Air India: Up to 4 Hours of Lie-Flat Business Class within India from €44 One-Way (Bangalore – Chennai)

Air India Airbus A350

Are you planning a trip to India within the next few months? If so, there’s a very affordable opportunity to try out Air India‘s newest business class cabin. A one-way ticket between Chennai and Bangalore starts at just €44 per direction.

The direct flight from Chennai to Bangalore takes just over an hour. However, if you’d like, you can also choose longer connections via Mumbai or Hyderabad, allowing you to spend up to 4 hours in the business class seat. And all this aboard a brand-new Airbus A350 with the latest Business Suite (with privacy door).

Unfortunately, availability is limited to June and July 2024. After that, the only option is to fly with narrow-body aircraft.

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We don’t expect anyone to travel to India solely for this deal. However, you should familiarize yourself with the entry requirements, as a visa is required, among other things. The e-Visa costs between €10 and €24 depending on the travel period (fee table).

Rebookings cost ₹2,500 (~€27), cancellations ₹3,500 (~€38). Both would therefore be of little use.

To book, you can use our search form. It will take you to Skyscanner, from where you can be redirected directly to Air India for booking. We have marked the cheapest dates in green:

It seems that the flights in the A350 are only available for June and July 2024. After that, you will have to fly with the A320.

The Airbus A350s come from an order that was originally intended for Aeroflot. They are equipped with staggered Collins Horizon Premier seats (with privacy doors).

There are several ways to get from Bangalore to Chennai. With the Airbus A350 you have the following options (depending on the day of the week):

  • Nonstop (flight time 1h 10min)
  • via Mumbai (flight time 1h 45min + 1h 15min layover + 2h)
  • via Hyderabad (flight time 1h + 1h 15min layover + 1h 10min)

We cannot say whether or not you have to leave the plane during the layover. If you want to maximize your time on board, you should fly via Mumbai. In addition, numerous connections are offered on the Airbus A320 (with and without transfer). There you have a 2-2 seating arrangement and “only” leather seats without a reclining function.

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, the flights can be booked until June 14, 2024 for the following travel periods:

  • June & July 2024 (Bangalore → Chennai)
  • June to September 2024 (Chennai → Bangalore)

As described above, the Airbus A350 is currently only scheduled for domestic flights until the end of July. You can find suitable dates using our form above or with the help of Google Flights. You can then book directly from Air India’s website. When booking through AirIndia.com, flights with the A350 are highlighted in gold:

Miles & Points

The tickets are issued in booking class Z. Since the distance between Bangalore and Chennai is so short, the options for mileage accrual are limited. For a direct flight here are the miles and points you can earn:

  • 1,200 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 500 Award Miles + 40 Points on Miles&More
  • 332 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 332 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 332 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
  • 249 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 208 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 208 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 208 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 208 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 208 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 208 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 208 Award Miles + 166 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 208 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 166 Award Miles + 28 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 166 Miles on Egyptair Plus
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
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The above-mentioned connecting flight via Mumbai also counts as a direct flight, as BLR – BOM and BOM – MAA have the same flight number. Despite the longer flight distance, you earn miles as on a nonstop flight.

For Bangalore – Mumbai – Chennai with different flight numbers (usually on the Airbus A320), the mileage accrual would look much better:

  • 2,484 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 2,320 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 2,320 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 2,320 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
  • 1,740 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 1,740 Award Miles + 80 Points on Miles&More
  • 1,451 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 1,451 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 1,451 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 1,451 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 1,451 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 1,451 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 1,451 Award Miles + 1,160 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 1,451 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 1,160 Award Miles + 194 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 1,160 Miles on Egyptair Plus
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Information & Tips for India

India is billed as a “subcontinent” not only for geographical reasons. The argument can be made that there is no region on the entire planet as culturally different as India. For example, it is home to as many vegetarians as the rest of the world. But its unique cuisine is just one of reasons to go there – India has a lot to offer. You can finde paradise like beaches in Goa and Kerala. Buzzing metropoles like Delhi and Mumbai invite you as well as and extravagant buildings and palaces like the world famous Taj Mahal. In conclusion, a country as huge as India is full of possibilities.

Visa & Entry

EU citizens need a visa and a passport to enter India. The easiest way is to apply for an eVisa, that will grant you two entries and a stay up to 60 days. It costs around 30€ on the government’s official site. With it, you can enter the country at almost any international airport.

Transport infrastructure

Flag carrier Air India and a bunch of smaller LCCs connect the airports of Delhi and Mumbai to almost any noteworthy city in the country. For a country its size, India has an excellent railway network. This allows for extremely cheap ground transportation. Renting a car is possible, but incredibly dangerous due to poor road conditions and reckless driving habits.

Currency

Official currency is the Indian rupee. €1 buys roughly ₹91.

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