At least there is some sanity on weekend traffic especially in the morning. Took me only 30 mins to get to the airport. Like with most flights to Bali, this one was done at the international check in desk, but I didn’t have to go there as a valet attended to me. As usual, the rest of my time was spent just waiting in the Garuda lounge which was really busy with the flurry of morning departures.
View of tarmac from GA lounge
GA Lounge at Jakarta
This is probably my 3rd time on PK-GWQ. If I am not wrong, this flight is continuing to Perth hence once the domestic passengers have boarded, the international one came on board.
GA’s 2 B744’s ready to go
100% full load in both J and Y.
Had the omelets for breakfast
The flight itself was pretty bumpy all the way to crusing altitude, but beside that, another routine domestic run with Garuda.
Just after getting off GWQ
On the way to the terminal, one of Lion Air’s B739ER
Airline: Garuda GA407
1st Flight: 12 March 2002 (Ex Inter Airlines of Turkey)
Flight time: 1hr 30 mins
Cruise: 38000 feet
1 day really isn’t enough for Bali, but its time to head home to reality now. The villas that opened was the Karma Kandara near Uluwatu and it was just beautiful, will definitely head back there. Only managed to get to bed in the wee hours and got up with just enough time to shower and pack up before my friend’s car picked me up to the airport. Arrived at the airport with 1 hour to go and as usual with nothing much to do, all my time was spent at the Garuda lounge at the airport. However, the 1st security check did take an extraordinary long time to get in due to the gaggle of Japanese tourists who seem lost as usual!
GA lounge at Denpasar Airport
1st time on board PK-GEE, actually its my first time aboard any of Garuda’s B738. Seats have been refurbished a little, but they were originally from Garuda’s A300.
But one thing I really can’t complain were the superb leg room for seats 1A and B. Really made the right choice on seat selection. This aircraft was initially in an all Y configuration but Garuda was smart enough to realize that they have a lot of passengers who travel on J. Hence they put in the J seats. Managed to see one of the aircrafts I fly on a lot, MH’s A333 9M-MKD, and also spotted a SQ B772ER, 9V-SRC.
Merpati Fokker 100
Love B737NG Winglets
After the meal I just slept all the way back to Jakarta.
Just before and after touch down
Thanks again for reading guys!
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
Ryanair!!! From Singapore, joined Mar 2002, 4652 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13304 times:
Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter): 1 day really isn’t enough for Bali, but its time to head home to reality now. The villas that opened was the Karma Kandara near Uluwatu and it was just beautiful, will definitely head back there.
Ahhhh... Uluwatu... My partner and I had our "wedding" photos taken there.
Anyway. Great to read your report as always. Sad to see the seemingly haphazard way GA has decided to install JCL seats on the 738. Dusting off the old A300 ones, as you mentioned? Urgh... That being said, I have a friend who lives in Kelapa Dua, and he has a YCL GA DC8 seat in his study! Woah! I almost came in my pants when I saw it! His dad, in the "good old days", used to be a manager for GA.
Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
Usually GA uses the B738, but on certain occasions, the B734 does ply the route too
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3): Dusting off the old A300 ones, as you mentioned? Urgh... That being said, I have a friend who lives in Kelapa Dua, and he has a YCL GA DC8 seat in his study! Woah! I almost came in my pants when I saw it! His dad, in the "good old days", used to be a manager for GA.
Actually the seats as been recushioned, so it ain't that bad. SO hows life been so far in Sgp? the buzz of the F1 is really in the air huh!
ThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 814 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12113 times:
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6): Nice report, enjoyed the read and pictures, good so see you finally got on a GA 738, makes a change from the old 733's etc you normally fly.
Hi Mark, yeah, you are right on tht, but I also just got back from HKG and both flight were also in GA in J, and both were done by B738's ahahha so I got them 3 times in a row now, but one of those flight to HKG was done by a leased aircraft from Futura with Futura pilots and grond crew, but cabin crew still GA
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6): I must say that picture impressed me, certainly excellent leg room.
Really no complains about that too!! Almost first class like in leg room!
Hi Roni! How have you been? Thanks again for reading. Anyways, the private jet is still a go for far I've heard, I just hope the trip does not have too many people on it...if it does, it would mean a chartered jet like a commercial A320, I really hpe they still stick with the private jet huh