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Indian IC 173: 23/SEP/07: BOM-MAA: Y Cabin  
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14945 times:

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Trip Report: 034
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 23-Sep-07
SDT/SAT/Delay: 2030/2215/01:45 hrs
Flight: Air India/NACIL: op. by Indian IC 173, 642 miles
Routing: BOM-MAA
Aircraft: 300
Seat: Economy Class, 24C

I > Background:

Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

This will be probably the first/last TR on IC’s old birds – the venerable 300. I had 2 reasons for this trip. First, when I was in India last year for a wedding (amongst my 15 work trips – LOL), I promised a bunch of people that I would visit them again to really say “I have been to India”. So when I took 4 months off, India was naturally on the list. And man, I love that country! Secondly, while I was there, I thought it would make sense to fly some more routes and airlines. Actually, I have now flown every Indian airline out there. The reason for this trip was to fly the Airbus A-300 one last time before IC begins to retire them … they have been going tech on far too many occasions.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Booking for the Indian (or is it Air India?) flight was done at their website on http://www.indianairlines.in/. Booking was simple and surprisingly I could pay with my Venezuelan credit card, but not one issued in Switzerland. Go figure! While my e-ticket was generated, there was no advanced seat selection option, and the call center could not process seat requests for my seat class. I guess bureaucracies take time to change  .

b) At Airport:
Air India (operated by Indian) … and from now referred to as Indian … operates from terminal 1A at CSIA (www.csia.in). CSIA 1A strictly adheres to the “IADS” (for new readers of my TR’s: IADS first explained here. I am going to miss these terminals when all the renovations are complete. Anyway, CSIA 1A is home to IC and IT. Each of IC’s flights get a separate check-in counter (see picture). To my surprise, the entire terminal has NO actual trace of Indian Airlines or Indian written anywhere. Very impressive given how slow Indian bureaucracy moves, and how recent the merger (and subsequent logo and name) has been. I did however feel sorry for those foreigners who are not accustomed to Indian airline history. I am sure some have missed flights trying to figure out all this drama and what their airline really is.

Anyway, check-in was a super breeze. However, since I was pretty late, I managed to only score a middle block aisle seat on the flight. The agent promised that at least it was a middle exit row – later on embarkation, I would find out that she was off by 2 rows  . Security was also a breeze, and the terminal looked relatively un-chaotic. I had to actually pinch and remind myself I was in India. More weirdly, my Indian flight was on time the gate area had plenty of seating … and the icing on the cake was that boarding DID NOT subscribe to ILBST. What the hell?! I was so disappointed. I do not travel to India for a sterile experience. Boarding by jet way onto the flight, I time-traveled back to the 1970s and when IC bought these aircrafts! Walking through the J cabin (100% load), I finally got to 24C. It was interesting to note that there were plenty of crew (12+ in Y), with lots of male attendant wearing hats (is this new?) and helping passengers get on board and with their luggage. I specifically appreciated one attendant taking the time to explain patiently how the seat belt works to an obvious first time flyer. Y class load was nearly 90%.

Airport - External:

(CSIA 1A)
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Check-In:

(Check-in by destination)
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(All the IC check-in counters)
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(Or you can e-check in)
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Airport - Internal:

(Departure Board)
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Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Lounge

NONE

Boarding:

(Walk to the gate)
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(Boarding area lounge)
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(Tons of construction)
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(Oh God! How boring … a civilized line!)
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III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
First thing that hit me was when the cabin crew announced … “Welcome onboard AIR INDIA flight 173” … wow … the merger has happened! Interestingly and confusing even further, I think the actual flight is IC 173/ AI 9173. Ok, I should point that as my Indian friend reminded me that “Alex, you need to get over yourself” … “no different than UX/UAL or any other code share”. Fair enough.

Service commenced on the ground with sweets and ear cotton. Immediately upon take-off, “nimbu pani” (super sweet lime water) was served, followed by an awesome full dinner. Topping it off was a tea/coffee service. By the way, what happened to the cold towels that I got on IC flights last year?

b) Aircraft + Seats:
IC’s A-300 are flying machines from a different era. Once the backbone of their city routes, they have now been reduced to a few select cities. An IC manager confided that I must have luck on my side to have a 300 flight being on-time, and not going tech. IC does not seem to have refurbished the interiors much, and the seats still have the 1980s motif, and the cheesiest music. Surprisingly, they actually look pretty good even today. Dull lighting accentuated the vintage feeling, and the bathrooms were quite a hoot. Like IC’s other old birds, the seats were remarkably comfortable with super generous legroom. Recline was significantly above average, and even higher than many Euro-American lines J/F class.

At take-off, the age of these aircrafts really showed as the entire aircraft shook and vibrated. At 24C, the take-off roll seemed super long, and I was convinced that there was going to be a tail strike. Looking out, I was also convinced that the wings were loose as it flapped incessantly like a wild bird. Taxiing was also bumpy – I sort of felt like I was back on the IL9. Now one thing … did these 300’s come with some super bright wing lights – or was it my imagination?

Aircraft:

@ MAA
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Views from Aircraft:

NONE

Seat Leg-Room:

(Very generous)
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Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Again, notice how generous)
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Cabin:

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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/021-18.jpg

(I posted this because this is the look I get as a white person all the time in India  )
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c) Meal + Beverage:
Take-off sweets, a super sweet “nimbu pani” (more for the Indian palate), and then an awesome dinner and beverage service. Beverage service included all major non-alcoholic drinks, plus tea and coffee. Dinner service had 2 options – vegetarian or non-vegetarian – a very standard airline practise in India. And boy did the food rock! Check the picture. It was almost hotel cuisine, and the quantity was very generous. My chicken tikka masala was warm and succulent, the dal and roti great, and even the Indian dessert (I have no idea what they call it) was amazing. Again, I had to pinch and remind myself that this was Y in a domestic flight under 2 hours!

(Yummy – what – dinner on a flight less than 700 miles – perhaps I should send this picture to UAL)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/024-16.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:

A300 = no IFE. However, the “SWAGAT” inflight magazine is one of the better ones out there with not much glossy padding.

(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc.)
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e) Crew:
I am telling you … Indian has some of the best crew in the world. I experienced it in 2006 on CD and IC, and this IC 173 crew was no different. Courteous and helpful during boarding, great during meal service, prompt in clearing finished meals and responding to the numerous requests, and just a overall smiling happy looking people. I especially liked the constant water service. Indians seriously must consume the most amount of water in the world! At the end of the flight, the purser Mr. David came up to me and said, “Mr. Abrelosojos; it seems you have been taking pictures and are genuinely interested in aviation. Would you care to fill our customer satisfaction survey?”! How could I refuse?

IV> Post-Flight:

Arrival at Chennai was smooth. Again, disembarkation was a breeze, and we were bussed to the terminal. The airport seemed less chaotic than other Indian airports, and I was soon outside running to my next flight.

V> Impressions + Scores:

I continue to be impressed by Indian. While the A-300 showed its age (but then again, I flew it for this very reason), and the branding is super confusing even to an airline enthusiast, Indian is doing a great job. The crew service was exemplary, and I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the food – much better than MANY long haul J class catering I have had recently. Not only would I recommend IC, I would actively try to fly on them!

1.0 > RESERVATION: 7.5
2.0 > CHECK-IN: 7.0
0.5 > LOUNGE: N/A
0.5 > BOARDING: 7.0
2.0 > SEAT: 8.0
0.5 > AIRCRAFT OVERALL AMBIENCE: 8.5
1.0 > IFE: 5.0
2.0 > CREW: 9.0
2.0 > FOOD: 9.5
0.5 > BEVERAGES: 7.0
0.5 > A.KITS + OTHER FREEBIES: 5.0
0.5 > DISEMBARKATION: 8.0
1.0 > ON-TIME RECORD: 9.0
WEIGHTED OVERALL IMPRESSION (WOI): 7.87
(Pre-flight WOI of all reviews: 6.30)
* Weighted Overall Impression (WOI) is a new way of aligning scores to what matters most. Developed with input from A.Netter LONGHORNMANIAC, WOI places weights which are indicated alongside each category.

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

Please let me know if you like this new way of presenting the older trip reports. Also, please note that these scores are now adjusted to WOI. Reference to old straight average will be given only in this report.

PREMIUM:
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007 – 7.96
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007 – 7.85
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006 – 7.81
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006 – 7.17
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006 – 7.13
6.70: KLM: EBB-AMS: 08/2007 – 7.15
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006 – 5.88
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007 – 5.33

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006 – 7.09
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007 – 5.89
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006 – 5.92
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007 – 5.96
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007 – 5.46

ECONOMY: Short
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006 – 8.21
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006 – 7.54
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006 – 7.25
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006 – 7.14
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006 – 6.67
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006 – 6.73
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007 - 6.17
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006 – 6.54
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007 – 6.17
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006 – 6.04
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007 – 6.08
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006 – 5.89
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007 – 5.75
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007 – 5.67
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006 – 5.75
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007 – 5.96
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006 – 5.04
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007 – 4.83
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007 – 4.58
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006 – 4.42

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)

VII> Other Pictures:

It has now become customary to share some images of the place I went to, and some other related aviation pictures. Actually, in this report, I am going to call this segment “ODE TO INDIA” … my favorite pictures from this time in India … basically a trip though the religious diversity of the country … Secularish Delhi, Buddhist Ladakh in Kashmir, Muslim Agra, Hindu Rajasthan, Secular Bombay, and Christian Goa. Hope everyone enjoys!

(Government Ministries, Delhi)
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(Humayuns Tomb, Delhi)
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(I wonder what this is)
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(Taj Mahal Complex, Agra)
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(Man asleep, Fatehpur Sikri)
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(Orange Fatehpur Sikri)
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(Buddhist prayer flags, Kashmir’s Ladakh region)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/032-7.jpg

(My favourite road trip in the world … hands down … Leh to Pangong Tso to Manali)
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(Arriving at Pangong Tso)
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(India-China border)
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(Pangong Tso .. Tso means Lake)
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(Another lake)
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(Stall somewhere in the middle of nowhere after having passed the highest motor able road in the world)
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(Winding road to Manali)
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(Lone trucker, Crazy Road)
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(My favourite picture of the trip … my friends SUV amidst stunning Kashmir backdrop … really Incredible India)
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(Indian road, and the drivers are both crazy)
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(Shadows, near the Kashmir-Himachal Pradesh border)
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(I drove this!!! And, I want a Mahindra Scorpio SUV here in Venezuela)
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(Shoes, random small town, Rajasthan State)
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(Jaipur, Rajasthan)
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(Inside Jaipur Fort, Rajasthan)
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(Jaipur, Rajasthan)
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(Jodhpur Fort, Rajasthan)


(Jodhpur, Rajasthan)
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(Taj Hotel, Bombay. I pampered myself for a night)
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(Old and New, Bombay)


(Train station, Bombay)
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(Sun sets on Bombay’s crazy expressways)
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(Goa)
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(Calcutta, Bengal = Communists = Strikes = Intellectuals = I LOVE IT   … even, the French would be proud  )
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(Why India will rise … random young boy sells tea and has time for the newspaper)
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[Edited 2007-12-24 22:17:17]


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26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineMal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14931 times:
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Great report exceleant photos , this one is my favourite purely stunning .

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(Another lake)




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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14906 times:

Another fascinating report, as always!!!! I'm so jealous of your exotic travels. I must admit, though. For once, the non-aviation related pictures were more intriguing than the aviation-related pictures. Absolutely stunning countryside. Keep it up, Alex!!!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14876 times:

Wow, amazing report, as all the other ones.

Did you take that pic of the Taj? All my friends that have been there have told me that it is not as white as can be seen in pics and that there's always so many people, cars, cows, etc, around it, that it has put me off to visit it, even though I live relatively close to India.

Out of curiosity, are you retired? Whatever you do for a living, must be amazing since all you seem to do is just go traveling around the world!

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14842 times:



Quoting Coal (Reply 3):
Did you take that pic of the Taj? All my friends that have been there have told me that it is not as white as can be seen in pics and that there's always so many people, cars, cows, etc, around it, that it has put me off to visit it, even though I live relatively close to India.

= Yes. I took that picture of the Taj. In fact, I took all the pictures except the one of Bombay expressway and the one of the Kashmir pictures - both taken by a fellow Indian A.Netter who was with me.

The Taj really is white, and its absolutely incredible. There are not many people, cows, etc. in the Taj compound. Everything around it is absolutely insane. However, thats what India is ... and thats why I love it. I love chaos ... and I admire how much gets done amidst the chaos in India. It is exactly opposite of disciplined Singapore when I get bored in 2 days flat. If you go to the Taj, make sure you take time to really appreciate it. Its anti-climatic if you go to just check-it off your list. More than any other place, India is an experience more than just a destination.

Quoting Coal (Reply 3):
Out of curiosity, are you retired? Whatever you do for a living, must be amazing since all you seem to do is just go traveling around the world!

= LOL. What is up with this sudden A.Net interest in my career and life  Smile? I wish I was retired. I am 29  Smile. I would like to believe I am good at my job ... and my superiors know that I take ALL my vacation days and they know that if they wanted to retain me, they had to accept my 4 month sabatical. Life is short. I try to live it keeping this in mind. Trust me, there are always a 1000 excuses not to travel ... and finally, when I go to a place ... 75% of the time, I am OK to go from J class straight into a 5 dollar room  Smile.

Cheers and go visit the Taj ...and form your own opinion ... but make sure you dont rush it. Finally, thanks for reading my report.

Cheers,
A.



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User currently offlineHummingBird From Jamaica, joined Mar 2007, 3121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14830 times:
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Another wonderful and exciting trip report. The pictures of India are breathtaking..............

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
At the end of the flight, the purser Mr. David came up to me and said, “Mr. Abrelosojos; it seems you have been taking pictures and are genuinely interested in aviation. Would you care to fill our customer satisfaction survey?”! How could I refuse?

Another example of quality service. I am glad he understood your interest in aviation. Instead of scolding you, he turned the situation into a positive........



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14807 times:
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Excellent TR!

Looks like IC are pretty good, at least based on this trip.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The reason for this trip was to fly the Airbus A-300 one last time before IC begins to retire them

-Good move, these are the real old B2/B4 versions.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Booking was simple and surprisingly I could pay with my Venezuelan credit card, but not one issued in Switzerland. Go figure!

- How odd!!

The meal service looked pretty generous, again, impressed.

I liked the seat fabric, just like stepping back into the 70's!  Smile

The picture selection from your travels is just superb, I'm sure they will make everyone want to vist India now to the some of the vast country.

Seasons Greetings

Mark



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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14807 times:

Alex, this was one of the best reports i have read in a while, really well put and the pictures especially the ones of your road trip were stunning to say the least,

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I posted this because this is the look I get as a white person all the time in India

Haha, coincidently thats the look i also get when i am an over enthusiastic person trying to take pictures in an airport cabin,

I wont even comment on the look i get when i do that in a foreign airline.

Karan


User currently offlineCakentennis From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14753 times:

That's it !!!

I've been wanting to go to Rajasthan for the last two years now ! I'm going to have to try and squeeze in a trip to Jaisalmer next week.

Abrelosojos, Excellent trip report!! I can't wait to read more, see more, from you.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17122 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14664 times:

Brilliant TR,

The pics are really good. The pics from MAA are magnificent!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Yummy -- what -- dinner on a flight less than 700 miles -- perhaps I should send this picture to UAL)

LOL!! You shall!!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Please let me know if you like this new way of presenting the older trip reports. Also, please note that these scores are now adjusted to WOI. Reference to old straight average will be given only in this report.

That is a excellent way to put it up. Continue with it!!

I really like your TRs, especially your scoring system. It is so good, and it gives you a smattering about the service on each carrier, and it is easier to compare in that way!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14597 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 4):
More than any other place, India is an experience more than just a destination.



Quoting HummingBird (Reply 5):
The pictures of India are breathtaking

I really, really enjoyed your TR and pictures. Excellent. I agree with you about India - Incredible India. I am already planning my 7th visit, probably October 2008. I also read another TR of yours and enjoyed the pictures of NBO. Thanks.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14572 times:

Hi Alex!

As I already said, I just love the way you present your TRs. Very well done! But, this one has a very special bonus and this is wonderful pictures of India. They are awesome!

Merry Christmas  santahat 


Aleksandar



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User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14557 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):

(Check-in by destination)

Not bad to see carpets for economy class passengers

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):

(I wonder what this is)

Amazing photo, well all the photos were taken as if you are a professional photographer

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(My favourite road trip in the world … hands down … Leh to Pangong Tso to Manali)

What a beautiful place. My school went there for nearly a month, and they thought it was BEAUTIFUL, I guess spending the night at the airport in Delhi helped

Another great trip report!


User currently offlineMk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14549 times:

Alex,

Loved the pics of Kashmir and Himachal. It reminds me of my trip to Himachal with my parents when i lived in Delhi. We had gone to Lahaul and Spiti valley past rohtang pass, its one trip i can never forget, that area of India is just gorgeous.

Lovely TR on the classic AB300, the food as usual looks great, this is one thing i miss when i travel domestic in the US.

Waiting for yet, another one of your sought after TR's



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2822 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14499 times:

Once again an impressive TR! thanks to you I can also (even if just by looking at the pics) travel to those wonderful, remote and cool places!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I am 29

Heck how I envy you! I am 27 and my travel record is still pretty lame... but I am working on it! I still have plenty of time to go explore.

I am already looking forward for the next installment.

MIAspotter



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14345 times:



Quoting HummingBird (Reply 5):
Instead of scolding you, he turned the situation into a positive........

= The mark of a great crew/airline.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Looks like IC are pretty good, at least based on this trip.

= Actually, I am beginning to think that IC is a overall good and underrated carrier. I had similar positive experiences last year on IC and on CD.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
-Good move, these are the real old B2/B4 versions.

= ... and they felt like "real old B2/B4 versions."  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Seasons Greetings

= You 2 Mark.

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 7):
Alex, this was one of the best reports i have read in a while, really well put and the pictures especially the ones of your road trip were stunning to say the least,

= Thanks. Ya, I am in love with Ladakh.

Quoting Cakentennis (Reply 8):
I've been wanting to go to Rajasthan for the last two years now ! I'm going to have to try and squeeze in a trip to Jaisalmer next week.

= Go via Jodhpur and stay at the exquisite (and cheap) Ratan Villas.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
The pics from MAA are magnificent!!

= ?. I am sorry as there are no pics of MAA on this TR.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
I really like your TRs, especially your scoring system. It is so good, and it gives you a smattering about the service on each carrier, and it is easier to compare in that way!!!

= Thanks. I had help from from A.Netter Longhornmaniac who inspired me to transition to a weight based system.

Quoting DFWMzuri (Reply 10):
I really, really enjoyed your TR and pictures. Excellent. I agree with you about India - Incredible India. I am already planning my 7th visit, probably October 2008. I also read another TR of yours and enjoyed the pictures of NBO. Thanks.

= Ashante sana.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 11):
Hi Alex!

As I already said, I just love the way you present your TRs. Very well done! But, this one has a very special bonus and this is wonderful pictures of India. They are awesome!

Merry Christmas

= Thanks and Merry Christmas my namesake from Serbia  Smile.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 12):
My school went there for nearly a month, and they thought it was BEAUTIFUL,



Quoting Mk777 (Reply 13):
We had gone to Lahaul and Spiti valley past rohtang pass, its one trip i can never forget, that area of India is just gorgeous.

= It is absolutely divine. My next stops in India are Lakshwadeep and the North East states.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 14):
I am already looking forward for the next installment.

= Thanks. I have a few of India in the pipeline ... then I promise some truly exotic countries  Smile.

Also, I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and also to thank you for all the support and kind words. Y'all are such positive energy.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2822 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14283 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 15):
then I promise some truly exotic countries

Bhutan on Druk Air?? Big grin Big grin

MIAspotter



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2416 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14273 times:

See IC's new A330's!!

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j310/N475WN/indian.jpg

FYI - VT-EVD is an original to Egypt Air, a 1983 vintage! However I don't think that the current interior is from Egypt Air.



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14269 times:



Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 16):
Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 15):
then I promise some truly exotic countries

Bhutan on Druk Air??

= Its Christmas ... so ask and you shall receive  Smile. Actually, these were taken on my 2004 trip to Bhutan. I joined A.Net in 2005, and my first TR was only in June 2006. The countries coming up in the TR's are equally exotic.

Cheers,
A.

(Approach to PBH)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/001-24.jpg

(Crowded taxiway and ramp - with the highest number of aircrafts Druk has had at any point)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/002-24.jpg

(A319 that brought me in - I once tried to submit this picture on A.Net. They refused me  Sad)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/003-24.jpg

(The other A319)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/004-24.jpg

(Not a monastery ... but Paro International Airport ... one of the most beautiful and unique in the world)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/006-24.jpg

(Entire airport from high up)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/005-24.jpg



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14257 times:

What stunning pictures especially at the border with China! I guess that was along the Himalayan range? I have seen pictures of Sikhim north of Bagdora and it looks similar... Still, the moon-like landscape looks so surreal.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Aircraft:

@ MAA

Hmm... You de-planed from the right side of the aircraft! How unusual!



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User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14215 times:

And yet again your travels make me jealous! India is on my top list of future destinations, perhaps next year. That picture of the Taj is simply perfect.  Smile

Saludos,
Marambio



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User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14194 times:

Absolutely agree with other commenter - non-aviation photos of India are impressive than aviation photos in this trip report! Good to see IC 300s still going strong. Wonder whatever happened to A300 planes Indian government donated to Afghanistan?

User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13981 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 19):
Hmm... You de-planed from the right side of the aircraft! How unusual!

= You know ... until you pointed it out, I didn't even realize that. I don't even remember the last time I disembarked from the right side.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 19):
What stunning pictures especially at the border with China!

= Interestingly, I have been to the Chinese side and its VERY different.

Quoting Marambio (Reply 20):
And yet again your travels make me jealous! India is on my top list of future destinations, perhaps next year. That picture of the Taj is simply perfect.

Saludos,
Marambio

= Let me know before you go. I will give you solid advice and put you in touch with your countrymen. There are SOOO many Argentinians working in India. Its VERY weird.

Quoting Gamps (Reply 21):
Wonder whatever happened to A300 planes Indian government donated to Afghanistan?

= I believe those were the AI planes.

Quoting Gamps (Reply 21):
Good to see IC 300s still going strong.

= Well, I would not be too enthusiastic ... according to an OPS guy, they go tech fairly often.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
The pics from MAA are magnificent!!

= I stand corrected. There is the picture of the 300 taken at MAA.

Michelle, thanks for the PM. Tried for 2000 and forgot twice. So 2000+1 would be the answer. M.T.S.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13973 times:

Alex,

Those pics from Bhutan are amazing and they reminded me of similar ones publish in Airways magazine few years ago. Can you write another TR only on Druk Air and your experiences there? I'm sure it would be a real treat to all of us.



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13727 times:



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 23):
Alex,

Those pics from Bhutan are amazing and they reminded me of similar ones publish in Airways magazine few years ago. Can you write another TR only on Druk Air and your experiences there? I'm sure it would be a real treat to all of us.

= Alex. Unfortunately, I don't recall all the details of the flight and feel it would be an injustice to Druk Air to write up something arbitrarily. What I remember was decent service, lots of Bhutanese being super giggly about returning home, very sterile interiors, and a crazy landing. I might be back in Bhutan ... will write then for sure.

Cheers and thanks for reading,
A.



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25 Gr8Circle : Hi, Execllent report and out-of-the-world pictures!! You are really lucky to be seeing parts of India that I could not see inspite of being born and b
26 Post contains images Buck3y3nut : Alex First of all a Happy New Year to you... Secondly, this is one of the best trip reports on A.net. It truly shows the beauty of India and you have
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