Entertainment screen did not work (that was true for half the passengers). Toilets were not cleaned. Seats were broken. Tray tables were broken. DO NOT FLY AIR INDIA
Pros: "Food and crew was excellent."
Cons: "Entertainment need to be improved with touch screen equipment."
Cons: "old aircraft. entertainment system was old. Couldn't charge my phone. flight attendants weren't responsive to my call."
Cons: "Everything Sets, lights, bathroom, food, service, Lots of maintenance issues"
Pros: "Crew was good. Seats suck. Mine was not even working. Had to call the crew 4-5 times to recline and upright."
Cons: "No wifi, no entertainment, bad seats."
Pros: "Crew was very friendly"
Cons: "Better movie choices"
Cons: "Air India will reschedule your flight and offer no customer service support. Or, actually, they will disrespect you and willfully make things harder for you if you complain or try to rectify the situation. Staff are disinvested and management are incompetent. Avoid Air India if at all possible."
Pros: "Crew was courteous and service was good."
Cons: "Flight was 5 hours longer than anticipated due to Pakistan closing their air space. Communication of this from airline was poor. Older plane -- entertainment system not working well."
Pros: "Seriously speaking nothing!!"
Cons: "A lot of things really..but most of all be on time!"
Cons: "For my return journey I had to contact the airlines for change of date. It was a nightmare experience. Each time I called, I had to spend minimum of 45/60 minutes on hold while I was repeatedly pushed to new agents. This might be the only airline which would require an international passenger to visit the booking office personally to claim exemptions from date change penalty. ( my mother passed away and I wanted exemption because of bereavement)And to top it, no one knew the location of the booking office..."
Cons: "They are even overbooking international flight We were bumped off our flight on day one despite having confirmed seats We arrived at the airport 3 hrs before but were still bumped from our confirmed seats Staff did not provide adequate info about this overbooking procedure and we had no idea about it Other than us there were 30 more passangers who had no info about it also"
Cons: "Justfly is a scam. Lately prices have also been highest on kayak. I trusted this platform for years and always used it as the first any only option for search but I guess once Expedia bought it it’s just a lousy company."
Pros: "Food and service aboard was good."
Cons: "The flight was stinking badly with smell from the toilets. I got my seat changed, but still the thought of eating in such environment bothers me."
Pros: "Flight was delayed over 12 hours and crew was highly disorganized and unprofessional, including failing to communicate with passengers about when the flight was rescheduled"
Cons: "We took the direct flight from chicago to Delhi and it was horrible. The flight is over 15 hours and the seats are a slight upgrade from cardboard. The trays were all broken and the media systems worked about half of the time. The air vent was full of black mold and I was cut by a broken seat. The staff at the check in desk, gate and on board were all rude. Beverage service was only offered once the entire flight. I would strongly urge anyone needing to get to Delhi to not fly air India or this specific flight."
Pros: "Staff was doing their job dutifully! Arrival at Chicago quite convenient."
Cons: "Unless AirIndia improves it’s carrier it’s question of time! >50% TVs were nonfunctional! Seat covers are torn at places! Food just ok but ordinary! Overall, one is unimpressed!"
Cons: "1. Entertainment box didn’t work and no response from crew. 2. No pillows and when asked for one, reply was there are no pillows. 3. No one comes with water and No water kept in the intermediate stations. 4. Overall, a horrible experience."
Cons: "They gave seat to 6 to 9 year kid separate from parents. No idea how someone can give a seat to child without any adult next to him. I confirmed seat online on air India site. On the boarding they gave seats in separate row to each family member including kids. I saw there are lots of other people facing same issue. Boarding member are not willing to help until I made a big issue."
Pros: "The crew was very helpful and nice..loved them. The timely takeoff and arrival adds to the charm. Will fly again.."
Cons: "As I entered the plane it smells putrid...actually it stinks of urine. The wear and tear worried me..the upholstery was taped together. This is the only direct flight so I am forced to fly on it."
Pros: "Food was really bad, tv wasn't working, after requesting multiple times air hostess reboot it but wasn't working, I requested sit next to my mother due to she required assistance, we didn't got proper sit, we made reservations early so we can appropriate sit and at least sit next to each other. So 15 hr journey become so horrible. Might be not prefer this flight any more."
Cons: "Food was not cleared in a timely matter. The quality of food was not good, in fact one breakfast I got the eggs were so severely overcooked that they were not edible."
Pros: "Overall service was good by some flight crew members."
Cons: "Some passengers who were not cooperative, rude and less place to go use restrooms in flight."
Cons: "This was one of my worst experience flying with Air India. Stating from boarding to end of journey nothing impressed me to chose Air India again in the future."
Pros: "Meals served on time, courtesy of crew appreciated; being escorted to gate before takeoff due to delay of earlier flight"
Cons: "Seat near the toilet, so constant crowding. Shd have better entertainment- more selection of movies, Indian and English. Would have appreciated being taken in the electrical buggy, being a senior citizen, especially where the time factor was important."
Pros: "Being non stop between USA and Delhi was the reason I chose air India. I flew AI 5 years ago and it was much better. Food was good and it was on time both while going to India and coming back to USA. ."
Cons: "Plane decore inside on both flights was broken where I was sitting. While going to India my arm rest was broken that it’s top had come off. No one bothered to repair. Person next to me, his entertainment system was broken. While coming back my entertainment system was broken. 14 hours no movies. Luckily I had my iPod and book to read. Seats cushion could use a replacement and air hostess could use a smile. She was as if someone forced her to work on that flight. She was working hard but never smiled or cared for any compliments. I think it was my last flight with AI till some drastic changes are made in leadership."
Cons: "I did not like that during web check in it did not show me where the washrooms are located, and i ended up have seats by washroom, which ruined my trip. The seat that I had 38C made a noise as soon as someone flushed. This was annoying."
Cons: "I booked round trip, on the first leg from Chicago to Delhi, airplane was dirty, seats didnt recline, meals were not provided , bathroom was shut out saying it's defective in Chicago itself, overhead lights wouldn't work. I felt quite humiliated for the price I paid."
Cons: "Starting from check in till landing everything was poor. No regard for senior citizens. Poor food quality. Pathetic inflight service and bad attitude from staff. No one cared. Was suppose to arrange for wheelchair but had to carry my own luggage n walk Totally useless. No wonder they are rated as bottom airline in ratings."
Cons: "Our tv was not working, food were smell bad, crew were not supportive"
Pros: "The timing of the flight was good."
Cons: "To Long flight. Service Okay."
Pros: "Needed more frequency of food and juice"
Cons: "There was a technical snag and delayed the flight by 2.30 hrs. Reached late by that much time. It was bad"
Cons: "The fruits served was bad and got spoiled. No proper response from the cabin team"
Pros: "Price, spacious seats"
Cons: "Made to wait 30 mins in line past boarding announcement "for some VIP"; classic Indian style. Flight was subsequently late over 30 minutes. Sandwich was stale, wrapped in kitchen wrap. Would rather not have them even serve sandwiches."
Pros: "Gave 1 star since there was nothing less than that for crew and entertainment"
Cons: "The very least thing you would expect on international travel is to kill your time watching movies or something on the screen in front of you especially when you travel 13+ hours non-stop. My screen wouldn't even start and when informed the crew multiple times all got is "ok" and nobody even bothered to comeback and check( even after pressing the flight attendant button multiple times). Trip felt very exhausting since all you can do is close your eyes and pretend you sleep or stare at seat in front of you. I am sure there are many broken systems and it may be ok for people who sleep through out their flight but such a shame that air India doesn't bother to check and fix their systems. Very disappointed since this is not the first time it happened, also happened on my way to India and the response I got from flight attendant is" there are hundred of seats empty"meaning to say go find a working screen myself. When you spend so much money to travel least you would expect is basic things and minimal courtesy. Somebody needs to fix their systems and train the crew better. Very disappointed that Air India didn't even bother to correct the issues they knew that were already at fault."
Cons: "Late plus equipment is not in good condition."
Cons: "My flight was delayed for hours that i needed to get on to another flight."
Pros: "Crew was polite and friendly."
Cons: "Entertainment system for my seat and several other people did not work. Reading light did not work. I had to read a book for a 15 hour flight using a flashlight! Restrooms were locked up mid-flight as 2 of them stopped working. Seat was hard. Aircraft was old and creaky."
Pros: "The staff was very patient and respectful and I was very impressed with the way they handled negative behavior from the passengers."
Cons: "The airline needs to figure out how to streamline boarding, it is always a negative experience. Also communication can be improved as to reasons for delay."
Pros: "Like: (1) Food (2) Service"
Cons: "Things can be improved; (1) Boarding Procedures - you should not board 300 passengers at the same time on a narrow passage to board. (2) Liquor was served 45 minutes before landing on a 15 hour flight from New Delhi to Chicago. (3) Aircraft "BIHAR" air condition was not working back of the plane on my flight from Chicago to New Delhi."
Cons: "On the flight from Chicago to Delhi, the entertainment center was not working. Extremely unhappy. How can one spend 14 hrs ? This is a recurring problem with Air India"
Pros: "Frequency of Food Supply should be increased"
Cons: "Child luggage weight should be increased"
Pros: "Only nonstop flight between Chicago and New Delhi Pajama are offered for use in Business class and was very comfortable. Loved changing into the comfy pajamas during the flight."
Cons: "Flew business class and was very disappointed. Crew in business class not attentive and they stay in their galley most of the time. This is very unlike other international carriers like Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa , and Swissair that fly the same route. Meager snacks and drinks. Seats much inferior to Lufthansa, Swissair business class.Only two bathrooms in Business class and one was declared unusable almost at the beginning of the fifteen hour flight. Bathrooms are not kept clean by staff."
Pros: "Nothing that I could remember"
Cons: "Tv don't work, bad food. Un friendly crew"
Cons: "Seat 52E was broken. I had to pad the exposed metal bar with blankets and sit on it for 15 hours. It has given me back ache."
Pros: "The only good thing is that this is a direct flight! - The airline host/hostess staff were okay to deal with - The boarding process was okay too, similar to other airlines - The Delhi airport that we flew out of is a major improvement over the past ones"
Cons: "1. The comfort and ambiance is poor. The plastic on tray tables on my seat was broken and dirty. 2 The seat cushion is thin and feels like sitting directly on a board. I had a pain my back. Not sure of why can such a major airline out of India not try to spend back a little money to improve the comfort. 3. The space was also a pain point, when you are travelling such a long leg of flight, a little bit more space is always helpful... I think this airline has the least space among the ones I traveled with. 4. India is a country of amazing culinary experience and the food here was worse than the hostel. THIS PART WAS JUST A SHAME!"
Pros: "they have a lot of options on good movies and shows, the flight is always generally on time"
Cons: "there is not much stress on cleaning the seats and the aisles. the lavatory kept running out of toilet paper and smelled real bad."