Aircraft name: Turmeric
Departure: 8.55 AM
I reached the terminal 1B almost an hour before the departure. Before checking in I got my IC ticket for the return trip endorsed at the IC counter.
Spice Jet has put up a temporary shack outside the terminal where passengers can collect the printouts of their etickets if they have not already done so. I had no such problem. There were a few passengers with their etickets asking for paper tickets. The counter staff had a tough time explaining to them that the printout itself serves as their ticket.
The renovation work at the terminal seems to have picked up. Finally things are looking up. I had no check in baggage therefore proceeded straight to the check in counter. I was checked in without any hassle. Collected my boarding card with my pre assigned seat 30F.
At the security check, the Officer requested me to allow him to search my brief case. He believed that there was a suspicious metal object in it. In fact he showed it to me on the display screen. The object looked like a rectangular metal object. Even after a thorough hand check, he was not able to find the 'object'. It finally turned out to be a metallic label on one of my trousers. We both had a good laugh over it.
The departure lounge was crowded. Quite a few 9W and a couple of S2 departures at that time. There was no sign of any Spice Jet a/c on the tarmac. It landed finally at 8.20 AM. The passengers were bussed in to it at 8.30 AM. I boarded through the aft door. The FAs were very friendly and cheerful. The doors were closed at 8.50 AM and soon we taxied towards rwy 027 for departure. There were the usual 9Ws and S2s at the domestic apron. At the international apron, besides the usual AIs, there was an LY B767-300 and 9W A340-300.
The take off queue was not very long. There was a IC A320 ahead of us. We took at around 9.05 AM. The view after take off from 027 is great. I love to see the Juhu airport from up. Immediately after crossing the coast line, we turn north and one gets a view of the hotels on the coast line, The JW Marriott, Ramada Inn, Tulip, Holiday Inn and the Sun N Sand. A few seconds later, I get a view of my own building at Lokhandwala Complex.
Soon enough, we reach the cruising altitude and the FAs began handing out Lays and mineral water to the passengers. At least 0S does not charge the passengers for these like DN. As I mentioned earlier, The FAs were very friendly. They did not have the snooty attitude of the 9W FAs especially towards people who could not speak English. They were chatting away with the passengers and their smiles were genuine. Most of the passengers seemed to be first time fliers. I could feel their excitement. It was the typical AC2/3 tier crowd. Uncles and auntys with their 'munnas' and 'munnis' tagging along. The seats next to me were the only empty ones on the BOM-AMD leg.
We landed at AMD on rwy 023 and taxied towards the apron which is on the other end of the rwy. A new terminal is under construction with provision for 2 jetways. The only other a/c there at that time was a S2 CRJ. I took a pic of the interiors while we waited for the AMD passengers to board.
Photo © Himmat Rathore
A newly married couple took the seats next to me. They seemed to be first time fliers. They were chatting away excitedly in Gujarati. I could make out that they wanted to ask me to change seats with them so that the lady could occupy the window seat. I offered her my seat and moved to seat no. 30D.
We took off from rwy 05 and headed north, overflying Jaipur before reaching Delhi. The seats 30A, B and C were occupied by an aunty and her two kids. Both the kids wanted to occupy the seat 30A. Finally she allowed the younger daughter to take the window seat. I chatted with the FAs for sometime complimenting them on their attitude. No exceptional beauties out here, just the girl next door types.
The kids and the aunty were really excited during the landing. They tried to identify the landmarks. From my seat I could get a view of beautiful south Delhi area on final approach on rwy 028. The taxi to the apron is quite long at Delhi airport. Delhi airport seemed to be in an expansion mode. A lot of aprons are being constructed. There is no space constrain unlike Bombay airport.
I was the last to disembark. The FAs permitted me to take pictures of the empty aircraft, one of them even posed for the pic. Special thanks to all the four FAs, Lovesha, Yiji, Natasha and Namrata for making this a flight memorable.
Photo © Himmat Rathore
Photo © Himmat Rathore
There are a couple of pictures which I have uploaded but are still in the queue. Will keep u guys updated.