Here are my previous trip reports. Now that I am back in the US with constant internet connection, I am finally putting up the rest of my trip reports.
Trip to India (CMH-JFK-LHR) Part 1 (Pics)
Trip to India (LHR-BOM) Part 2 (Pics)
After a few great days in BOM, it was time for me to go meet up with another friend in BLR. My friends from BOM were heading out to see Kerala and since I had already seen Kerala, I decided to go other places instead. I had booked on Jet Airways using the in-dia.makemytrip website and I got a very cheap fare as compared to the fare I was being quoted on Jet's website. I was really excited as I had only heard great things of 9W's product and I was going to experience personally. I left for the airport well in advance with my friends so his dad wouldn't have to make another trip to the airport. I was dropped off at the wrong terminal (Terminal 1A) at BOM and since I have no clue of the BOM airports, wasn't sure how far the other would be. Turns out it was right next to it and I could have walked. But with a big suitcase, I decided to take a rickshaw and boy it was a bad decision.
The guy just dropped me off and then demanded Rs. 150 for that transfer. I was like, what? It was so close that it was probably about Rs. 10 or Rs. 20 at most. The guy held my suitcase and wouldn't let it go until I gave him Rs. 150. Bad decision on my part, I should have called that constable there and brought to his attention. anyways, scared of my personal being, I handed him Rs. 150 and was on my way inside Terminal 1B. Upon entering, my first impression was that this terminal was very nice and modern looking. It had an airy feel to it. I went to the 9W check-in desk and was told to go back to get my bag screened. I didn't know how it worked so I went back and got my luggage screened. I came back to the counter and thankfully I didn't have to stand in line again. I was given a bulkhead seat without asking and that was a nice tough. Maybe this was because I was probably the first one to check-in to this flight.
BOM Terminal 1B
There were a lot of flights going to GOA and majority of the passengers seemed to be headed there. One bad thing I did not like was that people were cutting the baggage screening line to get their bags screened and people weren't saying a word. This was very odd. Another odd thing was at check-in, no ID was checked. I could have been anyone traveling on that ticket. They didn't bother to check IDs at all. (More on this later). Anyways, with A LOT of time to kill, I headed to the Cafe Coffee Day at the terminal and spent most of my time there. I had water, "devils" cold coffee and redbull to stay awake. A few minutes later, I spotted Bollywood Star John Abraham and I got a picture taken with him. He was really nice to talk to and didn't say no to anyone who wanted a picture with him. My Ipod came to the rescue and I stayed at Cafe Coffee Day until boarding time was came about. I headed to security check and later came to know that the flight was delayed 30 minutes due to late arrival of the aircraft from Chennai. Secu-rity was a breeze and I passed more time watching The Ashes (Cricket Tournament b/w Australia and England) What a disappointment it was.
John Abraham and Myself
December 15, 2006
BOM – BLR
9W 447 B737-800 w/ winglets Reg: VT JGP
STD: 3:50 pm STA: 5:25 pm
ATD: 4:45 pm ATA: 6:15 pm
The flight time on today's flight would be 1 hr and 6 minutes. Due to late arrival of the A/C, the flight was delayed 30 minutes. We were shuttled to the A/C which are parked at remote stands. There are no Jetways that are used at the domestic terminals. I boarded the plane from the front door and got to my seat which was the first seat of the economy seat. To make things better, the middle seat was empty so it added to the comfort of the flight. Prior to takeoff, cold towels were handed out and then the FAs came with candies. The takeoff was powerful which is usual with the B737 anyways and I love it. After takeoff, Indian drink was offered which was fresh lime juice ("nimbu-pani") and it was delicious. Here was the best part, this flight was 1 hr and 6 mins long and still there was a full snack service.
Since it wasn't really dinner time, dinner wasn't served but snacks were. The choice was between veg and non-veg and I believe I said non-veg but I think I ended up with the veg snack. The snack included some sort of cutlets, a slice of pizza and I think Nutri Nuggets in garlic sauce. A slice of chocolate cake was offered as a dessert and it was yummy. I took coffee along with my dinner and it was decent. Indian "mukhwas" or aftermint was also there. I was told to shut off the camera so couldn't take any pictures of the food, but soon after the trash was collected, it was time to land. The crew prepared to land and our descent into BLR started. The plane landed and then we were taken to a remote stand. We exited the plane and then were taken to the arrivals area where I collected my bags and my friend was outside waiting for me.
Overall it was a great flight. The legroom was great in the bulkhead seat and it was more legroom than VS economy. Food was decent and honestly, after the domestic flights in the US, I wasn't expecting anything, but nonetheless, the jet airways experience was good.
Check-In: 10/10 (No problems; bulk-head given w/o asking)
Crew: 10/10 (Good looking; friendly; smiling & attentive)
Service: 9/10 (Great snack service; food was decent)
Bag Handling: 10/10 (My bags quickly came through)
On Time Factor: 8/10 (About 40 mins. late arriving at BLR)
View from the Apron
The Waiting Area after Security Check at BOM T1B
View from the Apron
Waiting Area at BOM
The Boarding Gates at BOM
A fellow 9W Jet
[Edited 2007-01-15 23:30:51]
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