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Which Is The Best Airline To Fly Direct From London To New Delhi?



As the Winter peak period rolls around, there will be many holiday seekers, trying to get away from the cold. One of those places that is quite frequently visited during this time of year is New Delhi, the capital of the Republic of India. In addition to the tourists swarming into the country, the United Kingdom has a very large Indian Community, and therefore thousands of flights each year leave London bound for New Delhi. The route is constantly in demand and many airlines fight for passengers, with the main players being British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, and Vistara. All of the 4 airlines operate direct flights, coincidentally they also all operate the 787 Dreamliner on this particular flight. All airlines also offer vegetarian meals as well as Hindu & Jain meals. Let’s take a look at which airline is the best to fly on this route! This article will take into account 5 factors:

  • Comfort
  • Cost
  • Inflight Entertainment
  • Customer Service
  • Catering

British Airways

British Airways Economy Class on the 787 (Credit: The Points Guy)

British Airways offers 3 different travel classes on its London- New Delhi flights, they are Business, Premium economy, and economy class. All of these are available on this route (as of October 2022). British Airways may not be the cheapest option but the seats are great and the service is alike. Their IFE features a broad range of films, covering many genres, including Bollywood movies, there are over 7000 digital magazines and books provided by British Airways for download digitally as well. Inflight WiFi is available on the majority of British Airways aircraft meaning it is also available on this particular route. BA’s catering is known to be decent, not exceptional, and not awful, it stands somewhere in between. During the winter peak period, an economy return ticket costs £1401, a premium economy return costs £1995, and a business return ticket costs from £3840 to £4426. An off-peak ticket costs around £1000 to £1400 less. Personally, I have never flown them long-haul, but at a glance, I would say that they are towards the high end of the spectrum. Skytrax rates British Airways as a 4-star airline.


Air India

Air India Economy Class (Credit: traveller.com.au)

Air India, definitely isn’t the best airline to fly on from this list and holds a negative reputation. However, they fly a decent fleet of aircraft, with an average age of 9.9 years. Air India has 2 travel classes on this London to New Delhi route, Business class or what they call “Executive class”, and economy class. The tickets are a little cheaper than those British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, but the difference isn’t a lot, so you’ll probably be better off flying them instead. During the winter peak period, an economy class return ticket costs from £775 to £1350, and a business class return ticket costs from £1600 to £2200. Like British Airways, off-peak tickets are around £800 to £900 cheaper. Air India is notorious for its unhygienic cabin, in 2019, a passenger on an inbound Mumbai flight found a cockroach in his breakfast! Air India’s cabin crew also aren’t known for being very friendly or known to offer the best service either. It doesn’t put the airline in a good place at all. Fortunately, the catering is said to be decent if you take the Indian meal option, the continental option isn’t deemed to be great. It only gets worse for Air India, the IFE screens have a trend to malfunction and the user interface is outdated, however, there are a decent amount of film genres to choose from. According to multiple TripAdvisor reviews, the seats are often “broken” and if they aren’t in a state of disrepair they are “scratchy” and “uncomfortable”. As you can probably tell, sadly, Air India is probably the worst airline to fly on from this list. Skytrax rates Air India as a 3-star airline.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9 economy class (Credit: Live & Let’s Fly)

Virgin Atlantic could be better than British Airways, known for its friendly cabin crew, great seats, and being a child-friendly airline. Unfortunately Virgin Atlantic is definitely the most expensive out of all the airlines on this list, they also provide 3 classes of travel, economy, premium economy, and business. A peak winter period return ticket will set you £2220 in the economy, £3700 in the premium economy, and a whopping £4994 in business! Even if you’re traveling off-peak it’ll cost you a lot less, £590 in the economy, £976 in the premium economy, and finally £2600 in business. Virgin Atlantic’s catering is not too bad, and not great either, it sits somewhere in the middle. Virgin’s IFE system is modern and easy to use, it features over 1000+ films and entertainment options available to watch. Overall, if you have a lot of money to spend, then Virgin Atlantic is the perfect choice for you. You pay a high price, and you get a high-standard flight. Skytrax rates Virgin Atlantic as a 4-star airline.



Vistara economy class (Credit: takeoffwithguru.com)

Vistara is a relatively young airline, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and the Tata Sons company. They operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from London Heathrow to New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport. In terms of cost, they are not the cheapest option. During the winter peak period, an economy one-way ticket will cost from £870 to £1580, quite a large range; Premium economy will cost around £200 more. Unfortunately, the website was malfunctioning while researching, their website malfunctioned and didn’t show the business class option. Vistara’s customer service generally gets positive reviews, and the catering is also offered to be quite good. According to TripAdvisor, the seats are comfortable and spacious with an ample amount of legroom provided. Vistara has been rated as a 4-star airline by Skytrax.

Overall Conclusion

The question still remains, what is the best airline that flies direct from London to New Delhi? If you’re traveling on a budget, then Air India would be a sensible option. However, if you have a few thousand pounds to stretch then I would recommend Virgin Atlantic. As an overall winner, I would say that British Airways provides the best on this route, the price isn’t the lowest but all the other factors top the rest of the airlines on the list.


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IndiGo Becoming a Global Player?




IndiGo is set to lease wide-body planes for increased capacity in the upcoming travel season. The airline has over 275 planes and operates more than 1,600 flights daily.

IndiGo will soon lease Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft to cover the shortfall in its international operations, officials said. The company has only been operating narrow-body Airbus planes, ATRs, and freighters and was fully a domestic player fulfilling the needs of India.The airline said the wet-leasing of “certain aircraft” will be done as an interim measure, news agency PTI reported.IndiGo currently has over 275 planes and operates more than 1,600 flights daily. The airline will induct up to four Boeing 777 aircraft on a wet-lease basis. Boeing 777-200 LRs and Boeing 777-300 ERs will be deployed especially on international routes, during the winter schedule, airline officials were reported as saying on Wednesday. 

The airline has been exploring several solutions to enable it to continue operations smoothly and to provide customers with efficient and affordable travel, especially as the aviation industry continues to experience significant supply chain disruptions globally. 

We have received in-principle approval from the regulators for the same and the induction of these aircraft remains subject to further requisite regulatory approvals. We are committed to exploring every opportunity possible to overcome these capacity challenges and provide our customers with efficient and affordable air travel,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile reading through the new updates about the airline, let’s see what an avgeek thinks about IndiGo. Will they capture the international market as a low-cost airline, will they make customers happy when it comes to international travel? Will know after seeing a video by noel.

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“I can see many airline companies are starting, resuming, or expanding their network to India. A key market (India) for the region and the rest of the world,” IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific Philip. On Tuesday, IndiGo announced the launch of direct flights between Mumbai and Istanbul as part of expanding its overseas network.As a avgeek I am happy to see an not only profitable but expanding there fleet to long haul operation which is fascinating.

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75 Years of Independence; Let’s See Where the Indian Aviation Industry Reach so Far

Hop on a fascinating article on what Indian aviation has conquered over 75 years of independence as this article is an exceptional article dedicated to India’s independence day. follow the page for more content.




As India turns 75 years old let’s check how Indian aviation has grown from 1 airline to several airlines connecting around India carrying millions of passengers and being one of the fastest growing aviation industries around the world.

credits : teambhp.com

As India is one of the fastest growing economic power as well as in the aviation industry but there was a starting for every incredible journey a starting from zero let’s see how Indian aviation became as magnificent as today.



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As the picture depicts the very first flight is from Karachi – Delhi in 1912 and right after India’s independence India had a whooping 9 airlines conquering the skies of India.


1948 turning point in the aviation industry when there was a joint venture called Air India International by the Indian Govt and Air India. Then civil aviation came under the control of the Indian govt in 1953.



In 2017 Indira Gandhi International Airport become the first airport in south Asia to handle staggering 60 million passengers. India currently has 22 charters 7 scheduled 5 regional and 2 cargo airlines while taking the accounts airports 127 and 1091 registered aircraft.

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To conclude Indian aviation was through very turbulent years coming and shutting down many airlines like Kingfisher and Jet Airways over 75 years but now coming back of jet airways and brand new airlines air akasa, ordering 300 aircraft by Air India is a green signal for Indian aviation in coming years. hope you enjoyed a quick view of Indian aviation. Make sure to follow aviation for aviators for more content.

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