henkybaby
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Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:40 am

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The Kingfisher Experience.

Part 1: Goa to BOM on IT

BACKGROUND


This report is part of a long trip from Goa to Denpassar (Bali). Because it became to lenghty to post as one I cut it into three parts. This is part 1.

Part 2 can be found here: Escaping India - BOM-HKG On CX J (by henkybaby Mar 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Part 3 can be found here: The CX Upper Deck Experience: HKG-DPS In J (by henkybaby Mar 2 2010 in Trip Reports)

After what can only be described as a challenging stay in Goa I was happy to start the next stage of my sabbatical trip: getting to my beloved Bali. This is a place I like to visit as often as possible and at least once a year. It is not too difficult to fit it into a OneWorld Explorer Round The World ticket and so I did. However, Kingfisher is not part of OneWorld yet, so this return trip was bought seperately.

I had included India in my plans with some trepedation. After having spend what is about one year in India now (over the last 4 years) it is no secret that India and I do not get along. Although I love the people individually and parts of it are simply stunning I cannot get over the way society is structured and the filth everywhere. As a collective India does not work, which is a problem to say the least. No doubt the future will prove me wrong though. That being said, I was glad to be leaving. Leaving India would turn out to be quite the hasttle...

GOI-BOM
IT132
Airbus A320
Seat 14A (economy)
Load factor: 95% in Y, 10% in 'F'
Dep: 16:20 (actual 16:40)
Arr: 17:20 (actual 17:40)


I arrived at the airport after a 45 minute taxi ride. That meant I was there about 90 minutes ahead of departure. Goa airport, albeit small, can be quite confusing. Kingfisher is the only airline using Terminal 1 for check in and it took me a while to figure that one out. Of course there is the usual India chaos. It is a benefit that IT uses that terminal since the lines for security in the main domestic terminal building were extremely long and in T1 they were almost non-existent. Confused as I was I only managed a picture after security of the waiting area.


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There were not too many people in the waiting area and it looked like our flight would have a light load. In India people tend to show up a little late however, so in the end it was almost full in Y. Luckily I managed to secure an exit seat this time providing the much appreciated extra legroom.

No inflight video on this flight.

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The boarding process IT uses is very relaxed. They do not load the buses to capacity but rather depart every 5 minutes or so, even if the bus is half empty. This makes for a much smoother boarding process and a nicer ride!


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This time the IT flight was not the last leg of a tiring itinerary so I was more able to enjoy it. I like the feel of the cabin.


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We took off about 20 minutes late, but I was not worried since I had a very long transfer at BOM, but more about that later. We had a short taxi and bye bye Goa!



The flight would last exactly one hour the captain announced. It amazes me how much catering IT does in that time. They do one drinks run before take off (including clean up) and a full hot meal. I must say that this was one of the tastiest airline meals I ever had, J and F included.


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Approaching Mumbai I was hoping for some nice picture of the city but - much like Bangalore - the view is completely ruined by air polution. It is a shame I cannot really show this with a picture but there really is a blanket of smog hanging over the city about 3 miles high.



We flew over the city and about 10 minutes inland before doing a 180 to line up for approach. This added 15 minutes or so to our flight time.

Turning back to BOM


Decent into BOM


I tried to take some pictures during taxiing but the airport was misty with smog, so they did not really turn out right.


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While waiting to disembark I befriended a nice English chap from Australia who was on his way to SYD. He had made a detour on a business trip to visit his sister in Goa. Unbelievably his company let him do Australia to Europe and back in Y so I invited him to stick with me so I could guest him into the lounge. He had a 6 hour layover. He was also appreciative of the little guidance I could give him about dealing with Indian bureaucracy...

You can read how that turned out here: Escaping India - BOM-HKG On CX J (by henkybaby Mar 2 2010 in Trip Reports)

In conclusion I must say that I find IT a very good airline. The service and food is excellent and the bureacratic nonsense and general problems of India are not their fault. I would not hesistate to fly them again.

As always: feedback is very much appreciated if only to discover people actually read this stuff...  

[Edited 2010-03-02 03:42:17]

[Edited 2010-03-02 03:44:15]
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:04 pm

Awesome TR.

The Reason you dint have a IFE was because this plane was with Air Deccan before and the cabin is just refurbished with the Red seats.

Nice flight.I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in India.
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:12 pm

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 1):

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in India.

You have to read his trip reports carefully.  
 
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:52 am

I really don't know what it is with me and India. I guess it is because I worked there. I love the people as individuals but I have a very hard time with them as a collective. Add to that the cultural aspects that are diametrically opposed to Western standards (process is more important than the result, lying is better than disappointing, etc) and I can't make it work for me. Mind you, I take full responsibility for it: I am the one failing to adapt.

Kingfisher is clear proof that India can get it right though. Hopefully a shining beacon in the development of the country. Much like Air India is not.  
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:46 am

Quoting henkybaby (Thread starter):
Unbelievably his company let him do Australia to Europe and back in Y so I invited him to stick with me so I could guest him into the lounge.

Unbelievably? I wonder if all that premium travel is giving you a warped sense of how most of us travel these days - down the back, even if it's company-paid-for across a dozen times zones. Nice of you to have offered a fellow traveler an unexpected perk though.
 
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:25 am

Hi Henkybaby,

Nice report & pictures, do like reading about domestics in India, hope to try a few myself, perhaps next year, lets see.

Quoting henkybaby (Thread starter):
The boarding process IT uses is very relaxed. They do not load the buses to capacity but rather depart every 5 minutes or so, even if the bus is half empty. This makes for a much smoother boarding process and a nicer ride!

- Though not as cost effective, a much better way of doing it.

Quoting henkybaby (Thread starter):
It amazes me how much catering IT does in that time. They do one drinks run before take off (including clean up) and a full hot meal

- Indeed, and they always look good quality too.

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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:52 am

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Unbelievably?

Yes, it is to me. If my company wants me to traverse half the globe for a conference (I believe he had one day to acclimatize in Germany) than I expect them to get me there in comfort. I consider business travel to be an inconvenience, rather than a perk.
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:42 am

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 6):
Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Unbelievably?

Yes, it is to me. If my company wants me to traverse half the globe for a conference (I believe he had one day to acclimatize in Germany) than I expect them to get me there in comfort. I consider business travel to be an inconvenience, rather than a perk.

Wow - if only more of us had your job! Here in the IT industry we routinely have to fly half way across the world, and it's almost always in deep discount Y - the cheapest fare the company can get.
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:23 am

Quoting Nimish (Reply 7):
Here in the IT industry we routinely have to fly half way across the world, and it's almost always in deep discount Y - the cheapest fare the company can get.

I work in IT too and I must admit that the travel policy for our European staff are very different to those for our offshore staff. They indeed travel in Y. However, since I personally consider travel for work to be something I have to do for my company I insist they pay for C if the flight is over 7hrs or if I need to work the next morning. If they don't want to; fine. I simply won't go. Apparently it is not important enough for them that I go.  
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:33 am

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 8):

hmmmm......and you still have a job??? Here in the US most companies book the cheapest flight/class, and if you refuse then no job!
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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:55 am

Quoting aviationnut12 (Reply 9):

hmmmm......and you still have a job??? Here in the US most companies book the cheapest flight/class, and if you refuse then no job!

And you wonder why European-styled unions are so passe and do bring companies down.

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RE: Kingfisher Y - Goa To BOM

Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:34 am

Our company is not unionized. Neither is much of the IT industry in the Netherlands. It has got nothing to do with worker's rights or anything else. It is simply in my contract. Other companies have other rules. If you are lucky or have valuable skills you can pick the company with the best terms.

I have a lot of friends in the US and they never see the rear of a plane on business travel either.

Why do people who are able to take good care of themselves always met with such contempt? Is it jealousy?
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