Food was very well made. After a filling breakfast, it was time to clear the room and head down to catch the bus.
Bus was parked at the entrance by 10 a.m and once everyone was onboard, was on it's way to Airport.
Delhi Metro outside the hotel
Radison Blu Hotel
New line under-construction
Airport Express Metro
Bus Ride video
Close to Airport
Arriving at the departure terminal gate
After disembarking from the bus, went to check-in counter to get boarding card for the Melbourne flight. I was made a request for window seat. I got exit row without a window.
Our group was met by the Air India representative who gave voucher for the Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney.
After collecting the voucher. Headed for the immigration and security.
After filling the departure form, completed the immigration and security without and issues.
After passing security passed through the dutyfree shopping area.
Time was 11.30 a.m, with still time left for boarding. Had a look around the airport
Delhi Airport Terminal 3
Air side view
Domestic on one pier and International on other.
Air India flights in action
Soon it was time for boarding. Walk to the gate
Flight would be departing from gate 19. Found a power point to charge my phone.
Boarding was called, queue was formed soon.
Waited for the queue to get over. Boarding card was scanned. Passport and Carry-on tags were checked.
Air India VT-ANK to Melbourne
Heading down the ramp.
AI's sistership VT-ANL
Close to boarding the flight.
Once on board, settled in the seat. This flight was full. Few passengers wanted to sit together, crew tried to shuffle a few. Was asked if i could take a middle seat in a row of 4. I declined. No way for a 12 hrs flight.
My neighbour was heading to Auckland, worked there in restaurant.
Boarding was completed by 1.30. Captain came on board and informed that a flight would be delayed as they are waiting for a replacement crew.
While waiting, window view.
Crew came on board by 2.15 p.m. Flight was delayed by 45 mins.
Soon it was time for pushback. Crew had explained the emergency procedure. Crew buckled up in the opposite seat. After a short taxi, it was time for take-off.
After takeoff the windows were tinted. With the window darkened, there is hardly and view of the outside.
Touch screen IFE
After about 1.5 hrs of flight. Drink were provided with peanuts.
After another hr, it was Lunch/Dinner.
Option was veg and non-veg. I chose non-veg.
Meal: Veg Pulao, Chicken Curry, Veggies
After 4 hrs had another meal service.
Dinner: Chicken Biryani, Sweet, Bread and butter
After the dinner, lights were dimmed and it was time for rest. Snoozed off till near Australian shores.
As flight about 2.5hrs from Melbourne, Breakfast was served.
Breakfast : Croissant, cake and Mango juice
Air India logo
Flight Map and Information
Descend in Melbourne
Announcement was made regarding spraying of disinfectant. Crew carried out the spraying in the flight. Tinting was turned off by the crew.
Flight departed late but arrived on time in Melbourne.
Arriving at the gate
Landed ontime in Melbourne, it was cold day.
Air India VT-ANK preparing for return flight to Delhi
To immigration and quarantine
Headed for the immigration self check kiosk, entered details, took the ticket. Headed for the auto gate, took about 5 mins for the whole process. Stood in the quarantine queue, with nothing to declare was waved off. Met with fellow passengers who were going to Sydney. Headed back up to departure area of Qantas Terminal for Sydney ticket.
Thanks for reading this report till next time.
New Delhi - DEL
Melbourne - MEL
Air India flight departed late but arrived on time, can't complain. Air India did take care after the delayed flight from Mumbai. Would have been happier, If had flown to directly to Sydney.
On board, cabin was clean, service was good. Food was excellent and adequate. Crew provided service on request. Melbourne airport was quick as I did completed the immigration through self check.
Overall the flight, service met all expectations.
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