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SEA-YVR-HKG-KUL-BLR On AS, CX And MH  
User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10037 times:

Some Background Info:
I was planning on going to Bangalore on vacation during march. I specifically wanted to be in Bangalore by March 30th as it was Ugadi, our new years day, so that I could spend some time with my family. My agent quoted Cathay-Pacific as the lowest price ticket he could get me for SEA-BLR at $1215. The route was a bit long, being SEA-YVR-HKG-KUL-BLR, with a 10 hour wait at KUL.

March 24th Friday, Seattle.
Alaska Airlines AS 661. SEA-YVR Dep -10:20pm, Arrival – 11:14 pm
Aircraft: N764AS, Boeing 737-400
Gate: D7. Seat: 23E


My friend was willing to drop me off at the airport. He was kind enough to invite me to his home for some good dinner before leaving for the airport. I left work around 5:30pm on Friday, and came home. Verified that all bags were packed and below the baggage limits( both came in at 68 lbs  ). Freshened up, and went to my friend’s place which was in the same apartment complex as mine. His wife had cooked some good S.Indian food, and ate till I was stuffed. We then came back to my place, loaded my bags onto his car, and left for airport around 7:30pm. The traffic wasn’t much, and the carpool lane was open, so we reached the airport comfortably by 8:00pm. Loaded my bags onto the cart and went to Alaska Air terminal.

Alaska airlines has a lot of e-ticket check-in terminals, but there was only one for paper tickets. They had a trainee person behind the counter, and one of the other person was helping her. Check-in was smooth, asked for window seat, but was told that since flight was full, I had to settle for middle seat. Got my bags checked in all the way to Bangalore and proceeded towards gate D7. Security clearance was quick. Still had around 2 hours to kill. Unfortunately, there is no free wi-fi internet at Seattle. Made a couple of calls to friends and family. Finally, boarding started around 9:55pm. Occupied the middle-seat, and both the seats next to me was empty for a long time. I kept hoping that no-one would come in  The FA then made an announcement that they are waiting 10 more minutes for one other flight to land as they were expecting some connecting passengers, this being the last flight to YVR that day. I just moved over to the window seat to see the ground crew load the baggage into the hold. Finally the connecting passengers came in, and there were two teenage girls in my row. I was moving towards my middle seat when they asked if they could take the middle and aisle. Well, just what I wondered, and sat down to enjoy my flight.

The photo was a bit dark  Smile


The plane finally pushed back around 10:30pm. The announcements came on, and it was to be a short 40 min flight. I thought I heard the pilot say that the max altitude reached will be 17k ft. Thought it was a bit low, but well, given the small distance, made some sense. There was no beverage service. The flight was short and quick. We soon descended and landed at YVR around 11:20pm. I believe the arrival gate was E-80, but I am not very sure.

Got out of the plane and made my way to the immigration. The airport looked cool. There seemed to be some sort of zoo/forest/wildlife theme with some ponds, waterfalls, large insects hanging off the wall etc. It was a long walk to the Canadian immigration. The lines were short, and the officer asked me how long I was going to be in Canada. Told me I was in transit. Cleared it fast and went looking for international departures area.


Vancouver, March 24th Friday.
Cathay Pacific B747-400 CX889. Boeing 747-400.
Dep: 1:20AM(Mar 25) Arr: 7:05AM ( Mar 26th)
Gate: D52 Seat: 34K

Clearing Canadian immigration, went over to International departures area. Found the Cathay-Pacific check-in desk. The lines were pretty short. The agent asked me for my checked-in baggage receipts issued by Alaska, and she gave me my boarding pass for YVR-HKG and HKG-KUL. The boarding pass to HKG was enclosed in an orange cover, and she asked me to hold on it and return it at the gate. Collected the boarding pass, cleared security and went over to gate D52. Tried to take a picture of the plane but it was too dark.



There were lots of people waiting near the gate. Still had more than an hour to kill. Spent time watching TV there  Boarding started at 12:45AM. After boarding the first and business class passengers, they board the economy class passengers based on the color of the boarding pass covers. Orange covers were the last to be called, and made my way over to the plane. The flight was full in economy, no idea about business class though.

Pushback started around 1:10, and having experienced SQ service couple of times earlier, expected hot-towels. However, they handed out anti-septic towlettes, and the menu cards. The flight attendant came around to enquire about my special meal ( vegetarian meal), and confirmed it. In Singapore airlines, vegetarian meal is one of the options, and is also on the menu. I have seen this on SFO/LAX-SIN-BLR sectors. I am not sure whether this is through out SQ fleet. In CX, vegetarian meal is considered a special meal. Anyway, I am not concerned much as special meals are served first and then the regular mail. The FAs came with drinks, and I had white wine. Soon after drinks, they brought me my special meal. It consisted of a paneer dish,rice, channa dal, dinner roll, fruit bowl and a cookie. I was too tired to take a photograph. The portions appeared to be a bit small compared to SQ/AI and the quality too was barely eatable. When the FAs were serving dinner to the passengers next to me, I asked for vodka with orange juice. The FA said that they don’t have vodka on the trolley and said she will get it later. She asked one other FA who got it to me after five minutes. Though I can speak English quite well, I do have a thick Indian accent. And the FAs too didn’t appear too fluent in English. So I sometimes had to repeat my requests multiple times. But the service was good.

I finished my dinner and slept for sometime. I usually don’t sleep well in a sitting position, so the sleep was a very disturbed one, with lots of turning to position myself into a comfortable position. I usually wake up more tired after sleeping on the flight 

I got up after 5-6 hours. We still had around 4 hours to go. I noticed that some people were having noodles, the kind that comes in those plastic containers. Watched some movies on the PTV. After a couple of hours, FAs came up with orange juice and water. I opted for orange juice. As mine was a special meal, I again got my breakfast earlier than anyone else. The breakfast wasn’t too good. It consisted of spicy fried potatoes, something like large pieces of fried tofu with tomato sauce, dinner roll, orange juice and fruit cup. Breakfast wasn’t too good. Didn’t finish the fried tofu stuff. The FAs served the other passengers and then came around with second round of drinks. After an hour or so, we approached HKG and landed around 6:20AM. My itinerary had said that it would be a 13:45 hour flight, but the flight was done in 13 hours.

Hong Kong airport – March 26th Sunday
We were out of the aircraft soon. After a long walk from the arrival area, I went up to the departure terminal after clearing security. Found that I still had around 3 hours to spare. Used the bathroom and refreshed myself. The HKG-KUL flight was scheduled to depart from gate 24. Went down to the gate, and on the way saw a starbucks sign. Man, there is nothing like good ol’ starbucks in the morning ( apart from S.Indian filter coffee of course  Wink ). Unfortunately, it was closed and was scheduled to open at 7:00Am. Well, 10 more minutes before it opens. Went around the HKG airport. Saw SQ001 parked, along with lots of Indians. I had taken that flight before, and wished I had taken that. The food court had most of the shops already open. Didn’t find anything appealing, and wasn’t sure whether I would find good vegetarian stuff anyway. So just looked strolled around and went back to starbucks which was now open. Had a latte and strolled down the gates, and to my surprise saw an Air India flight bound to Tokyo. Took a couple of pics of AI aircraft.


I came back to gate 24 and saw one person using his laptop. Went over to him to ask if there was free Wi-Fi. He told that there wasn’t but if I went over to edge of corridor near gates 34-35 which were below Virgin lounge, I would be able to catch it, as he had done the same So, trotted out to the edge of the long walkway and found decent signal strength. Browsed the web for some time and then it was time to get back to the gate.



CX 723 :

Cathay Pacific: A330-300 CX 723
Dep: 8:50Am Arr: 12:30pm
Gate 24 Seat: 33A

By the time I came back, people were already in line to start boarding. Joined the line, and boarding soon started.


There were papers near the door, and I grabbed a couple of them( IHT and South china post?). The flight appeared to be almost full. Pushback was around 8:55AM.The captain announced that the flight was going to be 3:40hrs.


As before, the FA came to enquire about my special meal. Take off was smooth and once we reached around 10k ft, FAs came in with drinks. Opted for coffee. Soon after that, I got my breakfast, again earlier than anyone else. This was a strange meal. It had a ball of spinach paste( I think that’s what it was). Was pretty bland. The tray also contained 2 pieces of dry roti, channa masala again, 2 laddoos which were good, two small pieces of what appeared to be dosas, and flat rice cake( don’t know whether it was mean to be idli, as it wasn’t round and didn’t even taste remotely like idlies). On the whole, a barely eatable meal. I was hungry and except for the spinach ball, managed to finish most of it.


The FAs came with 2nd round of drinks, and after that I watched some sitcom for a couple of hours and read the papers. It was soon time for landing, and we landed on time at 12:30pm and arrived at gate C32.


Kuala Lumpur international airport:

I got out of the aircraft and went looking for the transfer desk to collect my boarding pass for my final KUL-BLR leg on Malaysia Airlines flight. The transfer desk was open and there were a couple of counters open. There were 2 other people in the line, and I stood in the line. For some reason, there were taking more than 5 mins per passenger. Finally got my turn, and obtained the boarding pass soon. I now had around 10 hours to kill and I was feeling very tired. I went in search of the transit hotel to see if they had a room. Unfortunately, all rooms were sold out. They had shower facilities, so paid approx $6 USD for a shower. Took a long shower, and felt fresh. Went in search of something to eat. I was expecting something like a food court, but there isn’t one at KLIA. They had only a handful of option, among them an Italian joint, a Burger King, and one other restaurant. My appetite went down, and decided to take another look. Found starbucks again, and saw some people using their laptops there. Again found that Starbucks had a free Wi-Fi trial going on. Opened up my laptop and was soon working on it happily. I felt bored after a while and went around the airport. I now started feeling hungry and went to the Italian place to see if they had any vegetarian stuff. Appeared that the only veg stuff was cheese pizza. Not too appetizing. Went over to burger king to see if they had the veggie whopper as in US. Unfortunately, they said they didn’t. Finally went over to another restaurant called rimba café if I remember right. They had a veg curry and rice. Went for it. Tasted ok, and filled me up. I still had lots of time to kill. I went to the customer desk to ask if there were any options to go to the city, and what it would cost me to do so. Unfortunately, the people there told me that they had no idea and that I would have to clear immigration and after that I would find folks willing to even give me info. Singapore airport is a lot better compared to KLIA. And SIN has good information desks, good restaurants, nice shops and good ways to spend time. KLIA was airy and spacious though with plenty of natural light. KLIA was a disappointment to me.






I was feeling a bit tired, and didn’t feel like clearing immigration and going out on my own. So went to look for good places to do some plane spotting. Found that KLIA wasn’t a very busy airport either. Not too many planes coming in or going out. And there weren’t that many people too at the airport. Somehow, I managed to spend time at the airport by having multiple cups of coffee at starbucks, watching the tarmac and watching TV at the terminal. All TVs in the terminal show the same channel. That sucked!! Starbucks didn’t have the proper converter for me to recharge my laptop, so browsed for sometime till battery level was too low. I cursed myself for not spending another $200 more and going in for LH.

March 26th 2006
MH-192 Dep: 10:15pm Arr :11:30Pm
Airbus A330-300
Gate C22 Seat 18A


It was finally time to go to my gate for the Blr flight.



Cleared the security and got into the holding area. Boarding started at 9:45pm. The flight time was 3:20 hrs. The seat next to me was empty. We were given paper towels which appeared to be hot in patches. FAs then came in with peanuts and orange juice, and then handed out Indian immigration forms. An old Indian couple in front of me asked if I could fill in their forms for them. I filled it for them. Dinner service started soon. Dinner consisted of some sort of flat round bread, paneer saag & some other curry, cucumber & spinach salad, chutney, 2 gulab jamuns, white wine and water. The dinner was again barely eatable.
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All the announcements on the flight was in malay language, English and Hindi. There were no PTVs on this aircraft. Tried to sleep but couldn’t. The movie Aeon Flux was being shown on the common screen. Couldn’t follow it much and gave up. The flight finally landed on time, and we were at the gate at 11:30pm. I finally finished my last leg of the journey almost 36 hours after I started with the first leg. Was pretty exhausted.

Bangalore International Airport
March 26th 2006

Immigration clearance took only 5 minutes. Went over to baggage claim to collect my bags. The conveyor belt in BLR is half the size of a regular sized belt. There were lots of mosquitoes in the baggage claim area, and some westerners who had worn shorts were bearing the brunt of it. And they were not pleased!! There was signs of construction near the baggage claim area. The floor had water standing on it where the luggage carts were parked and no warning signs. One lady tried to pull a trolley and slipped on the water and fell pretty hard. We could hear the thud loudly as she fell down. She seemed to be hurt bad, and some people helped her to a chair nearby. The poor lady was still sitting when I collected my bags after almost 20 minutes. I had a wireless router in one of my bags and it was marked with a “X” sign in chalk. The customs officer asked me get it scanned again. I got it scanned and explained to the officer and offered to show him the receipts. He just let me off. I finally made my way out of the airport to meet my parents!!

Thanks for patiently reading through the report. I will post the return trip details if I get some encouraging response to this report.

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User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10002 times:

nice report!
I have heard so many good things about SIN, can't wait to go there myself, hopefully this summer on my way to Europe.. I will fly singapore!!!(I've heard so much good stuff about them!)
Anyways hope you enjoyed the AS portion, looks like you had one of the 'older seat' airplanes, you want to try to get the (in order from best to worst keeping in mind the new seats and the newer aircrafts) 737-800, -700, -900, -400, MD-80, -200.
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9378 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9819 times:

Wow that is an incredibly long trip. I have flown between SEA and BLR on a number of times since I grew up in SEA and that is where my parents live, but half of my family lives in Bangalore. It is such a troublesome journey to get there. The few times I have gone SEA-NRT-SIN on UA with 11 hour transit in SIN and then SIN-BLR on Indian. On the way back I flew BLR-BKK-NRT-SEA once and BLR-FRA-PDX-SEA. It is really nice that BLR has lots of international flights nowadays. It was horrible having to fly through BOM or DEL.

I am impressed that you made it with a somewhat good mood. Four economy flihgts in a row over the span of about 36 hours is totally brutal. Thanks for the trip report. The food in the pictures seemed to look ok for airline food, but I don't think it can compare to home cooked or high quality restaurant food.



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User currently offlineTifoso From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 9724 times:

Nice trip report  Smile

Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
The conveyor belt in BLR is half the size of a regular sized belt.



Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
he floor had water standing on it where the luggage carts were parked and no warning signs.

I had the exact same experience last summer. Seems like nothing has changed, including water on the floor.  banghead 

I wonder if it is going to be the same a month from now when I fly to BLR again.  Sad

Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
I had a wireless router in one of my bags and it was marked with a �X� sign in chalk.

Happened to me too. It seems like they have a pre-scan before you reach customs, but isn't it the job of customs to be doing these checks? Doing a scan beforehand probably helps them pull the right people out of customs to demand import duties  Wink

Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
My agent quoted Cathay-Pacific as the lowest price ticket he could get me for SEA-BLR at $1215.

Was it $1215 all in or $1215 + tax and surcharges? Your routing seems to be quite long. Are you conscious about collecting FF miles?

Also, out of curiosity, do you know how much SEA-LHR-BLR or PDX-FRA-BLR priced out to?

Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
I noticed that some people were having noodles, the kind that comes in those plastic containers.

It's a shame that Top Ramen does not have any vegetarian varities. Being a vegetarian myself, I kind of appreciate your "pain" at finding some food at the airport. Although, I would have jumped on the cheese pizza  Wink


User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 9583 times:

Quoting Blrsea (Thread starter):
Singapore airport is a lot better compared to KLIA. And SIN has good information desks, good restaurants, nice shops and good ways to spend time. KLIA was airy and spacious though with plenty of natural light. KLIA was a disappointment to me.

I agree completely about KUL and SIN. I had to spend several hours in each airport in January, and I found that KUL was a disappointment compared SIN. SIN has more food stalls, restaurants and affordable shops than KUL. KUL feels too sterile and unwelcoming.


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 9581 times:

Thanks for the response guys!

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 1):
Anyways hope you enjoyed the AS portion, looks like you had one of the 'older seat' airplanes

The flight was good. Due to the spate of AS incidents over the last few months, I was keeping my fingers crossed as I didn't want to miss my connecting flights. But the flight was incident-free, on time and all my bags made it, which makes it a pretty good flight  Smile

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 3):
Was it $1215 all in or $1215 + tax and surcharges? Your routing seems to be quite long. Are you conscious about collecting FF miles?

It was $1215 incl taxes( $950 + taxes). I got the miles for my outbound journey( YVR-KUL) on CX added to my alaska FF a/c. However, I forgot to ask the same with MH, and didn't even remember it on my way back. I need to send Alaska the boarding passes and claim the miles.

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 3):
Also, out of curiosity, do you know how much SEA-LHR-BLR or PDX-FRA-BLR priced out to?

The rates were pretty high on BA at around $1650. On LH, with SEA-SFO-FRA-BLR routing, the fare was around $1440, which I unfortunately got an hour after I booked my CX flight. Even AI was around 1100 + taxes, NW around $1500 incl tax.


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 9445 times:

The agency where I work is a CX consolidator, so I've sold this route many times. Though I haven't flown it myself, you described it exactly as I imagined it--those layovers in Asia must be murder! I must say I'm quite disappointed with the quality of the food as you describe. Here I've been telling my clients to go for the AVML because it's always better, but apparently that isn't true with CX.


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User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 9419 times:

Quoting LH459 (Reply 6):
Here I've been telling my clients to go for the AVML because it's always better, but apparently that isn't true with CX.

In my experience( I have flown SQ, AI, NW, IC, CX & MH internationally), SQ and AI have the best vegetarian option, both in quantity and quality. And they are Indian vegetarian food  Smile


User currently offlineKULatICT From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 9317 times:

I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy KLIA... well, as a matter of fact, as a Malaysian, i know that most of the good ole' folks back home are not the friendlest bunch & won't bend themselves backwards to help people out nor they would be enthusiat to at least attempt to show hospitality... sad but true... anyway, i dont think there's anything interesting to do outside the airport expect the Taj Mahal-esque Putrajaya nearby... goin to downtown KL probably too hassle for you for a short 10 hours lay-over.... hope you'll have better opinions of anything associated to Malaysia the next time around  Smile

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8948 times:

Great report - and welcome to BLR!!

This sounds like a typical journey - the lucky part is not needing to change in BOM or DEL. Now that would have been a real nightmare!

I did not realize that SEA does not have great connectivity to BLR, the planned NW flight - SEA-AMS-BLR would have been just right for you! Unfortunately they did away with that flight just before it's first service Sad.

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 3):
I wonder if it is going to be the same a month from now when I fly to BLR again.

They are planning improvements to the airport - due to be opened shortly. So hopefully you'll have a better time when you arrive next month.

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 3):
Happened to me too. It seems like they have a pre-scan before you reach customs, but isn't it the job of customs to be doing these checks? Doing a scan beforehand probably helps them pull the right people out of customs to demand import duties

You can actually see the baggage x-ray facility if you stand near the start of the belt. It's pretty rudimentary, and it's to catch hold of dutiable stuff in a less random way in the past (where almost everyone had their bags opened up). The customs officer screening the bags will put a white X mark all over your bags with a chalk. I had that on one of my bags this year, and I just bent down and cleaned off the marks with a tissue, and strolled right past the customs dept Big grin

Blrsea - was your return also on this routing?



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User currently offlineTifoso From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8916 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
I had that on one of my bags this year, and I just bent down and cleaned off the marks with a tissue, and strolled right past the customs dept

Now, why didn't I think of that.

I'll remember to do that this time around

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):

I did not realize that SEA does not have great connectivity to BLR,

Yes, it is absolutely terrible. There are several two stoppers, usually at NRT, TPE, SIN, BKK or CPH. The only 1 stopper is LHR.

SEA has very limited international traffic.

http://www.portseattle.org/seatac/flights/nonstopinternational.shtml

[Edited 2006-04-27 18:47:24]

User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8875 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
This sounds like a typical journey - the lucky part is not needing to change in BOM or DEL. Now that would have been a real nightmare!

Thats true. I have transited through Bombay once and that was enough to convince me never to go through BOM again. I feel DEL might be the same. Though I found it a bit difficult to spend 10 hours at KUL, if I had to spend even 5-6 hours in BOM, it would have been 10 times worse!!

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
I did not realize that SEA does not have great connectivity to BLR, the planned NW flight - SEA-AMS-BLR would have been just right for you! Unfortunately they did away with that flight just before it's first service.

Yup, that would have been ideal. However, SEA has very poor international connectivity. We just have 3 connections to Europe, LHR(BA), AMS(NW) and CPH( SAS ). Of these, only BA has one stop connection to BLR. And lately, the flights to europe have been going full, so getting NW too has been difficult.

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
You can actually see the baggage x-ray facility if you stand near the start of the belt. It's pretty rudimentary, and it's to catch hold of dutiable stuff in a less random way in the past (where almost everyone had their bags opened up).

And thats one of the reason why it takes a long time for the bags to arrive. In fact, if you stand near the conveyor belt, you can see the tractors pulling in with the baggage trailers  Smile

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
Blrsea - was your return also on this routing?

Almost. My return route was BLR-SIN-HKG-YVR-SEA, with BLR-SIN on IC. And they totally messed up by saying that my reservation wasn't in their system. Had to go to their office and get a new one. Really irritated me. Details in my next trip report on the return journey  Smile

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 10):
SEA has very limited international traffic.

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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8743 times:

Nice report, sounds like you came out alright given the tough circumstances!

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):

I did not realize that SEA does not have great connectivity to BLR, the planned NW flight - SEA-AMS-BLR would have been just right for you! Unfortunately they did away with that flight just before it's first service Sad.

The lack of something in the way of direct service from Seattle to India is puzzling to me. The Indian population in metro Seattle has been increasing steadily for the last ten years, largely due to Microsoft hiring numerous Indian workers and their opening of a campus in Hyderabad...I suspect that NW's proposed SEA-AMS-BLR route may resurface at some point in the not so distant future...



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8716 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
I am impressed that you made it with a somewhat good mood. Four economy flihgts in a row over the span of about 36 hours is totally brutal.

I'll second RoseFlyer - not only a really good report but you also kept your chin up - the bad food alone would have been enough to push me over the edge.

The Indian veg meals on SQ are quite good as I recall, sorry to hear that CX couldn't match.



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User currently offlineAKLDELNonstop From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8687 times:

That was one huge trip, I can understand your state. Although if you had 10 hrs in KUL, why didnt you clear immigration and goto the airport hotel or something?

I had a similar experience earlier in the year flew HYD-DEL on 9W in the morning. Then DEL-BKK(TG316) at night, i think 2300 hrs, butcant remember exactly and BKK-AKL(TG990) with a 12 hour halt in BKK. I had to take the early morn flt to DEL as I dint want to risk missing my connection to BKK as flights were then getting cancelled due to the airport strikes in Feb. And as I was flying Q class on TG, which I think is one of the cheapest fares, I was not given any accomodation in BKK, so I had to clear immigration and goto an airport hotel. But BKK i feel is a good place to transit for 2 reasons, firstly, lots of duty free and food options and visa on entry.

Quoting KULatICT (Reply 8):
I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy KLIA... well, as a matter of fact, as a Malaysian, i know that most of the good ole' folks back home are not the friendlest bunch & won't bend themselves backwards to help people out nor they would be enthusiat to at least attempt to show hospitality... sad but true... anyway, i dont think there's anything interesting to do outside the airport expect the Taj Mahal-esque Putrajaya nearby... goin to downtown KL probably too hassle for you for a short 10 hours lay-over.... hope you'll have better opinions of anything associated to Malaysia the next time around

KLIA is one of the cleanest airports I have been to, is modern but it does feel really hostile for some reason.

Anyway, looking forward to your return trip report

Cheers


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8611 times:

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 14):
That was one huge trip, I can understand your state. Although if you had 10 hrs in KUL, why didnt you clear immigration and goto the airport hotel or something?

I was too tired to go out alone to the city. I had heard that it was around an hour from the airport, and I wasn't aware of any hotels there. So, going out, clearing immigration, and 2 hours of cab ride to and from the city itself would have cost me 3-4 hours. I had not done much research prior to boarding the flight. I assumed that I would get a room in the transit hotel, which however turned out to be wrong.

Quoting KULatICT (Reply 8):
I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy KLIA... well, as a matter of fact, as a Malaysian, i know that most of the good ole' folks back home are not the friendlest bunch & won't bend themselves backwards to help people out nor they would be enthusiat to at least attempt to show hospitality... sad but true..

To be fair, People were friendly enough, I didn't have any issue with anyone at the airport. It was just that I felt a bit bored at the airport, given that it was a long long wait. I just wish that they had something like a food court with more restaurants, the TVs in different areas showing different channels etc. Minor things, but would have relieved my boredom a bit  Smile


User currently offlineBlrBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8397 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
the lucky part is not needing to change in BOM or DEL.

This is so true.

Blrsea: Good report.



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User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8259 times:

Excellent report and pictures!! This is the first trip report I have read that describes the Y Class experience on CX. Next week I am taking CX's daylight flight from LAX to HKG and then the 9am HKG-BKK the following morning. I am planning on staying in a hotel somewhere on Hong Kong Island as long as the flight from LA is not too late getting into HKG. It is supposed to get in around 19:00. Apparently the CX flights from North America to HKG often have to make a refueling stop in ICN or TPE depending on the jetstream and weather. More so during the winter. If it is real late I guess I will try to find somewhere to sleep at the HKG airport since it is not worth paying $100 to sleep in a hotel for 4 or 5 hours.

What did you think about the PTV on CX? Looks like there is plenty of content to keep passengers busy for a 14 hour flight. The HKG terminal looks really nice. Lots of big windows for spotting.



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User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 17):
What did you think about the PTV on CX? Looks like there is plenty of content to keep passengers busy for a 14 hour flight. The HKG terminal looks really nice. Lots of big windows for spotting.

The PTV is good, but no AVOD though. There are approximately 20-24 channels, with around 8 english movies i think. The same films are on consecutive channels, with the first channel showing english soundtrack, and the second one, a non-english track. On my return trip, channels 1 & 2 were showing Chronicles of Narinia in english and chinese, Aeon flux on 3 & 4 and so on. There are also around 3 channels devoted to tv soaps like CSI, friends, etc and another 6-8 channels showing asian films, and one or two with discovery channel, news etc.

HKG airport is good, with plenty of light and is very spacious. At departure gates, you can go to any gate and take pictures. And you get good view of taxiways too.


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8100 times:

The return journey trip report has been posted here

User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7856 times:

I'm surprised you didn't see the desk for Tours of Putrajaya at KUL - unless they've stopped them. Would have killed a few hours although am not entirely sure if there is that much to see in Putrajaya.

If you don't need a visa to Malaysia - you could have cleared immigration and hopped on to the KL Express train which takes 23 mins into KL Sentral station. From there your world is your oyster really with regards to KL.


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7782 times:

Quoting MAS777 (Reply 20):
I'm surprised you didn't see the desk for Tours of Putrajaya at KUL - unless they've stopped them.

Nope, didn't see any desk with word "tour" anywhere there. There was just one desk for a some specific attraction at KUL.


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