Sunday, October 12, 2008


SpiceJet B737-900ER in flight

I was on leave for a week, for the week ending 12 Oct 08. I travelled to Chandigarh and back - Chennai to Delhi by Spicejet, and onward by Shatabdi Express. Return followed the same pattern in reverse order.

I was booked to travel by Spicejet on 05 Oct 08 for the Chennai - Delhi sector for a scheduled departure time of 0540 hrs. The baggage X-ray, check-in, and the drop to the aircraft went as per plan and was done very professionally. The door closing was dot on time. The aircraft and the passengers looked well cared for, and the journey was uneventful.

Flare at Delhi
Totally impressed with the service of this low cost carrier. However, the occupancy figures were extremely distressing. I am a great fan of the low cost model and do not want good low cost carriers like Spicejet to fold up, but if the occupancy remains at the distressing 50 - 60 seat occupancy in a B737-900ER, then it is just a matter of time.

Just after touchdown at Delhi

I travelled the return leg from Delhi to Chennai also by Spicejet, departing Delhi dot on schedule at 0615 hrs. Everything from baggage X-ray, to check-in, to the drop at the aircraft were perfect. The occupancy this time was relatively higher. This airline should, and deserves, to survive...I would pray for that.

I would recommend this airline to anyone wanting to travel in a low cost carrier.

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