Jet Airways, Première Class Cabin

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Passengers on Jet Airways’ business class service face a tricky dilemma: do they choose from the rather impressive selection of in-flight entertainment shown on a larger-than-average touchscreen; get on with work using laptop sockets and other office-in-the-air technology; or get some shut-eye on the lovely lie-flat beds under a thick and toasty blanket? I opted for a bit of the first and a lot of the last, and when we touched down at Heathrow after the nine-and-a-half-hour flight from New Delhi I was a bit disappointed to disembark – given the chance, I would happily have stayed on-board a bit longer.

THE FACTS: The airline runs daily flights between London Heathrow and Delhi, India, on board a Boeing 777-300ER, with a one-two-one seat configuration. Seats are supremely comfortable – 73in long, reclining the full 180 degrees with in-built lumber support and massage system – and sizeable seat dividers mean you can enjoy total privacy from neighbours.
The in-flight entertainment comes courtesy of a Panasonic touchscreen, with an impressive selection of 200 hours’ programming and more than 100 movies to choose from. It’s also worth highlighting Premiere passengers get fast-track check-in and immigration as standard.

BACKGROUND: Jet Airways operates a 99-strong fleet, with an average age of 6.06 years making it one of the youngest fleets compared to its competitors. The Indian airline services 73 destinations worldwide, with connections between dozens of Indian cities and London Heathrow, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. It has recently taken delivery of four new Airbus A330-300 aircraft for use on the Mumbai-Brussels sector, launched a new route six times a week between Mangalore and Dubai, and added extra services between Delhi and Dubai.
Low-cost sister brand JetKonnect also operates domestic flights between 52 destinations within India, and is rolling out Premiere cabins on almost all of its 500 daily services.

WOW: No matter how much an airline shouts about their quality cuisine, no one really expects Michelin-starred food when they’re cruising at 35,000ft. This might just be the exception though: with a mouth-watering array of Indian or western cuisine plus vintage champagnes or wines to choose from, the on-board dining is a definite highlight. The food and drink was plentiful, but travellers who get peckish between meals can also make use of the bar area in the Premiere cabin, or call on the helpful staff, who couldn’t have been more attentive if they tried.

HOW MUCH: Return flights from Heathrow to Delhi start at £2,793 per person in Première Class, including taxes.

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