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I will be arriving in Mumbai on Sunday 15th February at 00:40 and need to take an internal flight (feeling sick at the very thought of it!) to Cochin, Kerala. I've looked at the Jet Airlines website, which is quoting 174.00 which seems a bit pricey. I don't mind trying another airline but I want to get there in one piece and don't want to travel in some rust bucket. Could someone out there recommend a good airline and could you also let me know how I get from the main airport and how long it will take and if I have to wait hours, where should I wait?!

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I've flown Jet, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher, and I think Air India.

Probably around 20 different flights on the Sub-Continent, generally the planes are in very good condition.
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Originally Posted by jeanniebeannie View Post I will be arriving in Mumbai on Sunday 15th February at 00:40 and need to take an internal flight (feeling sick at the very thought of it!) to Cochin, Kerala. I've looked at the Jet Airlines website, which is quoting 174.00 which seems a bit pricey. I don't mind trying another airline but I want to get there in one piece and don't want to travel in some rust bucket. Could someone out there recommend a good airline and could you also let me know how I get from the main airport and how long it will take and if I have to wait hours, where should I wait?!

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There are no rust-bucket airlines in India. Perhaps you should look for them in the UK.
Domestic airlines in India are young, and therefore have the most modern fleets. If you want to compare ticket prices, try http://in.farechase.yahoo.com

Jet Airways is the leading full service airline, followed by Kingfisher.
Low cost airlines include Spicejet, Goair and Indigo.
All are reliable and a lot of people do get there in one piece, every morning, noon and late evenings too.
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Online reservations sites farechase, makemytrip, and ixigo all don't show Air India, though, right? I found cleartrip.com to show all the airlines and state the full price, including taxes which are often more than the fare.

Haven't noticed any rust buckets. The difference that you pay for between the discount carriers and the full service carriers is mostly in the service, imo. Jet is great in my experience.

The transportation to and from the airports may be the bigger concern than the flights.
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Thanks ChAos. I've decided to travel with Kingfisher. Unfortunately I am going to have a long wait at the airport. Will have to buy myself a good book. Thanks again, Jeannie
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Originally Posted by jeanniebeannie View Post I want to get there in one piece and don't want to travel in some rust bucket.
You will be pleased to know that aluminium alloy does not rust!

Kingfisher is an excellent airline, far better than Ryanair or Easyjet in the UK, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and if your plane has propellors, don't panic. I was somewhat taken aback until I realised the plane I was about to board was a brand new turbo prop. Apparently these are common for short flights in North America, but despite having flown all over Europe for the last 30 years, I'd never before flown in one!
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Mumbai Domestic Terminal is one of the best in India to endure a long wait. New and well run.
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I have travelled on most Indian domestic airlines in the past 12 months and have to say they knock the spots off most euro budget airlines. Nearly all have been brand new planes and service has been second to none IMO. Kingfisher and Jet being my favourites and as mentioned earlier Mumbai Terminal is a good place to kill time,especially if there is a cricket match on as everyone crowds around the huge TV screens and a party atmosphere develops (as long as India are winning).
The only one to avoid is Air India as it hasn't moved with the times and has got left behind.
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I have had excellent results with even the old Indian Airlines as this isn't Central Asia or Africa..
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well, I have traveled in Air India, Jet Airways, kingfisher, Air Deccan (now Kingfisher Red) and Spicejet over past couple of years, and found all planes to be spanking new with efficient service.

About to try a new carrier next week, but I am pretty sure that they will satisfy me. (MDLR Airlines).
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thank you all for taking the time to respond. i'm delighted to hear how good the domestic airlines are. i once took an internal flight in a rust bucket in panama and trust me it wasn't fun! thanks again, jeannie
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I'd agree with the service others have mentioned. Jet and Kingfisher hands down had better service than any airline I've ever flown in the US and Europe.
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Originally Posted by jeanniebeannie View Post i once took an internal flight in a rust bucket in panama and trust me it wasn't fun! thanks again, jeannie
If you survived that, India will be easy for you.

You are going to be SO delighted with Kingfisher!

On Kingfisher flights, there is always a video of this message from the Chairman. I'm usually totally cynical about these marketing things, but cheesy as it sounds, given the service we recieved and the positive vibe of the whole experience, he's (almost) got me convinced! Certainly I'd choose Kingfisher over any European short haul airline.

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