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AI 787 Dreamliner DEL-BLR (with Lots Of Pics!)  
User currently offlinejustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 30471 times:

Introduction:

Being a die hard aviation enthusiast, it was indeed a shame that my first A380 flight was in 2011... a full 4 years after the first commercial whalejet flight!! First Time Ever On The Whale Jet - SQ LAX-NRT-SIN (by justbala Sep 25 2011 in Trip Reports)

But with the Dreamliner I got a chance to correct that  

India's flag carrier Air India had just taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, after months of haggling and negotiations with Boeing. AI had a placed an order for 27 Dreamliners to replace its ageing fleet of A310s. The first 787 (VT-ANH) was based out of DEL and was scheduled to do domestic runs to BLR and MAA for crew familiarization.

This gave me the golden opportunity to sample the Dreamliner without the hassles of an international trip.

Booking:

Booking was done via AI's website - www.airindia.in. While the welcome page had a promo ad for 787 flights, there was no mention of the 787 in the flight details. Of the 4 daily flights between BLR and DEL the late afternoon one had no a/c details listed while the rest were on 320/319. I called up the AI call center and the agent confirmed that the flight was on a 788.  

Booking was done online and the fare came to roughly INR 8200 (USD 160 approx).

For my onward flight from BLR to DEL, I used my KingClub miles to book a ticket on IT's morning flight.

Pre-Flight:

The second day of operations AI had subbed the 787 for a 77L due to operational reasons. This got me jittery. The only reason I was flying was to experience the dreamliner. I called up the call center the night before and they confirmed that it was indeed still the 787 flying that sector.

I did a web check-in and the seatmap was that of the 787. I checked myself into 39A (the last row which is in a 2-3-2 config, while the rest are 3-3-3). This would help get a feel of the window seat as well make it easy to access the aisle for all the pic taking  

Row 40 is the reserved crew rest area and is not shown on the seat map.

Flight Day:

BLR-DEL
IT 204
A320-232
VT-DNZ
STD - 0955 STA-1245
ATD- 0950 ATA-1225

I had set my alarm for 0645 in order to leave home by 0730, but as is fraught to happen, I went back to that precious "5 minutes extra sleep" and woke up only at 7:40!! I stay about an hour and half drive away from the airport and with check in closing 45 minutes before I was cutting it pretty tight.

Drove down to the airport like a crazy person, but coupla intersections with bad traffic meant that I pulled into the long term parking lot of the airport only by around 09:25. Not looking good. I was already contemplating buying a ticket for the next available flight on 6E or 9W. But just then I got a call from the IT check in counter enquiring if I would be taking the flight that day. As I ran I told the agent that I am at the parking lot and that I am flying without any baggage, She informed me that she would keep my boarding pass ready and if I rush i might still make it to the flight.

Luckily for me the morning rush hour at BLR had subsided and I managed to reach the gate before 09:35!! Despite their financial troubles, IT still managed to ace customer service. Good on their part.

I was amongst the last on board. The load was around 50% and the agent had allotted me an exit row seat. The flight was pretty uneventful on an ex-DN bird (no PTVs).

Breakfast served - Indian Veg - Fruit Plate with Idli/Vada Sambar.


Coffee/Tea on request only.


How the mighty have fallen. From being the airline with maximum domestic destinations, IT today barely manage to cover north and west. Note that all International ops have been terminated.


After landing at DEL, I went to the transfer counter at the arrival level in T3, just to confirm that the BLR flight is still being operated by the 787.

Agent - " No. Its 403".

A shocked me - "What?!!..oh wait.. no I didnt mean the flight number (phew!!), the aircraft type".

Agent - "Oh.. lemme check.... yes it is indeed 788 Dreamliner". She then proceeded to print a new BP for me and asked if I wanted to change my seat since the last row was non-reclining (surprise surprise!!). I said i chose that because of the two seater, for which she again said it was a 3 seater all the way through. I asked her to check again and she apologized and said it was a 2 seater there.

After printing the BP, she said I need to head to the international departure since this is a "Wide Body" aircraft. Once again I had to ask her to confirm and she called up someone and sheepishly told me , it would be the Domestic gates. Not someone's best day at work!!

Probably she was confused with all the AI domestic legs of international flights (ORD-DEL-HYD, JFK-DEL-BOM, DEL-ATQ) that are 777 operated and depart from the international side.

I took the lift from the transfer desk upto the departure level and headed straight for security

The now mandatory Elephant Sculpture at DEL


This was probably the first time that I was boarding a flight from T3 in broad daylight and it does seem a lot spacious in the day than at night!!


To Domestic Departure, with AI Domestic Check In Counters in the foreground


MF Hussain?


Security was very fast and I headed to the food court on level 1 for lunch. As I took the escalator, I was greeted by a sight that made real happy  AI 787 Dreamliner at Gate 32 having arrived from MAA and being prepped for BLR.


AI 77W at the International Side


Views of DEL AirSide





The Food Court in the upper level


FIDS. DEL T3 Domestic only serves the Full Service Carriers. LCCs operate from Terminal 1D


Heading to the gate


Sculpture depicting the various poses of Surya Namaskar - A common sequence of Hatha yoga asanas literally translates to "Salutations to the Sun"


The Private Airlines half of T3-Dom


The elusive AI CRJs.. glad to have caught two of them in the same frame


VT-SCH being prepped for her flight to LKO


Heading to Gate 32


Finally came across the "Mallu" Restroom @ DEL!!   All rest rooms in DEL use the a man/woman dressed in the traditional attire of one of India;s 28 states. This one depicts the attire from my native state - Kerala.


Finally at Gate 32, I come face to face with the beauty!!




There have been a few changes to the AI livery for the Dreamliner - one of them being the absence of a cheatline


Second - the wordings "Air India" are missing on the tail


Third - the engines are no longer red with yellow rays. On the 787 they are white with red rays



You can see (kinda) the difference between the livery on the 787 and the 777 behind


The new 787s are not named either. The earlier AI birds were named after Indian states (777), Rivers (310), Emperors(747-200), Tourist Spots (747-400), Mountains ,Queens etc.


The distinctive 787 rear


The position of the gate and the fact that the floor did not extend all the way to the glass wall, made pic taking tricky. Dreamliner decal on the a/c


Since I still had to plenty of time for the gate to open, I decided to explore T3 further

Spacious gate areas, love the carpeting. reminds me of SIN


Cool T3 specific Pepsi vending machine. Nifty work!!


At the end of the pier, near gate 36 are probably the best seats in town!!


Overlooking the 3rd runway and taxi ways to T3


You could just spend an entire day here!!  9W 739 VT-JGC, taxiing pass the AI Regional CRJs


S2 Jet Konnect 738 taxiing as an AI 321 touches down on the runway


VT-JGM 9W 738 taxiing by


Boarding was announced for my flight and I soon headed to gate 32.

Cargo being loaded


Boarding through Gate 32A and 32B


787 Here I Come!!



DEL-BLR
AI 403
B787-8 Dreamliner
VT-ANH
STD - 1630 STA-1910
ATD- 1635 ATA-1910

VT-ANH being filled for her journey downed the length of the country



The Jet Bridge


Up Close and Personal with the new GenX Engines


Welcomed onboard by a female FA in the traditional AI uniform


The hue and atmosphere of the aircraft was very welcoming with "new plane smell" (if there is something like that!! ) and once I got into the flight, tit was almost surreal!!

Thanks to the new windows of the 787 the interiors hid the fact that it was broad day light outside!! I think for most people flying the 787 for the first time, this will definitely be a wow moment!!

The forward Y cabin


Its 4 in the evening, Sunny and bright outside. Believe it or not!!   The aft Y cabin


39A my seat at the last row. With an AI branded pillow.


Better view of the seat


The new 787 windows. They are MASSSSSSSSSIVE!!  

The window control at the bottom. Press up for lighter and down for darker shades


Difference between half shut and fully open


Full Shut and Full Open


Video of the window operations - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGD0mHGjP6k

Leg Space was more than decent


PTV Screens


AVOD Touch Screen PTV with controls


USB Port and Coat Hook


Foot rest


PTV and controls


Additional pocket


AC Vent and Reading lights


Tray half open


Tray Fully Open with pre-takeoff Bottle of Water served


Dreamliner Safety Card



Note that the exit lettering has been replaced by the new green signage along with pointing arrows. This will specifically come up during safety demonstrations


The actual signage


Additional signage on the seatback


New spacious overhead bins


My seatpocket had a Duty Free catalogue meant for international flights but no inflight mag


Extraspace at Row 39


And oh btw, contrary to what Ms. Clueless at the transfer desk said, the last row on the 787 does recline  

Row 40 Reserved as Crew Rest Area


Rear Galley - Spanking new equipment  


Air India 787 Trolleys


Restrooms - Notice how the restroom door opens quite differently!!


Seatbelt Sign



The safety demo was done manually with the crew highlighting the new exit signage


Before the safety demo, all window shades were brought to fully open mode by the crew and post that you cannot change it until after the a/c has reached cruising altitude. This controlled by a button on the doors for each section. This way the crew doesnt have to go individually asking folks to open windows.


Although I wonder wht would happen during early morning flights. Typically crew come around asking you to pull down the shades. If the crew sets it to full shut mode, you would not have any control on the window  

Push Back




Flight Map



AI Birds lined up on the International Side


Pic being taken from the terminal. Through out our taxi, both ground staff and passengers in the terminal were seen taking pics and videos of the new Dreamliner


AI Domestic


AI Regional ATR 42 in CD Colours.


AI Regional CRJ


9W Birds



Holding for incoming a/c on the 3rd Runway


The take off roll was smooth and a lot less silent than the 777 or 330!!

Video of the take off roll - http://youtu.be/FUfxLMpjaGw


DEL from Air


Gurgaon


During the climb, the crew came on the PA explaining the benefits and features of the new Dreamliner Aircraft, including the lighter material, fuel efficiency and the lower cabin pressure maintained. It ended with how you can experience all that only on Air India   The crew also explained the working of the new Windows and requested all to be gentle with the window control. This was done in Hindi followed by English.

As soon as we reached our cruising altitude the seat belt signs were off and the crew sprung to action.


I managed to grab this shot as one side of the a/c still had windows in full open mode, while the other side had returned to original position. Each side is separately controlled.


The Aisle with the new Boeing interiors


The curve of the overhead bins, make the cabin appear more spacious.


Also notice in the pic above that Row 37 is a windowless row.

The windows up in the air



The IFE on the 787 is different from the ones on other AI a/c. The Hindi section is quite comprehensive, while English and Regional languages is quite minimal. One baffling omission was that of TV series - the staple diet for most short-medium haul flights. The video features is primarily documentaries.


Good headsets..probably the best in Y class


The smell of food being being heated in the galley came wafting through the cabin. The cabin crew came around with trollies offering veg and non veg snacks. I opted for the non-veg


The meal consisted of a Quiche, Grilled Paneer (Cottage Cheese), Puffs, Bread Roll and Butter, Cut Fruits and a dessert which I could not identify.


I re-confirmed with the crew if this was indeed non-vegetarian and turns out the Quiche had some bits of chicken in it.. else it was as good as vegetarian!! The food was disappointing. Puff was soggy, Quiche was dry. The Grilled Paneer tasted OK.

The Cabin Crew In Charge had some heated words with the crew in my section in Hindi. From what I could make out of it, he wanted the cabin to served beginning from the front, while crew started from rear. Initial teething trouble I guess.

After the trays were cleared I paid a visit to the loo


The flush mechanism on board the 787 is quite interesting. In addition to the push/press option, the 787 is also equipped with a sensor to give a touch free option. A lot more hygienic IMO.


But everytime I tried, it wud make some noise and nothing would happen. When I put the seatcover down though it automatically flushed. When I checked with the crew later, they said the sensor was malfunctioning as the wave motion will automatically bring the seatlid down and then flush.

Ashtray in the loo. Given that all flights now are non-smoking is this really necessary?!!


Cool LED lighting in the loo


Passengers settling down



Pity the poor soul stuck in 37K


View Down the Aisle


Curtain for the crew rest area


Cabin lights dimmed


Before landing the CCIC settled down in Row 40 to rest. A female crew came to him saying that they should do the demo now. I was a lil surprised as to what this demo was to be!!

The crew took their demo positions and went over the new exit signage once again in both Hindi and English. I asked the crew serving our section why this was done. She told me that since the exit signage on the 787 is drastically different from other a/cs in the AI fleet (and possibly India), it is mandatory to do this pre-landing briefing. Anyone know why the signage is different?! Is it only for AI or for all 787 operators.

Crew at demo stations for "pre-landing" safety demo. A first for me.


The landing into Bangalore was from the eastern side and was pretty smooth and we soon docked at on of the jet bridges.

Seatbelt signs switched off


Given that I was in the last row, I got a good opportunity to talk to the crew. Today's flight was full in Y and had 2 empty seats up in J. The second in command today was Capt. Rohit Bhasin, husband of Capt. Nivedita Bhasin - India's first lady commander and as of now, the only lady to have piloted the Dreamliner.

The crew consisted of Senior members from BOM and junior members from DEL. They are scheduled to do the MAA and BLR routes and then go on to DXB - AI's first Dreamliner International route. The CCIC commented that AI would be using the 787 to do MEL-SYD and possibly do a DEL-JNB.

Cabin as pax deplane


The front Y cabin


Spacious Overhead Bins


Just cant get over those windows  

I asked the crew if I could take pics of the J cabin and they graciously said yes and even offered to take pics of me in there.

The J seats - not very cutting edge, but for the medium haul routes this should just be fine


J class in 2-2-2 config


Reluctantly, I bid goodbye to the Dreamliner and stepped back into BLR

The distinctive nose and cock pit windows of the 787


Farewell until next time..


One of the perils of operating a widebody on a domestic route - limited baggage carousel space!!   All the double loop ones are on the international side


Overall the trip on the 787 was everything that I expected and then some more!! The Dreamliner provides AI with an excellent ammunition to target hitherto untapped markets like Central Asia, Australia and Africa as well as provide the right sized aircrafts for certain long haul destinations like YVR or BOS. Hopefully AI will seize this opportunity and the Dreamliner becomes a turning point in Air India's history. Wishing all the best to Air India!!

[Edited 2012-09-24 15:08:43]


Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinetheobcman From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 30377 times:

Really nice report. Enjoyed it, 787 just looks great, very jealous also. I have to wait for next summer when Thomson get theirs !!

User currently offlinebaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 747 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 29722 times:

Fantastic TR, love the pics.

Can't wait till we get them....loving the centrally controlled window blinds, should make night flights easier on the eye for those sleeping.

Regarding the ash tray in the loo, although smoking has been banned onboard for many years now, it is seen as a safety feature, should a passenger disobey the rules and decide to smoke it is safer to dispose the cigarette in the ashtray rather than the waste bin which is full of paper and would obviously pose a fire risk.


User currently offlineturk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 29638 times:

What a great report with lovely photos... Makes me want to visit India even more AND fly Air India. Beautiful aircraft!

User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 29624 times:

I'm so jealous... I'm stuck in the US until December. I'll be on UA's 787 before AI's  

Excellent trip report though!  



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1943 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 29334 times:
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Great report on AI! The 787 looks great inside - I can't wait to fly on one!

Really nice photos too - what kind of camera do you use?

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 28971 times:

Lovely TR Bala. Those are some neat photos!  

I am amazed to see the flight was almost full. Any idea on the actual loads on that flight?

Also, did you see or speak to anybody else who was on that flight only to experience the Dreamliner?

Cheers,
Vivek


User currently offlineblrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 28950 times:

Nice report Bala! Now, it depends on AI to utilize this aircraft optimally.

User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 28823 times:

Great report! Very nice. Those business class seats looked excellent, also.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 28738 times:

Hi Balagopal,

great report about your first Dreamliner experience. The interior looks nice in general, but the J Class seats cannot impress me. I'd really like to try AI, but it's just so unreliable.

It's a shame that AI doesn't name these birds.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5100 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 28303 times:

So cool to see an AI 787 report so soon. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 6):
I am amazed to see the flight was almost full. Any idea on the actual loads on that flight?

= I am amazed by this as well.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 8):
Those business class seats looked excellent, also.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
The interior looks nice in general, but the J Class seats cannot impress me.

= I have actually used the mock seat and found them super comfortable as they go full flat nicely. Don't think they look as aesthetically nice as other products, but it is very comfortable.

Saludos,
A.

PS: Is it only me, or am I shocked to see the meal service being so generous on IT?



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2435 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 28296 times:

Nice TR, GREAT pictures!

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
But just then I got a call from the IT check in counter enquiring if I would be taking the flight that day.

WOW, unbelievable great service, these small extra touches do the trick between standard and outstanding customer service. Hopefully IT will survive...

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
AI had a placed an order for 27 Dreamliners to replace its ageing fleet of A310s.
Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
I checked myself into 39A (the last row which is in a 2-3-2 config, while the rest are 3-3-3)
Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
he crew also explained the working of the new Windows and requested all to be gentle with the window control

The B787 seems to be a fantastic a/c- even in this tight configuration (ANA is using 2-4-2 seating). Unfortunately, don't ask me why, I have a bad feeling about AI! AI will operate a modern LR fleet of B777/B787, offering a nice inflight product; but will AI finally make a profit and will be the a/c well maintained?


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1926 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 28263 times:

Thanks for the report! Air India Boeing 787 looks good but it definitely goes with a more practical interior.

The meals look good and I am glad that AI still maintains a hot meal service.

However, I am disappointed on most full service airlines decide to go with 3-3-3 configuration, as the seats become very tight. But I guess comfort is not the key for most airlines.

Thanks for sharing,
Carfield


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5759 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 28225 times:

Very nice report, why didnt they stick with 777 style J class seats?

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
the only lady to have piloted the Dreamliner.

India yes, world no.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 28025 times:

Amazing TR Bala.......Detailed description & fantastic pictures.......
The Window lighting control seems delicate & will be a maintenance headache in future.

Any more details on this crew rest area........



Think of the brighter side!
User currently onlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2891 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 27875 times:

Nice TR Bala,

Good to see you accomplish the 788 so quickly in comparison to the 380

Nice feature set by you about the windows of the 787s

What was the demo given during the landing brief

Karan


User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 27331 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I'd really like to try AI, but it's just so unreliable.

What exactly do you mean by this? I sound like a broken record, but AI has an 80%+ on time record. Compared to a 64% for UA in July, and a 51% for AA this week.

I just don't get what you mean by "unreliable"

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
but will AI finally make a profit and will be the a/c well maintained?

Will AI make a profit? No. Will the aircraft be maintained well? Absolutely. AI's maintenance department is one of the best in India.

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
Capt. Nivedita Bhasin - India's first lady commander and as of now, the only lady to have piloted the Dreamliner.
for a commercial airline  



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 26010 times:

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
The J seats - not very cutting edge, but for the medium haul routes this should just be fine

Great report. Thanks for sharing the details. But I thought AI's 787 was going to be utilised on very long routes too. In which case the 2-2-2 in J class looks rather cramped to what QR will be offering in its J cabin.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 25997 times:

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 16):
AI's maintenance department is one of the best in India.

Undoubtly........



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 25713 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 17):
Great report. Thanks for sharing the details. But I thought AI's 787 was going to be utilised on very long routes too. In which case the 2-2-2 in J class looks rather cramped to what QR will be offering in its J cabin.

AI's primary use of 787s is for East Asian, Central Asian, and African routes.

MEL/SYD, BOS, and YVR are proposed exceptions, not the rule.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 24603 times:
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Congrats, not only a decent report, the 1st AI 787 TR!

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
Despite their financial troubles, IT still managed to ace customer service. Good on their part.

- It's a shame, IT really have fallen far, however it's their own fault, they provided too much at a cost and the revenues never made up for it. I hope they can survive and start to grow again.

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
How the mighty have fallen. From being the airline with maximum domestic destinations, IT today barely manage to cover north and west

- Amazing.

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
I asked the crew serving our section why this was done. She told me that since the exit signage on the 787 is drastically different from other a/cs in the AI fleet (and possibly India), it is mandatory to do this pre-landing briefing. Anyone know why the signage is different?! Is it only for AI or for all 787 operators.

- Never had this issue on my NH 787 flight and I don't recall reading about it on a recent JL TR, must be unique to AI.

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
The J seats - not very cutting edge

- Looking quite bland.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 24296 times:

Hey

Interesting report, glad too see that AI has finally got their 787s.
The warm colors of AI sure makes it look very cozy,
For one or other reason I'm more excited to try out the 787 then the 380!

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
The elusive AI CRJs.. glad to have caught two of them in the same frame

Did not realize that AI has CRJs as well, good to know

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 24141 times:

Well done for bringing us the first AI B787 TR  

Very nice to see lots of shots . Will be interesting to see the product on International routes and the J Class experience. Still not sure I like the colour scheme in J but Y is growing on me. Nice to get block of two seats at the back . I hate rows of 3 .

Anyway thanks for the insight .

OA260  


User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2806 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 24101 times:

Great report! Loved the pics and very interested in the windows.

User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 23050 times:

Congrats for the AI B787 flight you flew!

Excellent TR and interesting to see the flight with a good occupancy. The hard product looks amazing and of course the windows!!!



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User currently offlineBralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (2 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23010 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 12):
However, I am disappointed on most full service airlines decide to go with 3-3-3 configuration, as the seats become very tight. But I guess comfort is not the key for most airlines.

Correct, the 3-3-3 seating is very uncomfortable to fly in. I've tried the 3-3-3 seating in de 787 before and found it quite horrible. In fact it made me add the 787 in high density layout to my to avoid list together with the 777 in 10-abreast layout. The plane itself is quite nice but unfortunately the airline are looking at the 787 as the cow to milk... People will surely fly the 787 especially since it's a new plane, it has some nice features and so on but if you like to fly in comfort the 787 isn't the plane to go with unless you'll fly in business class.

Back to the report:

Thanks for writing this report, it's a nice report full with pictures of a wonderfull bird, hope for AI that those birds can make a change to the airline.


User currently offlinejustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 22055 times:

Thank you for all the wonderful comments!! Glad to be able to share my journey with you all.

Quoting baexecutive (Reply 2):
Regarding the ash tray in the loo, although smoking has been banned onboard for many years now, it is seen as a safety feature, should a passenger disobey the rules and decide to smoke it is safer to dispose the cigarette in the ashtray rather than the waste bin which is full of paper and would obviously pose a fire risk.

Thats interesting!! But then again if one were stupid enough to smoke in the flight loo, would you look for a proper disposal?!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Really nice photos too - what kind of camera do you use?

A Sony Cybershot DSC W320.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 6):
I am amazed to see the flight was almost full. Any idea on the actual loads on that flight?

Based on what I heard from the crew, Y was 100%.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 6):
Also, did you see or speak to anybody else who was on that flight only to experience the Dreamliner?

Not really. But while I was chatting with the crew, they mentioned they had encountered other avgeeks on some of the earlier rotations.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 10):
PS: Is it only me, or am I shocked to see the meal service being so generous on IT?

Well, from wht they were a few years ago, this is a big letdown.. but yes, considering the financial situation they are in, it is surprising.

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
but will AI finally make a profit and will be the a/c well maintained?

Profit - unlikely, a/c maintenance - external definitely yes, interiors - i doubt. I see the window control button going out of action very frequently.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 12):
However, I am disappointed on most full service airlines decide to go with 3-3-3 configuration, as the seats become very tight. But I guess comfort is not the key for most airlines.

The 333 does not feel that cramped on the 787. I guess the way the over head bins curve, it gives u a sense of more space.

Quoting 777way (Reply 13):
India yes, world no.

I think the world too. http://www.deccanherald.com/pages.php?id=279890

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 14):
Any more details on this crew rest area........

Not much, they seemed like regular seats. I always though the 787 had crew bunkers somewhere.

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 15):

What was the demo given during the landing brief

Just highlighted the new exit signage and pointed to emergency exits.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 17):
But I thought AI's 787 was going to be utilised on very long routes too. In which case the 2-2-2 in J class looks rather cramped to what QR will be offering in its J cabin.

AI would primarily be using the 787 for its medium haul flights to destination in Asia and Africa.. MEL/SYD and US routes are exception as aeroblogger had pointed out here.



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User currently offlineA36001 From Australia, joined Sep 2012, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (2 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 21439 times:

I originally thought the chosen interior colour scheme looked like some retro throwback to 1975 gone hideously wrong! Proven wrong don't look half bad.  

User currently offlineAmericanB763ER From Luxembourg, joined Sep 2005, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (2 years 9 hours ago) and read 20479 times:

Your TP reveals a lot of interesting details about the 787-cabin such as the overhead bins, windows etc., galleys.. etc.
As it looks the windows aren't the only thing that are huge in the 787...( Gosh look at those PTV-screens  Wow! )

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
was indeed a shame that my first A380 flight was in 2011

Same here, I made my first A380 - trip in 2011, too... (trip report out here and back here )

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
Booking was done online and the fare came to roughly INR 8200 (USD 160 approx).

That's quite an affordable price for a flight on a brand new widebody...

Oh and that A319 looks great in the AI-livery. (Never thought I'd ever find an A-319 good looking...)

Regards,
Marco


User currently offlineWindowseater From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19089 times:

Great report Bala!! Loved the pictures and the details....not a big fan of the interiors though and the J cabin was just meh...

It's awesome to see the Dreamliner grace BLR and I'm so hoping AI keep the schedule until December. I'm definitely booking a BLR-DEL return day trip when I'm in the region during the winter, just to experience this beauty of a bird!

One question, did you feel any noticeable improvement in the cabin air quality? Just curious as this is one of the advantages being waved around by Boeing.

Cheers,

Windowseater



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17190 times:

Very nice report, made all th sweeter as I just booked a flight on the AI 787 from CCU to DEL for next month! Your flights looked great!

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
But just then I got a call from the IT check in counter enquiring if I would be taking the flight that day. As I ran I told the agent that I am at the parking lot and that I am flying without any baggage, She informed me that she would keep my boarding pass ready and if I rush i might still make it to the flight.

Excellent service. Goes way beyond the call of duty. Shame IT are bascially gone now.



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User currently offlinesankaps From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 31, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 16057 times:

Thamks, very informative trip report.

Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
Capt. Nivedita Bhasin - India's first lady commander and as of now, the only lady to have piloted the Dreamliner.

I always thought Capt. Durba Banerjee was India's first female captain? Also, how does one know if Capt. Bhasin is the only female 787 pilot?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 30):
Excellent service. Goes way beyond the call of duty. Shame IT are bascially gone now.

Especially considering the staff have not been paid for months! I think they know the end is near, and at least they want their last customer interactions at the airline to be memorable for the right reasons!


User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6330 posts, RR: 9
Reply 32, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 16038 times:

Awesome report! Much better than my last flight between BLR and DEL, which was on a boring Jet Airways 737  
Quoting justbala (Thread starter):
Ashtray in the loo. Given that all flights now are non-smoking is this really necessary?!!

Based on a few flights I have been on in developing countries (not India), it's for the crew to sneak away and use  


User currently offlineadityashankar From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12468 times:

Hey

"Out with the old, in with the new" eh?

You flew out of BLR on Kingfisher (old, as in the airline has ceased operations) and you came back on AI 787 (new....that speaks for itself :P )....sorry if this sounds corny!

Anyway....excellent, detailed report, I enjoyed reading it!
Cheers
Aditya



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11162 times:

Great trip report Bala!
I am sure just like the rest of the aviation enthusiast I too have great hopes from the 787 and hopefully they will work wonders for AI.. I think they ll be grounded till 17th of feb... From a report I read the 787 have been generating revenues upto 2 cr. a day.. which is pretty good.. Too be honest the AI interior and exterior just look ugly on the 787...
On the 777 the exterior actually look nice but not the same feeling about the 787....

Hope fully they ll be flying high soon!

Well done and great pictures!

Cheers

Pradat



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