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Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:04 pm

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 014
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 08-Oct-06
Dep.Arr.Time: 1420/1505/00:45hrs
Flight: KINGFISHER, IT 432, 154 miles
Routing: IXA (Agartala/India) – GAU (Guwahati/India)
Aircraft: 319
Seat: Economy, 1A

I > Background:

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 IT segment from IXA to GAU. IXA is Agartala, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Tripura; GAU is another city in eastern India and the capital of the state of Assam. Other trip reports for this trip will be EWR-SIN (SQ/J-Cabin), SIN-CGK (KI), CGK-SIN (VF), CCU-DEL (SG), DEL-CCU (IC), CCU-BOM (S2), IXZ-CCU (DN), CCU-IXA (CD), 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 CD, IT (mainline) and 6E and cover IXA, GAU, IXZ-CCU, and CCU-DEL for the first time on Airliners.Net.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Kingfisher is the much-lauded airline that was formed by alcohol baron Vijay Mallya and seeks to end Jet Airways’ dominance as the best airline in India.

Booking was made through IT’s website at www.flykingfisher.com. While the layout of the site might not be completely intuitive, the booking process is extremely easy and it gives you the option to book/change/modify reservations, and even make seat selections. Ticket prices on the sector were on the higher end (in keeping with IT’s philosophy of better service) and were available in e-ticket format. You could also take the PNR to the airport and have it printed by the APO prior to entering the airport.

b) At Airport:
Agartala airport is small and made for a few daily flights. While the outside conforms to IADS, the inside is surprisingly cheerful and the staff (from security to check-in) extremely courteous and friendly. I had arrived an hour before check-in commenced and the airport security guard seeing I had work to do said, “come to a spot where the AC works better and you wont be disturbed” and walked me to the arrivals section of the airport away from the commotion! Prior to check-in, one of the IT porters came to me, insisted on taking my small backpack (!), and walked me to check-in. Note, this was not some special treatment as I just happened to be the first ever passport holder of Liechtenstein in IXA – IT does this at all airports. Porters greet each passenger at entry point and carry their bags to check-in! More surprises were in store at check-in (a breeze by the way with my pre-reserved seating honored) when each passenger was given a Kingfisher umbrella in a Kingfisher bag as a token of gratitude. While passengers waited behind me, they were offered tea by IT agents! I had to pinch and remind myself that I was flying a 154 miles domestic segment in economy, and not flying SQ’s flagship route in First class!

Post security, we waited in the boarding area before walking to the aircraft post another rigorous security check. Here, my fellow partner-in-crime (and A.Netter KIRAMAKORA) got to take one of the most beautiful pictures of ITs 319 … and that too at IXA! Please convince him to add to the A.Net photo-database. You can see it below. Boarding was very civil by ILBST and once onboard “Namrata” took my boarding pass and said, “Sir – you have a very short walk to your seat” – she smiled and I melted. This woman was beautiful. Wait, all the crew members were stunners. Seriously, the most beautiful collection of FAs I had ever seen … and I have traveled!

As soon as you enter IT, you are made aware of the high-end product IT is. Comfortable seats with leather head-rests, and individual seat-back IFEs within a spaniking new and well-maintained airplane. Y class load was low at an estimated 50%. Later, the airport manager at GAU admitted that loads had taken a beating after CCU-GAU was introduced by 6E and SG.

Airport - External:

(Agartala Airport – first on A.Net)
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(Outside Departure Board – pretty quite)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/002-2.jpg

Check-In:

(Porters – this one taken @ DEL – are at all IT airports greeting passengers @ airport door)
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Airport - Internal:

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(Departure waiting lounge)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/007-2.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Boarding:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/008-2.jpg

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Considering that on-air time was less than 20 minutes, I do not understand how IT could deliver so much – prior to take off, warm towels … mints … ear-bud … and get this … an AMENITY PACK! I am seriously, I don’t think there is ANY AIRLINE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD that gives amenity packs on domestic 20 minute flights … let alone in coach. This was followed by a quick snack and beverage service immediately post departure.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
Kingfishers A-319 looked great. Red seats and airport gave an air of class. Leather headrests helped the seat look good and the coat-rack hook were a good touch. The seat was very comfortable with generous legroom and recline. The cabin felt very fresh and airy.

Aircraft:

(A great picture by KIRAMAKORA. Thank you!)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/009-2.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

NONE

Seat Leg-Room:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/010-2.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/011-2.jpg
(I have been warned by Mr. KIRAMAKORA to let everyone know that this is not him  Wink
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Cabin:

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c) Meal + Beverage:

Mind you, there was a full sandwich, a cupcake, and an orange juice served in a flight whose airtime was 20 minutes! On longer flights, there are menus for both food and beverage.

(On a 154 mile journey!)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/016-2.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:
Simply fantastic for a domestic flight of this length. 5 channels of TV and 10 channels of music along with the usual moving map and information channel. On a side note, Kingfisher First passengers enjoy AVOD on 8.4” LCD screens with noise-canceling stereo headphones and over 60 channels, games, etc. The in-flight magazine HI-BLITZ was glossy Vogue-like. I actually missed the more “earthy” domestic content driven magazine on AI/IC. IT felt a little too “westernized” for my western tastes! Oh, and more newspapers and magazine would be great.

(A collection of goodies include a welcome pack with ear-buds, pen, fragrant face wipe, timetable, headphones + umbrella at check-in, amongst others)
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(IFE telling you which part of India I was in …)
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(… and some flight info)
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e) Crew:
I felt like I was in the middle of a Miss Universe pageant and not inside an airplane. The best looking crew in over 3,000,000 miles of flying. Hands-down. They were welcoming, efficient, and met request with a smile. HOWEVER, they definitely missed the IT factor – that amazing sincerity and warmth that cannot be described – something that I found plenty on CD and IC. To their credit, perhaps given a chance, they would shine too? After all, my flight had 20 minutes of “air-time.”

IV> Post-Flight:

Gauhati airport has to be my favorite airport in India! A fantastic little airport which is clean, modern, airy, and efficient. It has a huge flight viewing area, several duty-free stores, 2 cafés, tourism counters, and an internet café. Moreover, it has some awesome local murals which give a cool impression of the airport and distinguishes it from other members of IADS.

Gauhati Airport:

(from tarmac)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/020-2.jpg
(cool interiors)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/021-2.jpg

V> Impressions + Scores:

Kingfisher is just fantastic! From gifts at check-in to porters to meals on 20min flights to great IFE, they are going to give 9W a good run for their money. Definitely one of the best new airlines in the world, and miles ahead of some overrated new carriers from the MidEast. I cannot wait to see what their product will look onboard international flights. Great cabin crew, ground crew, ease of reservation, all make IT an airline I truly enjoyed and one I recommend strongly. What will be interesting to see is how the lavish product keeps up with the desire to make profit. Their business model has to be tweaked … though, not changed.

Reservation: 9.0
Check-In: 9.5
Lounge: n/a
Boarding: 8.0
Seat: 8.0
Aircraft Overall Ambience: 9.0
IFE: 7.5
Crew Service: 9.0
Food: 6.0
Beverages: 6.0
Amenity Kits + Others Freebies: 8.0
Disembarkation: 8.5
On-Time Record: 10.0
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8.21 – FIRST 8.00+ IN ANY CLASS! – more impressive as Y/DSR!

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

1/ Avianca: BOG-LIM: 07/06/06: 7.09pts: Y-IMR
2/ Air Tran: EWR-MDW: 08/02/06: 6.73pts: Y-DMR
3/ West Jet: YYC-YVR: 09/05/06: 7.14pts: Y-DLR
4/ Air Canada: YYZ-YVR: 09/02/06: 5.92pts: Y-DLR
5/ Air Canada: ALB-YYZ: 09/01/06: 5.88pts: Y-ISR
6/ Singapore Airlines: EWR-SIN: 09/20/06: 7.81pts: J-ILR
7/ Adam Air: SIN-CGK: 09/22/06: 6.04: Y-ISR
8/ Valuair: CGK-SIN: 09/22/06: 5.04: Y-ISR
9/ Spice Jet: CCU-DEL: 09/25/06: 6.67: Y-DMR
10/ Indian: DEL-CCU: 09/26/06: 7.25: Y-DMR
11/ Air Sahara: CCU-BOM: 09/28/06: 4.42: Y-DMR
12/ Air Deccan: IXZ-CCU: 10/07/06: 5.75: Y-DMR
13/ Alliance: CCU-IXA: 10/08/06: 7.54: Y-DMR

(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:
(View from plane upon arrival @ GAU of a 9W 738)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/022-2.jpg
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Carfield
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:48 pm

I am truly impressed and that is definitely type of airline that I will love to fly.

Amenity kit is amazing... snacks are unthinkable in 20 minutes flight. Not to mention a substantial one...

On my last MESA/UA Express flight from IAD to EWR, the flight is 45 minutes long and the F/A tells us that the flight is too short for a beverage service.

Thanks for the report!

Carfield
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:22 pm

I was waiting to read this and boy you have made my day. This report pretty much sums up my friends' claims from India that Kingfisher is the best right now. Those FAs really do look amazing. I really cannot wait to fly their product for two hours from DEL-BOM. Should be one of their better routes  Smile

Thank you for the trip report. i really enjoyed reading it...
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:19 pm

Great report! I've never flown IT in the past, but now I think it's time to give them a try. Unfortunately I don't get to fly too much on domestic routes, now that BLR has numerous non-stop international options available.
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:32 pm

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
They were welcoming, efficient, and met request with a smile. HOWEVER, they definitely missed the IT factor – that amazing sincerity and warmth that cannot be described

Agree with u in toto.. Had taken an IT flight from BLR to MAA last year. Some of the f/a s were visibly uncomfortable in their short tight skirts (which is not a good thing to wear in a cabin full of guys who r not used to seeing women dressed that way!!) .. but yes, they were gorgeous!!  Smile

One q on ur flight from IXA.. did it cut across the Bangladeshi airspace or did it stick to the Indian one enroute to GAU?
Flown IC , 9W , SQ , SV , GF , S2 , LX , IT , LH , OS , DN , AC , MH , 6E , MI , AA , TG , EK , QR , SG , TK , KW, UA ,
 
AKLDELNonstop
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:58 pm

Firstly IT is just awesome mate! I flew BOM-DEL last year and yes they are a class apart. I was impressed and mailed the customer service division and Vijay Mallya himself replied. Apparently he personally replies to all comments sent to Customer Service.

I think the seats also deserve a 10 in your rating. What else could one want in a short flight.

And yes I cant wait for them to start flying on the international routes. They will give a lot of people a run for their money esp if they can join an alliance.

On a side note I must say the IXA and GAU airports are quite big and impressive considering they have very few flights.

Anyway another good report from the ASRW.

Cheers
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:05 am

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
While the layout of the site might not be completely intuitive, the booking process is extremely easy and it gives you the option to book/change/modify reservations, and even make seat selections.

Can you please explain to me how change seats? Everytime I try to retreive my itinerary, I get this window of virtuallythere or something along those lines. I have seat 15A, but I wanted to check out their seating chart or even try to change my seat. anyways, if you could help me that's awesome.

Thanks
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:12 am

great report.......and nice F/As Big grin
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:35 am

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
Can you please explain to me how change seats? Everytime I try to retreive my itinerary, I get this window of virtuallythere or something along those lines. I have seat 15A, but I wanted to check out their seating chart or even try to change my seat. anyways, if you could help me that's awesome.

Thanks

I think they took this facility away when they migrated to Virtually There.
 
semsem
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:48 am

Fantastic airline; great pictures. Thanks. It looks as if all the passengers are male.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:59 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):

Ha ha. Great observation... and correct too  Smile At least by looking at the pics...
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:58 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
It looks as if all the passengers are male.

I wonder why  Smile. Great observation.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:07 am

Amazing service - great report. thaat one F/A pictured holding the tray is a dead ringer for Jennifer Aniston!
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:24 am

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):

I've really enjoyed reading you India trip report series, thanks for taking us along! I bet you have quite a few stories about your stopovers too, perhaps you should blog it.

I find it very interesting that you appreciated the low-keyed, 'sincere' hospitality style seen on IC, versus the more westernized service that 9W introduced.

My only suggestion for future trip reports: more pics of pretty FAs and less of seat backs  Wink

Thanks again.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:16 am

Your reports have been quite amazing, shedding some light on airports and airlines that are seldom seen in the forum. I look forward to reading more.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:07 pm

Wow, looks like a great experience. Nice to have food as well on a short flight. Here in NZ we get a cookie with coffee/tea and a small tub of water.

Great stuff and nice looking FA's too  Wink
 
teva
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:04 pm

Fantastic report.
I have flown with them in July, from DEL to BOM, in Y, and was really impressed.
And the hot meal was very tasty. (one of the 5 best meals I had during this 1 month trip) (I took the non veg option)

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
Fantastic airline; great pictures. Thanks. It looks as if all the passengers are male.

Maybe on this flight. But on mine (a Saturday afternoon) there was a lot of women and kids.

About IT, my feeling is that they use their 5 years of mandatory domestic service to develop their future intl service, and have a perfect service with trained crew from day 1.
When you see what they can do on such a short flight, let's imagine what it will be on their A380!
And the biggest loosers wil be BA and Virgin
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:07 pm

Fantastic report mate really a good airline by the looks of it---if i may ask what was in those burgers

Karan
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:18 pm

Quoting Teva (Reply 16):
About IT, my feeling is that they use their 5 years of mandatory domestic service to develop their future intl service, and have a perfect service with trained crew from day 1.
When you see what they can do on such a short flight, let's imagine what it will be on their A380!

I sincerely hope they are able to survive till then.

Cheers
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:15 pm

Just wanted to chime in and say great reports - not just this one, but all of them. Well written, well structured, great photos, interesting carriers & routes - what more could we want!
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:01 am

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 19):
Just wanted to chime in and say great reports - not just this one, but all of them. Well written, well structured, great photos, interesting carriers & routes - what more could we want!

= Thanks for the kind words. I have been super busy - but will have the last 3 done from this report. 6E, SQ(J), and AC(J). I think the next bunch of trip reports will focus on my adopted continent.

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 17):
if i may ask what was in those burgers

= AFAIR, chicken salad.

Quoting Teva (Reply 16):
let's imagine what it will be on their A380!
And the biggest loosers wil be BA and Virgin

= Agreed!

Quoting Comorin (Reply 13):
I find it very interesting that you appreciated the low-keyed, 'sincere' hospitality style seen on IC, versus the more westernized service that 9W introduced.

=  Smile. Ya, IC/CD have my favorite cabin crew. Check my reports on them to see why.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 13):
My only suggestion for future trip reports: more pics of pretty FAs and less of seat backs

= Noted. Though, in India this is frowned upon. Besides, please be concerned of my dignity  Smile.

Quoting MrPIBB (Reply 12):
thaat one F/A pictured holding the tray is a dead ringer for Jennifer Aniston!

= And the "best" part of it was that I found her to be the least attractive of the group!

Cheers,
A.
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:59 am

Great trip report Abrelosojos!!

Wow....IT does look darn nice compared to others..

Have times changed since I last flew in India 30 years ago.. spin 

The plane seemed a bit empty though...maybe they need some E-190's too!
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:10 pm

I have really enjoyed going through all the TRs about your visit to India.

cheers,

Himmat
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:52 pm

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 18):
I sincerely hope they are able to survive till then

Don't worry too much. Their boss is one of the richest and most successful businessmen in India.
And if I remember, he is a member of the parliament. That can help a lot to survive the Indian bureaucracy.

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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:02 am

Quoting Teva (Reply 23):

You are absolutely correct Big grin
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting Teva (Reply 23):

Don't worry too much. Their boss is one of the richest and most successful businessmen in India.
And if I remember, he is a member of the parliament. That can help a lot to survive the Indian bureaucracy.

I am aware of VJM and his money but VJM is very very smart, if the airline keeps bleeding money he will just wash his hands off the whole operation.

Cheers
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:55 pm

Super report!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Kingfishers A-319 looked great

- Sure do

Quoting MrPIBB (Reply 12):
thaat one F/A pictured holding the tray is a dead ringer for Jennifer Aniston!

-I don't know about that, but she looked pretty hot!

Kingfisher looks great, I'd really like to try them out one day.

Rgds

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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:34 am

Quoting Carfield (Reply 1):
On my last MESA/UA Express flight from IAD to EWR, the flight is 45 minutes long and the F/A tells us that the flight is too short for a beverage service.

Love the excuses. I had traveled a few times on the BOM-PNQ in INDIA, this is a route where the A/C spends more time taxiing than flying and even then there was always a good sandwich/meal & dessert served.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 2):
Those FAs really do look amazing.



Quoting Justbala (Reply 4):
Some of the f/a s were visibly uncomfortable in their short tight skirts (which is not a good thing to wear in a cabin full of guys who r not used to seeing women dressed that way!!) .. but yes, they were gorgeous!!

The FA in the pic is smoking hot!

Great Trip Report. I hope you are enjoying your trip through India.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:19 am

Quoting Manny (Reply 27):
Love the excuses. I had traveled a few times on the BOM-PNQ in INDIA, this is a route where the A/C spends more time taxiing than flying and even then there was always a good sandwich/meal & dessert served.

I am in the United States and just finished a 1hr+ flight on mainline US Airways from BDL to PHL and got nothing. Not even water.
 
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:43 am

After the flight, I had written to Dr. Mallya about using bigger bottles of water instead of small individual bottles and adding to India's industrial waste. Guess what ... I got the email below a few days ago (perhaps canned?) and then a PERSONAL PHONE CALL LAST NIGHT! Very very impressive.

Cheers,
A.

Email:

Dear Alex

Thank you for the graciousness of your email of 08 October to me. Before I proceed, I must admit that due to a busy travel schedule, it has taken a while for me to personally acknowledge your message.

I am delighted that your first experience of flying with us has truly impressed you. Your kind compliments make all the efforts I have put into this enterprise worth its while for me. I also appreciate your feedback on the 200 ml water bottles used on our flights and have shared the same with my team. At Kingfisher Airlines, we strive to enhance our standards with every passing day. Inputs from discerning guests such as you make this process more significant. I share with you India's environmental concern and will followup to enhance better corporate involvement.

Once again, I thank you for your good wishes and look forward to welcoming you as my guest on Kingfisher Airlines again.

Cheers!
Dr. Vijay Mallya, MP
Chairman and CEO
Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:03 pm

Excellent trip report!

Any idea idea if they serve Kingfisher beer on the longer domestic flights ?

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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:00 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 30):
Any idea idea if they serve Kingfisher beer on the longer domestic flights ?

to my understanding, serving alcohol on airlines in india is illegal, or atleast for domestic flights.
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:46 pm

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I have been warned by Mr. KIRAMAKORA to let everyone know that this is not him

Thats def a IT Staff on Seat E,check the pass holder rope  Smile
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RE: Kingfisher IT 432: 08/OCT/06: IXA-GAU: Y Cabin

Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:05 am

That FA is hot and this is from me who swings the other way!

Excellent Trip report by the way!
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