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Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics)  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16924 times:

Reason For Trip:

Another week gone since my Surabaya trip, and another short one of 24 hours, now its to Semarang to accompany a business associate. As we booked our flights pretty late, good deals in Y were already gone, so this time its business class for me back and fourth.


10 December 2007

Jakarta (CGK) – Semarang (SRG)

Airline: Garuda GA242
Aircraft: B737-300
Registration: PK-GHV
1st Flight: 16 May 1991
ETD: 1710
ATD: 1820
ETA: 1810
ATA: 1930
Flight time: 45mins
Seat: 4F
Class: Business
Cruise: 27000 feet

Pre Flight

As its a late afternoon flight, it meant I could at least spend the day in the office getting work out of the way.

Business Class Check-in


Busy late afternoon in Jakarta


I arrived at the airport around 30 mins before my flight was due to depart, but guess what, when I arrived at the check in, I was informed that the flight will be delayed by around 1 hour due to ‘operational’ reasons as usual with Garuda. They really need to get sufficient aircraft or not this will be a common occurrence. Meaning, theres not much I can do but just kill time relaxing in the lounge.

GA Lounge




View from the Lounge, another one of GA’s B733



In Flight
My 1st time on board PK-HNV which is one of the older B733 in GA’s fleet, with its first flight in 1991, it was previously used by Malev of Hungary before being transferred to Garuda Citilink in 2004, and now in normal Garuda service.

Cabin and food pics







Flying over Jakarta


It’s a full load in both J and Y. It was a quick and short flight but they still managed to serve some snacks. Service was polite and efficient as usual.

PK-GHV on arrival at Semarang


Service: 8/10
Food: 3/10
Aircraft: 4/10

Hotel Stay

10 Dec 2007 -11 Dec 2007
Room: Deluxe King
In Semarang, we stayed at the Novotel which was only a few months old, it has a good downtown location and it is primarily a business hotel. I forgot to take picks of the room and hotel, but I managed to get some off the hotel website.

The hotel


Lobby


Room


Pool


Room: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Location: 8/10


11 December 2007

Semarang (SRG) – Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Garuda GA243
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: PK-GZI
1st Flight: 28 June 1998
ETD: 1700
ATD: 1920
ETA: 7800
ATA: 2015
Flight time: 50 mins
Seat: 1F
Class: Business
Cruise: 26000 feet

Pre Flight
My entire day in Semarang as spent going to meetings after meetings. Our local partners managed to drop us off at the airport with 20mins to spare, but I was not too worried as the weather was getting really bad and so I expected delays. True enough after check in the agent told me that as the weather was so bad, our inbound flight had to divert to Surabaya and so a new ETD is still not known.

Primitive Check in area in Semarang



Great! Being a small airport, all my time was spent waiting at the GA lounge looking at tv monitors which kept pushing the ETD back by 30 mins!

Small and boring GA lounge in Semarang



Now its almost 1900 and the next flight was already inbound from Jakarta. I went back to the check in desk and asked them if I could change to the 1900 flight instead, but to my relief they told me that the flight will indeed be handed over to my flight and the passengers on the 1900 flight had to wait till god knows when! Tough, but…..1st come, 1st served right?

In Flight

Another full flight on PK-GZI which was an ex-Aeroflot machine. Strangely, the pilots did not make a single announcement, but I guess with the weather so bad and lightning and rain all over the sky, I guess the pilots really earned their wages on this flight.

About to board PK-GZI on a wet and stormy night!


However, in flight, I heard really strange vibrations from the right wing and told the f/a. She told me that they did experience problems and vibrations on the wing on the inbound flight to Semarang, but after checking their systems, the pilots could not find anything wrong with it, so they decided to operate the turnaround and check the problem out back in Jakarta. Very reassuring indeed! Snacks and sandwiches were still served, but I decided not to eat or drink as the turbulence was bad all the way back in Jakarta. How glad I was when my feet was back on terra firma!


Thanks for reading this short report. My next trip will be on Friday 21 Dec and will be a long one to Los Angeles on the Thai A345 nonstop in J.

My Older trip reports from latest to oldest.

Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)

8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 16672 times:

Great TR, as always Mr. A345  Smile

It was rather shocking that GA decided to do the turnaround even though they knew about the wing vibrations prior! I would have been freaking out i think haha.

Can't wait for your A345 report. Hopefully, it will be ever so long and detailed  Smile Smile Smile

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16405 times:
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Nice report as always, thanks.

Interesting to note delays on both sectors, though most worrying is the vibration from the wing, I'd have felt happier if they cancelled the flight and hangered the plane for a closer insection.

Look forward to the Thai TR.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 16001 times:

Selamat Sore Pak,

Glad to be back and reading one of your numerous reports again. Looks like another run-on-the-mill domestic flight with GA. Although I must say that the food looks terrible! Looks no different from the crap that I got on KLM's WBC SIN-CGK.



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 15822 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 1):
t was rather shocking that GA decided to do the turnaround even though they knew about the wing vibrations prior! I would have been freaking out i think haha.

Well...at least they could have told me after we landed and not inflight eheheheh

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
I'd have felt happier if they cancelled the flight and hangered the plane for a closer insection.

Well...this is GA afterall, and they are actually the safest of all Indonesian airlines!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3):
Glad to be back and reading one of your numerous reports again

Ahh Mr Soh...where have u been? ehehehhe nice to finally hear from you again, don't know if you managed to read my CHina and Japan TR's yet ? Keep in touch ya!


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 15700 times:

Nice TR.

The pics are really good.

Really scary about the wing, and the bad weather didnt make that better.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15461 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Really scary about the wing, and the bad weather didnt make that better.

Hi Again!  Smile Thanks for reading my TR as usual, well most importantly is that I got back to Jakarta in once piece  Smile eheheh...but usually any turbulence and weather I can take, but somehow being on any Indonesian airline always makes me nervous  Wink


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15309 times:



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 4):
Ahh Mr Soh...where have u been? ehehehhe nice to finally hear from you again, don't know if you managed to read my CHina and Japan TR's yet ? Keep in touch ya!

Hi there... Yes I have read them but not thoroughly. I spent the whole of last week in Vietnam (Hanoi and Saigon) and prior to that was a mad rush to finish my work to hand over before my absence. I will post a very detailed 3-part report as soon as I find the time to sit down and type them out. I bought a 2-Gig SD card specially for this trip and I took almost a thousand photographs!



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15186 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 7):
I bought a 2-Gig SD card specially for this trip and I took almost a thousand photographs!

Hey 2 gig card..thats what I also did b4 my China and Japan trip Smile SO I expect the best again out of your next TR yah ! I am planning to visit Vietnam sometime next year...so hopefully you will be my source of reccomendations  Smile


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