Mon Dec 11, 2000 6:52 am


This July I went to India, it was the first time I had been on a plane since '93 so I was looking forward to it. Here is my Itinerary:

July 4. YYZ-ORD MD-80 American Airlines
July 4. ORD-LHR B747-400 Air India
July 5. LHR-BOM B747-400 Air India
July 6. BOM-BLR A310-300 Air India
July 11. BLR-GOI ATR72-500 Jet Airways
July 14. GOI-BLR ATR72-500 Jet Airways
July 15. BLR-BOM B747-400 Air India
July 15. BOM-DEL A320-200 Indian Airlines
Aug 1. DEL-LHR B747-400 Air India
Aug 1. LHR-ORD B747-400 Air India
Aug 1. ORD-YYZ MD-80 American Airlines

YYZ- Toronto, BOM-Bombay, BLR-Bangalore, GOI-Goa, DEL-Delhi

I really enjoyed the trip and especially all the time spent traveling. This was my experience with AA from YYZ - ORD and I found it quite good. The aircraft was clean, service was good, and the overall expression I had was that I would fly AA anyday.

The experience on Air India on the other hand wasn't as good. When we boarded the plane in ORD it was extremely hot and muggy, the A/C did not seem to work and it made the plane quite uncomfortable, but once we left the ground it was alright, there was a short delay prior to leaving ORD but that is normal considering Air India. We landed in LHR for a fuel stop and to pick up more passengers, but rather than a short stop we were delayed once again for over and hour. We reached Bombay in the middle of the night and proceeded to catch our connecting flight to Bangalore (BLR). It was another Air India flight on a Airbus 310-300 this flight was the first leg of the this flight which continued on to Singapore. This aircraft was old and unkept, luckily though it was only and 1.5 hour trip. We landed in Bangalore and spent a week there attending a wedding. My experience on Air India was satisfactory at best, the only highlight I would say is that the food was great and the serivce of the f/a was also decent.

After the wedding I flew Jet Airways from Bangalore to Goa on at ATR72-500. Goa was once a Portugeuse colony in India, now it is a beach resort. Jet Airways is a fairly new domestic start-up in India, their aircraft was new and clean, the service was great as well as the food. I would recommend this airline to anyone flying domestic in India.

After returning from Goa we headed to Delhi via Bombay. We had to stop in Bombay due to the fact that we were travelling Air India. The flight was delayed over two hours before we actually left the ground in Bangalore, it was a short flight but due to the delay we missed our connecting flight in Bombay so we had to take Indian Airlines instead. Indian Airlines was no better than Air India in service and the condition of their planes and I was missing the flight I took with Jet Airways. We arrived in Delhi and spent the next two weeks in that area before our return flight home. The return flight home was about the same as our flight to India.

Overall my trip was a very memorable one and hope to travel very soon in the near future.

If any questions or comments regarding my trip, please feel free to ask.


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