Part of a month long amazing passage to India for a wedding, with some stops in Asia to see friends. Routing was CCS-MIA-EWR-SIN-CGK-SIN-CCU-DEL-CCU-BOM-CCU-IXZ-CCU-IXA-GAU-CCU-SIN-ICN-YYZ-EWR-CCS with a mix of J and Y class of travel. This focuses on the SG segment from CCU to DEL. Other trip reports for this trip will be EWR-SIN (SQ/J-Cabin), SIN-CGK (KI), CGK-SIN (VF), DEL-CCU (IC), CCU-BOM (S2), IXZ-CCU (DN), CCU-IXA (CD), IXA-GAU (IT), GAU-CCU (6E), CCU-SIN (SQ/J-Cabin), and ICN-YYZ (AC/J-Cabin). I think these reports will be “firsts” for revenue flights on SG, CD, IT and 6E and cover IXA, GAU and CCU-IXZ for the first time on Airliners.Net.
II > Pre-Flight:
a) Before Airport:
Booking was made using Spice Jet’s clear easily navigable website (www.spicejet.com) which lists the various fare categories, restrictions, and related fares. After booking the flight, you can select a seat (exit-rows blocked.) You can even come back as many times as you want to change your flight, your seat, etc. Clean and nimble, SGs websites functionality is amongst the best in the world.
b) At Airport:
I did what most Calcuttans apparently don’t do … take public transport to the airport. From Park Street (downtown area), I took the subway to Dum Dum (final station) before connecting on the suburban train network which took me right to the domestic terminal. It is really convenient and I wonder if Indians will get used to the idea. The outside of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (NSCBIA) follows the traditional socialist design … I call it the “Indian Airport Design School” (IADS) and is nothing to write home about. In fact, without signs, its hard to distinguish between some of the airports at major Indian cities. Anyways, after a thorough scrutiny of my eticket, I was inside the rather well-lit terminal which was miles different from outside. Post another eticket inspection, I was checked in by the professional ground staff who promptly responded to my request for an exit window seat. Since the flight was on time, I made it through security and waited to be bused to my aircraft. As with every other flight in India, there was a large line as soon as the flight was announced. We were bused to the 738 parked on the tarmac where entry was both through front and back doors. The 738 looked smart and I was greeted with a smile upon entering the aircraft. Y load was around 80%.
(Other airlines check-in counters)
(Post clearing personal security check, you enter the gate seating area, and this board tells you the gate number. In India, you cant enter here until your flight has been called for security checks)
Scenes of the tarmac:
(I never understand the Indo-Latin mentality of rushing to board a plane when you already have seat assignments)
a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Service on board includes small water before takeoff and a warmly-baked cookie served soon after take-off and that’s pretty much it.
b) Aircraft + Seats:
The 738s were clean and the red carpeting added some extra air of sophistication. While the recline was abysmal, the legroom was not too shabby though. However, leather seats would have been a good addition. These aircrafts come from the Americas for sure as signage is in Spanish … it made me happy .
Views from Aircraft:
Seat Recline + Angle View:
(Se Habla Espanol!)
c) Meal + Beverage:
Service on the 2 hour flight included hot cookies and bottles of water. Nothing more.
d) Inflight Entertainment:
No audio-visual entertainment. Inflight magazine was of average capacity.
SGs crew does not have the natural warmth of IC or even 9W. They seemed extremely well-rehearsed … as you can tell from one of the pictures, I did not get the one hand folded on the back response to all queries. However to their credit, they were thoroughly professional and responded to many requests from travelers.
Arrival @ DEL was smooth. SG uses Terminal 1B where bags came fast and there was not a long line in front of the pre-paid taxi booth.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, Terminal 1B:
V> Impressions + Scores:
SpiceJet does the job of getting you from point A to B in safe convenient and timely manner. It is nothing more than that and does not pretend to be. A thoroughly efficient airline, I like SGs overall simplicity with a dash of class provided by its name and branding. Think Virgin with a lot less frills. I would definitely fly them again.
(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul :: I have designed these codes so people don’t believe my scores are comparing apples and oranges)
VII> Other Pictures:
(Calcutta Metro which took me to the airport)
(@ arrival @ DEL, scene from my window)
Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 20449 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter): I call it the “Indian Airport Design School” (IADS) and is nothing to write home about. In fact, without signs, its hard to distinguish between some of the airports at major Indian cities.
haha...excellent observation! Even the sign "ISO9001 certified" is identical, not to mention the typical phenyl smell.
Thanks for all the recent reports. Also for taking photos of Indian airports. It is surprising that there are so few photos of Indian airports on the net.
How did Spicejet compare to Jet Airways or IC in terms of pricing for the same route?
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 4991 posts, RR: 55 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 20439 times:
Quoting Gamps (Reply 1): haha...excellent observation! Even the sign "ISO9001 certified" is identical, not to mention the typical phenyl smell.
= To their credit though, CCU's interior is pretty decent. My favorite Indian airport is featured at a later report. Also, the washrooms in DEL were significantly better than before and deviating from IADS.
Quoting Gamps (Reply 1): It is surprising that there are so few photos of Indian airports on the net.
= Hopefully this will change.
Quoting Gamps (Reply 1): How did Spicejet compare to Jet Airways or IC in terms of pricing for the same route?
= CCU-DEL AFAIR was (pre-tax) SG (INR 999), IC (INR 2875), 9W (INR 3800), and IT (INR 4000+).
Cudnt agree with you more!! But I think we are soon getting away from it. Especially with the new domestic terminal 1B at BOM and the new Intnl airport @ BLR. Hopefully we cud have airports that we are finally proud of!!
Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
PLANAR From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 155 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 18112 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 2): To their credit though, CCU's interior is pretty decent. My favorite Indian airport is featured at a later report. Also, the washrooms in DEL were significantly better than before and deviating from IADS.
I guess DEL and BOM are getting better due to the private enterprises handling them. I think they are DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited) and MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) respectively.
As is becoming usual now - your reports are par excellence.
I am awaiting your BOM report though - Have you put it up yet?
SXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2134 posts, RR: 19 Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 16999 times:
Quoting Vasu (Reply 3): So... anyone know where the aircraft came from... before being with Spicejet?
The a/c is VT-SPH and she was N331TZ with American Trans Air. I noticed this as well since most of Spicejet's fleet is new correct? The Seats however I doubt came from ATA as they from what I have heard have leather seating.