Your choice of scheduled airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality. Our holidays to the Indian Subcontinent feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted seven of the best and the different services they offer. Stretch out: On long-haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort, so Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease. Regional connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long-haul flights from regional UK airports. For further information, please either refer to the table below the price grid applicable to your tour or contact Cox & Kings.
British Airways flies from London Heathrow nonstop to Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Hyderabad, Chennai (Madras) and Bengaluru (Bangalore), and from London to the Maldives from October to March. You can either check in online, or b y using the British Airways app or at the checkin kiosk at the airport. Print or download your boarding pass and take your baggage directly to the Bag Drop desk. World Traveller benefits: A 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest; 23cm (8.9in) personal television screen with audio video on demand, offering access to 200 film, television and music channels; and three-course meals with complimentary bar service. World Traveller Plus benefits: A smaller cabin for more privacy; a 97cm (38in) seat pitch; wider seat with adjustable headrest, leg rest, footrest and lumbar support, offering more personal space than World Traveller; 27cm (10.6in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; and enhanced choice of meals served on china crockery with complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £345 per person returnClub World benefits: Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges, as well as complementary treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World features a seat that converts into a 183cm (6ft) fully flat bed; 31cm (12.1in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; excellent local and international cuisine is served along with fine wines and beverages; and snacks and beverages are available from the Club Kitchen. Upgrade from £1,695 per person return. First benefits: First customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and complementary treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Your personal suit on board creates a private environment with a seat that converts into a 198cm (6ft 6in) flat bed; 39cm (15.4in) personal in-flight entertainment screen. Turndown service includes a duvet, pillows and pyjamas; pre-flight dining is available at London Heathrow; on board, choose from a formal a la carte menu or an informal dining option, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £2,995 per person return. * Elemis Travel Spa: Available at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Cabin design elements may vary by aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Delhi, now operated by their 787-9 Dreamliner out of a dedicated check-in area at Terminal 3. With Virgin Atlantic, you can check in at the check-in kiosk or online, printing your boarding pass and taking your luggage directly to the Bag Drop. Economy Class benefits: 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support and adjustable headrests; 23cm (9in) personal television screen with more than 300 hours of entertainment; choice of three meals with separate dessert service and complimentary drinks; and free amenity kit. Premium Economy benefits: Separate checkin and dedicated cabin with a maximum of 35 passengers, comfier leather seats with a width of 53cm (21in) and a 97cm (38in) seat pitch. An adjustable headrest and footrest; 28cm (11in) personal television screen; and upgraded meals with complimentary drinks, including an after-dinner liqueur. Upgrade from £325 per person return. Upper Class benefits: Separate check-in at Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing; quick transfer through the Private Security Channel to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, which offers complimentary meals, drinks and treatments. One of the longest fully flat beds in Business Class at 56cm (22in) wide and more than 221cm (7ft 3in) long; all seats have direct aisle access. The Graze Menu allows you to dine on most flights when you wish*. In addition, features include an onboard bar and a personal 28cm (11in) widescreen television. Upgrade from £1,695 per person return. * Grace menu in Upper Class is only available on flights from Delhi
Qatar Airways operates six daily flights from Heathrow, two daily flights from Manchester and one daily flight from Edinburgh to Doha, with onward connections to 12 destinations in India as well as Colombo and the Maldives. Economy Class benefits: Up to 86cm (34in) seat pitch with adjustable head and neck supports; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screen; and international cuisine with complimentary beverages including champagne. Business Class benefits: Priority Check-in and access to Business Class lounges; lie-flat beds with up to 198cm (78in) pitch, which also have a built in back massage function on selected aircraft; 43cm (17in) personal television screen; and enjoy fine dining anytime during the flight with gourmet meals by celebrity chefs and a selection of fine wines and champagne. Upgrade from £1,795 per person return. First Class benefits: Dedicated check in area with access to Business Class lounges; seats convert into fully flat beds with up to a 228cm (90in) seat pitch; in-flight amenity kit and a sleeper suit provided by designer brands; 66cm (26in) personal television; a 61cm (24in) table that allows dinner for two; fine dining anytime during the flight with gourmet meal and a selection of fine wines and champagne. Upgrade from £3,095 per person return.
Etihad Airways operates flights to 17 Indian cities and Kathmandu in Nepal from London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi. Economy Class benefits: The Smart Seat features a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest; personal 28cm (11in) touchscreen TV; special noisereduction headsets; plus mobile and internet access. Business Class benefits: Separate check in; access to lounges; the seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 200cm (80.5 in); a large personal 46cm (18in) touch screen TV; noise-cancelling headsets; a pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat; and in-seat massage. Upgrade from £1,995 per person return.
Jet Airways, long established as one of India’s premier airlines, operates daily nonstop flights from Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai, with onward connections to more than 51 destinations in India and the Indian Subcontinent, including Kathmandu and Colombo. Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch, with lumbar support, backrest, headrest; personal 27cm (10.6in) touchscreen TV with audio video on demand; and a choice of Indian or continental meals. Première benefits: Separate check in; access to lounges; armchair-style seat, with fully adjustable lumbar support and headrest, which converts to a 185cm (6ft 1in) fully flat bed; all seats have direct aisle access; pillows and a duvet are provided on night flights; selected menu to choose from and an extensive wine and beverage list, including Bollinger champagne; and personal 39cm (15.4in) television screen. Upgrade from £1,745 per person return. First Class benefits: Separate check in, with access to lounges; private suite offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy; seats that convert into a 211cm (6ft 11in) fully flat bed; fold-down companion seat; duvet, pillows and sleeper suit on overnight services; private wardrobe; 58cm (23in) seat-back television, and five-course menus with the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £4,995 per person return.
Sri Lankan Airlines flies non-stop from Heathrow to Colombo. Connections from Colombo are offered to a host of destinations in the Indian Subcontinent including the Maldives, Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum, Bengaluru, Madurai, Delhi and Mumbai. Economy Class benefits: An 81cm (32in) seat pitch with lumbar support; personal television screen for every passenger, with over 275 hours of on demand entertainment; Wi-Fi; and choice of meals and complimentary bar service. Business Class benefits: Complimentary airport limousine service for clients within a 120km (75- mile) radius of Heathrow; separate check in and access to lounges; lie-flat beds with a 203cm (6ft 6in) pitch; 38cm (15in) personal television screen; and à la carte meals served with fine wines. Upgrade from £2,295 per person return.
Emirates operates 16 daily flights to Dubai – five from Heathrow, three from Gatwick and Manchester, two from Birmingham and Glasgow and one from Newcastle – offering onward connections to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata (Calcutta), Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Trivandrum, Colombo, the Maldives and Dhaka.
Economy Class benefits: Up to 86cm (34in) seat pitch with adjustable headrests; personal television screens with more than 1,800 channels of on-demand in-flight entertainment; and multi-course meals with full complimentary bar service.
Business Class benefits: Complimentary airport chauffeur-drive service (distance restrictions apply); priority check-in and exclusive airport lounge access; lie-flat beds with up to 201cm (6ft 7in) pitch; up to 43cm (17in) personal digital television screens; and multi-course gourmet cuisine served with award-winning wines.Upgrades available on request. Please contact us for more details.