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Flying The Good Times: BLR-BOM On Kingfisher A320  
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 11836 times:

Flying the Good Times: BLR - BOM on Kingfisher A320

Background: This is in continuation of a series of trip reports on work related flights between BOM, BLR & MAA. As I have mentioned in my BOM-BLR Trip Report, the choice of full service carriers is between Air India, Jet Airways & Kingfisher Airlines. This report documents one such flight on IT on the BLR-BOM sector.

Reaching the airport: After wrapping up my work by lunch time, I stuffed my laptop and stuff into the backpack and had a quick meal at the office. It takes anywhere between an hour and two hours or maybe even more to cover the distance between my office in the south of Bangalore city and Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), which is situated at Devanahalli – north of Bangalore. After quick goodbyes to the office colleagues, I got into the office car, which was waiting.

I encountered some typical Bangalore traffic on the way.

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Nevertheless, it took exactly an hour and fifteen minutes to reach the airport.

The BLR ATC tower while approaching the airport

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Check-In: After collecting my bags from the car, I made my way to the Departures gate and showed my ID and ticket to the security guard. The domestic terminal check-in area looked pretty spacious and there was a smallish queue at the Kingfisher counters. I had checked in online the previous evening, and had also selected my seat.

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My Kingfisher King Club Gold status gives me lounge access and I was keen to try out the new Kingfisher lounge at Bangalore. The check-in agent tagged my bags, issued me a boarding pass and the lounge invite. The lounge is located post security on the upper level.

The International section of the terminal:

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Upper level:

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The Wait: A smiling lounge attendant welcomed me and ushered me inside. The interiors of the lounge bore the trademark Kingfisher red signature and looked quite inviting.

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There were hardly 10-12 people inside and I found myself a nice leather chair.

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Snacks at the lounge

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Thirty minutes before departure, I headed outside and made my way to the departures area.

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Our aircraft was docked at a contact gate, and as I tried to make out the registration, I saw my bag rolling up towards the cargo hold. Not often do you get to see your own bag being loaded into the aircraft, do you?

My bag about to be swallowed by the A320  http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss57/vivekman777/Kingfisher%20BLR%20BOM/P11.jpg


Sector: BLR- BOM
Airline: Kingfisher Airlines
Flight: IT 112
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Registration: VT-KFC
Scheduled Departure: 1850 Actual Departure: 1848
Scheduled Arrival: 2025 Actual Arrival: 2035
Seat: 29C



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Boarding: Boarding was announced soon and a long queue formed at the gate. The load on this evening flight seemed quite healthy.

As it would be dark right from the time of departure, I had chosen an aisle seat instead of a window. This would allow me easy access to the aisle later on for clicking cabin photos. This decision proved right as both the window and middle seat were occupied.

The Flight: Pushback happened at 1848, two minutes before schedule. It was a quick taxi to the threshold of Runway 27. We lined up and had a longish take-off roll before lifting into the clear night sky. I wondered if it would remain clear throughout as it was the middle of the monsoon season in India.

Heading northwest towards Mumbai

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The Meal: As soon as the seatbelt signs were switched off, the crew started the meal service. The non-vegetarian meal consisted of noodles, Chicken Chilly gravy and veggies. Dessert was a rich chocolate cake.

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It was a very tasty and filling meal.

I was not in a mood to watch TV, so I kept looking at the progress of the flight. After the meal service was wrapped up, I got up and clicked the mandatory cabin shot  http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss57/vivekman777/Kingfisher%20BLR%20BOM/P16.jpg

We were doing excellent progress and looked set for an on-time arrival into BOM.

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There were minor bouts of turbulence through the flight, but nothing major. Just then, the captain announced that due to traffic congestion at BOM, we would be slightly delayed. I have very rarely arrived on time at BOM during the evening peak hours and this flight was going to be no exception.

I thought of watching some news on the Live TV.

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I felt the aircraft doing some alternative left and right banking manoeuvres and immediately realized that we were put into a zig-zag holding pattern.

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Arrival: The turbulence grew stronger as we descended through the thick layer of monsoon clouds. In fact, there were a couple of really heavy jolts as we lined up on the approach to Runway 27. The landing was smooth and we docked at a remote bay adjacent quite some distance away from Terminal 1A – our arrival terminal at BOM.

The holding pattern meant that we were delayed by ten minutes. Overall, it was a pretty good flight, and I felt Kingfisher scored over Jet Airways atleast in the catering department.

Thank you for reading. Your comments are most welcome!

My Previous Trip Reports:

To Bangalore on Jet Airways B737-800
The Kingfisher Experience: BOM-SIN-BOM A330-200
BOM-HKG-BOM Cathay Pacific B744/A333
Voyage To Nepal: Nepal Airlines/Buddha Air
BOM-HYD-BOM On Kingfisher + Spotting At HYD
BOM-DEL On Air India, Brand New A321
BOM-GOI-BOM On IC. A320/A300B4
BOM-DEL-BOM On IC A320/AI 743 Combi DEL Fog
BOM-KUL-PEN-KUL-BOM On MH/Air Asia
BOM-AMD On Air India 743 Combi Upper Deck
BOM-CMB-BKK-CMB-BOM On SriLankan Airlines

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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2975 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 11278 times:

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
My Kingfisher King Club Gold status gives me lounge access and I was keen to try out the new Kingfisher lounge at Bangalore. The check-in agent tagged my bags, issued me a boarding pass and the lounge invite. The lounge is located post security on the upper level.

Thats a really cool lounge, hope IT comes up with something better at BOM and DEL (T3)!

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The Meal: As soon as the seatbelt signs were switched off, the crew started the meal service. The non-vegetarian meal consisted of noodles, Chicken Chilly gravy and veggies. Dessert was a rich chocolate cake.

Mouth watering!!!

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The holding pattern meant that we were delayed by ten minutes. Overall, it was a pretty good flight, and I felt Kingfisher scored over Jet Airways atleast in the catering department.

That is really annoying. And it is worse at Pune, where the IAF makes civilian aircrafts circle for as good as 30 minutes before giving permission to land.

Thanks for sharing a B738 and A320 TR in India   .



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User currently offlineollieg84 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10515 times:

Really enjoyed the report - Kingfisher seems to offer a really solid product domestically, hoping to try them this Summer if time allows!

Cheers,

Ollie


User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 9785 times:

Quoting ojas (Reply 1):
Thats a really cool lounge, hope IT comes up with something better at BOM and DEL (T3)!

I hope so too!

Quoting ojas (Reply 1):
That is really annoying

LOL! Especially if the holding pattern into BOM zig-zags over PNQ
Quoting ollieg84 (Reply 2):
Really enjoyed the report - Kingfisher seems to offer a really solid product domestically, hoping to try them this Summer if time allows!

Thanks ollieg84! IT has a very good product domestically. They should keep it consistent hopefully.

- Vivek


User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9539 times:

nice report  . I just did this sector the reverse way back in january  ...was my first time on IT and i loved every bit of it  

User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2473 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9342 times:

Hi Vivek,

Wonderful TR of IT domestic flight. IT manages the service consistency on both domestic and international.

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
After collecting my bags from the car, I made my way to the Departures gate and showed my ID and ticket to the security guard. The domestic terminal check-in area looked pretty spacious and there was a smallish queue at the Kingfisher counters.

No valet service anymore from IT?

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The non-vegetarian meal consisted of noodles, Chicken Chilly gravy and veggies. Dessert was a rich chocolate cake.

  

Thanks for sharing both your experiences with IT and 9W. Good comparison of two Indian full service airlines.

Cheers,
Suryo



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