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Mid-July in Coimbatore

Old Mar 1, 10, 6:19 pm
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Mid-July in Coimbatore

Folks,

I'll be in Coimbatore for the Embedded Systems Conference at CIT, July 12-14. This will be my first trip to India. A few questions:

1. Does anyone else here expect to be at that conference?

2. Are there any other FTers there, leaving the conference aside, who might want to get together?

3. What travel recommendations do experienced FTers have BOS-CJB-BOS in economy? All things being anywhere close to equal, I'd like to earn bmi EQMs on *A flights. (My travel costs will be reimbursed. While I'm sensitive to my sponsor's budget and don't want to waste a lot of their money, I don't need a bargain-basement fare via Vladivostok and Almaty on Squirrel Air.)

4. If my plans were to include a stop-over in Mumbai, one way or the other but not both, how would that change those recommendations? Or should I just book nested round trips and return to the States from CJB?
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Old Mar 1, 10, 7:53 pm
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I cannot answer any of your questions, but the weather will be far nicer there then, when compared to say, Chennai or Madurai.

If you need any food ideas, please do let me know and I will ask my relatives that live there for ideas (they just moved back from NYC). I do know that one of the restaurants in the Residency (where one sits outside) makes a great chocolate cake...
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Old Mar 1, 10, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
Folks,

I'll be in Coimbatore for the Embedded Systems Conference at CIT, July 12-14. This will be my first trip to India. A few questions:

1. Does anyone else here expect to be at that conference?

2. Are there any other FTers there, leaving the conference aside, who might want to get together?

3. What travel recommendations do experienced FTers have BOS-CJB-BOS in economy? All things being anywhere close to equal, I'd like to earn bmi EQMs on *A flights. (My travel costs will be reimbursed. While I'm sensitive to my sponsor's budget and don't want to waste a lot of their money, I don't need a bargain-basement fare via Vladivostok and Almaty on Squirrel Air.)

4. If my plans were to include a stop-over in Mumbai, one way or the other but not both, how would that change those recommendations? Or should I just book nested round trips and return to the States from CJB?
1 and 2. not applicable

3. SilkAir flies into CJB. However, I have no idea if you can earn BMI miles on it.
Your easiest option is to fly into MAA, and take a domestic flight on Kingfisher, etc. Also, think of Paramount airways for MAA-CJB...its an all-business class (if your sponsor can afford that).

I guess easiest route would be BOS-FRA-MAA (LH) and then MAA-CJB on whatever domestic airline.

Other options include SQ to SIN (through JFK/FRA) and then Silkair.
Or connecting through BKK on TG, on to MAA on TG, then CJB.


If you fly into BOM, you will have more options. But, the painful part will be transferring to domestic terminal in BOM.

MAA international to domestic is super easy because the terminals are next to each other. There are also good hotels nearby MAA if you want to spend several hours.

4. I guess if you want to visit BOM, its not a big deal. just fly from CJB-BOM. and get any star flight out of BOM.
(You can do CO BOM-EWR-BOS, for example.)

Edited to add: Coimbatore is much more pleasant (weatherwise) than MAA, because it is hill-country.
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Old Mar 1, 10, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by snod08 View Post
Also, think of Paramount airways for MAA-CJB...its an all-business class (if your sponsor can afford that).
To clarify, Paramount is touted as an all-business seating airline, basically a 2x2 configuration. Prices are not very different from discounted ecoy on regular airlines, sometimes cheaper.
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Old Mar 2, 10, 12:41 am
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+1 on Anirudh77's comments. I do love Paramount though, for the 2x2 configuration, high quality service, decent food (even on 40 minute flights - MAA-IXM - done it a bunch of times) etc.
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Old Mar 2, 10, 5:58 am
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i have never used paramount but have a colleague at the office who flies with them all the time....he is very happy with the service & comfort he gets from the airline....
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Old Mar 2, 10, 9:41 am
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saad, you should definitely try out paramount some time...great experience. they've relaunched MAA-DEL-MAA, if that helps your cause...
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Old Mar 2, 10, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by aniruddh77 View Post
saad, you should definitely try out paramount some time...great experience. they've relaunched MAA-DEL-MAA, if that helps your cause...
flying del-pnq later this month....maybe i'll try paramount....no plans for maa as of now....
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Old Mar 2, 10, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by aniruddh77 View Post
saad, you should definitely try out paramount some time...great experience. they've relaunched MAA-DEL-MAA, if that helps your cause...
Really?? Not too shabby. I'll definitely look into that!
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