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Air India: LHR - MEL/SYD 1,800 GBP

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Old Jan 13, 18, 4:14 pm
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Air India: LHR - MEL/SYD 1,800 GBP

Fare basis: ZLE6MGBI
Flat bed 787s each segment, books into Z: https://www.wheretocredit.com/ai/z

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Old Jan 13, 18, 4:22 pm
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Nice.

Can't comment on the quality of AI's J-product, but that's pretty much instant qualification to SK's *G in one trip.
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Old Jan 14, 18, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by groovyfly View Post
Nice.

Can't comment on the quality of AI's J-product, but that's pretty much instant qualification to SK's *G in one trip.
It's not great, but it's not terrible either. The beds are full flat and wide-ish. There's food. The lounge in DEL is passable. There's PJs and pretty decent amenity kits. The crew are responsive if not always friendly. They have champagne. For the price, and mileage accrual it's not a bad deal. I'd rank Air China better, and if Garuda has a similar fare they are streets ahead of AI.
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Old Jan 14, 18, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by LHR/MEL/Europe FF View Post
I'd rank Air China better, and if Garuda has a similar fare they are streets ahead of AI.
FWIW, Air China currently comes in at about 2000 for this route, April departures. What's the score with transit visas for India now?
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Old Jan 14, 18, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by Swiss Tony View Post
FWIW, Air China currently comes in at about 2000 for this route, April departures. What's the score with transit visas for India now?
IIRC Air China was offering fares in the 1200 range a couple times last year? 1800 v 2000 I'd probably stay with AI. CA's A330s have some of the best beds out there - 80 inches long, very comfortable padding. But 2-2-2 so not much privacy. If it was a CA 330 vs AI 788 I'd take CA.

I can't answer for all passports, but generally if you're staying within DEL most major Western passports are fine without any sort of transit visa... it's just airside through security.
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Old Jan 14, 18, 3:48 am
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Pretty keen to pull the trigger on this as it's wide open right through summer; including ex-MEL during July school holidays.

Just waiting for some more reassurance that it's a pretty damn good deal :-)
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Old Jan 14, 18, 4:52 am
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Pretty keen to pull the trigger on this as it's wide open right through summer; including ex-MEL during July school holidays.

Just waiting for some more reassurance that it's a pretty damn good deal :-)
It's not bad. But it's not the lowest (Air China was well under that), and there are often Qatar and other airline fares out of the Scandinavia in the region of 1200 or so. If you're happy with that price, take it. Air India is fine if all you need are the basics (eat, drink, sleep).
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