Sunday, 18 October 2015

Special Baggage Allowance on Jet Airways

Jet Airways is a full service carrier of India which connects to domestic and international destinations. Jet Airways check in and cabin allowance rules which allow passengers to carry luggage free of cost within prescribed limits. However, if the passengers wish to carry more, they can always carry it by paying excess baggage charges. There could be certain items which are of odd-size or nature and which are required to be carried on flight. Some of these items could be the sporting or musical instruments. Sporting items can be carried on Jet flights without paying the excess baggage charges as these are exempt from oversize charge. These items are:
  1. Non motorized touring bicycles
  2. 1 pair of water skis of standard type
  3. Fishing equipments including 2 rods, 1 reel, 1 pair of waders, 1 landing net and tackle box
  4. Fibre glass made surfboards
  5. Golf kit including a bag which contains 1 pair of shoes, 12 golf balls and 14 golf clubs
  6. Non motorized paragliding items
  7. Snow boards and pair of boots
  8. Scuba diving items including a set containing 2 fins and 1 piece each of empty scuba tank, tank harness, tank pressure gauge, snorkel, knife, safety vest, spear gun, scuba regulator and mask.
  9. Skiing kit including 1 pair of ski boots, 1 pair of skis and 1 pair of poles.

Musical instruments can also be carried in the cabin luggage but for large equipment passengers are required to buy a seat. These items shall not weigh more than 75 kgs and shall be capable of being fastened to the seat. Since the extra seat is not occupied by a human, there will not be any free allowance for it and passenger will not earn any extra JPMiles towards Jet Airways frequent flyer program. Another important point to note is that the Jet Airways web check in, kiosk check in or tele check in is not to be permitted for such guests. Check in has to be done at the airports.

Weapons and ammunition are prohibited to be carried in the cabin baggage unless this has been authorized by the Government for specific persons. Certain items of dangerous nature such as knives, martial arts weapons, box cutters, spears, licensed firearms and swords are some of items which can be carried in the check in luggage provided these are suitably packed so as not to cause any harm to the handlers. However, the passengers are required to pay Rs 5000 per such items and ammunition up to 50 rounds for domestic flights and USD 100 per such item on international sectors.

With respect to the carriage of kirpans or short knives by Sikhs for religious reasons, there is a limitation of their carriage in Cabin only on the domestic flights within India. These are not allowed to be carried in cabin on international flights. These have to checked in on international flights of Jet Airways.  

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Delta, Air France Aiming to Cut Jobs To Remain Viable

With cost cutting ruling the roost in the airline industry in Europe and Americas, it is clear that certain major players might not be all that well financially. Delta Airlines of US and Air France of France have recently announced job cuts to ensure that they remain viable. While Delta has been eyeing the top management positions and the salaried workers for meeting this end, Air France is cutting the fat at the lower rungs of organization.

Delta has seen a sluggish growth in revenues with only 3 and 1 percent hikes in the first and second quarters of this year as compared to last year. This has not been as per expectations and there has been a need to cut down on the costs by job cutting of regulars. While there is not so much of frenzy with this measure with Delta, the story has been different on the other side of Atlantic.

Air France labor unions resorted to violent measures by tearing off the shirts of two of Air France managers who had announced cutting down of costs by job-cutting. It is notable that the mega airlines of Europe- Lufthansa and Air France- have been battling the union strife for some years now on a number of issues. With soaring competition from the Gulf carriers on long haul flights and from low cost European carriers, the mega airlines of yesteryears have been feeling the squeeze. When the corrections are sought to be applied, it results in labor unrest. Recent strikes and violent methods have dented the image of these carriers worldwide which has resulted in curtailing of some routes, scaling down of operations and accumulating losses.

While the American airlines have been able to do a balancing act with cooperation from the unions and some deft handling of situation by top management, the same has not been seen in case of Europe. 

Friday, 7 August 2015

British Airways Reducing 2nd Carry-on Bag Size to Fit Under Seat

British Airways, one of the foremost carriers of the world, is the latest airline to take strict measures on carry-on luggage. While load of bags does dilute the efficiency of fuel consumption, airlines have been tightening their luggage allowance rules in the wake of high aviation fuel prices. While this is one of the reason, another prominent one is that the passengers and airline staff begin to take things a bit casually and after sometime the bag sizes begin to swell in volume and weight. Airlines do charge for the excess luggage which is a good source of revenue for them. Thus, any instance of reducing the baggage allowances is viewed by passengers as an attempt to garner more revenues with least consideration about their travails. This is an ongoing tussle between the carriers and the passengers. British Airways is just a new entrant to this tug of war.

BA has announced that it will be reducing the size of 2nd carry-on luggage from the existing 45, 36, 20 cms to 40, 30 and 15 cms. There is no change in dimensions for the first baggage and it stays at 56, 45, 25 cms. The main reason for this move is to make passengers bring second baggage which can fit into the under-seat space and not in the overhead cabin. There is a tussle among passengers to fill the overhead bins which is often one of the reasons why flights get late. This move is expected to make things more manageable within the cabin.

Monday, 8 June 2015

American Airlines Gets Sued for $2.5 millions As Special Assistance Rules Come to Naught

It was only a few days back that i had written about the need for training the airline crew and staff away from rule-book and making them more sensitive towards the needs of passengers so that the need does not arise for the carrier to tender apologies in its aftermath. Another shocking incident has happened again. This time it is with the American Airlines and the passenger is a wheelchair-bound women. When it comes to providing services to passengers in need of special assistance, especially the disabled people, almost all airlines require these passengers to inform them well in advance. And, this woman also did precisely the same. So, when there was information with the carrier beforehand, the required service was not provided in time to the woman, forcing her to crawl humiliatingly in front of so many people to move into the cabin. How many of these onlookers came to her help is another issue, but is it not a very serious breach of duty for AA? Was it a rare miss or a callousness in attitude of the staff that they failed to get the ramp.
American Airlines special assistance rules have provision of providing the wheelchairs at airports and inside the cabins. These also permit you to carry your own wheelchairs right till the gate of cabin and then check these in at no additional cost. It also seeks to provide priority check in for these passengers so that there is a minimal discomfort to passengers. AA also requires passengers to disclose their special assistance needs at least 24 hours before scheduled departure of flights in domestic sector and at least 72 hours before scheduled departure in case of international flights. This woman, Theresa Purcell provided this information well in advance of her flight.
While the airline has apologised for this incident, they are not likely to make any compensation to Ms Purcell, even though it is clear that the discomfort was caused to passenger due to negligence of the staff. It is also a violation of Air Carrier Access Act. Ms Purcell has brought out a legal case against the carrier and asked for compensation of $2.5 million. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Whats Wrong With the Airline Services?

Airlines services are considered to be one of the finest in hospitality industry. In fact, it is the factor of treatment of passengers in hands of cabin crew which defines whether passengers will be flying with the same carrier again or not.
In the past 6 months, we have come across a number of incidents where the airlines have been very rude to treat the passengers who had deserved a more humanely treatments. These incidents has particularly been related to women and kids and diseased people. While one of the carriers did not let a mother take her breast pump as hand baggage which would have fed her infant, the other breastfeeding mom was subject to public embarrassment and humiliation in the cabin by the crew. As if these incidents were not to learn lessons from, there came another incident in which a mother and her toddler were asked to deplane simply because the toddler would not stop crying!
There have been instances in the past as well where the fellow passengers have complained of the infants and toddlers crying on the planes which causes them to lose sleep, the recent incidents highlight that carriers, while going by the rule book, inevitably turn up being rude and inhumane. What follows afterwards is a barrage of apologies and, in some cases, the amendment of the rule books also happens so that these incidents can be avoided in future. But, this leaves a basic question. Can’t the crew be trained in advance to take the right decision in the wake of any out-of-the-book development? Is there a training gap?
While it is true that training can not be imparted as future might throw up unforeseen events, this is also a fact these matters of sensitivity did not warrant such a response which the carriers came up with. A little more sensitive considerations could have avoided these issues.

Monday, 1 June 2015

IndiGo Beware- Spicejet Turns Profitable As Turnaround Begins to Show Results

The last seven quarters for which SpiceJet has been continuously running into losses might have been the most difficult times of its history. The awful story of loss making has seen an end in this quarter ending March 2015. The carrier has reported profit of Rs 225.2 millions. Return to profits has been due to a number of stringent measures taken by the carrier by cutting down on unprofitable routes, reducing its fleet size and bringing in measures to control the costs besides offering customers more attractive options to fly with it. The carrier also saw a change of hands from the Marans quitting the field in favour of Ajay Singh, the new mentor who also infused fresh equity to ward off the creditors and make the turnaround a possibility.
With IndiGo the only player that commands respect for its operations and no other LCC close to it, there is space for another player like Spicejet to make its presence in Indian aviation sector which is fast growing. Last year, the same quarter results in Rs 3.22 bn of losses for the carrier though it catered to about 19 percent of the Indian market. In the current quarter the market share has plummeted to less than 10 percent since the carrier had to cut the size of its fleet and move away from many sectors of travel. Ajay Singh is likely go for another round of funding which it is likely to use for rebuilding the feel and gain more customers.

With the reporting of profits, eyes would again be set on the moves of the carrier as it limps back to health.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Must Know Riders to the Indigo Web Check In Rules

Web check in means that you are able to complete the procedure and formalities of check in right from you place before heading to the airport. This saves you the time and hassles involved in standing in long queues and waiting for your turn at the check in counters of the airport. India’s budget carrier, IndiGo, has also introduced the Web Check In services which can be used by using its downloaded mobile application, mobile website or its normal website. But, there are riders to this service which shall be noted. These riders are:
1. This service is not available for international flights. So, you can use it only if you are flying domestic sectors.
2. In case you do not have check in luggage, you can proceed directly to security check with your boarding pass. There is no need to get it stamped at check in counter.
However, if you are having the check in luggage, IndiGo provides drop in facility at select airports around the country. These cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi and Ahmedabad. For other airports, regular check in procedures have to be adhered to.
3. Certain special types of passengers are not allowed web check in facility. These are passengers with infants, on wheelchairs and unaccompanied minors.  These people have to mandatorily check in at the airport.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Extra Money For Extra Legroom for Flights To/From India

Have you rued travelling in the low cost carriers or the cramped up economy sections of the full service carriers? Whether acceptable or not, it has been a fact of life that if you want to save on money while flying, you will have to live with the lesser space of your seats. But, this is fast changing as the carriers are realizing the need for diversifying their seat-portfolios on offer and are not just providing the cabin class experiences but are also providing more options for seating within a class of cabin, particularly the economy section.
International airlines have started offering more legroom seats to passengers which comes with an additional charge, which can be very steep at times. Lufthansa, KLM, Singapore, Etihad, United Airways and other such carriers have different charges for different location seats with more legroom. These seats could be the preferred ones, the exit row seats, the economy plus seats- all having more legroom space.

Whether you would be willing to pay the extra charges, which could be even three times the normal or standard fare would depend on a number of factors such as whether you are travelling alone or with family, desired level of comfort and, of course, the ability to pay more for economy in lieu of moving to a higher cabin class.
If you are traveling in economy sections of international carriers, it is worthwhile making a check on availability of these seats. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ryan Air Invests in MRO Base in Poland

Ryan Air, one of the foremost low cost carriers of Europe, is now opening up a maintenance and repair organization (MRO) facility in Poland. The airline has announced its plan to invest heavily in this facility which will be capable of performing the C-level checks of 737 aircraft. This will require investment of Euros 6 millions in Wroclaw-Copernicus airport of Poland.

It has to be noted that airlines are subjected to different levels of checks during the course of their life in order to ensure that they remain airworthy and are safe to fly. When these checks are to be performed depends on a number of factors such as the number of hours the plane is flown, the weather conditions in which this is flown for most of the time and many others. Out of these different categories of checks, the C-level checks are the most comprehensive ones in which the whole aircraft is practically built up from scrap. It involves highest costs of all the checks.

By investing in this sector in Poland, Ryanair would be trusting the abilities of local manpower, providing training, generate more employment and deepen its cooperation in a fast growing market. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Emirates Beats Odds to Retain Profitability in 2014

It happens rarely in aviation industry that a carrier has an unbridled ride of profitability for 27 consecutive years. Emirates has achieved this tremendous feat by turning profitable in 2014, a year which saw many problems crop up for the carrier. It has been able to report a profit of $1.24 billion, a gain of 40 percent. While there were a number of stumbling blocks which it had to overcome, there were some facilitating factors which ultimately led to its good performance. While this is a good news for the carrier, its employees also have something to cheer about. They have been promised extra salary of 9 weeks.

Emirates had to overcome problems of temporary closure of runways at Dubai airport, Ebola outbreak, flight restrictions in conflict zones and unfavorable currency movement vis-a-vis US dollar.

The factors which came to its aid were rapid expansion strategy of the management and the declining fuel prices. It is the only carrier that has the largest number of wide-bodied aircraft such as Boeing 777 and Airbus 380s. To meet its rationale but rapid expansion strategies, it has ordered for another 279 planes besides the 230 already existing ones. The year ahead will see it face considerable challenge from the US carriers that are hell bent on curtailing their growth in the US market.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Andal Airport of Bengal- First Private Sector Greenfield Airport Project in India

Government of India has been aware of the need to improve the aviation infrastructure in the wake of about 25 years of economic growth backed by reforms. With growth comes the need to sustain it for a long period of time and this is possible only when the infrastructural needs of the times are met with. Growth in the air traffic was long anticipated and the fact that aviation sector infrastructure needed a massive revamp was also on cards for some time. Keeping this in view, government allowed for improving infrastructure and facilities at existing airports, creating new ones and even focussing on MRO requirements of the carriers. Private participation was considered inevitable as development had to be scaled up timely. With this objective in sight, private greenfield airport projects were announced in April 2008. Out of these projects, Andal airport is the first one to be completed. PM Narendra Modi will be one of the first persons to fly from this airport when it is expected to be open on May 18, 2015. Here are some statistics of this project:

  • First private sector Aerotropolis
  • Changi Airports International (CAI) has a 32 per cent stake
  • Capacity to handle 1 million passengers per annum, expandable to 2.5 million.
  • Runway length is 2800 meters.
  • CAT 1 ILS capability
  • 4 parking bays and 1 helipad
  • Category VI firefighting and rescue capability

Greenfield Airport Projects of India

(source: Times of India)

Greenfield Airport Projects that were given clearance in 2008 for development are:

  1. Mopa, Goa
  2. Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Kannur, Kerala
  4. Pakyong, Sikkim
  5. Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
  6. Gulbarga, Karnataka
  7. Bijapur, Karnataka
  8. Shimoga, Karnataka
  9. Hassan, Karnataka
  10. Shirdi, Maharashtra
  11. Dabra, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  12. Andal, West Bengal
  13. Dholera, Gujarat
  14. Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh
  15. Karaikal, Pudduchery
  16. Bhogapuram, Andhra Pradesh
  17. Dagadarthi Mendal, Andhra Pradesh
  18. Oravakallu, Andhra Pradesh

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sri Lankan Airlines Codeshares with AA

AA now has another codeshare partner, this time in South Asia. Sri Lankan Airlines, the official flag carrier of Sri Lanka, has entered into this mutually beneficial agreement with American Airlines. Interestingly, this carrier was also the first one to join oneworld Alliance from Indian subcontinent in May, 2014.
This will make Sri Lankan Airlines fifth partner of AA from oneworld Alliance. In beginning, designator UL code will be added to AA operated flights from Dallas/Forth Worth, New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare and the European getaways of Frankfurt and Paris. From these destinations, flights to connections of Sri Lankan carrier and Colombo will be connected. Though AA will not add its own code in starting, it will do so in later phases when AA code would be placed on its extensive network in South Asia for American Airlines customers.

FAA Permits Illinois State Police to Fly Drones

Federal Aviation Authority of US has been granting exceptions to companies on case to case basis for using drones for declared operations. This practice of providing the exceptions for enabling their use has been a key practice till the time it came up with comprehensive guidelines which could enable their usage for all. Recent addition to this list of exceptions is that of the Illinois State Department and this is for the first time that this permission has been granted to the State Police Department for their use.
The primary focus of their usage would be in investigation of the crime scenes and crash sites on highways. This means that the authorities would be able to deploy these for public convenience and also in generating information quickly.
The Illinois State department has been developing a program for the use of drones for its use for over 2 years now and FAA has granted the approval on the basis of this program. It meets all the guidelines of FAA one of which prohibits their use for surveillance purposes.
Earlier, exceptions have also issued to some other companies and individuals for use of drones in certain types of works.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

American Airlines-Baggage Allowances and Limitations

The are rules pertaining to the carriage of baggage on all airlines. Invariably, you would come across different types of restrictions and limitation when it comes to baggage matters. Generally, these pertain to the dimensions of the luggage, weight of bag, number of pieces to be carried and sometimes, time-restrictions for which the allowance is allowed. Whether the baggage to be carried is free of charges (and to what extent) or whether it is to be charged, varies from carrier to carrier. But, this is a certainty that these can not deny the carriage of bags on board, whether as hand or as checked in luggage.
For the American Airlines (AA), which is one of the top airliner of USA, there are rules pertaining to these allowances. After its merger with the US Airways, AA has also aligned these policies with those of the merged entity.
AA charges for every bag that you check in. These vary depending upon the ordinal number of the bag to be carried (meaning that the first bag will have a different rate than the second, third or fourth bag) and the destination country or region. However, for certain special guests, it allows carriage of complimentary bags which are allowed without any charges. The charges as well as the rules of complimentary bags are mentioned in the American Airlines baggage allowance. So, certain types of guests such as AAdvantage Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum members; oneworld Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald members; Alaska Airlines MVP, MVP Gold and MVP gold 75k members; and certain Credit Card holders do have advantage of carrying these complimentary bags on their domestic or international flights.
There is a limit on maximum number of bags that can be carried checked in on AA. 10 bags are allowed for domestic, transatlantic and transpacific flights whereas 5 bags are allowed on flights to Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and Brazil.
Further, each bag shall be of maximum 23 kgs weight and 158 cms sum of dimensions, except for flights to/from Brazil where allowance is 32 kgs per bag with 158 cms dimension limit.
There could also be seasonal variations to these rules, making allowances more relaxed during certain parts of the year or for some special destinations or even when there is a need for promoting any new destination. All these are discretionary matters for the carrier but the standard allowances and rules remain the same for most of the time of a year.

Post merger of US Airways, these rules for US Airways would be the same as that of AA except for those flights whose tickets have been issued before 23 April, 2014 for which the US Airways allowance rules will be applicable.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Simplifying Checked In Allowance Rules of Singapore Airlines

If you were to access the data regarding the nature of queries which people make with the airlines, you would realize that queries related to luggage matters are one of the highest ones. Even though information is provided in the website of the carrier, people generally want to be doubly sure about what all items they can carry so that there are no last minute hassles at the airport. Probably one of the finest carriers of the world, and especially of the South East Asian region, Singapore Airlines has baggage allowance rules which will make many a heads spin. WE have tried to reduce this puzzle somewhat in this post.

To begin with, there are two parts of the world, as far as the allowance matters are concerned. One is where the ‘piece’ principle applies and the other is where the ‘weight’ principle applies. You must be wondering why this unnecessary complication. Why can’t we have only one principle? That is a matter of debate but let’s go with the present convention for the time being.

So, the countries where piece-based allowance rules apply are US and Brazil and for rest of the countries, the weight based rules are applicable.

So, for flights to/from USA, 2 checked in bags are allowed for all normal passengers. Economy class passengers are allowed 23 kg of each bag whereas Business/First Class and Suites travelers can carry 32 kgs each.  If you are a KrisFlyer or Star Alliance Gold member, you can take 3 bags with same per bag weight restrictions. The PPS Club members are allowed to take 4 bags.

For flights to/from Brazil, there is uniformity in number and weight of pieces to be carried across all cabin classes of travel. So, normal passengers are allowed 2 bags of 32 kgs each, KrisFlyer and Star Alliance Gold members are allowed 3 bags of 32 kgs and PPS Club members are allowed 4 bags of 32 kgs each.

In case of flights to/from other places where the weight concept applies, Singapore airlines checked in allowance is different. It depends on class of travel and loyalty level of passenger. As mentioned earlier, there are three classes of travel Suites/First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. Free checked in luggage for common passengers is 50, 40 and 30 kgs respectively for these classes. For KrisFlyer and Star Alliance Gold members, it is 70, 60 and 50 kgs whereas for the PPS Club members it is 110, 80 and 60 kgs (100 percent more than those of the common passengers).

If weight of your luggage exceeds these limits than excess baggage charges would apply. These rates can be known from the Singapore airlines baggage allowance.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Rapid Rewards- The Best of All Frequent Flyer Programs in USA

Which is the best frequent flyer for you? Is it the one where you can earn miles easily? Or, it is the one which allows you to redeem these easily? Perhaps, these are the two single most important criteria of judging the frequent flyer programs of airlines. In a recent concluded survey in USA which aimed to know which US carrier has the most attractive FFP, it has come to light that it is the Southwest Airlines which has taken the lead over the others. And, if you look at the reasons which make it so, it is because of its extremely customer-friendly policies.
Southwest Airlines has based its program on number of dollars spent, not on miles flown, which is the current trend barring the single most important exception of American Airlines. There are some touchpoints in its FFP which are customer-friendly. These are:
  1. Passengers are free to use their award miles for use even on regular flights or on any available seat. This is a far departure from other carriers which either has separate award flights or reserved award seats. This makes it extremely convenient for passengers to redeem their miles whenever they want.
  2. The carrier also permits the passengers to have free checked baggage allowance, which most of the carrier do not. This is one big attraction for people besides the low air fare for which it is well known.
  3. Another attraction for the passengers is its Companion Pass which is provided once they fly 100 qualifying flights or 1,10,000 qualifying points in a year.

As per the survey, the next preferred FFP is of Delta Airways. But, only 17% of respondents voted for it as against 34% for Southwest. American was the close third airlines, with 14% vote share.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Rules Changed - 300 cms is New Dimensions Limit

Emirates, one of the top Gulf airlines, had effected a change in its rule of checked in baggage allowance from November 15, 2014. As per the new rule, for tickets issued after November 15, 2014, the allowance will meet dimensional restrictions. While the weight restrictions on Emirates baggage allowance will remain the same for all classes of travel, it will no longer accept that luggage as checked in which is more than 300 cms in sum of dimensions. So, if you are carrying multiple bags on your flight or the items are oversized to the extent that the dimensions exceeds 300 cms then the same will have to be carried in the cargo and will attract the freight charges.

It is to be noted further that for flights to USA/Canada etc where the piece systems applies, there is a requirement that the total dimensions of each luggage shall not exceed 150 cms. In case the dimensions are more than 150 cms but less than 300 cms, there will be an additional fee. However, for more than 300 cms, items are not to be carried as checked baggage.  

The change in the policy is oriented to discourage people from carrying too large items as checked in baggage. This is also likely to increase the revenue earnings of the carrier from freight charges when the oversized items are likely to be flown as cargo.

Before this rule, the carrier permitted luggage of sum of dimension 158 cms to be carried as checked in one and if there were more than one bags to be carried, the sum of dimensions together would not exceed 273 cms.

Understanding Air India Baggage Allowance For International Destinations

Air India is  a full service legacy carrier of India. The carrier operates international flights to more destinations than any other carrier in India. For this reason, this is one of the most sought after airlines for international travel in India. If you are also planning to go to destinations across the world on this carrier, you would need to know the baggage limitations that apply to you.

baggage allowance (In case there is a confusion you can directly put your question at the end of the blog post and we will give the answer within 24 hours)

Air India has these allowances for checked in baggage depending on the destination to/from which you are travelling, the class in which you are flying, the date on which the ticket was issued, validity of the ticket and whether you have bought the single or the return fare. The factors of issue of tickets and the validity period of ticket makes this quite difficult to understand. Lets understand this in simple terms here.

  1. India to Far East and South Asia ( except Japan)

    First class-- 40 kgs
    Executive Class-- 30 kgs
    Economy Class-- 20 kgs

     b.   Bangkok to India/ UK/ Europe/ Middle East/ Kathmandu (valid till 31 March, 2015), and
    Singapore to Birmingham/ London/ Frankfurt/ Paris/ Rome/ Milan/ Moscow, and
    India to Singapore, and

    All Flights to/from India and Gulf and Middle East (except Saudi Arabia)
    Executive Class-- 40 kgs
    Economy Class-- 30 kgs
Singapore  to USA (Chicago [ORD], New York [JFK], Newark [EWR]), allowance is:

Executive Class-- 2 pcs (32kgs per pc, L+B+H= 158 cms/ pc)
Economy Class-- 2 pcs  (23 kgs per pc, L+B+H=  273 cms both and 158 cms/pc)

          For India-Riyadh, India-Riyadh-India and Riyadh-India Flights, luggage allowance is
          First Class-- 50 kgs
Executive Class-- 40 kgs
Economy Class-- 30 kgs

Bangkok to USA (valid till 31 March 2015) flights, the following is baggage limits allowed freely:

Executive Class-- 2 pcs (32 kgs each)
Economy Class-- 2 pcs (23 kgs each)

For the Shanghai-India-Shanghai flights, and
Seoul- India, free allowance is:

First Class-- 40 kgs
Executive Class-- 30 kgs
Economy Class-- 20 kgs

Singapore to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Muscat, Kuwait, Dhaka & Kathmandu, allowance is:

First Class-- 40 kgs
Executive Class-- 40 kgs
Economy Class-- 30 kgs

Hong Kong- India- Hongkong flights are allowed:

First Class-- 50 kgs
Executive Class-- 40 kgs
Economy Class-- 30 kgs

c. All Flights between India and Male, Kabul, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Yangon and Colombo
    Executive Class-- 30 kgs
    Economy Class-- 20 kgs

d. In case of Flights to/from Australia, the following baggage policies apply on Air India flights:

    Between India and Sydney/Melbourne: For ticket issued after 22 October 2014, Executive class travelers are allowed 40 kgs Air India baggage allowance for one-way and return flights between India and Sydney/Melbourne. Economy Class travelers are allowed 30 kgs for one-way flights from Sydney/Melbourne to India and 40 kgs on one-way flights from India to Sydney/Melbourne. However, on the return flights between Australia and India, the Economy class travelers are allowed 40 kgs.

Australia to Middle East, South Asian Subcontinent and European cities: Executive class allowed 40 kgs on one-way and return and 30 kgs on Economy Class.

e. Air India flights to/from European cities- Frankfurt, Rome, Paris, Milan- (except UK) come with the following allowances:

For tickets issued from April 1, 2015, flights between India and Europe and from Europe to SASC/SEA region will provide Executive Class travelers 2 pcs of 23 kg each and Economy Class travelers 1 pcs of 23 kgs. 

From European cities to FEA/SEA/AUS region Executive Class 2 pcs of 23 kgs each and Economy ones are allowed 1 pcs of 30 kgs.

For Frankfurt-India-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Kathmandu-Frankfurt sectors of travel, First, Executive and Infant ticket travelers are allowed respectively 2 pcs of 23 kgs, 2 pcs of 23 kgs and 1 pcs of 10 kg. But the Economy Class travelers on India route are allowed 1 pcs of 23 kgs whereas or Kathmandu route are allowed 30 kgs. There is also another restriction of sum of dimensions of per pcs being 158 cms.

India-Frankfurt and
India-Paris (except Chennai) are allowed:

First Class    40 Kgs.
Executive Class    30 Kgs.
Economy Class    20 Kgs.

Chennai-Paris route comes with following allowance:

First Class    40 Kgs.
Executive Class    35 Kgs.
Economy Class    30 Kgs.

Paris-India route:

Executive Class    48 Kgs.
Economy Class    30 Kgs.


Executive Class    30 Kgs.
Economy Class    20 Kgs.
Infant    10 Kgs.

Rome/Milan- India

Executive Class    2 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
Economy Class    1 Pc / 23Kgs.
Infant Ticket    1 Pc / 10 Kgs.
Flights between India and Moscow (one-way)

Executive Class    2 Pc    32 Kgs. Each
Economy Class    2 Pc    23 Kgs. Each

f) Flights of Air India to/from Japan

Tokyo/Osaka to Delhi/Mumbai ( on AI 315 from Osaka) and
Delhi/Mumbai to Tokyo/Osaka (including AI 314)

First Class    2 Pc (32Kgs. Each Pc)
Executive Class    2 Pc (32Kgs. Each Pc)
           Sum of dimensions 158 cms for each

Economy Class    2 Pc (23Kgs. Each Pc)
Sum of dimensions 158 cms for each pcs and 272 cms both pcs

Infants in all classes    1 pc 10kg / 22lb
Sum of dimensions 115 cms

For Osaka-HongKong-Osaka flights, free allowance is:
Executive Class    30 Kgs.
Economy Class    20 Kgs.
Infant (Executive/Economy Class)    10 Kgs.

g) Flights to/from UK

    UK-India flights

First Class    3 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
Executive Class    3 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
Economy Class    2 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
    The sum of dimensions for each pcs shall not exceed 158 cms
    India-UK flights (tickets issued on/after 18 Jul 2014)

First Class    3 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
Executive Class    3 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
Economy Class    2 Pc / 23Kgs.Each
The sum of the dimensions must not exceed 158 centimeters for each piece

    UK to beyond India (via India)
    First Class    50 Kgs.
Executive Class    50 Kgs.
Economy Class    30 Kgs.

    Each pcs shall not exceed 23 kgs in weight. There is no restriction on number of pcs to be taken.