Air India Business Class Lounge Review – Chennai Airport (International)

By | February 17, 2018

I recently flew Air India Business Class from Chennai (MAA) to Singapore (SIN) and so had access to the Air India Business Class lounge which they usually call it as a “Maharaja Lounge”. Infact i totally forgot the existence of their Maharaja lounge in Chennai Airport until i was given the lounge pass invite during flight check in.

Air India Maharaja Business Class Lounge - Entrance

Air India Maharaja Business Class Lounge – Entrance

Air India Business Class Lounge Experience

Check-in:

So i got the Lounge pass in hand and i noticed they made a spelling mistake. Well that’s fine, headed to the lounge to check if my friend who’s not flying business class could also join me. They denied and so he went to the TFS lounge located just opposite to Maharaja Lounge.

Wish they allow the co-traveller to join, like they do at GVK Business Class lounge in Mumbai (domestic). Check in was quick and i got seated in one of their comfy chair.

Air India Business Class Lounge Invite card

Seating and interiors:

They interiors were quite good for a Business class lounge but i expected more as this beige colour looked like an old design to me. The best part is the chair which is really comfortable with good cushion and back support. Must appreciate this part really atleast, as everything else didn’t go that well.

Air India Business Class Lounge – Seating

Air India Business Class Lounge

Food & Drinks:

I went to grab some bites, just to know that the food spread is very less – disappointed already. Atleast i was happy to see my favourite Medhu Vadai, not so long that i realized it was not tasty as well. I didn’t expect this level of food spread nor the quality in a Business Class lounge.

They did have a bar area, but as i took my flight on Republic day, it was a dry day.

The Annoying Lounge Staff:

So i decided to take some snaps of the lounge. As my iPhone camera went faulty a week back, i got to click with my DSLR, hence went ahead to inform the lounge staff that i’m gonna click some snaps (and not people). He said OKAY, and i went on taking some snaps of the food spread.

Within a minute he came to me with a soft tone and said not to take photos of food and that i need to DELETE the taken ones. Well, i went ahead and got that done for him.

Now i moved out of the food area and started clicking the other areas. Just after few mins he came back with a question “Are you from Media?” and now said not to cover other areas too. Hmm, who cares, i just said okay and left the lounge to join my friend at TFS lounge located just opposite.

And know what? This guy came to TFS Lounge too to make sure i’ve deleted all snaps that i’ve taken. I had no plans to spoil my flight experience and so I deleted all he wants to and kept 2 or so for reference that you see above.

Facilities at Air India Business Class Lounge Chennai:

  • CardExpert Lounge Rating: 3.5/5 
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Food: Yes. Less spread, less tasty.
  • Ambiance: Good.
  • Complimentary Access: For Business Class Travelers on Air India & other Star Alliance carriers

Bottomline:

Its yet another lounge with comfortable seating but with poor food spread and taste. The TFS lounge also has the similar spread, infact its the same food, though much crowded place to be.

Overall, my experience was okay but this annoying staff made it worse. If it really matters to them, they should consider placing a note on entrance that photography is not allowed. I would have been happy if he said that at-least when i informed it upfront.

Anyways, have you been to this lounge or, maybe any other so called Maharaja Lounge? Do share your experiences in comments below.

11 thoughts on “Air India Business Class Lounge Review – Chennai Airport (International)

  1. Mohit

    Have you visited some Lounge in Singapore too?

    Please share about that also.

    Reply
  2. Vinod Kannan

    Thats Air India for you!!! Just like the Local Town bus in Tamilnadu.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Service – yes, in most aspects. But the experience in sky was quite good 🙂

      Reply
  3. Siddharth

    Have you come across the HDFC jetprivilege credit card offer? Seems they are offering 15000 JPMiles daily to the top spender..

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Haven’t received any such communication yet. Still wont be interested as “top spender” is very broad and tough to hit.

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  4. Parth Buch

    Recently visited the Vistara Lounge at T3 and has similar issue with guest.
    I actually had an extra e-voucher with me yet they refused entry to the guest. Didnt want to sit separately and given that the Vistara Lounge is at gate 41 while other lounges are at mezzanine level, we decided to give it a miss.

    Donot understand why these places have such rules ? From lounge’s point of view it should not matter who is using the voucher right ?

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  5. Chand reddy

    I have never had a credit card or a loan. I live in a rented home that is different from what is my permanent address and I work for a foreign company but there is no employer employee relationship i am a contractor i have just have invoices from them every month, i crave for a credit card but i couldnt find any options for my profile, i live in hyderabad

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  6. Saravanan

    Did u redeem miles for business class ticket? If yes, how? Or did u pay for the upgrade?

    Please share buffet images too when reviewing lounges.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Upgrade using miles. Coming up next in detail 🙂

      P.S. As mentioned, these guys didn’t want me to take the images of their tasty(!) food.

      Reply
  7. Sidy

    Siddharth, thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

    Reply

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