Back in July I had a quick business trip to India and I managed to make it work with my United GPUs clearing in both directions at booking. That’s rare enough that I consider it a special trip no matter what. But beyond that it was also my first time transiting the new Mumbai airport which added to the fun. Alas, the meal during the flight mostly killed that euphoria.
The new Mumbai airport was legitimately one of the nicer airports I’ve transited in recent years. Yes, there is still ridiculous queuing which Indian airports are famous for but it is also beautiful. And, more than just pretty, the facilities inside are quite nice.
The lounge situation is a bit funky right now; the main lounge isn’t open yet so they’re using some otherwise unassigned gate space to handle those needs. Decent-ish food (both hot and cold) and the beer was cold.
From there is was out to the gate, back through security again and then on to the United 777-200ER for the long schlep home. I really, really enjoyed the architecture in the terminal.
The seat is the same legacy Continental seat that has been flying for many years now. I happen to like it and I even ended up moving back a few rows from the bulkhead to another row and was still OK with the foot space. What I was not OK with was the meal.
The appetizer options were rather, umm, interesting. The tomato and cheese salad was particularly awful, though none of it was particularly tasty to me. I sent most of it back uneaten. The flight attendant was not surprised as all. Lots of empathy there but still pretty hungry.
United usually does a mix of US-ish meals and “local” meals in BusinessFirst. I loved the food in Ahmedabad but I was ready for some typical western food. Not really an option on this trip. I ended up with the trio plus potatoes and veggies. Bland and boring doesn’t begin to describe it.
At least the dessert options are the consistent version I’m used to on all the BusinessFirst flights. I ate (and drank) all of that with gusto.
And then I slept. Something like 10+ hours, I think. It is always entertaining when the flight attendants comment on just how much I slept on the flight, and more than one did on this trip.
I woke up as we were approaching the Canada/US border and peeked out the window where I was entertained by an awesome lightning storm.
And then arrival into Newark, accompanied by sunrise.
Don’t get me wrong – I know that this flight was much, much better by virtue of being in BusinessFirst rather than coach. And this was definitely the most affordable way to get the trip at a reasonable price. And the value I got from the sleeping was completely worth it. But, damn, that food was bad.
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