kann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 835 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14998 times:
Hi everybody, this is part two of my three-part India trip for June 2012. We wanted to visit friends in Northern India, and we left 13 days after arriving in Chennai. Here is the trip report for our journey from the US to India, which included a SQ A380. FSM-MAA On AA,BA,SQ, And AI (lots Of Pictures!) (by kann123air Jul 6 2012 in Trip Reports)?threadid=220972&searchid=221280&s=FSM-MAA#ID221280
Anyway, a few months ago I had a choice of either flying Air India or IndiGo to Delhi. Any person who knows about the domestic service of AI will also know one thing--avoid it at all costs. So I chose 6E, hoping that it would be OK. I had also heard very good reviews from it. Not to mention we were stopping in Coimbatore both ways for 20 minutes--something only an aviation geek like me would like!
We headed to MAA around 10:00 a.m. to catch IndiGo 285. Here are some pictures I took around the airport:
The IndiGo check-in desk:
We headed through security without any problem, and soon we were into the terminal.
Another 6E plane heading somewhere in India:
A poster advertising their new international service:
A cargo airline I have never seen anywhere except for MAA: Blue Dart. Here is one of their 752s:
One of AI's pre-Indian Airlines A320s:
We soon started to board.
Flight #1--June 16th, 2012
MAA-CJB-DEL (20 minute stop in Coimbatore)
Departure time: 10:05
Arrival time (in Delhi): 14:50
VT-IGY (Delivered in December 2010)
We settled into our seats, and I was pleased to find that they had finally gotten rid of the no smoking sign:
Emirates 77W heading to DXB:
Saudi Arabian 772:
SriLankan A330 from Colombo:
LH MD-11 probably heading to FRA:
Kamaraj Domestic Terminal sign:
Singapore LCC Tiger from SIN:
And before we knew it, we took off. Here is a view of congested and overpopulated Chennai:
Ascending through the clouds:
And in about 30 minutes, we touched down in CJB:
He's definitely seen better days! What plane is this?:
Then we taxied to the terminal, where we didn't even disembark. While we were waiting, I took pictures of the menu:
We then took off. Here is another view of the blue sharklets cutting through the clouds:
My dad and I then took a look at the menu, and I chose the samosa, a chicken sandwich, and a mango juice. My dad ordered the same, and my mom ordered just a samosa and juice. She originally wanted the vegetable biriyani, but that was not available. The total was above 1000 rupees (about $20), and the food was cold and hard. We were disappointed with that aspect of IndiGo.
My sandwich and samosa, unpacked:
The legroom was pretty descent:
I fell asleep soon, and awoke shortly before landing in DEL. This is after landing, what is this?
An SG 738:
Couple of 6E A320s:
I was thrilled to see that we were able to deplane through stairs. This would give me some good photography opportunities:
I didn't know AI owned CR7s until now:
Unfortunately my camera battery died then , so I didn't take any pictures of Delhi. I recharged it right before the return trip though, so here are pictures of the return:
We arrived in DEL on June 20th at around noon, and I did some spotting:
CX 744 heading to HKG:
Couple of 6Es heading somewhere in India:
SG's "Nigella" 738 taxiing:
SG with an IT A320 (that doesn't have a nosecone) in the background:
The CX we saw earlier taking off:
The Kalitta 744 taking off:
Kinda rare to see a BAe-146 here:
Yes! A taste of America!
Our flight posted on the board:
Inside DEL. I was impressed, it has gotten much better since my last visit there in 2007. I flew AA 292 back then....sad that it is gone now.
A ghost-controlled piano!
A taste of Hawaii on the other side of the world!
GoAir up close now:
Dassault Falcon 50.....correct me if I'm wrong.
"Anise". I love how some airlines name their aircraft. It's easier to remember the name rather than the registration when trying to remember what aircraft.
Saudi Arabian in the distance:
It's OK, but I wouldn't agree with that:
Flight #2 (June 20th, 2012)
DEL-CJB-MAA (20 minute stop in Coimbatore)
Departure time: 13:35
Arrival time (in Chennai): 17:55
While taxiing this giant came by us. EK A330 from DXB:
On the runway:
One more view of the apron:
We soon took off, and got a fantastic view of Delhi:
....and, I was out after that. The next thing I remember is landing in CJB:
We were the only ones continuing in to MAA from DEL! Everybody else got off in CJB.
More action in CJB:
A few minutes later we began to taxi:
Getting on runway 23:
View of Coimbatore from the ground:
CJB's sleepy terminal during takeoff. We didn't see any other commercial aircraft there both times we stopped here:
Banking away from the sun:
Half an hour later, we started to descend into MAA:
The second largest beach in the world: Marina Beach
And moments after that, touchdown! Here we are leaving the runway:
AI Express 738:
Just for the heck of it, I asked the FA if I could visit the cockpit. To my surprised, she said, "Sure!" I walked inside. Here is a picture of the A320's cockpit with the FO. I've been kicking myself for making it blurry!
Deplaning through my favorite staircase!
My parents, who can read Tamil, translated the entire board to me! The first one marked is our flight. It says "Coimbatore" on the first column, and "arrived" on the second column.
Overall, I would say IndiGo is a good airline, with fairly good service and nice new aircraft. The only letdown was the food, but everything else, the FAs, the boarding music, comfort, and on-time performance were great. I would any day recommend it, but don't forget to stop by at KFC before you board!
The end. Thanks for reading, and as usual, comments are welcome!
9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14954 times:
Wow very cool report - thanks for sharing! 6E has built themselves a heck of a brand in India. I flew PNQ-NAG-DEL with them a few months back and had overall a good experience - only thing is they have no allowance whatsoever for international passengers, so I paid a handsome amount in excess bag fees. There's got to be some way of handling that or having at least a more generous allowance. There was no sweet talking them out of it either (as you can often do with AI domestic). Too bad your food was disappointing - the menu looks just slightly different from what I remember - I believe I had a paneer tikka sandwich available on my sectors? It wasn't too bad at all. Hope you had a great rest of the trip - will we see a TR of your flights back to the USA?
Thanks for reading! That's horrible how 6E charged you so much for baggage fees for international travel. And yes, for a DEL-MAA route we flew in 2007 on Air Deccan (when it was still alive) we were able to sweet talk them too!
And yes, once I get all my pictures together and organized I will write a TR on my return trip to the US, which was MAA-AUH-ORD-XNA on Etihad!
himmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12033 times:
Thanks for sharing your trip. Really enjoyed going through it. Indigo has built up a solid reputation and is my preferred domestic airline.
Answers to your queries:-
1. The a/c you pictured to Coimbatore is an Ex NEPC Airlines Fokker F-27. This airline was operational for 2-3 years back in the 1990s.
2. The aircraft at Delhi is an IAF Illusion IL-14. It belonged to the Communications Squadron of the IAF. It was used by Pandit Nehru and Dr. Rajendra Prasad. It used to be part of the IAF Museum in the 1970s ands 1980s then it was removed from public view only to emerge now. I too was lucky to spot this historic bird on June 11, 2012.
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
EBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10668 times:
I had barely heard about IndiGo until the other day when they popped up in the search for flights between BKK and DXB (as a one-stop connecting flight). I must say I had my doubts booking this flight as it was only 91 USD going all the way from BKK to DXB with a stop in BOM. Now I have decided to give it a try and I hope it will be just as a good an experience like yours. I should do a TR. Never have before so it would be my first.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 10457 times:
Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 12): Now I have decided to give it a try and I hope it will be just as a good an experience like yours. I should do a TR. Never have before so it would be my first.
Excellent - and hope it works out well for you. What are 6E saying will be the transfer experience at BOM? The T&C on their website is probably old, because it still says that when connecting international flights, you need to claim your baggage at the connecting station and re-check it in. That makes no sense whatsoever, so I'd be curious as to what 6E has told you to expect.
And yes - a TR will be awesome - with lots of pictures too
EBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10428 times:
Quoting Nimish (Reply 14): Excellent - and hope it works out well for you. What are 6E saying will be the transfer experience at BOM? The T&C on their website is probably old, because it still says that when connecting international flights, you need to claim your baggage at the connecting station and re-check it in. That makes no sense whatsoever, so I'd be curious as to what 6E has told you to expect.
As nobody has been able to give me a clear answer, I gave IndiGo a call and I got through to customer service instantly. They told the bags would be checked through all the way and it sounded like I was going to get both boarding passes. I wasn't able to get a clear answer with regards to visa, but i tappears like I can TWOV (Transit without Visa) if I remain in the same terminal, which is INTL T2 at BOM.
As 6E doesn't have too many flights out om BOM, I did a quick search on the schedules and it appears I will be on the same plane continuing on to DXB as I came on from BKK. Hopefully that helps on giving me a smooth travel experience. Hear all about it after Sept 17
kann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7678 times:
Sorry for the very late replies....
Quoting himmat01 (Reply 7): 2. The aircraft at Delhi is an IAF Illusion IL-14. It belonged to the Communications Squadron of the IAF. It was used by Pandit Nehru and Dr. Rajendra Prasad. It used to be part of the IAF Museum in the 1970s ands 1980s then it was removed from public view only to emerge now. I too was lucky to spot this historic bird on June 11, 2012.
fidelidade From Brazil, joined Dec 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7010 times:
I can't believe that the airports in Delhi have become so better. It used to be like GRU but now not so much. One day, we should do this. Indigo looks a lot nice and I like the bags they give for food.
rahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6914 times:
Hey! Great Report. I go to MAA every year to see my grandparents. I love Chennai. The new terminals at MAA are looking nicer and nicer. Delhi Airport is awesome too. I traveled on IndiGo once from MAA to DEL, and the service was great.