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 â€¦ all of them were part of a 4 month break from life â€¦ 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.
I believe this will be the first TR on the new JetlLite, and perhaps the first for BOM-GOI. Preliminary A.Net searches indicate the same. Reason for flying was that I had never flown JetLite, and thought it would be a good time to fly the airline before as it transitions out of the Air Sahara identity. Moreover, I wanted to see if the S2 identifier could better its reputation as being the lowest scored flight by me on A.Net .
II > Pre-Flight:
a) Before Airport:
Booking was done through the rather finicky Jet Lite website at www.jetlite.com . The e-ticket was displayed on the screen as well as emailed to me. While I did appreciate the ability to view and modify my reservation online, I was disappointed that the site did not have any functionality to choose seats. This could only be done by calling the JetLite toll-free number.
b) At Airport:
JetLite uses terminal 1B at CSIA Mumbai. I had to pinch and remind myself that I was indeed in India. 1B is like no other airport building in India. Its sleek, modern, and has a great amount of glass that gives it an open airy feel. Of course, itâ€™s just the redesigned 1B, and space is limited, but the terminal is a great sign of things to come. Of course, a part of me will always miss airports subscribing to IADS .
Anyway, we were bussed to out S2 737 and was greeted by 2 smiling attendants. Load in Y was around 60%.
Airport - External:
(I took this the night before â€“ looks pretty sharp)
Airport - Internal:
(OMG, a completely working board in Indian domestic terminal! Though, wouldnâ€™t they have been better served by a larger board? Flight display can be done for flights only a little over an hour out)
Scenes of the tarmac:
(Boarding area lounge)
(Too calm for India)
a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
For an hour flight, an impressive list of services included pre-take off drinks and moist towel. Immediately after take-off, a complete lunch!
b) Aircraft + Seats:
The seats were average in composition, comfort, and recline. Setting aside the generous exit room legroom, the entire cabin had a 32 inch legroom which is definitely generous for a short haul domestic airliner. Cabin and bathrooms were clean â€¦ though, some seat handles were showing their age.
(Meal on a 263 mile flight. Can I sent this to the next United crew who fails to even have beverage service on a 700 mile flight saying, â€œits too shortâ€.)
d) Inflight Entertainment:
No IFE. Decent magazine.
(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc. â€“ I LOVE the dot matrix boarding passes!)
Perhaps I had a bad experience during my CCU-BOM run in 2006 (Link: here), I was convinced that the S2 crew would again turnout to be a nightmare. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While they would not win any accolades and MH need not be worried, the crew were competent and did their job with smiles. During boarding and disembarkation, they were helpful and during both times greeted passengers on and off the plane. What more can you really ask for?
Goa is a small little airport. Disembarkation happened through both front and back of the plane, and within little time I was on my way to enjoy some time by the sea.
V> Impressions + Scores:
I was hesitant to be on S2 as they had done everything wrong the last time around. This time, I was super impressed by them. An excellent meal service, decent crew, clean aircrafts, and an on-time performance â€¦ what more can one expect for a 270 odd mile flight? Of course, terminal 1B added to the pleasure of flying them as well. Based on this flight itself, I would strongly recommend flying S2 and not have any problems having them as a top pick. However, given my past negative experience, I would shop around and choose S2 based on how much their fare is lower than my preferred carriers in India â€¦ IC, IT, and 9W.
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12219 times:
i guess you didn't get a chance to show the GOI airport from inside, i guess will have to wait for the return TR.
Was the flight bumpy to GOI considering it was monsoon time? i guess sep 24th is like the end of monsoons, so maybe it wasn't too bad. I took IC A300 from BOM-GOI in July 2001, boy was the flight bumpy, it was an enjoyable ride though and i remember having chicken curry with naan and rice on that flight as well.
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 4919 posts, RR: 55 Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12158 times:
Quoting Justbala (Reply 2): 7 out of the top 10 DSR Y flights in India!! way to go!!
= Ya. Domestic service in India is WAY better than in any country I have been on consistently. However, I should say though that I have traveled in India far more extensively in the past year (since I started writing TR's) than anywhere else. Interestingly, S2 also is the worst scoring flight I have ever been on.
Quoting Mk777 (Reply 3): i guess you didn't get a chance to show the GOI airport from inside,
= I have some pictures somewhere. I will try and post them.
Quoting Mk777 (Reply 3): i guess will have to wait for the return TR.
= "Return" was on IC 320 to BLR. Since I have covered IC, and I usually try to cover new airlines/routes, there will not be a TR for the same.
Quoting LH417AF025 (Reply 1): i have got to tell you, i absolutely love your trip reports.