Whether you travel on business or on leisure, flying is a key ingredient to complete your experience. While for many, the cost of an air-ticket is important, for others it maybe loyalty programmes, flight connections, familiarity with transit hubs, in-flight food choices, cabin comfort, on-board entertainment, overall service standards and even a choice of fine wines on offer in the premium cabins. From our many flying experiences, Laveena and I have our favourites. The Middle Eastern Airlines, especially Qatar and Emirates, remain several ‘travelmango’ notches above the others. Yes, the length of our layovers on flights from Mumbai to Europe or to the US are not that great, but the lounge experience, particularly at Al-Hammad in Doha, more than makes up for the long ‘in-transit’ wait.
When one thinks of Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates,’ luxury, opulence and Nicole Kidman’, may come to mind. But not necessarily in that order. The advert showing Kidman indulging herself in the privacy of her ‘Residence’ aboard the A 380, makes one dream about being wealthy enough to one day afford the luxury of flying in ‘The Residence’. Continue reading →
After an unpleasant experience we had last Easter, Jet Airways was struck off our list of preferred airlines and we chose instead to switch our loyalties to the ever dependent Indigo for domestic flights across India, Singapore, Cathay and Thai for flights to South East and Far East Asia and Middle Eastern airlines like Qatar and Emirates for flights to Europe and the US. Continue reading →
In response to my recent write up on Jet Airways, the unexpected happened. My blog received well over half a million views and counting, a leading city newspaper, the DNA, carried an article regarding our ordeal, a headline on India times read, ‘Jet Airways Ruined This Couple’s Vacation, His Response Will Make Them Wish They Weren’t Born!’, while the response from the airline was overwhelmingly positive.
Laveena and I were excited about our Easter weekend plans in Dubai. We were booked on the Jet flight 9W 542, scheduled to depart at 0920 hours from Mumbai on Thursday April 2nd.Continue reading →