Background: This is in continuation of a series of trip reports on work related flights between BOM, BLR & MAA. As I have mentioned in my BOM-BLR Trip Report, the choice of full service carriers is between Air India, Jet Airways & Kingfisher Airlines. This report documents one such flight on IT on the BLR-BOM sector.
Reaching the airport: After wrapping up my work by lunch time, I stuffed my laptop and stuff into the backpack and had a quick meal at the office. It takes anywhere between an hour and two hours or maybe even more to cover the distance between my office in the south of Bangalore city and Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), which is situated at Devanahalli – north of Bangalore. After quick goodbyes to the office colleagues, I got into the office car, which was waiting.
I encountered some typical Bangalore traffic on the way.
Nevertheless, it took exactly an hour and fifteen minutes to reach the airport.
The BLR ATC tower while approaching the airport
Check-In: After collecting my bags from the car, I made my way to the Departures gate and showed my ID and ticket to the security guard. The domestic terminal check-in area looked pretty spacious and there was a smallish queue at the Kingfisher counters. I had checked in online the previous evening, and had also selected my seat.
My Kingfisher King Club Gold status gives me lounge access and I was keen to try out the new Kingfisher lounge at Bangalore. The check-in agent tagged my bags, issued me a boarding pass and the lounge invite. The lounge is located post security on the upper level.
The International section of the terminal:
The Wait: A smiling lounge attendant welcomed me and ushered me inside. The interiors of the lounge bore the trademark Kingfisher red signature and looked quite inviting.
There were hardly 10-12 people inside and I found myself a nice leather chair.
Snacks at the lounge
Thirty minutes before departure, I headed outside and made my way to the departures area.
Our aircraft was docked at a contact gate, and as I tried to make out the registration, I saw my bag rolling up towards the cargo hold. Not often do you get to see your own bag being loaded into the aircraft, do you?
My bag about to be swallowed by the A320
Sector: BLR- BOM
Airline: Kingfisher Airlines
Flight: IT 112
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Scheduled Departure: 1850 Actual Departure: 1848
Scheduled Arrival: 2025 Actual Arrival: 2035
Photo © Steve Brimley
Photo © Vivek Manvi
Boarding: Boarding was announced soon and a long queue formed at the gate. The load on this evening flight seemed quite healthy.
As it would be dark right from the time of departure, I had chosen an aisle seat instead of a window. This would allow me easy access to the aisle later on for clicking cabin photos. This decision proved right as both the window and middle seat were occupied.
The Flight: Pushback happened at 1848, two minutes before schedule. It was a quick taxi to the threshold of Runway 27. We lined up and had a longish take-off roll before lifting into the clear night sky. I wondered if it would remain clear throughout as it was the middle of the monsoon season in India.
Heading northwest towards Mumbai
The Meal: As soon as the seatbelt signs were switched off, the crew started the meal service. The non-vegetarian meal consisted of noodles, Chicken Chilly gravy and veggies. Dessert was a rich chocolate cake.
It was a very tasty and filling meal.
I was not in a mood to watch TV, so I kept looking at the progress of the flight. After the meal service was wrapped up, I got up and clicked the mandatory cabin shot
We were doing excellent progress and looked set for an on-time arrival into BOM.
There were minor bouts of turbulence through the flight, but nothing major. Just then, the captain announced that due to traffic congestion at BOM, we would be slightly delayed. I have very rarely arrived on time at BOM during the evening peak hours and this flight was going to be no exception.
I thought of watching some news on the Live TV.
I felt the aircraft doing some alternative left and right banking manoeuvres and immediately realized that we were put into a zig-zag holding pattern.
Arrival: The turbulence grew stronger as we descended through the thick layer of monsoon clouds. In fact, there were a couple of really heavy jolts as we lined up on the approach to Runway 27. The landing was smooth and we docked at a remote bay adjacent quite some distance away from Terminal 1A – our arrival terminal at BOM.
The holding pattern meant that we were delayed by ten minutes. Overall, it was a pretty good flight, and I felt Kingfisher scored over Jet Airways atleast in the catering department.
Thank you for reading. Your comments are most welcome!
My Previous Trip Reports:
To Bangalore on Jet Airways B737-800
The Kingfisher Experience: BOM-SIN-BOM A330-200
BOM-HKG-BOM Cathay Pacific B744/A333
Voyage To Nepal: Nepal Airlines/Buddha Air
BOM-HYD-BOM On Kingfisher + Spotting At HYD
BOM-DEL On Air India, Brand New A321
BOM-GOI-BOM On IC. A320/A300B4
BOM-DEL-BOM On IC A320/AI 743 Combi DEL Fog
BOM-KUL-PEN-KUL-BOM On MH/Air Asia
BOM-AMD On Air India 743 Combi Upper Deck
BOM-CMB-BKK-CMB-BOM On SriLankan Airlines