Airlines: Tiger Airways (TR)
Flight : TR2636 SIN-MAA
Reg : 9V-TAQ
Aircraft: Airbus 320-232
Departure (SIN) : 2210
Arrival (MAA) : 2359
Total time : 04h19m
Distance : 2914 km or 1811 miles
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I was in a rush to collect the bag and check-in for Tiger flight to Chennai. Made the blunder of picking someone else's bag. Had to report at Information counter. Security came with a test kit and did a swab test on the bag. Everything clear, I was allowed to enter in the customs area and get my own bag.
A lesson learnt - Check the bag before leaving.
I had 2 1/2hrs before my next flight. Lost about 1hr to retrieve my bag.
At the check-in counter, requested for Window seat, Was informed the flight was full. I was offered middle or aisle seat. I accepted the aisle offer.
Flight schedule displaying departures
Terminal was not busy as it was past peak departure time.
Was feeling hungry but with little time left for boarding. I decided to check the Sth Indian Restaurant at Terminal 2, just above the TR check-in. Was a long queue at Annapurna, skipped dinner, headed for immigration. No issues here.
View from eating area.
After dinner, headed towards immigration, being christmas, decorated.
Passed through immigration without any issue.
Arrived at the gate, had just bent to tie my shoelace and someone cut the line. Was annoyed due to earlier incident and I hate this behaviour, calmed myself down as there was not many ahead.
After few minutes of wait, boarding was called. view of the aircraft before boarding.
View while waiting to board.
Crew at the door, while passengers putting bags in bins.
I was tired after a long flight and was hoping the neighbour doesn't turn up, but that wasn't going to be the case. Lucky the middle seat remained empty.
My neighbour turned out to be another character, returning to India after his Work Permit (WP) had expired. When the phones should be shutdown, he kept turning it on.
After doors were closed, crew carried manual safety demonstration.
While the flight was taxing, another guy got a call on his mobile. It was an unusual flight, where the steward was a school teacher, enforcing the rule.
I couldn't speak Tamil, and he had limited English skills. My neighbour kept taking off his seat belt, while the plane was ready to takeoff, I had to tell him to wear it.
When the plane had just taken off, maybe 10 feet from ground, he took off his seat-belt and wanted to go to the toilet. The steward yelled at him to seat down. I told him, he has to wait for few mins. Later when the plane had stablised. he didn't get up for about an hour. I was very tired and hoped the flight ended soon.
Crew began service on this flight after attaining cruising height.
I had eaten earlier was still hungry and wasn't sure what would be available after landing. I ordered Tiger beer on Tiger.
and also hot food .
Chicken rice, food was hot.
Seating in all economy 3-3. I rested after diner , Cabin light was switched off after dinner. Cabin crew distributed Indian immigration and customs forms. I had to fill the form for my neighbour and another person as they could not understand how to to fill.
Seat pocket had inflight magazine, tigerbites, safety card duty free catalogue.
Tiger Tales - Inflight magazine
Safety Card - Tiger Airways Airbus A320
Chennai is 4 hrs away from Singapore, Captain came on the mic and announced that soon will be descending. Cabin crew conducted checks and got ready for landing. Landing was smooth, After a short taxi arrived at the gate.
Seated in the last seats, waited for others to disembark.
Immigration was quick as not many with foreign passports. Someone tried to cut the line at immigration. I told him to go back and stand in queue.
Custom was walk through the green channel as I had nothing to declare.
Had to wait at the airport for the next flight. Was hungry, everything had close down. Asked the CISF guys if I there are any shops inside, was told there is a restaurant outside. I was not familiar with Chennai.
Didn't want to drag the bag around. Showed my ticket and got inside the waiting area for morning flight to Mumbai.
Waiting area had hard seats, Being tired was able to sleep for few hours.
I hope you enjoyed the report.
Thanks for reading.
Tiger Airways offered best price for the time of the year. Flight departed and arrived on time. Food was hot on board. Price of food was reasonable. Overall it was a satisfactory flight.