I was waiting to fly with Air India Business class for a long time as the tickets are so costly but this time I managed to get cheaper or rather at economy price only . Here I will be writing full review of Air India Business class travel experience from kolkata to Delhi.
Air India is the flag carrier airline of India. It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations. The airline has its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, alongside several focus cities across India. Air India is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.6% market share.Over 60 international destinations are served by Air India across four continents.
Booking: Flight was on monday morning and I was still searching for my tickets till Saturday night on MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, Jetairways , I would book as soon as get a cheaper ticket. After a long search I booked the tickets on EasemyTrip where I got some discounts using coupon code available with me and the flight I got was Air India being a frequent flyer of AirIndia I would get some air miles which I would use later on for booking tickets or for upgrading my tickets for business class. And ultimately this helped me to upgrade my tickets while I was at the AirIndia counter.
- Flight no : Air India AI 763
- Aircraft Type : Airbus A320
- Route : CCU – DEL
- Dep: 6:50am & Arr: 9:00am
- Seat : 1F (window )
- Meal service: Morning Breakfast
- Revenue ticket : Rs. 27,000
- I paid: Rs. 4000 approx ( MakeMyTrip Discount + Air India FR miles Upgradation from economy to Business class)
Air India Business Class – Ground Experience:
#1. Dedicated CheckIn
I arrived at the kolkata airport 3 hours prior to departure , which I generally do. I spend time trying Lounges facilities and roam around the airport. The checkin started for the Airindia flight CCU-DEL. I approached to the counter , there was separate counter for the AirIndia Members . So the checkin process was done quickly and here at the counter the staff said there is discount going on for Business class tickets then he explained me the offer and I quickly upgraded my economy class ticket to business class with my Air India Miles at no cost.
#2 . Security
After getting the boarding pass I quickly approached towards the security check. The day was monday and monday morning flights are much crowded so the security area will also be crowed as simple as that . Got upgraded myself to business class and got into different line to get done with my security check it took few minutes as other business class passengers where also waiting in the line. After the checks was waiting for the boarding to start till then looking at the other flights and it was raining that morning there was possibility of flight getting delayed.
Air India Business Class – In flight experience:
By the time I reached at boarding gate the boarding had begun already. They provided bus because it was a connecting flight so it was resting on the runway . I quickly got down from the bus and went to board the flight .Within a minute and while am still getting settled in the seat, the Flight Attendant (FA) greeted me with my last name, which was a nice touch.The I quickly took my seats after keeping my hand baggage, as my seats were 1F so it was first row only. They provided with the welcome drink.
Tip : If u want more space for your handbag Kindly board the flight quickly in queue manner.
The seats of the business class was better than than the economy class recline seats and much leg space to keep leg properly This Airbus A320 Version 2 seats 140 passengers in a two-class configuration and is primarily used on short-haul routes. There are 20 recliner seats in Air India Business Class and 120 standard seats in Economy. The seats were comfortable and there was pillow given along with it.
First of all welcome drink was served as soon as everyone boarded .Everyone was eagerly waiting for the evening snacks as the flight got delayed so they hungary. I understood by looking at their expressions and gossips. Even I was feeling hungary. As soon as the flight took off and captain gave signal and even he admitted for the delay that now you can seat in comfortable manner. The cabin crews started taking their positions and preparing for the snacks distribution. FA came to me with two options veg and non veg I opted for non veg. Here are the pictures of same.
Well it was my first onboard experience with Air India Business Class. The service was awesome and FAs and Inflight supervisor dedicated her full efforts in serving Air India passengers to their comfortability. They were always available and attending the calls and even newspaper was kept for us read. But one thing I need to say in terms of improvement that they need to be on time. And the Dreamliner business class is far more better than the A320 ones.
Air India is one of the best airline in the country compared to other flights, especially known for direct flights and their Business Class product certainly lives up to my expectations. As Air India is a joint venture with Star alliance, i hope they make Air India one of the best airlines in the world, in coming years. I would suggest everyone to try Air India once and get to know their services.Air India Business class Review Kolkata to Delhi (CCU-DEL) #airindia_ #airindiabusinessclass #airindiareviewClick To Tweet
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