Welcome to a quick flight report of a domestic segment on Vistara. The flight was from BOM to IXC.
Chandigarh was my starting point for a 8 day long road trip in the Himalayas(Spiti & Manali-Leh + Kashmir). To save some time on the road, I opted to start my journey from IXC which was closest major airport to Shimla(where we spent our first night after climbing up the mountains)
There was a fairly long line for check-in. Since I had hand luggage only, I was able to use the kiosk and head down to domestic security.
BOM is now one of my favorite airports. Past security, I had a look at the shops and headed to the Amex Lounge.
With a US issued platinum card, I was able to use the section on the right which had a la carte service. I ordered a fresh lime soda, a kabab sampler and a tandoori chicken burger. Food was quite good.
After my meal, I took a quick look at the Loyalty Lounge which accepts an array of cards for entry and it was packed. I was out in 2 minutes.
Boarding was very calm and organized. I saw 2 Jet Airways aircraft sitting at BOM. Not sure if these are for 9W 2.0 or have been languishing since 9W went under.
The seating was standard A320, in 3-3 format. I was in the middle of the plane. I had the middle seat empty. Once airborne we were served a snack - veg(alu tikki with chickpeas) or a chicken wrap, followed by a tea/coffee run.
Once the trays were cleared, the crew handed us a sampler of body mist.
We landed on time, My friends who had started the road trip from Delhi were going to pick me from Chandiagrh airport. They were running an hour late. It was 42 degree Celsius in Chandigarh, so I opted to stay put in the arrival hall. IXC is a Defense airport and one side of airfield is full of Indian Air Force planes. I was able to spot some of their cargo carriers. Photography is not permitted at all defense airports in India
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We started our long road trip from Chandigarh - spending the night in a small town outside Shimla. This helped us avoid the daytime traffic in Shimla mountains and the darkness made it easier to do the zig zag climb. Woke up next morning with a first glimpse at the mountains. This was going to be an epic road trip, one that had been in the works for last 7 years and finally came together in 2022.
Mumbai - BOM
Chandigarh - IXC
Overall, it was a pleasant flight. Crew was professional, flight on time. Vistara does not serve soft drinks(coke etc.) on domestic flights. Only beverage option was water and tea/coffee. I enjoyed the Amex Lounge - which was small but had good food and service.
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