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    Air India VT-PPV AI866 BOM-DEL

    Flight Details

    Airlines: Air India [AI]
    Flight : AI866 BOM-DEL
    Reg : VT-PPV
    Aircraft: Airbus A321-211
    Dep - BOM Terminal 1A [Actual]: 11.05 am
    Arr - DEL Terminal 3 [Actual]: 12.55 pm
    Flight time : 1:50 hrs
    Distance : 1,139 km

    Introduction

    This trip was undertaken in Sept 2015. You can read the last trip report by clicking here -> Air India : Delhi - Mumbai .

    I had fear travelling with Air India Internationally due to delay. Last flight was a close call. This time, my fear came true. I did prepare for this as I was travelling on a Saturday.

    This trip report is the return leg of Sydney with a twist.

    No report can be complete without living it. Below is the video.

    Full Video Report : Air India VT-PPV AI866 BOM-DEL

    Do watch the video



    Arriving at the airport

    Took the Chembur - SantaCruz Link road to arrive on the Western Express Highway







    Western Express Highway

    Being early morning traffic was light, reached airport withing 45 mins.









    Terminal 1A

    Air India operated most of its domestic flights through this terminal as the Terminal 2 was still under-construction.





    Check-In

    Since I had arrived much earlier. Check-in was quick, being Saturday it was not crowded.



    Since I was travelling to Sydney. had my baggage check-in but had to clear security and immigration during transit through Delhi.

    After completing security. Headed for the food court to have a coffee.

    Food Court





    Mumbai aircraft spotting













    To be contd..

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    Plane spotting video



    After spending sometime spotting. Soon was time for departure. Being my first time through this terminal, decided to get to gate early.

    Terminal Shops



    Flight was departing through gate A9.





    Way to gate A9



    Flight Schedule





    Board displayed Security Call

    Watching the Indicator board



    Waiting Area

    Waiting for the boarding call.





    To be contd..

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    Gate Change

    The aircraft had arrived from Goa and was docked at the gate. Since there was no boarding call made passed the schedule departure, passengers were informed the aircraft had a technical problem.

    After waiting for an hr and the issue could not be fixed a change of aircraft was to happen.



    Bus Boarding

    The replacement aircraft was parked at the remote gate, A bus boarding was







    Bus Trip view













    Bus Trip Video



    To be contd..

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    Boarding Gate 81

    Boarding was at remote gate 81









    Juiced up

    Aircraft was being refuelled





    Catering truck



    Boarding had commenced at 10.30 a.m. With no indication of departure was getting worried this could mean a missed flight. There was nothing much I could do so continued with watching the action outside.

    Window view







    To be contd..

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    After the fuelling and catering was loaded. The pilot came on board and announced that the flight would be departing soon and the flight was delayed due to technical problem with the original aircraft.

    At 11a.m pushback commenced. Passengers were informed that Air India Delhi is aware of the delay and connecting passengers would be able to catch their flight.

    Pushback



    Taxi to runway 27





    Flight was lined behind a Emirates Cargo



    Incoming flights





    Emirates ready to depart



    Next in line AI866 to Delhi and Sringar





    British Airways arrives



    To be contd..

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    Departure roll



    Terminal view on take off



    Window view





    Heading north of Mumbai







    Flight Information


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    Seat view



    Air India logo



    Flight path



    Reading material



    Air India fleet information



    Air India route map



    Safety Card



    Flight Information



    Headphones

    Headphones were supplied



    Newspaper

    Newspaper was provided


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    Breakfast Service

    Breakfast meal service was started half an hour after departure. Option was veg or non-veg.



    I had a breakfast earlier at the airport. Had the breakfast as I wasn't sure if would get time later. Wise decision.

    Food was tasty, finished it.

    Breakfast : Omelette, fried potatoes, capsicum, fruits



    Went to the back and checked with the crew about the delay. Was informed there are other passengers who are connecting and pilot had informed the ground staff regarding the transit passengers.

    Cabin View



    I went back to seat relaxed thinking should be there just in time.

    Flight Map and Information



    Clean India Program



    Closer to Delhi


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    Approaching Delhi









    Landing





    Taxi to gate






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    Landed around 12.45 pm. Was ready to burst out when the gate opened.

    Disembarkation

    Air India VT-PPV will be heading to Srinagar



    On arriving at the transit desk for Sydney flight. Was informed that could not go for security and immigration clearance as the baggage could not be transferred and captain didn't want to delay the flight.

    Transfer Desk





    Had to go and collect the bags from the carousel



    Baggage collection










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    After collecting the bags came back to the transfer desk. Due to the delayed flight, connection to Sydney, Paris, Kathmandu and connection to Auckland were missed. Then it was waiting till arrangements were made.

    No one argued with ground staff. Everyone was calm, they did what they had to do even though Air India could have provided better coordination with the flight staff.





    Since Air India does not fly daily to Sydney. Were offered to be flown to Melbourne next day and then onwards to Sydney by Qantas. Hotel was arranged by 2.30 pm and headed for the exit.

    Delhi Airport Exit





    Outside view








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    Bus view

    Boarded the bus to Radisson Blu Hotel in Dwarka





    Bus ride



    Delhi air control



    Outside view





    Arrived at the hotel got check in to the suite.

    Hotel view



    After resting for sometime. Went for the buffet.



    It was time for socialising and finding more about the flight next morning to Melbourne. We were informed that the bus would pick-up at 10a.m for the 1p.m flight.

    Radisson Blue Hotel video



    After dinner went to bed for a long flight next day.

    Thanks for reading this report till next time.




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