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

I recently flew Air India Bussiness 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.


TypeBusiness Class Lounge
Allowed forAir India / Star Alliance Business & First Class
LocationOpposite to TFS lounge (ground floor)
Plug pointsYes
AmbianceDecent interiors with comfortable seating options
Food optionsLimited food spread & average taste

Chennai Airport has so many lounge options. if you don’t like this lounge or if its getting crowded by any chance, you may always move to the TFSLounge located just opposite to this lounge.


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 Bussiness lounge in Mumbai (domestic). Check in was quick and i got seated in one of their comfy chair.

Seating & 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.

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.

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.

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