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Kingfisher IT 433: 23/DEC/08: HYD-CCU: Y Cabin  
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16499 times:

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 064
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 23 Dec-08 (See Report End)
SDT/SAT/Dur/Delay: 2045/2245/02:00 hrs
Flight: Kingfisher IT 433, 750 miles
Routing: HYD-CCU
Aircraft: 320
Seat: Economy, 1A

I > Background:
My flight back to Saudi Arabia via Kuwait from Chennai was sold out by a day and I was offered a complimentary hotel for the night in Chennai. Since I did not want to just hang out in Chennai, I decided to surprise my friend who lives in Calcutta (whose wedding I went to earlier in the year) by visiting him for 1 day. Since I had missed the morning bank of departures to CCU and had to wait until the evening flights, I decided to take advantage and do a 1-stop routing via HYD. I wanted to check out the first of India’s many new airports. I wanted to ask whether my “IADS” was truly being slowly replaced. The last time I visited HYD (in 2007), the airport had all the quintessential elements of “IADS” (See: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...s/trip_reports/read.main/116646/). Also, I wanted to see if service standards had fallen on IT given all the industry turmoil.

We have seen some reports on IT before on A.Net … including mine. This is the first on the HYD-CCU segment.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Kingfisher Airlines is the airline owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. It is a premier airline whose low-cost brand (erstwhile Air Deccan) is now called Kingfisher Red. It is one of the 6 airlines in the world with a five-star Skytrax rating (not saying much I know) and now has ventured internationally with flights to LHR. The economic viability of these routes are yet to be seen of course.

Ticketing for the flight was done using the excellent Kingfisher website (http://flykingfisher.com/). The site is a delight to use both visually and in terms of ease. I was able to book my flight and make seat selections online. Additionally, I am able to make changes to the reservation and to my seating. This is one of my most important requirements and I was happy that IT’s IT (jaja) lived up.

b) At Airport:
Hyderabad airport is definitely the sign of a country on the move. It is a far departure from the traditional Indian airports and a true delight to use. Of course, the nostalgic in me is going to miss the “IADS” airport … but, oh well. I mean, it is unlike the current generation airports. Once you get in, there is an air of quietness which reminds you to pinch and remind yourself that you are in an Indian airport. Also, unlike other Indian airports, there is no pre-screening of bags. You sort of enter the airport and go directly to check-in. Check-in was a breeze and the polite agent assigned me row 1 with no problem. She was very friendly and said that my NWA mileage number was already there and joked that it was “her honor” to check “the first person from Liechtenstein to use the new airport”. Armed with my boarding pass, I went through a smooth security into the very unlike-India post-security gates area. There were many shops and eating options (though, very pricey for Indian standards). I got an excellent massage at the massage parlor from a bunch of Indian girls from N.E. India. After the massage, I went to the quiet bar and just hung out.

Perhaps the environment plays a soothing role as when boarding was announced, it was calm and collected and an organized line. None of the pushing and rush that is usually hallmark of airports in India, Latin America, or Portugal (jeje). The HOT IT flight crew greets you at the door and helped many settle in their seats and with their bags. Everything had a calm air of classiness about it. Y load on the flight was around 90%.

Airport - External:

(New Hyderabad Airport)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2026.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2030.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2032.jpg

Check-in:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2034.jpg

(Efficient and orderly)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2035.jpg

Airport - Internal:

(Internal)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2033.jpg

(FIDS)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2047.jpg

(Post Security)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2043.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2044.jpg

(My peaceful corner of the bar)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2040.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2041.jpg

Lounge

NONE

Boarding:

(Remarkably civil)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2048.jpg
III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Kingfisher’s service is more on par with J class in most parts of the world. Service starts with water and fresh lime juice while on the ground. Upon take-off, hot towels, menus and “amenity kits” are distributed. Then, full meal-service. Prior to landing, chocolates are distributed. Keep in mind, this is a 2 hour domestic flight in Y.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
Kingfisher’s 320 looked smart decked in red seats with leather beige headrest. The small coat-rack hook was a nice touch and enhanced the premium feel of the airline. The seat was very comfortable with generous legroom and recline. The cabin felt very fresh and airy. Also, I was very impressed at the immaculate level of bathroom cleanliness. Impressive!

Aircraft:

(IT 320)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2049.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

(HYD Airport – note the new S2 logo)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2022.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2023.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2024.jpg

General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2063.jpg

(Seat legroom)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/010-2.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Not shabby)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/011-2.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/012-2.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/013-2.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2058.jpg

c) Meal + Beverage:
Upon boarding, you get a bottle of water and some fresh lime juice. I am convinced that Indians are addicted to the later as all airlines seem to be offering the same. What’s up with that? How many airlines do you know in the world which offers a choice of 2 excellent dinner entrees on a 2 hour flight in Y? IT is one of those few in the world (and many seem to be in Asia), and I must say that the food choices were excellent. I chose the Thai red curry chicken and it was absolutely excellent. Succulent chicken enhanced by aromatic rice and mushroom curry. Really good stuff. It was washed down by diet coke and then some excellent tea. Just prior to arrival, there was a chocolate run. A great final touch. I did crave for a glass of wine – but perhaps India will relax its domestic flight liquor laws in the near future.

(Menu on the 2 hour domestic flight in Y – no, they did not give the 9W fan as part of the “enhanced cooperation” initiative. I got it on the MAA-HYD flight and thought it was a cool idea – especially for Indian summers)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2221.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2222.jpg

(Bottles at take-off)


(Fresh lime juice at take-off)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2055.jpg

(Meal – absolutely delicious)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2057.jpg

(Chocolates on arrival)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2060.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:
Simply fantastic for a domestic flight of this length. 12? channels of TV (including several movies) and 10 channels of music along with the usual moving map and information channel. On a side note, Kingfisher First passengers enjoy AVOD on 8.4” LCD screens with noise-canceling stereo headphones and over 60 channels, games, etc. The in-flight magazine HI-BLITZ was glossy Vogue-like. I actually missed the more “earthy” domestic content driven magazine on AI/IC. IT felt a little too “westernized” for my western tastes!

(Map)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2052.jpg

(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/IT%20433/IMG_2220.jpg

e) Crew:
As I have written before, I felt like I was watching the Miss India competition unfold in front of me. The crew were HOT and certainly one of the best looking girls I have seen at 37,000 feet. They were extremely polite and complied with all requests efficiently and immediately. They greeted each and every passenger and the pax all seemed to appreciate by many thanking them at arrival. It was a mutual love-fest. One thing though … while flawless (very SIA-like), I still think they lack the natural warmth that is so present in IT’s peers – AI, IC, UL, and even 9W.

IV> Post-Flight:

Calcutta airport was efficient … and my bag arrived moments upon arrival. I was actually shocked.

NONE

V> Impressions + Scores:
The Indian aviation environment has gone through turmoil in 2008 after being the toast around the world (and certainly on A.Net). Given the unfolding drama, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that IT’s service standards have not faltered. If the hallmark of a great airline is consistent service, IT definitely makes the cut. From an excellent ground experience through the fantastic new HYD airport, to great crew, excellent meals, and good IFE, IT checked all the boxes needed to make it a great airline. For the sake of the traveling public, I do hope IT stays. It would be a shame if it did not. I would recommend IT without any hesitation and go out of my way to fly them. 2 thumbs way up again.

1.0 > RESERVATION: 9.5
2.0 > CHECK-IN: 8.5
0.5 > LOUNGE: N/A
0.5 > BOARDING: 8.5
2.0 > SEAT: 8.0
0.5 > AIRCRAFT OVERALL AMBIENCE: 9.0
1.0 > IFE: 8.0
2.0 > CREW: 9.0
2.0 > FOOD: 8.5
0.5 > BEVERAGES: 6.5
0.5 > A.KITS + OTHER FREEBIES: 7.5
0.5 > DISEMBARKATION: 8.0
1.0 > ON-TIME RECORD: 10.0
WEIGHTED OVERALL IMPRESSION (WOI): 8.54
(Pre-flight WOI of all reviews: 6.48)
* Weighted Overall Impression (WOI) aligns scores with what matters most. Weights 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:

PREMIUM:
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.54: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:

NONE


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16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 16146 times:

What a lovely trip report! I really want to fly IT sometime.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Meal – absolutely delicious)

It looks indeed very tantalizing.

Is it difficult to obtain visa for India? As a Dutch citizen, I am required to.

Thank you for sharing.



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User currently offlineBigTom From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2006, 597 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16036 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):

Visas to India are pretty easy to get, probably takes only a couple of days or less. Just check with the Indian embassy where you are.

Cheers


User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15771 times:

Great report as always.

I look at the photos of HYD and I feel sad. I have flown 40+ domestic flights in India, mostly around 7-8 years ago. The old, crowded, dilapidated terminals spread across the country have a special place in my memory. Travelling around India used to be an experience you wouldn't find in any other country - now it looks like flying MH out of KUL. I know it's a sign of development which is great for the people and the country, but still, I am sure you know what I mean.

Once again, stellar report.


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15751 times:

Hola Abrelosojos!

Thanks again for this stunning TR.

It is really great to still see airlines that offer such a service in Y for a 2 hour flight. Something unthinkable of in Europe or the US, most of them do not even offer a service like this in C. LX, a wonderful airline by European standards, offers a bottle of water and a refreshing towel upon entering to C passengers and then they give you a cold meal in many flights. Truly wonderful!

I really hope that announced flight by Kingfisher to BCN becomes a reality in the coming future; it will brighten up our expectations in flying these days.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15721 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
Is it difficult to obtain visa for India? As a Dutch citizen, I am required to.

= I got a 5 year visa on my Liechtenstein passport in 2 days from the Embassy in Caracas.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):

It looks indeed very tantalizing.

= It was indeed.

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 3):
I look at the photos of HYD and I feel sad. I have flown 40+ domestic flights in India, mostly around 7-8 years ago. The old, crowded, dilapidated terminals spread across the country have a special place in my memory. Travelling around India used to be an experience you wouldn't find in any other country - now it looks like flying MH out of KUL. I know it's a sign of development which is great for the people and the country, but still, I am sure you know what I mean.

= Oh totally agreed. As I have alluded to in my report and several times over, there will always be a special place in the world for airports such as GRU, CAI, BOM, NBO, etc. Having said that, I also know that I love these airports because they are exotic and different from daily flying. If I lived in Sao Paulo, Cairo, Bombay, Nairobi, or Hyderabad (in this instance), I would not want go to through these airports on a daily basis. For that convenience, I would like a new shiny airport.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
It is really great to still see airlines that offer such a service in Y for a 2 hour flight. Something unthinkable of in Europe or the US, most of them do not even offer a service like this in C. LX, a wonderful airline by European standards, offers a bottle of water and a refreshing towel upon entering to C passengers and then they give you a cold meal in many flights. Truly wonderful!

= Yup Roger. There is a reason why the top 6 Y carriers in my reports have been Indian. The service standard is just way better than in most parts of the world.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I really hope that announced flight by Kingfisher to BCN becomes a reality in the coming future; it will brighten up our expectations in flying these days.

= While I am one of those who have always been skeptical of IT's grand plans, I actually do think they might be able to pull of BCN. There is enough demand (especially from DEL) to justify a trial 3 or 4 times weekly flight. Let us see if IT would be brave enough to do the same.

Saludos and thanks for reading,
A.



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User currently offlineTonyban From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15394 times:

I was looking forward to seeing some pics of the beautuful cabin crew. I see you took one
of her backside. How were the cabin crew ?? I hear that IT have former models.


User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 530 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15272 times:

Nice TR Alex!  Smile

As I have mentioned in my TRs as well, IT does score pretty high on the inflight service (both software + hardware) front. Hope that they survive the current downturn, and set standards for everyone else.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Menu on the 2 hour domestic flight in Y – no, they did not give the 9W fan as part of the “enhanced cooperation” initiative. I got it on the MAA-HYD flight and thought it was a cool idea – especially for Indian summers

Those fans are placed in the seatback racks of 9W ATR-72s. They come in handy when the aircraft is parked on the ground, and the APU is not switched on. Great idea, isn't it  Wink

- Vivek


User currently offlinePP705 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15132 times:

Nice TR as usual. Do u think the industry downturn has affected IT's service standards?

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 15110 times:

Great report Alex!

Wow, the service on Kingfisher looked absolutely amazing. The service is indeed the same as on any other airline's international business class, and i still find it pretty amazing that they offer it on a 2hr domestic flight. Has this concept proved to be profitable?

With that great service on domestic flights, one could only wonder how good the service will be on their long haul flights.

The food looked great, both quality wise, and by the quantity. The chocolates given in prior to arrival was a nice touch.

The seats looked great, but the IFE didn't seem like the best. Are they going to upgrade to AVOD in all classes soon?

The pics on the other hand were a bit blurry, i have seen i n your previous reports that you have a much better camera, that the on you used now. So why not use the good camera?

It would have been really nice to see a pic of the crew Big grin

Thanks for posting

Regards
Jonas



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User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2957 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15021 times:

Hi,

An excellent TR! I really believe you liked the new HYD airport. It is really nice.

FCrom your pictures and description I still believe Kingfisher even though with a slight dip, their standards of inflight service are yet high.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14899 times:

And another great report from Abrelosojos - nice to get an update on IT's current status.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
For the sake of the traveling public, I do hope IT stays. It would be a shame if it did not. I

Yes, let's just hope IT and 9W won't make a very bad decision one day...


PH



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14856 times:

Hey, Alex,

one more great read and superb pix.

Thats India nowadays, unbelievable.
I remember a visit to Goa some years ago, where only a small barrier
separated the runway from the road, passing it directly when the plane leaves.

Regards,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 14566 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):

The pics on the other hand were a bit blurry, i have seen i n your previous reports that you have a much better camera, that the on you used now. So why not use the good camera?

= Jonas, I should take you with me on these trips to take photos. I apologize man ... I am a really lousy photo taker and I don't think it will improve in the near future  Sad.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
It would have been really nice to see a pic of the crew Big grin

= Hmmm ...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Yes, let's just hope IT and 9W won't make a very bad decision one day...

- Yes man, I hope you're right!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
I remember a visit to Goa some years ago, where only a small barrier
separated the runway from the road, passing it directly when the plane leaves.

Regards,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

= Markus - but that charm of flying in India is special to me  Smile.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8502 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 14480 times:
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Great report and pictures as always, thanks for sharing.

That meal is more impressive than most US carriers serve on a transatlantic flight, just amazing.

I have hear these IT FA's are real eye candy  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineairbusfanyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1433 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7979 times:

Great report Alex,

I have been wanting to try IT on my many visits back to the motherland but for some reason or another end up with another carrier. Isn't HYD's new airport impressive... it's modelled after OSL so it has the very clean Ikea style to it.  

Cheers,
Kaz



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User currently offlinegr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3097 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7342 times:

Quoting Ojas (Reply 10):
FCrom your pictures and description I still believe Kingfisher even though with a slight dip, their standards of inflight service are yet high.

Last year, I got to fly both 9W and IT on international routes.....I found 9W to be much better than IT....my flight on IT was not bad, but really left me wondering about the so-called "5 Star" status......have been flying 9W for the past 3 years between Canada and India and they don' seem to have "dipped" at all......of course, my experience on IT was just one single flight from HKG - BOM, but it was certainly not a 5 star experience.....


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