|Airbus A330 at Manchester International Airport|
We were collected from home by taxi at 5.00 am this morning to allow us to arrive at Manchester International Airport in good time for our 6.00 am check-in. The flight left at 8.55 am and is scheduled to arrive at Abu Dhabi around 8.00 pm local time, where we have a two hour wait in order to meet our daughter's flight from Heathrow, when we will all fly on to New Delhi, arriving there in the early hours to be met by our driver.
Both legs of our outward-bound journey will be on an Airbus A330-200, landing in New Delhi at 3.10am local time. However, by the time we return again we will be in Thiruvananthapur, (known as Trivandrum until 1991), Southern India, and the aircraft will be an Airbus A320 for the first leg, and then an A330 for the journey to Manchester after a 5 day stop-over in Abu Dhabi.
The above image is courtesy of www.etihad.com
Our International carrier is Etihad Airways, who are of course, main sponsors of Manchester City FC. We have used them previously, and to date they have offered an exceptional service.
Once in India, we have two internal flights, the first one being from New Delhi International Airport.
|SpiceJet Boeing Boeing 737-800 at New Delhi, courtesy of V. Malik|
These will be courtesy of the appropriately named SpiceJet Airlines, again, used before. The rest of our travel within India will be by private chauffeurs, who have been arranged to collect us and deliver us to and from the various airports, as well as transport us by road to our various destinations that are within reasonable driving distances. All transport to pre-arranged visits and tours, will also be undertaken by these hard working drivers, in their air conditioned cars, essential, as current temperature expectations are around 40 degrees.
For anyone who may be interested in following in our footsteps, this is a bespoke touring holiday, put together with the much appreciated assistance of http://www.elandholidays.com/ based in India, but who also have offices in London. They have been used by us several times in the past. International flights and most hotels have been booked separately by ourselves to utilize loyalty points and air-miles gathered from previous trips.