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Garuda's "new" B737-800 - A Short Trip To SUB  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 16730 times:

Reason For Trip
Its been quite a number of months since I last went to visit one of my company’s divisions in Surabaya, so as it was also a slow going week, I decided to make a quick one night stay in Surabaya. I also told my secretary to book me on the B738 flights both ways, hoping that I could maybe have some luck and get onboard GA’s brand new factory fresh B738, PK-GMA.

30 July 2009
Jakarta (CGK) – Surabaya (SUB)
Flight: Garuda Indonesia GA314
Aircraft: B737-800
Registration: PK-GEQ
1st Flight: 2nd May 2005
ETD: 1200
ETA: 1320
ATD: 1220
ATA: 1310
Seat: 1F (Executive / Business Class)

Pre Flight
Got to the airport 40mins before ETD, so I just lazed around at the very packed lounge and waited for the valet service to come and bring me my boarding pass. Saw on the screens that GEQ (ex Ryanair bird) is operating this flight today, so I guess no luck this time round, but at least its another rego for me to put on my list!



About 15mins before scheduled take off, I walked to the gate and I had a nice surprise as next to our gate was PK-GPH, GA’s first new A332, they have 3 on the ground as of today (9 August 2009). I noticed that they were changing a flat tire on our bird, so I guess there will be a slight delay. Another nice surprise was a TG B744 landing in place of the daily B773 flight from BKK. I guess the equipment change is due to maintenance reasons to the B773.
Inflight
Settling in


Nothing much to report about on this 1 hour hop to SUB. The only notable things were really bad turbulence just after take off and a pretty heavy crosswind upon landing. For the rest of it, I will just let the pictures do the talking for me.
Obligatory visit to the lavatory



PK-GPH next to us
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Surabaya%20Jul%2009/P1010753.jpg
TG B744

Inflight view

Greasy but yet strangely comforting inflight meal

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

31 July 2009
Surabaya (SUB) – Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda Indonesia GA317
Aircraft: B737-800
Registration: PK-GEM
1st Flight: 13 December 2000
ETD: 1300
ETA: 1420
ATD: 1315
ATA: 1405
Seat: 3F (Executive / Business Class)

Pre Flight
Had to get up pretty early as I wanted to spend a little more time at my office before leaving for the airport. I was cutting it a little close this time as by the time I arrived at the airport it was already 20mins before ETD. No line at the J check in, so in a matter for 1 min I got my boarding pass and paid a quick visit to the lounge to have one last cigarette before I boarded the flight.
PK-GEM as seen from the lounge

In Flight
Another new rego for me and this bird is also an ex Ryanair bird.
Slightly different interior on this bird


A very common sight all over S.E. Asia now, Air Asia’s A320

Push back and we are off!




I guess on this trip I did not get the luck to fly on board PK-GMA. I was pretty tired when I got on board this aircraft and I also opted out of the meal as I just wanted to rest and get back home.
A few more cabin shorts before descend


Service: 8/10
Food: NA
Aircraft: 8/10

By the way, the headline saying “New” basically does not mean new build but new addition to the GA B738 fleet!

Hope you guys enjoyed this unsual but short TR from me. Stay tuned for my next trip which will be this Thursday on KLM’s new B773ER to KUL and MH B772ER to PER.

Below are my trip reports from newest to oldest:
Royal First Class/J On TG (FRA,BCN,MXP) Part II (by ThaiA345 Aug 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back! (by ThaiA345 Aug 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports)
Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports)
Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 2008 in Trip Reports)
Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports)
Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)
Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 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 offlineTaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 16517 times:

About PK-GPH, is that Garuda's new livery? It looks nice and fresh. I do like the Garuda bird, but the current livery starts to look a bit outdated now...

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 15741 times:



Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
By the way, the headline saying “New” basically does not mean new build but new addition to the GA B738 fleet!

And a lot more comfort than we in Ireland ever got on those aircraft! Can't help but wonder what Mr. O'Leary would think if he saw such comfortable seats on one of his old aircraft!

Great report; must visit Indonesia someday!


User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 15434 times:

Hi, nice trip report!

How much would it take by car to drive from Jakarta to Surabaya? Seems that there is a quite large airline demand between 2 cities.
Do you have any pics of Jakarta´s domestic terminal?

Regards, Alex


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14846 times:



Quoting Taichen (Reply 1):
About PK-GPH, is that Garuda's new livery?

Yes it is, its already on all of GA's brand new A332 and B738, and some of their older fleet aircraft are being repainted as they go in for C checks.

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 2):
Can't help but wonder what Mr. O'Leary would think if he saw such comfortable seats on one of his old aircraft!

Actually most of these seats were just reupholstered seats from the old A300B4 / DC-10 which GA had. But still beats any airlines B738 in J on space and comfort.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 3):
How much would it take by car to drive from Jakarta to Surabaya?

No one really does it except for logistical companies as the road network ere in Indonesia is really bad. But you can reach Surabaya by driving 24hrs nonstop.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 3):
Do you have any pics of Jakarta´s domestic terminal?

Will try to find some and will PM u on them


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14351 times:

Very interesting review, always nice to see reports about Indonesian carriers.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Saw on the screens that GEQ (ex Ryanair bird) is operating this flight today, so I guess no luck this time round, but at least its another rego for me to put on my list!

PK-GEQ is a former Air Europa bird.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
PK-GPH next to us

The new livery is definitely an improvement over the old one.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Greasy but yet strangely comforting inflight meal

The food looks just ok, but the porcelain is very pretty.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
guess on this trip I did not get the luck to fly on board PK-GMA.

GA had already 14 738s in service by the end of July, so the chances weren't good to get the single brand new one.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 14011 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
PK-GEQ is a former Air Europa bird.

Opps...my mistake...thanks for the correction

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
GA had already 14 738s in service by the end of July, so the chances weren't good to get the single brand new one

yeah ....but I am not giving up ...still hope to get GMA one day ....


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13987 times:

Nice report and I like the seats , nice and large . Also food doesnt look that bad and nice delft. I prefer the old Garuda livery though.

Thanks for showing us

OA260


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13526 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
I prefer the old Garuda livery though.

I think the new livery is a nice refrshing change, but I guess one area where its not as nice is the "Garuda Indonesia" titles on the fuselage, I guess they could have improved the design for that.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13522 times:



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 8):
"Garuda Indonesia"

True , the new logo reminds me of the old Air Inter logo. With different colours.


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