2007-07-20

On Airports, Airlines & Traveling -Update 1

In the last 9-odd months, I have taken about 100 flights. While I do enjoy traveling, dealing with airports, co-passengers, commuting from /to home-airport, eating bad food that many airlines serve, watching Karunanidhi's photos on my way to airport/home, hearing numerous thanqs/sorries from flight attendants, etc have been quite painful.

Some of my impressions & experiences about Indian airports, airlines and traveling...

1. Have flown on all domestic airlines. Indian passenger has fantastic choice.
2. Have added to the losses of all Indian airlines.
3. Indian (Airlines) has the worst possible service. It will acknowledge delays only if they are beyond 1 hour. Regret is offered if the delay is even more.
4. Delhi (Jet / Sahara) domestic terminal is the worst.
5. Bangalore & Hyderabad airports are getting there.
6. Madurai, Trichy, and Vizag airports are cool. You will see only one aircraft at a time.
7. Paramount has the best in-flight dining. Indian gives you the best desserts; kingfisher the worst.
8. Air Deccan has actually improved.
8. Kingfisher seems to have the youngest and fuller in-flight attendants.
9. Paramount gave us a scare last week with horizontal and vertical swings running through an opaque cloud; as a topping the aircraft almost skid on the cochin runway.
10. Web check-in is the best thing happening to travelers. I now reach 20-30 minutes before departure.
11. Jet's frequent flier scheme is the best. Jet knows who I am (a frequent flier with it). It promoted me to the highest membership possible in 6 months and gave a few upgrades. Kingfisher consistently failed to recognize that I take their flights frequently too.
12. I rate Jet the best airlines. Though it does not have the best things, overall it gives the best experience.
13. The most glamour-free airport. Chennai, of course.
14. Post consulting, many of my travels have been morning-evening.
15. Everytime an ATR lands, I get a feeling that it was by sheer chance that it did not skid.
16. Never request for emergency exit seat at Indian Airlines counter. They will deliberately give you some other seat.
17. Middle seat of emergency exit row is better than window / aisle seat of a normal row.
18. Hi of Kingfisher is the best in-flight magazine.
19. 95 % of the Indians never say No to food served in flight. I amuse myself whenever I say, as if by reflex, yes to the flight attendant request for food. Most of the westerners are happy with water.
19A. I was on (50 minute) 11 pm Paramount flight y'day (28th). Unusual for that time, they served food and usually 70 % were happy to oblige.
20. It takes at least 2o minutes to land from the time the flight attendant announces that the flight is about to land.
21. The most boring part of travel - safety announcements & demonstration by flight attendants.
22. The best part of flying experience - when the aircraft speeds before take off.
23. The most impatient part for most of the passengers - can't wear seat-belts once aircraft lands; can't sit for a second after it comes to a halt. This happens in spite of the repeated requests by flight attendants to sit till the captain switches off the engine. (I always oblige flight attendants).
24. I have never used the flight attendant calling button in a flight.
25. Paramount, I thought, was going from good to bad; I was wrong. It is going from bad to worse. Flights are getting unduly delayed.
26. The hemlines are going up. Go Air girls have the shortest skirts. But Kingfisher girls, as I said, are fuller and have amongst shortest skirts. Anyone who has flied ATR knows where flight attendants sit. And when one sits, physics requires that hemlines further move up. Many of the passengers (most of them being male) do peep sidewards to have a dekko at the flight attendants revealing legs (despite stockings). On A 321 of Kingfisher, flight attendant sits next to the passenger at emergency exit. This seat is preferred not just because of the extended leg-room but also because of the voyeuristic pleasure it induces.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well kudos for being so frank on the 26th point. Totally agree with you regarding the best flying experience ... the engines revving up at the time of take off

Cheers,
Nitin

Chaitanya Sagar said...

Good post Vijay.

A coupe of comments:

1. The cost of air travel has gone up in the last one year, especially in the no-frills segment. With fuel surcharge often adding up to more than a ticket in the segment, ticket cost has gone up by more than 100%. Despite that, no-frills airlines continue to make losses.

2. Some of the airports are so crowded, I once wondered whether I landed in the Hyd bus stand instead of its airport.

Sugnyan said...

Hi Vijay,
I have been reading your blog for quite sometime. I need to connect to you. Can I please have your mail id or contact no.My id is sugnyan@gmail.com.Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,

Abhinav Raghav said...

just remembering about a flight i had to delhi once with an experienced frequent flier who was sitting besides me...
the oldie had landed so many times at the delhi runway that he could tell whether the landing wud be hard or soft ...
he looked at the delhi- jaipur higway from the window just before landing and after having a quick look at the altitude he told me that this wud be a bumpy landing ..
he was 100 % rite ..
the landing was scary as hell (the plane bumped three times before getting stable) ..
vijay u too are on ur way to becoming an expert of flights i think :) :)

Raghu said...

As usual fida for your obervation skills.

Kapil said...

hah....have travelled Indian 3 times in last 10 days...must get a medal for tht....took the early morning flight MUM- Goa last weekend....had to sit nearly 2 hours w/o plane moving an inch as it had developed a snag..beat tht

Pavit Singh said...

just too good!

Kapil said...

DUDE...on ur reco i have taken the mumbai- delhi GO air flight...am sitting in the lobby of mumbai airport as we speak...me the flight be smooth and so be the legs

itheabsolute said...

hmmmm...see that the experiences are not dissimilar....thanks for writing

cheers

Kapil said...

well the skirts were indeed short..the faces really pretty and urs truly managed an aisle seat...
However the weird part was them peddling snacks

itheabsolute said...

kapil

see that u enjoyed well...

about the snacks, at least u get to eat something on a 2 hour flight. imagine having to watch someone (& feel hungry) eating his food packed from home....

cheers

2007-07-20

On Airports, Airlines & Traveling -Update 1

In the last 9-odd months, I have taken about 100 flights. While I do enjoy traveling, dealing with airports, co-passengers, commuting from /to home-airport, eating bad food that many airlines serve, watching Karunanidhi's photos on my way to airport/home, hearing numerous thanqs/sorries from flight attendants, etc have been quite painful.

Some of my impressions & experiences about Indian airports, airlines and traveling...

1. Have flown on all domestic airlines. Indian passenger has fantastic choice.
2. Have added to the losses of all Indian airlines.
3. Indian (Airlines) has the worst possible service. It will acknowledge delays only if they are beyond 1 hour. Regret is offered if the delay is even more.
4. Delhi (Jet / Sahara) domestic terminal is the worst.
5. Bangalore & Hyderabad airports are getting there.
6. Madurai, Trichy, and Vizag airports are cool. You will see only one aircraft at a time.
7. Paramount has the best in-flight dining. Indian gives you the best desserts; kingfisher the worst.
8. Air Deccan has actually improved.
8. Kingfisher seems to have the youngest and fuller in-flight attendants.
9. Paramount gave us a scare last week with horizontal and vertical swings running through an opaque cloud; as a topping the aircraft almost skid on the cochin runway.
10. Web check-in is the best thing happening to travelers. I now reach 20-30 minutes before departure.
11. Jet's frequent flier scheme is the best. Jet knows who I am (a frequent flier with it). It promoted me to the highest membership possible in 6 months and gave a few upgrades. Kingfisher consistently failed to recognize that I take their flights frequently too.
12. I rate Jet the best airlines. Though it does not have the best things, overall it gives the best experience.
13. The most glamour-free airport. Chennai, of course.
14. Post consulting, many of my travels have been morning-evening.
15. Everytime an ATR lands, I get a feeling that it was by sheer chance that it did not skid.
16. Never request for emergency exit seat at Indian Airlines counter. They will deliberately give you some other seat.
17. Middle seat of emergency exit row is better than window / aisle seat of a normal row.
18. Hi of Kingfisher is the best in-flight magazine.
19. 95 % of the Indians never say No to food served in flight. I amuse myself whenever I say, as if by reflex, yes to the flight attendant request for food. Most of the westerners are happy with water.
19A. I was on (50 minute) 11 pm Paramount flight y'day (28th). Unusual for that time, they served food and usually 70 % were happy to oblige.
20. It takes at least 2o minutes to land from the time the flight attendant announces that the flight is about to land.
21. The most boring part of travel - safety announcements & demonstration by flight attendants.
22. The best part of flying experience - when the aircraft speeds before take off.
23. The most impatient part for most of the passengers - can't wear seat-belts once aircraft lands; can't sit for a second after it comes to a halt. This happens in spite of the repeated requests by flight attendants to sit till the captain switches off the engine. (I always oblige flight attendants).
24. I have never used the flight attendant calling button in a flight.
25. Paramount, I thought, was going from good to bad; I was wrong. It is going from bad to worse. Flights are getting unduly delayed.
26. The hemlines are going up. Go Air girls have the shortest skirts. But Kingfisher girls, as I said, are fuller and have amongst shortest skirts. Anyone who has flied ATR knows where flight attendants sit. And when one sits, physics requires that hemlines further move up. Many of the passengers (most of them being male) do peep sidewards to have a dekko at the flight attendants revealing legs (despite stockings). On A 321 of Kingfisher, flight attendant sits next to the passenger at emergency exit. This seat is preferred not just because of the extended leg-room but also because of the voyeuristic pleasure it induces.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well kudos for being so frank on the 26th point. Totally agree with you regarding the best flying experience ... the engines revving up at the time of take off

Cheers,
Nitin

Chaitanya Sagar said...

Good post Vijay.

A coupe of comments:

1. The cost of air travel has gone up in the last one year, especially in the no-frills segment. With fuel surcharge often adding up to more than a ticket in the segment, ticket cost has gone up by more than 100%. Despite that, no-frills airlines continue to make losses.

2. Some of the airports are so crowded, I once wondered whether I landed in the Hyd bus stand instead of its airport.

Sugnyan said...

Hi Vijay,
I have been reading your blog for quite sometime. I need to connect to you. Can I please have your mail id or contact no.My id is sugnyan@gmail.com.Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,

Abhinav Raghav said...

just remembering about a flight i had to delhi once with an experienced frequent flier who was sitting besides me...
the oldie had landed so many times at the delhi runway that he could tell whether the landing wud be hard or soft ...
he looked at the delhi- jaipur higway from the window just before landing and after having a quick look at the altitude he told me that this wud be a bumpy landing ..
he was 100 % rite ..
the landing was scary as hell (the plane bumped three times before getting stable) ..
vijay u too are on ur way to becoming an expert of flights i think :) :)

Raghu said...

As usual fida for your obervation skills.

Kapil said...

hah....have travelled Indian 3 times in last 10 days...must get a medal for tht....took the early morning flight MUM- Goa last weekend....had to sit nearly 2 hours w/o plane moving an inch as it had developed a snag..beat tht

Pavit Singh said...

just too good!

Kapil said...

DUDE...on ur reco i have taken the mumbai- delhi GO air flight...am sitting in the lobby of mumbai airport as we speak...me the flight be smooth and so be the legs

itheabsolute said...

hmmmm...see that the experiences are not dissimilar....thanks for writing

cheers

Kapil said...

well the skirts were indeed short..the faces really pretty and urs truly managed an aisle seat...
However the weird part was them peddling snacks

itheabsolute said...

kapil

see that u enjoyed well...

about the snacks, at least u get to eat something on a 2 hour flight. imagine having to watch someone (& feel hungry) eating his food packed from home....

cheers