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DEL To YYZ Via BRU On Jet Airways A330 (pics&vids)  
User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 168 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Background:

I had to travel to Calgary in the month of September for a 3 day presentation. This is a TR of the onward leg from India to Calgary. The leg from BLR-DEL has been left out as that was your typical 9W domestic flight a.k.a professional and pleasing!!  Smile

My option for flying to YYC from BLR included a single stop flight via LHR on BA , or via FRA - YYZ - YYC on LH / AC or DEL - YYZ - YYC on 9W / AC .

Being a huge 9W fan and a member of JPMile program and the fact the 9W had just launched the DEL - BRU - YYZ on their new A332 just the week before, choosing 9W was a no-brainer!!  Smile

My itinerary was was follows

3 9W 226 N 12SEP 3 DELYYZ HK1 0245 1215

4 AC 145 L 12SEP 3 YYZYYC HK1 2040 2250

5 AC 170 L 16SEP 7 YYCYYZ HK1 0900 1645

6 9W 225 S 16SEP 7 YYZDEL HK1 2015 2335

There was an 8 hr waiting at YYZ and my AC flight to YYC landed close to midnite. I had an early meeting the next day. My travel agent told me tht he was not able to book me on an earlier flight, but I could try after landing in YYZ.

DEL - BRU - YYZ
Flight : 9W 226
Reg : VT-JWG
A/C - Airbus A330-200
STD :02:45
ATD: 03:20
STA: 12:15
ATA : 12:10

Since I was connecting at DEL on 9W domestic flight from BLR , I got thru checked in all the way from to YYC from BLR itself.

The baggage tag all the way to YYC from BLR


At the Domestic Arrival in Delhi, one of the 9W staff took my checked in baggage and said tht I could proceed straight to immigration at the international terminal. The inter-terminal shuttle (complimentary) at DEL is very bad, esp compared to the one in BOM. Heard this has been upgraded now in DEL too.

DEL international terminal was not very crowded on that day. There have been lot of changes in the international terminal since my last trip there in March.

My previous trips via DEL have been horrendous, the long queues and line jumping!! But this time things were much better and hope are a good indicator of things to come!!

The new queuing system has reduced the mess that used to be the security line at DEL.


New Duty Free shops at the departure area.



Somethings however never change


After Clearing security, found out that the 9W flight was boarding from one of the lower gates (gate 2) via buses.

View of the waiting area at Gate 2


Shortly afterwards, the crew for the flight came along and it surely was impressive. The new yellow uniforms for female F/As is very eye-catching. This was apparent even in YYZ , the smartly dressed 9W crew had heads turning!!

The flying deck was manned by 4 foreigners and 1 Indian - 2 of the expat pilots were carrying bags marked with "Sabena"!!

The flying crew was primarily based out of DEL with two BKK based crew also on board. For all the crew members, this was the first trip to BRU and YYZ. The had a days halt at BRU and then to YYZ , two days there then back to BRU, one more day off and then finally back to DEL. Thanx to this I had the same set of crew on my return leg also.

The crew was first bussed out. While we waited for our boarding announcement, we were informed that the boarding gate for 9W 226 has now been shifted to one of the aero bridges (later the captain informed us that this was due to commercial reasons!!)

We trudged back up (there was a lift available too!!) and in a short while boarding commenced. The load looked pretty light that day. I was one of the last to board.

As usual, there was a smiling 9W F/A at the door, waiting to greet you and direct you to your seat. I have noticed that DEL based crew have an higher proportion of male F/As.

The A330 interiors were very similar to the ones of the 773 - the followed the same palette and similar seating- except tht J in 332 was 1-1-1 while in 773 it was 1-2-1 and the Y was 2-4-2 instead of 3-3-3 and of course no "Flying Suites" - F Class. More pics of the interiors later.

JetScreen IFE - AVOD Standard on all 9W Long haul flights and select B737


The crew distributed towels and comfort kit. The safety demo was done manually. (Flew 9W to LHR last month, they have now shifted to the demo on the IFE, however it looks a lot tacky, with some bad animation!! They shud hv used some of their beautiful F/As instead!!)

We pushed back half an hr behind schedule and without much waiting taxied to the active. The take off was much slower than the 773 but a whole lot smoother!!

After reaching cruising altitude the crew distributed the menu cards for the DEL-BRU legs, which consisted of a refreshment and breakfast cycle.

The choices for refreshment were:

Non Vegetarian

Malai Murgh Tikka (Chicken Tikka)
Seekh Kebab
Subz Tikki

Succulent Morsels of chicken in a mild marinade cooked in the tandoor, lamb mince with spices and herbs wrapped around a skewer and finished on charcoal, melange of vegetables bound with a potato mash, shaped and griddled

Vegetarian

Achari Paneer Tikka
Phaldari Kebab
Subz Tikki

Cottage cheese infused with pickling spices cooked in the tandoor, pan fried galette of plantain mash with ginger, cummin and green chilly.

Dessert

Kesari Rasmalai
Reduced milk dumplings soaked in saffron flavored milk, served chilled

Hot Beverages
Tea or Coffee

Alcoholic Beverages

Cocktails
Screw Driver
Bloody Mary

Spirits
Remy Martin
Johnie Walker Red label
Jack Daniel's tennessee Whiskey
Gordon's Special London Dry Gin
Smirnoff Red
Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum
Old Monk Dark Rum

Wines
Australian Red/White wines

International Selection of Beer.

My Dinner - Non Veg


After the dinner I opted to go to sleep and skipped the IFE considering tht I had 3 more legs to cover the same !!  Smile

Got up again with less than 2 hrs to land into BRU. Looking out of the window, most of the landscape was hidden under a thick layer of clouds.



People were slowly waking up n making their way to the rear loo. The crew set abt preparing the breakfast and soon we had a good n welcome aroma of coffee n snacks wafting in the cabin!! They also came around with warm towels.

Tray - half folded


Tray - Fully opened


Cabin lights on for the breakfast service


View across the aisle


Leg Space



Crew doing the breakfast round


The break fast options included South Indian, North Indian and Continental.

Break Fast Menu

Chilled Fruit Juice
Yoghurt
Fresh Seasonal Fruits

Main Course

Egg Orloff

Medu Wada With Pongal (South Indian)

Paneer Bhurji, Aloo Methi Paratha, Palak and Corn Tikki (N.Indian)

Croissant and Fruit Preserve

Tea/Coffee

Alcoholic Beverages as before

My breakfast - Continental



There are very few areas tht 9W needs to improve on. One of them definitely is their Bread selection!!! The croissant is cold brittle and oily, the only sore spot on an otherwise delicious breakfast!!

Soon after the breakfast trays were cleared, we were ready to land into BRU which was covered under thick early morning clouds.


Breaking thru the cloud cover


Landing at BRU


Taxing to our gate


Our neighbours - AA , UA , LO , LX and EZ


The slimmed down IFE unit


The rear Y cabin - seats with the saddle back head rest.


The forward Y cabin


J class cabin


J class seat


J Class Bar


All pax deplaning at BRU.


Everyone has to deplane in BRU, irrespective of your onward travel. 9W has implemented a Scissors Hub at BRU with services from BOM to EWR and DEL to YYZ meeting at BRU on either directions. (Now it has been expanded to DEL-JFK, BOM-EWR and MAA-YYZ). So that means you can take the BOM-BRU-EWR flight from BOM and changeover at BRU if you wanna go to YYZ on 9W.

I think this is a extremely good strategy by 9W and by the looks of it seems to be paying off. We had abt 20-30% of pax xferring to the EWR flight and a bigger number coming on board from the BOM flight. Now with fewer a/cs they can connect more number of cities. There were also quite a few non-indians who boarded the flight from BRU.

The layover at BRU is between 90 mins to 2 hrs, with a crew change.

At BRU terminal 9W signage is all over the place and is difficult to miss. 9W staff (both Indian and European) along with BRU airport staff were on hand to give Transit cards and shopping discount vouchers to all pax.

All pax have to go through a security check before going up to the departure area. 9W staff was available here to help if required. One problem with this though is that, the EU "liquids on board" restrictions apply to all pax!! So if you have bought any duty free liqour from india (or from the US/Canada on the return leg) you might have to surrender it here. The 9W check in staff do warn abt this in India.

Transitting at BRU

9W staff waiting in case of assistance at the arrival gate


Arrival lobby of BRU


Brussels Airport - Welcome to Europe!!


9W Signage at BRU


Welcome Jet Airways!!


After Security you need to go up one level to the departure area.

9W B773 VT-JEC from EWR to BOM


Internet Kiosk at BRU


Our A332 being prepped up for its trans-atlantic flight to YYZ, as yet another 9W a/c (B773 from BOM to EWR) taxies to an adjacent gate



9W B773 from BOM to EWR docking at BRU


Action at Adjacent gates -

Syrian Air


BT , OK and AA


BA


Walking through the concourse, I noticed that there were quite a few SN flights scheduled to Africa. If 9W can use its codeshare with SN effectively and provide competitive fares ex- India to these destinations they can tap into a huge market that currently relies on ET and KY.

The BRU Concourse - Pretty long and not very crowded unlike FRA.


One of the coffeeshops along the concourse


The Angel of the north


Over all BRU is a pleasant airport, not crowded like FRA or LHR or cramped like VIE. However the duty free options are limited. Apart from that it is a gr8 place to while away coupla hours.

The boarding for the YYZ flight was announced on time.


Going down to the aero bridge


View of our a/c


We were welcomed by a fresh set of crew, once again DEL based. The BRU-YYZ sector is served by DEL based crew while the BRU-EWR is served by BOM based. There were also two Thai crew members.

The a/c was cleaned and prepped during the layover and the crew quickly distributed towels and menu cards. No comfort kit as this was a day flight!! The security demo was once again performed manually, both in Hindi and English.

The Jet Inflight mag (featuring the newly introduced service to YYZ!! ), IFE guide and Shopping catalogue


Our new neighbour - EI


The 9W B773 to EWR


The schengen pier at BRU


Turning on to the active


Take off roll from BRU


Just after take off, if u zoom in u can c the Atomium


After abt 40 mins the cabin crew began the drinks and lunch service

The Lunch Menu

Indian Selection

Salad

Murgh Rogini
Chicken Cooked in a rich sauce made with brown onions and tomatoes served with potatoes and french beans tempered with cumn, ginger and chillies, rice cooked with fresh fenugreek and raita (curd with sliced cucumber and onion)

Paneer Subz JalFrezi
Btons of fresh cottage cheese and mixed vegetables cooked with onions, tomatoes and peppers served with potatoes and rench beans tempered with cumn, ginger and chillies, rice cooked with fresh fenugreek and raita (curd with sliced cucumber and onion)

Indian Bread - paratha

Dessert

Fruit Kheer
Indian style rice pudding embellished with fruits

Beverages as before

International Selection

Salad

Main Course

Poached Fish
Poached catfish fillet napped with a "Ostendaise" sauce of grey shrimp and mussels, mixed european vegetables and a leek and potato mesh

Bread Roll

Apple Cake Perched on Vanilla custard

Beverages as before

I chose the international selection and it was very good..

Lunch (or wht remained of it after i remembered to take a pic!!)


The load was abt 50-60%. The rear Y cabin had like 3-4 pax per row and most people simply stretched out


The A330 safety card


The crew on board this sector was also DEL based, young, enthusiastic and very very professional. I chatted up with the crew manning the rear galley. One of them had done this sector the week before and he informed me that the load was around 90%. Others were on their first trans-atlantic journey and their excitement was palpable!! The sheer energy of the 9W crew has amazed me on all their flights. And contrary to popular beliefs, Indian F/As esp. 9W are a chatty lot!!

The crew came around quite a few times with water and juices. Most people opted to sleep thru this sector. I checked out most of the movies on offer in the AVOD IFE, which is quite a selection!!

About 90 mins before arrival, the crew served refreshments along with another round of drinks service

Refreshments

Murgh Chatpata
Chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt, chillies and spices cooked in a clay oven

Shammi Kebab
Galettes of spiced lamb and bengal lentils, miced and griddled

Aloo Corn Tikki
Spiced potato mash with corn kernels shaped into galettes and griddle

Paneer Hare Pyaaz ki Tikki
Minced cottage cheese with fresh chopped spring onion and powdered Indian spices, shaped into galettes and fried

Paneer Goli Kebab
Cottage Cheese and cilantro roundels napped with a spicy sauce

Khatte Mutter
Citric Glazed peas

Dessert - Angoori Rabdi
Cottage cheese dumplings served in a sweetened reduced milk

Beverages as before

My refreshment - Non Veg



Crew clearing the trays



A view of the cabin - feels spacious!!


View of the rear galley


Beverage section, with cork screw opener


Our route map from BRU to YYZ


Ahoy Canada!!



Descending into YYZ


Downtown Toronto (u can c the CN tower far far away!!)


Touching down at YYZ


Karan and Monica - gr8 work guys!!


Took some time chatting up with crew and taking sm pics together.. and headed out to immigration

Adieu my bird..


The immigration at YYZ was chaotic. There were two lines - one for pax transitting to other cities in Canada and one for folks ending there journey at YYZ. The first one was comparatively faster and I was one of the first to come get to the baggage carousel. The baggage was there but the passengers were still stuck at immigration!! The belt was choked and they had to stop it. As my luck wud have it, my bag did not turn up. Soon the crew also cleared immigration and joined me while we waited for the rest!! Some of the crew baggages tags had come off and as a result their bags did not turn up.

Finally after 45 minutes after I left the a/c, my baggage appeared on the belt. I went to the AC checkin counters just outside the international arrival, and tried to get an earlier flight. The best i cud get was an hr earlier. Took tht and still had to wait 7 hrs at YYZ for my connection to YYC.

The AC flight to YYC was on an A321. I was so tired by this time that I just crashed in my seat and the next thing I know we have reached YYC!!!!! This has never happened to me before on an a/c!!Anyways more on AC in my return TR. (My return flight from YYC to YYZ was on an AC E-90 - my first ever!!)

Overall 9W sticks to its high standards!! A pleasure to fly on and something that as an Indian, I can be proud off!!  Smile


Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

very thorough report, 9W BRU operations are looking to be a very good strategy for them. Pretty easy and effortless it looks like. I look forward to the return

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice TR and pics. Jet Airways certainly looks the part . Would be great to try them some day.

Thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineJamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. Didn't realise that 9W have more of less the same J class suite as AC.

Thanks for sharing!

*j*


User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Your trip report was very impressive and I find Jet Airways quite nice inside. With your long legs, the Econ seats seemed quite cramped for you, if I'm not mistaken. I saw how the table doesn't go all the way down.

I know you prefer 9W. But how does Air India fare in terms of quality and service standards? Do you think others like Kingfisher might go international?

I personally welcome you to my birthplace - Calgary. I hope your stay there was very nice! We need more people from all over to come to Calgary more often. Too many Albertan hillbillies there and hard core racists that it's not funny! At least when I was growing up, that was the case. If you're Chinese (like me) or Indian or even Aboriginal, good grief they don't even respect their own people!!! Calgary in all its best is a great metropolitan city, vibrant, and it's nightlife is still centered on downtown. The good stuff is in the South side of Calgary - lots of restaurants, Calgary's largest shopping centre - Chinook Centre. We have Stampede in July. We have lots of great steak! AAA prime beef! In Calgary, you may have already discovered that we have good Indian food there too!! I like Toronto better because of the huge variety of Indian buffets. While I'm not a Naan fan, but I am a samosa fan!!! I love em baked rather than deep fried.
Enough on my side, but I really hope you enjoyed Calgary.



J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report!

I'm glad you enjoyed your transfer in BRU. We're very happy of 9W's presence here, gives some new level of comfort and service to the US/Canada...

Best regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report Bala as usual.
Very Detailed.
And Fantastic pictures.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow. Looks really good. I have to try 9W across the atlantic. I have been trying to sample them on EWR/JFK-BRU, but their premium cabins are super booked and VERY expensive.

I was impressed with the quality and quantity of the food ... and the little touches like ... amenity kits ... and towels at embarkation ... and before breakfast. Not too shabby.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice! Can't wait till they fly to LAX! I am sure they will give SQ a tough time!

9V-SPJ


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report!

9W sound like a very good airline. The photos are great and I have to agree with you about the uniforms, they stand out a lot. Looking forward to the return report.

Regards,
Shamrock350


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17052 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Brilliant TR

The pics and videos are great,

Read more and more about how good 9W are. Maybe I will try them out one day!!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Read more and more about how good 9W are. Maybe I will try them out one day

Im sure 9W & IT will be in the Top 5 in a few years.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently onlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report Bala - pleasure to read. With 9W service standards so high, I am sure IT will try to do one better when they start long haul intl svcs - I wonder how they'll improve on this!


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6715 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report with some good pics. Jet Airways is high on my list - especially the catering looks amazing.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR bala,

The food choices look amazing for economy...i wonder how J and F would be...

The crew looks young and vibrant...which is good to see.

The planes are very clean and transferring via BRU seems pain free...

I am waiting for 9W to announce IAD soon so i can fly one of their birds when i go to DEL.

Thanks for sharing the 9W transatlantic product, seems better than their European and American counterparts, atleast in Y.



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User currently offlineBandA From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

GREAT JOB bala,

What an excelelnt Trip Report!!!!

This is exactly how a proper TR should be... really appreciated your photographs and videos. Absolutely loved it!

Keep it up!

PS - Cute commentary by the kid in the first video  Wink sounded like when I traveled sitting next to a 8 year old punjabi kid traveling alone and for the first time... I wish I had recorded some of the comments he made... hilarious.


(food pics have made me hungry)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8506 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice report and photo's, many thanks for putting this together.

All the 9W TR reports seem pretty positive about the airline and service, good to see they are consistent.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 7):
I have been trying to sample them on EWR/JFK-BRU, but their premium cabins are super booked and VERY expensive.

- Interesting, I thought they would be cheaper as they have little in the way of market identity in europe.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

****
If 9W can use its codeshare with SN effectively and provide competitive fares ex- India to these destinations they can tap into a huge market that currently relies on ET and KY.
****

Please dont forget your geography! Except for a few destinations in North Africa, the travel time will be huge and for this reasons fares very uncompetitive over the more direct routings on ET and KY.


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Great and very detailed report with some great pictures!
Thanks for sharing!

Brgds,
D-ALCE



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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

great report... looks like the 9W service is pretty good. I can't wait to try them out...
thanks a bunch for sharing this report with us...
oh, and a happy new year to you  Smile


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for this TR been waiting for ages to see an assessment of BRU by people using Jet airways!

Quoting Justbala (Thread starter):
All pax have to go through a security check before going up to the departure area. 9W staff was available here to help if required. One problem with this though is that, the EU "liquids on board" restrictions apply to all pax!! So if you have bought any duty free liqour from india (or from the US/Canada on the return leg) you might have to surrender it here. The 9W check in staff do warn abt this in India.

Very silly I really wonder why 1) You have to go through a security screen again 2) Go through the arrival corridors before going up again 3) surrender your liquids (though this has happened to me in ZHR when transferring)

Quoting Justbala (Thread starter):
However the duty free options are limited. Apart from that it is a gr8 place to while away coupla hours.

Yeah it is pretty boring although if you have time you can always go past the security screening point where you will find more shops!
Hehe you were lucky to find yourself in the busy period of BRU other than that it is pretty quiet!


How many people entered the plane from BRU? Any idea?


User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Thank you everybody for all the encouraging comments!! Appreciate that.. will be posting my return TR as soon my work here gives me some breathing space.. I am in Israel for coupla months n due to my Single entry visa no flying around for me!! Sad

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 4):
With your long legs, the Econ seats seemed quite cramped for you, if I'm not mistaken. I saw how the table doesn't go all the way down.

Well the leg space was quite comfortable for the whole flight.. although now when I look at the pic they seem to come out looking cramped!! :-P probably the angle in which i took the pic.

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 4):
But how does Air India fare in terms of quality and service standards? Do you think others like Kingfisher might go international?

AI's service standards are well not comparable to 9W. Although people who are looking for an "Indian" experience might like tht. I have had some of my friends from the West say that 9W did not give them an "Indian vibe" at all!! :P AI's service depends on the sector, the age of the crew and quite often the color of ur skin n the cost of ur suit!!  Smile (I have never flown AI on international sectors, these are opinions I have heard from my friends and relatives)

IT would be the Indian version of VS, when they go international. I hope they bring out a fantastic and consistent product this year!!

I just got an evening out in YYC and I liked the city. Tasted some Indian cuisine down town. The next time I am there plan to hit Banff and the glaciers!! The people I met seemed friendly , but then I was there just for 3 days!!

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 17):
****
If 9W can use its codeshare with SN effectively and provide competitive fares ex- India to these destinations they can tap into a huge market that currently relies on ET and KY.
****

Please dont forget your geography! Except for a few destinations in North Africa, the travel time will be huge and for this reasons fares very uncompetitive over the more direct routings on ET and KY.

I was referring to places in West and North Africa. Destinations like Dakar, Morocco and surroundings. I have a family friend in Dakar, who flies to India via ACC and DXB. They tried ET once in J and swore never to fly them again!! It's always good to have options!!  Smile

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 20):
Very silly I really wonder why 1) You have to go through a security screen again 2) Go through the arrival corridors before going up again 3) surrender your liquids (though this has happened to me in ZHR when transferring)

I think a second security check is standard. BRU does not have any check at the gate, so this is OK. In VIE when you are transitting you go through a secuity check at the gate and if you have liquids more than EU regulations you will have to dump them there.

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 20):

How many people entered the plane from BRU? Any idea?

In the rear cabin I did see abt 10 new faces. Not sure of the remaining, although there were some Europeans, who seemed to have boarded from BRU.



Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3097 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Justbala (Reply 21):
Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 20):

How many people entered the plane from BRU? Any idea?

In the rear cabin I did see abt 10 new faces. Not sure of the remaining, although there were some Europeans, who seemed to have boarded from BRU.

It's very difficult to tell if the new faces you see on these 9W flights are originating from BRU, due to the fact that a lot of passengers from the other 9W flights could be transferring to your particular flight at BRU.....


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Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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It's interesting that 9W plays music in the cabin during landing. I've never had that happen to me on a flight before!

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Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 22):
It's very difficult to tell if the new faces you see on these 9W flights are originating from BRU, due to the fact that a lot of passengers from the other 9W flights could be transferring to your particular flight at BRU.....

Well tht number was based on the following observations - 1) They did not seem to have an overnite flight on them.. looked fresh 2) They seemed to be speaking Dutch/German . Maybe I was wrong, but thats just an observation.  Smile

Quoting Flyingchoirboy (Reply 23):
It's interesting that 9W plays music in the cabin during landing. I've never had that happen to me on a flight before!

Cabin music while landing is standard on all 9W domestic and international flights.



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25 Ag92 : The difference between earth and the sky If they don't than they are making a huge mistake. They certainly should and will with the A380/340 coming s
26 Post contains images Gr8Circle : Yeah, that's interesting....I flew 9W YYZ-BOM-YYZ just shortly after they launched the flight to YYZ and the crowd was Indian all throughout (even on
27 SA006 : Great report....Enjoyed it... Just a quick question , do 9W have international flight crew? (pilots) Or are they mainly Indian? -SA006
28 Vio : Very nice trip report. I really enjoyed it. I can't believe you had to wait that long for the flight to YYC. Ouch!!! Personally I would've flown with
29 Post contains images Gr8Circle : I flew on the A332 and the 773 on my flight from YYZ-BOM-YYZ and on ALL the flights, the commander was either European or American....the FO's were I
30 Aseem : just saw the landing video of YYZ. The Rnwy used was 23 and is favourite for spotters
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