Welcome, to my trip-report that reviews the economy product of Air India B787-8. The aircraft is a 3 year old Aircraft( at the time of writing this report).
My journey is very simple for this tripreport
Air India B787-8 Economy Shanghai Pudong International Airport- Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport Air India A320 Economy Delhi International airport- Chennai International airport
The airport from outside.
Terminal 2 is mainly operated by star alliance and one world members. Terminal 1 is operated by Chinese airlines like China Eastern , Hainan Airlines and Shanghai Airlines. Terminal 1 is the only domestic terminal in Shanghai Pudong.
As soon as you enter the terminal , there is a security check. After that, I went to check-in my bags. The check-in side of the terminal
The departure board for the evening.
The check-in line was really long and it took about 40 mins .
After the long check-in process, I did my immigration and walked towards my gate.
Some mild plane spotting at the airport Emirates A380-800 Cathay Pacific A330 Dragonair A330 Spring Airlines A320 China Southern Airlines B737
Our bird for this flight
Air India is one the airlines that have good looking boarding passes.
Boarding started early.
Boarding was via jetbridge
I was welcomed by the unenthusiastic FA.
The amenities that were located in front of me An in-flight entertainment system A Remote and a coat hook
The content in the seat-pocket An air sickness bag A safety card An in-flight Magazine And a entertainment catalogue
Air India also provided a pillow and a blanket.
An universal power outlet is also located in every seat.
After about 20 mins, the pilot made the announcement that the flight might be delayed by 3 Hours. After all the passengers heard this news, they started going mad. The reason for the delay was the weather in Shanghai. The flight attendents started handing out the drinks early on , to calm down the passengers. It seems like they ordered some more drinks because 1 Hour 30 mins after the scheduled departure they opened the door to allow the caterers to stock the drinks. The Air India flight's delay was not that bad, according to Flightradar 24 , The emirates A380 flight was delayed by 6 Hours!!!
Push back started 2 hours after scheduled departure.
An hour into the flight , they started the meal service. This is the vegetarian meal and it tasted fine(not the best in-flight meal).
Soon after the second round of the drinks service, the dimmed the lights and almost all the passengers fell asleep. The Lavatory was disgusting and they did not clean the toilettes throughout the entire flight. The rest of the flight was uneventful and I got some sleep.
We arrived at Delhi International Airport 2 hrs after scheduled arrival. One last picture of our seat before de-boarding.
We de-boarded using a jet bridge and then walked down a corridor to immigration.
After arrival, I made my way to immigration.
The arrival board at Delhi.
After Immigration I collected my bags and left for my connecting flight to Chennai.
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Shanghai - PVG
New Delhi - DEL
The flight was a let down. Air India ,which is the national carrier of India, should represent the country. All I can see in Air India is that it is trying to get rid of tourists. I was expecting more from both the Shanghai Airport and Air India B787-8. The staff were soulless and they looked like they don't get any sleep at all. I definitely recommend China Eastern for this route over Air India. Delhi airport however, has impressed me with the aesthetics and services. Efficiency was over the top and they even have the new automative immigration system set up.
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