A-I was always running afoul of YYZ ATC requests I'm told.
Can you back this up with any press reports ?
However, from a Western standpoint, their fleet is in poor shape, their on-time record is poor, and their inflight service is not good.
Their fleet average age is no worse than most Western airlines. E.g. the plane in the Frankfurt incident was 2.2 years old, as Munich's factoid shows. They have a bunch of older 742s dating from the mid-70s, though. But the 742 is still around with many airlines. How would you define poor shape ?
A-I's on-time performance has bordered on above 90% in the last few years. I don't have immediate reference to this, but Sean (former member B747-437B) does, on flyertalk. Granted, they have a smaller, but more overworked fleet. However, ontime performance is ontime performance.
Inflight service is one of the things that they do a lot *better* than western airlines, especially on the India-LHR and LHR-JFK routes. Check out AI trip reports right here on a.net if you wish. The general perception reg. AI on the transatlantic market, that becomes apparent from these reports is - cheap and provides very good service. But if you want flat beds and AVOD, its not for you.
A-I themselves have publicly stated their own inability to appeal to Western/non-Indian travellers.
Again, I would like to see evidence of this. From my own viewpoint it is naturally difficult to imagine AI giving *themselves* bad PR. They get lots of it from their countrymen.
Don't slag Canada Indianguy. Last time I checked, thousands of Indians are banging on our doors to enter Canada. No Canadians clamouring to move to India.
IndianGuy has every right to criticize specific incidents in Canadian aviation, just as much as you or anyone else have every right to do the same with India's (e.g. the Frankfurt incident in this thread) as long as you back em up with facts. India and Canada's relative prosperity has ZERO relevance to gaffes like the Gimli Glider and the Air Transat episode, both of which thankfully ended on a good note. Sorry. On a side note, India does have something to thank Canada for - not their immigration policies, but their help with tracking down the culprits of the 1985 AI bombing over the Atlantic.
What's annoying (or perhaps amusing) is that Indianguy (and others) can pass by AC-bashing, NW-bashing, etc....but the minute an A-I-bashing thread comes along, they jump up & start hurling insults, as though precious India is being picked on. Well, get over yourself.
Aren't you the chap who felt the overriding need to compare the standard of living in India and Canada because an Indian criticized a rather stupid mistake that happened on an Air Canada flight ?
Yes, I've also contributed to a PIA thread numerous times. Why? Their service & record are terrible!
I'm sorry, but what you have to say about PIA has zero relevance here. IndianGuy's Gimli Glider example was probably flamebait, but you made it worse by turning it into an India vs Canada socio-economic comparison. The fact that you criticize other airlines does not justify your India-Canada argument in this thread.