ThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 860 posts, RR: 16 Posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16200 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
1st Flight: 2nd May 2005
Seat: 1F (Executive / Business Class)
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.
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
Greasy but yet strangely comforting inflight meal
31 July 2009
Surabaya (SUB) – Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda Indonesia GA317
1st Flight: 13 December 2000
Seat: 3F (Executive / Business Class)
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
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
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.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6602 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13821 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!