How good is Air India as an airline? How bad – or good – of an experience should I expect? (SFO – DEL – BOM and back)

Hey guys,

I was just wondering how Air India is as an airline. This
summer, after I graduate high school, I will be going to India
by myself to visit my grandparents in Mumbai, India. I graduate
on June 6, and have an Air India flight AI 174 from San
Francisco to New Delhi on June 9, and a connection to Mumbai on
AI 24. I will return to San Francisco on June 23 with AI 101
and AI 173 respectively.

I’ve seen some pretty bad reviews for Air India online, as
such:

https://youtu.be/ZcqH1W_vI_o (Hilarious video, I
recommend you guys watch)

https://youtu.be/90XzxtHjr3g

There are other negative reports and videos, too. There are
some positive reviews (such as on Mark Wiens’ YouTube channel
and a few reports on other websites), but at least based off of
my research, the negative reviews outweigh the positives. The 2
hour flight from Delhi to Mumbai will certainly be manageable,
but I’ll be spending 16-17 hours to and from Delhi and San
Francisco.

** I am by no means scared or worried about the flight. I’m
ready to man it up – especially for the 16 hour flight to and
from Delhi – but I just wanted to know how much of a bad – or
perhaps even good – experience I should be hoping / preparing
for. **

My aunt and uncle have also flown this airline when coming to
visit us in California, and I haven’t heard too much crap about
the airline from them (except maybe having annoying passengers
sitting next to them), but I don’t know if they were just being
calm and positive to keep us from worrying about them.

The reason my parents and I chose Air India was because of
cost. Since my dad flies a lot, he had a ton of United Miles
which he used to book my flight – that way, we could save
money. The Air India flight was only 40,000 miles, but the next
airline on the list – Lufthansa – costed 95,000 miles – almost
twice as much. There was also an Air Canada flight for a
similar amount of miles, but that would have 2 layovers, which
we didn’t see justifiable, as it is going to be my first time
flying alone. That is why we chose Air India. We booked the
flight today because summer is the peak time for flying –
especially in America – and we wanted to book before the prices
became exorbitantly high.

I would appreciate your feedback and thoughts!

Also, let me know if there is an Air India or other travel
subreddit which I should repost this on to get more answers.

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