India - 110001
10 November 2008
A horrible experience, again for the same WORSE than worse airline "AIR INDIA"(AI). ([censored]g B*****ds) Please excuse my French.
Yesterday, my wife and my one year old child have traveled in Air India, from London-Ahmedabad and they had really felt the experience of how someone, presumably, is feeling while in hell.
The scheduled departure time from London Heathrow was 08:45 (GMT) and arrival at Ahmedabad at 02:40 (+05:30 GMT) but who cares about it. It was delayed for more than 5 hours and 30 mins waiting not in airport lounge but in the aircraft without a reason. (1St nightmare) There was series of nightmares.
Before that, at the check-in desk, they were told that AI will be giving a seat to my one year old child. My wife has booked the aisle seat online before hand. Once they have boarded the flight, air line crew informed my wife that they are not able to give a seat to my child and she was given not aisle seat but middle seat in a row of congested 4 seats. (2nd nightmare) Just imagine how she is going to carry one year old child in her lap for more than 12 hours’ journey. She has requested so many times to crew members but no mercy, by default.
This wasn’t enough; flight was then diverted to Mumbai before traveling to Ahmedabad for their so called technical reasons. When flight reached at Mumbai, they were again told that due to some technical problem they need to alight from the existing flight and board another flight (3rd nightmare).
When my wife asked for our Baby push chair (Pram) to return so that she can carry all hand and baby luggage with my son, they said they have already transferred our Pram to other flight via all other luggage (4th nightmare). My naïve wife has asked for some help from crew members but she got very rude reply. They said “It is your responsibility; you should not have carried all this baggage when you know that you are carrying a child”.
Now I am really worried about them as she got the return flight on 16th Jan 2009, and I don’t know what else is left to suffer when they will return back. I know if I complaint about this to AI, they will again reply with their stereotype letter and no action will be taken.
If possible, can somebody advise me, can we all file a legal suit against AI for all their mental and physical harassments towards huge number of passengers from all over the world? Surely we will get evidence from all the passengers who have faced so many problems from AI.
Note: This is a real story of our experiences with an airline which we beleive is the worse Airline in the world!
Facts: Story of a misplaced baby push chair and flight cancellation surprises
By: B S Walia - Unhappy Air India passenger!
19th June 2008 - Hemel Hempstead, UK
We were looking forward to our holidays to India as my brother was getting married during September 2008 in Bangalore, India. I was also excited as I'll be seeing my mum and rest of the family in India after good 4-5 years. We booked out flights via a travel agent and confirmed everything was ok months prior to flying. We booked and double checked our flight schedule and we were suppose to fly to Bangalore on 3rd Sept 2008 and return back to London on 19th Sept 2008.
We decided to fly with Air India because we wanted to fly back to London from Amritsar instead of Bangalore and Air India seemed be providing the flexible Air Travel to and from major cities within India.
26 August 2008 - London to Bangalore flight cancelled - 1st Surprise
Air India flight from London to Bangalore scheduled for 3rd Sept. had been cancelled. We understand flights get cancelled and we have to reasonable. But point is Air India neither informed us nor did they did Dialaflight - our travel agents. Dialaflight agent called us to inform us that there is a possible problem with your flight to Bangalore on 3rd so you should contact Air India and find out more about it. As Air India has taken over the booking already being so close to the flight date and time, Dialaflight were able to do much about it even if they were willing to help. Kindly enough the agent tried to sort the booking out but their system was not able to get response back from Air India's state of the art computer system.
In the meanwhile I have had many problems trying to print my booking confirmation from Air India website - www.airindia.in. In fact there website was not even working and every time we tried to fetch our booking website crashed. We called the Air India helpdesk and they have had the same problem. So I couldn't print the booking and e-ticket and was advised to get it from the Heathrow Airport prior to flying later on when I was on the phone with Air India.
We called Air India and asked what was going on with the flight on 3rd Sept.? Got an answer there is a problem with the flight on 3rd Sept. so you will have to travel some other day. Other available travel dates were offered. We would want to travel on that very day because it would require too many re-arrangements to fly on any other day. Work holidays, appointments, kids nursery holidays and commitments made earlier - everything will be effected. Air India could only offer us to fly on 6th Sept. As it didn't workout for us to fly on that day Air India operator said you can cancel your booking. We were surprised we booked our flights months ago and confirmed and now it is so close if we cancel the booking and find other flights it may cost lot more and we might not even get flights that early. Reluctantly we requested to talk to a duty manager but had no luck. Manager did manage to book us on a flight scheduled at 1st Sept. from London to Bangalore via Mumbai. We didn't have much choice called our work and everyone else and re-arranged everything reluctantly.
We also asked the Air India representative over the phone if we could take the push chair with us in the aeroplane as our baby is not guaranteed to get a baby basket. She may have to sit in the lap during the flight - Boy, have you got kids? Then you know what it is like. Anyway we were told “Yes” you can take the baby push chair in the aeroplane.
We got the information at the last minute and re-scheduled our travel dates that created it's own problems - I don't have time to explain them here right now.
Point is Air India did not inform us of any problems, It's because of Dialaflight agent we figured out that there is a problem.
We understand there is no perfect Airline in the world but if there is a problem, Airline is obliged to act on it and solve the issue soon.
Air India just ignored our complaints and queries for ages.
Air India staff over the phone has no idea what customer service means, they were rude to us and very incompetent in resolving customer issues.
Air India staff doesn't know what are the standard procedures to resolve any issue, they don't even know what to say to customers. They didn't even listen to us properly and were not able to understand our situation.
1st September 2008 - 2nd Surprise
We went to Air India counter at Heathrow Airport and asked for a printout of my booking as I was unable to print from their website. We had a booking confirmation from Dialaflight. They printed the booking and found another problem. Our return flight was not showing on the booking in their system. Obviously I was not happy so I requested them to check it again and book return flight again. They said they can't do anything apparently. I was told when you are in India you can call Air India office and they will sort it out. We will come to know while in Bangalore that Air India doesn't fly from Amritsar and booking they have taken and confirmed months ago has been deleted. Air India flights are not originating from Amritsar and we have to fly from New Delhi instead. Amritsar to Delhi is about 550kms. That means me and my kids will miss the opportunity to see Golden Temple, Amritsar as per our plans. My wife won't be able to see her family and friends in Amritsar area. Nice, more about this when we get to Bangalore.
Check-in at Heathrow Airport, London - 3rd Surprise
We are at Air India check-in counter and about to take our flight and there was a problem with the check-in system. Agents were not able to print baggage tags. We have to wait and flight was delayed because of it. Apparently I heard someone saying they have upgraded to a new version of the system, which is not tested enough so no wonder there are problems. Great, that is the last thing we needed. Right. Wrong - we have had to deal with lot more problems - keep tuned in.
As mentioned earlier we called Air India few weeks prior to boarding the flight and asked whether it was possible to take the baby pushchair with us in the Aircraft. We were told yes we could take the pushchair with us in the Aircraft.
However just before we were about to board the Aircraft, we were advised that we couldn't take the pushchair in the Aircraft. The pushchair was taken from us and tagged by the flight staff on duty. We were advised to collect the pushchair at the Bangalore Airport. Please note we were not given the copy of the tag.
Reluctantly, we flew with Air India to Bangalore via Mumbai from London on 1st September 2008. Flight was delayed due to check computer errors so at Mumbai Airport we had to transist to Bangalore flight very quickly as Bangalore flight was boarding when we landed.
I asked a Air India staff the at the Mumbai Airport about the pushchair from Air India staff. I got a reply, "Don't worry about the pushchair and you should get it at Bangalore Airport in the same flight or next flight".
Reached Bangalore - 4th Surprise
When we reached Bangalore and found out the pushchair was missing - Great!. We made a complaint about it but after weeks and weeks of chasing there is no trace of the pushchair so far. Worse thing was Air India has shown no courtesy to call us and tell what was going on. Chasing up Air India from Bangalore apartment where stayed over the phone turned out very expensive. I made nearly Rs. 5000/- worth of phone calls to track down our push chair and trying to sort out our return flight. I have had to call Bombay Air India office as calling other offices kept making excuses - today is Ganpati day so we can't help you. Some Air India agents different numbers to call and if I call that number I was advised call another number.
I have made Rs. 5000/- worth of phone calls trying to track our pushchair but at most occasions Air India call centre was unable to resolve our queries properly. They did not seem to be aware of the correct procedures to be followed in case of missing luggage/property. They were rude. Someone said you can take a taxi from Amritsar to Delhi. Taxi from Amritsar to Delhi will atleast take 11-12 hrs. and travelling in taxi with kids was not a great idea. I resisted an requested to get a connecting flight Air India. Eventually call centre from Bombay said go to Air India Office in person and they wil help you.
I went to Air India office and manager was not available to help me so I was advised to come back on another day. I went to the office at the next opportunity and requested for a connecting flight from Amritsar to Delhi. A lady did try to help me but there was no connecting flights available on that day. Either we had to leave too early and spend days at New Delhi before getting flight back to London. Only choice was left to travel from Amritsar to Delhi by taxi. I got them write me a letter of Authorisation "To reimburse the taxi fare from Amritsar to Delhi". Please see attached copy of the letter below.
Please also see attached copy of the complaint made to Air India Luggage handling staff. It clearly says I customer not holding tag. But my argument is we were not given any tag. Air India staff has not followed the procedures at the time pushchair was taken from us.
Air India has the worse customer service and I would not recommend it to anyone. I am writing this story so that others can be made aware of Air India has a worse customer service before you decide to fly with them.
I do have insurance but of no use because Air India have not responded
My insurance company were ready to compensate but we needed a proof for the claim from Air India. Air India have not provided us with any information and we have had 31 days to make insurance claim. So we are without a push chair and have not been reimbursed for the taxi fare from Amritsar to New Delhi. So it is fair to say "Air India is once of the worst Air lines in the World."
29 Oct. 2008
We have had no response from Air India except the same story "We are looking into this matter". When we were at Bangalore made complaint they suggested to take the matter to Air India Office in London. And London office has referred the matter to Bangalore Office. Going in circles.
Since we have come back we have send letters to Air India and made several complaints but have had no outcome. In fact now the Air India staff here in London office have started to put the phone down on us. Mr. Prashant so called manager has told me several times I am very uncivilized so he is not interested to talk to me.
Air India staff have put the phone down on us many times. My wife is really upset and it is hard to believe a genuine customer with a problem have to face this attitude.
I spoke to Dialaflight agent as well and he said his boss was also fuming on the phone while we were away in India and he was getting no where. He also suggested to me next time pay extra money but fly with better Airline. Lesson learnt - Air India is a the worst company to deal with.
Note: Air India is the first Airline to be highlighted on worseairlines.com, In fact I have registered this domain just because of the above incidents. Me and wife spend so much time chasing up for the these issues to be resolved and it very frustrating. It is very embarrasing for me being an Indian and shameful for me that my country's Airline is one of the worst Air line in the world. In my experience anyway...
Air India Baggage handling department in London, Bangalore and Mumbai were really incompetent in their jobs. Every time we called them they tell you different story. For example one person on the other end will say you can have refund and next one will say you can't have refund. They are not aware of the standard procedures to follow in case of a customer query or issue. We want world to know about Air India and our experience with Air India. How long does it take to find out whether missing luggage is in Bangalore or Mumbai? If not compensate it and close the call.
1. I had booked through Air India and traveled as per following details:-
(a)AI 6745DelhiMauritius24 Feb 08
(b)HM054MauritiusSeychelles25 Feb 08
(c)EK 708SeychellesDubai01 Mar 08
(d)IC 746DubaiDelhi01 Mar 08
2. On the onward journey no accommodation, transport and meals were provided inspite of the halt being more than 08 hours and also the fact that bookings were made in 'Y' category. It was intimated to us that 'Air Mauritius' has refused to provide the same due to some change in the agreement.
3. I had booked through 'Air India' and as I understand the laid down norms and rules, it is the 'Air India' responsibility to make the arrangements and provide the accommodation, transport and meals. It is not understood why Air India did not take on this responsibility.
4. Air india should take appropriate action as well as provide compensation for the above halt to include accommodation, transport and meals.
I was supposed to travel from Mumbai to Newark on an Air India flight (AI 191) on Jan 6, 2008. This flight was overbooked by about 50 odd passengers, so unfortunate passengers like me were asked to board the plane the next day. I was given a “Denied Boarding Compensation” letter and informed that an amount of $400 would be given to me as compensation on reaching my destination.
As per the instructions in the letter, I sent the AI Office (on 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY) the original compensation letter, the original boarding pass and a copy of the ticket jacket.
It has been over 4 months now and I have still not heard from them. I tried calling several people in the AI Office but no one in the office ever seems to pick up the phone and if they do, they always have an excuse (such as: this is not the right number and they give me another number to dial, at least 6-8 more weeks would be needed to process the request, the manager who can provide the status information on my claim is on vacation).
It has been a frustrating experience with Air India. This would be my first and last trip with Air India. I hope the other stranded passengers had better luck with the compensation claims.
While traveling thru India on our honeymoon, my wife and I booked a domestic flight from Calicut to New Delhi with a connection in Mumbai on makemytrip.com for December 17th, 2007. Our flight from Calicut to Mumbai was with Indian Airlines. Our connection flight from Mumbai to New Delhi was with Go Air.
We arrived at the airport to learn that our flight from Calicut to Mumbai with Indian Airlines was severely delayed and we would not make it to Mumbai in time for our Go Air connection flight to continue on to New Delhi. Indian Airlines decided to re-route us through Chennai in an attempt to get us to Mumbai in time for our connection. However, this flight was late and we still did not make it to Mumbai in time for our Go Air flight to New Delhi. Indian Airlines insisted that they had done all that they could and would not help us in any further way. Go Air claimed that we were “no-shows” for our flight and forced us to purchase new tickets for $190.
This whole situation is completely unacceptable. I understand that flights get delayed, canceled, and run late as a matter of course. But I should certainly not have to purchase new tickets because Indian Airlines did not get me to Bombay in time for my connecting flight. The blame for this incident lays squarely on the shoulders of Indian Airlines. I would like to be compensated for the new $190 Go Air ticket that I had to purchase to get to New Delhi.
I am trying every means available to get Indian Airlines to compensate me.
I am a frequent traveler, a good customer, and a reasonable person, and I have been treated unfairly by Indian Airlines.
I was on a trip from hong kong to sri lanka, it was a peak travel season and was unable to get tickets in other route so decided to take an air india flight from hong kong to mumbai and then a sri lankan air flight from mumbai to colombo. I had approximately 4 hrs of time available for the connection to sri lankan with my previous experiences on air india i thought this should be sufficient!. However, this time they air india staff made sincere efforts to prove that they can only be the worst airline in this world.
The chain of delay happened like this.
90 mins delay in boarding the flight at hong kong
30 mins delay for take off from hong kong
45 mins delay due to congestion in mumbai airport and the worst
1 hour delay for finding a parking space in mumbai airport!!
And no one was available at the airport to arrange immediate transfer or even to respond to my queries and even strange… the crew mentioned that they only know about in-flight arrangements and they can not talk to ground staff regarding other connections. The ground staff had a very different version as i finally missed the flight. They said they are not responsible to make any arrangements for me as it’s a different airline in which i need to make my connection flight, also they said i can not access the lounge in air port nor will be given any hotel accommodation till next connection. On the other hand they threatened that if i don’t leave the airport immediately the immigration will not allow me to leave airport after 1 hour of the arrival of flight as they will close the counter for all passenger arrived by ai flight from hk!. I decided to wait in the airport as i wanted to talk this with some senior officers when the office opens in the morning (It was already 1 am in the morning!). But no one was available in the morning and the worst.. The staff on the morning shift/duty doesn’t even know that the flight was late or they just acted as if they are ignorant!
The way the staff treat passengers was with a clear attitude which shows their arrogance. I know i can not change anything with air india but i decided for myself and my family that we will never ever fly air india in our life.
I was traveling bhx-atq with air india flight AI188 and i had an issue with your security manager, who is utterly rude and without respect and just a man who thinks he can not be wrong, well all i have to say is that if this is your management than god help the passengers. On the day i had my name misspelled on my boarding card to my ticket and passport, the lady at the gate called Mr wani to clarify it, he started shouting at me as if it was my fault, in fact it was your agent who issued the boarding pass he made remarks like are you mad that i didn't see it when i got my boarding card' well not all people can read and write specially older people and that is why asians travel with air india thinking that there will be some one to help them.
I'm currently in uk. I came here with air india flight my ticket number [protected] and pnr number is j12mp. this ticket I have booked from air india agent name udaan, chandavarkar road, borivli (w), mumbai-92, tel no.-[protected], [protected], [protected], [protected], fax-[protected].
I would like to make a formal complaint about his services and promises he made for air india ticket. when I booked I told him to keep the ticket open ended so that I can fly back to india when I want to. he promised me that the ticket is surely be open and I can fly back on this ticket on any date just I will have to confirm a couple of days before. when I got the ticket in my hand it was having a date of return which is 5th october 2007. I asked him why the date is there he said he has to keep one date but still I can do onne change free of cost.
now today on 20th of july when I called up to change the ticket air india and udaan both are saying the ticket is not changeable and there is a change for the change. I have to pay for that as I do not have any choice. but this has made me very annoyed and made me thinking about the commitments of air india and udaan. this might be happening to others as well but not sure.
I would like to make these both companies understand that they should not sell tickets just by telling lies.
Roop kishore garg.
A complain has been made to general manager commercial kolkata, two tickets were booked ticket no [protected] and [protected] from Bagdogra to Chennai datd 02 Dec06 by fight noIC722 AND IC765. I would like to bring to your notice that:
1. I did not get the stretcher facilities for which the fair was charged.
2. My ailing wife Neelam jaiswal was given separate single sit no14A and 13B sit was alloted to me. It is not understood that the facilities were not availed as doctor had mentioned that the patient was fit to travel in seating condition. The air lines as refused t refund the excess amount charged.
I request that the case is long over due and the indian airlines office at siliguri nor at kolkata want to refund the amount as it is felt that the travel agent Shankar Ghosh siliguri in league with the airline staff are not willing to do anything on my application.
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