I took Air India’s Mumbai-New York Non-Stop flight for the fourth time in two years. I was on one of the first flights when they launched the service in August 2007. I have to say it is the best way to travel to the US, and would recommend it highly. By way of disclosure, I travel business class to the US.Till the Non-Stop came along, travelling to New York meant going through Europe. Even if it was the same aircraft, it meant a break in the journey, and hanging around one of the European airports for a few hours early in the morning. It didn’t make for a pleasant start to the journey.
Now, the Air India Non-Stop gets you into JFK at about 7:15 am, after a 16-hour flight. At that time, the US security process also is fast because there are few other arriving flights.
Business class has flat beds, so one can easily get 6-8 hours of sleep. I have loved international flights because they also give me many hours of undisturbed thinking time. It all makes for a refreshing start to the trip.
The service on-board is excellent. From the in-flight staff to the food (Jain, for me) to the cleanliness of the toilets to the entertainment (Hindi movies that I never watch), I have never had reason to complain during any of my flights.
So, next time you are thinking of going to the US East Coast, try the Air India Non-Stop.
Tomorrow: Internal US Travel