So here's the 1st of the 2 remaining Sectors on this Trip to India
1. CMB- MAA ( Sri Lankan Airlines- UL121) 2. MAA-IXM (SpiceJet SG291)You are here! 3.IXM-CMB (SpiceJet SG3314)
After a short stay in Chennai, It was time to get back home. As adventurous as I am, and also with the most practical option of flying back directly to Colombo (CMB) from Chennai (MAA), my call was to fly an extra sector, much to the disapproval of my mum who was flying with me.
Flying into Colombo (CMB) via. Madurai (IXM) meant that I could fly on SpiceJet's Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 turboprop back home, which would be a first since I was more than accustomed to flying on Jet Engine powered aircraft.
The connection via Madurai came at a savings as well and cost a fraction less rather than flying in directly from Chennai, which was a red-eye flight and definitely not to my liking
The hotel that we were staying at arranged a Cab to take us to the Airport reaching there in a little over an hour
In Comparison to my Last visit in 2011, the Departure Concourse at Chennai Airport had received much needed refurbishment and finally looked a tad bit cleaner much to my relief
Security Check was pretty quick with the security personnel impressed that a "foreigner" could speak their dialect as I was initially thought to be Arab
As I remember on Checking-in (at the Counter since Online Check-in was thought to be unreliable back in the day) , the SpiceJet Representative asked me for the Card which the outbound ticket back to Colombo was purchased. Now to think of it, such checks aren't done now but back then, at least 90% of Lankan's (probably Indian's too) preferred to buy their Air Tickets through a Travel Agent so an E-Ticket would've probably been something new even for the ground crew who were well more than accustomed to seeing Tickets being printed on Travel Agent's letterheads
The Ground staff confirmed that I'd be getting one of their 737-800's to IXM and a Q400 to CMB as stated online. BP's were Issued upon confirmation of the Seat options pre-booked online 12A for me and 12B for Mum for this sector came along with the BP's for our next Sector from IXM-CMB Check-in Complete and we were good to go
Airline: SpiceJet (SEJ/SG) Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 Registration: VT-SZB Flight: SG291 Seat Number: 12A From: Chennai Anna International Airport (MAA/VOMM) To: Madurai Airport (IXM/VOMD) Departure Gate: ?? Departure Time: 09:35 Date: 13th September 2014
Watched as India's Newest Airline - AirAsia India (VT-ATB) an ex-AirAsia Berhad Airbus A320-200 was being pushed back
We were thereafter bused to our assigned aircraft that had just flown in from the Capital, Delhi (DEL) and there was VT-SZB
IndiGo Airbus A320-200
Push-back and Takeoff was on-time! The reason why I chose SpiceJet, was because they had a highly commendable record for punctuality
VT-SZB (MSN 39427) was one of the newest aircraft In SpiceJet's fleet, a well maintained cabin, comfortable seats and above average seat pitch, better than most full service carries in operation in India Being an LCC, SpiceJet does not offer any IFE with magazines and safety card taking up the seat pocket contents
Meals would have to be either Pre-booked before the flight or purchased on board for a reasonable price Since we had breakfast at Chennai Airport, we didn't purchase any on this flight.
SpiceJet SG 291 was a routine flight from Chennai to Madurai, this aircraft starts its day from Delhi with a stop over in Chennai and then on to Madurai. With this flight being one of the Shortest within Tamil Nadu, the Crew didn't make much of an appearance
Landing at Madurai Airport
In 2014, Madurai didn't attract much Passenger Traffic when compared to now with SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Air India Express being the few airlines which did serve the Civil Airport Overall a pretty decent flight on the Indian LCC
Saying goodbye to VT-SZB
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