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Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics)  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 17130 times:

Reason For Trip:

Another quick 1 day trip for me, this time its to Bali to attend the grand opening of an exclusive high end villa.


15 March 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Denpasar (DPS)

Airline: Garuda GA402
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: PK-GWQ
1st Flight: 2 November 1993
ETD: 0810
ATD: 0805
ETA: 1055
ATA: 1050
Flight time: 1 hr 35 mins
Seat: 1A
Class: Business
Cruise: 36000 feet

Pre Flight

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


In Flight

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



Service: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Aircraft: 7/10

Hotel Stay

Karma Jimbaran Villas
3 Bedroom Villa
Service: 9/10
Room: 10/10
Location: 7/10







16 March 2008

Denpasar (DPS) – Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Garuda GA407
Aircraft: B737-800
Registration: PK-GEE
1st Flight: 12 March 2002 (Ex Inter Airlines of Turkey)
ETD: 1240
ATD: 1245
ETA: 1320
ATA: 1330
Flight time: 1hr 30 mins
Seat: 1A
Class: Business
Cruise: 38000 feet

Pre Flight

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



In Flight

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


Below are my Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest.

Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
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 onlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 769 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 16946 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
If I am not wrong, this flight is continuing to Perth hence once the domestic passengers have boarded, the international one came on board.

Does Garuda fly a 737-400 to Perth??

Nice report and good pictures as always  Smile

Must say that Garuda's meals in J-Class looks absolutly fantastic for a 1h 30 min flight.. Compared to what you get on TG's doemestic flight's in J it looks gourmet Big grin

Your rented villa in Bali really look's nice  Smile I have now put Bali on my "to do" list Big grin

Cheers

Stein



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16885 times:

A nice TR as usual! The hotel looked really nice and GA's short-haul J service seemed really good.
I'm really looking forward to your private jet flight.

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16610 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.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 16104 times:

Nice TR

The pics are really good.

Congrats on flying for the first time on a GA 738. So how is it compared to the old 734s??

Anymore flights after July??


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 16071 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
Does Garuda fly a 737-400 to Perth??



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
I have now put Bali on my "to do" list

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!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
So how is it compared to the old 734s??



Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
Anymore flights after July??

Actually it all feels the same on the B733/4/5/6/7/8/9, but somehow everytime seems in sync with the B738, but better IFE would have helped

I have plenty many more trip after July, bu yet to sort them out, usually the silly season for me is the early part of the year.

THanks again for reaing guys


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 15640 times:
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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.


Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Seats have been refurbished a little, but they were originally from Garuda’s A300.

- Hmm, nice, pretty old then!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
But one thing I really can’t complain were the superb leg room for seats 1A and B

- I must say that picture impressed me, certainly excellent leg room.

Look forward to the next reports.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15419 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!  Smile


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 15341 times:

Mr. ThaiA345!

Garuda needs to return to AUH!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Sevilla with a private jet

WOW! Will you be posting a TR on this here?

The pictures were fantastic! Thanks a lot for sharing my friend!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15101 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 8):
WOW! Will you be posting a TR on this here?

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  Sad like a commercial A320, I really hpe they still stick with the private jet huh  Smile


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