Good on Air India overall. Time to make an India trip, and do some reports!
Alex, Long time no trip report! Been waiting for one...
"can have a nice stopover in DXB/DOH/AUH" - look all pax are not the same
Very well said! Not all passengers are the same. Over the years myself and lot of my coworkers and friends/families have been to India. I very often hear them complain about the ME3 and Qatar in particular. Denied bassinets, Seats getting changed at check-in and pre-selected seats not getting honored, the "desi" gate agents working for ME3 at the airports imposing their own rules, Priorities given to ME pax over Indians, the cattle herd type "boxing" of passengers at airport gates, long check-in times at airports, random baggage weighing and fees imposed at the gate areas, lack of midflight snacks, terrible AVML food, duty free shops not giving change back etc., Also, lets not act like the ME3 offer some gourmet food in Y. The food is just as good in AI economy. Plus, their flights (particularly QR and EY) arrive in India at ungodly hours. So there are passengers who are willing to try alternatives to the ME3 and that's where AI comes into the picture.
I have no doubt that AI can create their own niche in DFW or IAH. Whether it is a daily service or just a thrice weekly service, I am not sure. But there will be people willing to fly on AI. The market is there. Additionally, there will be enough people driving to either airports from Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and remote parts of South Texas where literally every single one of the motels are owned by Indians. These people are already driving to airports to get on ME3 and I bet they'd be willing to do the same for AI.
ME3 hubs are better is a myth spread by ME3 fans and who never visited India. DEL/BOM are a breeze even on EU carriers. Read AI is even more proactive helping transit passengers.
Keralites literally run world's largest international airline, why do they need Air India.
Air India express runs craptons of flights from Kerala to the Middle east.
I guess feelings are mutual. Thanks to Bangalore one of the active AI frame is recorded as scrapped, and you guys fly only planes with original parts from delivery.
No "You Guys" finger pointing please. Explain, what exactly has AI done to Bangalore? They don't even fly to Dubai or Singapore from there. Air India express serves a bunch of tiny airports but not BLR. AI's presence has historically been minimal and have always neglected BLR despite the FACT that it is still THE premier tech destination in India. Outside of the doomed Kingfisher no other carrier has ever operated a true hub out of BLR. The market is there and growing rapidly for the past decade. Yet AI continues to look elsewhere. If Hyderabad was such a high yield market then how come BA is the only European carrier in town??