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Spice Jet Report, BOM-DEL Via AMD.  
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7651 times:

Sector: BOM-DEL via AMD
Aircraft: B737-800NG
Registration: VT-SPC
Aircraft name: Turmeric
Departure: 8.55 AM

I reached the terminal 1B almost an hour before the departure. Before checking in I got my IC ticket for the return trip endorsed at the IC counter.

Spice Jet has put up a temporary shack outside the terminal where passengers can collect the printouts of their etickets if they have not already done so. I had no such problem. There were a few passengers with their etickets asking for paper tickets. The counter staff had a tough time explaining to them that the printout itself serves as their ticket.

The renovation work at the terminal seems to have picked up. Finally things are looking up. I had no check in baggage therefore proceeded straight to the check in counter. I was checked in without any hassle. Collected my boarding card with my pre assigned seat 30F.

At the security check, the Officer requested me to allow him to search my brief case. He believed that there was a suspicious metal object in it. In fact he showed it to me on the display screen. The object looked like a rectangular metal object. Even after a thorough hand check, he was not able to find the 'object'. It finally turned out to be a metallic label on one of my trousers. We both had a good laugh over it.

The departure lounge was crowded. Quite a few 9W and a couple of S2 departures at that time. There was no sign of any Spice Jet a/c on the tarmac. It landed finally at 8.20 AM. The passengers were bussed in to it at 8.30 AM. I boarded through the aft door. The FAs were very friendly and cheerful. The doors were closed at 8.50 AM and soon we taxied towards rwy 027 for departure. There were the usual 9Ws and S2s at the domestic apron. At the international apron, besides the usual AIs, there was an LY B767-300 and 9W A340-300.

The take off queue was not very long. There was a IC A320 ahead of us. We took at around 9.05 AM. The view after take off from 027 is great. I love to see the Juhu airport from up. Immediately after crossing the coast line, we turn north and one gets a view of the hotels on the coast line, The JW Marriott, Ramada Inn, Tulip, Holiday Inn and the Sun N Sand. A few seconds later, I get a view of my own building at Lokhandwala Complex.

Soon enough, we reach the cruising altitude and the FAs began handing out Lays and mineral water to the passengers. At least 0S does not charge the passengers for these like DN. As I mentioned earlier, The FAs were very friendly. They did not have the snooty attitude of the 9W FAs especially towards people who could not speak English. They were chatting away with the passengers and their smiles were genuine. Most of the passengers seemed to be first time fliers. I could feel their excitement. It was the typical AC2/3 tier crowd. Uncles and auntys with their 'munnas' and 'munnis' tagging along. The seats next to me were the only empty ones on the BOM-AMD leg.

We landed at AMD on rwy 023 and taxied towards the apron which is on the other end of the rwy. A new terminal is under construction with provision for 2 jetways. The only other a/c there at that time was a S2 CRJ. I took a pic of the interiors while we waited for the AMD passengers to board.


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A newly married couple took the seats next to me. They seemed to be first time fliers. They were chatting away excitedly in Gujarati. I could make out that they wanted to ask me to change seats with them so that the lady could occupy the window seat. I offered her my seat and moved to seat no. 30D.

We took off from rwy 05 and headed north, overflying Jaipur before reaching Delhi. The seats 30A, B and C were occupied by an aunty and her two kids. Both the kids wanted to occupy the seat 30A. Finally she allowed the younger daughter to take the window seat. I chatted with the FAs for sometime complimenting them on their attitude. No exceptional beauties out here, just the girl next door types.

The kids and the aunty were really excited during the landing. They tried to identify the landmarks. From my seat I could get a view of beautiful south Delhi area on final approach on rwy 028. The taxi to the apron is quite long at Delhi airport. Delhi airport seemed to be in an expansion mode. A lot of aprons are being constructed. There is no space constrain unlike Bombay airport.

I was the last to disembark. The FAs permitted me to take pictures of the empty aircraft, one of them even posed for the pic. Special thanks to all the four FAs, Lovesha, Yiji, Natasha and Namrata for making this a flight memorable.


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There are a couple of pictures which I have uploaded but are still in the queue. Will keep u guys updated.

Cheers!!!
Himmat


An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7574 times:

Nice Trip Report.
Good to hear about the Genuine Friendly attitute of the FAs.Did you meet the Flying Crew.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineCOUGARRIDES From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7509 times:

What was served on the DEL-AMD leg? Lays + Water?

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7495 times:

Nice report Himmat, on a score of 5 how would you rate your service compared to the price you paid.

User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7491 times:

Quoting COUGARRIDES (Reply 2):
What was served on the DEL-AMD leg? Lays + Water?

Lays+water+ a couple of cookies.

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 3):
Nice report Himmat, on a score of 5 how would you rate your service compared to the price you paid.

I would give a score of 3.5 out of 5. I paid Rs. 3770.00 inclusive of taxes compared to Rs. 5710.00 on the return leg on IC.



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7340 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 4):
Lays+water+ a couple of cookies.

Any particular brand of cookies.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7316 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):

Any particular brand of cookies.
regds
MEL

They seemed to have been picked up from the local baker.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7085 times:

Himmat, thanks for the report. Interesting to know they are giving chips/water etc.

I am really curious how long Air Deccan will continue charging for even water on board. (they must be only airline in the world to do that?). When I flew them, there were marketing survey girls from some agency asking questions about how often you fly, how do you feel about Air Deccan etc and every time I have told them to at least provide water on board. And on the short flights I have been on handful of folks purchased them anyway. So I am not sure how long Air Deccan will continue charging water on board and what is the rationale continuing that practice which is obviously bad publicity.


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7295 times:

Nice report

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
Delhi airport seemed to be in an expansion mode. A lot of aprons are being constructed

delhi Airport is a MESS at the moment (as usual, but even worse - the AAI employees do their best to deteriorate the situation, along with bad mannered people of our country), especially at the morning rush.. lets see what I can tell from tomorrow when I come to BOM  Wink


User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Neat report Himmat! Good pictures too...

User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Thought SpiceJet was the Indian airline with the supposed clause to only hire model flight attendants? Is the Indian CEO who acts like Richard Branson the guy who heads 0S?

Is this "snooty" rep. that 9W is getting about their flight attendants true, or is it really more of a stigma a-la SQ's Singapore Girls?

Great report - really curious to try out flying domestically in India!



Keep Discovering
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5730 times:

The airline with the glamorous FAs and the Richard Branson-like CEO is Kingfisher Airlines. The chairman's name is Vijay Mallya who is very much like Branson in terms of flamboyance.

Spicejet is another Indian LCC which also has above average FAs.

Yes, a few of 9W's FAs are snooty but most of them are pretty nice. I personally haven't experienced snooty FAs with 9W though!


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1415 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5623 times:

Nice report Himmat. How long was the wait in AMD when people deplaned and new folks boarded ? Were the FAs the same from BOM all the way to DEL ?

User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5560 times:

Quoting Blrsea (Reply 12):

We had a halt of around 25 minutes at AMD. Yes, both the cockpit crew as well as cabin crew continued to DEL.



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
The counter staff had a tough time explaining to them that the printout itself serves as their ticket.

Good to see lots of first time travellers Big grin. I had to explain exactly the same thing to a colleague who's taking an intl flight tonight, his first on an eTicket.

Quoting Gamps (Reply 7):

I am really curious how long Air Deccan will continue charging for even water on board. (they must be only airline in the world to do that?)

Well - while I would like DN to do away with charging for water, at least they are honest about it, and it's a (small) revenue stream to keep them going. It's kind of similar to the A/C compartment of trains (which is DN's stated target audience), where neither food nor water is included in the price of the ticket. For those used to the standard airline practices, it does come out as odd. But for the first-time flyer, he's probably not going to be surprised (and would have been warned before hand by his numerous neighbours/relatives who've flown DN in the past).

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 13):
We had a halt of around 25 minutes at AMD

This is the part I find interesting about 0S, that they are consistently able to turn around their a/c in 25 minutes. Luckily AMD is still not very busy, so there are probably no queues for landing or take off!

Himmat, nice report, good to see that 0S is continuing to fly full flights.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Any particular brand of cookies.

I've heard their cookies are quite terrible. Earlier they used to serve packets of peanuts - that was quite nice. I wish they would go back to peanuts!



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