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RTW Pt. 9: Widebodies In India! CX/AI BKK-DEL-BOM  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
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RTW Pt. 9: Widebodies in India! CX/AI BKK-DEL-BOM

Introduction

Hello everyone, and welcome to this part 9 of my around the world trip report series. This report will feature my flight to India from Thailand on Cathay Pacific’s A333 and the domestic flight between India’s 2 largest cities on Air India’s 77W. The CX flight was also a standby, but the Air India one was booked in advance as FI has no domestic India partners. After searching for a few days with many boring A32S / B737 possibilities made less boring by being a new exotic airline for me I finally found my destined flight – AI 102 service from New York Kennedy to Mumbai via Delhi. Tickets available on the short domestic hop. Also costs only 10 rupees more than the narrowbodies. Sold! As there have been long stretches of time between reports for me, I decided to have 2 flights in 1 report this time. As a result this report is quite long. Part 1-8 can be found at the bottom of the page.

Background

After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.
We decided to go to Machu Picchu, Peru in South American and then some Asian Cities.
This was the proposed flight schedule (B means booked):

Icelandair 631 KEFJFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWRIAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAHLIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIMCUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZLIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIMIAHSFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFONRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HNDHKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKG – SIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SINBKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 751 BKKDEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DELBOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Emirates 509 BOM-DXB 18/4 Airbus 330-200
Emirates 3 DXBLHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 455 LHRKEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

But as many of you know, you never know on ID tickets and the actual route has been way different then the planned one so far. Luckily I always made plan B and even C. But that will come in later reports.

I was really looking forward and this was shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!


The report

After many many exhausting days since we left from Iceland, we finally decided to get up late and take it easy as we had a departure time of 17:20 the earliest (of course we didn’t know if we would depart then or later because we were travelling standby). As we both are a little “active”, we had to do something over the day, so we booked a tee time at 10:40. The golf course is situated directly under the approach/departure path. Perfect!  

I finished the course on 89 strokes which isn’t quite good enough but I think I know the reason… I couldn’t look at the ball as there were loads of planes to look at!  

As it was very hot, we decided to take a shower in the clubhouse before taking a taxi to the airport. We arrived at the airport around 15:30, 2 hours before our first possible departure.

For a change, everything went perfectly smooth this time. We arrived at the Cathay check in counter, asked if there were open seats and got the answer “Yeah, sure”. We chose the 2-seater on the left side in row 57 of the A330. I had been hoping for a 744, as I still desperately need one in my flight log, as this was the last chance in this trip to catch one, but no luck. Maybe some other day!  

We proceeded through security and immigration. Both was a breeze. When through, we realized we still hadn’t eaten lunch, so we walked over to Burger King and got ourselves some burgers and Coke. When this was done, it was already our boarding time of 16:50, so we walked to our gate.

Have I said it before that the windows of BKK aren’t convenient for picture taking? Anyway, the tail of our Asian A330, B-HLV.
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Close up of the green nose
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Being loaded with catering
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At 17:15, 10 minutes before our SDT, boarding finally commenced. We were one of the first to board as row 57 is pretty aft in the cabin.


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Flight information
Date: 14. April 2012
Airline: Cathay Pacific Airways (CX/CPA)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Registration: B-HLV
Flight number: CX 751
From: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK/VTBS)
To: Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Runway at origin: 19L
Runway at destination: 29
Sched/Act departure: 17:25/17:47
Sched/Act arrival: 20:25/20:35
Blocked time: 4 hrs 30 mins (yes there is a half hour time zone change in India)
Flight time gate to gate: 3 hrs 55 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 4 hrs 18 mins
Seat & Class: 57A, Economy Class (Y)

Personal information

My 224th overall flight, 15th in 2012
My 2nd flight on CX, 1st on CX 330, 1st on CX 333
My 1st flight on A330, 1st on A333, 1st on B-HLV
My 46th airport


Wing view with a neighbor from Oman. Does anyone know why the flaps are down at the gate?
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The nice blue tail of WY – I hope I’ll fly this airline someday! (maybe I will?)
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Another middle eastern aircraft – this time it’s a long 77W of Etihad
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Emirates joins the party to complete the Middle East lineup! Now where are Qatar and Gulf Air?  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01953.jpg
The EK tail
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We finally pushed back 22 minutes late. The irritating thing was that there was no apparent reason for the delay. The crew didn’t tell us any reason.

The middle east lineup
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Absolutely love this livery!
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Hey, you missed the party!
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Nice exotic UL 330
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Taxiing out
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Dirty and scratched window
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The long triple sevens from the UAE block the sight of the WY A330
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2 (kinda) Middle East airlines with a reputation not nearly as good as the 4 airlines seen before
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A better look at the SriLankan 330
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Air Asia taxiing out
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Why weren’t you appointed to my flight, my dear?
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A plane my dad knows well , the SK 343– his preferred choice to Asia because of great connecting times at CPH. He has flown it many times to HKG, PEK and NRT. Also 4 times between Seattle and CPH before the FI KEF-SEA route commenced. Never to BKK though. He has flown this exact bird twice, once PEK-CPH and once SEA-CPH.
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Euro lineup
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Thai lineup
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Bangkok ATR
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Being overtaken by a TG 734
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Keep rubbin’ the 744s in…
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Orient 763
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A Thai A300 taxiing ahead of us
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Finally, after 20 minutes of taxiing we have reached the runway threshold.
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Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtmngzwtQEk

Climbing out over the flooded areas around Bangkok in gorgeous evening light

Reaching the coast
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I really like the 330 wing for some reason I don’t know, just something about the shape of it…
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More flooded areas
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Gorgeous light here
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Refresh towels were handed out
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Sun shining through the clouds
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Still climbing
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Sunset
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Legroom would’ve been ok if it wouldn’t have been for the crappy IFE box. Takes away all your leg space so I was feeling terrible in my legs after the flight. Not good at all, thumbs down CX for that.
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My nightmare, the IFE box
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Almost dark outside
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Then the meal came along. The choices were meat vs. vegi. As I’m a big non-vegetarian I chose the meat, but no, there were only vegis left. It didn’t taste good at all and I was left starving until 6 hours later when I finally got something to eat at my hotel.
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Last light of the day
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As it was 100% dark on approach and landing, I’m not gonna post the video of the landing as you can’t see anything in it.

Taxiing in to the gate
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And we have come to a stop
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My seat – not too comfortable, I don’t really like the 330 2-4-2 layout. Prefer the 767 2-3-2 and 777 3-3-3 layouts over it.
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We disembarked and took the relatively long walk to immigration. DEL was a real nice surprise. Everything sparking new and fresh, also immigration was a breeze. Two thumbs up to the airport management!

We prebooked a taxi inside the terminal and walked out the jungle that is Indian car traffic. After driving the 10 km to the hotel in around 1.5 hours we finally got up to our room. After eating the much-wanted pizza from the room service, it was time to go to sleep for the 5 am wake up call the following morning because we were trying to catch the train to Agra at 6.30 to see the Taj Mahal.

Nothing worked the following morning, and long story short, suddenly we were aboard a car outside a scam “Transport of India Headquarters” which would take us to Agra. To our surprise, we weren’t mugged or something but driven to Agra instead, and the driver turned out to be a nice guy. Of course we stopped at all his uncles shops along the way and had “the best sandwich in India” at his brothers restaurant (the sandwich actually was fine   ).

Some sights along the way:

Strange cow
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Standard housing – everything screams “POOR!” around here.
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Baby sitting at a not-so-legal place in the car.
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At last we arrived in Agra after a 4 hour drive in the terrible car traffic in India. There we met our guide which turned out to be also the best friend of our driver – what a coincidence!   
Well, I guess that’s just the way things work here in India.

Some pics of and around the Taj:

The massive entrance
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Up front
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Finally, the Taj Mahal!
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Nice water in front of it
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Signature Taj pic
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Impressive building
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Different angle
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Seeing this iconic building was great, and it was certainly an experience to see how huge it actually is. When done with that, we went to the finest restaurant in Agra (for real, not an uncle one   ) and got ourselves some GREAT Masala chicken. When you’re in India, you gotta try this chicken course somewhere. We got ourselves one in Mumbai too, and it tasted even better! Amazing how good Indians are making food.

We laughed so much when we saw the sight on the next picture, because the headline on the Icelandic newspaper that day was “DOG LEFT IN THE REAR OF A CAR WITH THE DOOR OPEN!” and everyone so concerned about it. Having just read that, and then see that this is just a everyday thing in India was really funny. Shows how much difference is between these countries.

4 men sitting in the rear with their feet hanging out, driving on 60 km/h
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We arrived at our hotel at 7 pm, ate dinner and surfed the web before going to sleep to prepare for the travelling the day after.

We woke up at 10 am the next morning, had breakfast and took a taxi to the airport at noon, 4.5 hours before scheduled departure.

That early departure ended up being a very wise decision because first we were directed straight to domestic departures as we had a OLCI boarding pass to DEL. Then we were directed to international departures as our inbound plane was from JFK. Then we were directed to the check in desk again as we needed a proper boarding pass for international departures. Then we were directed again to international departures only to be directed back to the check in desk to get a stamped luggage tag. Finally, 2 hours after arriving at the airport, we came in airside. If we had arrived 2 hours prior as normally, we would’ve missed our flight!

The nice DEL check in hall
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And the view the other way
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I didn’t know pictures were forbidden so I just shot as I wished… luckily no security guard noticed me.
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Air India lineup
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View from my restaurant – this AI 77W is the same one I saw in YYZ some 2 weeks earlier while departing for NRT
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Air India 321
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Indian 320
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Tails
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VS 346 seen while walking to the gate
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PIA 310 pushing back – such a nice shorty!
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IndiGo 320 leaving for BKK
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My 77W, VT-ALJ. That engine…   
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Flight information
Date: 16. July 2012
Airline: Air India (AI/AIC)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Registration: VT-ALJ
Flight number: AI 102
From: New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
To: Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji (BOM/VABB)
Runway at origin: 29
Runway at destination: 32
Sched/Act departure: 16:45/16:50
Sched/Act arrival: 19:10/19:02
Blocked time: 2 hrs 25 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 2 hrs 12 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 1 hrs 41 mins
Seat & Class: 18A (Economy, Y)

Personal information

My 225th flight, 16th in 2012
My 1st flight on AI, 1st on AI 777, 1st on AI 77W
My 4th flight on 777, 2nd flight on 77W, 1st flight on VT-ALJ
My 47th airport
My 28th airline


My seat for the next 2 hours
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View out on that massive engine
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Pushing back for Thailand
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Nice big IFE
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Hey, I think I know this place!
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Ample legroom on this bird. Only complain is how hard the seatback is, definitely needs some more cushion!
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Pushback
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Another IndiGo bird
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The Airbus rivalry to the 777-300ER getting ready for a flight to the UK. A looooong bird for sure!
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Seems like there is something wrong wit the tail on this bird, also explains the delay for this flight which was shown on the FIDS
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Zoomed in
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Flaps down, taxi out
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Nice front view camera
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Bye G-VFIZ, hope you get well soon! (I saw it again some 5 days later, so I suppose it was fixed soon)
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I like the blue stairs
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Taxiing past a sistership
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The surprisingly nice terminal of DEL passing by as we taxi on
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Indian Airlines 320
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AI birds
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And more
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And even more
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The oddly still flying Kingfisher had some aircraft here too – here is an ATR
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And an A321, accompanied by a JetLite 737
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Getting near the runway
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Takeoff video (also a Jet 737 landing): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX4s8cc7j0Y

Climbing over the city
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That wing…
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Turning so the engine gets nicely lit up for a moment
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Airshow
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I knew there was a meal on board but decided to get a pizza at the airport anyways. That turned out to be a mighty fine decision as the anti-vegi me got served a tofu. Don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t eat vegetables other than carrots , ruccola and broccoli for some reason. Also, the bread was quite bland. The cake was fine though.

The meal
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IFE console
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That wing again – beautiful, just beautiful
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Could sit and look out at a view like this for hours
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Fleet page – didn’t know AI had ATRs!
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Going for a walk all the way down this long long cabin – nice mood lighting in the cabin
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And the other direction
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Middle seats – like the colors, not the cushion. Thank god it’s 3-3-3 though, 3-4-3 with so hard seats would be unbearable
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Starting our descent
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Closer to the clouds…
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And in we go
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Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14233 times:

Can barely see the wing
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And we’re through
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Nice, although cloudy, evening skies
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Nice contrast, white clouds and red engine
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On finals (bet the passengers coming all the way from NYC were pleased when the wheels hit the ground)
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Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmeW2QLmki0

As it was getting dark it was hard taking good pictures after landing. It amazed me how many planes Jet had here, seems AI run Delhi but 9W run Mumbai. Gonna upload some pics anyway:

Jet jets
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02226.jpg
SpiceJet
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02227.jpg
Really like that engine color
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02228.jpg
Air India Express
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02230.jpg
El Al 762
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02232.jpg
Getting closer to the gate
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02233.jpg
Following an AI 321
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02234.jpg
Heavy Jet
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02236.jpg
Another IX 737
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02238.jpg
Another -300ER from the main competitor
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02239.jpg
A closer look at the El Al 767
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02240.jpg
God, that wing is gorgeous
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02241.jpg
ANA BusinessJet which abrelosojos made a great report of on the NRT-BOM route
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02242.jpg
Emirates 773
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02245.jpg
Another AI 77W fella
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02247.jpg
Turning towards our gate
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02248.jpg
The UAE 777 next to us
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02250.jpg
Lovely lit-up tail
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02254.jpg
Last view of the wing, and also the last picture of this report
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02257.jpg

As we were on a flight originating in the USA, we had to walk to immigration before getting landside. There was a special line for DEL originating pax though, and we walked through that and out in the mess that the landside at Mumbai is. As much as I liked Delhi, Mumbai is exactly how I imagined a Indian airport: dark, dirty and smelly. Many homeless people were sleeping in the arrival hall landside and the terminal was not impressing at all. Well, I guess this is just Indian culture!

Afterthoughts

After what I’ve heard from various sources about how bad Air India is, it actually turned out to be a fine experience. The food wasn’t good for my personal taste but my dad liked it, so I guess for those who can eat vegetarian food the meal was fine. The IFE was nice enough, at least for this short sector, and legroom was ok. Only downside to the cabin was the hard seat, but that didn’t matter on this short flight. If I had been coming all the way from NY JFK it would’ve been mighty awful though.

Thank you so much for reading,
Sveinn  

Earlier reports
RTW Pt. 8: Smooth As Silk To Bangkok! TG SIN-BKK (by SRQKEF Jul 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 7: Roaring To Singapore! TR HKG-SIN (by SRQKEF Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 6: The 77Ws Older Sister! CX NRT-HKG (by SRQKEF May 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 5: 13 Hours In The Air! AC YYZ-NRT (by SRQKEF May 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.4: Canada...again?! AC LIM-YYZ (by SRQKEF May 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.3: Wonders Of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ R/t (by SRQKEF May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 2: I'll Get To Peru Somehow! QK/UA YYZ-LIM (by SRQKEF May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ (by SRQKEF Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
To The Mainland For Sports! Pt 2 BA+FI MUC-LHR-KEF (by SRQKEF Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going To Mainland Europe For Sports! Pt. 1/2 (by SRQKEF Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlineblrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1415 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13983 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 1):
As much as I liked Delhi, Mumbai is exactly how I imagined a Indian airport: dark, dirty and smelly. Many homeless people were sleeping in the arrival hall landside and the terminal was not impressing at all. Well, I guess this is just Indian culture!

Glad that your preconcieved notion of Indian airports was confirmed   FYI, the Mumbai airport is under renovation, and it will rival Delhi airport when it is finished. And other airports in India at Kolkata and Chennai are being renovated too, while new airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad are pretty good. I guess you will be disappointed if you return to India in couple of years.

er, Indian airports doesn't allow anyone without valid tickets inside. So if you saw people sleeping inside the airport in the arrival hall, they are all valid ticket holders, catching a few minutes shut-eye before their flight gets ready for boarding.


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13868 times:

Quoting blrsea (Reply 2):
Glad that your preconcieved notion of Indian airports was confirmed

Sorry, didn't mean to offend anyone, but after reading some reports on Calcutta, Mumbai and some smaller airports in India I just got that impression to me.  
Quoting blrsea (Reply 2):
FYI, the Mumbai airport is under renovation, and it will rival Delhi airport when it is finished.

Good to know!

Quoting blrsea (Reply 2):
And other airports in India at Kolkata and Chennai are being renovated too, while new airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad are pretty good. I guess you will be disappointed if you return to India in couple of years.

That is great! Again, I didn't mean to offfend anyone. This culture is just so different to the "snob" culture in Iceland.  
Quoting blrsea (Reply 2):
er, Indian airports doesn't allow anyone without valid tickets inside. So if you saw people sleeping inside the airport in the arrival hall, they are all valid ticket holders, catching a few minutes shut-eye before their flight gets ready for boarding.

Ah ok, thanks for clarifying that.  

Cheers (and again sorry if i offended you, didn't mean to do that),
Sveinn



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13449 times:

Hi

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Great pics of Delhi
Nice to see you managed a ride on the 777-300ER domestic.
AI's service seems awesome.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13299 times:

Great report Sveinn - you got some great photos of the Taj Mahal...I hope to get over there later this year. Nice that you got a ride on the 5th Freedom CX route BKK-DEL, and then on the 77W over to BOM. Looking forward to the next installment!


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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13216 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Hi Marc, thanks for reading!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
Great pics of Delhi

Thanks.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
Nice to see you managed a ride on the 777-300ER domestic.

Yep, it was great. Only other countries I can think of where that is possible is China, Japan and Canada. (Maybe on TAM in Brazil...)

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
AI's service seems awesome.

It was good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Great report Sveinn - you got some great photos of the Taj Mahal...

Hi Gab, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
I hope to get over there later this year.

Certainly recommend it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Nice that you got a ride on the 5th Freedom CX route BKK-DEL, and then on the 77W over to BOM.

Yes, I was very pleased with how it all worked out.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Looking forward to the next installment!

Coming ASAP! Watch for more surprise changes...  

cheers, Sveinn  



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12900 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
ANA BusinessJet which abrelosojos made a great report of on the NRT-BOM route

= Thanks for the word  . Great flight!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Many homeless people were sleeping in the arrival hall landside and the terminal was not impressing at all. Well, I guess this is just Indian culture!

= ? As BLRSEA mentioned, ticket holders are only allowed in 4 hours before and hence people sleep outside as most domestic flights arrive early and international bank is from midnight onwards.

Awesome report. Thanks for keeping us updated of your experience. I can imagine someone from Iceland to have a shock in India  . For us in Latin America, it is like being home  . And I don't think Iceland is "snob" like - especially after the 2008 financial crisis, more "reserved". But that is why we travel ... to understand the world!

Thanks a lot for writing this up. Does FI use MYIDTRAVEL?

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 12253 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
Thanks for the word  . Great flight!

Hi A., thanks fo reading! No problem.  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
? As BLRSEA mentioned, ticket holders are only allowed in 4 hours before and hence people sleep outside as most domestic flights arrive early and international bank is from midnight onwards.

Well, at least I saw some people definitely not going on a flight outside the terminal where we were waiting for our pre-booked taxi...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
I can imagine someone from Iceland to have a shock in India

Haha, yes, it was a big shock to arrive in such a different culture.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
For us in Latin America, it is like being home

Saw that in Peru...  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
And I don't think Iceland is "snob" like - especially after the 2008 financial crisis, more "reserved".

Yeah, true.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
But that is why we travel ... to understand the world!

Absolutely!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
Does FI use MYIDTRAVEL?

Yes, I think so. At least for some airlines...

cheers,
Sveinn  



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 12230 times:

Depressing to look at the empty cabin on AI...

Glad you had a good trip though, and do visit us here in India again  



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 12147 times:

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 9):
Depressing to look at the empty cabin on AI...

Hi aeroblogger, thanks for reading! Yeah, I think there were only around 50 pax aboard...

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 9):
Glad you had a good trip though, and do visit us here in India again

I for sure hope I will go to India again! Maybe visit Goa and relax...  

cheers, Sveinn  



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 12056 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Nice report, and good idea to choose the 77W for the domestic Indian flight.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We finally pushed back 22 minutes late. The irritating thing was that there was no apparent reason for the delay. The crew didn’t tell us any reason.

Well, with such a small delay I'm sure you arrived on your destination on time anyway? I have the impression that they don't always "announce" a small delay if the flight is scheduled to arrive on time. And arriving on time it was matters anyway!  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
A plane my dad knows well , the SK 343

Glad to hears he frequently flies them! And who can blame him, the SK A340's are among the most beautiful planes in the skies!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I don’t really like the 330 2-4-2 layout. Prefer the 767 2-3-2 and 777 3-3-3 layouts over it.

Why is that, if I may ask? I very much prefer the 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 setups to anything that has a block of 3 seats next to the windows.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Really like that engine color

SAS-ish!  

Martin


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 12015 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Hi Sveinn!

Nice report, and good idea to choose the 77W for the domestic Indian flight.

Hi Martin, thanks for reading! When I saw that a triple was possible for this flight, I just had to book it.  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Well, with such a small delay I'm sure you arrived on your destination on time anyway?

Almost - 10 minute delay.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
I have the impression that they don't always "announce" a small delay if the flight is scheduled to arrive on time. And arriving on time it was matters anyway!

Haha, maybe the thing that irritates me is that I always ache to lift to the skies again, and having the exactly same view for 30 minutes is quite boring.  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Glad to hears he frequently flies them! And who can blame him, the SK A340's are among the most beautiful planes in the skies!

Yeah, the SK colors really fit the 340 well.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Why is that, if I may ask? I very much prefer the 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 setups to anything that has a block of 3 seats next to the windows.

I really like the 2-3-2 of the 767. Maybe it is just the CX seat, and the IFE box, but I just felt really cramped in that seat. Could be different on other airlines.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
SAS-ish!

Haha true!  

cheers, Sveinn  



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1236 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 11720 times:
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Just imagine having that view of the AI 77W engine all to yourself....You will admit the photos do no justice to the magnificance of that engine, and those gorgeous colours on it...Nice!!. And lovely shots of the CX A330 wings and those gorgeous winglets. Imagine a 77W on a Delhi to Mumbai sector. Glad you got it.

User currently offlinekazim786 From UK - England, joined Apr 2011, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 11661 times:

Great trip report mate, it was awesome reading it.
I'm going to have to agree with you, that wing was beautiful, that'd be all the inflight entertainment I'd need on a short flight like that  


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11233 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
You will admit the photos do no justice to the magnificance of that engine, and those gorgeous colours on it...

Hi flightsimboy, thanks for reading! True, this view is so much better in person. Breathtaking.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
And lovely shots of the CX A330 wings and those gorgeous winglets.

Thanks! The A330 has a lovely wing.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Glad you got it.

I just couldn't book anything else with this as a possibility.  
Quoting kazim786 (Reply 14):
Great trip report mate, it was awesome reading it.

Hi kazim786, thanks! Means alot to me.  
Quoting kazim786 (Reply 14):
I'm going to have to agree with you, that wing was beautiful, that'd be all the inflight entertainment I'd need on a short flight like that

It was all the IFE I needed.  

cheers, Sveinn  



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6715 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10732 times:

Hi Sveinn,

great next part of your series! Congratulations on getting on AI's 77W! I'd love to try an AI 777 one day. But the airline is just so unreliable. I don't want to make an AI flight an important part of an itinerary.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Have I said it before that the windows of BKK aren’t convenient for picture taking?

Horrible windows!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The nice blue tail of WY – I hope I’ll fly this airline someday!
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Absolutely love this livery!

Great livery, great airline. WY is a must for enthusiasts!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Legroom would’ve been ok if it wouldn’t have been for the crappy IFE box. Takes away all your leg space so I was feeling terrible in my legs after the flight. Not good at all, thumbs down CX for that.

Unfortunately, you find these large boxes on many carriers.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
As I’m a big non-vegetarian I chose the meat, but no, there were only vegis left. It didn’t taste good at all and I was left starving until 6 hours later when I finally got something to eat at my hotel.

It doesn't look bad, though!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The Airbus rivalry to the 777-300ER getting ready for a flight to the UK.

Well, it used to be a rival...

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
That turned out to be a mighty fine decision as the anti-vegi me got served a tofu. Don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t eat vegetables other than carrots , ruccola and broccoli for some reason. Also, the bread was quite bland. The cake was fine though.

That meal looks fine, too - not bad for a domestic flight!


Btw - I'm looking forward to your EK report. A380 & A332, best and worst members of the fleet.  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10555 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
great next part of your series!

Hi PH, thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I'd love to try an AI 777 one day. But the airline is just so unreliable. I don't want to make an AI flight an important part of an itinerary.

Yeah, I've heard that. If 9W would've offered a 777 on that flight too, that would've been my first choice.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Horrible windows!

True.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Great livery, great airline. WY is a must for enthusiasts!

Absolutely.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Unfortunately, you find these large boxes on many carriers.

Yes, I know. Takes away all your legroom! They're slowly getting retired though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
It doesn't look bad, though!

I know, most people would be happy with it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Well, it used to be a rival...

Haha, true.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
That meal looks fine, too - not bad for a domestic flight!

Again, most people would be happy with it. I'm just one of the few "meatarians" in the world.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Btw - I'm looking forward to your EK report. A380 & A332, best and worst members of the fleet.

Standby tickets aren't trustworthy for these things, so don't get your hopes too high for a 330 report. Look out for more changes in my schedule...  

cheers, Sveinn  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6715 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 9200 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 17):
If 9W would've offered a 777 on that flight too, that would've been my first choice.

Too bad that 9W starts introducing 3-4-3 on the 777s.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 17):
I'm just one of the few "meatarians" in the world.

Interesting term.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 17):

Standby tickets aren't trustworthy for these things, so don't get your hopes too high for a 330 report. Look out for more changes in my schedule...

Well, not getting on the A332 was good for you then. When can we expect the next part, btw?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 9144 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):

The next report is almost finished, have just been busy playing golf & football  

Expect it sometimes in the next few days  

Cheers, Sveinn



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9058 times:

Hey Sveinn!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Hello everyone, and welcome to this part 9 of my around the world trip report series. This report will feature my flight to India from Thailand on Cathay Pacific’s A333 and the domestic flight between India’s 2 largest cities on Air India’s 77W.

Nice one. India captures my imagination.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The nice blue tail of WY – I hope I’ll fly this airline someday! (maybe I will?)

Hehehe. Maybe you will!  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Then the meal came along. The choices were meat vs. vegi. As I’m a big non-vegetarian I chose the meat, but no, there were only vegis left. It didn’t taste good at all and I was left starving until 6 hours later when I finally got something to eat at my hotel.

I'm also somewhat of a meatatarian, but I do eat more vegetables than you--more on that later  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Nothing worked the following morning, and long story short, suddenly we were aboard a car outside a scam “Transport of India Headquarters” which would take us to Agra. To our surprise, we weren’t mugged or something but driven to Agra instead, and the driver turned out to be a nice guy. Of course we stopped at all his uncles shops along the way and had “the best sandwich in India” at his brothers restaurant (the sandwich actually was fine  

Come on, you got the quintessential experience, what more could you want? And what food could be more Indian than a sandwich? Oh, wait  

Taj Mahal looks great as expected.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
As much as I liked Delhi, Mumbai is exactly how I imagined a Indian airport: dark, dirty and smelly.

Hmm... Yeah, that's what I hear about BOM...

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I knew there was a meal on board but decided to get a pizza at the airport anyways. That turned out to be a mighty fine decision as the anti-vegi me got served a tofu. Don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t eat vegetables other than carrots , ruccola and broccoli for some reason. Also, the bread was quite bland. The cake was fine though.

Something must be wrong with you... You actually like rucola and broccoli? Tisk tisk   Not a big fan of those at all, but some vegetables really are alright. Just not whole red peppers. They give me nightmares.

Anyway, thanks for your report, Sveinn. I'm glad it popped up again so I could reply  


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 9003 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 20):
Hehehe. Maybe you will!

Hahaha, yes.  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 20):
Come on, you got the quintessential experience, what more could you want?

Haha true. When in Rome...  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 20):
Taj Mahal looks great as expected.

The Taj is amazing.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 20):
Not a big fan of those at all, but some vegetables really are alright. Just not whole red peppers. They give me nightmares.

Ugh, red peppers. Hate those!

cheers, Sveinn  



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8249 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
great next part of your series! Congratulations on getting on AI's 77W! I'd love to try an AI 777 one day. But the airline is just so unreliable. I don't want to make an AI flight an important part of an itinerary.

AI isn't that unreliable - over the last year, it had an 83.7% on time rate. Not the greatest, but certainly not something worth avoiding...

Of course, when AI has a strike, all bets are off. But you can find strikes at many other airlines too, like the recent LH strike.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):


Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We finally pushed back 22 minutes late. The irritating thing was that there was no apparent reason for the delay. The crew didn’t tell us any reason.

Well, with such a small delay I'm sure you arrived on your destination on time anyway? I have the impression that they don't always "announce" a small delay if the flight is scheduled to arrive on time. And arriving on time it was matters anyway!

Due to airport and air traffic congestion, 20-30 minute delays in pushback and being put into holds on arrival are very common in India. These types of delays are often unannounced, because frequent travellers calculate the delay into their travel plans anyway, and airlines pad heavily.



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