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Delhi to London Air India flight experience 3rd Feb 2018

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So finally, I am going from Delhi to London by Air India Flight on 3rd Feb 2018. Going to London again after Aug 2017 last year. This blog post is my experience of travelling from Delhi to London via Air India Flight. These are my honest views and experiences that I would like to share with you all the viewers and readers of the blog.

Planning and Booking Delhi to London Air India Flight

Last year I took an Emirates flight, it was awesome. This time I looked at booking flights via the MakeMyTrip website. Was looking for a cheap flight from Delhi to London this time, as was running low on budget, but as usual high on spirits. The plan was to get a morning flight from Delhi and arrive around the evening in London so that he could get his work done and come to pick me up at the airport. As per my criteria, I started looking and looked at no other website but MakeMyTrip, because I like this website, have travelled a lot locally within India and booked hotels and flights in the past. So finally I got a good deal and booked an Air India Flight.

Inside Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3
Inside Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3

Check-in and Boarding Experience

Checked in time, and boarded the Air India aircraft number AI – 111 from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Terminal 3. The flight took off like 20 minutes late. Sat in an Air India Flight after a very long time I would say after 2 years or so. The plane which I boarded this time was a Dreamliner Boeing 787-8. The flight started about 20 Mins late. That was all right really. I got my seat which was 16J and had no issues in boarding. All fine sat down. The flight was full and had a noisy crowd I would say.

Entertainment and Food On-Board

Opened up the Entertainment screen in front of me. And to my surprise, all the Hollywood movies were dated like I wasn’t more than a year old. I was disappointed by the fact that they had no new movies to offer. I already started comparing my experience with my last flight with Emirates. And then the snack time came. I generally drink red wine, or sparkling water while on the journey. So I asked for the usual red wine. And they didn’t have any. So they gave me the white whine instead. I was feeling utterly disappointed already by two experiences and was hoping the food would be good, as the last time when I flew with Air India, I remembered I had a good meal. Which was the reason I booked the flight with Air India again.

Main Course Meal in Air India AI-111 Flight
Main Course Meal in Air India AI-111 Flight

The food was average, I mean for the price just below this I was getting an Emirates flight, the only reason I didn’t book Emirates this time, was that it was not a direct flight and I wanted to reach London without any journey breaks. If I had known that the service and the standards would be so down in Air India this time, I wouldn’t have booked the flight with Air India in the first place. But there you go, this is the experience I had with them. And probably the last time I am going with them, Anyway, the tea time came and the shadiness continued, with cheap plastics replacing good quality stainless steel cutlery. They gave chocolate and a cheese-stuffed croissant, with cheap plastics all around.

Tea time in Air India AI-111
Tea time in Air India AI-111

Air India Delhi to London flight duration

It was a 9-hour and 40-minute flight, it was super boring and had no good movies to watch. Overall I had been disappointed with Air India’s International flight service from Delhi to London. I don’t think I am planning to fly with Air India any time shortly. Well if you are looking for a direct cheap flight from Delhi to London, where you are least bothered with infotainment available on the flight and don’t care about the service, not sure why you fly with Air India. There are better options in the market like British Airways, Jet Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.

Delhi to London on flight information screen, Air India AI-111
Delhi to London on the flight information screen, Air India AI-111

You can check out and plan your Delhi to London tour here by clicking on the link below:

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You can also check my previous travelling experience with Air India Flight A111

Delhi to London Tour Packages

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Looking for Delhi to London tour packages? Look no further. We have got you covered here by sharing all the London tour packages information you will need to plan your most memorable London tour. London gets a huge number of inbound travellers from Delhi. We have covered the top-selling Delhi to London tour packages here in this post.

Why do Delhihites love Traveling to London? 

Delhi is the capital city of India. One of the most densely populated cities in South Asia. Delhi is the centre of politics, central government, and headquarters for many businesses. It is also the 3rd wealthiest city in India. Many immigrants from neighbouring states and cities come to Delhi to work and improve their life. This makes Delhi rather a city of high disposable income. Many people like to travel to different and exotic destinations. Outbound tourism has been increasing fivefold in the past few years. Travellers from Delhi travel to London every year for various purposes of tourism, education and business etc.

The distance between Delhi to London is a staggering 4,174 miles by air and 5,700 miles by road. We are pretty sure that people going to London from Delhi by road will be almost nil (only the most adventurous dare). If you plan to travel to London from Delhi, It will be obvious you will plan to travel by air. And there are many good options available. You can either choose to take a direct flight to London or take an indirect flight, which involves from 1 stop to up to 3 stops. You can take a flight to London from Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. You can take a nonstop flight to 2 London airports which are London Heathrow Airport and the other is London Gatwick. The time taken for a nonstop flight from Delhi to London takes about 9 hours (this may differ from flight to flight). The nonstop flights with usually 2 stops take about 12-15 hours, again depending on the airline to the airline.

Delhi to London Flights

We suggest travellers book their air tickets well in advance. An average air ticket price for Delhi to London flights starts from a minimum of 55,000 INR and goes up to 80,000 INR for some airlines. If you are lucky, you might as well get a tad cheaper. But as inflation has risen, so is the fuel value. Air ticket prices have risen alarmingly. You can book your air tickets from the likes of Air India, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Vistara, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Gulf Air and Etihad Airways to name a few prominent ones. If you are looking for flight + Hotel deals, you can book your tickets from the Makemytrip, Cleartrip website.

When you plan your London tour, make sure you have a visa, travel insurance, hotel booking, and all necessary arrangements. For London local site seeing, tour guides, family guides, kid family bur trips, walking tours and private tours you can have a look at our Tours Section. There you will be able to find all types of London tour packages. We can also help you with your Airport pickups, and private transfers.

Vistara Airlines
Vistara Airlines

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Visa for Delhi to London

Tourists from Delhi who wish to travel to London will require a visa. You can hassle-free apply online for your visa application.

UK Visa Application Types:

The following are the type of visas offered by the British embassy:

Standard Visitor visa – for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey:

Visa types

Visa application fee (INR)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 9,944
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 37,389
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 66,623
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 83,229
Visiting academic – more than 6 months up to 12 months 19,888
Marriage visitor visa 9,944
Permitted paid engagement visa 9,944
Private medical treatment – more than six months up to 11 months 19,888
Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (the UK only) 9,944

Short-term study visa:

Visa types

Visa application fee (INR)
Short-term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months 19,888

Transit Visa:

Visa types

Visa application fee (INR)
Direct Airside Transit (DATV) 3,480
Visitor in Transit visa 6,364
Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applies to the Isle of Man) 6,364

Parents of children at school Visa:

Visa types

Visa application fee (INR)
Parent of a Student child visa (up to 12 months) (Tier 4 Isle of Man) 52,802

Child Visitors:

Visa types

Visa application fee (INR)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 9,944
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 37,389
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 66,623
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 83,229

Following is the Visa application process:

  1. Research – Please visit the UK Visas and Immigration (GOV.UK) website to check what type of visa you should apply for, and the documents that you will need in order to complete this. Each visa type requires different documentation, so check your visa type carefully. If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.
  2. Apply – Once you are ready to apply, return to the UK Visas and Immigration (GOV.UK) website to apply for your visa.
  3. Pay your fees – To complete your application on GOV.UK, you’ll need to pay for your visa, and for the healthcare surcharge, if applicable. Once you’ve paid your fees, you’ll be given a reference number that starts with GWF. Please make a note of this, as it will be helpful should you need to make any amendments to your visa application or appointment.
  4. Book an appointment – Once you’ve completed and paid for your visa application on GOV.UK, you’ll be directed to the VFS Global website to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre, so your biometric data (fingerprints and photograph) can be captured. You’ll also have the opportunity to select additional, optional services from VFS Global, designed to make your application process faster, easier or simply more relaxed.
  5. Upload your supporting documents – You can submit all the documents required to support your application online, from the comfort of your home, school or office; meaning you can keep valuable documents with you. Read our guidelines for supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner available or would just like some help with this, we can scan your documents at the Visa Application Centre with our Document Scanning Assistance option. In most cases, a fee applies for this service.
  6. Visit the visa application centre – You must attend the appointment for your visa application. You cannot send someone to your place. Please read our guidelines for attending the Visa Application Centre. Following is the address that you will have to go to VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India

7. Track your application – You’ll receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily or would like more detailed tracking information, you can also choose to get updates by SMS directly to your phone. You’ll have to check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting. You’ll need to pay a fee for this service. 8. Collect your passport – After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the visa application centre or your documents will be returned to you by courier. For some Visa Application Centres, your documents will only be returned via courier (included in the visa centre fee), for other centres the courier option is a paid-for service. Collecting your documents in person; bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. Please check with the Visa Application Centre at the time of appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

Best London tour packages for tourists travelling from Delhi, India:

We have listed some hand-picked London tour packages for our Delhi customers.

1. London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 80+ of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

The London Pass
The London Pass

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2. Big Bus Hop On Hop Off London Tour

See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to the captivating commentary.

big bus London hop on hop off tour of London
Big Bus London hop on hop off tour of London

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3. London Eye Ticket with skip-the-line Tour

Skip the line for a perfect Last Minute London Eye experience! With fast-track entry for your standard flight in a shared capsule, you get to skip the majority of the queue. Don’t waste time waiting in lines on vacation! The London Eye offers spectacular views of the capital of England from high above the River Thames.

the london eye is a giant ferris wheel on the south bank of the River thames near westminster bridge
London Eye ticket with skip the link tour

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In case you are unable to find the right tour package for yourself you can browse our tours section to see more existing London tour packages.

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