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Asia 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL,Jet Airways DAC-CCU  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15922 times:

Asia 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU

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Previous Reports in this series:

Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT

Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business

Part 3: Around China with China United, China Eastern & Grand China

Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744

Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777

Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB

Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330

Hi!

Thanks for clicking on Part 8 of my Autumn Asia series.

This report will cover my domestic hop from Dhaka to Sylhet (ZYL) on United Airways, my trip back to Dhaka, and my onward flight to Calcutta on Jet Airways.

Why United Airways to Sylhet? Well, I’d not been to the area before, and some Bangladeshi friends had recommended it. United Airways (4H) and Regent Airways (RX) both fly the route fairly regularly. National carrier Biman have reduced their presence in the domestic markets to near pointless levels following the withdrawal of their F28s. Between 4H and RX, 4H had a better fare and a better schedule.

For my onward flight to India, I was initially looking at taking the 4H flight from Chittagong (Bangladesh’s 2nd city) to CCU, so as to add a new route to my Flight Memory map. However, for various reasons, I ended up having to fly out of Dhaka instead. Options for this route were Biman, United or Jet Airways of India. All were basically the same price. In the end I went with Jet, as I assumed that they’d be the most likely of the three to operate to schedule. And of course, they’d be a new airline (I’d flown JetKonnect before, but not the “proper” airline).

The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:
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And zoomed out a bit to give some perspective:
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The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:
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From Dhaka airport, I made my way to the Tropical Daisy Hotel….awful name, but very reasonable hotel
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Great views as well
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My suitcase – isn’t it nice?
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Next morning, after a pleasant breakfast on my balcony, I headed back to the airport. The traffic was running well today, so the journey only took 20 minutes. Dhaka is well known for having awful traffic. When I was back a few days later, it took nearly two hours to go 11km…shocking.

Check in opened an hour before departure. My bag was tagged, and I was assigned a window seat. Security was quick, and after the compulsory stamping of my boarding pass, I was let into the domestic departures area.

Queues around the single “gate”
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I took a seat in the “VIP area”…..a bunch of sofas amongst a sea of plastic chairs.
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FIDS. This is what an entire afternoon’s domestic schedule looks like. Not terribly extensive for a population of 150 million, especially as most flights are on props. As you can see, BG operate just 2 flights a day.
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Before too long, the 4H flight to ZYL was called. All onto the bus!
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Across the tarmac. One option to fly into DAC was on a combo of CI and CZ TPE-CAN-DAC. That was meant to arrive around midnight, so it seems that CZ have also changed their flight times in the winter timetable.
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The A310s have now got the updated livery. I preferred the green one they used to have.
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October 2012
Dhaka (DAC) – Sylhet (ZYL)
United Airways 4H 501
Scheduled: 1120-1200 (0h40m)
Actual: 1121-1156 (0h35m)
Dash 8-100 S2-AES
Economy Class

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I was unable to find out what aircraft would be doing the honours today…turns out 20 year old S2-AES, an ex-Mesba and Island Air Dash 8-100 would our plane.

I was initially assigned a seat with a neighbour, but before push back moved ahead to an empty row.
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As we boarded, the single FA offered a choice of sweets
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Um, not sure this is an approved storage method
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As we approached the runway, the FA came around, this time handing out bottles of water. She strapped herself in just as we lurched onto the runway.
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The United magazine was perfectly acceptable for a short flight
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It’s nice to see the seat plans
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The most extensive domestic route map in the country
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Safety card
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Before long, the FA was back in the aisle handing out snacks. I took one of each (to show you guys, obviously!)
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Passing the Bangladeshi countryside. This 30 minute, 120 mile flight saves around 6 hours of white knuckle road travel.
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The catering isn’t over yet….have some Mango juice.
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The cabin as we start our approach
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Smoky tyres
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Welcome to Sylhet
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The rather dark arrivals hall
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Nearly all UK-residing ethnic Bangladeshis hail from Sylhet. The British High Commission have these signs all over the airport, I guess in the attempt to cut down on forced marriages.


Outside
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15938 times:

I stayed just 1 night in Sylhet…seems like a nice enough city. It was terribly untouristy.
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The next day, I took a bus down to Srimangal, base for exploring the tea fields and rain forest
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I stayed in a very interesting homestay, run by a federal judge. It was nicely located in the middle of the countryside.

Great home cooked food
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Tea plantations
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I did a full day tour into the Lawacherra rainforest, which was a pretty cool day out.

The Sylhet-Dhaka railway line runs through the middle of it. Watch out monkeys!
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As Superfly found out last month, the area is full of spiders….not my favourite of forest dwellers, but they did make for some interesting photos.
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Sadly, spiders were the order of the day. We did spot a few primates though.
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Awh, what a cutie!
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7 coloured tea is all the rage round here
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The tea! It was interesting tasting, and not entirely just tea…there’s at least 1 layer of coffee.
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There’s normal tea too!
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Fruit stop…the pineapples were amazingly sweet
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More tea fields
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And pineapple groves
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A stop at some tribal villages
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After my 2 nights in Srimangal, I headed back to Dhaka. My homestay put me on a rickshaw that dropped me at the office of one of Bangladesh’s more established and pricey operators. I bought my ticket (a real paper ticket, with counterfoil and all), and had my bag tagged.

Sitting upstairs is all the rage in Bangladesh! Given the state or roads and driving, I’m surprised there’s anyone left upon arrival.
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After a very fast and dangerous 4 hours, we pulled into Saidabad station in Dhaka. I say station, yet it was little more than a wide road covered in dust (soon to be mud when the rain came), with all manner of vehicles beeping their way through. Utter chaos. Sadly, it was this rather depressing location that I realised someone had removed my suitcase from the bus. Gone, all my belongings, gone. (Well, thankfully not my computer/passport/money/external hard drive/camera). Not entirely sure what happened (was it loaded? Someone took it off at an intermediate stop? Someone took it in Dhaka before I got off? Who knows?).

After a very frustrating 3 hours in the “station”, then the bus company HQ, I abandoned all hope of seeing my bag again, and went back to the relative comfort and cleanliness of the Tropical Daisy. I met up with a local friend that evening…sadly it was a Friday, so even in the posh places, there wasn’t a drop of booze to be had…so frustrating! I really needed a drink, and my stash was now gone forever.

The next day turned out to be a culturally interesting (although touristically exasperating) day with the Dhaka police in the quest for a theft report for my insurance company. In short, it took 10 police officers 7 hours (yes, 70 man hours, including chief of police for that division of Dhaka) to get me my report (which I ended up having to write myself). I truly hope someday I’ll look back at laugh about the experience…sadly, it was so frustrating, I fear that day is a few years away.

Could I have done anything to stop the theft? Well, probably, but as friends and family have pointed out, given the amount of travelling I do, it was going to happen sooner or later. It just goes to show, make sure you have a good insurance policy! (although I have still yet to complete and return my form, so who know how much money I’ll get off them).

Was anything important lost? Well to most people, the answer would be no, some nice clothes, a pair of shoes, my laptop charge cord…. However, I hope we can collectively mourn the loss of my boarding passes, CX and JL menus, and JL model plane with me though! Oh, and my LX F and SN J wash bags (does anyone have any spares to donate?!). (this is beginning to sound like an obituary...sorry!)

Sadly, my winter clothes were also in the bag, so replacements would have to be sought before my return to the UK. The theft was also a bit of a reality check. My plans up to this point included a 5 week stay in India. With the lack of anything much to wear, and a particularly high number of calls/emails back home (in which my lack of presence in the UK was noted many times), I decided to curtail my trip, and changed my flights giving me just 10 days in India, enough time to do the essentials near Delhi. Thank goodness I’d booked a flexible ticket on SV.

I was lucky enough to meet up with a Welsh guy who’d just moved to Dhaka via the Couchsurfing website. He was kind enough to guest me into one of the expat-only social/drinking clubs…well, it was still Bangladesh (plenty of power cuts), but the beer was cheap and cold. Wonderful! He also gave me an old rucksack of his to help transport my few meagre possessions back to the UK, saving me a trek round the markets for a suitable container.

With the delights of the police station tour completed, I had 1 full day in Dhaka left. I splashed out on an air-con car with driver to take me out to Panam City (great name isn’t it!).

The drive (which took an age) took me straight back through my least favourite part of the city….grim isn’t it.
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And the lovely Panam
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Some airline offices in Dhaka
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The Maldivian office is an unlikely find
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Interesting article in the paper I saw the morning of my departure…maybe it’s just as well I’m not flying BG today
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Sadly, the traffic to the airport this afternoon was pretty bad. Coupled with the fact my taxi driver turned up late, I ended up being in quite a rush. Thankfully, I got to check in (no OLCI from DAC) twenty minutes before they closed. I’m was impressed to see five desks open for this 738 flight. I guess labour is cheap out here. I was checked in without issue, and given a window near the back (nothing left in front of row 26!). Obviously, my bag was well below the 20kg limit, a novel experience so far this trip.

Immigration didn’t take too long, as I was waved to the front of the line…everyone else in the line were Bangladeshis whom technically were in the wrong line.


I make a quick stop at the duty free…I need some booze.


FIDS
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I see they haven’t improved the Mother’s waiting area since my last trip to DAC


With only a short amount of time before boarding, I did just one quick tour of the gate area:
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FIAS. Interesting to see the MU flight was diverted to MDL (the white elephant airport of Mandalay, Burma). My plane has landed early from Delhi.
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There she is, and with an interesting visitor behind
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To gain access to the departure lounge, there is a perfunctory x-ray scanner (2nd so far, as there’s also one to get into the building). My visa is then checked, before another desk where my boarding pass is stamped, and scanned. I ask the woman there if my JetPrivilege card is in the booking (it’s not shown on the bp). She looks at me and says “go over there”, pointing to the staff frisking people.
“I’m sorry, is the number in the booking?”
“Go there. Boarding”.

There’s no one behind me, and plenty of people waiting to be frisked.
“I’m sorry, but can you tell me if the number is in the booking?”
“NO, FINISH!”

WTF? “I’m sorry, but can you please learn to talk to people in a civil manner. You are VERY rude”.

She looked at me like I was a Martian, before turning her back on me. I couldn’t believe her behaviour. She should not be dealing with members of the public. Rather taken aback by the whole interaction, I head to the (compulsory) frisking queue (welcome to the wonders of Indian aviation). Everything has to come out of my bag, before being shoved back in again. Hmm. I’m getting a little short tempered. Thankfully, boarding is called as soon as my bag is refilled.

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15920 times:

November 2012
Dhaka (DAC) – Calcutta (CCU)
Jet Airways 9W 273
Scheduled: 1615-1635 (0h50m)
Actual: 1619-1633 (0h44m)
Boeing 737-800 VT-JBQ
Economy Class



After the aggravating staff inside the terminal, it nice to be welcomed on-board by the friendly and distinctly-Chinese looking FA. I pass through the comfy looking business class, and proceed to the back.


These seats look perfectly acceptable for the next hour. The PTVs are a bit of a bonus.
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Legroom is ok
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Bags still being loaded. They take their time in DAC…never in a rush!
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F-HSUN is here, I presume, to shuttle back and forth to Jeddah. Slightly different crowd to the Carribean passengers I bet.
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Safety card
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Pretty good magazine
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Maps
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The doors are shut – load is around 75%, and the middle seat is free. This joker in tangerine is one of those annoying people that refuses to sit down, and was constantly in the crew’s way. Can you seriously not sit down for an hour? It’s not that long a time!
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The backbone of the Bangladeshi domestic market
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Arrivals cards are handed out. Incredible…let’s see.
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Safety demo
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Push back!
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Nice to see the DC10s still in regular use.
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This Blue Panorama plane is subbing for BG on the Italian and MAN routes, whilst normal aircraft are devoted to the Haj.
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Looks like the end of the line for this one.
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The moving maps springs into life
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I took a take off video: http://youtu.be/ka3ntQcrYFo

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Above the clouds in nice and blue
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As soon as the seatbelt signs are off, the crew spring into action. Tangerine man takes his customary spot in the aisle. Today’s catering is a lunchbox.
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Perfectly acceptable contents
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The sandwich (chicken) is tasty
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I enquired about other drinks, but was told that the flight was too short. Fair enough.
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A short Jet intro video…nice memories of my trip in this seat on Thai First earlier this year
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Let’s see. Plenty of programming available today. I’ll stick with some music.
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20K feet
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Before I get far into my playlist, the cabin is secured for landing
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Some nice cloud effects
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Time for one more. Shame I’m lacking a fortified drink, otherwise I could sit here all day
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We do some slow turns above the green of West Bengal
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Clearly it’s been raining, as we kick up quite some spray.
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Blue Dart
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The international terminal
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What have we got here? Ah ha, the Air India 787. This is the main reason for my routing via CCU to DEL. I’m on this flight in 24 hours…let’s hope for no equipment changes.
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AK has just beat us to the terminal from KUL.
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Domestics
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This plane is being turned around as a domestic, so we get a remote stand. Time to use the stairs


Immigration is surprisingly quick (obviously all the AK passengers were efficiently processed).

Arrivals.
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There are plenty of people arriving from KUL with flashy TVs…apparently they can sell these on inside Bangladesh marking a massive profit


Pick up your Zam Zam water here


Arrivals
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Sadly I’m now quite familiar with CCU (my 3rd most visited airport of the year!), so once through immigration, I head straight to the taxi booth.
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By some freak course of events, I end up with a taxi with working air-con. Hallelujah! The ride to the Bawa Walson takes a while, but I’m happy in the cold car.


Sadly, there’s no photo of my suitcase, just of my ‘new’ backpack.
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So, the flights? United were pretty much perfect. Cheap flight, friendly staff, early arrival, and super catering for such a short flight. No qualms in flying them again. Jet Airways? Well, save for that incredibly rude woman near the gate in DAC, again, I had a pretty good flight with them. Adequate catering, timely arrivals, friendly and well attired staff. What more could you want?

And Bangladesh…well, (maybe) surprisingly I didn’t leave feeling particularly annoyed in the light of my luggage theft. These things happen. Whilst frustrating to deal with, the police were polite, and ultimately weren’t completely useless. It’s true the country is a bit of a hassle to deal with, but by and large, I really like the place (I know, I’m a bit of a masochist)…and yes, I am already planning my next trip!

Future reports include:

AI CCU-DEL B788 Y
SV DEL-RUH-LHR B777 Y

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15851 times:

Hello Gabriel

Nice report, thanks for sharing it! Thanks for showing us the Bangladesh life style
Sorry to hear about the theft, glad to hear that the police did their best.
United Airways looks good, at first I actually red UA.... Glad you managed to log the Dash 8-100.
9W looks to be strong in their short-haul operation as well. Good service, comfortable seating and friendly (except for the ground agent) staff

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15711 times:

Hi Gabe,

Great report! That nice 9W 737 interior almost makes me wish I had chosen one of these instead of the AI 77W on the DEL-BOM flight. But then, a 777 is a 777, so I guess it always beats a 737! 

Seems like United has fantastic service, especially when you take into account the short duration of the flight. Looks like a must do if I ever visit Bangladesh (which I hope I'll do someday!)

Look forward to read about the Indian Dreamliner!
Sveinn  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15683 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):

Nice report, thanks for sharing it!

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Sorry to hear about the theft, glad to hear that the police did their best.

Thanks.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
9W looks to be strong in their short-haul operation as well. Good service, comfortable seating and friendly (except for the ground agent) staff

Yes, great except that one agent

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 4):

Great report!

Thanks Sveninn

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 4):
That nice 9W 737 interior almost makes me wish I had chosen one of these instead of the AI 77W on the DEL-BOM flight. But then, a 777 is a 777, so I guess it always beats a 737!

Indeed, a 777 always trumps a 737!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 4):
Seems like United has fantastic service, especially when you take into account the short duration of the flight. Looks like a must do if I ever visit Bangladesh (which I hope I'll do someday!)

Yes, great service from 4H

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 4):
Look forward to read about the Indian Dreamliner!

Yes, it's up next!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15259 times:

Another really good report, Gabriel! Bad to hear someone stole your bag, but I'm not overly surprised considering how you were moving around in one of the poorest countries on earth.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The A310s have now got the updated livery. I preferred the green one they used to have.

Nice, I'm not sure which one looks better.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I stayed just 1 night in Sylhet…seems like a nice enough city.

Did I miss anything in the pictures?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Awh, what a cutie!

  


PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14952 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Another really good report, Gabriel!

Thanks Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Bad to hear someone stole your bag, but I'm not overly surprised considering how you were moving around in one of the poorest countries on earth.

Yeah, it was a hassle, although I don't think it's normal in Bangaldesh, despite the poverty

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Did I miss anything in the pictures?

Mmm, maybe not! It was more relaxing than anything else



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14221 times:

Great report - thanks for posting. Rather odd that 9W did not have a drinks round on the sector - given it's an international flight, but I guess they have some good reasons. Looking forward to your 788 Trip Report!


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14141 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
Great report - thanks for posting.

Glad you liked it!

Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
Rather odd that 9W did not have a drinks round on the sector - given it's an international flight, but I guess they have some good reasons

Well, the flight's only schedued for 45 mins...not really enough time to do a full drinks service....still, they could have tried!

Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
Looking forward to your 788 Trip Report!

I'm wiriting it now!



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1224 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14073 times:

Hi Gab

Thanks for posting this.

Firstly, sorry to hear about your bag. What a bugger. Hard to believe that your whole bag was gone - at least your pictures and other essential items were safe. Still, it would have really stressed me out.

I guess it can happen anywhere and I agree with your attitude - you just have to deal with it and move on.

Back to the flights.. Loved the Dash 8 flight. Seems like the window was pretty nasty though - all those scratches! Service on board looked of a high standard for a short flight.

Some of those early model -100s are really getting old now. I was on a fairly old machine in Canada in Sept. It was fun though.

Nice to see some destination pics - you must be A.net's most well known Bangladesh traveller by now for sure?

Jet looks like they provided a good flight. Looking forward to the next one v much - having seen 2 of the AI 787s in DEL last month.

Cheers - Palmjet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 14032 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 10):
Thanks for posting this.

No problem, glad you liked it!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 10):

Firstly, sorry to hear about your bag. What a bugger. Hard to believe that your whole bag was gone - at least your pictures and other essential items were safe. Still, it would have really stressed me out. I guess it can happen anywhere and I agree with your attitude - you just have to deal with it and move on.

Well, it was very annoying. You can't let it get to you though.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 10):
Some of those early model -100s are really getting old now. I was on a fairly old machine in Canada in Sept. It was fun though.

Yes, it was rather rickety...i hope their maintenence is good!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 10):
Nice to see some destination pics - you must be A.net's most well known Bangladesh traveller by now for sure?

Yes, I guess I am!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 10):
Looking forward to the next one v much - having seen 2 of the AI 787s in DEL last month.

Part 9 is now online!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1410 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13755 times:

Hi Gabriel, too bad to hear about your case being lost. One reason why I try to travel with only hand luggage whenever possible, although with you being away for months on end that could prove a little difficult!

And regarding the cabing baggage in the empty row - I saw an identical thing on Flybe over the summer!



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1791 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13745 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

Thanks for this piece, it was an entertaining one again. Good to see you flying a Dash-100 and the Jet bird does lkook pretty decent as well: a sober but nevertheless pleasant cabin. Nice destination pics of the rural life  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
It was terribly untouristy.

That sounds very much as if you would like it to be super touristy. So you would feel at home 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The tea! It was interesting tasting, and not entirely just tea…there’s at least 1 layer of coffee.

That looks disgusting but if you say it was rather good, who am I to judge about it then  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Gone, all my belongings, gone.

That's too bad and indeed bound to happen one day. Your bag wasn't labeled with a tag to which you have to present a receipt to offload it? Most likely someone was quick enough to snatch it...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I need some booze.

Wow, are you really that desperate. It seems like a bit of a theme troughout the report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Arrivals

Love that old fashioned FIDS!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 13611 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
too bad to hear about your case being lost.

Thanks

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
One reason why I try to travel with only hand luggage whenever possible, although with you being away for months on end that could prove a little difficult!

I'd have loved to travel with only hand luggage....sadly, 3 months is a little long with just 1 small bag

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):

Thanks for this piece, it was an entertaining one again

Glad you liked it

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
That looks disgusting but if you say it was rather good, who am I to judge about it then

It wasn't good. It was interesting!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
That's too bad and indeed bound to happen one day. Your bag wasn't labeled with a tag to which you have to present a receipt to offload it? Most likely someone was quick enough to snatch it...

Well, supposedly you are supposed to only get your bag back with a claim tag....in practise, it's not that obivous

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Wow, are you really that desperate. It seems like a bit of a theme troughout the report.

Well, after the afternoon I had rushing around Dhaka without my suitcase, I could really have done with a drink. It's one of those cases where the greater the need, the harder it is it procure. SInce getting home I've pretty much given up drinking...til Xmas that is.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 13590 times:
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Hi Gabriel!

Another fantastic addition to your Asia series here with many nice pictures!
Sorry to hear about your lost/stolen bag, those things unfortunately happen!
United and Jet Airways both look pretty nice with some good service for the short duration of those flights, well done!
Love your destination pics too, great stuff!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Let’s see. Plenty of programming available today. I’ll stick with some music.

Nice choice of music  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13531 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Another fantastic addition to your Asia series here with many nice pictures!

THanks Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Sorry to hear about your lost/stolen bag, those things unfortunately happen!

Thanks. Sadly these things do happen

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
United and Jet Airways both look pretty nice with some good service for the short duration of those flights, well done!

Yes, pretty good for short hops

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Love your destination pics too, great stuff!

Thank you

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Nice choice of music

Ta!



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 12906 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another report in this autumn Asia series!

Flights seem okay especially domestic in Bangladesh which has surprisingly many snacks for a one hour flight!

Too bad your bad got stolen.....I would be paranoid myself if I was traveling there with a checked bag and would not want to leave it out of sight. But at least nothing too valuable was stolen. Still a very bad experience. 10h at the Police station is not too impressive.....

Jet Airways look nice too; always great with the PTV even on a 737.

Looking forward to read part 9 soon!

The777Man

[Edited 2012-11-28 14:44:36]


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 12873 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Thanks for another report in this autumn Asia series!

Hope you enjoyed reading it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Flights seem okay especially domestic in Bangladesh which has surprisingly many snacks for a one hour flight!

It was well under an hour. Very impressive short flight

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Too bad your bad got stolen.....I would be paranoid myself if I was traveling there with a checked bag and would not want to leave it out of sight. But at least nothing too valuable was stolen. Still a very bad experience. 10h at the Police station is not too impressive.....

Well, I think this sort of thing is far from the ordinary, especially for tourists. Not a good situation, but survivable!



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12233 times:

Gabriel,

Before clicking, i thought "that's the kind of TR that i love", since i really enjoyed your last (or earlier this) year installment series in Bangladesh with the DC10.

Now, theft apart, it still remains a very good report, quiet funny with the British High Commission add, monkey and the "tasty" cup of tea and the city of Panam (in french slang meaning Paris lol). The internal flights were on average OK, moreover the Dash8-100 is getting not too common.
Maybe it is just an impression but the mood changes at the end of this TR, and you show your bitterness on the 9W flight about this awful experience. I'm very sorry about that and your plans changes but C'est la vie!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
given the amount of travelling I do, it was going to happen sooner or later

No risk, no fun indeed!

Thanks you for sharing this adventure   .

BTW: it's the first time i see a B767 of the United Nation (In Africa, getting used of Russian stuffs)



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11844 times:

A very interesting read Gabriel! You sure went of the beaten path again with this visit to Bangladesh. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10433 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 19):
Before clicking, i thought "that's the kind of TR that i love", since i really enjoyed your last (or earlier this) year installment series in Bangladesh with the DC10.

Glad you enjoyed it Leonard!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 19):
The internal flights were on average OK, moreover the Dash8-100 is getting not too common.

I thought the domestic flight was pretty good. Plenty of snacks!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 19):
I'm very sorry about that and your plans changes but C'est la vie!

Indeed, c'est la vie!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 20):
A very interesting read Gabriel! You sure went of the beaten path again with this visit to Bangladesh. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Robert, glad you enjoyed it!



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10207 times:
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Great read & pictures GC, glad I finally found the time to get around to reading this.


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dash 8-100

- Nice, still missing this from the log.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I realised someone had removed my suitcase from the bus. Gone, all my belongings, gone. (Well, thankfully not my computer/passport/money/external hard drive/camera). Not entirely sure what happened (was it loaded? Someone took it off at an intermediate stop? Someone took it in Dhaka before I got off? Who knows?).

- Bugger, what a nightmare!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it was a Friday, so even in the posh places, there wasn’t a drop of booze to be had…so frustrating! I really needed a drink

- Bugger, no booze, hmm, I'd be struggling with this!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (1 year 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 9951 times:

Hello Gabriel!

Nice report again, interesting to read about your domestic flight and Jet Airways looked quite impressive.
Shame about loosing that backpack, and 7 hours at that police station, ugh. Glad you got what you needed in the end though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
These seats look perfectly acceptable for the next hour. The PTVs are a bit of a bonus.

Looks very nice for a short haul bird.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8288 times:

Thanks for the replies guys!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Great read & pictures GC, glad I finally found the time to get around to reading this.

Thanks Mark. I finally got round to commenting!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- Bugger, what a nightmare!

COmplete nightmare

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- Bugger, no booze, hmm, I'd be struggling with this!

I really was! So annoying, as I had a bottle in my suitcase!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):

Nice report again,

Thanks Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
interesting to read about your domestic flight and Jet Airways looked quite impressive.

Indeed, they were quite impressive flights

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Shame about loosing that backpack, and 7 hours at that police station, ugh. Glad you got what you needed in the end though.

Yes, it was a hassle, but in the end it was only "stuff"

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Looks very nice for a short haul bird.

Yes, very comfy



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8169 times:

Interesting to see ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp - WWI) biscuits being served on an Indian airline. Looks like a fundraising venture for Indian veterans.

Great report and photos. Unfortunate about your bag. I always hope that anybody who steals my luggage will be presented by a pile of week old sweaty clothes.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 12
Reply 26, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7732 times:

Quoting allrite (Reply 25):
Interesting to see ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp - WWI) biscuits being served on an Indian airline. Looks like a fundraising venture for Indian veterans.

They were tasty!

Quoting allrite (Reply 25):
Great report and photos

Thanks!

Quoting allrite (Reply 25):
Unfortunate about your bag. I always hope that anybody who steals my luggage will be presented by a pile of week old sweaty clothes.

Yes, I don't imagine they were very happy with their haul....old clothes, airline memorabilia, smelly shoes and a laptop cable. Useful for me, junk to anybody else.



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