It was my first time on an A321 and the first opportunity to try IC's new product featuring PTVs!
Airline: Air India (Indian Airlines)
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Scheduled Departure: 1800 Actual Departure: 1810
Scheduled Arrival: 1955 Actual Arrival: 2010
Photo © Vivek Manvi
I reached BOM Terminal 1A at around 1645, around an hour and fifteen minutes before departure. There weren't too many people at the IC check-in counters for DEL and I managed to check-in within five minutes.
As the evening peak hour was just about to start, there were flights leaving towards all parts of the country.
A view of the Business Class lounges for Air India and Kingfisher.
A view of the traffic at BOM:
Indian Airlines A320:
Our flight was supposed to leave from Gate no. 7, which is towards the extreme end of Terminal 1A.
Our aircraft arrived from Trivandrum, pretty much on time. I was surprised to see that the aircraft doing duty was IC's latest A321, VT-PPD.
Boarding commenced at 1740, and as I was hovering around the gate at that time, I was the first one to board the aircraft
The interiors looked sparkling white as the aircraft was only about a month old. The cabin featuring PTVs looked pretty neat.
The IFE system is quite good with LCD touch screens. The screens displayed a message stating "Entertainment System is now available".
As I touched the screen, this is the message I got
Anyway, we pushed back ten minutes late, at 1810. As we began our taxi towards the runway, I realized that the rush hour was already on, and we joined the long queue of taxiing aircraft. The captain announced that we were 8th in the queue and would take-off in fifteen minutes.
The international terminal had a variety of aircraft including the usual Air India A310s and a Jet Airways 777-300ER. There was also an Air India 777-200LR parked in front of the AI hangar. Surprisingly, Emirates had sent a 777-300ER today instead of the usual A330-200.
The take-off roll was smooth and lasted 39 seconds, before we lifted off into the sunset. The IFE was activated as soon as the seat-belt signs were switched off. The IFE was non-AVOD & DVD based.
Pics of the IFE guide:
The programming on offer was as follows:
Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (English), Khosla Ka Ghosla (Hindi)
Comedy: Joey, Rules of Engagement (English), Naya Office Office, Sharaarat (Hindi)
Leisure: Walk the Talk, Lemurs of Madagascar, King of Clubs (Real Madrid), Take a Break (featuring Tamil Nadu)
Music: Sangeet Junction (Hindi), Music Zone (English)
In addition to this, there were around 12 channels of audio. All in all, it was a pretty extensive collection for a two hour flight.
I chose to watch "Khosla Ka Ghosla" a popular Bollywood comedy film starring Anupam Kher & Boman Irani.
The IFE also includes a moving map & flight information such as speed, altitude, outside temperature, distance and time to destination.
Food was served, and I chose the non-vegetarian meal consisting of a Lime juice, submarine sandwich, salad, Chicken Manchurian, Chicken cutlet and a pastry.
As always, IC has never gone wrong when it comes to food. The food was simply delicious. I passed the next half-hour or so enjoying the food and the movie. The flight was pretty smooth for the entire duration.
Soon, we were on the outskirts of Delhi and we started our descent.
We lined up for landing on runway 28 and made a smooth landing at 2010. After taxiing for nearly five minutes, we were parked at our designated parking bay. A short bus ride later, I was inside the newly renovated arrivals area. My bag arrived five minutes later and I made my way out of the terminal, more than happy with the overall experience.
Here are the ratings for the trip report:
Aircraft condition: 5/5
Cabin crew: 5/5
Ground handling: 5/5
Overall (Average): 4.66