sumantra wrote:You may like to post a link to this trip report on http://www.airlines-india.net, a vibrant forum dedicated to Indian aviation.
blrsea wrote:IFE being down in is a big bummer, especially on such a long flight. On my EK SEA-DXB flights, I manage to catch up on at least 3-4 movies as I can't sleep well on plane.
Food looks typical AI style, good quantity and tasty! Strange they didn't do a proper drink service though. They could have limited the drinks to one or two per passenger instead of not offering it at all.
KiloRomeoDelta wrote:blrsea wrote:IFE being down in is a big bummer, especially on such a long flight. On my EK SEA-DXB flights, I manage to catch up on at least 3-4 movies as I can't sleep well on plane.
In case it was not clear from my report, the IFE was not down for everyone for the entire flight, after a reboot it worked for most seats, it was my specific seat's screen that had issues later on. If I really wanted, I could have asked the crew to move to a different seat but all vacant seats were middle ones and I personally don't care so much for the IFE to give up my aisle seat.
For the last half hour, the pilots turned on both external cameras which worked fine on my IFE screen, and the live map was put up on the big communal screens. I was happy with that, although with Delhi's eternal smog, even in broad daylight it was like seeing a CAT III landing- we saw the runway only like 30 seconds before touchdown!
KiloRomeoDelta wrote:Food looks typical AI style, good quantity and tasty! Strange they didn't do a proper drink service though. They could have limited the drinks to one or two per passenger instead of not offering it at all.
You mean alcoholic drinks service? They did three proper drinks services, and tea & coffee service after every meal. It was just for the alcoholic drinks it was offered as a "walk-up to bar" in the galley.
KruegerFlaps wrote:Shame that there were problems with your IFE. I don't usually bother with it as I prefer to look out the window, but in an aisle seat I might have missed it.
Meals look decent enough and I would have chosen chicken curry too. Not offering the alcoholic drinks up front is a good idea. On recent flights with Qantas the crew offered tea, coffee and fruit juice but if you wanted beer, wine or spirits you needed to ask for them. This is a sensible approach, given the number of passengers who become aggressive after a few drinks.
cricket wrote:Well, AI's IFE has been flaky on the few A320/321's that still have it but to go flaky on a ULH flight is unacceptable in my opinion. I'm sure AI has good fares, and I've flown them recently to MXP and SIN on 787's - but this TR really has me wondering whether they're worth it on the North American sectors.
CollegeAviator wrote:The meals look quite sufficient on this flight, and pretty delicious. Did they have a snack bar open between services?
peterinlisbon wrote:When I first saw the route I thought "rather you than me", but actually it doesn't look too bad. The food looked very nice. I guess you must have flown right over the north pole?
FirstBizFlyer wrote:What a nice surprise to see a report on this flight. I have long wondered what it's like. Economy looks pretty dreadful and I would've gladly snapped up their upgrade offer.
texdravid wrote:So if you land at 1545 into DEL, how are transfers to TN, Kerala, etc, and has anyone done that?
Cointrin330 wrote:Great report. Thank you for sharing your experience (and in a humorous way). I've got to wonder if AI is losing vast sums of money on the fuel burn of this flight, but then again, if the market is there? Curious as to whether the 787-9 is the more suitable aircraft for this route and if AI pulls out of the market, perhaps UA will give it a try.
anshabhi wrote:Bonus fact: When AI doubled its frequency to SFO, EY pulled out of SFO! And, I think if UA starts a SFO-BOM and uses AI network to connect to rest of India, then we can get EK out as well!
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