Saturday, February 17, 2018

Here's what it's like to fly business class on the Air India 787 Dreamliner — and for a low-ranking airline, it's pretty luxurious

Air India might not be an obvious choice for a flight from New York to London — but when Zach Honig, editor of The Points Guy, spotted a one-way business class ticket for $1,226 (£870) he couldn't resist.
The airline doesn't even rank in the top 100 in the world, according to Skytrax, but Honig's recent experience was surprisingly good — luxurious even.

Especially when you consider that this wasn't Honig's first time flying AI. The first trip he took with the carrier in 2017 — Delhi to New York — he deemed "arguably the worst business class flight of my life."

This time, he flew the Air India 787 Dreamliner, documented his trip in a blog post, and shared photos of the trip with Business Insider.

Before even stepping on the plane, Honig said he was pleased with the convenient flight departure time of 11.15 p.m. from Newark. It provided the perfect opportunity to grab a pre-flight drink at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, where Air India business passengers are invited to hang out.
The invite to the Clubhouse came as a surprise for Honig, who called it "easily the best lounge at Newark Airport," and even one of the best in the US. "There’s a fantastic bar, sit-down a-la-carte dining, showers, plenty of seating and more," he wrote.
He appears to have made time for a couple of cocktails and a bite to eat before jetting off.
On board, the colour scheme may be garish — but Air India’s 787 business class cabin is fully equipped with lie-flat seats.
The business or "executive" cabin is arranged in a 2-2-2 layout, with just three rows of six seats. While it looks pretty spacious, Honig said that the in-flight entertainment was "incredibly limited," and the airline didn't offer Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, Honig had to use the hot towel to wipe down his seat "and still ended up picking up quite a bit of dirt."
However, overall, he was happy with the service of the flight attendants, who were polite and friendly, an upgrade on his previous experience with the airline. This is what Air India's bright and colourful cabin crew uniforms look like.
17/02/18 Rosie Fitzmaurice/Business Insider