sw733
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Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 6:50 am

Looking at flying from US to London in June. From experience, should I fly Air India or spend the extra $200 for British Airways? Thanks!
 
jmy007
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 6:57 am

Give Air India a try. Its worth the experience.
Cookies are the Gateway pastry. They lead to Éclairs and Bear Claws.
 
oneworldman
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:06 am

Oh Lord, and please I mean no insult by my statement, but Jmy007, just exactly what experience are you looking for him to have? I have flown Air India to LHR, and I have to say it was the worst decision I ever made. I say just spend the extra money and take BA, unless all you care about is just getting there!!!!!!!!
Querer es poder.
 
gpw55
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:08 am

I've flown BA from YVR to LHR several times and Loved it.

have to ask from where in the US?

But If you haven't flown either of them try the one you would not use most often in the future then if it is bad then you don't have to use them again.

Good luck
 
jmy007
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:11 am

Well, its really all relative. I have flow Ba from JFK-LHR, and DEN-LHR and I had a bad experince, both times.
I've also flown air india. Though not on this flight segment, and had an enjoyable time.
To each his own  Smile
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sw733
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:14 am

I will be flying ORD - LHR. Thanks for all the help so far!
 
BA747400
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:18 am

Have to say BA. I fly them almost everytime i go back to England; IMHO, its worth the $200.

However, if price is an issue, go with Air India and report back soon telling us what you thought!

Either way, good luck and have a nice trip!!

-Mike
 
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:25 am

BA for the IFE Air India for the food. A lot of people have said that while the food onboard many EU airlines suck, Air India is really good w/ their Indian Food. Or take AI if you want to save 200. Remember both airlines will get you to your locations safely although dont be surprised if you somehow get delayed by AI for retarded reasons I last took AI in 1998 and I liked them. Its funny to see all of the Indians pushing others w/ all of their bags.
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BNA
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:50 am

Go with the Maharajah...

No spectacular IFE options, but the food is top notch.

 
behramjee
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:55 am

Food is good in AI but no ptvs in eco class + many times the bathrooms leak on the B 744s.

However since its only a 6.30 hr flight and you dont mind a little bit of inconvienience then fly AI...however if $ 200 means nothing to you then fly BA  Big grin ...have you looked into AA-VS-CO?

What about KUWAIT AIRWAYS JFK-LHR on 4 year old B 777-200IGWs with tvs in every seat and good food...Ive flown it many times and would rate it much better than AI. Go to a local travel agent preferably an Arab or Indian trav agency and ask for KUs rates for JFK-LHR-JFK...theyre bound to be cheap too.
 
sw733
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:08 am

Still haven't decided yet but, thanks for all of your help so far. Definately making me think pro's and con's. THANKS!
 
RiverVisualNYC
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:10 am

BA offers an excellent, and if this is important to you, dependable service with a sophisticated IFE system and decent food and beverage. I would say only go with AI if saving that money is really important to you (at least from here, NYC, BA's fares are often as low as anybody's, or close enough) or if you really like Indian food (I do, but I will get it at my local restaurant thank you!). BA is quite reliable as well, I almost always fly them when going from JFK to LHR and more than once have I seen a last minute rush of passengers boarding who were from the AI flight which had gone tech.....
 
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:16 am

This is really not a hard question. Comparing Air India to BA is just ridiculous. I flew with Air India once and it'll be the last time I fly on them. The whole plane was absolutely filthy with stained, worn carpets and worse..MUCH worse, toilets that didn't work and got clogged up, with sewage spilling over out of the loo into the aisle.
never..NEVER again.

BA is great. Go with a proper airline.
Long Haul is the only way to go
 
RiverVisualNYC
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:33 am

Just something to consider, I hadn't noticed you were flying from ORD. In June BA will be operating 3 flights a day ORD-LHR, one with the 744 and 2 with the 772....Nice selection and one of the return flights gives you the option to depart London late in the day, so the last night of your trip isn't ruined by having to be up early in the morning to get to the airport...AI is operating only one flight a day and it's Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, not daily. The returns are mostly between noon and 1pm which means realistically you have to be at LHR by about 10 or 11 am. For some reason, they do have a late return to ORD on Sunday only....So my 2 cents worth, but BA gives you more flexibility in terms of dates and times....
 
AMM744
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 10:43 am

Very sad for AI I suppose.

There was a time not too long ago when AI would have beaten the pants off BA or anyone else on the UK - India run at least, not anymore though.

Come to think of it some 20 odd years ago AI had to fight off the business on this run, now most people are running to the competition.

They really ought to get their act together, modernise, retrain and tidy up if they want to stay in the game for the 21st century.

Wasn't it true that in the late 60's there were four top carriers worldwide? PA, BOAC, KLM and lo and behold AI.

How times change.
 
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:21 pm

I will ALWAYS fly a 'different' carrier over a 'normal' carrier (so AI is, in this case, the former, with BA being the later), as it's far more exciting and interesting. Accordingly, I completely recommend AI.
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airmale
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:29 pm

It works the same way for us on the other side of the world, so for us its BA, KL, LH, AF over PIA and the likes.
.....up there with the best!
 
Pe@rson
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:31 pm

Of course it does! It's all relative, as is everything in life.
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ryanb741
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:43 pm

The Air India flight will be full of Indians which is reason enough to avoid them and fly BA unless you are a sucker for being barged out of the way and having some neanderthal shouting to his friend nect to hime whilst everybody is trying to sleep.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
 
Spike
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:52 pm

It doesn't matter as they are both flying a 747-400 with a stinking environment at the back and business / first at the front:

1. Fly there on BA First class.
2. If your budget doesn't match - fly there on AI business class (much better than BA and less crowded + better chance of being bumped to 1st class).
3. Economy - 52A and some pain killers on either carrier.
Believe me.


 
DIJKKIJK
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:54 pm

If you're looking for good service, reasonable food, top IFE with PTVs, surly F/As and don't mind the extra 200 bucks I would recommend BA.

If you're looking for reasonable service, excellent food, bad IFE with no PTVs, friendly F/As, good legroom, want to use the 200 bucks for something else, and don't mind an occasional delay I would recommend AI.


Whatever you do, don't fly BIMAN (shithole), PIA (another shithole , don't know about their new 777s though), VS (seem to think everyone's a dwarf),
NWA (another shithole).
Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
 
jaysit
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 11:46 pm

In response to Airmale's question about AIs' continental meal options - yes, they are very good. Usually seafood or chicken. Or both. And as far as AI being a premium airline in the 60s and 70s - well, yes they were. No one's making those claims for Air Algerie or Sudan Airways.

As far as choosing between BA and AI are concerned, I'd do BA if the extra $ 200 will not put a severe dent in your budget. I think BA have the best value for money across the Atlantic. The last time I flew AI (in J class) I walked through the Y cabin, and the extra few inches of legroom notwithstanding, it looked worse than a greyhound bus.
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airmale
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Wed Feb 25, 2004 11:52 pm

arent continental meals catered literally the same for all airlines out of foreign airports? so Biman could be serving the same.
.....up there with the best!
 
jaysit
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:03 am

Nope.

I've flown VS, BA, AI, and KU on the JFK-Heathrow route, and the meals are very different. Also, remember that AI do not serve pork or beef in any of their meals, so their meals both look and taste different. Its almost always some seafood thing. Even in Business and First, they are big on seafood (lobster, shrimp, salmon). Note that BA almost always have an Indian inspired entree in J class on this run, and it beats anything on any other carrier hands down !
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bluethunder
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:08 am

Airmale:

How true. Sad but true and someone had to say that. There is ABSOLUTELY NO comparison between BA and AI. They are in two completely different leagues. My roots are indian and for the longest time when i flew to India, i looked at the interest of AI rather than my own. Finally i began to realize that when you keep flying a bad carrier over and over again, your not really helping them. You are just encouraging them to be trash. They have no incentive to improve their service because they know - regardless of how they treat you, regardless of how dirty their cabin is, regardless of how unfriendly (and unhelpful) the cabin and the ground crew are, regardless of how many times they loose your baggage , people are still going to keep comming back simply cos they have the word "India" or "Pakistan" painted on their aircrafts.

This is no way an attack on indians or pakistanis - we have acheived such great things in so many other fields but as far as our airlines are concerned, we have to be at the bottom. The problem is the management. No government run institution ever does well in that part of the world. That is one of the reasons we all left - correct? I really cant comment on Biman cos i have never flown them. However, Jet and Sahara are hope for Indian avaition.

Privatise them and things will improve - the proof i have to offer for this argument is just look at Emirates, Qatar and Srilankan. These airlines dont have a large group of LOYAL expatriates who would fly them, regardless. They have to work hard for their customers and they know they have to be among the best. And these airlines are miles and miles ahead of AI.

And my advise to SW733 is - take BA. Food is not the only criteria. And i assure you BA would not serve you horse shit. No one is helping Air India by being patriotic.

 
sw733
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:31 am

Thank you for all the comments about both airlines. Definately got more then I thought I would so thank you very much! I booked today with BA from ORD - LHR. Cheers!
 
RiverVisualNYC
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RE: Air India Or British Airways

Thu Feb 26, 2004 9:32 am

In the interests of multiculturalism, I must admit the first Chicken Balti I ever had was on BA in economy, and it was delicious. Their caterers also do a decent Korma....

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