Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Flight Of Ignoramus

One of my life's little delights is hearing from Air India - their frequent flyer program, to be more specific. The latest email, informing me that they have upgraded their fleet, does not disappoint at all:

"You, no doubt, know that our daily non-stop services from JFK operate with new 777-200LRs, and our daily flights from Chicago with 777-300ERs." (emphasis mine)

I can see a pop quiz at the airport before checking in.

AI Officer: "What aircraft will we be flying today?"
Passenger: "Umm...747?"

Officer: "FAIL! EPIC FAIL! Back of the bus! No poori-chole for you!"

(then turning to the stewardess, with a sneer on his face):

"Foolish civilians! The answer we are expecting is - "the longer-range 777-300ER and 777-200LR variants entered service in 2004 and 2006, respectively, while a freighter version, the 777F, first flew in 2008. Both long-range 777 models and the 777F are equipped with General Electric GE90 engines, wingtip extensions of 12.8 ft (3.9 m), and raked wingtips."


Space Bar said...


and...'raked wingtips'?! too much only.

km said...

Yes, "raked wingtips". So stylish and all.

??! said...

Yes, to go with Rakesh's rakish hairstyle.

Ugh, I disgust myself.

km said...

Unless Rakesh's rakish hairstyle makes him look manish. That would be confusing.

Tabula Rasa said...

i hope they require this sort of quiz for the flight staff. i bet at nw/delta they don't.

km said...

TR: I feel you are hiding a rant. Bring it out. It's only healthy ;)

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

I'D rant - I flew their 777 last Friday-Saturday - except that it hurts too much.
(To be fair, the cabin crew took very good care of us.)