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Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:11 am

How would Air India be between JFK and LHR? I was looking for cheap flights on June 7th returning to JFK on the 16th and they have the lowest fare at $333 including taxes...


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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:39 am

I have several relatives including my dad who have flown on AI on the LHR-JFK sector and their responses were quite negative. Haven't flown them myself, but if you're only looking for cheap fares, AI is for you.
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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 9:02 am

Tons better than Virgin in Economy, which has become a total disgrace. Who wants a rubber ducky if you're knees are being crushed by the passenger in front of you. Better than UA in Coach which has indifferent flight attendants. Or heaven forbid, Northwest.
AI give you a few more inches of legroom and a better meal. And free alcoholic beverages. No PTVs though.
I think that AA are still the best across the Atlantic just because of the extra legroom they provide. If you can dish up the extra $$$, I'd take American. Otherwise, AI aren't too bad.
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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 10:21 am

I flew AI once, from LHR to JFK on a cheap ticket and it was fine. The food is good, the cabin service is attentive. You will either ride with the hoy paloy or a quiet crowd, it just depends. The 747-400's are nice. I found the plane to be clean. Not the best choice to London but not the worst either.

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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 2:15 pm

Air India is actually the LONGEST SERVING INCUMBENT CARRIER in the UK to US market, having served the route continuously for 41 years now!

That's longer than any of the other folks operating the route including BA (born in the 1970s), UA (started UK ops in the 90s), AA (in the 80s), DL (also 80s), VS (again 80s), etc...

Air India also appears to be the only PROFITABLE carrier on that route Big grin
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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:19 pm

My experience was brilliant, flying with them 2 years ago.
Good service, comfortable economy seats and .......

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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Thu Apr 24, 2003 7:08 pm

I flew AI a few weeks ago on their LHR-ORD-LHR route and paid the fare of £150 excluding tax, about £60 cheaper than all other airlines at the time we were shopping around - wasn't the best flight ever, but I guess you get what you paid for.

Food was OK (choices between Continental and Indian meals), wide range of beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) and a pleasant service. If you happen to get one of their older 747-400s - request for seats in Zone B (up to row 36) where there are 9 seats per row and extra seatpitch.

The few things keeping me away from flying AI again are some of the passengers on their flight who can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, the state of the older cabin (masking tape on the seats, old chewing gum on seat fabric and at times revolting lavatories) - if you get VT-EVJ like I did on the way back, you'll be more than fine.


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RE: Air India JFK-LHR

Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:42 am

Air India is actually the LONGEST SERVING INCUMBENT CARRIER in the UK to US market, having served the route continuously for 41 years now!

A little harsh on BA! (not their fault is it for the change from BOAC?)

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