This week Michelin-star celebrity chef Vikas Khanna travelled on one of the business class flights from New York to Mumbai and tweeted, “Possibly, one of the most beautiful aircraft I have flown in. And impeccable service…..Yes, this is Air India.” His video providing a glimpse of the business class cabin that appears like a blue lagoon floating in the sky has gone viral. Since then, we have noticed a surge in traffic to the website of Indian Eagle Travel – for Air India flight tickets to India from USA.
The aforementioned business class cabin is, in fact, a Delta One suite on five B777-200LRs that Air India has leased from Delta Airlines for nonstop flights from USA to Bengaluru, Mumbai, and New Delhi. Three of the 5 B777-200LRs were inducted into the Air India fleet for an upgrade to inflight experience, before the Tata Group’s $70bn aircraft deal with Boeing and Airbus took off in February 2023.
Delta Airlines got its ten B777-200LRs lavishly refurbished for $100 million in 2019, but the pandemic grounded the fleet. Besides, the Russian airspace restrictions to American carriers including Delta – which proved to be a blessing in disguise for Air India – curtailed Delta operations on some long-haul routes. The Tata airline retained the Delta cabin products except the logo on the leased aircraft. An ex-Delta B777-200LR has 28 Delta One suites (business class), 48 Premium Select seats (premium economy), and 220 Economy seats.
Those among our customers, who recently travelled on SFO to BLR, BOM to SFO, and NYC to Mumbai flights by Air India, loved the blue-hued seats and quality amenities aboard the leased aircraft. They found the blue upholstery not only soothing but better than the yellow-red ones on the other aircraft in the fleet of Air India. The ex-Delta B777-200LRs have Panasonic Avionics Inflight Entertainment screens installed in all cabins. The Economy travel cabin is roomy and has seats laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration. The leased aircraft has 18.5-inch-wide Economy seats.
USA to India routes with Air India’s B777-200LRs and brand new Premium Economy
The ex-Delta Premium Select is, currently, Air India’s Premium Economy with 48 roomier seats, each with 19-inch width. The booking of Air India’s Premium Economy tickets had opened first for nonstop flights between SFO and Mumbai, NY JFK and Mumbai, and SFO to Bengaluru nonstop travel starting from mid-May 2023. Now Air India will put a B777-200LR with Premium Economy seats into service for nonstop Delhi to San Francisco flights starting from October 17, 2023.
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Flight #2 of 2023
Sector: Mumbai – New York JFK
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
Class : Premium Economy
Super comfy seat, Modern IFE, food at par with domestic business, finest of liquors, noise cancelling headphones, Tumi amenity kit.
Rating: 10/10 pic.twitter.com/ow580biGH3
— Siddhartha ✈️ (@Sidd_MCFC) March 10, 2023
Air India’s inflight services in Premium Economy
Air India’s B777-200LR Premium Economy is earning rave reviews for generous legroom, comfy seating in a 2-4-2 configuration, soothing interiors, modern inflight entertainment systems with bigger screens, TUMI amenity kits, delicious food, and high-quality noise cancelation headphones. Premium passengers are provided with two menu cards – one for lunch and one for dinner – featuring the tagline, Taste the New Luxury. The airline describes the menu as “a journey of culinary excellence with our enhanced inflight cuisine offering a range of specially curated dishes crafted with care and served with class.” Some passengers shared that they were given hot towels before each meal. Below is a glimpse of the menu:
Air India’s Business Class on B777-200LRs
The former Delta One suites are the Crystal Cabin Award-winning business class seats on Air India’s B777-200LRs. The business travel cabin that ticks all the boxes for value-for-money inflight experience and uncompromised privacy is driving the demand for Air India’s business class flight tickets on the JFK to BOM, SFO to BOM, and SFO to Bengaluru routes. The seats feature sliding doors, privacy partitions, and in-seat USB ports. It has restored the luxury and glamor of flying on Air India – which will touch the next level with more premium aircraft (as below) to be inducted by the airline.
2024 will be the year of Air India Premium Economy vs Emirates Premium Economy. Air India is all set to cash in on more Premium Economy seats with brand new six A350-900s which will join the fleet starting this November. An A350-900 aircraft has three-class cabin configuration comprising 28 Business, 24 Premium Economy, and 264 Economy seats. In our knowledge, the upcoming A350-900s will replace the outdated aircraft for Air India flights from New York to Delhi, Newark to Delhi, D.C IAD. to Delhi, and Chicago to Delhi. Below is a glimpse of A350-900s: