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Air India AI 772 BLR-CCU on business class

 
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shivendrashukla
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:16 pm    Post subject: Air India AI 772 BLR-CCU on business class Reply with quote

Hi Guys,
Find my latest trip report on the link below.

https://shivendrashukla.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/trip-report-air-india-business-class/

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:48 am    Post subject: Re: Air India AI 772 BLR-CCU on business class Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:

https://shivendrashukla.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/trip-report-air-india-business-class/

Delightful trip report Shukla Sir, with your characteristic humour.
An upgrade on points is perhaps the best way to get a guaranteed upgrade, as a coupon/voucher may involve a long wait for confirmation, and a brief visit to a lounge before boarding. However, one loses an option to get a free Economy ticket, unless one does not have enough points for the same, or the points are in danger of expiring.
A few points, Shukla Sir: the boarding passes are the ordinary Economy ones, and hardly a keepsake for you, just in case you wanted to even keep a picture of the same. (You would have had to return the boarding passes, as this was on official trip, I guess). The AGL breakfast was indeed a let-down in terms of the relative spread. Lovely photos, Sir!
A suggestion: please try an upgrade on a lunch flight. You may get the unique chapAtI! AI is the only airline that serves the same, albeit in J/F alone. All other airlines play it safe with the parAnThA.
As always, I admire your humour, `killing time', `space enough for people...', `attacked...', `which I wouldn't have let him touch'.
Wow, AI now has a dine-when-you-please option! That would be immaterial for a glutton like me. ``Bring it on, and let it flow,'' is my mantra.
Sir: that is a strawberry lassI Smile
That coffee doesn't look bad...how was it, Sir? The usual bland Nescafe, served with panache?
The second leg did not have an upgrade, I guess. Thank you for a wonderful TR Sir: I still seek an upgrade on AI's best J class product, on the B777s. This has always eluded me thus far: I have managed upgrades on the A332s (IWA/B), the Dream)liners, the A321 and A319s, but not on any other bird.
Hope however, runs eternal!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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shivendrashukla
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Air India AI 772 BLR-CCU on business class Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:

Delightful trip report Shukla Sir, with your characteristic humour.

Thank you for the kind words sir
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the boarding passes are the ordinary Economy ones, and hardly a keepsake for you, just in case you wanted to even keep a picture of the same. (You would have had to return the boarding passes, as this was on official trip, I guess).

Exactly sir.
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A suggestion: please try an upgrade on a lunch flight. You may get the unique chapAtI! AI is the only airline that serves the same, albeit in J/F alone. All other airlines play it safe with the parAnThA.

Thank you for the tip sir. will do so next time any opportunity comes along.

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As always, I admire your humour, `killing time', `space enough for people...', `attacked...', `which I wouldn't have let him touch'.
Wow, AI now has a dine-when-you-please option! That would be immaterial for a glutton like me. ``Bring it on, and let it flow,'' is my mantra.

Smile

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Sir: that is a strawberry lassI Smile

It was roohafza lassi Smile

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That coffee doesn't look bad...how was it, Sir? The usual bland Nescafe, served with panache?


It was surprisingly good. However, i find the Economy class coffee better. I guess its brewed a lot longer than this one.

Thank you sir for the lovely feedback.
Cheers
Shivendra
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sumantra
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir, Rooh Afza lassi is not quite nice Neutral I got confused since I was served a strawberry flavoured lassI once. A Mother Dairy branded one, poured into a nice Air India glass, and served.
Second, "instant coffee ain't." Nescafe Classic, in my not-so-humble opinion, isn't quite coffee, even if one keeps it in hot water a bit longer Smile
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could chose when you wanted lunch ... not bad on a BLR-CCU flight. Is that standard for AI domestic J?
Old and tattered aircraft yikes, but glad it was comfy. Thanks for the TR
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely TR ... main course could have been a tad larger in the portion.

Good to know you had a comfortable flight minus the washroom Razz

Thanks for sharing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great TR, Thanks for sharing.

Yes, the Sushma Chawla (VT-SC*) A319s and the Praful Patel A321s (VT-PP*) are definitely moth-eaten and can do with some serious cabin maintenance. Have experienced them myself and heard from others too.

And they offered you a choice between veg and non-veg on a domestic flight? That's really nice. I thought they offered only veggie fare on domestic legs.
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