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Topic: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-14 03:23:39 and read 15149 times.

Introduction



Teman-temanku,

Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

Do you know the sense of pride that more airlines than ever fly to your hometown airport whose exotic aircrafts may please your plane spotting friends?

Teman-teman, can you imagine my feeling when my partner Herman and I boarded Garuda Indonesia at Ahmad Yani International Airport of Semarang for our onward journey to The Land Down Under?

In honor of GA’s slogan, I felt like flying ever higher.  





Travel arrangement



In 2008, we found no other way to conclude a direct transaction with GA than through its call center in Jakarta. We did get our booking reference, but still we had to visit airport sales counter to have our E-tickets issued on presentation of payment confirmation number.

So, can you imagine the revelation that the E-ticket issuance for our latest trip happened on our fingertips at home?

This online booking enhancement including…




Ticket retrieval



While compared to four years ago when the interface was limited to…




Booking status




Made me proud of GA.  




City check in



What would you feel when you were just a couple of meters away from…




GA sales office



A friendly security guard immediately opened the door and invited you to take a seat on any comfortable chair inside?

Would you appreciate an offer of pre-packed mineral water while Customer Service Agent Faesal issued your boarding pass?




My boarding passes for Jakarta and Denpasar



Teman-teman, will you join me and Herman further on our journey?  

[Edited 2012-07-14 03:49:13]

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-14 03:28:24 and read 15228 times.

Ahmad Yani International Airport



All roads lead to Rome, but we were bound for DPS via CGK.   





Airline sales counters. Note the batik motif on the frames



Indeed, Sriwijaya Air could have been our flying partner after PlaneHunter’s example or we could have trusted Batavia Air to fly like two years ago.

But this time, modest GA was our way to fly.  




Airport check in





Check in area overview. Note five GA counters at the back on the left



Apart from Customer Service Agent Dian who was in charge of Executive Class check-in counter, there was no GA agents around.




GA banner. Be ready at boarding gate thirty minutes (prior)



The embarkation of earlier GA flight must have been time consuming for Dian’s colleagues. Yet Dian was more than happy to assist us, even though we were not flying Executive Class.  





Counter sign



“Good afternoon, Sir,” Dian clasped her hands together, “Are you flying with Garuda?”
“Yes, we are going to Denpasar. Oh, and we are already checked in,”
“Very good. Do you have any luggage with you?”
“Just this one,”

The weighing scale indicated 23,48 kilograms, but sweet Dian did not bother it despite 20 kilogram allowance for Economy Class.  

“Your luggage has been checked through to Denpasar. Please be ready at boarding gate on indicated time. Passenger service charge will be collected just before you enter the holding room,”

Dian then clasped her hand again, “Thank you for flying Garuda,”

I got the feeling that ‘Wai’ has become more common in Indonesian airline industry since Indonesia AirAsia managed to impress me with the greeting on board.

By the way, can you guess the latest customer of SRG?   





QZ counters alongside 7P and SJ ones



Two officers were in charge of PSC collection.




PSC counter. Note the higher tariffs than Bandung



Instead of plain white barcode sticker, a nicely designed coupon was presented. Not bad for IDR 30,0000 (EUR 2.50), do you not think?  





My boarding pass to CGK supplied with PSC coupon



Teman-teman, what would you do with an abundant hour to go before boarding?




Holding room sign. Note signage on the bottom right



The keluar sign conveniently lead you outside through domestic arrival.  




Anjungan Wisata



Past cargo terminal, you would come across the entrance of Anjungan Wisata (Picnic Pavilion).




Ticket counter



At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.




Overview



The opening hours seemed widely appreciated. Not only by us, plane spotters, but also...




Day-trippers



You never got that close to 31 threshold before the construction of the pavilion. Furthermore, with favorable wind direction…




PK-GEF in old livery backtracking



You would get to see U-turn just in front of you, followed by thrilling moment of…




SJ PK-CJH take off roll




Holding room




How about another thrill some thirty minutes later…




Our carry-on



Our precious mineral water bottles remained, even after the third security check.  



Furthermore, security check point has been relocated since our last visit to SRG. At that time, the holding area was not larger than….




Window section area



Middle section used to be semi public.




Forward middle section. Note the pillars



Glasses in between the pillars were removed to create more space for waiting passengers.




Backward middle section. Note the check point on the right to the painting



Can you imagine my sense of pride that SRG would be evolving from…




Current map



To…




Master plan



I just hope that after new terminal construction on the northern side of the runway, my hometown airport would still breathe similar viewing excitement.




Wings crew members walking to the their next assignment



Our PK-GEG inbound from CGK



7P PK-YVH on takeoff roll, bound for Singapore



IW PK-WFR after pushback, bound for Surabaya



What do you think of …




Trigana Air PK-YSD taxiing, bound for Pangkalanbun



Can you imagine any damage on PK-YSD after veering off runway on heavy weather landing last April 13, 2005 in Makassar? Look how well this former Air Canada C-GCPV recovered ever since!  

Speaking of damage, it was already past 12.50 and technicians were still busy with trouble shootings as Customer Service Agent Kiki told me.   





Gate 1. Note Kiki keeping an eye on the tarmac




Boarding



“May I have your attention, please?” Kiki’s call livened up people around us. “Families with children are requested to board first,”




Boarding scene. Spot families with children   



Green light flashed. We were admitted to the tarmac.  





Entrance direction



What a delight as the twenty minute boarding delay saw for my first encounter with…




Lion Air PK-LJL



Can you imagine my excitement of the sight of this two week old 737-900ER alongside…




PK-GEG



As twenty years ago, there was nothing else to see than boring British Aerospace ATP’s.




Under the wing. Dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67)



However, my photo-taking frenzy made me lag behind Herman. I had to surrender my sequence to a couple in front of me or did I?

“Are you traveling together?” The man of the couple surprisingly spoke to me.
“Err, yes actually,”
“Please come forward. Join him,” The man waved me on.  
“Thank you. What a novelty,”


The gesture of my co-passenger just warmed my heart as I looked up to...




Horizontal stabilizer



And looked back.



View towards SRG terminal building

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-14 03:30:50 and read 15217 times.

On board






Flights Status

Route: SRG – CGK
Date: 10 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 13.10 / 13.25
ETA/ATA: 14.10 / 14.30
Flight number: GA 239
Plane: Boeing 737-83N
Registration: PK-GEG
Delivered: 11 June 2002 to American Trans Air
Flight deck: Captain Suryo Gagat




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“Welcome on board,” Cabin attendant Sri Mulyani in her turquoise kebaya clasped her hands.

An array of newspapers was nicely arranged in front of her.




Indonesian and English newspapers



The newspaper offer less bothered me than the girl who pretended not to see us while occupying… my seat!  

“Excuse me, madam! That is my seat,” I tapped her on the shoulder.
“But, I got assigned twenty nine C,” She protested.
“That is why you have to move!”

Miss 29C reluctantly gave in once she learned the division of row 29…




A window, B middle, C aisle



However, thanks to Miss 29C, I became more appreciative of my 29A...




Decent legroom



And truly enjoyed boiled candy offered by cabin attendant Retno Juli.




Boiled candy



Following the introduction of Cabin Service Manager Dinny was manual safety demonstration by Retno Juli and her colleagues Arie and Regina.

Safety card was surely available for further reference…




Instruction for takeoff and landing, how to use oxygen mask and more



Emergency landing procedure



Additional safety information



But, would you see how Retno Juli, Arie and Regina clasped their hands after they finished the demonstration on it?   




Taxi and take off



Time to say goodbye was near.  





An U-turn on 31 threshold



While waiting for…




KalStar Aviation PK-KSN, formerly Norwegian LN-KKP, vacating the runway



I could not help having mixed feelings with the sight of…




My former playground



Just too fast how PK-GEG rolled past the place where I developed my passion for aviation.  





Lift off at 13.35. Note red roofed Graha Padma residential area on the background



Climbing along the suburb…




Mangkang industrial area on the background



A river separating Turunrejo on the left and Banyutowo on the right



As the greenish soil faded away underneath cloud layer.



In flight



“Sir?” Sweet Arie brought me down to earth with something in her hand…




Snack box



Containing…




Clockwise from right: a slice of chocolate cake, deep fried filled tofu and pre-packed guava tea



Diving into silky tofu filling through crispy surface with tingly bite of spicy green bird eye’s chili, I recalled my past memories in Semarang. So sweet as creamy filling of the chocolate cake. So refreshing as the guava tea.

“Would you like anything else to drink?” Sri Mulyani surprised me a bit.
“Oh, orange juice, please,”
“Sure,”

Unlike Gabriel (gabrielchew)’s GA 142, additional drink service was available.




Retno Juli and Sri Mulyani on duty



After such abundant drink offer, a lavatory visit was just necessary…




Lavatory pan



Getting freshened up with either…




Eau de toilette, hand lotion or hand soap



Before returning to my seat since fasten seat belts were illuminated.




Forward cabin view. Note some empty seats



PK-GEG made landfall…




Tanjung Pakis beach



While gradually leaving the cruising altitude.



Landing




“Cabin crew, take your seat,”




Muara Kamal




After flying time of 54 minutes…




Touchdown




PK-GEG safely made it on 07L – 25R runway and proceeded to domestic terminal 2F with a nice greet from…




Mihin Lanka 4R-MRC



QZ PK-AWX, Tiger Mandala PK-RMN and QZ PK-AXR



Retro sister ship PK-GFN



And coming to a stop next to…




Sister PK-GFS




Disembarking




As we fetched our carry-on and faced up to…




Waiting to disembark



It was 14.35 already. Ten minutes past advised boarding time of our connecting flight!   





Soekarno-Hatta International Airport






But measly ten minutes later…




Boarding queue



We made it to Gate F2 even after security check!  

Hopping on a rather empty bus…




Bus interior. Note the seat arrangement



To Terminal 2E for our next ride.




PK-GPF



An array of newspapers was available on trolley…




English and Indonesian newspaper



But, more attractive was…




Etihad A6-ETI, dedicated to flightsimboy

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-14 03:38:25 and read 15187 times.

On board






Flights Status

Route: CGKDPS
Date: 10 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 14.55 / 15.05
ETA/ATA: 17.40 / 17.55
Flight number: GA 416
Plane: Airbus 330-341
Registration: PK-GPF
Delivered: 19 March 1997
Flight deck: Captain Onky Yudhadibrata




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“Good afternoon” Cabin Attendant Linda clasped her hands at 2L door just before…




Second Executive Class cabin



Down to forward Economy Class cabin where Cabin Attendant Nadya clasped her hands to everyone walking on her side.




Nadya on our side. Note her colleagues Fitri in turquoise and Nufusy in orange kebaya on the other side



And further to the calm aft cabin where we belonged.




Overview



Cabin Attendant Vivi in her orange kebaya graciously made her appearance from the aft galley.

“Good afternoon,” Vivi clasped her hands. “Can I help you with your seat?”
“Thank you. I think we have found our seats,”
“Do you need any help with your luggage?”
“We will manage. Thank you,”

Such genuine hospitality from Vivi along with a personal message…




Welcome



As I made myself comfortable on…




My seat with personal television



Followed by an offer of…




Boiled candy



Made me feel like being a guest of Javanese royal palace, where not only your comfort was a top priority, but also your safety.




Quick reference



How to evacuate a wide body in case of emergency



Thank you for your attention



At 15.05, pushback commenced.



Taxi and take off



“Due to congestion, we have to wait five or ten minutes for our turn to take off. We have sequence number four,”

Somehow I did not mind Captain Yudadhibrata’s announcement as among the ones responsible for our wait, were…



Merpati PK-MDF, formerly QZ PK-AWS, moments before touchdown



Cathay Pacific B-HOW




And the one preceding us…




QZ PK-AXJ



An old friend as if she wanted to show us the way while her Malaysian sister ship following in our wake…



AirAsia 9M-AHO



Got ready to see us off…




Accelerating



Reaching 2,000 m spot…




Rotate



And flying ever higher above…




Kronjo wetlands




In flight



I was in cloud nine, both literally and figuratively.  

On board of rejuvenated PK-GPF in exceptional ambience…




Nearly private aft cabin



While maintaining…




34 inch legroom



Upgraded in-flight entertainment system has been put at our disposal…




Touch screen



Including…




Contemporary control unit design



Even more special when Vivi appeared on our side without any meal trolley as opposed to Nadya and her other colleague Fira who were in charge of the busier front cabin.

“What would you like to have? We have fish with rice or chicken with noodle,”
“Fish with rice, please,”
“Sure. And how about you?”
“I will have the chicken, please,”
“Sure,”

As Vivi fetched our meal, we got ourselves prepared.




Distinguish designed tray table



Our meal trays were brought individually to us.  





Unwrapped meal tray set



“Would you like anything to drink?” Vivi asked after serving my tray.
“Do you have Ginger Ale?”
“Let me just check it for you,”

Vivi disappeared to the galley, but not before saying, “Enjoy your meal,”  





Chicken noodle set for Herman. Note pre-packed chili sauce



My fish with turmeric rice



Turmeric rice, preparation for special occasion in Javanese culture, made a playful combination with surprisingly modest red pepper flakes on velvety fish filet podium. All rounded off by...




A medley of red grape, papaya and pineapple slices



As for indulging in performance of royal dancers.  

Somehow, Cabin Attendant Respati became the bad news messenger.

“I am so sorry. We do not have Ginger Ale on board. Can I offer you anything else? Sprite or coke, perhaps?”
“Can I have orange juice instead?”
“Certainly,”

Guess who then brought my drink order?




My orange juice by Vivi. Cheers, Gavin!



This experience felt so unreal. I just had to freshen up my senses.




Napkins and refreshing items



As I met Vivi again in her resemblance to Javanese royal family member, I could not deny anymore that I was there for real.

Just this consciousness made me so disappointed when I asked Vivi for a photo, she just whispered, “Please no, I am too shy,”  

I was about to slink off empty-handed when Vivi suggested, “But, I will take a picture of you with my colleagues,”

Hoping for the best, I returned to my seat and tried to entertain myself with…




Garuda magazine



Though short lived as it somehow disappeared into our carry-on. 

How about…




Garuda shop



Just as I decided on something, Vivi invited me to the aft galley where Fitri, Fira and Nadya already gathered.

Respati who just stayed aloof at the beginning, offered to take a picture of all of us. To my pleasant surprise, Vivi decided to join us.  





Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati



I was grateful already that Vivi was true to her words, but this photo session just went beyond my expectation! Shame, Nufusy could not take part in it as she had to arrange my purchase.




GA branded cap



As Nadya and Fira excused themselves to do second drink run, I figured that it was about time for me to retreat.

Truly angels as Vivi and her colleagues were, each of them would smile at me every time we made an eye contact.  

“Do you want anything else to drink?” Sweet Nadya stopped by with the drink trolley.
“No, thank you. I am fine,”

How I wished the time to stop as soon as I found out…




Flight map



Our flight would come to an end.  




Landing



As if it was filled with tears, our view became blurrier the further PK-GPF glided towards the horizon level.




Break-water before 09 threshold



After one hour and thirty one minute…




Touchdown at 17.50



The farewell was imminent.  





Vacating 09 – 27



Remaining rays of heavenly light were shining through as Captain Yudadhibrata set PK-GPF at rest.



Disembarking



No mad rush, but peaceful affair as the aft cabin gradually emptied...




Waiting to disembark



Giving everyone of us an opportunity to say goodbye properly to Vivi and Respati outside the aft galley, Nadya halfway the cabin and Linda at 2L, by clasping hands after their example.  



Greeted by…




Sister PK-GPL



We descended step by step while saluting…




Majestic wing



One of Rollys Royce Trent 772-60 twins



And finally on the tarmac...




Terima kasih PK-GPF. Terima kasih Garuda


[Edited 2012-07-14 04:13:36]

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-14 03:39:53 and read 15149 times.

Conclusion



Teman-teman, I was truly blessed with Garuda Indonesia Experience.

My greatest gratitude goes to Vivi, Nadya, Fitri, Fira and Respati for being my angels on board and making me proud of being born Indonesian;

Also to Herman, my partner who I gladly shared this exceptional experience with;

Last but not least, I wish to thank all of you, teman-temanku, for joining me all the way from Semarang to Denpasar. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this fourth part of my journey to The Land Down Under.  

Furthermore, to say after stipica, if you ever go to my home country, do visit my hometown airport like PlaneHunter.

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions because without you, I would have never been able to improve my writings.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  




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Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-07-14 04:31:31 and read 14979 times.

Great report Suryo,

I like the inclusion of detailed dialogues in your reports. It somehow makes the whole experience more realistic for us readers.

I'm also glad (just like you are) to see Garuda changing slowly but surely their profile. It must be very satisfactory for all Indonesians.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Are you traveling together?” The man of the couple surprisingly spoke to me.
“Err, yes actually,”
“Please come forward. Join him,” The man waved me on.  
“Thank you. What a novelty,”

How nice of him. You would definitely not see that ever happen where I come from  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Retro sister ship PK-GFN

I love retro liveries and I have to confess that I had no idea that Garuda's former colors were red and orange. It looks pretty good  


Thanks for sharing this with us Suryo. I hope all subsequent experiences with Garuda to be as exceptional as this one. And as it is often the case, it is the crew that makes the difference!

WideBodyroga

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-14 04:40:20 and read 14956 times.

Hi Suryo,

excellent report about your Garuda experience! I'm glad that the domestic product doesn't look much less impressive than the international product. Just too bad you didn't get one of the factory fresh 738s with PTVs. However - it's great to see that the old A333s' interiors have been refurbished.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Indeed, Sriwijaya Air could have been our flying partner after PlaneHunter’s example or we could have trusted Batavia Air to fly like two years ago.

GA was certainly a great choice!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
SJ PK-CJH take off roll

I will miss that colorscheme!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Wings crew members walking to the their next assignment

I really like these red and black dresses...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I am so sorry. We do not have Ginger Ale on board. Can I offer you anything else? Sprite or coke, perhaps?”

How disappointing!  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
if you ever go to my home country, do visit my hometown airport like PlaneHunter.

I can only recommend anyone to do so...by using SJ 732, of course!  


PH

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-14 05:05:35 and read 14898 times.

Hey Suryo ,

Boring Saturday here in Ireland and you brought a smile to my face as I read your report as always. Lovely photos and experience. I love the new interiors and the meals. Never been to Indonesia but kind of want to after your reports   You are a great ambassador of your country and thats good.  

Love the baseball cap too very nicely designed.

Looking forward to more exotic adventures from you .

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: burj
Posted 2012-07-14 15:11:43 and read 14284 times.

As always an awesome trip report that makes the reader feel like we are there with you and Herman!

I am so glad to see Garuda improving their product and I hope that I'll be able to use my Delta SkyPesos to fly with them once they join SkyTeam!

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: aflyingkiwi
Posted 2012-07-14 17:21:32 and read 14160 times.

Hi Suryo,

Great to see the next installment of your series.

It sounds like you had 2 fantastic flights with Garuda. Also nice to see that you were able to get a widebody on the relatively short leg to DPS. I do hope that one day GA will return to AKL, I would really like to try their revitalized product.

Thanks for the report

Regards,
aflyingiwi

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-07-14 23:17:26 and read 13858 times.

Great report, Suryo! It looks like you had a good flight with Garuda. Thank you for sharing!

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-07-15 06:02:11 and read 13598 times.

Nice and detailed report as usual! Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write it!

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-07-15 06:45:20 and read 13557 times.

Hello Suryo,

Thank you very much for another nice Indonesian tale. This time featuring nothing less than your land of birth's home carrier. I bet these were certainly flights you were looking forward to? And they looked like excellent flights: nice cabins, outstanding service by the nice crews. As an Indonesian, this for sure must make you proud   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

I can understand it makes you proud. As a Belgian it's too bad I can't be that proud on SN, the latest reports here only show quite some mediocrity unfortunately...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But this time, modest GA was our way to fly

Excellent choice of course  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
By the way, can you guess the latest customer of SRG?

Air Asia?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Entrance direction

A real good way of showing pax the right direction and to ensure a quick and painless boarding procedure. Did your fellow travelers follow the recommendations of this sign?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Flight deck: Captain Suryo

Great flight that must've been!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Distinguish designed tray table

Oh my, you were really hungry it seems 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
One of Rollys Royce Trent 772-60 twins

Oops, something was not right apparently? Was this your plane?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: Knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-07-15 10:27:06 and read 13395 times.

Hey Suryo

Thanks for posting the next installment of your Indonesian journey. It just keeps getting more and more interesting with every further flight you take!

And blimey, what a transformation Garuda has undergone. I remember when they still used to fly to Zurich with the MD-11 and the B747-400. Their reputation was not the best back in those days. But look at them now!

The cabin looks very modern and well maintained and the crews looks as though they're actually enjoying themselves! As for the food, especially on the last leg, it looks rather appetizing.

Thanks for posting. Looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-07-15 15:24:23 and read 13298 times.

Hello Suryo!

Thanks for another great report. Garuda looks really nice. Love their new colors!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
KalStar Aviation

Never heard of that airline before!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
boring British Aerospace ATP’s.

Come on! The ATP´s are not boring 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Boiled candy

I´m curious how these boiled candies taste like?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mihin Lanka 4R-MRC

another new airline to me 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Retro sister ship PK-GFN

Love that retro scheme!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
To Terminal 2E for our next ride.

Nice with a wide-body on a short domestic flight!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati

Great photo. They look like lovely ladies!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-07-16 05:23:23 and read 13059 times.

Hi Suryo,

Good to see your annual Indonesian homecoming progressing a bit further. Nice for you to pay a visit to your hometown again. The "new" Garuda looks very nice, those seats are extremely stylish.

You know the airport code SRG always gives me shivers, as a colleague years ago, the "Mad Russian Coder Sergey" used this expression in comments to mark his (dubious, very dubious) pieces of code. It is almost enough to put me off flying to SRG, but just almost if I get a chance to log a 732...  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Teman-temanku,

Ahh, the one thing I remember from my Malaysian AIrlines flight back in 2006 is the purser's announcements which always seemed to start with Teman-this and Teman-that. Apparently this is something like "dear" or "good" in Bahasa?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

No. Because my home country carrier is in deep shite, headed by clueless management and ruined by even more clueless unions. Unfortunately. Maybe things will change for the better at some point and then I will perhaps know this same feeling...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Past cargo terminal, you would come across the entrance of Anjungan Wisata (Picnic Pavilion).

Hey, a very nice idea! And very good that it's priced so affordably that everyone can visit it!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Diving into silky tofu filling through crispy surface with tingly bite of spicy green bird eye’s chili, I recalled my past memories in Semarang. So sweet as creamy filling of the chocolate cake. So refreshing as the guava tea.

You know Suryo, sometimes you are a bit too poetic for your own good.

Joking aside that dish sounds quite nice, could even persuade a die hard carnivore like me to try the "faux meat" option!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Flight deck: Captain Suryo Gagat

How very appropriate!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Plane: Airbus 330-341

Interesting, I had no idea GA used widebodies on domestic services.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati

Ahh, Suryo, always the "linssilude".

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
GA branded cap

What's that bag underneath it? A holding bag for it?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Flight map

Interesting that you basically backtracked to CGK just to fly directly above SRG (brrrrr...) again, good boy!

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-07-16 10:52:42 and read 12880 times.

Hi Suryo,

Great report and pix as usual, thanks for sharing.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The opening hours seemed widely appreciated. Not only by us, plane spotters

- Now that should be mandatory around the globe!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Eau de toilette, hand lotion or hand soap

- Impressive for a domestic flight.

Food looks good on these short hops, pretty impressive.

I love how you always seem to get a shot with you and the girls, impressive!

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-07-16 10:57:25 and read 12879 times.

Hi Suryo,

thanks again for taking us with you on this epic journey. Again a lovely and enjoyable report. Very nice to read how you get closer and closer to Down-Under.

Really impressed by Garuda here, excellent service it seems, food looks very yummy as well. I certainly agree with you that you can be proud of your local carrier. The only thing I disagree with are the colors of their seats.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati

Lovely picture   ...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.

Now that's a cool thing to have. And it seems it is also quite popular by the local aviation enthusiasts. Cool to get so close to departing aircrafts, and even to some exotic carriers.

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-07-18 03:23:32 and read 12615 times.

Nice report Suryo - looks like you had some more nice flights with GA!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Excuse me, madam! That is my seat,” I tapped her on the shoulder.
“But, I got assigned twenty nine C,” She protested.
“That is why you have to move!”

Haha

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Snack box
Containing…

Looks very similar to the one I got MES-BTJ

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Vivi disappeared to the galley, but not before saying, “Enjoy your meal,”

Ooh, both main courses look good - GA seems to be onto a winner with their catering

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-07-18 03:26:56 and read 12614 times.

Hi Suryo,

Another great TR of yours from Indonesia. It's good to see how far GA has come over this decade.

It's a very interesting route you took to get to DPS.. Are there few direct flights between Semarang and Denpasar? But nonetheless, it's good to get a widebody on a short route!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.

So cheap for a paying viewing area! It also has a great view.


The meals looked excellent, especially for the distance!

Looking forward to reading the next parts!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-07-18 07:26:57 and read 12495 times.

Hi Suryo,

Great to read your latest Indonesian installment.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A friendly security guard immediately opened the door and invited you to take a seat on any comfortable chair inside?
Would you appreciate an offer of pre-packed mineral water while Customer Service Agent Faesal issued your boarding pass?

Now that sounds like the sort of service that takes you a long time to find.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Wings crew members walking to the their next assignment

What snazzy uniforms those FAs have!

I really love Garuda's colour scheme on the outside, but I personally don't like the brown seats, they look dated to me.

Lucky you getting a widebody on the 90 minute hop to Denpasar, especially when the cabin is half empty. That must have been such a great experience. Attentive service from the crew, a nice souvenir hat to purchase and a picture of you and the female FAs, what more could you possibly want from a flight?!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
My greatest gratitude goes to Vivi, Nadya, Fitri, Fira and Respati for being my angels on board and making me proud of being born Indonesian;

What a moving sentence Suryo  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: Luxair747SP
Posted 2012-07-18 08:51:07 and read 12288 times.

Hi Suryo,

very nice report about Garuda..they seem to offer a good hard as well as soft product.
Also nice exotic carriers around.

Thanks a lot for sharing 

Cheers,
Johannes

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-20 10:21:41 and read 11920 times.

Teman-temanku WideBodyroga, PH, Philip, Burj, Aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Robert, Nils, William, Robert, P., Mark, CaptainRed, Gabriel, Nicholas, Hannah, Johannes,

Terima kasih banyak. Thank you so much for your replies.!   



WideBodyroga, PH, Aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Robert, Mark, CaptainRed, Gabriel, Nicholas, Hannah, Johannes :

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Great report Suryo,
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
excellent report about your Garuda experience!
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
Great to see the next installment of your series.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Great report, Suryo!
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Nice and detailed report as usual!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Great report and pix as usual,
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Again a lovely and enjoyable report. Very nice to read how you get closer and closer to Down-Under.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Nice report Suryo
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Another great TR of yours from Indonesia.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Great to read your latest Indonesian installment.
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 21):
very nice report about Garuda..

Thank you, my friends.  



WideBodyroga, PH, Philip, PH, Burj, William, Robert, P., Nicholas, Hannah, Johannes:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I'm also glad (just like you are) to see Garuda changing slowly but surely their profile.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
However - it's great to see that the old A333s' interiors have been refurbished.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
I love the new interiors and the meals.
Quoting burj (Reply 8):
I am so glad to see Garuda improving their product
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
And blimey, what a transformation Garuda has undergone. I remember when they still used to fly to Zurich with the MD-11 and the B747-400. Their reputation was not the best back in those days. But look at them now!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
The cabin looks very modern and well maintained
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Garuda looks really nice. Love their new colors!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
The "new" Garuda looks very nice,
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
It's good to see how far GA has come over this decade.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
I really love Garuda's colour scheme on the outside,
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 21):
they seem to offer a good hard as well as soft product.

I am very happy to see the rebirth of my home country carrier. Its five-year expansion plan (The Quantum Leap) definitely bears fruit after the implementation in 2009.


WideBodyroga, Aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Robert, Nils, William, Robert, Mark, CaptainRed, Johannes:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing this with us Suryo.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
Thanks for the report
Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Thank you for sharing!
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write it!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Thank you very much for another nice Indonesian tale. This time featuring nothing less than your land of birth's home carrier.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Thanks for posting the next installment of your Indonesian journey.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Thanks for posting.
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Thanks for another great report.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
thanks for sharing.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
thanks again for taking us with you on this epic journey.
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 21):
Thanks a lot for sharing  

It has been a great pleasure of mine, teman-teman.  



WideBodyroga, William, Robert:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
And as it is often the case, it is the crew that makes the difference!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
the crews looks as though they're actually enjoying themselves!
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Great photo. They look like lovely ladies!

Vivi, Fitri, Fira, Nadya and Respati have been angels of mine.  



WideBodyroga, Robert:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I love retro liveries and I have to confess that I had no idea that Garuda's former colors were red and orange. It looks pretty good
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Love that retro scheme!

It is used to be the livery from 1969 to 1985. Remembrance of my childhood.


PH, Nils, P., Nicholas:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
GA was certainly a great choice!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Excellent choice of course  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Interesting that you basically backtracked to CGK just to fly directly above SRG (brrrrr...) again, good boy!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
It's a very interesting route you took to get to DPS.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
But nonetheless, it's good to get a widebody on a short route!

Thank you.


PH, Hannah:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I really like these red and black dresses...   
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
What snazzy uniforms those FAs have!

In that case, Wings must have enlisted service of talented fashion designer.


Philip, William, Nicholas:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Looking forward to more exotic adventures from you .
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Looking forward to the next installment.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Looking forward to reading the next parts!

I am doing my best.


Aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Nils, CaptainRed, Gabriel:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
It sounds like you had 2 fantastic flights with Garuda.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
It looks like you had a good flight with Garuda.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
And they looked like excellent flights: nice cabins, outstanding service by the nice crews. As an Indonesian, this for sure must make you proud   
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Really impressed by Garuda here, excellent service it seems, food looks very yummy as well. I certainly agree with you that you can be proud of your local carrier.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
looks like you had some more nice flights with GA!

These flights have indeed made me proud of Garuda Indonesia.

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-20 10:23:47 and read 11917 times.

Aflyingkiwi, P.:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
Also nice to see that you were able to get a widebody on the relatively short leg to DPS.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Interesting, I had no idea GA used widebodies on domestic services.

DPS gets several wide body services from CGK on daily basis.


Nils, P.:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Great flight that must've been!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
How very appropriate!

Absolutely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I can understand it makes you proud. As a Belgian it's too bad I can't be that proud on SN, the latest reports here only show quite some mediocrity unfortunately...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
No. Because my home country carrier is in deep shite, headed by clueless management and ruined by even more clueless unions. Unfortunately.

Shame.  



William, P., Mark, Gabriel, Nicholas:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
As for the food, especially on the last leg, it looks rather appetizing.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Joking aside that dish sounds quite nice, could even persuade a die hard carnivore like me to try the "faux meat" option!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Food looks good on these short hops, pretty impressive.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Ooh, both main courses look good - GA seems to be onto a winner with their catering
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
The meals looked excellent, especially for the distance!

I am proud of GA’s food and beverage improvement. Our meal were just delicious!


Robert, P., Mark, CaptainRed:

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Great photo. They look like lovely ladies!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Ahh, Suryo, always the "linssilude".
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
I love how you always seem to get a shot with you and the girls, impressive!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Lovely picture   ...

Thank you.   



P., Mark, CaptainRed, Nicholas, Johannes:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Hey, a very nice idea! And very good that it's priced so affordably that everyone can visit it!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
- Now that should be mandatory around the globe!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Now that's a cool thing to have. And it seems it is also quite popular by the local aviation enthusiasts. Cool to get so close to departing aircrafts, and even to some exotic carriers.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
So cheap for a paying viewing area! It also has a great view.
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 21):
Also nice exotic carriers around.

How nice to hear that. Do visit my hometown airport sometime.


P., CaptainRed, Hannah:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
those seats are extremely stylish.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
The only thing I disagree with are the colors of their seats.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
but I personally don't like the brown seats, they look dated to me.

We all have different taste which is fine. I personally like the seats.  



WideBodyroga:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I like the inclusion of detailed dialogues in your reports. It somehow makes the whole experience more realistic for us readers.

I am very happy to hear that.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
It must be very satisfactory for all Indonesians.

No doubt about it. Even though I am no longer Indonesian citizen, I am very proud of Garuda’s achievement.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
How nice of him. You would definitely not see that ever happen where I come from  

You will never know. There are still many nice people around.  


Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I hope all subsequent experiences with Garuda to be as exceptional as this one.

I have confidence in The Garuda Indonesia Experience.


Hi PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I'm glad that the domestic product doesn't look much less impressive than the international product.

I am with you here. Judging on your experience, Garuda maintains consistently good service both domestic and international.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Just too bad you didn't get one of the factory fresh 738s with PTVs.

That would have been great. But you know, flying any 738 out of SRG was just enough for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I will miss that colorscheme!

This special connection with Sriwijaya of yours is just heartwarming.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
How disappointing!   

Maybe I would have more luck on international flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I can only recommend anyone to do so...by using SJ 732, of course!   

Thank you for your recommendation.   



Hey Philip:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Boring Saturday here in Ireland and you brought a smile to my face as I read your report as always. Lovely photos and experience.

Philip, I feel the same with your reply. So heartwarming.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Never been to Indonesia but kind of want to after your reports   You are a great ambassador of your country and thats good.  

Thank you for the honor, Philip.   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Love the baseball cap too very nicely designed.

  



Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 8):
As always an awesome trip report that makes the reader feel like we are there with you and Herman!

How sweet of you. Do you know how happy I am with your reply?

Quoting burj (Reply 8):
I hope that I'll be able to use my Delta SkyPesos to fly with them once they join SkyTeam!

I would love to hear about your own ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’.


Hi Aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 9):
I do hope that one day GA will return to AKL, I would really like to try their revitalized product.

GA has expressed its intention to return to AKL. I hope I would hear about your ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’ one day.

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-20 10:25:52 and read 11914 times.

Haai Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I bet these were certainly flights you were looking forward to?

Definitely!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Air Asia?

Correct!   


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
A real good way of showing pax the right direction and to ensure a quick and painless boarding procedure.

Just like your Transavia


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Did your fellow travelers follow the recommendations of this sign?

I suppose so. None of the queue for both 1L and 2L was noticeably long.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Oh my, you were really hungry it seems 

Yes! Very! 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Oops, something was not right apparently? Was this your plane?

How do you come up with the idea?  



Hey William:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
It just keeps getting more and more interesting with every further flight you take!

Thank you for your continuous support.


Hello Robert:

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Never heard of that airline before!

Though established in 2000, KalStar has just become a domestic scheduled airline in November 2007.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
Come on! The ATP´s are not boring   

You can have all of them. 


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
I´m curious how these boiled candies taste like?

It is boiled sweet, prepared from syrups of sucrose, glucose or fructose.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 14):
another new airline to me

Colombo based low cost airline which operates four weekly direct flight to CGK.


Hi P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Good to see your annual Indonesian homecoming progressing a bit further.

Thank you for your patience.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Nice for you to pay a visit to your hometown again.

The intense feeling of coming home has never faded, P.!   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
You know the airport code SRG always gives me shivers, as a colleague years ago, the "Mad Russian Coder Sergey" used this expression in comments to mark his (dubious, very dubious) pieces of code.

Oh yes, you have told me earlier about it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
It is almost enough to put me off flying to SRG, but just almost if I get a chance to log a 732...  

SRG is a 732 heaven. I would love to see you come over to SRG. (I say it twice, I know)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Ahh, the one thing I remember from my Malaysian AIrlines flight back in 2006 is the purser's announcements which always seemed to start with Teman-this and Teman-that. Apparently this is something like "dear" or "good" in Bahasa?
Teman means pal or friend or comrade.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Maybe things will change for the better at some point and then I will perhaps know this same feeling...

Never say never.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
You know Suryo, sometimes you are a bit too poetic for your own good.

I cannot help it, P.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
What's that bag underneath it? A holding bag for it?

Correct.


Hi Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
- Impressive for a domestic flight.

Very true.


Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Haha

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Looks very similar to the one I got MES-BTJ

I can imagine it as MES-BTJ has similar distance to SRG-CGK.


Hi Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Are there few direct flights between Semarang and Denpasar?

There is a daily nonstop early morning flight with Wings Air. Otherwise, you should transit either in Jakarta or Surabaya.


Hi Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Now that sounds like the sort of service that takes you a long time to find.

Part of The Garuda Indonesia Experience.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Lucky you getting a widebody on the 90 minute hop to Denpasar, especially when the cabin is half empty. That must have been such a great experience. Attentive service from the crew, a nice souvenir hat to purchase and a picture of you and the female FAs, what more could you possibly want from a flight?!

Hannah, you sum it up aptly. I have indeed had a perfect flight.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
What a moving sentence Suryo  

Thank you.   



WideBodyroga, PH, Philip, Burj, Aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Robert, Nils, William, Robert, P., Mark, CaptainRed, Gabriel, Nicholas, Hannah, Johannes,

You are just great! Thanks again for dropping by.   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: signol
Posted 2012-07-21 05:36:09 and read 11756 times.

Excellent Suryo, I always expect good things from your reports and you never disappoint!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Would you appreciate an offer of pre-packed mineral water while Customer Service Agent Faesal issued your boarding pass?

Very nice service, especially to offer checkin downtown!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Not bad for IDR 30,0000 (EUR 2.50), do you not think?

Not bad indeed, but I prefer it to be included in the ticket price!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.

Now that is cheap. Is it even worth paying someone to collect the money?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Master plan

I do like airport expansion plans...
See current DUR plan:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/254/masterplan2010large3rn.gif/#
to master plan:
http://img320.imageshack.us/img320/9734/masterplan2060large1nm.gif

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“Please come forward. Join him,” The man waved me on

Very kind!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Clockwise from right: a slice of chocolate cake, deep fried filled tofu and pre-packed guava tea

Nice snack, though I'm not a fan of tofu at all...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
We made it to Gate F2 even after security check!

Very quick. Was it far?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Our meal trays were brought individually to us.

Both look very tasty, especially for economy class!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Nufusy could not take part in it as she had to arrange my purchase.

A fitting souvenir!

As ever, looking forward to the contination!

Thank you again my friend,

signol

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-07-21 15:57:24 and read 11614 times.

Hello Suryo, nice report!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

I can sure imagine that feeling. If only SAS would go back to what they were back in the olden days  
Btw, has the renewal of the fleet, etc been financed with taxpayer's money? Also are they making profits? As I sure hope so  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My boarding passes for Jakarta and Denpasar

Wow, I really like this new stub-sized format of BP's. I bet the airlines could save quite a lot of money on reduced amount of paperstock used, if they chose to adopt this BP design.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Airline sales counters. Note the batik motif on the frames

Is it common for people in Indonesia to book their flights at the same day over the ticket counter?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.

Wow talk about cheap! Wish the observation decks here in Europe were priced that low, haha.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our carry-on

Was that your joint carry on? Also did you have the usual joint suitcase in the hold?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
IW PK-WFR after pushback, bound for Surabaya

Hmm, seems like a new trend in Indonesia to write the aircraft type with very big letters on the fuselage?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you imagine my excitement of the sight of this two week old 737-900ER alongside…

I must say that I really like that sleek look of the B739ER. Not very used to seeing 737s stretch that long.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
An array of newspapers was nicely arranged in front of her.

Wow, that's a very impressive selection of International newspapers. Never pictured there being such an extensive selection on a domestic flight in Indonesia. Take that for comparison the TAP Lounge in Lisbon, that didn't have a single english newspaper or magazine. As you'd might imagine, I was quite disappointed by the lack of newsweek. And Men's health in Portuguese didn't make me happier either.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Snack box

Those snack boxes really seem to be an asian thing, as I don't recall having one served in Europe for a very long time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Cathay Pacific B-HOW

Well HOW are you doing today! 

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: dkdaviator
Posted 2012-07-22 10:54:13 and read 11429 times.

Hello Suryo,

What a nice report there on your journey on Garuda to Denpasar (and Jakarta, along the way).

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Made me proud of GA.

Nice improvement there.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Please come forward. Join him,” The man waved me on.

How considerate of him!    

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
PK-GEG safely made it on 07L – 25R runway and proceeded to domestic terminal 2F with a nice greet from…

Nice how many different various tails/carriers you got to see on the trip.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It was 14.35 already. Ten minutes past advised boarding time of our connecting flight!

Oh no, get ready to run!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But, more attractive was…

Wow, that is a nice looking one indeed.    

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was grateful already that Vivi was true to her words, but this photo session just went beyond my expectation!

That was really nice of her to arrange for and participate in the photo.

Glad that you had a nice journey!    

David

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-07-23 10:27:50 and read 11280 times.

Salam Suryo,

Hei taman!

Great mini-TR on Garuda! it is always a wonderful experience flying with you in your TRs, and of course Garuda Indonesia makes this an even better joyride  

Great to see Garuda still flying high, and i think they already deserve to be a 5 star airline hands down   In my opinion, they certainly are the crown jewel of SkyTeam! ..

I should be flying Garuda again next month   So i am quite looking forward to it!

Love the viewing deck in Semarang .. I hope to visit there one day, and hopefully get to experience more of Indonesia and its spicy domestic flying  

Thank you for sharing this with us, and hope to see more reports from you soon!

Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-07-24 02:35:01 and read 11147 times.

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for another fantastic installment in this series! Wonderful pictures and great writing as always !

Interesting to see the plans for a new terminal at SRG. When will it be finished ?

Very nice observation area ! EUR 0.09 seems very reasonable as well.... 

Great service on both flights and nice to catch a wide body to DPS. Good to try two different aircraft types ! F/As seem very nice (and cute). Very nice with a hot meal on the CGK-DPS flight.

I hope to try GA soon on their 77W but from what I heard, first route will be CGK-HKG although that could change. Very much looking forward to my first flight on GA especially after reading this report.

GA seems to live up to its new great reputation !

Looking forward to the next report in the series and of course pictures from Bali! I was there in 1999 and had a great time there.

Thanks !

The777Man

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-07-24 04:00:10 and read 11098 times.

Hi there, dear Suryo,

Good to see the continuation of your journey posted  

Sorry for the long time it took to reply, but I was on a trip of my own, and internet access came second. Then, I'm in the middle of some writing of my own, but I needed to stop to read your TR  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

This sounds similar to what RO achieved a few years ago, so, indeed, I know this sense of pride  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Teman-teman, will you join me and Herman further on our journey?  

Indeed; I'm looking forward to it  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The weighing scale indicated 23,48 kilograms, but sweet Dian did not bother it despite 20 kilogram allowance for Economy Class.  

That's quite nice... This is something you'd rarely or never hear about in my adoptive country!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Instead of plain white barcode sticker, a nicely designed coupon was presented. Not bad for IDR 30,0000 (EUR 2.50), do you not think?

Well, I guess it's a good and cheap souvenir! Something positive about collecting the tax here and not when buying the ticket  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our precious mineral water bottles remained, even after the third security check.

Ah, quite laid-back again. That's good to know  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Are you traveling together?” The man of the couple surprisingly spoke to me.
“Err, yes actually,”
“Please come forward. Join him,” The man waved me on.  
“Thank you. What a novelty,”

Some people really are nice! The plane wouldn't leave without you, so why not be nice, indeed!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Excuse me, madam! That is my seat,” I tapped her on the shoulder.
“But, I got assigned twenty nine C,” She protested.
“That is why you have to move!”

While some people don't seem to know what world they're living in.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Diving into silky tofu filling through crispy surface with tingly bite of spicy green bird eye’s chili, I recalled my past memories in Semarang. So sweet as creamy filling of the chocolate cake. So refreshing as the guava tea.

“Would you like anything else to drink?” Sri Mulyani surprised me a bit.
“Oh, orange juice, please,”
“Sure,”

Hah, always nice to read your culinary descriptions, Suryo. Good to see an extra drink service offered.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Due to congestion, we have to wait five or ten minutes for our turn to take off. We have sequence number four,”

That's not too bad--in fact that would be brilliant in some places  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As Nadya and Fira excused themselves to do second drink run, I figured that it was about time for me to retreat.

Truly angels as Vivi and her colleagues were, each of them would smile at me every time we made an eye contact.  

“Do you want anything else to drink?” Sweet Nadya stopped by with the drink trolley.
“No, thank you. I am fine,”

How I wished the time to stop as soon as I found out…

That sounds like excellent service indeed, Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Just this consciousness made me so disappointed when I asked Vivi for a photo, she just whispered, “Please no, I am too shy,”  

I was sad this was the case, before I had read the above. Good to know you managed to have a photo memory of most of the crew, still  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Furthermore, to say after stipica, if you ever go to my home country, do visit my hometown airport like PlaneHunter.

I will certainly attempt to do so when I get to Indonesia, Suryo. It would be nice to see your hometown airport  

Thanks for this part of your report! I really enjoyed reading it  

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-07-24 07:55:06 and read 10965 times.

Great report, just as usual, Suryo!

I sure enjoyed reading it. Garuda Indonesia looks nice, I especially like their A330, the brown-blue cabin is great looking and the IFE system seems very nice as well. I'd love to fly with them one day.
I can't wait to read further of your story!

Martin

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-07-24 12:31:08 and read 10893 times.

Hoi, Suryo,

what a superb affair to follow you´re latest part around the great Australia travels.
Now that make me more curious to try out GA myself somedays.
And also the local pictures, really good.
Not to talk about you´re writing style, I like it, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Respati who just stayed aloof at the beginning, offered to take a picture of all of us. To my pleasant surprise, Vivi decided to join us.

Simply great. Really nice staff around so it looks like.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-07-24 14:48:12 and read 10852 times.

Hello Suryo

Great report you have got there. Thanks for sharing.
GA looks to be nice as usual. I'm surprised that there was no AVOD on the flight to CGK.
The 330 looks great, nice to see you got individual service in Y. a nice touch

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: RvXKaz
Posted 2012-07-27 05:46:49 and read 10433 times.

Dear Suryo,

this is an exceptional TR dedicated to Garuda Indonesia! I am certain Garuda has no bigger fan than yourself! Thanks so much for showing us your remarkable domestic journey on this phoenix that has risen from the ashes! Your poetic descriptions did so much justice to the extraordinary change from mediocre accident-prone airline with an ageing fleet to one of Asia's most revolutionized first-class airline that their employees should be so proud to work for!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The weighing scale indicated 23,48 kilograms, but sweet Dian did not bother it despite 20 kilogram allowance for Economy Class

Pressing my calculator, you exceeded baggage allowance by a whooping 19%! Kudos on the excellent service and discretion of Dian in not penalizing you. A wonderful service surprise and a great start to your journey indeed.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Past cargo terminal, you would come across the entrance of Anjungan Wisata (Picnic Pavilion).

Very interesting! I am guessing photography is allowed. Seems like a wonderful arena to cultivate aviation enthusiasts!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Our precious mineral water bottles remained, even after the third security check

hehe, nice to know your water bottles safely made it through and escaped their security waste-bin fates!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Wings crew members walking to the their next assignment

Interesting uniform that they have, especially the belt and the conspicuous black stockings haha...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Trigana Air PK-YSD taxiing, bound for Pangkalanbun

Interesting carrier, not one you'll likely to see outside Indonesia!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
%u201CAre you traveling together?%u201D The man of the couple surprisingly spoke to me.
%u201CErr, yes actually,%u201D
%u201CPlease come forward. Join him,%u201D The man waved me on.

What a nice passenger!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Flight deck: Captain Suryo

 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Diving into silky tofu filling through crispy surface with tingly bite of spicy green bird eye%u2019s chili, I recalled my past memories in Semarang. So sweet as creamy filling of the chocolate cake. So refreshing as the guava tea.

It certainly looks good! I am placing a bet that the tofu was delicious!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Plane: Airbus 330-341

Wow, a cool widebody for your Bali flight! I'd love to see GA's A330 through your eyes!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Nadya on our side. Note her colleagues Fitri in turquoise and Nufusy in orange kebaya on the other side

Wow, the boarding looks chaotic indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Boiled candy

Lovely touch on GA. Interesting that I've got fruit juice on my flights to CGK. Could it be candy is given out on domestic sectors and juices on international?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Chicken noodle set for Herman. Note pre-packed chili sauce

Looks YUMMY! I am most surprised you've got a hot meal on this domestic sector but its wonderful indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
My fish with turmeric rice

Looks even more YUMMY!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
My orange juice by Vivi. Cheers, Gavin!

Cheers! my friend!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati

Look at the 5 beautiful angels! Is Garuda an appropriate word interchangeable with Angel? Otherwise, 5 beautiful Garudas would be so befitting of the picture! Very well-taken photo that shows their beautiful kebayas. To think that you often take photos with cabin crews from so many different airlines, its really touching to see you in such a wonderful photo with these beautiful crew from your home country...

Terimah Kasih, Suryo, for sharing with us your perspective of the new Garuda Indonesia. Its so nice to see their excellent service offering on the domestic sectors and one can easily imagine how the international sectors would compare. I can see that my own experience with GA mirrors yours in many ways and I am so glad that we share this common wonderful GA experience.

Garuda Indonesia has become an airline Indonesians can truly be proud of and thanks for showcasing this to the world.
Your TR did justice to the wonderful service of GA, nothing less. 

Bests,
Gavin

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-07-27 17:20:18 and read 10262 times.

Hello Suryo,

Again you take two simple flights and turn them into something magical! Nicely done.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you know the sense of pride that your home country carrier has successfully reinvented itself and found its way up again in the business?

Congrats to Garuda, and Garuda has become even more special because of you!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Our carry-on

Are those Cathay Pacific luggage tags from your inbound flight?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Wings crew members walking to the their next assignment

Don't all the world sexiest FAs come in red lol....Kingfisher, Air Asia X, Virgin Atlantic and now these ladies!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
As the greenish soil faded away underneath cloud layer.

“Sir?” Sweet Arie brought me down to earth with something in her hand…

The green from the land below landed on the top of your box!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
To Terminal 2E for our next ride.

PK-GPF

Oh so yummy!! What a gorgeous looking Airbus A330-200!! And such a treat to go instantly from a 737 to a wide bodied like her!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Etihad A6-ETI, dedicated to flightsimboy

Aww thank you, Suryo (and Herman)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Distinguish designed tray table

I hope one remembers that gap at the front of the table, and does not inadvertantly put a glass there only to let it plonk onto one 's lap below lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
A medley of red grape, papaya and pineapple slices

Nicely done intricate art work on that slice of pineapple.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Meeting angels Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya in their kebaya and parang gondosuli batik. Courtesy of Respati

You almost landed up not getting that photo. Again, pics with these FAs re really appreciated. Lovely uniforms. Orange and blue never looked so good together.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
GA branded cap

It would have been nice if they could have actually captured those winglets on the front of the cap.

Whatever happened to Ariel? It would appear that after that encounter with the dragon on CX, Ariel was frightened away for life!!! Do hope to find Ariel back on the flight Down Under!!

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-29 07:33:46 and read 9971 times.

Teman-temanku signol, Jonas, David, Roni, Lars, Alex, Martin, Markus, Marc, Gavin, flightsimboy,

Terima kasih banyak  



signol, Jonas, David, Roni, Lars, Alex, Martin, Markus, Marc, flightsimboy:

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Excellent Suryo, I always expect good things from your reports and you never disappoint!
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Hello Suryo, nice report!
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
What a nice report there on your journey on Garuda to Denpasar (and Jakarta, along the way).
Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
Great mini-TR on Garuda! it is always a wonderful experience flying with you in your TRs,
Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Thanks for another fantastic installment in this series! Wonderful pictures and great writing as always !
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Good to see the continuation of your journey posted  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 31):
Great report, just as usual, Suryo!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 31):
I sure enjoyed reading it.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
what a superb affair to follow you´re latest part around the great Australia travels.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
Not to talk about you´re writing style, I like it, you know.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
Great report you have got there.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Again you take two simple flights and turn them into something magical! Nicely done.

Thank you so much for your sweet words and supports! You really make me happy.  



signol, David, Alex, Gavin:

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Very kind!
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
How considerate of him!  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Some people really are nice! The plane wouldn't leave without you, so why not be nice, indeed!  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
What a nice passenger!

Absolutely. The man is a role model of every passenger.


signol, Roni, Lars, Alex, Marc, Gavin:

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Thank you again my friend,
Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
Thank you for sharing this with us
Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Thanks !
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Thanks for this part of your report! I really enjoyed reading it
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
Thanks for sharing.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Thanks so much for showing us your remarkable domestic journey on this phoenix that has risen from the ashes!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
thanks for showcasing this to the world.

It has been a great pleasure of mine, my friends.  



signol, Lars, Gavin:

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Both look very tasty, especially for economy class!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Very nice with a hot meal on the CGK-DPS flight.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Looks YUMMY! I am most surprised you've got a hot meal on this domestic sector but its wonderful indeed!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Looks even more YUMMY!

One of the best meal I ever had in economy class.


Roni, Lars, Martin:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
and hope to see more reports from you soon!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Looking forward to the next report in the series
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 31):
I can't wait to read further of your story!

I am doing my best.


Lars, Alex, Markus, Marc:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Great service on both flights!
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
That sounds like excellent service indeed, Suryo  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
Simply great. Really nice staff around so it looks like.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
nice to see you got individual service in Y. a nice touch

Vivi, Fitri, Fira, Nadya and Respati have made my journey a memorable one.


Lars, Marc:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
GA seems to live up to its new great reputation !
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
GA looks to be nice as usual.

GA even exceeded my expectation.


Roni, Alex:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
Love the viewing deck in Semarang .. I hope to visit there one day, and hopefully get to experience more of Indonesia and its spicy domestic flying  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
I will certainly attempt to do so when I get to Indonesia, Suryo. It would be nice to see your hometown airport  

I would be very happy to hear about your visit to Semarang.


Alex, Gavin:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
That's quite nice... This is something you'd rarely or never hear about in my adoptive country!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Pressing my calculator, you exceeded baggage allowance by a whooping 19%! Kudos on the excellent service and discretion of Dian in not penalizing you. A wonderful service surprise and a great start to your journey indeed.

I never thought that this sweet little touch of Dian marked the beginning of memorable journey with Garuda.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Ah, quite laid-back again. That's good to know  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
hehe, nice to know your water bottles safely made it through and escaped their security waste-bin fates!

Such a relief that there is no liquid ban on Indonesian domestic flights.


Martin, Markus:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 31):
Garuda Indonesia looks nice, I especially like their A330, the brown-blue cabin is great looking and the IFE system seems very nice as well. I'd love to fly with them one day.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
Now that make me more curious to try out GA myself somedays.

I would say, let Garuda amaze you to DXB and beyond.  



Gavin, flightsimboy:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
this is an exceptional TR dedicated to Garuda Indonesia! I am certain Garuda has no bigger fan than yourself!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Your TR did justice to the wonderful service of GA, nothing less.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Congrats to Garuda, and Garuda has become even more special because of you!!

Thank you for the honor. You are too kind.   



signol:

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Very nice service, especially to offer checkin downtown!

Very well appreciated facility apart from online and airport check-in.

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Not bad indeed, but I prefer it to be included in the ticket price!

It would be convenient. According to Indonesian Minister of State-owned Companies, the PSC collection will be included in the ticket price starting next September. Garuda will become the first airline to apply it.

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Now that is cheap. Is it even worth paying someone to collect the money?

That is a good question. I assume the job at the counter is subsidized.

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
See current DUR plan:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/254/masterplan2010large3rn.gif/#
to master plan:
http://img320.imageshack.us/img320/9...m.gif

Wow, that is what I call a massive expansion! Do they expect a significant growth of air travel from DUR?

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Nice snack, though I'm not a fan of tofu at all...

That is fair enough.

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Very quick. Was it far?

I did not really pay attention as we had to power-walk to the departure level. From I remember, F2 was located not too far away for the security check point.

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
A fitting souvenir!

Finally! Finally, I have got one.


Hello Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
If only SAS would go back to what they were back in the olden days  

Does SAS offer coffee and tea for free now? So, who knows?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Btw, has the renewal of the fleet, etc been financed with taxpayer's money?

I suppose so. Garuda is a state-owned company.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Also are they making profits? As I sure hope so  

Hopefully, this link can provide you the answer.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
I bet the airlines could save quite a lot of money on reduced amount of paperstock used, if they chose to adopt this BP design.

I am not sure whether reduction of usage of paper stock would help if airlines have to cut down the cost. To be honest, I miss GA’s larger boarding stubs.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Is it common for people in Indonesia to book their flights at the same day over the ticket counter?

It was a common sight a couple of years ago. But E-commerce may have changed their booking attitude.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Wow talk about cheap! Wish the observation decks here in Europe were priced that low, haha.

Like the one at AMS?   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Was that your joint carry on? Also did you have the usual joint suitcase in the hold?  

Surely we had both of our joint carry on and suitcase.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Hmm, seems like a new trend in Indonesia to write the aircraft type with very big letters on the fuselage?   

A new trend? Apart from Wings, I cannot recall any other Indonesian airline with very big letters on the fuselage.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
I must say that I really like that sleek look of the B739ER. Not very used to seeing 737s stretch that long.

Come on over to Indonesia. You can keep your eyes open for B739ER’s around.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Take that for comparison the TAP Lounge in Lisbon, that didn't have a single english newspaper or magazine.

Are you serious?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
As you'd might imagine, I was quite disappointed by the lack of newsweek.

Oh yes, you and Newsweek are just inseparable.   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
And Men's health in Portuguese didn't make me happier either.   

Really? Are visual presentations not just enough?   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Those snack boxes really seem to be an asian thing, as I don't recall having one served in Europe for a very long time.

You may be right. Do you know that I did not like snack box as it was less representative than meal trays served on European airlines back then? Just look what you get on board nowadays.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 26):
Well HOW are you doing today! 

Fine, thanks. 



Hello David:

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Nice improvement there.

Definitely and do you know what? The booking interface has been further upgraded ever since.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Nice how many different various tails/carriers you got to see on the trip.

Jakarta is also a South East Asian spotter’s heaven.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Oh no, get ready to run! 

Ready, set, off we went!  


Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Wow, that is a nice looking one indeed.  

You could just not miss it.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
That was really nice of her to arrange for and participate in the photo.

Vivi was truly an angel!  


Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Glad that you had a nice journey!  

Thank you. The journey made me proud of my home country carrier.  



Salam Roni:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
Hei taman!
Apa kabar, teman?


Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
and of course Garuda Indonesia makes this an even better joyride  

No doubt about it.  


Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
Great to see Garuda still flying high, and i think they already deserve to be a 5 star airline hands down   In my opinion, they certainly are the crown jewel of SkyTeam! ..

My feelings are exactly the same. Do you not think that Garuda’s 5 star award may coincide with its official entry into SkyTeam?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 28):
I should be flying Garuda again next month    So i am quite looking forward to it!

I hope Garuda will amaze you again like last year.


Hi Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Interesting to see the plans for a new terminal at SRG. When will it be finished ?

The first phase is slated for completion next year.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Very nice observation area ! EUR 0.09 seems very reasonable as well....  

Affordable for each and everyone.  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
nice to catch a wide body to DPS. Good to try two different aircraft types !

Definitely worth the detour via CGK.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
F/As seem very nice (and cute).

They were truly F/As, Flying Angels!  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
I hope to try GA soon on their 77W but from what I heard, first route will be CGK-HKG although that could change.

Really? For crew familiarization? I thought that 77W would immediately be deployed on AMS flagship route.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
Very much looking forward to my first flight on GA especially after reading this report.

I am looking forward to hearing from you about GA. I am sure GA will impress you as much as it has impressed me.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):
of course pictures from Bali! I was there in 1999 and had a great time there.

Unfortunately, I have to disappoint you. We did not further explore the island this time.  



Hi there, dear Alex:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Sorry for the long time it took to reply, but I was on a trip of my own, and internet access came second.

Never mind. I know you have been busy as well.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Then, I'm in the middle of some writing of my own, but I needed to stop to read your TR  

Aw, thank you. You make me feel special.   


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
This sounds similar to what RO achieved a few years ago, so, indeed, I know this sense of pride  

Lovely! Can you imagine how exciting it will be once Garuda and RO become alliance partners?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Indeed; I'm looking forward to it  

Thank you for joining us.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Well, I guess it's a good and cheap souvenir! Something positive about collecting the tax here and not when buying the ticket  

I love how you put it.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
While some people don't seem to know what world they're living in.

They just need to be reminded sometime.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Hah, always nice to read your culinary descriptions, Suryo.

Thank you.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Good to see an extra drink service offered

Surely appreciated.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
That's not too bad--in fact that would be brilliant in some places   

Blessing in disguise.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
I was sad this was the case, before I had read the above.

You are so compassionate.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Good to know you managed to have a photo memory of most of the crew, still  

The greatest souvenir from my angels.


Hoi Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
And also the local pictures, really good.

Thank you. Come visit my home country.


Hello Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
I'm surprised that there was no AVOD on the flight to CGK.

I did expect it as PK-GE.. registered B738’s are not equipped with AVOD.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
The 330 looks great,

Do you not think it is one of the greatest livery on 330?


Dear Gavin:

It feels so good to hear from you.  



Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Your poetic descriptions did so much justice to the extraordinary change from mediocre accident-prone airline with an ageing fleet to one of Asia's most revolutionized first-class airline that their employees should be so proud to work for!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Garuda Indonesia has become an airline Indonesians can truly be proud of

Your encouraging descriptions make me even prouder of Garuda.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Very interesting! I am guessing photography is allowed. Seems like a wonderful arena to cultivate aviation enthusiasts!

Photography is allowed everywhere at my hometown airport.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Interesting uniform that they have, especially the belt and the conspicuous black stockings haha...

Kudos to the fashion designers! 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Interesting carrier, not one you'll likely to see outside Indonesia!

Not in the near future, I think.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
 

It would have been great to meet him as well.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
It certainly looks good! I am placing a bet that the tofu was delicious!

Oh yes, it was!   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Wow, a cool widebody for your Bali flight! I'd love to see GA's A330 through your eyes!

Thank you.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Wow, the boarding looks chaotic indeed!

Strangely, it did not feel chaotic at all.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Lovely touch on GA. Interesting that I've got fruit juice on my flights to CGK. Could it be candy is given out on domestic sectors and juices on international?

You have answered your own question, my friend.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Cheers! my friend!  

 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Look at the 5 beautiful angels! Is Garuda an appropriate word interchangeable with Angel? Otherwise, 5 beautiful Garudas would be so befitting of the picture!

Garuda is a mystical giant bird of Hinduism and Buddhist mythology, the carrier of God Vishnu. Well in that case, PK-GPF happened to be the Garuda with Vivi, Fitri, Fira and Nadya being the goddesses.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Very well-taken photo that shows their beautiful kebayas.

Thanks to Respati’s photographic skill.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
To think that you often take photos with cabin crews from so many different airlines, its really touching to see you in such a wonderful photo with these beautiful crew from your home country...

A dream of mine has come true.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Terimah Kasih, Suryo, for sharing with us your perspective of the new Garuda Indonesia.
Sama-sama, Gavin.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
Its so nice to see their excellent service offering on the domestic sectors and one can easily imagine how the international sectors would compare.
You and Roni get the credit for the international sectors.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 34):
I can see that my own experience with GA mirrors yours in many ways and I am so glad that we share this common wonderful GA experience.

The pleasure is mine too.


Hello flightsimboy:

I always look forward to your reply.


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Are those Cathay Pacific luggage tags from your inbound flight?

My eagle-eyed flightsimboy.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Don't all the world sexiest FAs come in red lol....Kingfisher, Air Asia X, Virgin Atlantic and now these ladies!!!

You are a true fashion watcher. 


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
The green from the land below landed on the top of your box!!!

I love this poetic expression.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Oh so yummy!! What a gorgeous looking Airbus A330-200!! And such a treat to go instantly from a 737 to a wide bodied like her!!

You definitely share my feelings.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Aww thank you, Suryo (and Herman)

You are welcome (on behalf of Herman).

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
I hope one remembers that gap at the front of the table, and does not inadvertantly put a glass there only to let it plonk onto one 's lap below lol

As long as you do not get too tipsy, it will be fine! 


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Nicely done intricate art work on that slice of pineapple.

Good on you! Shame on me that I did not notice it earlier.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
You almost landed up not getting that photo. Again, pics with these FAs re really appreciated. Lovely uniforms. Orange and blue never looked so good together.

I am so glad that you like this photo.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
It would have been nice if they could have actually captured those winglets on the front of the cap.

That is a great suggestion to Garuda.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Whatever happened to Ariel? It would appear that after that encounter with the dragon on CX, Ariel was frightened away for life!!! Do hope to find Ariel back on the flight Down Under!!

Ariel was still around, waiting for the right moment to make a comeback.


signol, Jonas, David, Roni, Lars, Alex, Martin, Markus, Marc, Gavin, flightsimboy,

You are great! Thanks again for dropping by.   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-10-29 08:12:23 and read 7614 times.

Suryo,

A really great entertaining TR from your home town. GA seems good, especially if you get nice boiled candies prior the flight and a generous snack box. Was the staff waiting for you at the second flight? glad you've make it anyway

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
At admission fee of IDR 1,000 (EUR 0.09), the pavilion would be at your disposal from 06.00 until 18.00.

Jeez, that's dirt cheap, especially for the fantastic views granted

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“But, I got assigned twenty nine C,” She protested.
“That is why you have to move!”

Smartly said!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Distinguish designed tray table

Do you like it, i mean, is it really convenient?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Respati who just stayed aloof at the beginning, offered to take a picture of all of us.

Ah, Suryo's signature at its best   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I wish to thank all of you, teman-temanku, for joining me all the way from Semarang to Denpasar.

You are welcome

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I sincerely hope that you enjoy this fourth part of my journey to The Land Down Under.

It was really interesting indeed. Looking forward to seeing the next chapter !


Thank you for sharing

Léonard

Topic: RE: Garuda Experience From Semarang To Denpasar
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-11-02 11:26:57 and read 7265 times.

Temanku Léonard,

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
A really great entertaining TR from your home town.
Terima kasih banyak. Thank you so much for taking your time to read and reply. You are a gentleman!   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
GA seems good, especially if you get nice boiled candies prior the flight and a generous snack box.

I am really proud of GA, my home country carrier.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Was the staff waiting for you at the second flight? glad you've make it anyway

I did not notice any staff member standing by and just walked straight to the departure level with Herman following in my wake.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Jeez, that's dirt cheap, especially for the fantastic views granted

That makes my childhood playground the most spotter friendly!  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Smartly said!

  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Do you like it, i mean, is it really convenient?

I am fine with it. No trouble with the design.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Ah, Suryo's signature at its best   .

Thank you.   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
You are welcome. It was really interesting indeed.

I am so glad to have you along with us.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Looking forward to seeing the next chapter !

I am doing my best.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Thank you for sharing

It has been a great pleasure of mine.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  


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