Jet Airways Flight Information:
K9W071 02MAR27MAR 1234567 31277W HKGHKG1335 1720DELDEL J
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3.17 years old, delivered to Jet Airways in 2007, and currently leased to Thai Airways as HS-TKH
Welcome to Première
"Mr. Hawi, my name is Niraj, please make yourself comfortable and let me know if you need anything during the flight"
"Thank you Niraj"
"My pleasure sir"
First impressions on board blew my mind away to say the least. Other passengers like myself were all being personally escorted to their seats, and given the warmest of welcomes by the crew. Afrid, the dominatrix crew on today's Boeing 777 flight was standing in the middle of the Business Class cabin rather than First Class for instance. Also known as the Facebook lady, she and a female passenger were exchanging motherly advice on the upbringings of their children. As the purser for today's flight, she played the part and her royal look only signaled that nothing can go past her. On the other hand, I haven't seen a purser welcoming passengers in Business Class during boarding on a 3-class aircraft before, and so hats off to Ms. Afrid!
Looking around me, the ambience seemed a little congested, if not slightly on the dark side. The aircraft was spotless fresh with not a particle in sight however, the haywire herringbone layout and the dark colored seats suddenly brought depressing thoughts of having to go back to work the next day. Perhaps it may have been the difference in contrast between the sunny afternoon outside and the 'blah' cabin inside this aircraft. Nevertheless, this is Business Class and I shouldn't complain!
One would normally assume that a herringbone Business Class seat is narrow, cramped, and plain uncomfortable; well not on Jet Airways. To say that the seat is huge by normal standards is an understatement. Having sampled both versions of Cathay's herringbone seat (yes, there are at least two versions now), this Jet Airways seat is miles ahead of even CX's wider version. Personal space is ample, and claustrophobia-like feelings are a non-issue here, so this journey was looking to be a very comfortable one.
As the pre-departure services began, I noticed a slight change in the crew's behavior. Apart from the occasional and rather unpredictable outbursts from time to time, the warmness in general seemed to have subsided. By that time, welcome drinks were offered, and apart from the visuals on the tray of drinks in front of you, there wasn't much more to experience.
Welcome drinks offered
"Anything to drink sir? Orange juice, watermelon, water?"
"I'll have a glass of orange juice please"
After finishing my orange juice, one crew looking rather worried, was speeding down the aisle, and when noticing my empty glass, she unpredictably broke into smiles and happiness as she kneeled down on the floor.
"Have you enjoyed your drink sir?"
"Yes I did thank you"
"May I collect your glass?"
Collecting my glass, she then stood up and left the smiles behind and returning back to her 'zone' as she zoomed back into the galley.
Hot towels were distributed
Followed by menus
Meal offering on HKG-DEL
Meal offering on DEL-HKG
At 1:28pm, the doors were closed and the crew rolled out a trolley across the aisle serving newspapers and socks. Is Jet Airways a member of the 'no amenity kits in business class' club or do they not hand them out during daytime flights?
At 1:30pm, the seatbelt sign was switched on, and pushback immediately commenced after that. Afrid made an announcement to welcome us on board, and inform us that our flight time to Delhi would be a short 5 hours and 30 minutes.
As this Boeing pushed back, the engines cranked on and we eventually began our taxi to the runway. Several crew appeared in the aisles to take our meal orders.
"Mr. Hawi, welcome on board"
"We have a non-lactose vegetarian meal on board for you. Is this ok?"
"Yes, thank you"
"Would you care for some soup or salad?"
"I will take the soup please"
"And what can I get you to drink?"
"A glass of tomato juice please"
"One more thing. are you a photographer?"
"Not officially no"
"You have a very nice camera. I want to get one for myself, so perhaps next time when I am in Singapore"
Nishtha taking orders
Another crew was also taking orders from other passengers in the aisle, and I overheard her speaking to what seemed like a Muslim-Chinese lady who had ordered a special meal.
"Excuse me madam. I just wanted to confirm with you if you have ordered the Mohammed meal?"
"Great, your meal is on board, and we will serve it after takeoff"
Judging by the conversation, I figured it was a Muslim meal, though hearing it referred to as a 'Mohammed' was a definite first for me.
Lining up at the runway, VT-JEB roared into action down the centerline and powerfully lifted into the sky at 1:50pm. We were on track for the 5 hour flight to Delhi. As we reached cruising altitude, the seatbelt sign was switched off and the crew sprung into action for service preparations.
Unfortunately, by this time, the entire set of crew on this flight went into a strange 'zone' of aloofness. I was suddenly reminded of the days when Emirates had reached rock-bottom in terms of spotty service. The crew were not so much annoyed or unwilling to work, but rather in this unexplainable dimension far above our cruising altitude, where all I could see was worried looks on their faces. It felt like the flight was over, when I still hadn't been served lunch yet.
Cabin during cruise
As things were busying in the galley, I decided to explore the features of my seat. All the normal amenities were featured including power-ports, USB's, and ample storage space.
Literature rack & electronics section
My tomato juice was served with a bowl of nuts
Table linens were then placed on the tables
"May I dress your table sir?"
Serving the meals to everyone was rather slow and a little strange. The last couple of rows in the cabin were served their meals first, followed by the several front rows next, and leaving my row till the very end. Eventually my meal tray made its appearance, and it consisted of a starter of green pea soup, silverware, butter, bread plate, and salt and pepper shakers. All other trays around me had glasses of water on them, but mine didn't.
"Soup for you"
"Thank you. May I also have a glass of water and a glass of Diet Coke?"
My meal tray
The soup was a little on the cold side, but it tasted alright and did not seem to have any cream which was good. Champagne, wine, and bread were served next on a neatly presented trolley, which I thought was a nice touch.
Champagne, wine, and bread on a trolley
Very stale bread
I had finished my soup long before my empty plate was collected, and in fact, other passengers were being served their entrée already. Once finally cleared, my entrée plate was brought to my seat shortly afterwards.
"Non-lactose meal for you"
The meal consisted of a vegetarian meat that almost exactly resembled the look of a chicken breast. From the taste, it seemed like a tofu/veggie patty that was accompanied by tomato sauce and vegetables. Indian vegetarian (and even lactose-free) meals are plenty and I would have expected something more along those lines rather than something as bland as what I got. But, as this was a special meal catered at an outstation, I will not hold it against Jet Airways because the standard offering on the menu looked quite delicious.
Once through with my meal, my plate was promptly collected. I was offered Tiramisu, ice cream, or the Indian selection for dessert without any recollection of my non-lactose requirement. However, fruit was available when I requested for it, and it was brought to my seat shortly afterwards.
My Diet Coke which arrived late
Finally, hot towels and water bottles were distributed to conclude the meal service. I was feeling a little sleepy by then, and decided to find something on the IFE to fall asleep to.
Unfortunately however, the selection was rather limited, similar to Royal Jordanian. There were approximately 20 western movies -something so minute compared with today's standards- and an even smaller amount of comedy shows. The focus was mainly on Bollywood which is obviously expected, and while I would have enjoyed a subtitled Hindi movie, that was too much effort considering my sleepy state at the time. One nice feature about 'JetScreen' was the seat-to-seat SMS feature. However, I was unable to use it as I was traveling alone.
I slept for the remainder of the flight, up until 1 hour and 7 minutes before landing. I went to the lavatory to freshen up and to capture the customary moment inside.
Nice decorated bar area near the lavatory
More cabin shots
A quick drink service was carried out prior to arrival, and the crew were taking orders from the passengers.
"Can I get you anything to drink sir? some juice or maybe water?"
"Orange juice please"
My glass of orange juice
As we were nearing top of descent, I quickly got up from my seat for a quick visit to cattle class. Of course, the sudden sliding of the curtain and the appearance of the alien with his big black camera is always part of the IFE for cattle class.
Back in Business
Back in my seat, I watched a short documentary
Approximately 40 minutes before landing, Afrid made an announcement to inform us that we were to arrive at Delhi soon, and is required, lavatories should be used now because everyone has to be seated once the seatbelt sign is switched on. The crew began their preparations for landing by collecting the menus, but luckily, I was able to hide mine without any issues.
Closer to descent
At 4:05 Delhi local time, the captain made an announcement to inform us that we had begun initial descent towards Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, and were expect to land in approximately 30 minutes. Five minutes later, the seatbelt sign was switched on and sounds of seatbelt clicks were heard throughout the cabin. Blankets and headsets were collected, and the cabin was sprayed with disinfectant.
Cabin during descent
On final approach, I could see from the nearby windows that we were close to touchdown, yet the sounds of the engines were too high and it seemed that were still flying far too fast. This resulted in a very smooth touchdown at 4:33pm, followed by a very powerful and screeching break that had everyone jolting forward until the aircraft finally reached taxi speed. Quite a scary ending to this flight.
At the remote stand, I prepared for my quick transit to Delhi. Luckily I had some extra time on my hands due to our early arrival into Delhi.
At Door 2L, I thanked the crew for their efforts, and proceeded down the steps and into my hour in India!
I rarely seem to take this type of shot
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