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User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

Flight no: DN 606
Date: July 16th 2005
Departure: 14.20
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Reg: VT-ADY

I have moved to Bangalore on an one year contract. 17th July happens to be my girl friend's birthday. I have always been with her on her birthday ever since our courtship began. This year had to be no exception so I decided to fly down to Mumbai to be with her. A quick search revealed that Air Deccan was offering the cheapest fare on this sector. Rs. 1971.00 (US$ 46.00 approx.)

The flight was to depart at 14.20 and I was busy taking interviews up to 13.00. Cunningham Road is quite some distance from the airport. I had to request a colleague to drop to the airport on his motor cycle. A car would simply not have been able to negotiate to Bangalore traffic and reach on time for check in.

I managed to reach the airport at 13.45, checked in and was handed was given a boarding card with seat number 15F printed on the part of the boarding card which is collected by the airline at the time of boarding and a sticker bearing no. 25A on the boarding card. When I asked the guy at the counter the reason for this, he just smiled and said that it was a computer error. I had no hassles as long as it was a window seat.

The security check was quick as I had no baggage at all. The lounge was quite small. On the outside I could see an IC Airbus A320, 9W ATR 42, AI Airbus A310 and a DN ATR42. Moments later the A320 of DN, VT-ADY moved into gate 3. This is the one with the Sun Microsystems logo. This is one of the two gates with jetways at BLR. When the boarding started, we did not board to the jetway but were asked to board from the rear door. That's very strange. On board, I found that my seat was already occupied by a young girl. I assumed that she might have wanted to take the window seat. I casually asked her her seat number. She replied that it was 25A. I questioned the FA about it but she had no answer. The FA asked me to take any vacant seat so I took the seat 25C next to the girl's mum.

The take off was slightly delayed because of a test flight of the LCA. Good for me that I managed to see both the prototypes that day. Sorry no photographs. I did not have my camera with me.

The inflight service commenced after the seat belt signs were switched off. We had an option of Lays, Vegetable rolls, brownies, a variety of juices and mineral water. All priced at 3 times their usual sales price. I purchased a Lays and vegetable roll for Rs.75.00.

Due to decent tail wind, we managed to land at Mumbai on time.


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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2892 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

Nice one mate, how did the meeting go with your future relatives.

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
9W ATR 42

They operate only ATR 72s


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 1):

They operate only ATR 72s

Thanks for pointing out. It was a typo which I overlooked.



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 1):
Nice one mate, how did the meeting go with your future relatives.

It was actually fixed for Tuesday but she wanted it rescheduled for today. It went off quite well, her mom was quite shocked, she had not told her mom about our relationship. Anyways they will be visiting my place on Friday to meet my family. I'll be in Mumbai upto Sunday.

Himmat



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3257 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 3):
Anyways they will be visiting my place on Friday to meet my family

Hey Himmat - good luck with the meeting on Friday!



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

What was the load factor on this flight?

Looks like you got yourself a good deal for $ 46 + 2 !


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 5):
What was the load factor on this flight?

The flight was full.



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

Himmat01,

Could you kindly comment on the inflight service/cabin crew; also compare the flight experience with other Indian carriers? Would you fly this carrier again? This would be of great help to those wondering if they should give Deccan a shot.

Thanks for the trip report.


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 7):
Could you kindly comment on the inflight service/cabin crew; also compare the flight experience with other Indian carriers? Would you fly this carrier again? This would be of great help to those wondering if they should give Deccan a shot.

The inflight service is average. Comes nowhere near 9W,IC,S2 or IT(Kingfisher Airlines). I would fly it again just for the low fares.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

Air Deccan was offering the cheapest fare on this sector. Rs. 1971.00 (US$ 46.00 approx.)

************

Well now Jet Airways cheapest Check fares (capacity controlled but no APEX restrictions) start at Rs 2415 (inclusive of the Rs 221 tax) on all its flights on the Mumbai Bangalore sector and you may get it at short notice if the flight is not doing filling up as expected. So think -for Rs 500 less is it worth flying DN? And remember of the Rs 500 savings you blew 75 on on the snacks alone!

Similar fares for Indian Airlines (called Easy Fares) starts from Rs 2721 (inclusive of tax) while Air Sahara (Solar fares) is from Rs 2222 while Kignfisher like Jet starts from Rs 2415!


So is DN such a big bargain????

To sum it up : Lowest fares are no longer synonymous with Air Deccan. A smart traveller can travel in style on any carrier at fares not much higher than DN. All you need is to
1 BE AWARE OF THE LOW FARE LEVELS - All the airline websites give the fare tables and

2 BE PERSISTENT esp if you are dealing through a travel agent - some travel agents (not all) knowingly or unknowingly "forget" about some low fares and may need some prodding to refresh their memory!


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 9):
Air Deccan was offering the cheapest fare on this sector. Rs. 1971.00 (US$ 46.00 approx.)

That's true, I have managed to get a fare of Rs. 3194.00 on Kingfisher BLR-DEL sector. I fly tomorrow and return on Thursday.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
The take off was slightly delayed because of a test flight of the LCA.

Of the prototype.How did it look.

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
Vegetable rolls, brownies,

Were they branded or not.

Nice Report Himmat.Hopefully the Anetters are invited to your marriage  bigthumbsup 
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineHawaijahaz From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

Good luck meeting with the in-laws. I just can't help but think of the song.."Sharad meri saadi ka kahyal aayaa hai..."

Quoting Himmat01 (Thread starter):
Sorry no photographs. I did not have my camera with me.

I don't think that taking pictures at Bangalore airport is allowed since it is a government airport. I had the FAs tell me that during their pre flight announcement. Photography is now allowed at all Indian airports except the ones which are military/shared airports. I think that the Bangalore is the HAL aiport..or am I wrong?


User currently offlineVivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

Quoting Hawaijahaz (Reply 12):
I don't think that taking pictures at Bangalore airport is allowed since it is a government airport.

Is there any private airport In India ?

Quoting Hawaijahaz (Reply 12):
Photography is now allowed at all Indian airports except the ones which are military/shared airports.

Previously it was not allowed at all airports. But now its not allowed at airports which are shared by the defence, other such eg which I know of is GOI which is owned by the navy. B'lore is the HAL airport.


Himmat lets know how it went with ur in laws. All the best.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

Quoting Vivek0072 (Reply 13):
Is there any private airport In India ?

Yes there is. Cochin ! AAI does not run this airport - it only provides the ATC facilities. The airport management as well as all commercial actiivites are controlled by a company called Cochin International Airport Limited which has Government of Kerala as well as a lot of private individual investors (mostly Malayalis settled in the ME) as share holders.

While on the topic - it also is I think the ONLY aiport in India with live flight information! I personally find it very useful to find out the happenings in Mumbai airport nowadays as the airport handles on an average five daily flights to BOM!

Website is
http://www.cochin-airport.com/


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 14):

The links great.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 11):
Hopefully the Anetters are invited to your marriage

That goes without saying. All anetters are gonna be invited for the wedding and the cocktail party.

Quoting Hawaijahaz (Reply 12):
Good luck meeting with the in-laws. I just can't help but think of the song.."Sharad meri saadi ka kahyal aayaa hai..."

The update is that things have worked out fine. The engagement is fixed for August 14th. Would have been great if it was August 15th. This time BLR-BOM-BLR is on IC J class.



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 16):
This time BLR-BOM-BLR is on IC J class

 bigthumbsup 
I thought so too.Wheres the Big day,In Bom or Blr.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 17):
I thought so too.Wheres the Big day,In Bom or Blr

It's in BOM.

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
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