Striked Out in Kochi Pt II: Getting There

Pt I: Prologue
Pt II: Getting There
Pt III: Sonnetta’s Sonata

We arranged to meet in T2 at 8.30pm and surprisingly none of us were late.

TR 2648 departing at 22:15

Despite two other TR flights to India (MAA & BLR) scheduled at around the same time, there was almost no queue at check-in. Note: Online check-in wasn’t available on TR flights to India (yet).

TR 2648 departing at 22:15

The lady insisted on having her customary travel photo taken in front of DEPARTURE

17F – Yay window seat

After dinner at the air-side food court, it was almost time to board.

No mistake that we were heading for the sub-continent

Flight: Tiger Airways TR 2648
Depart: Singapore (SIN) – 22:15
Arrive: Kochi (COK) – 00:10 (+1)
Duration: 4h25m
Distance: 1988 miles (3199 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Registration: 9V-TAX
Seat: 17 F

Finding their seats

The load was pretty good with less than 10% of the seats empty. There were crying babies at both ends of the plane, promising a not so restful four and a half hour flight.

View of the wing

Despite only being in operation for a year and a half (delivered brand-new to TR in Sep 2011), there were already signs of wear and tear.

Falling apart

Did my usual rummaging through the seat pocket again:-

Safety information

BOB Menu

Jenson

Tiger Tales

Despite the wailing kids, I managed to fall asleep and woke up around half an hour out of COK. Really like flights where I slept most of the way.

Our first steps into the terminal were greeted by a moment of blackout. Welcome to India.

Post-blackout; no panic whatsoever

Despite getting off the plane quite early, it still took us quite long to clear the immigration and customs.

One of the first things we noticed was that many local men wear really short lungis.

Waiting for friends and family

Unlike arriving in DEL, Kochi felt underwhelming. There were no hassles from touts and we got our taxi to Fort Kochi through the pre-paid taxi counter (1100 INR) effortlessly.

Waiting for driver

Too easy really. Little did we know what was awaiting us on arrival at Fort Kochi…

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