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04 Dec 2007 Flight MJ201 Colombo-Bangkok
This is not my first flight with Mihin Lanka Airline. Mihin Lanka is a new
During the previous flight, they served some soft drink and sandwich, better than other low cost airline and currently it is the lowest cost for traveling between Colombo-Bangkok which I was traveling.
My schedule flight suppose to leave
Mihin Lanka was kind enough to put the entire passenger in a hotel nearby so that all guests could have a little sleep before flight.
Finally, the van show up at 11:05 and we were on the way to the airport by 11:15 the trip only take another 5 minutes. By the time we arrived at the airport it was 11:20. I was thinking to myself ‘I might miss this flight!’ especially when I see the board which written 11:55 am. I ran through the check in counter but when I saw several passengers still there I was relieved. Anyhow, I try to go through the immigration as fast as I can and when I arrived at the gate number 6, I do not need them to tell me that the flight was in further delay because I could see several mechanics running around under the plane with many hatch open.
I then spend the next two hour looking at the mechanic try to finish repairing the plane. I especially like to look at the chief mechanic facial expression and hand signal trying to communicate with his staff through loud engine noise. (I was sure he use to work in wall street, as his hand signal was so good, his staff understand everything he was trying to convey).
On another front, there was a passenger, upset try to talk something with the staff attending the gate counter. He explains that he has another connecting flight in
After two more frustrated hours of waiting at the gate, we board the plane at 2:15 pm and the plane took off around 3:00 pm. I close my eyes immediately trying to sleep. I was lucky as my business appointment is on the next day.
To be fair, I have flied with Mihin Lanka three times before the delay flight, the service is as adequate for the low cost. However, I was told by the fellow passenger that Mihin Lanka had delay several times in the past, and this is his third delays. (I was really wandering his third delay out of how many trip). I just hope they do not have much of delay flight in the future.