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India's Finest? BKK-BOM-LHR, Jet Airways 738 & 77W  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 30265 times:




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Background
I early 2011 my friend Satchmo and I decided to go on a spotting trip to Asia in late October. We had been planning to visit Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from the very beginning and focused on getting on Qantas' A380 between LHR and SIN. I had flown Qantas before, but I wanted to increase the number of A380 carriers in my log to five. At a later date, we also decided to include Jakarta where we had never been before. Of course we tried to get as many new airlines and interesting types as possible and it took a while to create an exciting itinerary. Finally, we booked 10 flights operated by 8 different carriers (including four new ones) and reserved hotel rooms in Singapore (one night), Kuala Lumpur (one night), Jakarta (two nights) and Bangkok (one night). We exclusively combined one-way flights and one-way combos, so we had eight different flight reservations in the end. Here's what the preliminary itinerary looked like:

Munich-London
London-Singapore
Singapore-Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta
Jakarta-Singapore
Singapore-Phuket
Phuket-Bangkok
Bangkok-Mumbai
Mumbai-London
London-Munich


While Satchmo was planning to use our entire time at Jakarta for taking pictures, I decided to squeeze in a domestic day trip. I found an interesting combo on two new carriers and added three more flights:

Jakarta-Semarang
Semarang-Surabaya
Surabaya-Jakarta


Now I was looking forward to 13 flights on 10 different carriers - including 6 new ones - and 4 widebodies. At that point of time I couldn't imagine that I would end up on 14 flights, 7 new airlines and 5 widebodies.


Parts I, II, III and IV can be found here:
QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340 (by PlaneHunter Jan 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W (by PlaneHunter Feb 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739 (by PlaneHunter Mar 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG (by PlaneHunter Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)



Queen's Garden Resort & Suvarnabhumi Spotting
After our arrival from Phuket, we took the hotel shuttle to the Queen's Garden Resort located five minutes from the airport. Even though we had read numerous negative reports about the hotel, we decided to stay there because the rooftop is excellent for spotting (depending on the approach direction, though). After checking in at a kind of reception area next to the main building's entrance, it turned out that our room was located in another building some 200 meters away. The shuttle driver brought us there and showed us the room. Unfortunately, the simple building wasn't equipped with an elevator, so we had to climb the stairs with our luggage. The room was small and simple and the heat in there was horrible. Before being able to do anything else, we had to cool down the room.

We had planned to switch off the air conditioning device at night, but that turned out to be a bad idea. Temperatures went up quickly, so we had to switch it on again. In order to avoid the cool air being blown at us all the time (I had already been sick), we had to rearrange the furniture in the room which made lots of noise. We didn't hear any complaints, fortunately.

On the next morning, we went to the main building for breakfast which wasn't great either. This is the main building's front side:



There's the other building were our room was located, seen from the main building's rooftop:



Nice traditional roofs and rail station in the background:



The water level was high, but not threatening in this part of the city:





Sandbags had been prepared for the worst case:



This is the entrance of our hotel building:



Our room's balcony:



Neighborhood:





ATC tower:



No, this is not the hotel's pool area:



Trees under water:



Unfortunately, the planes were approaching from the wrong side on that day. All we could see from the hotel's rooftop were departing aircraft - too high up in the sky. It was possible to read the registrations in most cases, but I wasn't feeling good enough and decided to stay in the room in order to rest. I could see some planes from the balcony and could even log some registrations - but certainly not as many as I had been hoping for.

Satchmo met a spotter from Sweden at the hotel and they decided to explore the airport's surroundings together. They were successful and took many nice pictures during the course of the day. Here are some examples:

EVA Air Boeing 777-35EER B-16709:

Picture by Satchmo


Nordwind Airlines Boeing 767-306ER VQ-BMQ - users MSS658 and Lufthansa747 once flew on that bird when it was still operating for KLM as PH-BZE:

Picture by Satchmo


EgyptAir Boeing 777-36NER SU-GDR:

Picture by Satchmo


Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing 777-212ER V8-BLF - user Econojetter took a flight on that plane when it was still operating for Singapore Airlines as 9V-SVD:

Picture by Satchmo


Thai Airways A340-541 HS-TLA, named "Chiang Kham" :

Picture by Satchmo

HS-TLA operated the airline's first commercial A340-500 flight from Bangkok to Phuket in April 2005 and guess who was on board? User Lufthansa747. Airpearl flew on that plane several times, too.

Nok Air Boeing 737-4M0 HS-DDQ, named "Nok Kiwi":

Picture by Satchmo


Last but not least - Thai AirAsia A320-216 HS-ABD in "Truly ASEAN" colors which had flown us from Singapore to Phuket on the day before:

Picture by Satchmo





Friday, November 2011
Bangkok (BKK) - Mumbai (BOM)
Jet Airways 9W067
Scheduled times: 20:55-00:10
Actual times: 20:52-00:02
Flight duration: 04:07 (hrs)
Distance: 1885 miles
Economy Class, seat 31C

Boeing 737-85R
VT-JGW (s/n 2297)
Delivered in 06/2007


1st flight on VT-JGW
26th 737-800 flight
37th 737 NG flight
65th 737 flight
130th airline



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About three hours before departure, we took the hotel shuttle to the airport. Even though the hotel is nothing to write home about, it offers free Wi-Fi, so we had been able to check in online for our flights on the evening before. And of course we had been happy that 61H and 61K in the last row were still available on the 777 - it's interesting to note that there are only two 2-seat rows on the plane. On the 737 flight, we chose 31C and 31D in the last row - two opposing aisle seats. The check-in process at the airport was fast and efficient, only few people were waiting in queue when we arrived there.

9W067 to Mumbai was also operating as SN4138:

Picture by Satchmo


Impressive artwork and flowers in the check-in hall:

Picture by Satchmo


Clearing passport control and passing security didn't take very long either on that evening. Spotting was impossible due to the window layout...

Picture by Satchmo

...so we went to a restaurant and enjoyed some Thai food.

When we arrived at the gate about an hour before departure, it took a while to identify the plane. All you can see on that picture is the 737's nose, unfortunately:


The plane turned out to be Boeing 737-85R VT-JGW, delivered in June 2007. It's one of 46 frames in the fleet - 49 more 738s are on order.

Very friendly and smiling flight attendants (females wearing pretty yellow uniform jackets) welcomed us on board. The cabin was in good condition and had been cleaned well. Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17-inch wide leather seats - but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

Picture by Satchmo


I was glad that VT-JGW was a frame with PTVs, the location of the IFE box didn't bother me at all:


While boarding was continuing, I briefly talked to a male flight attendant and expressed my happiness over getting a 737 with PTVs. He smiled and said: "Yes, it's one of the newer ones."

Legroom was absolutely sufficient:


According to SeatGuru, you find a pitch of 31 and 32 inches on the carriers' 737-800s. Allegedly, it's always 31 inches in the last row, but I had no reason to complain.

It turned out to be a good decision to choose aisle seats because the flight was packed - I didn't see an empty seat in Economy Class. What I didn't like was the cool temperature in the cabin and I pointed that out to a pretty female flight attendant. "It will get warmer later", she promised with a smile.

Headphones had already been placed in the seat pockets:



Safety card and JetWings inflight magazine (including IFE guide):



It's not a PTV, it's a JetScreen:



Cold (!) towels were distributed with a smile and after the captain had made a welcome speech and announced a flying time of 4 hours, we were pushed back ahead of schedule. Comic-style safety video:



10 minutes after pushback, VT-JGW powerfully took off into the night sky. I soon started exploring the touchscreen control audio/video on-demand IFE system. Here's the main menu:


The JetScreen system on the 737s offers a choice between 40 movies, 68 TV features, 11 games, numerous audio channels and a wide range of music CDs. That's what I preferred:



No turbulence over the Bay of Bengal this time:

Picture by Satchmo

The four flight attendants in Economy Class soon started serving dinner, but they didn't arrive at our row less than an hour after takeoff. This was not surprising, because call buttons were being pressed all the time which kept these poor flight attendants extremely busy while serving meals. I hadn't seen so many "special requests" on a flight before. However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request. And I also noticed that they never said "no", but always tried to find alternative terms. Amazing!  thumbsup 

Anyway, the pretty female flight attendant finally showed up, had a look at a list and said: "Mr. PlaneHunter? What would you like to have for dinner?" Of course I was very surprised about that. Satchmo wasn't addressed by name, btw. The flight attendant offered chicken and a vegetarian meal and I ordered the former:


The Thai-style main course tasted very good - tender meat, crisp vegetables, well-cooked rice. I also liked the yogurt, but the cake was too sweet. I'm not a fan of cold red beans, but they were okay with salad dressing.

Satchmo ordered chicken as well, but he got an Indian-style main course which he liked a lot:

Picture by Satchmo

As far as I can remember, the Indian-style meal wasn't offered to me - and Satchmo cannot remember either if he had a choice between an Indian and a Thai chicken dish. So who knows?

After dinner trays had been collected, I tried to get some rest. Time passed quickly actually. Almost there:

Picture by Satchmo


We touched down after a flying time of 4 hours and 7 minutes and came to rest at a remote parking position slightly ahead of schedule. Taking pictures at Indian airports is strictly forbidden, but Satchmo was being discrete:

Picture by Satchmo

Even though we got a bus tour across the tarmac which was full of interesting planes, it was impossible for me to log a single registration due to my position in that crowded vehicle.  thumbsdown 


Transfer at Mumbai
All transfer passengers had to pass an extended security check after arriving at the Terminal 2 building. Men and women had to line up separately in that dull area, characterized by a low ceiling and sterile concrete walls. Our queue moved slowly and we were stuck there for nearly 30 minutes. Officers with grim faces additionally checked all travelers with hand scanners after they had passed the metal detector. Many bags were hand inspected, but ours were left out. We finally arrived in the transit area which looked nicer than the area near the security checkpoints. However, you cannot get access to the gates and you cannot see anything outside. There wasn't much to do, so we kept reading during the next two hours.

[Edited 2012-05-18 23:50:51]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 30760 times:


Saturday, November 2011
Mumbai (BOM) - London (LHR)
Jet Airways 9W120
Scheduled times: 02:35-07:00
Actual times: 02:43-07:11
Flight duration: 09:34 (hrs)
Distance: 4487 miles
Economy Class, seat 61K

Boeing 777-35RER
VT-JEG (s/n 675)
Delivered in 11/2007


1st flight on VT-JEG
7th 777-300ER flight
31st 777 flight



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Temporary appearance in 2009 (leased out to Gulf Air):


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After boarding had been announced, we joined a long queue and had to wait once again. Boarding passes were checked twice by different ground staff members before we were able to enter the jetbridge. Then two grim-faced security staff members in suits stopped us again. They checked our documents, ticked off our names from a list and added stickers to our passports. Two other passengers seemed to be in trouble because of an alleged lack of certain documents. They started discussing with the security people, but those just grumbled: "We have to wait for permission from the UK."

Anyway, we could finally proceed to the aircraft which turned out to be VT-JEG, delivered factory fresh in late 2007. It was not possible to take a picture of the plane due to a lack of windows - but I guess we wouldn't have tried even if we had been able to.

Very friendly flight attendants kept welcoming us on the way to the last row. I immediately liked the interior which was in good condition and had been cleaned well. The 18.5-inch wide seats were very comfortable...



...and equipped with large IFE screens:





The 32-inch pitch was absolutely sufficient for the next 10 hours, the IFE box didn't bother me much:


No, I hadn't played around with the cup holder - it had already been broken.  Wink


Most seats were taken on that day's flight 9W120:

Picture by Satchmo


Nice wooden floor in the rear galley:

Picture by Satchmo


Welcome screen:

Picture by Satchmo


A different JetWings magazine and the JetBoutique shopping guide:



Fleet information:



10 777s? Yes, in good old times. The active 777 fleet consists of only 5 frames. Did you listen, 9W?



The captain made a welcome speech and announced a flying time of 9 hours and 5 minutes. Wet towels with signs of wear were distributed, but those were cold again just like on the BKK-BOM flight.

VT-JEG was pushed back 8 minutes behind schedule and soon climbed out into the night sky after a powerful takeoff roll. More than an hour after departure, the flight attendants served a hot snack - a spicy vegetarian pastry roll filled with vegetables and tofu, accompanied by a sweet curd roll. The former tasted very good - the latter didn't really meet my taste:


After I had finished my ginger ale (no Schweppes, unfortunately), a friendly male flight attendant asked if I wanted another one. I agreed and he quickly delivered. Very attentive service!  thumbsup 

Now it was time to explore the enhanced JetScreen system on the 777. I found all options again which had been offered on the 737, but there were almost 120 movies instead of 40 as well as some other features. Even though Jet Airways doesn't fly to Germany, more than 20 movies were available in German which is quite impressive. Main menu (picture taken before takeoff):



An exclusive feature on the carriers' widebodies is the opportunity to send and receive SMS and emails:



Awards and laurels...Jet Airways certainly deserves to be praised:



Ah, Qantas in the news again...  thumbsdown 



Then I switched to my favorite IFE feature:








After a route change, we flew straight over Dubai and I could see the brightly illuminated Palm Jumeirah - too bad it was not possible to take a decent picture.

Cabin in almost complete darkness:



Lavatory amenities:


Due to a lack of drink runs, I went to the galley in the middle of the night in order to get some tea for Satchmo and me. One of the friendly male flight attendants sprung into action and told me that it wasn't necessary to wait. "I will bring it to your seat", he said. Another example of good service!  thumbsup 

Very nice reading light - much better than the bright ones installed overhead:



Which city is that?

Picture by Satchmo


Hard to tell...

Picture by Satchmo


Alright, it must have been Bucharest:



Shortly before breakfast, a nice light show was provided. Within a few minutes, the mood lighting changed from dark blue to bright orange:



Picture by Satchmo


Picture by Satchmo


Picture by Satchmo


There was a choice between a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian option and I opted for the latter:



Picture by Satchmo

Omelette, Indian-style potato and meat pancake, shredded potatoes, croissant and fresh fruit - everything tasted very good. And I also liked the tea. I can only praise Jet Airways for serving such a big and tasty breakfast.  thumbsup 

Beautiful sunrise:

Picture by Satchmo


The mood lighting changed to light purple after breakfast:

Picture by Satchmo


After descent had commenced, the captain gave a farewell message and pointed out that we would be stuck in a holding pattern for a while. "But we will still arrive on time", he promised. We didn't mind about that and enjoyed the views:

Picture by Satchmo


Picture by Satchmo


Picture by Satchmo


That gives an idea of our final routing:

Picture by Satchmo


Finally, we were cleared to land and dived into thick fog so that we couldn't even see the wingtip any more. The visibility was really bad and the ground came into view rather late on final approach. However, just when we were expecting the wheels to touch down, the GE90s suddenly roared and powerfully accelerated the plane again - that was my first go-around!  thumbsup   thumbsup   thumbsup 
While climbing out again, the captain made an announcement, but we couldn't understand anything due to the engine noise. The question was whether the pilots had aborted landing due to low visibility or due to traffic on the runway. We already started wondering where we would have to divert to in case of another landing abortion, but a few minutes later we finally touched down and taxied to our Terminal 4 gate where we arrived 11 minutes behind schedule. We asked a flight attendant about the go-around and he explained that another aircraft hadn't left the runway yet.

It was a pleasure, Jet Airways:

Picture by Satchmo


Business Class seat:

Picture by Satchmo


All I still needed was an exterior picture of our plane. Delta's 767-432ER N828MH was blocking the view:



Slowly getting better...



...mission accomplished:


The waiting time at passport control was acceptable and after grabbing our luggage, we went straight to Terminal 5 where our (separately booked) British Airways flight to Munich would depart from in the afternoon. We mostly killed the time by spotting and finally boarded A319 G-EUOD which was a new registration for me.



Conclusion
Flying Jet Airways was a great pleasure. Both the 737 and the 777 were in good shape and equipped with comfortable seats and modern and convenient IFE systems. All ground staff and flight crew members were very friendly and service-orientated, the catering was very good both in terms of quality and quantity. Jet Airways calls itself "India's finest international airline" - well, I haven't flown on other Indian carriers yet, but I can confirm that Jet Airways is among the finest airlines I have tried - and it's definitely more reliable than the country's big state carrier.

Despite the chaotic and stressful start, the trip was a very exciting, enjoyable and successful one. I flew on 7 new airlines, visited 5 new airports and logged a total of 349 new registrations. Qantas paid for all additional expenses caused by the fleet grounding, paid a compensation of €600 (EU regulations) and sent me a voucher worth €190 which I used just recently for a new and successful attempt to get on the carrier's A380.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739
Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W
QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340
Type Downgrade, Class Upgrade: EgyptAir Business
Long-Haul Cabin On A 737: MUC-CAI On PrivatAir
1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Imperfect Giant: CPT-JNB-FRA On SA A332 & LH A380
BA Vs. LCC, African Way: JNB-DUR-CPT, Comair/Mango
Africa's Best Airline? FRA-JNB On SAA A340-600
Fuel Dump & Return To CDG: Enroute To LAX On 9/11
Greek Quality: Aegean, Olympic & Istanbul Spotting
Exploring A Virgin: VS A343/A346 & Dubai Delights
Superb Stübli & Crew: LAS-LAX-ZRH-MUC, LX J Class
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class
Mountains, Meals & More: SunExpress Vs. Pegasus
Crossing Two Oceans: AKL-SFO-MUC, NZ 777 & LH A346
Bad Weather & Other Bad Luck: Touring New Zealand
Trans-Tasman Treat: Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200
Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777
Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
Fifth Freedom Tidbit: Kuwait Airways A300-600
Ship Vs. Plane: Porto Santo Line & Sata Air Açores
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP
Guernsey, Ash Cloud Alarm & Mostly Empty SQ 77Ws
Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380
Cirrus D38, Adria CRJ & Captain Niki Lauda On Duty
Monarch Hot Meal, E195 & More: PMI-ALC-MAN-MUC
Premium Meal & Palma Spotting: MUC-PMI, DE 757-300
The Dead Slow Transfer: PEK-MUC On Air China A332
Cancellation Brings Joy: HKG-PEK on Dragonair A330
A380 Cacophony, 777 Star Livery: DXB-SIN-HKG on SQ
The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330
Turkey For 1.5 Hrs: Daytrip To AYT On Sky Airlines
CO Scores Again: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA On ERJ, 752 & 764
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330
Short & Splendid: MXP-MUC On Air Dolomiti's 146
3 Hours On Blue1: HEL-MXP On The MD-90
Winglets On A Classic: MUC-RIX-HEL On Air Baltic
BCN-MAD-ZRH-MUC: UX Shuttle Meets Swiss Quality
MUC-MAD-BCN: Star MD-87 & The Pain Of Vueling
Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
4 Stars Or 5 Stars? FRA-KUL-FRA, Malaysia 777s
First And Last Time? JFK-FCO-MUC, Alitalia 777
JFK For 1 Day: Transatlantic Hop On CSA's A310
Sardinian Sun, Shiny New 73Gs & Cramped Mad Dog
Top And Flop: KIX-HEL-MUC, Finnair A320 & MD-11
The 524-Seat Twin-jet: HND-ITM On ANA 777-300
Kobe For 1 Hour: 767-Quickie On ANA & Skymark
Rocketing To Tokyo: FUK-HND On JAL (ex-JAS) 777
Oddities & Okinawa: JTA 734 & JAL 744D(Domestic)
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote
Canaries Prop-Hopping: Islas Airways & Naysa
Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321
Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH
BOS-JFK-AMS-MUC: SSSS-Check And KLM 777
ATL-PIT-JFK-BOS: FL B717, JetBlue E190 And Delays
MUC-AMS-MEM-ATL On NWA A332 And 40-year-old DC-9
FRA-BKK-FRA Via CMB: SriLankan A332 & A343
BNE-SIN-DXB-MUC On Emirates B772ER & B773
2 Hours In Paradise: Hamilton Island (JQ/DJ)
BNE-SYD-BNE: Domestic Run On QF’s Oldest B747-400
Testing Qantas: SYD-MEL-SYD-BNE (B738, B763, A332)
Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345
Surprised By NIKI's Newest A320 & Screw-up By AB
Leisure Vs. Full Service: Condor & SN Brussels
"betterFly" On LH: Business Class For 99 Euro
Weekend Transatlantic Trip (2): US A321 & B762
Transatlantic For A Weekend (1): MUC-DCA On US


[Edited 2012-05-19 00:12:18]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 29699 times:

Great report as usual! Looks like Jet Airways did a great job indeed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

I agree. Perhaps a logo would be nice.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"Mr. PlaneHunter? What would you like to have for dinner?" Of course I was very surprised about that. Satchmo wasn't addressed by name, bt

Oh well, I guess the name PlaneHunter isn't that common  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the mood lighting changed from dark blue to bright orange:

Looks very weird in the pictures. Did it stay orange during the breakfast? And was there mood lightning during the late night snack too?


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 29680 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Great report as usual! Looks like Jet Airways did a great job indeed.

Hi Robert, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Oh well, I guess the name PlaneHunter isn't that common

    

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Did it stay orange during the breakfast?

No, it changed to normal lighting.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
And was there mood lightning during the late night snack too?

No, just normal light.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 29621 times:

Hi PlaneHunter,
Jet appears to be a contrast to Air India, judging by reports about the latter published here on A.net.

Both the 738 and the 77W looked bright and fresh. Friendly and helpful cabin staff are always the hallmark of a good airline. The meals looked generous enough too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Which city is that?

Mmmn. Bucharest, maybe?


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 29538 times:

Hi Quokkas,

thanks for commenting!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Jet appears to be a contrast to Air India, judging by reports about the latter published here on A.net.

Yes, absolutely.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Both the 738 and the 77W looked bright and fresh.

  

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Friendly and helpful cabin staff are always the hallmark of a good airline.

No doubt about that.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
The meals looked generous enough too.

They were indeed generous. Some people may find some items too spicy, though.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Bucharest, maybe?

Yes, that's what I have guessed, too.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 29169 times:

Hi PH, another great report! I've been holding my breath for the last part the last weeks, and now it's here! Pleasure reading it.

Regarding taking pictures in India, I was literally glued to the window at DEL and took around 150 plane pictures. Nobody said anything to me! Didn't know about the rule until reading a TR in Dubai the day after I arrived from India...

Also, I saw a PIA A310 in DEL when running to the gate (boarding started 40 minutes early) and simply had to get a picture and catch the reg. I braked hard (right in front of a security officer actually!) took my camera out and took 5 pics. He didn't say anything! Lucky me apparently...

Again, great report, keep 'em coming!

Regards, Sveinn



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 29100 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 6):
Hi PH, another great report!

Hi Sveinn, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 6):
I've been holding my breath for the last part the last weeks, and now it's here! Pleasure reading it.

Good to hear, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 6):
Regarding taking pictures in India, I was literally glued to the window at DEL and took around 150 plane pictures. Nobody said anything to me!

Wow, amazing! I'm looking forward to the report.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 6):
Also, I saw a PIA A310 in DEL when running to the gate (boarding started 40 minutes early) and simply had to get a picture and catch the reg. I braked hard (right in front of a security officer actually!) took my camera out and took 5 pics. He didn't say anything! Lucky me apparently...

It seems you were really lucky.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 6):
Again, great report, keep 'em coming!

Thanks again! I'll start working on my next Asia series soon...lots of work ahead. So don't expect to see a new report anytime soon.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 28509 times:

Hi PH,

An excellent report as usual.

What an eventful spotting trip it was. I'm glad that after all the QF troubles at the beginning, you were able to finish on such a high note with 9W. Good to hear that you received such attentive service. The meals look tasty and it's nice to see the large bottles of water you got - normally it's just those small cups. Your photos capture the mood lighting brilliantly.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17-inch wide leather seats - but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

They do indeed and the red pillows against the blue seats don't look too good either.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The flight attendant offered chicken and a vegetarian meal and I ordered the former:

Funny to see the Emmi coffee cream on the tray, they really are popular is Asia.

Some nice shots on approach into LHR. How exciting to experience a go-around, something still missing in my log!

Hope operation QF A380 works out!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 28473 times:

Hey PlaneHunter,

Excellent TR as usual,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Cold (!) towels

..because the cold cabin wasn't enough! 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was glad that VT-JGW was a frame with PTVs, the location of the IFE box didn't bother me at all:

Looks similar to DL's Y seats on their 737-700/800 and 757-200s!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I hadn't seen so many "special requests" on a flight before. However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request.

My mom's cousin who works in F for a major international airline said that she gets the most "special requests" on flights to/from India...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Taking pictures at Indian airports is strictly forbidden, but Satchmo was being discrete:

I hate such rules, thank goodness the Philippines and even here in the US, most airport/security staff don't mind you taking a plethora of images on the tarmac or the terminal!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There was a choice between a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian option and I opted for the latter:

Wow, the presentation looks great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
that was my first go-around!         

..and what better aircraft to experience it than the 77W?  

It looks like 9W is a great carrier from your experience and I would love to fly with them in the future, maybe to BRU. Once again, fantastic trip report!

- Jezrel   



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1746 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 28313 times:

Hi Planehunter

Interesting report. Sounds like you had two very solid performances with Jet Airways. The food for sure looks very tasty! And the interior of the B777 in particular looks very classy.

I was quite surprised at first by the way, to see Jet Airways using a B737 on the BKK-BOM sectors, I didn't realise it was only a flight of four hours.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17-inch wide leather seats - but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

Well yes it is kind of. Then again I'd rather have a cheap looking head rest cover than non at all, as SWISS does in Economy on its short-haul fleet.

Thanks for posting, cheers!
William


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 28202 times:

Hi PH,

Another wonderful trip report here!

Jet Airways look like a great airline to fly with. Their service sounds excellent (especially when that pretty flight attendant addressed you by name   ), and their B738 and 77W looks great.

A nice conclusion to your trip, nice to hear you log 7 new airlines, 5 new airports and 349 new registrations.

Looking forward to more reports,

yapple


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 28170 times:
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Hi PH,

Nice to see the last report of this series online. An excellent report as usual! Jet Airways sure looks like a great carrier to fly. I jut might try them out to the US/Canada from BRU  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This is the entrance of our hotel building:

doesn't look to inviting either

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
They were successful and took many nice pictures during the course of the day. Here are some examples

Very nice spotting pictures!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

indeed

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It's not a PTV, it's a JetScreen:

Did you get any popcorn with it, hehe

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request. And I also noticed that they never said "no", but always tried to find alternative terms. Amazing

Very nice of the crew

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
it was impossible for me to log a single registration due to my position in that crowded vehicle

that's too bad!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nice wooden floor in the rear galley:

Looks nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Within a few minutes, the mood lighting changed from dark blue to bright orange:

Cool mood lighting

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Business Class seat

Looks comfortable

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and logged a total of 349 new registrations

Very nice  

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27821 times:
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Hi PH,

Great report PH, nice pictures from you and Satchmo.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Queen's Garden Resort located five minutes from the airport. Even though we had read numerous negative reports about the hotel, we decided to stay there because the rooftop is excellent for spotting (depending on the approach direction, though)

- Good to read views from somebody I trust.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This is the main building's front side:

- Looks pretty grim.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, the planes were approaching from the wrong side on that day. All we could see from the hotel's rooftop were departing aircraft - too high up in the sky. It was possible to read the registrations in most cases, but I wasn't feeling good enough and decided to stay in the room in order to rest

- Shame you were not well. Thanks for your comments on the hotel, whilst not one I would choose, I suspect I would put up with it for one to two nights for the spotting, nothing else would keep me there I suspect.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Satchmo met a spotter from Sweden at the hotel and they decided to explore the airport's surroundings together. They were successful and took many nice pictures during the course of the day. Here are some examples:

- Seems they found a great spot!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

- Totally agree!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Thai-style main course tasted very good - tender meat, crisp vegetables, well-cooked rice. I also liked the yogurt, but the cake was too sweet. I'm not a fan of cold red beans, but they were okay with salad dressing

- Looks a decent meal, impressed!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Satchmo ordered chicken as well, but he got an Indian-style main course which he liked a lot:

- Odd you both took the chicken but got different meals, not come across that before.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Even though we got a bus tour across the tarmac which was full of interesting planes, it was impossible for me to log a single registration due to my position in that crowded vehicle.   

- Bummer!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
We finally arrived in the transit area which looked nicer than the area near the security checkpoints. However, you cannot get access to the gates and you cannot see anything outside. There wasn't much to do,

- Shame, would have been ideal to try and get a bit of spotting in.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
a hot snack - a spicy vegetarian pastry roll filled with vegetables and tofu, accompanied by a sweet curd roll. The former tasted very good - the latter didn't really meet my taste:

- Not keen on tofu, had it in Hawaii, I think it's a texture issue for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After I had finished my ginger ale (no Schweppes, unfortunately)

- Interesting brand, Indian?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Omelette, Indian-style potato and meat pancake, shredded potatoes, croissant and fresh fruit - everything tasted very good.

- Looks great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
7 new airlines, visited 5 new airports and logged a total of 349 new registrations.

- Fantastic result, well done!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Qantas paid for all additional expenses caused by the fleet grounding, paid a compensation of €600 (EU regulations) and sent me a voucher worth €190

- Well done Qantas!

Cheers

Mark



111,732,3,4,5,7,8,BBJ,741,742,743,744,752,762,763,764,772,773,77W,L15,D10,30,40,AB3,AB6,A312.313,319,320,321,332,333,342
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 27549 times:

Hello PlaneHunter, great report!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Satchmo met a spotter from Sweden at the hotel and they decided to explore the airport's surroundings together.

That's nice, always pleasant to meat fellow aviation enthusiasts. Was the man a member on a.net also?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Thai Airways A340-541 HS-TLA, named "Chiang Kham" :

A beautiful plane indeed, such a shame though to see them gone so soon.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

They look cheap, hence a bit oversized too. Leather ones like LH would've been much more suited for the cabin I'd say.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
This was not surprising, because call buttons were being pressed all the time which kept these poor flight attendants extremely busy while serving meals.

Suppose that's the case with Indian service culture, customers have very high demands and expectations even in Economy. It's a very bad attitude I'd say, but maybe it's normal for them. Good to know at least the crew were willing enough to grant those requests, unlike AI (as described in Lars report) had a completely different approach in dealing with these pax. As a contrast on SAS using the button is strictly forbidden. Requests are almost never answered, and the few times they are you'll find the crew looking rather angry. But of course cultures are different...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The 18.5-inch wide seats were very comfortable...

Were they wider than the industry average?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nice wooden floor in the rear galley:

Very nice touch indeed. Guessing that was faux wood and not real hardwood floors?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 27489 times:

Hi PlaneHunter!

Thanks for an excellent report with excellent pictures from the Trip report master !

Great to read your experience on 9W ! Funny enough we flew the same aircraft on the same route but about four years apart. VT-JEG was exactly a week old when I flew on it.

It seems that 9W has cut down on service a little bit; you did not get an amenity kit and no pre-departure drink like I did. The drink I got was disgusting so you did not miss much there.

Meals looks okay and similar to what I got.

IFE is very good. I love that version of the Airshow map.

Very nice pictures of the different colors of mood lighting!

Too bad you couldn't do spotting in BKK. Lots of interesting traffic there and it's usually quite busy too.

Jet Airways does have 10 777-300/ERs although 5 are leased out to TG so it depends on how you look at that. Technically they are still a part of Jet Airways fleet.

Extra bonus with a go around in a 77W! I've only had one go around so far; RG DC-10-30 at EZE in 1996.

You should try to go on some other Indian carriers some time but make sure you are in a good condition since you never know what might happen in India.

My experience on AI was much better than 9W but the AI flight was not full and the 9W was close to full which makes a big difference. My AI 77L flight is one of the best I ever have had in Y on any carrier.

It seems like a very good trip over all with so many new carriers and registrations. Too bad you didn't feel well during parts of the trip.

Looking forward to your next report

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 27377 times:

Hi PlaneHunter,

Great last installment of your series!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
They were successful and took many nice pictures during the course of the day. Here are some examples:

Lovely pictures.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Anyway, the pretty female flight attendant finally showed up, had a look at a list and said: "Mr. PlaneHunter? What would you like to have for dinner?"

Wow!, very rare to get addressed by name in Y.   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Thai-style main course tasted very good - tender meat, crisp vegetables, well-cooked rice. I also liked the yogurt, but the cake was too sweet. I'm not a fan of cold red beans, but they were okay with salad dressing.

That meal looks delicious!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, just when we were expecting the wheels to touch down, the GE90s suddenly roared and powerfully accelerated the plane again - that was my first go-around!

Sounds exciting, I've still yet to experience my first go-around.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 27327 times:

Hi Udo.

A damned fine report if I may say so... You always choose interesting carriers and present them in a most enjoyable layout. Great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17-inch wide leather seats - but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

Yeah...I don't like the design so much here but it is great to see a blanket and pillow.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I hadn't seen so many "special requests" on a flight before. However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request. And I also noticed that they never said "no", but always tried to find alternative terms. Amazing!   

A sign of great training it would seem. I don't envy them... In a separate note... on a recent flight I watched many people from places in the sub-continent stashing booze they had been served. Quite funny... more on that in a future report!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Men and women had to line up separately in that dull area, characterized by a low ceiling and sterile concrete walls. Our queue moved slowly and we were stuck there for nearly 30 minutes. Officers with grim faces additionally checked all travelers with hand scanners after they had passed the metal detector.

what a buzzkill. I felt depressed just reading this!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
we would be stuck in a holding pattern for a while. "But we will still arrive on time", he promised. We didn't mind about that and enjoyed the views:

Can I just say.. perhaps Satchmo... that these are stunning pictures of London at that very special time of morning when it is coming alive. It evokes such a nice feeling holding in a massive airliner above the unique morning light of buzzing London... made better by the fog... and an eventual Go-Around. Surprised in all your flying this is the first!

So... Jet seemed excellent. Especially by service which seemed proactive and exemplary. I am still mourning kingfisher a little at the moment (do you recall their product in one of my reports?) but Jet definitely stepped up to the mark. Perhaps they can brighten up the transfer process a little.

Great compensation for your QF dramas... could I go as far as saying almost worth it? ?!

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 27278 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
unlike AI (as described in Lars report) had a completely different approach in dealing with these pax.

Hi Jonas !

I think you must be confused; I had no problem in my AI flight in Nov07; it's my recent flight on BG that had more issues and less choices.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 27210 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
An excellent report as usual.

Hi Infodesk, many thanks for your comments! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
What an eventful spotting trip it was.

Yes, absolutely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
I'm glad that after all the QF troubles at the beginning, you were able to finish on such a high note with 9W.

Well said.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
The meals look tasty and it's nice to see the large bottles of water you got - normally it's just those small cups.

They made up a bit for the lack of drink runs at night.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
They do indeed and the red pillows against the blue seats don't look too good either.

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
Funny to see the Emmi coffee cream on the tray, they really are popular is Asia.

Interesting, I hadn't noticed that.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
How exciting to experience a go-around, something still missing in my log!

I had been waiting for a long time - and it happened again on the next trip, on a 77W again. But it was less spectacular. More to follow in my next series.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):

Hope operation QF A380 works out!

The QF A380 part of the trip was fine, in contrast to the rest...

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
Excellent TR as usual,

Hi Jezrel, thank you very much for your feedback! Good to hear you enjoyed reading.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
My mom's cousin who works in F for a major international airline said that she gets the most "special requests" on flights to/from India...

Very interesting. I'm wondering how LCCs can exist in India...  

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
I hate such rules, thank goodness the Philippines and even here in the US, most airport/security staff don't mind you taking a plethora of images on the tarmac or the terminal!

Good to hear it's rather relaxed in the Philippines.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
..and what better aircraft to experience it than the 77W?

  

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):

It looks like 9W is a great carrier from your experience and I would love to fly with them in the future, maybe to BRU.

You should really give 9W a try!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
Once again, fantastic trip report!

Thanks again!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Interesting report.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Thanks for posting, cheers!

Hi William, thanks for your reply!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Sounds like you had two very solid performances with Jet Airways.

Yes indeed - I was glad 9W lived up to my expectations.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
And the interior of the B777 in particular looks very classy.

Pleasant seat colors and mood lighting can make a big difference.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
I was quite surprised at first by the way, to see Jet Airways using a B737 on the BKK-BOM sectors, I didn't realise it was only a flight of four hours.

I'd have preferred an A332 which regularly flies to HKG and SIN, but the 737 with the new interior was not bad at all.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Well yes it is kind of. Then again I'd rather have a cheap looking head rest cover than non at all, as SWISS does in Economy on its short-haul fleet.

That's a good point.

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
Another wonderful trip report here!

Many thanks, yapple! Good to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
Jet Airways look like a great airline to fly with.

  

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
Their service sounds excellent (especially when that pretty flight attendant addressed you by name

That was indeed impressive.

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
and their B738 and 77W looks great.

  

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
A nice conclusion to your trip, nice to hear you log 7 new airlines, 5 new airports and 349 new registrations.

Yes, it was a very successful trip. Too bad my recent Asia trip was partly screwed up.

Quoting yapple (Reply 11):
Looking forward to more reports,

Lots of work ahead...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Nice to see the last report of this series online. An excellent report as usual!

Hi Brendan, many thanks for your comments! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Jet Airways sure looks like a great carrier to fly. I jut might try them out to the US/Canada from BRU

You should!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Very nice spotting pictures!

Thanks - Satchmo will be happy to hear that.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Did you get any popcorn with it, hehe

No, unfortunately!  

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Great report PH, nice pictures from you and Satchmo.

Hi Mark, thanks a lot for your reply!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Thanks for your comments on the hotel, whilst not one I would choose, I suspect I would put up with it for one to two nights for the spotting, nothing else would keep me there I suspect.

It can be great for spotting - but that's it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Seems they found a great spot!

  

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Odd you both took the chicken but got different meals, not come across that before.

That was really odd. I'm still wondering about that.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Shame, would have been ideal to try and get a bit of spotting in.

Sure, there are so many interesting birds at BOM!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Interesting brand, Indian?

Good question, I'll try to find it out. It cannot match Schweppes, of course.  

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Fantastic result, well done!

Yes, I was quite satisfied. Just too bad I missed many nice birds at BKK.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Well done Qantas!

No doubt about that!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
Hello PlaneHunter, great report!

Hi Jonas, thanks for commenting!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
That's nice, always pleasant to meat fellow aviation enthusiasts. Was the man a member on a.net also?

No, but he certainly knows the site.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
A beautiful plane indeed, such a shame though to see them gone so soon.

Yes, I can only agree. I'm wondering what will happen to them.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):

They look cheap, hence a bit oversized too. Leather ones like LH would've been much more suited for the cabin I'd say.

  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
As a contrast on SAS using the button is strictly forbidden. Requests are almost never answered, and the few times they are you'll find the crew looking rather angry.

Is it really that bad?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
Were they wider than the industry average?

I'm not sure what's the average. SIA's seats on the 77W are 19 inches wide, AF's and EK's just 17 inches (3-4-3 configuration).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14):
Very nice touch indeed. Guessing that was faux wood and not real hardwood floors?

I don't know, it's hard to tell. But it definitely looks nice.

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Thanks for an excellent report with excellent pictures from the Trip report master !

Hi Lars my friend, thanks so much for your kind words!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Great to read your experience on 9W ! Funny enough we flew the same aircraft on the same route but about four years apart. VT-JEG was exactly a week old when I flew on it.

That's indeed nice!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
It seems that 9W has cut down on service a little bit; you did not get an amenity kit and no pre-departure drink like I did.

Yes, amenity kits would have been nice.

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Very nice pictures of the different colors of mood lighting!

Thanks!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Too bad you couldn't do spotting in BKK. Lots of interesting traffic there and it's usually quite busy too.

I had been looking forward to spotting at BKK. Oh well.

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Jet Airways does have 10 777-300/ERs although 5 are leased out to TG so it depends on how you look at that. Technically they are still a part of Jet Airways fleet.

Well, it's a matter of perspective. It's the active fleet which counts IMO.

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Extra bonus with a go around in a 77W!

No doubt about that! It happened again on my next 77W flight!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
I've only had one go around so far; RG DC-10-30 at EZE in 1996.

Sounds exciting!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
You should try to go on some other Indian carriers some time but make sure you are in a good condition since you never know what might happen in India.

I'd love to try AI's 77L or 77W.

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
My experience on AI was much better than 9W but the AI flight was not full and the 9W was close to full which makes a big difference. My AI 77L flight is one of the best I ever have had in Y on any carrier.

Yes, I remember that!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
It seems like a very good trip over all with so many new carriers and registrations.

  

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Too bad you didn't feel well during parts of the trip.

Yes, and it happened again and again...   

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):

Looking forward to your next report

Warning - no 777 involved!  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):
Great last installment of your series!

Hi aflyingkiwi, thanks for your comments!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):
Wow!, very rare to get addressed by name in Y.

That was certainly nice!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):
Sounds exciting, I've still yet to experience my first go-around.

The day will come!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
A damned fine report if I may say so... You always choose interesting carriers and present them in a most enjoyable layout. Great!

Hi Luke, thanks a lot for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
A sign of great training it would seem.

  

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
I don't envy them...

I don't either!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
In a separate note... on a recent flight I watched many people from places in the sub-continent stashing booze they had been served. Quite funny... more on that in a future report!

Interesting, I'm looking forward to that one.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Can I just say.. perhaps Satchmo... that these are stunning pictures of London at that very special time of morning when it is coming alive. It evokes such a nice feeling holding in a massive airliner above the unique morning light of buzzing London... made better by the fog... and an eventual Go-Around. Surprised in all your flying this is the first!

That was a very special approach - being stuck in a holding pattern near LHR is always exciting with all these other airliners nearby.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
So... Jet seemed excellent. Especially by service which seemed proactive and exemplary.

  

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
I am still mourning kingfisher a little at the moment (do you recall their product in one of my reports?) but Jet definitely stepped up to the mark. Perhaps they can brighten up the transfer process a little.

Oh yes, I would have loved to try Kingfisher. Well, there's still some hope left.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
Great compensation for your QF dramas... could I go as far as saying almost worth it? ?!

Well...yes.



PH

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1217 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 26880 times:
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Hey PH!!

Great to see this write up on India's little aviation gem!! Looks like 9W really lived up to your expectations if not more!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After our arrival from Phuket, we took the hotel shuttle to the Queen's Garden Resort located five minutes from the airport. Even though we had read numerous negative reports about the hotel, we decided to stay there because the rooftop is excellent for spotting (depending on the approach direction, though)

That is something to consider if one is stuck at BKK airport for more than one would want to spend just waiting at the terminal

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We had planned to switch off the air conditioning device at night, but that turned out to be a bad idea. Temperatures went up quickly, so we had to switch it on again. In order to avoid the cool air being blown at us all the time (I had already been sick), we had to rearrange the furniture in the room which made lots of noise. We didn't hear any complaints, fortunately.

They were probably just thinking the occupants in the room were in a party mode!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
rail station in the background:

I'm assuming that goes through the airport like the subway that goes through Dubai Airport? They are only now starting to link Toronto's Pearson with the downtown core, but that should take another year or two.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Sandbags had been prepared for the worst case:

Good to hear you were safe.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, the planes were approaching from the wrong side on that day. All we could see from the hotel's rooftop were departing aircraft - too high up in the sky. It was possible to read the registrations in most cases, but I wasn't feeling good enough and decided to stay in the room in order to rest. I could see some planes from the balcony and could even log some registrations - but certainly not as many as I had been hoping for.

Satchmo met a spotter from Sweden at the hotel and they decided to explore the airport's surroundings together. They were successful and took many nice pictures during the course of the day. Here are some examples:

Very unfortunate you could not accompany them, but at least Satchmo was able to provide those gorgeous pics!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Thai Airways A340-541 HS-TLA, named "Chiang Kham" :

Indeed a gorgeous aircraft. Where do these "birdies" now fly considering that LAX is no longer non-stop and operates with the 772 via Osaka, if I recall correctly. Or is a combination of both nonstop and one stop?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
9W067 to Mumbai was also operating as SN4138:

Interesting note about the Durians...Were they afraid there would be a stampede out the plane should somebody try to cut one open in flight and eat it lol. The smell can be offensive to some and pleasant to others, even comparable to the smell of gym socks lol. I ate one in Kuala Lumpur and the look on my face is still fondly remembered by those who were witness to it..and I held my nose while I ate it lol. Please was not being disrespectful to a very revered fruit, just sharing a general opinion, and my own experience too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Very friendly and smiling flight attendants (females wearing pretty yellow uniform jackets) welcomed us on board.

Jet Airways' very own canaries!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The cabin was in good condition and had been cleaned well. Pillows and blankets had been placed on the comfortable 17-inch wide leather seats - but do you agree with me that the head rest covers look a bit cheap?

I prefer the red colours of the long haul fleet. But forget what the inside looks, Jet Airways aircraft colours are the nicest on the outside. What an amazing colour scheme!! Have yet to get a decent 1:200 scale model of this airline.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
What I didn't like was the cool temperature in the cabin and I pointed that out to a pretty female flight attendant. "It will get warmer later", she promised with a smile.

Well it was quite hot as you indicated so I guess it was only natural to have it cold inside. Perhaps it was a few notches colder than one would want.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Headphones had already been placed in the seat pockets:

Hopefully these had been sterilized and were in plastic concealed bags?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Cold (!) towels were distributed with a smile a

Again cold towels to compensate for the hot weather lol

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The four flight attendants in Economy Class soon started serving dinner, but they didn't arrive at our row less than an hour after takeoff. This was not surprising, because call buttons were being pressed all the time which kept these poor flight attendants extremely busy while serving meals.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request. And I also noticed that they never said "no", but always tried to find alternative terms. Amazing! thumbsup

It has been said that Indian passengers are the most demanding, and yes this coming from me from the Sub-continent myself. I really shake my head in disbelief when on an EK or EY flight (which is 95% made up of sub-continent folk like myself) and see how the cabin crew have to make numerous runs to otherwise unnecessary call button calls made from say a sample of 10-15% of the lot. The FAs are there to serve you, not to be your butler on demand!!

Because of this all sub-continent passengers get thought of as "the demanding" ones and are meted the service that truly only the ones making all these demands should be getting, that is unfriendly service. Well in Jet Airways case, at least they were nice enough to treat everybody the same, and that is with professional and smiling service.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I hadn't seen so many "special requests" on a flight before.

Yes the special meals are there due to religious beliefs and practices. On most other non-Indian airline flights the special meals are the vegetarian meals, but they seemed to have had this on these flights too in addition to these special meals.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Anyway, the pretty female flight attendant finally showed up, had a look at a list and said: "Mr. PlaneHunter? What would you like to have for dinner?" Of course I was very surprised about that. Satchmo wasn't addressed by name, btw.

PH your first name does have a very Indian flair to it if I may so! And it was nice of the crew to remember it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The flight attendant offered chicken and a vegetarian meal and I ordered the former:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Thai-style main course tasted very good - tender meat, crisp vegetables, well-cooked rice. I also liked the yogurt, but the cake was too sweet. I'm not a fan of cold red beans, but they were okay with salad dressing.

Satchmo ordered chicken as well, but he got an Indian-style main course which he liked a lot:

Very strange that two types of Chicken dishes should exist? I'm thinking all the vegetarian meals were gone and they had to cater to those with a taste for Thai cuisine by offering the Thai version in addition to the Indian chicken one.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Taking pictures at Indian airports is strictly forbidden, but Satchmo was being discrete:

Nicely captured even though discretely!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):

Jet Airways 9W120
Economy Class, seat 61K
Boeing 777-35RER
VT-JEG (s/n 675)
Delivered in 11/2007
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
And of course we had been happy that 61H and 61K in the last row were still available on the 777 - it's interesting to note that there are only two 2-seat rows on the plane.

Wow nice that you two could score those only two seats at the back. My preference too, because honestly I cannot stand it when the person behind you keeps on kicking the seat from behind. Haven't really been lucky to get those last seats of late, and besides with the last two EY flights last year I totally sacrificed them just to sit up front to view those gorgeous GE-90s!! I really wish Jet Airways would send it's 77Ws to Toronto someday!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
accompanied by a sweet curd roll.

Rasmalai?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nice wooden floor in the rear galley:

Looks like 9W like EY sacrificed the space of the galley to make room for two lavatories at the back. I quite prefer EK's galley as they are wide and spacious.

9W: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Jet...s/Jet_Airways_Boeing_777-300ER.php

EY: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Eti...tihad_Airways_Boeing_777-300ER.php

EK: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Emi...rlines_Boeing_777-300ER_3class.php

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After I had finished my ginger ale (no Schweppes, unfortunately), a friendly male flight attendant asked if I wanted another one. I agreed and he quickly delivered. Very attentive service! thumbsup
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I went to the galley in the middle of the night in order to get some tea for Satchmo and me. One of the friendly male flight attendants sprung into action and told me that it wasn't necessary to wait. "I will bring it to your seat", he said. Another example of good service! thumbsup

Great service. Also I'm assuming all 9W's staff are young cabin crew? As opposed to the older cabin crew on AI or BG?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Even though Jet Airways doesn't fly to Germany, more than 20 movies were available in German which is quite impressive
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then I switched to my favorite IFE feature:

So did you land up watching any of he movies available in German, considering there was not much inflight entertainment outside the window!!.........Ah yes the inflight entertainment inside  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
we flew straight over Dubai and I could see the brightly illuminated Palm Jumeirah - too bad it was not possible to take a decent picture.

Would have been nice to get it though

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Omelette, Indian-style potato and meat pancake, shredded potatoes, croissant and fresh fruit - everything tasted very good. And I also liked the tea. I can only praise Jet Airways for serving such a big and tasty breakfast. thumbsup

And of course who could not notice the AMUL butter. A very famous Indian brand.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, just when we were expecting the wheels to touch down, the GE90s suddenly roared and powerfully accelerated the plane again - that was my first go-around! thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Have yet to experience one!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...mission accomplished:

Looks like you missed the lovely beauty on it's port side  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
I jut might try them out to the US/Canada from BRU

Hopefully you should do the BRU-YYZ route on the A332!!

Quoting the777man (Reply 15):
Jet Airways does have 10 777-300/ERs although 5 are leased out to TG so it depends on how you look at that. Technically they are still a part of Jet Airways fleet.

That is true, they are still technically part of 9Ws fleet.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 17):
A sign of great training it would seem. I don't envy them... In a separate note... on a recent flight I watched many people from places in the sub-continent stashing booze they had been served. Quite funny

I cannot remember which airline it is, EK I think where if you ask for a drink, the crew deliberately open the miniature bottle and hand it to you without the cap, so you don't land up stashing it like you experienced above lol....Or at the most pour the entire contents into the glass and serve it to the passengers.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26569 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Great to see this write up on India's little aviation gem!!

Hi flightsimboy, many thanks for taking the time to write such an extended reply! I really appreciate that.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Looks like 9W really lived up to your expectations if not more!!

Yes, absolutely!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
That is something to consider if one is stuck at BKK airport for more than one would want to spend just waiting at the terminal

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
They were probably just thinking the occupants in the room were in a party mode!!

Yeah, probably. But I think there weren't many guests in that hotel.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I'm assuming that goes through the airport like the subway that goes through Dubai Airport?

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Very unfortunate you could not accompany them, but at least Satchmo was able to provide those gorgeous pics!!

Yes, he was very successful.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Indeed a gorgeous aircraft. Where do these "birdies" now fly considering that LAX is no longer non-stop and operates with the 772 via Osaka, if I recall correctly. Or is a combination of both nonstop and one stop?

Good question. I read somewhere that they may leave the fleet. Would be really sad to see them stored in the desert.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Interesting note about the Durians...Were they afraid there would be a stampede out the plane should somebody try to cut one open in flight and eat it lol. The smell can be offensive to some and pleasant to others, even comparable to the smell of gym socks lol. I ate one in Kuala Lumpur and the look on my face is still fondly remembered by those who were witness to it..and I held my nose while I ate it lol. Please was not being disrespectful to a very revered fruit, just sharing a general opinion, and my own experience too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

Wow, interesting, thanks!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Jet Airways' very own canaries!!

Well said!  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
But forget what the inside looks, Jet Airways aircraft colours are the nicest on the outside. What an amazing colour scheme!! Have yet to get a decent 1:200 scale model of this airline.

I can only agree. I should get a 77W model, too.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Perhaps it was a few notches colder than one would want.

No doubt about that.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Hopefully these had been sterilized and were in plastic concealed bags?

Of course - I always take them out for the picture.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
It has been said that Indian passengers are the most demanding, and yes this coming from me from the Sub-continent myself.

That's very interesting. I had heard about it and could finally experience it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Well in Jet Airways case, at least they were nice enough to treat everybody the same, and that is with professional and smiling service.

That was indeed amazing.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
PH your first name does have a very Indian flair to it if I may so!

Really?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Very strange that two types of Chicken dishes should exist? I'm thinking all the vegetarian meals were gone and they had to cater to those with a taste for Thai cuisine by offering the Thai version in addition to the Indian chicken one.

I still don't know what happened - probably I got a special meal without having ordered one? But then why did she ask me whether I wanted this or that?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Wow nice that you two could score those only two seats at the back.

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
My preference too, because honestly I cannot stand it when the person behind you keeps on kicking the seat from behind.

I haven't had that problem yet, fortunately.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I really wish Jet Airways would send it's 77Ws to Toronto someday!!

Who knows, maybe one day?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Rasmalai?

Thanks, I guess that's it!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Looks like 9W like EY sacrificed the space of the galley to make room for two lavatories at the back.

Interesting, thanks for providing the links.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Great service. Also I'm assuming all 9W's staff are young cabin crew? As opposed to the older cabin crew on AI or BG?

Yes, 25 to 35 I would say.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
So did you land up watching any of he movies available in German, considering there was not much inflight entertainment outside the window!!.......

No, I didn't watch a movie. I almost never do that on flights.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
And of course who could not notice the AMUL butter. A very famous Indian brand.

Interesting, thanks!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Have yet to experience one!!

Good luck!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Looks like you missed the lovely beauty on it's port side

Yes, but I'm satisfied with the last picture.



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6394 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 26194 times:

Hi PH,

Another great TR from you. Also thank Satchmo for great pictures - you're lucky to have him travel with you to keep a nice photo record!

9W certainly look like a nice airline to fly. Meals (apart from the snack out of BOM) looked nice and service looked good too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The four flight attendants in Economy Class soon started serving dinner, but they didn't arrive at our row less than an hour after takeoff. This was not surprising, because call buttons were being pressed all the time which kept these poor flight attendants extremely busy while serving meals. I hadn't seen so many "special requests" on a flight before. However, the nice crew members always kept smiling and patiently tried to satisfy every request. And I also noticed that they never said "no", but always tried to find alternative terms. Amazing!

I was talking to an EY flight attendant and he was telling me how the crews dreaded the flights to India due to the constant bell ringing and demands. I suppose that happens on every flight. Good that they deal with everyone (no matter how rude or demanding they may be) but I suppose it would be annoying if you were waiting to be served but kept on being interrupted by these extra requests.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Anyway, the pretty female flight attendant finally showed up, had a look at a list and said: "Mr. PlaneHunter? What would you like to have for dinner?" Of course I was very surprised about that. Satchmo wasn't addressed by name, btw.

Most interesting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
As far as I can remember, the Indian-style meal wasn't offered to me - and Satchmo cannot remember either if he had a choice between an Indian and a Thai chicken dish. So who knows?

Interesting again. You'd think they'd make some sort of differentiation between them. I suppose a lot of people would just call a meal on a plane crap food anyway and just deal with what they get..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Even though we got a bus tour across the tarmac which was full of interesting planes, it was impossible for me to log a single registration due to my position in that crowded vehicle

If you're last off the plane, you should find yourself in the doorway, right? And most airport buses I've come across have glass doors. Just a thought..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
However, you cannot get access to the gates and you cannot see anything outside. There wasn't much to do, so we kept reading during the next two hours.

Doesn't sound promising.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
After a route change, we flew straight over Dubai and I could see the brightly illuminated Palm Jumeirah - too bad it was not possible to take a decent picture.

I love flying over cities, especially at night. Too bad I picked aisle seats on my long hauls as I didn't want to be trapped in.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Which city is that?
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):

Mmmn. Bucharest, maybe?

Confirmed by looking at Google Maps - it was my guess too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
The mood lighting changed to light purple after breakfast:

It's great how these airlines actually utilise the mood lighting. CX have it onboard their planes (77W at least) but I only ever saw it working in Business, through the curtain.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
However, just when we were expecting the wheels to touch down, the GE90s suddenly roared and powerfully accelerated the plane again - that was my first go-around!

That must have been some experience, especially in a 77W! Still awaiting my first..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Flying Jet Airways was a great pleasure. Both the 737 and the 777 were in good shape and equipped with comfortable seats and modern and convenient IFE systems. All ground staff and flight crew members were very friendly and service-orientated, the catering was very good both in terms of quality and quantity. Jet Airways calls itself "India's finest international airline" - well, I haven't flown on other Indian carriers yet, but I can confirm that Jet Airways is among the finest airlines I have tried - and it's definitely more reliable than the country's big state carrier.

Sounds promising - wonder if/when I'll be able to give them a go.

Thanks for sharing yet another series! Looking forward to your next TRs


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 26090 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Another great TR from you.

Hi Nicholas, many thanks for your comments! Good to hear from you.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Also thank Satchmo for great pictures - you're lucky to have him travel with you to keep a nice photo record!

Yes, always good to be on tour with an expert photographer.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
I was talking to an EY flight attendant and he was telling me how the crews dreaded the flights to India due to the constant bell ringing and demands. I suppose that happens on every flight.

Wow, that sounds really bad!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Good that they deal with everyone (no matter how rude or demanding they may be) but I suppose it would be annoying if you were waiting to be served but kept on being interrupted by these extra requests.

Sure, it must be annoying. And some passengers were really rude and behaved like princes on the BKK-BOM segment.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
If you're last off the plane, you should find yourself in the doorway, right? And most airport buses I've come across have glass doors.

Usually that's the way to go, but it was a bit difficult at BOM.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Too bad I picked aisle seats on my long hauls as I didn't want to be trapped in.

That's what I chose on my recent trip as well.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Confirmed by looking at Google Maps - it was my guess too.

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
CX have it onboard their planes (77W at least) but I only ever saw it working in Business, through the curtain.

That's too bad. Airlines should use mood lighting more intensively.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
That must have been some experience, especially in a 77W!

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Sounds promising - wonder if/when I'll be able to give them a go.

I can only recommend to try 9W.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Thanks for sharing yet another series! Looking forward to your next TRs

Lots of work ahead...


PH

[Edited 2012-05-20 04:13:34]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 26039 times:

Hi PH
Thanks for taking the time to post this trip report, as usual it is worth waiting for it.
I flew Jet Airways between BRU and EWR as well in 2008 and was very pleased with the service I must say.
Just a bit of a slow service schedule on the EWR-BRU (main meal +2hrs after departure, Breakfast +2hours before landing). I believe it was due to the F/A's not being used to the short TATL hops like EWR-BRU.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nordwind Airlines Boeing 767-306ER VQ-BMQ - users MSS658 and Lufthansa747 once flew on that bird when it was still operating for KLM as PH-BZE:

Haha... 24.08.2000 on KLM from Atlanta to Amsterdam

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
25 PlaneHunter : Hi Marc, thanks for your reply! Didn't you have a 77W as well? That's indeed a bit slow. It's great that you already checked the registrations back t
26 Post contains images ElPistolero : Great trip report! I am a big fan of 9W (I used to use them all the time during my work assignment in India in 2009). I used them once in 2011, but I
27 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi PH, Good to see the conclusion to your Asia trip. Jet Airways looks very nice, although the thought of transitting in BOM might put quite a few tra
28 Post contains links and images PlaneHunter : Many thanks ElPistolero! What about amenity kits - were they still handed out back then? Wow, unbelievable! Or how about Iberia long-haul FA? Great!
29 Post contains images ElPistolero : The first time I flew 9W in Y ... was in Dec 2006, I think. It was when 9W was still using SAA 340s. I had to go to India for a friend's wedding - my
30 Post contains images ElPistolero : Try AC, with its cardboard muffin. No yogurn. No croissant. Just one stale, unidentifiable, oily muffin (some think its banana) - I've eaten about 1/
31 MSS658 : correct, VT-JEB (now with TG, actually the one featured in Gabriels report) and VT-JEH.
32 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Ah, I remember these days when they got these new A343s. Interesting concept! Great stuff! Interesting - I think they still serve plenty of food. Sou
33 CrimsonNL : Hey PH, thanks for sharing! Nice series of trip reports. Jet looks very decent, and the mood lighting shots are amazing! Best regards, Martijn
34 PlaneHunter : Hi Martijn, thanks for commenting! I cannot get enough of mood lighting, I wish more airlines would use it. PH
35 Post contains images akhmad : My friend PH, I have been waiting for your 9W experience so long as you kept seducing us on how good 9W was. Finally, my anxiety has been satisfied. A
36 abrelosojos : WOW! What a fantastic ending to your trip! Thanks a lot for your report on Jet Airways. As some of my reports have indicated, I am a huge fan of them,
37 767747 : Another great report, PH! Looks like you had a great flight with Jet Airways. Food looks really nice for Economy Class, and I love the mood lighting s
38 Post contains images vivekman2006 : Nice TR PlaneHunter, with some good photos. I recently flew on Jet Airways on the BOM-BKK-BOM sector, and the service was more or less as what you hav
39 Post contains links and images PlaneHunter : Hi Suryo, many thanks for your nice words! I'm glad you enjoyed reading. Or something else...I had the same thought. I have to admit I cannot remembe
40 palmjet : Hi PH Another excellent report with lots of super pics. Nice to see a Jet Airways narrowbody report as well. They are relatively rare. Looks like they
41 PlaneHunter : Hi Palmjet, many thanks for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, flying 9W between BKK and LHR was definitely something different. He'll be h
42 Post contains images Sultanils : Hello PH, What an enjoyable read once again, accompanied by Satchmo’s nice pics (and yours as well of course I’m happy to see your 9W were to your
43 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi PlaneHunter, It has been a while since we saw a report from you here - so good to see you're still in the trip report business (if you can call it
44 gabrielchew : Nice report Udo - looks liek Jet are quite nice internationally Seats look great, but I agree about the headrests The variation in service seems a bit
45 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Nils, thanks a lot for your feedback! Good to hear you enjoyed reading. A little bit, yes. But there are many worse interiors out there. Good old
46 NZ107 : Yes, his description was something rather close to how you put it too. Fair enough, I suppose you can't win all the time. At least you've got room to
47 Post contains images volvair : Hi PH, (as always) an impressive report about an airline not too much covered here. Thanks for completing this! Jet Airways look really good here -- q
48 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Udo , Great report and nice to see a Jet Airways one on this route. I love the interiors too. Although I never officially flew on them I flew thei
49 Post contains images PlaneHunter : So true! Many thanks for your feedback, volvair! You should give it a try on a transatlantic hop! Yes, I haven't been lucky recently. Nice to hear yo
50 Post contains images win1290 : Hi PH, Really enjoyed reading your trip report! Thanks. Jet Airways seems a very nice airline from your experience, cabin crew sounds amazing. Very ni
51 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Win, thanks a lot for your comments! Yes, I agree with you. Interesting, thanks! PH
52 aeroblogger : I haven't flown 9W longhaul in a while, but this trip report reminded me exactly why I pefer Air India so much. 31" pitch? That's a real squeeze for a
53 SR 103 : Fantastic trip report as always PlaneHunter. Glad to see you got to try Jet Airways, and even better to hear you had some excellent flights with them.
54 sankaps : Aeroblogger: have to respectfully competely disagree on this view. Ground and IRROPs handling are of crticial importance to most business travellers,
55 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi aeroblogger, thanks for your comments, good to hear your opinion. Well, it wasn't bad on 9W's 738. 31" is what you find on many long-haul carriers
56 Post contains images aeroblogger : I guess I'm spoiled by HYD - no matter how much SATS wants to screw the ground experience up, it isn't easy. I'm sure AI is a nightmare on the ground
57 ElPistolero : AIs IFE programming is the worst AVOD IFE I have ever used. This is made up for, somewhat, by the camera views). Flew them three times in Y and J. Pr
58 FLIEGER67 : Hey, PH, really good to follow you´re final part of the latest, or not, Asia trip. Interesting to follow Jet Airways with the friendly FA´s. Somethi
59 CaptainRed : Hi PH, good to read about the final part of your Asian adventure. Looks like your flights with Jet Airways were a great endpoint to your trip, especia
60 deltamartin : Hi PH! Great report just as usual! Jet seems to be a really nice airline, I'd love to fly them some day! BKK does indeed seem to be a very impressive
61 LH4532 : Hello PlaneHunter, I finally have the time to read and reply this Trip Report. You put it online while my biking tour. That´s at least something. Not
62 Initious : Hi PH, Congrats on completing another trip report! As with your other reports, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. The Queen's Garden Resort was the hotel
63 abrelosojos : = As much as I have good experiences on AI (documented here several times over), I really don't get your overall "hate" for anything that is not AI.
64 aeroblogger : I don't hate everything that isn't AI. There are many better airlines out there. What I disagree with is that: I've flown both often (although not 9W
65 byronicle6 : Hi PH, Another nice TR from you. 9W sound like a pretty decent airline! One i dont know too much about. Food looks of a good standard as does the serv
66 Post contains images SloAir : Hi PH, as always it was a pleasure following another one of your tours. Well written with some great pictures. It looks very cheap! But the pillows an
67 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hi PH, Finally got some time to read and comment on this report. Yeah, it does look a bit cheap. I don't think there's a way that kind of headrest cov
68 FlyKev : Another brilliant trip report, thank you very much for sharing. Jet Airways looks very good and their food looks enjoyable too (must admit I can't say
69 paris380 : Good reporting. Jet Airways is very good from your report, but I am a little scared of going via transit in Asian airports.
70 signol : Hi PlaneHunter, not sure how I missed this one, your final leg of the Asian trip! I'm always wary of transiting in places where a visa is required to
71 Post contains images PlaneHunter : That's indeed disappointing! Interesting, thanks! Thanks for your feedback, Markus! 9W is an airline to recommend. Hi CaptainRed, many thanks for you
72 airbuseric : Hi PH, sorry for my late reply, you know the reason. I finally managed to read this report on Jet Airways and am truly impressed. Good service, nice m
73 PlaneHunter : Hi Eric, many thanks for your feedback! I also say sorry for my late reply. Yes, 9W's product is really impressive. I think you can expect a similar
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