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  • MarkivJ
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    If I had only one area to nitpick, I will say after having extensively changed both the hard and soft product, I was a bit disappointed with the pillow. It felt more like one of those decorative pillows that you see in living rooms. Not very utilitarian!

    in reply to: Qatar Airways Qsuites

    MarkivJ
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    I had the pleasure of experiencing the QSuites for the first time last night on doha – Bangalore. It was… Incredible, to say the least. With regards to the seat, I will agree that the rear facing seat (right next to the window) is better than the seats facing forward, but to be honest all of them are very very good. I do agree with the earlier comment about it being a bit Claustrophobic, for which I had the privacy door only three fourths open. Overall Incredible!

    in reply to: Qatar Airways Qsuites

    MarkivJ
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    On a separate note, I’m flying with VS on SEA-LHR next month. Continuing on to BLR via AMS on KLM and Jet Airways


    MarkivJ
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    Shame really how a once “we’ll bring glamour to the skies” airline ended up becoming Delta-UK.


    MarkivJ
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    No doubt – I see more NYC or LAX flights coming. They could consider starting a 2nd daily to Seattle as the flights are always full (although we do have a lot of UK seats from Seattle).


    MarkivJ
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    Completely completely agree! I loved the sauna experience as well! My only peeve is that the showers don’t have a toilet but instead u have to walk across the corridor.


    MarkivJ
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    Thank you all for your responses. I’m more inclined with Jet based on this feedback, and particularly because that long stretch of rest/relaxation is important to me.

    PrakashMehta – like you, I’m veggie and F&B is very important to me when I fly. Plus, you raised a good point about wide vs narrow bodied, because EY flies an A320 to BLR (unlike EK and QR that fly 772 or 77W, and EY’s J class doesn’t look all that impressive on J class!). it’s a 4 hour flight and I want to make sure I get my money’s worth.

    Inquisitive – yes, I’m more inclined on choosing Jet simply because of the straight 10 hours I get to relax.

    FDOS – thanks for your input. As I had written in my original post, I had already considered schedule and cost. My query to the BT forum was around the soft and hard products of both.


    MarkivJ
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    Also, I’ve decided I’d like to try these 2, so in the spirit of making your responses more efficient, please help compare/contrast Jet and Etihad versus suggesting other carriers that fly this route. I’ve either flown them (QR, EK) or don’t care/won’t get miles (Oman Air, Gulf Air, etc.).


    MarkivJ
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    I love the current video, it’s fun, engaging and has several recognisable faces. Let’s be honest here, they won’t get a Brad Pitt or an Angelina Jolie to do a airline safety video, but did manage well with these stars. At least people are watching!

    in reply to: More BAd news….

    MarkivJ
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    Hi Inga! You’ll love Peru. Hope you do more than just the touristy Maachu pichu hike.

    I haven’t traveled as much as some other folks here (in business class), but I have been fortunate in trying out different carriers in J class over the last two years. This would be my criteria for picking an airline – prices being equal, what aspect of business class is the most important to you? Examples: a lie flat business seat, direct aisle access (1-2-1), food, IFE, aircraft, etc. I’d pick the airline that does or has that feature the best.

    So KLM for instance – love that food offering and all, but mostly old aircraft and only the new ones have uniform aisle direct access. Avianca has avg service (I’ve heard) but fairly new Dreamliners (so overall new hard product), I like BA’s CW window seat only because is that feeling of space u like VS’s coffin style, loved everything about CX except the food, etc.


    MarkivJ
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    I’m sure BA will use their slots on US routes. As always!


    MarkivJ
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    Which Muslim majority countries could they care to though, other than Brunei and Indonesia? And perhaps Muslims living in Aus and NZ? Seems like a really small demographic for this business model.


    MarkivJ
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    Also, I don’t know if Iceland requires a schengen DATV (Direct transit airside visa) for Indian citizens living in the USA (as some EU countries require) which could be another deterrent. Another reason why the ME carriers are so popular with USA based Indians who aren’t Green Card holders or US citizens.


    MarkivJ
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    AMCwhitler – that’s what I meant about baggage rules. We have to see if they keep their existing prices or customise them for those travelling to/from India.

    The meal choices also will also have to be tweaked (regardless whether it’s free or paid) to accommodate Hindu veg, etc. not just on the India leg but for those (with dietary req) travelling on to NA cities.

    I’m not usually cynical but I don’t think a lot of research went into launching this route.


    MarkivJ
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    Indian expat living in the USA here. This will be HUGE for several IT folks living in places like Cleveland and Cincinnati that don’t have too many 1 stop options to India. That said, unless Wow ties up with a local “desi” airline, don’t see how it’ll benefit those living in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, etc. it’ll still be a 2 stop journey for several.

    Also, there’s always Indian appetite for LoCo airlines even in the established cities like SF and Dallas (with established full service airlines providing 1 hop to several Indian cities).

    I’ll be keen to see what their baggage rules are, because one thing with us “desis”… we travel heavy!

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