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AI's CCU-LHR Service. Viewing At BOM Airside  
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

One of my options for returning from CCU to LON is to fly AI non-stop (772). When was this service announced? It must have completely bypassed me.

Also, one of my options would involve a wait in BOM of either 3 hours 10 minutes or 6 hours 40 minutes. If I am flying AI and am connecting, would I get good views at BOM?

Cheers!

James.

P.S. Please visit my thread in the aviation polls forum – I’d appreciate your views regarding my outbound options.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
When was this service announced? It must have completely bypassed me.

It started in June or July, afair.. announced few months b4 - it rather seems that you were too drunk to follow the announcements  drunk 

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
wait in BOM of either 3 hours 10 minutes or 6 hours 40 minutes.

Every minute in BOM is one minute too much. BOM airport is a Dump, and nothing great to see.. however, the area around permits great spotting!


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 1):
the area around permits great spotting!

What, in the connection area (for AI pax)?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
What, in the connection area (for AI pax)?

No, outside of "The Dump".. see f.i.

India-Kenya 9W/AI Cum A.net Meet BOM +Pics/Vid/Long (by Mrniji Aug 8 2005 in Trip Reports)

Some pics of that area and the view along


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

And what about in AI's connection area?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
And what about in AI's connection area?

It is the absolute dump.. see the thread I referred to cum the pics.. in the night, you can virtually see nothing due to reflection, and the sight is impaired by dual-glass

Btw I still have to call the Indian High Commission in LON to warn them of your visa application and consider it with more scrutiny whether or not a visa can be granted for security reasons  Wink


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 5):
Btw I still have to call the Indian High Commission in LON to warn them of your visa application and consider it with more scrutiny whether or not a visa can be granted for security reasons

Well, as ex-PM of Cooooonguah, I am not surprised I am an increased security risk. :-P



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Blimey, Nijiiiiii, it'd take me a year to read everything in that thread! Could you copy-and-paste the relevant bits re. viewing in AI connection area at BOM? Thanks.

Also, what is AI's IFE like?

What are its 744 and 772 machines like, too, in terms of comfort, etc?

I presume the food aboard AI would be good. Am I right?

Would I receive a meal on BOM-MAA and CCU-BOM (both on 310 machines)?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
And what about in AI's connection area?

If you're flying First or Business, the spotting is great from the Air India lounge. Otherwise, its a dump, and there is precious little access to windows, because you are separated from them by security gates. Take the nonstop to CCU and spare yourself BOM.

AI will ply you with food and alcohol on all sectors. The IFE is wretched (even on the ex-SQ 744s that should be having multiple programming - only about 6 channels of rubbish). Don't know how the 777s do on the IFE side.


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

At this rate it seems BA would be better, albeit less exciting.

I could go LHR-BOM-MAA and then CCU-LHR non-stop, both with AI. That'd spare me 3 hours or so or 6 or so hours at BOM. Hmm. It's a shame I wouldn't be able to see much at BOM.

Would it be possible, as an AI connecting passenger, to exit the connection area and go landside, to then proceed airside when necessary? If yes, are there any good places for watching while landside?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

I forgot to ask: is it possible to watch the (limited) movements while both airside and landside at CCU?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
It's a shame I wouldn't be able to see much at BOM.

The city is great. The airport is nothing to talk about. Period

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
Would it be possible, as an AI connecting passenger, to exit the connection area and go landside, to then proceed airside when necessary?

Yes, provided you have a valid multiple entry visa

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 10):
I forgot to ask: is it possible to watch the (limited) movements while both airside and landside at CCU?

CCU is OK

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
Blimey, Nijiiiiii, it'd take me a year to read everything in that thread! Could you copy-and-paste the relevant bits re. viewing in AI connection area at BOM? Thanks.

You oughta read the essence out yourself and bump it up with a (positive) comment..  - nothing about booze (ahh!) please  

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
Also, what is AI's IFE like?

See my TR  - the image with the board magazine

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
What are its 744 and 772 machines like, too, in terms of comfort, etc?

Seat pitch in the own 744 is great.. seats are 80s style, which make them more comfortable than the seats of the FR new economy..  

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
I presume the food aboard AI would be good. Am I right?

Dilicious.. the best I have had thus far

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
Would I receive a meal on BOM-MAA and CCU-BOM (both on 310 machines)?

Now YOU talk about meals.. - how about you email this to M.O.L@ryanair.com  

Yes, there are meals on every sector, even on BOM-GOI (1/2 hr).. delicious Kheer for dessert, if you are lucky   - see my TR 

[Edited 2005-10-14 01:40:21]

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
I could go LHR-BOM-MAA and then CCU-LHR non-stop, both with AI. That'd spare me 3 hours or so or 6 or so hours at BOM. Hmm. It's a shame I wouldn't be able to see much at BOM.

The lesser time you manage to spend at Indian airports - the better. And especially if the airport is BOM. Howver if you do get stranded at BOM, walk over into one of the airport lounges/restaurants - in India the lounges will offer you free food/drinks if you have a Citibank Gold/Platinum or a Diners card or a Standard Chartered Gold card (I'm assuming you're not flying Business) - and a much needed sanctuary from the mayhem outside. The last time in BOM I visited the lounge run by one of the hotel chains (I think it was the Oberoi?) - they had a good selection of juice/soft drinks and beer/spirits - and also nice snacks on offer. The best part was this was completely deserted - so very peaceful.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3102 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
If I am flying AI and am connecting, would I get good views at BOM

Not from inside the Terminal.

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
presume the food aboard AI would be good. Am I righ

Thats the best part of India.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

Hi again folks,

Thanks for your replies.

I have some more questions which I'd appreciate answering:

1) If I were transferring at BOM from the LHR flight to the MAA flight (on a 310), would I be bussed to the aircraft?

2) Is there any viewing area, or some such, at MAA?

3) If I were flying CCU-BOM (310), would I be bussed from the aircraft to the terminal?

4) If I had either 3 hours or 6 hours at BOM, would it be worth my while going landside? If yes, is there any decent place to watch, i.e. a cafe or whatever?

5) How will BA's meals on its UK-India-UK services be altered? Any info.?

Cheers again.  Smile



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 14):
1) If I were transferring at BOM from the LHR flight to the MAA flight (on a 310), would I be bussed to the aircraft?

No

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 14):
3) If I were flying CCU-BOM (310), would I be bussed from the aircraft to the terminal?

in CCU or BOM? In BOM: No.. and afair CCU has bridges, too (I forgot how it was when I arrived with TG December last year)

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 14):
4) If I had either 3 hours or 6 hours at BOM, would it be worth my while going landside? If yes, is there any decent place to watch, i.e. a cafe or whatever?

The airport is very central, but you could be caught in a rush-hour.. BOM is simply amazing, says my experience, lots to see, shopping, cafes, dhabas - and for you also booze shops and clubs.. you are not far from Bandra, Juhu Beach etc., where the life's movin'... When I arrived in BOM in January with my ex-madam, we had a wonderful day-stay there.. take the 6 hr stay and get out of the airport asap


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Thanks, Nijjjjjjjjiiiiiii.

Re. BOM: I would not be going into the city from the airport (I’d have 3-5 days in Mumbai itself during my 2 ½ month trip). I meant are there views landside in the terminal, i.e. from a café or whatever? And, if yes, would I be able to go landside from airside, watch for however long, and then proceed back airside to the connection area to catch my flight to LHR? Would this be worthwhile, if it is possible, considering I'd have either 3 or 6 hours at BOM?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Everything considered, I think I'll choose BA, although I would have certainly have choosen AI if BOM was good for viewing. Never mind.  Smile


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 17):
Everything considered, I think I'll choose BA, although I would have certainly have choosen AI if BOM was good for viewing. Never mind.

BOM IS good for viewing! You just need to get out of the airport and take a riksha to the spot of my trip report (20 min).. it's amazing.. you stand on the top of the hill, see the runway, planes descending over your head, along with many locals who live in the attached slums.. see my pics in the TR  Wink


User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 17):
Everything considered, I think I'll choose BA

Reasons please  Smile

Did you take a look at my comments in the Polls section?



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 19):
Reasons please

Because there won't be any viewing possibilities at BOM (and no, I won't be going around the airport per.)

BA arrives into MAA at a slightly better time (0110)

Better IFE and seat comfort

OK, I would ordinarily choose more unusual carriers - BA isn't exactly exciting - but if I can't see bugger all at BOM then there's no point going through there. Besides, AI seems to be a very inconsistent carrier.

Anyway, I haven't even booked BA yet.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 18):
BOM IS good for viewing! You just need to get out of the airport and take a riksha to the spot of my trip report (20 min).

Only in the Day  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

Btw don't buy a non-refundable ticket.. I haven't called the Indian High Commission yet in regard to denying your visa for security reasons  bigthumbsup   Wink

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

After a period of great uncertainty, I have booked my ticket - with AI.

I'll be flying LHR-BOM-MAA and CCU-BOM-LHR. I will get 2x 744 and 2x 310.

It's a shame I'll be arriving into MAA at 0325 and departing CCU at 0315, but if I had flown BA I'd have arrived into MAA at 0110 and departed CCU at 0445, so not much difference at all.

I've also never flown from T3 - but I've flown from the other 3 many times. And I've been meaning to fly from T3 for a good while.

Now, I am on AI122, LHR-BOM, which departs LHR at 1005. When will check-in open? I need a definite answer please.

Would my luggage go straight through to MAA?

I am on AI681 CCU-BOM, connecting with AI125 BOM-LHR. What time - for definite - will AI's check-in open at CCU?

Also, will my luggage go straight through to LHR?

Anyway, if I'm going to be travelling a lot in India (again), I might as well start from stratch and fly the national airline.

Will I need to reconfirm any of those flights?

Cheers!

[Edited 2005-10-14 17:47:44]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 23):
Would my luggage go straight through to MAA?

Yes.. AI flights are ALL from the International terminal.. customs at last station

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 23):
Also, will my luggage go straight through to LHR?

Yes

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 23):
Will I need to reconfirm any of those flights?

Yes, the return.. possible online on AI's webpage (the box there, click on PNR or so, then the small miniature link to reconfirm).. till then you need to find your passport, and don't loose it Big grin

WE WANT A TR and a benchmark to FR!


25 HAWK21M : Enjoy the Trip. How do you go from MAA to CCU. At the Time of year.It'll be HOT. regds MEL
26 Himmat01 : Have a nice stay in India!! cheers. himmat
27 Pe@rson : 2 1/2 months working my way around. Have been to India for a good while before. Thanks Mr N.
28 Post contains images HAWK21M : Bharat Darshan Huh regds MEL
29 Post contains images Pe@rson : Don't you swear at me. What does that mean?
30 Post contains images Mrniji : He means that you are a male drunk slut
31 Post contains images Pe@rson : I do intend to be a male slut, what with now being single. But I don't really like alcohol any more, so I won't be a drunk male slut.
32 TKMCE : AFAIK , Alcoholic beverages are not served on AI domestic flights . Arriving MAA at 0110 is not bad at all - much better than what you think is a more
33 Karan69 : Relax mate it means Bharat---India Darshan--To pay homage
34 Post contains images Pe@rson : I was just joking. Shame my flight arrives at 0325.
35 AirIndiaOne : hehe, that hill from where you once took pictures with us is no longer standing high !. 80% of it is demolished (sparing the dargah) and it has been
36 TKMCE : Even better!
37 Post contains images HAWK21M : Bharat Darshan....Actually meant Tour of India I heard Even the Dargah has been demolished I heard.A reason qouted by AAI Employees for the series of
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