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Spicejet 0S - DEL-AMD-BLR - With Pics

Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:34 pm


DEL-BLR (via AMD)
SpiceJet - 0S215
Dep: 13:10
Arr - BLR: 17:05
on board VT-SPD (737-800)

It was finally time to head back to BLR at the end of my vacation in Delhi. I'd booked Spicejet (0S) for myself, and IT for wife & kids (booked tickets at separate times and hence chose the most economical at each time). I was flying 0S in the forenoon and wife was flying IT at night.

On Sunday morning my Father-in-law agreed to drop me to the airport, which worked well for me (avoided having to get a cab). Check-in was quite quick - and my bags were luckily within the weight limit. 0S has a rather stringent charge of Rs 70/kilo of excess baggage. After check-in I still had a little time before boarding, so I found my way to the Welcomegroup Port Lounge on the first floor of the terminal. Unfortunately the windows there were really filthy (with dark sun-film as well), so taking pictures from there was ruled out. I enjoyed the complimentary snacks at the lounge (their paneer was excellent - and the snacks suddenly became my meal), and then went down to pass through security check and boarding. Security check was fast and professional, and boarding was announced almost immediately as I reached the area.

The aircraft was parked at a remote bay, and we had to take a bus to reach there. 0S had a non-aircon bus (I think some airlines have the fancy aircon buses in BOM?) and we reached soon there-after.

Some pictures on the drive to the aircraft:


At the start of the bus journey.


Folks on my bus


An S2 CRJ.


Our 0S aircraft parked in the distance


A view of our aircraft from the bus


The front of our aircraft - it was called "Chilli" - yummy!!


I boarded from the rear stairs - our a/c registration


An IC A320 parked on the next bay

Our aircraft was soon 100% full, and the doors were closed and the stairs removed.




Lovely new tractor pulling the stairs away. There was controvery a few days ago about 0S not using their own ground handling equipment - so I was closely watching the ground equipment - trip trip had all 0S branded stuff!


Our tractor driver driving away with the stairs

Gates were shut at least 10-15 minutes before scheduled departure (a flight before time!), and we were soon rolling towards the runway. Our pilot started the taxi and then came to a sudden stop about 5 seconds later. I was wondering what happened, and then spotted this bird about a minute later.


The reason we stopped our taxi - the S2 a/c was already on the taxi-way heading towards the runway for takeoff.

Once the S2 a/c passed by, we re-started our taxi until we were holding short of the runway. We had to wait for the S2 to take off:



and then for a DN ATR to land:


Once the ATR landed we were on our way to runway 27:

Sign on our way to the runway.

We turned left onto the runway, and soon the pilot had started the roll.

Picture while waiting for the pilot to start the take off roll:


Take off was at 13:13 (per my camera).

Picture of the international terminal from the air:


Once near cruising altitude:


The pilot made quite an informative announcement telling us about the flying time, the cities on route, and welcomed us on board.

Soon we had the 2 stewardesses begin the service. Each person got a complimentary small bottle of water with a pack of peanuts (30g MRP of Rs.5). The person in front asked for a second pack of peanuts - which was refused (only a limited quantity on board). I asked for 2 bottles of water - which was given with a huge smile  Smile. This is different from DN - where everything (including the water) is paid for. The other difference was that there was no option to buy anything else (like a sandwich or lunch or tea/coffee). In a sense it was good - as most of time on DN is spent with people deciding what they want to buy and then changing their minds, and then hunting for change to pay for the snacks.

The service run was over in like 20 minutes for the entire a/c with just 2 crew. It was a short flight to AMD - we had soon started our descent into AMD.

Some pictures on our way down to AMD:


A huge lake near AMD




A dry river bed snaking it's way through the countryside


Sorry - what's the name of the things that extend from the wings to increase drag and lift? picture of those extended  Smile


Houses in AMD just short of the runway


Heavy braking on touchdown in AMD. Touchdown at 14:23 per my camera.

The entire apron was empty when we landed, we made our way to one of the remote parking bays. More than half the folks deplaned at AMD (using both front and rear stairs), and soon the cabin-crew were around picking up the trash from the empty seats. There was also a quick headcount and security verification that there was no unclaimed hand-baggage (this seemed to be more of a formality - not very seriously done).

Soon we had company on our left - a Kingfisher (IT) a/c pulled in onto the next bay:






I love their tail - it's so colourful.


IC provides all ground handling and MX for IT.

I'd initially thought that the flight would have open seats on the second sector (AMD-BLR). But I was quite surprised to see the a/c fill up completely! The entire stop at AMD was really quick - not more than 30 minutes in total. We were soon on our way.


Picture of the AMD terminal building.


The sign marking our runway:


Entering Runway 05 for take off


Construction in progress at AMD - but not much activity visible (maybe because it was a Sunday afternoon). The lone KF parked in the distance.

We were soon in the air after a short take off roll (both sectors had a take off of about 40 seconds). Takeoff was at 14:55 for a total of 32 times from touchdown to take off. I found the turnaround time really fast - but I don't know if this is the standard all airlines follow.


A man-made canal - going under ground to cross a natural river. I found this really interesting.

This sector followed exactly the same sequence of service, hence I won't repeat the details here. After about 1.5 hours, we started descent into BLR. Some pictures during our descent:




An office complex just before the runway - and my apartments visible in the distance on the right.


More pictures of my apartment complex - it's the set of buildings just behind the deep red building in the center of picture. I can almost make out my apartment in this picture  Smile

We soon landed on runway 09 - and turned left on taxiway E2 at the end of runway 09. On the way to the apron I passed by this Blue Dart 737 (VT-BDI) parked with some strange yellow covers over the engine. I'm sure Hawk21M will be able to explain what those are  Smile

We had a bit of a wait before Apron 1 as we needed to wait for an a/c to push back and taxi towards take off. But we were finally turning right to our bay (Bay 6). A picture after we turned right to approach bay 6 (via bay 9).


I was rather surprised that we'd been allotted bay 6 (normally used for international heavies as it has an aerobrigde).


The aerobridge on it's way to the aircraft!

In the baggage claim area it turned out that we'd been given the half sized belt - that's barely enough to accomodate about 20 bags at any time. But after a little bit of pushing, I managed to see my bag and make my way to it when it arrived. I was soon at the auto-rickshaw stand in BLR, and found a rick to take me the 2.5 kms to my home.

Summary:

I was very impressed with 0S on multiple counts:

1. Their flights were all on time or before time (anyone who's flown DN in the past knows why this is so important)

2. Their in-flight service was a much better concept than DNs - kept things simple and fast

3. The turnaround at AMD was really quick

4. The flights were probably 100% full on all sectors.

Comments/feedback welcome!
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:33 am

Quoting Nimish (Thread starter):
Sorry - what's the name of the things that extend from the wings to increase drag and lift? picture of those extended

Flaps is the word you are looking for. Enjoyed your report and the photos.
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:35 am

Nice report! Keep'em coming..!!!

BTW, I am flying Spice in January to AMD. Hopefully I will be offered some water  Wink
 
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:46 am

India is such a great country. Its aviation industry is the hottest right now. So many great new airlines, fares, and exotic destinations.

Absolutely great and informative trip report!

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Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:58 am

Great report and super photo's, many thanks.

Once day i'll visit India, though i'd like them to relax the spottinbg/photo rules first Smile

India IMHO is a very exciting place to be reight now, especially in aviation circles.

Thanks again, i'll keep an eye out for future reports.

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Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:05 am

Nimish,

Really enjoyed reading your trip-report, which was so well-documented  thumbsup  !!!
You don't see many photographic reports from India, so this was really an eye-opener for me  Wink
The Indian aviation scene is really nice with so many new airlines sprouting-up: love the Kingfisher tail-colours...
Did you see any ex Transavia 737's while making your trip (VT-SPY/SPZ) ?
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:00 am

Excellent report!

I love seeing Indian reports, I find them realy excellent!  Smile

Thanks Nimish!

Looking forward to more from you!  Smile

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Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:25 pm

Great Report Nimish.
Fantastic Pictures I guess you've beaten Karan to #1.
Post them on My Anet.
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:31 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
Post them on My Anet.

What is that? And which of these would you say are worth posting?
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:59 pm

Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
What is that? And which of these would you say are worth posting?

You can post them om www.myaviation.net. There are no rejections on that site.
Nice Report. Pictures taken at Delhi have come out well. You should consider posting them.
I recently flew on Spice on BLR-DEL via PNQ on the 6th of Nov. Their turn around time is really great. In PNQ we halted for only 25 minutes.
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:11 am

Excellent report and awesome pictures! Isn't it any longer difficult to take pictures at Indian airports? When was that policy changed?


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Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:06 am

Great reports and photos; it was a pleasure to read and view your review.

I am glad that Spicejet is one of just two (I think - the other being DN) Indian airlines that don't charge foreigners different fares.
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:44 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
Great Report Nimish.
Fantastic Pictures I guess you've beaten Karan to #1.

Agree... great pics and report...

Waiting for Karan to top it now....
 
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:32 pm

Very nice report with great pictures!

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Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:02 pm

Amazing report dude and wonderful pictures to compliment them...

How would compare OS to any other EU LCC that you have flown???

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 12):
Waiting for Karan to top it now....

As long as an INDIAN is on number 1 position i have no issues.

But look out for a few coming in the next 2-3 mths
 
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:09 pm

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 14):
But look out for a few coming in the next 2-3 mths

Thats the Spirit Karan.Looking Fwd to see those Pictures.
Have you been to the Office Terrace lately.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:05 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
Great reports and photos; it was a pleasure to read and view your review.



Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Very nice report with great pictures!

Thanks!

Quoting JetMaster (Reply 10):
Isn't it any longer difficult to take pictures at Indian airports

It's kind of undefined right now. I had no problems this time - and the pictures of VT-SPD from just before boarding - they were pretty blatant. I was fairly discreet for the rest of shots (most being taken on board the a/c - where the F/As had no issue).


Quoting Karan69 (Reply 14):
How would compare OS to any other EU LCC that you have flown???

The only LCCs I've flow in the EU are LH and SK (actully neither of them is an LCC, but their EU service is similar to that on 0S).
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Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:20 pm

Quoting Nimish (Thread starter):
On the way to the apron I passed by this Blue Dart 737 (VT-BDI) parked with some strange yellow covers over the engine. I'm sure Hawk21M will be able to explain what those are

Hey Mel - still waiting for your answer on this question. What was with the yellow covers on the engine of the BD jet?
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:26 am

Quoting Nimish (Reply 17):
Quoting Nimish (Thread starter):
On the way to the apron I passed by this Blue Dart 737 (VT-BDI) parked with some strange yellow covers over the engine. I'm sure Hawk21M will be able to explain what those are

Hey Mel - still waiting for your answer on this question. What was with the yellow covers on the engine of the BD jet?

Those are the Engine Blankings placed over the Inlet & Exhaust outlets if the halt is a long one to prevent FOD.
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:02 am

I like the design and the names they use to their aircraft.

The Chilli touch !!

All reports from mysterious India are always extremely interesting to read !!


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Sun Dec 04, 2005 4:11 am

HI, thanx for this perfect and outsstanding report!!! bigthumbsup 

But I have 2 questions left, maybe you can answer them???

Quote:
Soon we had the 2 stewardesses begin the service.

How many stewardesses were on board total- just2??In Europe the requirement for the B737-800 with more than 150seats is minimum 4!! Is there in India no legal requirement for more??

Quote:
in-flight service was a much better concept than DNs



Sorry, its soo exotic, whats DN???
 
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Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:49 am

Quoting Debonair (Reply 20):
How many stewardesses were on board total- just2??In Europe the requirement for the B737-800 with more than 150seats is minimum 4!! Is there in India no legal requirement for more??

I don't know about the minimum requirements, but I don't remember how many there were in total. Maybe 2 started service from teh front, and 2 started from the rear?

Quoting Debonair (Reply 20):
Sorry, its soo exotic, whats DN???

DN - Air Deccan - www.airdeccan.net - India's first and most successful LCC. They will also soon be the airline with the widest network in the country, which is an amazing and commendable achievement. They are certainly connecting more of the country than India's "leading carriers" like 9W/IC. They have also brought about the low cost revolution in the country, bringing fares down from Rs.14000 to Rs.4000 on an average DEL BLR one way!
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