Winston Aldworth flies aboard IndiGo flight 6E7145 from Chennai to Tiruchirapp.

The plane:

An ATR 72-600. IndiGo carries more domestic passengers in the skies of India than any other airline — they operate 35 of these buzzy wee numbers, with more on order.

Airport experience: The heavily tooled-up security guys are all super-friendly. "Where are you from?"

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"Stephen Fleming." "Ahhh!"

One of them has some kind words to say about our nation in the wake of the recent Christchurch terror attacks which makes me a little misty-eyed.

My seat: 16C. As with the ATRs you'll know from our own skies, these are kitted out in 2-2 seating configuration, but with one funky — or incredibly awkward — touch: The two seats at the front of the right-hand side are facing back into the cabin. Well, hi there, stranger!

Class: The whole plane is fitted out for Economy. This seems to be standard for regional hoppers in the skies above India.

How full: I spotted two or three empty seats in a cabin of 74.

Fellow travellers: A couple of Western tourists, but otherwise locals.

Flight time: We started boaring at 9.05am for a 9.50am departure. Up and down inside 45 minutes, with one of the steepest descents to land I've ever experienced. In our 10 days of travelling with Adventure World, this Stuka-like approach was another thing I found to be standard for regional hoppers in the skies above India.

Food and drink: For about $1, I bought a bottle of masala water — Paper Boat brand — in a foil squeezie tube thingy. Delicious!

Toilets: It would take something quite dramatic to make the toilet messy in a 45-minute flight — but hey! This is India, right? So I inspected before landing, and can report the one loo was spic
and span.

The service: Two lovely young women, seat us, sell the masala drink then wave us off.

Entertainment: BYO.

Final word: Dhanyavaad!