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    CromartyScot
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    Seeing some pretty great fares to Sydney in biz at moment (c. £1700 on Skyscanner for Dec) which sounds very tempting. Can anyone give their opinion on their product at the moment. Seems to be 777 to Delhi and then 787 on to Sydney.

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    AMcWhirter
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    Hello CromartyScot

    The price reflects the product. Have you checked the connecting times via Delhi?

    When AI returned to Sydney not long ago the flights did not
    connect well in one directions. But that may change by the time you travel.

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    CromartyScot
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    Yes, connecting times on the way back are long…. probably worth a stopover for a night!

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    TimFitzgeraldTC
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    Remember you’ll most likely need a Visa if you want to stopover. You can’t leave the international terminal without one (if on UK passport).

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    Hermes1964
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    Not worth stopping over for one night.

    Visa works out at around £100 and you need a double PhD in gobbledygook to work out the online application. It took me about 10 hours to complete the paperwork for four people including writing a letter of consent for my daughter even though she is travelling with both parents, copies of birth certificate, details of previous visas etc. aagh!

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    coudntthinkofaname
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    ….and don’t forget that standard passport-sized photos aren’t accepted – you need those pesky 2″ x 2″ ones…

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    MarkivJ
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    I don’t necessarily agree with this statement – “The price reflects the product”. So by that yardstick the ME3’s product experience is lower than that of Air France or BA?!

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    AMcWhirter
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    Hello MarkivJ

    I was referring to AI’s price on the LHR-SYD route. The quoted fare for December (a peak month for travel DownUnder) is way below what other carriers are charging including the Gulf airlines.

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    CromartyScot
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    It looks like there might be a transit hotel at Delhi – anyone got any experience of that for a long connection.

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    oldchinahand
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    There is a transit hotel. Level 5 Termal 3.

    Newish modern 3 star with a gym and a couple of places to eat/drink.

    Its clean and generally adequate for a 3rd world transit hotel

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    AMcWhirter
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    CromartyScot – Here’s a piece we ran in 2012 which shows the interior of AI’s B787 (before the aircraft had entered service with AI).

    http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/video-air-india-dreamliner-interiors

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    mkcol74
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    @CromartyScot I’ve had a nose around on AI site, the airport site & also Skyscanner. Sub £1700 seems quite achievable. Choice of 777 or 787 on way back DEL-LHR depending how long you want to stay at airport (20/12hours) & hotel is pricing around US$125 for a night B&B, so no visa required as it’s airside.
    All in all definitely one I’d consider.

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    CromartyScot
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    Decided to go for it. £1650 business class to Syndey for three weeks over Xmas. Will post a trip report and let you know if it was money well spent or not. The seat and the space are the main considerations for me for that length of flight – food and champagne are secondary.

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    MartinJ
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    Good on you! I am seriously tempted. Their 787 flat bed is superior to Club World but I am not so sure about the 777. Like you, the main reason I fly business is the space and privacy and I don’t care much about food, booze or entertainment. Please do let us know how it went.

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