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Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

Reason For Trip:

This time it’s a quick 24hr hop to a town called Palembang in South Sumatra to attend a friend’s business opening ceremony. (Palembang was where Silk Air B733 flight 187 crashed into the Musi river back in 1997)


11 March 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Palembang (PLM)

Airline: Garuda GA116
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: PK-GWK
1st Flight: 11 August 1998
ETD: 1400
ATD: 1405
ETA: 1500
ATA: 1500
Flight time: 47mins
Seat: 2A
Class: Business
Cruise: 26000 feet

Pre Flight

Managed to finish half a days work at the office before leaving at 1205 for the airport. Arrived with 1 hour to spare. After a valet check in, I spent all my time with my colleagues at the Garuda Executive Lounge and also had a bite to eat there.







Nice at this time of the day as the lounge was not too packed. We left the lounge and got to the gate 15mins before departure.

In Flight
My 1st time on board PK-GWK


Seats and interior are really looking their age on this aircraft.






Just took off from CGK, note the QF B763ER





Current month’s Garuda inflight mag


The sausage bread really wasn’t that bad


On approach to Palambang





As with many of GA’s domestic route, this aircraft is 100% full in both J and Y. Flight itself was uneventful till final approach where we really had to avoid a huge storm front coming in, landing was pretty scary with the aircraft being pushed by crosswinds, thank got we got on the tarmac with no further issues. By the way, on this very same day, an Adam Air B734 (Yes Again!) broke a landing gear upon landing in Batam and skidded off the runway.




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

Hotel Stay

Novotel Palembang (One of the nicest Novotels I have been to)
Room: Superior King Bed
Service: 6/10
Room: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Location: 7/10







11 March 2008

Palembang (PLM) – Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Garuda GA119
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: PK-GZA
1st Flight: 12 October 1992
ETD: 1535
ATD: 1605
ETA: 1630
ATA: 1700
Flight time: 48 mins
Seat: 2A
Class: Business
Cruise: 26000 feet

Pre Flight
After a sleepless night in Palembang, it was soon off to the airport and off to Jakarta, I must say that I am very surprised at Palembang Airport as its really nice and modern,







really not what I had expected, heck, it even has aerobridges! The town itself was nothing much to talk about being a small town. After a quick check in it was off to the lounge and a wait for another delayed GA flight! At the same time, Sriwijaya, Adam, Merpati, and Mandala all took off on schedule.

A rare sight, Linus Air BAE 146





Shame on you Garuda! The only part of this was that the Garuda Lounge was pretty small and disappointing being shoved right in the corner of the departure lounge.


In Flight

By the time boarding was called, I was happy to finally be going back home to Jakarta. Again this is my first time on PK-GZA,










interesting part of this trip was that I flew on 2 of GA’s oldest B734’s! Although the seats on this aircraft are more comfy than the one I took the previous day, nothing much to talk about the flight, it was pretty smooth all the way back to Jakarta.

Final Approach into CGK




Thanks again for reading guys!


15 March to Bali with Garuda in J
20 March to Hong Kong with Garuda in J
6 April to Frankfurt / Leipzig with Thai in F and LH in J
22 April to Beijing with Malaysia Airlines in J
30 April to Delhi with Malaysia Airlines in J
6 July to Frankfurt with TG in F and on to Sevilla with a private jet
16 July to Osaka / Hiroshima with TG and NH in J
End July to Brisbane with Malaysia Airlines in F


Below are my Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest.

MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 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)

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User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 766 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6326 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
The sausage bread really wasn't that bad

I don't understand why they can't remove the plastic wrapper before serving it on the trey... It would look SO much better.

I must say that I do think Garuda domestic business class looks pretty good, but probably it's not?? Still I think that there is something special about 2+2 seating on a 737  Smile The lounge in CGK does look very nice Big grin

Thanks for an enjoyable read  Smile

Stein



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5926 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
I don't understand why they can't remove the plastic wrapper before serving it on the trey... It would look SO much better.

Hahaahh....Hi Stein! Well, this is Indonesia, and they are pretty lazy sometimes, presentation does not mean much here, but I can predict if one should complain regarding that, they would just reply, the plastic wrapper is there for hygiene reasons  Smile

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
must say that I do think Garuda domestic business class looks pretty good,

Well, I do have to admit that on all airlines J class on the B737 classics, I have to do admit GA so far has the best space and layout, even better than MH B734's!

Thanks again for reading Stein! WIll definitely try to make a trip to Oslo in the near future!


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5624 times:

Great report and pictures again... really enjoyed your report.
thanks a bunch for writing the report...


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

It's always a pleasure reading your Trip Reports.

I'm just a bit curious, what did the second meal consist of?

Thank you for sharing.



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5418 times:



Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 3):
Great report and pictures again... really enjoyed your report.
thanks a bunch for writing the report...

You're welcome  Smile

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
t's always a pleasure reading your Trip Reports.

I'm just a bit curious, what did the second meal consist of?

Thank you for sharing.

Actually it was a brownie and also a cream puff, thats it , then again its a 40min flight  Smile