So, it was time to head back my virtual second home in India, Trichy!
Though it was raining all through the morning today, it was exceptionally heavy when I left office at 1.15 PM to head to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Terminal 1B.
Before boarding, I got about 30 minutes to catch up with some grub - a Jamaican Jerk Chicken sandwich with some rather fresh and tasty, non-greasy French fries.
In a few minutes, I boarded the aircraft and had some lovely views silhouetted through a rain-drop laden window.
I love the heavies - Air-India's Boeing 777
And this one - Jet Airways' Airbus A330...
And this Airbus A330 from India's de-facto "national carrier" Emirates.... patiently waiting for us to taxi to Runway 27-09
Holding short of Runway 27-09...
Air-India's A319 on short-finals to Runway 27-09.... This one is still in the erstwhile Indian colours
Finally on 27-09, on full throttle, ready to dart into the skies!
Air-India's hangars, once home to the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-400... today you only see twin-jets here...
As we took off, a Jet Airways Boeing 737 was heading out of the hangar
Contrasts - open spaces abutting the runway and the claustrophobic slums behind..... These encroachments are to blame for the pitiable state Mumbai's airport is in today....
Mumbai or Slum-bai?
Santra Cruz railway station!
I love this sight!
Approach into Chennai!
There's the Jet Airways ATR72 waiting to take me to Trichy!
Finally landed at Trichy to find an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 waiting to welcome us!