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Delhi-Mumbai-Mangalore On AirIndia And Jet Airways  
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11127 times:

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Greetings Fellow A.netters!

Welcome to my 5th trip report and 3rd for this year. Its been almost 8 months since I started this hobby and I think I am finally getting the hang out of it.
I did some domestic travelling when I was back home in delhi and this time I was about to surprise my two childhood friends who I grew up with. They study in manipal, which is a small college town in the city of mangalore.
After convincing my father I booked my ticket using the American Express concierge service. I have always maintained that they deliver excellent service and should definitely be used for convenience sake.

So while booking my flight I decided to try the two premier airlines of India. I.e. Air India and Jet Airways.
Much has been said about the falling reputation of Air India and on the other hand one hear s very things wrong with Jet.
Well it was about time I found out.

There are no direct flights from Delhi to Mangalore so I chose mumbai as my "via" destination.
I chose the early morning flight departing delhi at around 8 AM and reaching Mangalore at around 11 30 or 12 Pm.

Day of Departure.

Set out to the airport at around 6 30 Am and in 25 minutes I was approaching Terminal 3 of the IGI airport.
Air India and Jet Airways operate there domestic services from T3.
I had not checked in online so I went to the counter. A friendly and young lady behind the desk quickly scanned my ticket and gave me one boarding pass for the whole trip. I asked her if we would have to deplane at Mumbai to which she refused.

I cleared security pretty quickly and then strolled around the T3 domestic Area. Here are pics.

Check in
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Clearing Security
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FIDS that morning
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Domestic Shopping after clearing security
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After a walking a little I could finally spot the A321 taking us to mumbai that morning.

VT-PPQ (Looks Great )

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I also got shots of some other carriers

Like this royal jordanian in one world colors

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After some spotting I decided to start walking towards the gate. I still had around 30 minutes for boarding to start so I though I would just wait near gate C28.

On my way I came across this

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This is the famous Yoga Aasana called Surya Namaskara.
Its considered a healthy and good thing to do once you get up in the morning.

Now on my way to the gate I came across this

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I never knew Amex had a lounge in the T3 domestic Area , and since I had a little time I decided to try it out.

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Its a small but very cozy lounge with all the things one sees in any regular airline lounge.

They were serving free breakfast and who am I to say no  http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh502/pradat91/DSC03712.jpg

and with that I also had a croissant.

My Boarding Pass.

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After spending a good 25 minutes inside the lounge boarding was announced on time and I left for the gate.
Boaring was done in an orderly manner we were on board.

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Executive Class
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I was surprised to see a Screen on this flight.
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Even though there were no videos. Just the Airshow.

Enough Space from my seat as you see.
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Sister Aircraft
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First Look of the AI 787
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The Engines
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I find the 787 to be an unpleasing aircraft looks wise (What do you guys think?)
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We pushed back at around 8 10 Am and taxied for 15 minutes.
At 8 25 Am we were up in the skies heading for mumbai.
Flying time to mumbai from delhi was 1 hour 40 minutes and Mumbai to Mangalore was a short 55 minutes.

Pics while on flight

Breakfast served 25 minutes into flight
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The food was very tasty and soon after eating I slept. I woke up once we were ready for landing.

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The mighty 777
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Till now Air India was doing pretty well and I was pretty impressed..The cabin crew were also very friendly and it was a smooth and uneventful flight but alas it is Air India at the end of the day. Something was bound to go wrong.
Now there was major confusion after landing. Some of us had been issued only on boarding pass and some passengers got two seperate boarding passes.
So the AI management came inside the A/C and asked all the people with 2 boarding passes to leave and the rest going on to mangalore to stay. We did as we were told and stayed on our seats. 20 minutes later again they came in saying that an A321 had broken down In Jaipur and this one had to be sent immedietly so we had to deplane. Now the confusion was how to let us enter the terminal without a new boarding pass. We could re clear security with our currents bps so they were clueless for a while. Then suddenly we were asked to deplane via the stairs and put into a bus.
So without entering the terminal we were taken to the new A/C taking us mangalore. This we entered the aero bridge using outside stairs ( Yes I know this sounds very weird)
After getting to the A/C the guy who lead had a huge smile on his face. He was very proud of what he did and was feeling on cloud nine when suddenly an air hostess came out of the flight ( we were waiting in the aerobridge to board the aircraft) and started shouting at the management guy. According to her it was wrong on his part to breach security and get us to the A/C this way. He simply ignored her and told her that he was her superior and too mind her own business.IMO she was doing her job and what we did was wrong but Hey! This is AI...Everything works..

Some Pics

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Our new A/C. An old A319 still in "Indian" livery
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Climbing the stairs into the aerobridge.
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The Cabin
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Rest of the flight was thankfully uneventful. I slept during most of it.
What is worth writing is that even on this short 1 hour flight we were served a nice snack.

Not bad AI  


I had an amazing time chilling with my friends. It was good seeing them but alas it was time to go back to delhi.

Return Leg

Mangalore Airport Scenes

Still Using the old way.
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Our Bird

VT-JBQ
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Surprisingly Jet had sent in one of its brand new 738 with the new boeing sky interiors

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Leg room

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Great Looking Interiors
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Flight was short and uneventful.

No breakfast served on this flight. Air India 1 - Jet Airways 0  

From the hear the rest of the flight to delhi was very uneventful so I ll do the pictures do the talking. Enjoy!!

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Mumbai Airport
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Did not have time to go in here  http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh502/pradat91/SONY-VAIO/New%20folder%20_6_/DSC03816_zps08335857.jpg

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I got the last row on this full flight registered VT JNL

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The Food served on this flight was horrible..I was expecting more from jet airways

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Flight was pretty all right.

We had reached delhi and one more journey for me had been successfully completed.

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Now for the ratings

Air India.

Check in : 8.5(Quick and efficient)
Aircraft: 7.5 (In decent and good condition)
Seat : 7 (Comfortable but the leg room was a bit tight)
IFE: NA
Food: 7.5 (Good Quality Food)
Service: 8 (Friendly and cheerful)
Lounge: 8 ( but it was not Air India s lounge so it does not count towards the rating)

Total: 38.5/50 ( 77% )

Jet Airways

Check in : 7.5(Robotic Stuff, not very welcoming)
Aircraft1: 9.5 (Brand New) Aircraft 2: 6 (One of the oldest 738's in there fleet. Looked in worn out condition)
Seat : 7 (Comfortable but the leg room was a bit tight)
IFE: NA
Food: 5 (Did not like it)
Service: 7.5 (Decent and robotic stuff again)
Lounge: NA

Total : 35/50 ( 70%)

Surprisingly AI out scored Jet According to me.

Verdict

Air India is a good airline with a very good on board product but because there reputation is already so screwed up no one wants to take a risk with them. The Management though need to work hand in hand with the crew and ground staff and not let there ego get in the way. I would suggest you give them a try. It can be a hit and miss with them.

Jet Airways

It is considered India's best airline. No doubt it is a good and reliable airline with a good product. I was a little surprised the service on my flights but I guess it was an off day on there side. If you do get an opportunity though definitely give them a try.

Thank you for reading and comments and Questions as usual welcomed.  

My other Trip Reports.

DEL-FRA-ATL On J Class With Lufthansa (by planiac787 Jan 11 2013 in Trip Reports)
Atl To Delhi Via Newark On United Airlines (by planiac787 Jun 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
DEL-LHR-DEL Y Class. Many Pics! (by planiac787 Aug 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delhi-Chennai-Madurai And Back With SpiceJet (by planiac787 Feb 15 2013 in Trip Reports)

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Cheers!!

Pradat


Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
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User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10886 times:

Good report. Couple of questions. Do you know loads for both flight? Do you have to have some kind of elite status with AMEX to use their lounge? Also does any airline use that lounge?

User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10505 times:

Load factor was pretty good on the flights

The first flight the load factor was around 85%
and the second flight maybe was around 90%

You must have an AMEX platinum card to get in. I think this is an exclusive lounge. No airlines has tie up with em.

Thanks for your comments!

Cheers

Pradat



Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
User currently offlineTheAviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10314 times:

Fantastic TR...good to see nice pics..

I had transit at DEL recently, it's fantastic Airport now. Rather one of the best in India I would say. I was impressed with AI domestic service compared to their AI LHR-DEL flight. I was on VT-PPV flight and I really liked domestic product. 9W always been consistent on both domestic and international routes however their 77W showing some age now. I am big fan 77W and I hope they improve and upgrade their interior in coming years.

About 787, its looks good on AI because of their livery overall I am not big of 787 to be honest. Till date 77W and A340-600 are two most charming planes ever made. A380 is my fav for several other reasons but just cosmetic wise no one can beat 77W in my books.


User currently offlinesunandan From India, joined Jun 2005, 292 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9911 times:
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Nice TR. You seem to have caught Girish Karnad in one photo, just outside the AmEx lounge in Mumbai on your way back.


You can either work for a living, or you can fly airplanes. I'd rather fly!
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9836 times:

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 3):

Fantastic TR...good to see nice pics..

I had transit at DEL recently, it's fantastic Airport now. Rather one of the best in India I would say. I was impressed with AI domestic service compared to their AI LHR-DEL flight. I was on VT-PPV flight and I really liked domestic product. 9W always been consistent on both domestic and international routes however their 77W showing some age now. I am big fan 77W and I hope they improve and upgrade their interior in coming years.

About 787, its looks good on AI because of their livery overall I am not big of 787 to be honest. Till date 77W and A340-600 are two most charming planes ever made. A380 is my fav for several other reasons but just cosmetic wise no one can beat 77W in my books.

Thanks man. Yeah delhi does have a great airport now..one which definitely makes you proud of being an Indian  
There are some good AI international reports on airliners and from there I concluded they were doing well on the routes.
77W is no doubt a beauty but my personal favorite is the A346..nothings more gorgeous than it.

Quoting sunandan (Reply 4):

Nice TR. You seem to have caught Girish Karnad in one photo, just outside the AmEx lounge in Mumbai on your way back.

Interesting observation. I guess it is Mr. Karnad..Profilic writer he is...
Thanks for the comments

Cheers

Pradat



Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1650 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9813 times:
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Hello planiac787,

Nice picturesque report. Good to see some domestic India action with - for me at least - quite some exotic metal.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
On my way I came across this

So did you perform some yoga yourself to becom etotally ‘zen’ for the flight  

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
They were serving free breakfast and who am I to say no

A spicy one probably?

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
First Look of the AI 787

… which is probably grounded as we speak.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Breakfast served 25 minutes into flight

Wow, what a nice tray. I hope it was to your taste.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Surprisingly Jet had sent in one of its brand new 738 with the new boeing sky interiors

A ncie surprise and the cabin indeed looks immaculate.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
.I was expecting more from jet airways

What a contrast withe the AI catering.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9743 times:

Nice TR, well done! Great to read from such more "exotic" airlines...

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Now the confusion was how to let us enter the terminal without a new boarding pass. We could re clear security with our currents bps so they were clueless for a while.

WTF? Are you serious? I have the problem every day at work... We use "transit boarding cards"; a very simple and efficient procedure.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
According to her it was wrong on his part to breach security and get us to the A/C this way.

No, even in LHR transit passengers are disembarking onto the tarmac, while regular guests still use the aerobridge. It was a domestic flight (no boarder control) and you haven been screened on the first airport of departure....

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
This is AI...Everything works..

Oh yeah! Let's hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQklE-2mHtU


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3333 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9440 times:
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Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
I did some domestic travelling when I was back home in delhi and this time I was about to surprise my two childhood friends who I grew up with. They study in manipal, which is a small college town in the city of mangalore.

Nice trip report and pictures. Funny enough, I have family in Manipal!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9401 times:

Hi Sultanils!

Thanks for your comments

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
A spicy one probably?

Not really..It was pretty tasty

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
which is probably grounded as we speak.

Unfortunately



Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Wow, what a nice tray. I hope it was to your taste.

Definitely Was!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
A ncie surprise and the cabin indeed looks immaculate.

As I said it was almost brand new... In excellent condition

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
What a contrast withe the AI catering.

AI is known for there great catering on board but I would not really take away anything from Jet.
It was around 11 45 Am when the food was served on my return flight and that being an odd part of the day to eat , a full meal was not given.

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Nice TR, well done! Great to read from such more "exotic" airlines...

Thank you for your comments Debonair

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
WTF? Are you serious? I have the problem every day at work... We use "transit boarding cards"; a very simple and efficient procedure.

With AI all is possible..common sense is something that eludes them

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
No, even in LHR transit passengers are disembarking onto the tarmac, while regular guests still use the aerobridge. It was a domestic flight (no boarder control) and you haven been screened on the first airport of departure....

Well I guess every one was trying to there Job here but AI must find a way for there management and Other crew to work together...there is no unity :

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Nice trip report and pictures. Funny enough, I have family in Manipal!

Thanks for your comment! Glad to know  
its a small but nice town!!

Cheers!

Pradat



Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8612 times:

Any suggestions to what kind of camera would be good for aviation photography...
I am buying a new one and will be mainly using it for the purpose of aviation photography.
Is there any particular make I should go for.. I am looking at an DSLR in the budget of 700 to 1000 $$.
Suggestions welcomed!

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently online9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 544 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8047 times:

Cool report - always love seeing TRs/pics of Indian domestic hops so thank you!

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
I asked her if we would have to deplane at Mumbai to which she refused.

LOL - wait - she refused? Refused what? Refused to answer, or something else?  
Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
After a walking a little I could finally spot the A321 taking us to mumbai that morning.

VT-PPQ (Looks Great&nbsp 

Agreed - say what you want about AI but their new livery is pretty sharp!

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Like this royal jordanian in one world colors

That is a hell of a delay - that flight's supposed to leave at 0555 and was still there? Yikes...

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Even though there were no videos. Just the Airshow.

HAHA that's so AI - on my domestic hop with them a few years back they had the airshow but it wouldn't show the name of the destination cities (RAI and NAG - there would just be the circle). Cracked me up. At least 3 idiots was viewable on like 5 of the channels.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
The food was very tasty and soon after eating I slept. I woke up once we were ready for landing.

That breakfast looks delicious indeed! Can usually always rely on AI for tasty food for sure.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
Something was bound to go wrong.

You got that right!

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
According to her it was wrong on his part to breach security and get us to the A/C this way.

How is it a security breach? I've never connected domestically in India - but I guess they make you go through security? How stupid! Just like that insane rule where you have to get your hand luggage stamped but then half the time the security babus are too lazy to actually check that they stamped the bags? Idiots.

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
No breakfast served on this flight. Air India 1 - Jet Airways 0  

Wow - and that flight was a full service 9W coded flight and nothing at all? WTF?

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
The Food served on this flight was horrible..I was expecting more from jet airways

Seriously - that looks disgusting! They call that food? Even AA can do better than that!

And I have a few more questions - what was your experience like transferring at BOM on your return trip? Did 9W issue both BPs at IXE or did you have to check in again at BOM? And did you check luggage? And if you did, did they tag it all the way to DEL or did you have to reclaim it? I'm just curious how the domestic connection experience is in India because I've never had to do it. And Indian airports were designed by imbeciles who put no thought into actually the actual passenger experience so they're not set up for connections at all. I've never understood that at all. Sigh.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7817 times:

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
A321 had broken down In Jaipur and this one had to be sent immedietly so we had to deplane.

Rescue flight I guess.

Nice TR.....Excellent pics.......Always felt the food at AI is the best.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7461 times:

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):

Cool report - always love seeing TRs/pics of Indian domestic hops so thank you

The pleasure is all mine!

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
LOL - wait - she refused? Refused what? Refused to answer, or something else?

I meant she said we would not deplane...

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
Agreed - say what you want about AI but their new livery is pretty sharp

Yeah but I really feel they need an entire image make over including the livery..

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
That is a hell of a delay - that flight's supposed to leave at 0555 and was still there? Yikes...

I guess it was about an hours delay.. it was pushing back at around 6 45 am

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
HAHA that's so AI - on my domestic hop with them a few years back they had the airshow but it wouldn't show the name of the destination cities (RAI and NAG - there would just be the circle). Cracked me up. At least 3 idiots was viewable on like 5 of the channels.

AI really screws up with the final touches..its like they really want to be good but end up goofing it up some how..
IFE on board was good but a sucky air show was BAD!

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
That breakfast looks delicious indeed! Can usually always rely on AI for tasty food for sure.

Yes catering is still pretty much there FORTE!

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
How is it a security breach? I've never connected domestically in India - but I guess they make you go through security? How stupid! Just like that insane rule where you have to get your hand luggage stamped but then half the time the security babus are too lazy to actually check that they stamped the bags? Idiots.

Well it was a lot of confusion on the side of the AI management which lead to this fiasco...I dont think the lady was entirely wrong because even if connecting on indian domestic routes you have to re clear security but that had not been done..the rule might be stupid but it s a rule so I would say she was doing her job..

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
Wow - and that flight was a full service 9W coded flight and nothing at all? WTF?

It was an early morning flight so maybe thats why considering the duration 9W went against breakfast

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
Seriously - that looks disgusting! They call that food? Even AA can do better than that!

It was horrid!

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 11):
And I have a few more questions - what was your experience like transferring at BOM on your return trip? Did 9W issue both BPs at IXE or did you have to check in again at BOM? And did you check luggage? And if you did, did they tag it all the way to DEL or did you have to reclaim it? I'm just curious how the domestic connection experience is in India because I've never had to do it. And Indian airports were designed by imbeciles who put no thought into actually the actual passenger experience so they're not set up for connections at all. I've never understood that at all. Sigh.

It was fine I guess..I dont remember too well but I think i was issued 2 boarding passes at the IXE airport and did not have to re check in BOM...It was tagged all the way to delhi....

Indian airports are getting more sophisticated and much nicer but the problem is not the infrastructure...that will develop sooner or later but the problem is the old indian mind set where the word efficiency is clearly missing...
But need to learn the essence of it...Its all about making it a stress free and pleasurable experience for the traveler..
They love harassing them in some form or the other..

But I have faith in the Indian Aviation Industry....
They ll learn..it might take some time though..

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 12):
Rescue flight I guess.

Nice TR.....Excellent pics.......Always felt the food at AI is the best

Yes it was..
Thanks for the comments...AI still has pretty good catering..


Cheers

Pradat



Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
User currently offlineairdfw From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7186 times:

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 10):

Any suggestions to what kind of camera would be good for aviation photography...
I am buying a new one and will be mainly using it for the purpose of aviation photography.
Is there any particular make I should go for.. I am looking at an DSLR in the budget of 700 to 1000 $$.
Suggestions welcomed!

So now you can take photos of Indian airports?


User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6699 times:

Yes You can and thats my plan.  

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5969 times:

Quoting airdfw (Reply 14):

So now you can take photos of Indian airports?

not from the Tarmac or at defence aerodromes unless authorised.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5752 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 16):
not from the Tarmac or at defence aerodromes unless authorised.

Yes you need special authorization for tarmac access but one can still click pictures freely anywhere else...Which is still a big improvement from the day when pesky police officers would make you delete what ever you got..

Pradat



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5657 times:
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Hi Pradat,

Nice to see some more domestic Indian flying from you. Another nice report with nice pictures!
AI seems to have gotten the job done well here except for the one incident on the ground at Mumbai. In the air they looks nice, an airshow and full breakfast on such a short flight? Perfect!
Jet Airways indeed seem to have an off day here. Am looking at flying them to the USA from BRU sometime soon..

Quoting planiac787 (Thread starter):
(What do you guys think?)

It looks quite OK, shame it doesn't fly anymore 

Thanks once again!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

Hi Brendan!

Hows it going?
Thanks for the comments

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Nice to see some more domestic Indian flying from you. Another nice report with nice pictures!
AI seems to have gotten the job done well here except for the one incident on the ground at Mumbai. In the air they looks nice, an airshow and full breakfast on such a short flight? Perfect!

Air India has never disappointed me(At least In air)
I have usually had good experiences with them.How ever the internal problems,corruption and carelessness is really bringing the airline down.

Jet also has a very strong on board product and a very good domestic network...It was definitely an off day from there side as they very rarely seem to get it wrong...
I would definitely suggest you try there international product because I have only heard good things about them so far...
Plus I think they might soon upgrade bru-ewr to 333 from 332 with the new J cabin.

Hoping to hear back from you soon

Cheers!

Pradat



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Hi Guys!

Check out my latest Report

Atlanta-New York And Back On Delta's Md88 (by planiac787 Mar 28 2013 in Trip Reports)

Comments and Suggestions Welcomed as usual!

Cheers

Pradat



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