Yen left in the pocket, time to visit the lounge
AI used CX lounge in KIX
I don't like windowless
Some simple food, but I though I eat too much in the lounge!
12 September 2010
Osaka/Kansai (KIX) – Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: Air India
Flight: AI 315
Seat: 2A (First)
Boarding pass, not First Class one
VT-ALH, newest 77L for AI
The flight continued to Delhi
About to board
During check-in, the agent asked whether I like to board first or board last, I chose to board first, so once I appear at the gate area, they told me to sit near the gate so I can board first
After the second security check at the jet bridge (Don't know why second security check was needed in both directions)
Seat 2A this time
Business class, looks comfortable
The FAs on this flight were friendlier, I loved to talk with them
After the powerful take-off, I am on my way backing home, I miss my home!
Snacks, they have 2 Indian snacks and 2 Japanese snacks
The FA ask when I prefer to have my lunch, I just told him, maybe I can have it now
Meal time, this time with menu card
Starter, crab meat salad
Two soups to choose, I chose the cream mushroom soup
Main course on trolley, was it too much for 1 passenger??
I chose this combination, the curry was nice, but the Japanese chicken was bad
PS: There is a yogurt on top, it helps if you find the food too spicy
The FA collected my plates, dessert, fruits and cheese were ready
I chose both desserts, Japanese chestnut cake on the left, Indian sweet pasta on the right
And some fruits afterwards, I gave up the cheese
After the fruit, my stomach was totally packed, so I walk around the cabin.
Toilet before Door L1
I love the First cabin, with warm and luxury feel
After 3 hours and 10 minutes, I arrived Hong Kong, TK's 77W is ready to IST
Belt 7, my baggage came first as promised!
Comment: The hardware of Air India is quite good today, if they can put more effort to update their software, they can come close with the top airlines in the world
This is the end of my report, hope you enjoy it. Sorry for not having much words in the report, but I hope my photos can tell you the story.
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 18800 times:
Wow, I really liked all 7 reports. What an amazing itinerary!!! I really enjoy reading your reports, especially on rare aircraft like the BG DC10, JL a300 and Iran Air 747SP. Fantastic and thanks for posting!!
One question, how long did you take for all these 7 flights? Did you spend some time in Japan for instance?
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2094 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 18025 times:
Really nice conclusion to your trip! Looks like you had some great flights! I bet it was tough to finish up a trip like this!
Wow, Air India seemed to offer an incredibly more substantial meal on your flight back to HKG. I wonder what made the difference in service for the flights? It also doesn't seem like AI is earning much in F on these flights; just you on both legs! That seems incredible too me!
sutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17171 times:
Quoting Kappel (Reply 1): One question, how long did you take for all these 7 flights? Did you spend some time in Japan for instance?
My trip last for 19 days, and all these flights take me 6 days, so I still have many times to explorer Japan
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2): Wow, Air India seemed to offer an incredibly more substantial meal on your flight back to HKG. I wonder what made the difference in service for the flights? It also doesn't seem like AI is earning much in F on these flights; just you on both legs! That seems incredible too me!
I don't know why but I really find the return leg to be more enjoyable. Maybe better ground personel to help me, and the 2 FA seems more active and more enjoy working there
AI used to operate A310 in this route without F, so I think they should do some promotion after changing to 77L
Quoting The777Man (Reply 3): Air India First Class looks fantastic! Food looks amazing and nice with a cart so you can choose exactly what you want.
Looking forward to your next adventure.
Yes, just tell them what you want, mix and match. Emirates did the same during my last HKG-BKK on 77W
My next trip, if possible, would be the inaugural A380 flight for HKG-BKK on 1 October 2010, I am still thinking to do or not to do....
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4): W! Air India First does indeed look fantastic - the food offering is really good. Care to elaborate on the crew?
The crew was really nice on this sector. The female FA ask whether I like some champagne after takeoff, I rejected at first since I have to drive after arriving HKG, but she said 1 glass would be no problem, then i said OK. Some minutes later, she poped a bottle and poured in front of me and she hope me to enjoy, really warm.
For the male FA, he tried to satisfy all my needs, and he tried his best to provide best service. Like during dessert time, although he have pulled all the desserts and fruit to me, but once I chose the desserts, he adviced me to finish the desserts first, and he will be back for fruit after my desserts. After my meal, we chatted a while, he introduced the culture of India and even recommend a India film to me in the AVOD system which he loved much, which make me feel he really like his job!
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1744 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17166 times:
Excellent report, very well done. The pictures are great too.
It looks like the KIX-HKG portion was better than the HKG-KIX portion. I have often wondered what AI's First Class was like, thank you for the information. It was nice of the crew to lay everything out like that for you. Its even better to see a menu this time round.
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 16218 times:
Great series of trip reports, Sutrakhk, featuring a interesting selection of carriers, aircraft and airports.
The AI First Class product looks light and airy and the selection of food on the final leg looked good.
Was being the only passenger in First typical for AI? I know that there has been a downturn, but surely some people can still afford to fly up front.
Many years ago I was scheduled to fly out of PER on Air India to LHR. A few weeks before departure the service was discontinued and I ended up on BA. Ironically, the BA flight called into Delhi on the way.