Review of Air India flight New Delhi Melbourne in Economy

Airline Air India
Flight AI308
Class Economy
Seat 30A
Aircraft Boeing 787-8
Flight time 14:00
Take-off 27 Sep 15, 11:30
Arrival at 28 Sep 15, 06:00
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By SILVER 5292
Published on 15th September 2017
Air India VT-ANK AI308 DEL-MEL

Airlines: Air India [AI]
Flight : AI308 DEL-Mel
Reg : VT-ANK
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Dep - DEL : 1.30 pm
Arr - Mel : 6.00 am
Flight time : 11:10 hrs
Distance : 10215 km

Introduction

To read earlier report click => Air India VT-PPV AI866 BOM-DEL

This flight to Melbourne report continues…

Full Video Report : Air India VT-ANK AI308 DEL-MEL

Do watch the video.



After heading to bed early. Woke in the morning. packed my carryon bag.

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Went for the buffet breakfast around 9 a.m.

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Food options - Veg, non-Veg, Indian, Continental, Mediterranean,etc.

Dosa, Idli, Coconut and Tomato chutney

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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

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Food was very well made. After a filling breakfast, it was time to clear the room and head down to catch the bus.

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Bus was parked at the entrance by 10 a.m and once everyone was onboard, was on it's way to Airport.

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Delhi Metro outside the hotel

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Radison Blu Hotel

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Street view



New line under-construction

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Airport Express Metro

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Bus view

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Bus Ride video



Close to Airport



Arriving at the departure terminal gate


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After disembarking from the bus, went to check-in counter to get boarding card for the Melbourne flight. I was made a request for window seat. I got exit row without a window.



Our group was met by the Air India representative who gave voucher for the Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney.

After collecting the voucher. Headed for the immigration and security.

Departure Gate

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After filling the departure form, completed the immigration and security without and issues.

Departure Video



After passing security passed through the dutyfree shopping area.



Flight Schedule

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Time was 11.30 a.m, with still time left for boarding. Had a look around the airport

Delhi Airport Terminal 3



Air side view

Domestic on one pier and International on other.

Domestic

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International

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Air India flights in action



Soon it was time for boarding. Walk to the gate



Gate 19

Flight would be departing from gate 19. Found a power point to charge my phone.

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Boarding was called, queue was formed soon.

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Waited for the queue to get over. Boarding card was scanned. Passport and Carry-on tags were checked.

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Air India VT-ANK to Melbourne

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Heading down the ramp.

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AI's sistership VT-ANL

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Close to boarding the flight.



Engine



Once on board, settled in the seat. This flight was full. Few passengers wanted to sit together, crew tried to shuffle a few. Was asked if i could take a middle seat in a row of 4. I declined. No way for a 12 hrs flight.

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My neighbour was heading to Auckland, worked there in restaurant.

Exit row

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Boarding was completed by 1.30. Captain came on board and informed that a flight would be delayed as they are waiting for a replacement crew.

While waiting, window view.



Crew came on board by 2.15 p.m. Flight was delayed by 45 mins.

Window view

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Soon it was time for pushback. Crew had explained the emergency procedure. Crew buckled up in the opposite seat. After a short taxi, it was time for take-off.

After takeoff the windows were tinted. With the window darkened, there is hardly and view of the outside.

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Entertainment screen

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Flight map

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Touch screen IFE

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After about 1.5 hrs of flight. Drink were provided with peanuts.

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Lunch/Dinner

After another hr, it was Lunch/Dinner.

Meal packaging

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Option was veg and non-veg. I chose non-veg.

Meal: Veg Pulao, Chicken Curry, Veggies

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After 4 hrs had another meal service.

Dinner packaging

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Dinner: Chicken Biryani, Sweet, Bread and butter

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After the dinner, lights were dimmed and it was time for rest. Snoozed off till near Australian shores.

Flight Map

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Flight information

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Breakfast

As flight about 2.5hrs from Melbourne, Breakfast was served.

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Breakfast : Croissant, cake and Mango juice

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Flight Map


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Flight Information



Air India logo

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Flight Map and Information



Descend in Melbourne

Announcement was made regarding spraying of disinfectant. Crew carried out the spraying in the flight.
Tinting was turned off by the crew.

Window view

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Ontime Arrival

Flight departed late but arrived on time in Melbourne.

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Arriving at the gate

Landed ontime in Melbourne, it was cold day.

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Disembarkation

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Air India VT-ANK preparing for return flight to Delhi

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To immigration and quarantine

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Headed for the immigration self check kiosk, entered details, took the ticket. Headed for the auto gate, took about 5 mins for the whole process. Stood in the quarantine queue, with nothing to declare was waved off. Met with fellow passengers who were going to Sydney. Headed back up to departure area of Qantas Terminal for Sydney ticket.

Thanks for reading this report till next time.

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Verdict

Air India

7.1/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew6.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering7.5

New Delhi - DEL

7.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Melbourne - MEL

6.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness5.5

Conclusion

Air India flight departed late but arrived on time, can't complain. Air India did take care after the delayed flight from Mumbai. Would have been happier, If had flown to directly to Sydney.

On board, cabin was clean, service was good. Food was excellent and adequate. Crew provided service on request.
Melbourne airport was quick as I did completed the immigration through self check.

Overall the flight, service met all expectations.

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