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IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:55 am

Hey folks,

After flying LHR-BOM with AI122 (744), I was meant to be connecting with AI640 (313) from BOM to MAA. The BOM-MAA is now operated by IC and one of its 320 aircraft, although the flight number remains the same. Although BOM-MAA is a short flight - it has a block time of 1 hour 45 minutes - I am curious to understand a few basic things about IC, so have the following questions:

1) Will I receive inclusive refreshments on my flight? (#640 leaves BOM at 0315 and arrives into MAA at 0500.)

2) If yes to the above, what kind of food can I expect?

3) Does IC's 320 machines have PTVs?

4) If yes to the above, what kind of entertainment can I expect?

5) How is IC's overall service?

6) Will I board BOM via an airbridge or walk/coach it to the terminal?

7) Will I disembark at MAA via an airbridge or walk/coach it to the terminal?

8) Any other points I should know?

Thanks a lot!

[Edited 2005-11-22 23:57:01]
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:01 am

There are no PTVs in any A320s of IC. You can expect some refreshment on each flight, irrespective of its timings on IC  Smile
 
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:03 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
1) Will I receive inclusive refreshments on my flight? (#640 leaves BOM at 0315 and arrives into MAA at 0500.)

IC will give you a full meal and beverage service.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
2) If yes to the above, what kind of food can I expect?

If you like Indian food, you will be pleasently surprised. IC isn't as good as 9W, but their food is not bad. At least I've always liked it.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
3) Does IC's 320 machines have PTVs?

No PTVs on IC 320s. Their 320 fleet is pretty old (dating from the late 80s).

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
4) If yes to the above, what kind of entertainment can I expect?

No entertainment, but it's not that long of a flight so it shouldn't be too bad.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
5) How is IC's overall service?

IC is definitely not Jet Airways, Kingfisher or Air Sahara, but their service has improved over the years. You won't get anything exceptional, but at least they serve a hot meal.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
6) Any other points I should know?

Compared with India's other domestic airlines, IC is nothing to brag about. However, they have good flight schedules and offer the best network. If you get a chance when you're in India, try flying Jet, Kingfisher or Sahara. Hope you have a great trip!
 
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:09 am

Thanks for your quick replies.

Yep, the block time is only 1 hour 45 minutes, but it's always nice to know what to expect.

Quoting DIA77 (Reply 2):
If you get a chance when you're in India, try flying Jet, Kingfisher or Sahara.

Or, in my case, the sleeper class - hell, I might even occasionally treat myself to 3rd AC - on the innumberable trains.  Silly

Woohoo - just 8 days and I'll be off to India - again - for just over 2 1/2 months.  Big grin
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:52 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 3):
Woohoo - just 8 days and I'll be off to India - again - for just over 2 1/2 months. Big grin

Is this a holiday or are you going to be working during this period?
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:56 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
I am curious to understand a few basic things about IC

Look here James: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/49041
 
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:57 pm

Just read up on security guidelines at the BCAS website . . . things are kind of strict. Polite, but strict.
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:48 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Does IC's 320 machines have PTVs?

No

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
How is IC's overall service

Not as great as the Pvt operators,but a huge Improvement over the years.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Will I board BOM via an airbridge or walk/coach it to the terminal?

Mostly Airbridge unless the Aircraft is parked at an Aft bay.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Will I disembark at MAA via an airbridge or walk/coach it to the terminal

Chennai its mostly an Airbridge.

As mentioned.Be cautious of the photography rules.
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:16 pm

I find IC's service pretty good, legroom is generally on the better side compared to the private carriers, but try and get row 8 if you're flying economy - this is the first seat of Y class (usually). Some of the owned A320's are showing their age, they are bit noisier and rattle a bit more than the newer A320's of Kingfisher and Deccan. And the Food - who says its bad - IC food (especially Brekker) is generally better than most other carriers in India.
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:21 pm

 
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:33 pm

From what I know from many years ago.

IC don't have any entertainment not even headphones for music.

Also to get the IC flight at BOM, Don't you need to go from Sahar to Santacruz after Customs and immigration and checkin your baggage again at BOM(santacruz)? or have things changes lately?
 
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:45 am

Thanks.  Smile

Quoting Nimish (Reply 4):
Is this a holiday or are you going to be working during this period?

Just a holiday.

Any idea how AI's check-in counters at LHR open before departure? I ask because #122 leaves at 1005 and I want to get there early so as not to queue forever. I am hoping to get there at 7am at the latest.
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:45 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
Any idea how AI's check-in counters at LHR open before departure? I ask because #122 leaves at 1005 and I want to get there early so as not to queue forever. I am hoping to get there at 7am at the latest

3 hours before scheduled departure is when they open AI counters at LHR.
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RE: IC On BOM-MAA - A Few Questions

Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:01 pm

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 10):
Also to get the IC flight at BOM, Don't you need to go from Sahar to Santacruz after Customs and immigration and checkin your baggage again at BOM(santacruz)? or have things changes lately

If its an AI call sign.It will board at International Terminal Itself.
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