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Monday, 8 April 2019

Jet Airways connecting flights cancellation, new booking, baggage allowance etc

Jet Airways connecting flights cancellation, new booking, baggage allowance etc
This information / message mainly to target Jet 9W international flight passengers such as
London - Bom – Goa sector etc
Many of you may be aware of the problems faced by the ailing airline Jet Airways due to which so many last minute flights cancellations etc (Similar problems faced by then Kingfisher Airlines and they never even bothered to inform their passengers)
After booking LONDON – MUMBAI – GOA return Jet Airways recently,  passengers got mail to intimate cancellation of their domestic connecting flights say BOM – GOA sector without even making alternate arrangement.
No answer when tried to contact over phone, call centre etc

The email

Flight BOM-GOA
PNR status - Cancelled

This means, you will have to make your own arrangement.  Flights booking for travel within a week don’t come cheap.  It can range from 4500 to 9000
Next important point you need to consider is the FREE baggage allowance by Domestic Airlines

Your International flight e.g. JET Airways may have allowed you upto 40KG free luggage allowance upto the airport of the final destination  i.e.  Goa / Dabolim  in this case.
Most domestic airlines (Except AI) allow you only 15kg free baggage allowance and excess baggage may be charged at Rs.400 per kg or say 350/kg if pre-booked

AIR India AI offers free 25kg on its domestic routes, excess baggage Rs.500 per kg or little less if pre-booked at the time of booking ticket
Some tips:
If you had to pay for 10KG excess baggage paying say 4000-5000, try to explore booking business Class ticket fare is around 10,500 but baggage allowance is 35kg
e.g. if Economy ticket costing you say Rs. 8000 with 15/25kg baggage allowance and if you had to pay or pre-book excess 10 kg thus paying 4000-5000 (ticket cost would be 12000-13000). Just use 3000 of it to buy Business Class which will give you 35kg baggage allowance and ticket cost in this case would be less than 11000.
Always buy a travel insurance, if you are likely to travel more than once in a year, buy annual  multi-trip travel insurance.
Check with your employers or trade / labour unions  if they provide concessional travel insurance including family insurance.
When booking online, after taxes and discount, offers if any,  it may say this is what you will pay e.g. 7000.  But be prepared to pay additional upto 385 towards ‘online processing fees’ at time of making final payment.
More tips / info /suggestions/ corrections welcome

News update: 11.4.2019
Cash-strapped Jet Airways cancels all international flights
Later in the evening, it cancelled the remaining overseas flights to Amsterdam, Paris and London. However, Jet Airways has issued a clarification saying that inward international flights to India are on schedule. 

Read more at:

Jet Airways grounded effective 17.4.2019
(No Domestic Flights, No International Flights)

Monday, 18 March 2019

Manohar Parrikar, goodbye

Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa died on 17.3.2019 , funeral took place on 18th March 2019 at Miramar beach next to Dayanand Bandodkar Samadhi or memorial.
Chief Minister's mortal remains were kept at Kala Academy for  public to pay last respect from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

4 times Chief Minister of Goa and also Défense Minister of India
13.12.1955 - 17.03.2019 (64)

Manohar Parrikar died of Pancreatic Cancer which was first  diagnosed in Mid February 2018

Feb. 14 he was admitted to GMC Goa Medical College
Feb 15 transferred to Lilavati Hospital Mumbai
Feb 22 Returns and attended Goa Assembly budget session
Feb. 25 back to GMC
March 1, discharged from GMC
March 5 again to Lilavati Mumbai
March 6  flew to USA for treatment
June 14 Returns from US, NYC
July 19 - Aug 03 saw in the Goa Assembly session
August 10 back to US for treatment
August 22, returns from USA
August 23, to Lilavati again, 3rd time
August 29 to USA,  3rd time
September 6, returns from US
September 13, admitted to Ducle Hospital, Candolim
Sept. 14 to AIIMS New Delhi (All India Institute of Medical Sciences
October 14, discharged from AIIMS
October 14 back to Dona Paula, his residence
October 27, Health Minister officially confirms that Parrikar illness due to pancreatic Cancer
November 11, Parrikar taken to GMC  for routine check-up
December 16, Parrikar inspects the progress of third Mandovi bridge - Seen on the bridge, pics
January 2019,  Parrikar visits Secretariat Porvorim  on new year's day
January 2,  visits secretariat again
January 14, visit the 3rd Mandovi bridge, again
January 27, makes first public speech on the new bridge - Atal Setu  inauguration, watch video below
January 29-31, Goa Assembly session
January 31, taken to AIIMS, Delhi
February 6, Back from AIIMS
February 20-22,  some reports says Parrikar  was on oxygen
February 23, shifted to GMC at night
February 26, discharged from GMC
March 3, Back to GMC
March 11,  GMC again for check-up, Scan etc
March 15, Parrikar's  health deteriorated, critical
March 17, Manohar Parrikar died. RIP

Pics and videos below

At Kala Academy
Mortal remains were kept at Kala Academy from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Public paying respects
Christopher Fonseca etc

at Miramar
Huge crowd, some people climbed on trees to have a last glimpse
Casuarinas trees
up on the coconut tree, see top left corner

funeral pyre
Parrikar's sons  Utpal and Abhijat

Video: 1
Paying last respects at Kala Academy

Video 2
Parrikar's last journey, Miramar

Parrikar Samadhi coming up here (place of funeral)

A Facebook post..

Some of Manohar Parrikar's pictures from my collection, below




Goa Assembly session screen shots




2018 January

2018 June
Screen capture, from video message he sent

2019 January 27
New bridge inauguration

Parrikar's last public speech  27.1.2019