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BOM-AMD On Jet Airways 9W 325  
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 9387 times:

Sector: BOM-AMD
Airline: Jet Airways
Flight: 9W 325
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 with winglets
Registration: VT-JGH
Seat no: 27F

The departure from Terminal 1B at BOM was scheduled at 1655. I reached the airport at around 1530 - well in time to explore the terminal and also to get a seat of my choice I was only carrying my small rugsack, so I decided to use the Kiosk Check-In recently introduced by Jet. I entered the terminal and found huge queues at the 9W check-in counters. I found the Kiosk and swiped my credit card for identity verification. After this, it asked me for my PNR number which I entered using the touch screen keyboard. Pretty neat! After confirming my name and my sex (!!), it gave me an option to select the seat. Now, I was flying northward in the evening, I decided to select a seat on the starboard side. On checking availability, I selected seat no. 27F. This would give me an opportunity to easily click the cabin as well (plus be amongst the first ones to be served with the meal ) Anyway, I confirmed my selection and out came the nicely printed boarding pass. With the formality done, I took a walk through the terminal which was slowly being filled up with the approaching rush hour. This time sees a slew of domestic departures from all the airlines. Terminal 1B looks really modern and neat with the huge dome roof and no beams and pillars so typical of Indian airports. The terminal is being expanded and will shortly have double the number of check-in counters that currently exist. With nothing to do till the security check was announced, I headed straight to the Sky Cafe - a tiny restaurant which serves hot snacks and beverages. They have a cybercafe there as well for people to catch up on their emails and stuff. Once the security check was announced, I joined the line of people queueing at the entrance. This was done within five minutes and I entered the departure hold which resembled more like a railway waiting hall with people all over the place. There were atleast 4-5 9W departures, a couple from Deccan and one from Spicejet - to Goa!!

Soon, it was announced that our flight - 9W325 would be delayed due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft. This was not something I thought I would experience with Jet but anyway...The new departure time was announced as 1730. Thankfully, it would still be bright daylight I thought! I settled down and caught up on some reading when the second jolt came. The departure was further delayed to 1750 as the aircraft had still not arrived. Damn! I thought it was a curse from all the low cost carriers I had abandoned because of this very reason. With nothing else to do, I simply waited. Finally, after an endless wait, the magic words were announced on the PA system calling us to board the aircraft. I finally stepped onto the tarmac after spending two hours at the terminal. There were four-five 9W departures around that time which meant a mini-traffic jam of the Jet buses ferrying people to the aircraft. Funnily, a Jet staffer came on board the bus confirming that all passengers were bound to Ahmedabad!! Read an incident some days ago in the paper about how some Bollywood actress landed up at Ahmedabad instead of Hyderabad after she boarded the wrong plane! Anyway, we soon arrived where our aircraft - a Boeing 737-800 with winglets (VT-JGH) was waiting. This was my first time flying on a 737 with winglets! I was handed over the customary fresh lime juice on boarding and I settled down in my seat. To my surprise, I saw that the aircraft had a single class configuration!!


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Maybe Jet used this plane on high density sectors. We were pushed back after a wait of 15 minutes and we taxied towards the edge of runway 09-27. The international terminal had a Kuwait Airways 747-400 and a Saudi 747-300 in addition to the usual Air India planes. The take-off was swift and smooth and we were soon airborne. One neat bank to the right and we were on course to AMD. As soon as the seat-belt sign was off, I was off as well - to click some pics of the cabin. The cabin crew got down to their task of serving meals pronto. The choice on this flight to Ahmedabad was Vegetarian & Jain Vegetarian. I think the Jet management should really do a survey of how many Gujjus relish non-vegetarian food or visit one of the numerous bars & restaurants in Mumbai to see them gulping down Tandoori Chicken or Seekh Kebabs! Anyway, the snack consisted of a Hara Bhara kabab, a paneer kabab, some cheese-peas mixture stuffed in a pita bread & ras-malai for dessert. The weather outside was nice and sunny and the flight was pretty smooth.

We were on the outskirts of Ahmedabad within minutes of finishing our meal and the announcement was made to fasten the seat-belts. The captain executed a number of nice banks to align the aircraft for final approach. The announcement for the crew to be seated for landing was then made. This is when an ultra-stupid Gujju uncle had a desire to get up and pee. He was promptly sent back to his seat by a stewardess. The plane now descended gradually and one could see the traffic around the northern suburbs of Ahmedabad. We were now at around 1500 feet when this smart ass got up again to go to the toilet. This time the stewardess asked him sternly to return to his seat. And he, with a moronic smile returned, unashamedly telling his companion that the stewardess asked him to wait till we landed. We landed in the next two minutes and the captain engaged full reversers to swiftly decelerate the aircraft. We slowly taxied to our parking bay next to an Indian A-319, VT-SCA which looked glorious against the setting sun.


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The arrivals board told me that our flight was a multi-hop from MAA-CJB-BOM-AMD. As I made my way out of the terminal, an Air India A-310 took off gracefully and flew into the sunset.

[Edited 2006-07-23 10:24:14]

[Edited 2006-07-23 10:45:16]

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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9269 times:

Neat report mate, altough it would look better if you spaced it out with more paragraphs, and mate where are the most wanted photographs  wink  of the meals  wink 

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The international terminal had a Kuwait Airways 747-400 and a Saudi 747-300 in addition to the usual Air India planes

it must be a 340-300, KU does not operate 744s

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
This is when an ultra-stupid Gujju uncle had a desire to get up and pee.



Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
This time the stewardess asked him sternly to return to his seat. And he, with a moronic smile returned, unashamedly telling his companion that the stewardess asked him to wait till we landed.

Serves him right got what he deserves.

Good report especially considering the length, thanks for sharing


Karan


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9178 times:

Nice trip report! I've flown Jet Airways and pretty much all of my flights were on time... anything good to do in Coimbatore? I'm going to India in 12 days!!! Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai (stopover), B'lore, Mysore, Coorg, Kolkata and then back home all in 17 days!

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 9039 times:

Good report Vivek, some more photos would have been good  Smile

How full was the flight? What drinks do they serve on board?


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8932 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 2):
Nice trip report! I've flown Jet Airways and pretty much all of my flights were on time... anything good to do in Coimbatore? I'm going to India in 12 days!!! Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai (stopover), B'lore, Mysore, Coorg, Kolkata and then back home all in 17 days!

Have a great holiday!

regards,
Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8917 times:

It was positively a KU 747 with wingtips!!

According to Wikipedia,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait_Airways

KU has one VIP 747-400. Is it possible that what I had seen wasn't a regular scheduled KU flight but a VIP flight?? Couldn't take a pic as it was pretty far!

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 1):
it must be a 340-300, KU does not operate 744s


User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8909 times:

Thanks for an enjoyable report. Brought back fond memories of my flights on Jet, and trip to India a couple of years ago. I hope to repeat both soon!

It sounds as though the domestic terminal at BOM has received quite a facelift since I was there!


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3107 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8839 times:

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 5):
It was positively a KU 747 with wingtips!!

All 747's have wingtips..... Big grin

You're referring to the 'winglets' of course.....


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8803 times:

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 5):
Is it possible that what I had seen wasn't a regular scheduled KU flight but a VIP flight??

KU periodically operates the "VIP" 744 on their routes to India for the excess capacity and cargo capacity it offers over their regular aircraft on the route.


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8779 times:

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 8):
KU periodically operates the "VIP" 744 on their routes to India for the excess capacity and cargo capacity it offers over their regular aircraft on the route.

Welcome back to a.net mate.


Karan

[Edited 2006-07-25 22:14:03]

User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8774 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 9):
Welcome back to a.net mate.

I second that!!!

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8719 times:

Thanks guys. I will update this report soon with a couple of more pics.

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8655 times:

Nice report - strange to see 2 reports for BOM-AMD at the same time on A.net trip reports (your's and Himmat's).

Shame that the 9W flight was delayed, as you'd mentioned, that's something more typical for a LCC. But in my experience 0S has one of the fewest delays (with DN being the worst - they even classify a flight within 1 hour of the scheduled time as on-time).



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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8597 times:

No wonder then, their newspaper ads boast of a 97.8% on-time performance!!  Wink

Quoting Nimish (Reply 12):
DN being the worst - they even classify a flight within 1 hour of the scheduled time as on-time


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8552 times:

Nice Report,missing some extra Pics I guess.  Smile

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 8):

Welcome Back Sean.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8486 times:
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Nice stuff  Smile

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
After confirming my name and my sex

-Interesting.........

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
next to an Indian A-319, VT-SCA which looked glorious against the setting sun.

- I do like their new c/s, very nice.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8476 times:

I enjoyed your report. I haven't flown on Jet Airways yet, but hope to. I have flown IC a few times from DEL-AMD or AMD-BOM. I'm hoping to visit India agin in early 2007.

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