Overview - Air India's Business Class - Domestic A319 aircraft

I happened to fly on Air India's domestic flight from Delhi to Cochin, India the other day. Since it was a long domestic flight and I had nothing better to do, I decided to take a few photographs/videos and do a little review of their product.

I flew on an Airbus A319 aircraft that has a capacity of 122 seats, 8 of which were in the business class.

As I entered the aircraft, I realized that this was one of their new aircrafts that has Inflight Entertainment system available onboard. I stowed my carry on in the overhead compartment and made myself comfortable on seat 1A in the business class.

Their interiors are a mix of bright colours, with orange seats, red carpets and blue armrests. It was a clean aircraft and smelt fresh. They've configured their business class in 2 rows of 2 X 2. The seats were fairly wide and comfortable.

Here's another view:

The legroom on the first row was out of the world as you can see. The second row legroom was equally good, and also had a footrest. 

Below the center armrest of every seat is a power station, where you can plug in your laptop or cellphone for charging. It supplies 110V AC at 60 Hz.

The Inflight Entertainment System is Thales i3000 and is non-AVOD, but thats okay for a domestic aircraft I suppose. The PTVs are 10.6 inches in size (equivalent to an iPad) and is touchscreen. And no, not as responsive as an iPad. 

The blue screen above shows the flight details like 
  • Ground Speed
  • Altitude
  • Outside Air Temperature
  • Distance to Destination 
  • Time to Destination
and it changes to a moving map display with different zoom levels every 5-7 seconds. 

The IFE can be controlled by the controls on the armrest of every seat. Pretty basic, not like their international offering !
Click here to see the IFE details of their long haul Boeing 777 aircraft.

The headphones provided are around-the-head types and cover the ears completely. However, they are pretty basic too and aren't noise cancelling.

There were a total of 6 video channels playing:
  • Channel 1: Hindi movie (new)
  • Channel 2: Hindi movie (old)
  • Channel 3: English movie (old) 
  • Channel 4: Regional movie (Malyalam)
  • and 2 other channels playing short programmes and daily soaps. 
The details of the entire Audio/Video programmes were available in their inflight magazine. You may also check their website for the programmes currently being played onboard their aircrafts. 

I was offered a choice of fruit juice upon boarding, some magazines to read, and a delectable dinner to enjoy my flight. We took off ontime and landed about 10 minutes before the scheduled time of arrival.

The baggage arrived within 5-7 minutes and I was in my hotel an hour later. Overall, I would rate it 4 out of 5 for its ontime performance and lovely inflight product. 

Please let me know your views in the comments section below.
Thank you !