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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Some of you who participated in my first thread on this might remember that I was trying to come India a little while ago and it didn't happen - well now it is actually happening and I already got my Indian visa and I'm trying to book tickets from Dubai.

So far I have it as DXB-BOM on CX, BOM-DEL on AI and DEL-DXB on AI.

My question is about connecting in Bombay.

I will be arriving in Bombay in the wee hours of the morning (4am) and my next flight isn't until the afternoon.

My travel agent has advised me that I have to change airports in Bombay. I didn't think that was true, because Amadeus has both flights as arriving into/leaving from Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport. Air India from Terminal 2, Cathay Pacific not specified.

My question is:

1. will I be able to collect my bags at 4am or whatever from the CX and then take them to the Air India counter to check them in for my flight to Delhi? Or will I have to check them in 2 hours before takeoff, or whatever the time restriction is? Is it true that I have to change airports?

2. Secondly will I be able to get on the train from BOM to Bombay city in the morning at that time? Say 5am?

3. Where could I go in Bombay from 5am until noon time or so? Anything to do?

4. Another question is that my flight back to Dubai from Delhi seems to be booked solid (AI747). Does anyone know if Air India sometimes upgrades this flight to a 744 or anything else? I've seen a photo of an AI 747-400 in DXB with the caption as being an upgraded flight. Since I am flying during eid el fitr/diwali I was just wondering if there is any chance of this happening.

In any event, very much looking forward to my trip to India and flying on Air India. I realise that Bombay deserves much more time than simply a morning an afternoon but I have to be in Delhi by that evening so a proper visit to Bombay will have to wait, I guess.


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User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Michel,

2. There are no trains that run directly into BOM from the last visit two years ago.

3. The Colaba/Fort area is where there is lots to do, however Mumbai is night city, you may be bored in the morning. Also, traffic in Mumbai in the mornings is absolute murder, and so are the trains. Would avoid the morning trains until 10AM.

Is there no way you can get to DEL directly from DXB?



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Quoting LH477 (Reply 1):
Is there no way you can get to DEL directly from DXB?

Hi Amish, thanks for the message. Most the point of going to Bombay is to fly on AI 308, a 747-300 Combi.

Will the train be bad even at 6am?



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User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2125 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

The suburban trains in Bombay will be a challenge because you have to transport yourself from the international airport to a train station and the trains are crowded, the local rail system is not "tourist friendly", and you will be a ripe target for pickpockets. You may wish to consider hiring an airconditioned private taxi which would be about Rs. 1000 (~ EUR 20) for eight hours / 50km. Local ANetters on this board can advise you better on how to do this...but it will allow you to go downtown and back in relative comfort.

"Change airport" actually means a change of terminals (from international to domestic) on the same field -- BUT in your case, because Air India domestic flights depart from the same (International) terminal where Cathay will arrive -- you do not have to change. No idea if AI will accept your check-in that early.



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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 2):
Will the train be bad even at 6am?

It is not bad if one is used to it. The trains stop for 20 secs only and take off real fast. Nearest railway station would be Andheri East, I suppose.

I think it would be risky to go all by yourself since you are new to the place. The systems are not as user friendly as in the west.

I believe you would have the same terminal for both CX and AI.


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Hmm...interesting, thanks guys.

I just really want to get on AI 308...but don't want to have a huge problem in Bombay and need something to do between 5am and 12pm. If I go in business class on AI 308 can I go to the Air India business class lounge at BOM as of the morning?

Thanks.



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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

I personally would advise against going into Mumbai city centre at that time of the morning. I found Delhi crazy enough, but I know that Mumbai is notorious for being absolutely crammed full of people during commuter times (millions of people going into the city for work!). I would think it'd be best to stay at the airport for peace of mind, and also to reduce the risk of missing your flight, getting lost in Mumbai with not much time left etc etc.

User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1045 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

I would advise you to spend your time at the airport. There is no point in rushing to the city early in the morning and then rushing back immediately in the afternoon.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Secondly will I be able to get on the train from BOM to Bombay city in the morning at that time? Say 5am



Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Where could I go in Bombay from 5am until noon time or so? Anything to do?

With the Traffic scene in the Day.Better to stick to the Airport area.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Hello!

Well the good news is that I finalised my tickets and will be on AI 308 after all.

Couple of questions.

1. On the Air India 747-300C, if I am in Executive Class, will I definitely be on the Upper Deck? What are the seat numbers up there? Is it worth trying to prebook a seat? What kind of seats are there in the nose?

2. How many hours ahead should I go to the airport? For my BOM-DEL flight its Air India and my DEL-DXB flight also Air India. I assume AI 308 (BOM-DEL) leaves from the domestic terminal in Bombay, even though it continues from Delhi to Tokyo?

3. How wary should I be of photography in Indian airports? I hear that you can get in serious trouble for taking photos. There are precious few photos of DEL on the airliners.net database. And what about on the aircraft itself? Presumably it should be fine?

4. How likely are Air India crew to grant me a cockpit visit after landing? Is it even worth asking for? This would be for AI 308.

5. Does Air India have a lounge for their business class passengers in BOM?

6. Any general tips for traveling in India or on Air India?

My oh my...I am soooooo looking forward to all of this. Cathay 773, arriving in Bombay, flying on Air India, flying on a 74D, experiencing India, seeing my buddy in Delhi...can't wait!!!



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
I assume AI 308 (BOM-DEL) leaves from the domestic terminal in Bombay

All AI Flights leave from the International Terminal at BOM

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
How wary should I be of photography in Indian airports? I hear that you can get in serious trouble for taking photos. There are precious few photos of DEL on the airliners.net database. And what about on the aircraft itself? Presumably it should be fine

Don't click on the Tarmac.As a Scheduled Pax you can click from Inside & Outside the Aircraft from within & in the Terminal building.Restrriction on Defence Aerodromes though.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
How likely are Air India crew to grant me a cockpit visit after landing? Is it even worth asking for? This would be for AI 308.

Try asking when deplaning.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
Any general tips for traveling in India or on Air India

Current situation at DEL.I'd say use a good Mosquito Repellant/cream.

If you are in BOM,Give me a call.If Im not stuck with Mx I'd def drive accross the Tarmac to meet you.

regds
MEL

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
On the Air India 747-300C, if I am in Executive Class, will I definitely be on the Upper Deck? What are the seat numbers up there? Is it worth trying to prebook a seat? What kind of seats are there in the nose?

Business Class is exclusively on the upper deck and is rows 70-80 I believe. No, its not worth prebooking a seat. The A-zone in the nose is Economy class.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
How many hours ahead should I go to the airport? For my BOM-DEL flight its Air India and my DEL-DXB flight also Air India. I assume AI 308 (BOM-DEL) leaves from the domestic terminal in Bombay, even though it continues from Delhi to Tokyo?

Two hours in advance is absolutely fine, and even less for Business Class. All AI flights leave from the International Terminal and you will have to make a "Domestic Customs Declaration". You will also be photographed and have your photograph printed on your boarding pass.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
3. How wary should I be of photography in Indian airports? I hear that you can get in serious trouble for taking photos. There are precious few photos of DEL on the airliners.net database. And what about on the aircraft itself? Presumably it should be fine?

Absolutely no issues either in the terminal or on board the plane. As Hawk advises, be careful on the ramp though.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):

4. How likely are Air India crew to grant me a cockpit visit after landing? Is it even worth asking for? This would be for AI 308.

Just ask and you will almost certainly be permitted after landing. You may even get lucky and be allowed a visit in flight.  Smile

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):

5. Does Air India have a lounge for their business class passengers in BOM?

Absolutely. It is an excellent lounge with full bar, snacks and WiFi internet available.


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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Hey Sean, this is Non Av, not the Photog forum, we don't plug our own shots here  Wink


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

The new Terminal Phase 2 at Bom looks spacious.
regds
MEL



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