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User currently offlinePlanesjoey From Singapore, joined Jul 2009, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13572 times:

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Hi everyone, welcome to my 3rd trip report, although this should be the 4th in chronological order, but, what the heck!  Smile

All the photos were taken with my iPhone 3GS and this trip report was written with the help of the 'Notes' function. Camera resolution is very good. You might say that I'm a little biased with my views as I am an Apple junkie, but deal with it!

Introduction
An aircraft is defined by the Webster online dictionary as a vehicle (as an airplane or balloon) for traveling through the air but should really be "a narrow tube stuffed with people." Flying used to be a luxury, however this has changed over the years. Because airlines realized that the more people squished into a smaller space meant more $$$, the price of air travel drastically decreased and was widely available to the travelling public, not just the elite, but leaving people like us in cattle class.

This trip report is my experience on a Jetstar flight from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali) return. When Jetstar bought Valuair in 2006, the Denpasar route was added to the Qantas network and the Australian Airlines and Qantas flights to Bali were suspended. In August 2009, Jetstar introduced a 4-weekly flight to Perth, via Denpasar to complement Valuair's existing 4-weekly nonstop flight. On Fridays, there are 2 options, the Jetstar and the Valuair both within 30 minutes of each other.

I chose the Jetstar flight having had bad experiences with Valuair. Overall, for 4 people, we paid US$1300 for a 2½ flight. I would have chosen Singapore Airlines, however, there were no seats in Business or Economy for a commercial or redemption, this being so because it was National Day (like 4th of July) in Singapore and was a long weekend.

Departure Airport
Changi Airport is undeniably one of the world’s best, but as I commute to the 20-year old Terminal 1, that premonition starts to change. The purple check-in desks clash with the grey marble and the tacky fountain and ugly exterior do not help. Even though, Terminal 1 has the most number of flights and airlines, the terminal seems hardly worthy of a best airport in the world title.

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The Skytrain in Terminal 2



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The ageing Terminal 1

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After checking-in, which went surprisingly smooth, I proceeded through security to our gate. With the option of the Rainforest Lounge out of the question, I hurried to the gate. There, the security guards were cordoning of the area as they were screening arriving passengers from a Qantas flight from Frankfurt. That little bit of inconvenience seems like a lot when you are in an airport such as Changi, where everything has to be in order!

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Jetstar Boarding Pass

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Irritating FIDS at Changi

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"Gate Closing" should really mean "Gate Open"

I passed through security without incident and sat in the holding room. This was a first for me as for most of my flights, I am one of the last onboard. Then, the ground staff announced that our flight was going to be delayed by about 15 - 30 minutes because the flight arriving was late. The inexperience of the CIAS ground was showing in the handling of the situation. It was surreal, complete with a Chinese tour group with a Mickey Mouse flag and a tour guide with a mic. I took the opportunity to take some photos of the aircraft and do some spotting.

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QF77 arriving from Perth

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Our A320 with another A320 bound for Perth

In about 20 minutes, the ground staff announced it was time to board. The Chinese tour group rushed to the entrance and started scrambling for their boarding passes just as the announcement said "in an orderly fashion, according to seat rows". Not that they cared. I took my time and waited for the entrance to be void of people and walked into the aircraft.


The Jetstar A320

The Flight
Route: Singapore (SIN) – Denpasar-Bali (DPS)
Flight: JQ117
Carrier: Jetstar (JQ)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Scheduled Flying Time: 2h 50m
Scheduled Departure Time (actual): 1835 (1848)
Scheduled Arrival Time (actual): 2125 (2119)
Seat: 5C (Economy Clas)



As soon as I boarded, I was relieved to see that the tour group was seated at the back of the plane. I noticed a man sitting in 5A and asked if we could swap. He did so, gladly. I hoped there would be no one in the middle seat.

At 1845, the crew, comprising of mostly Thais with Australian accents, closed the doors. Finally, luck was on my side as I stretched out, knowing that the middle seat was free. I settled in to my seat and was browsing through some of the reading material they were offering.

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Legroom (or lack thereof)


Jetstar magazine

The aircraft gently taxied past the other widebodies to the 20C runway, before blasting off into the setting sun rather noisily. The crew began their meal service and I was glad I was sitting in the few front rows. They gave us a menu, but told us that about 70% of the items were not available as it was an "intra-Asia" flight, operated by Jetstar as it carried on to Perth.

I decided against eating and took out my MacBook to watch some movies. My iPhone was kept in "airplane mode", allowing me to use functions such as the compass, letting me see the rough route of the flight.



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The rest of the flight was quite, except for a little Chinese boy who kept trying to get past the meal trolley by poking the flight attendant's ass. She was rather annoyed.

Soon, it was time for landing and after following the standard procedure, the flight attendants strapped in, ready for the runway on Denpasar's East-West runway. The aircraft gently touched down and applied the reverse thrusters to bring the aircraft to an imminent stop.

We taxied to the gate and I glimpsed at my watch. Even though our flight was 20 minutes late, we arrived on time, thanks to the extremely long scheduled flying time.

Arrival Airport
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Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It's laid-back style is reflected in the airport. There is one Immigration officer in the No Visa Upon Arrival section handling our flight, an SQ flight and another Jetstar from Australia.

Never the less, I got through Immigration, eventually and went to collect my bags. This sign greeted me:
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Our bags were taken off the carousel and placed in a heap for people to find. An example of Indonesian efficiency (or lack thereof) and Balinese hospitality.

Rating
Booking System & Call Centre 8/10
Check-in 7/10
Lounge (if applicable) -/10
Boarding 6/10
Flight Punctuality 7/10
Aircraft 8/10
Product 7/10
Service 6/10
Food 5/10
IFE (if applicable) -/10
-------------------------------------------------------------
Total Score 67.5%

Destination
Bali has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Miles of unspoiled white beaches greet you and the salty sea breeze in therapeutic to ones soul.

I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Bali, which I highly recommend for families with children, especially the Grand Club. I have stayed in Room 2142 about 7 times of my 17 visits to Bali and the place has never failed to meet expectations. This type of hotel is not for you if you prefer more modern (architecturally) hotels.







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Sadly, all good things have to come to an end.

Return Flight
My return flight was scheduled for 1525 on the 10th of August 2009. Security was extremely high in the wake of the recent Jakarta bombings and everyone was one high alert. After screening my bags at the main security checkpoint, I went to the check-in counters. While standing in line, a local security officer swabbed my hand luggage for traces of explosive and then pasted a sticker on my bag.



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The bags were tagged and checked through without incident, however, there was a problem keying in my Qantas FF number. The issue was resolved and I was on my way.

Just as when I was arriving, Immigration took forever. People from the Virgin Blue flight, our Jetstar flight and the SQ flight were all stuck waiting.

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The DPS ATC

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Indonesian efficiency

Usually, when I fly SQ to DPS, I am allowed to use the Dewi Lounge because of my Star Gold privileges, this not being possible on this flight, I sat and waited for the flight. About 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time, I arrived at the Departure Gate.


Oh SQ, how I miss you!

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This was the sign I saw:
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Then, I realized it had to be a mistake. A queue formed and people were slowly but surely cleared. After clearing the security checkpoint, everybody had to be individually frisked to double check. Everybody.

The flight arriving was, not surprisingly, late. The scheduled flying time was only 2 hours 10 minutes and I knew we were going to be late arriving in Singapore.

At 1545, boarding was called and I walked to the gate to board the plane.







The Flight
Route: Denpasar-Bali (DPS) – Singapore (SIN)
Flight: JQ116
Carrier: Jetstar (JQ)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Scheduled Flying Time: 2h 10m
Scheduled Departure Time (actual): 1525 (1553)
Scheduled Arrival Time (actual): 1735 (1802)
Seat: 15A (Economy Class)


The A320


Leather seats

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The seats next to me were taken by a quiet Asian couple. I kept looking at my watch, pondering of the time we were to take off.

Then, at 1553, the aircraft pushed back from the gate and taxied to runway 09 and took-off into the sunny afternoon.



The flight was uneventful from then on. There were no apologies for the delay and the crew acted as if we were on time.

We landed at Changi at 1802, 40 minutes late and I caught a glimpse of the people who were going to board JQ117.

Rating
Booking System & Call Centre 7/10
Check-in 7/10
Lounge (if applicable) -/10
Boarding 5/10
Flight Punctuality 5/10
Aircraft 8/10
Product 7/10
Service 5/10
Food -/10
IFE (if applicable) -/10
-------------------------------------------------------------
Total Score 62.9%

Thanks for reading!

Joel


Aircraft flown: 313,319,320,321,332,333,343,345,380,717,732,733,734,737,73H,743,744,762,763,772,773,77W,AB4,
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User currently offlineA1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13533 times:

Nice TR, read every word!

Quoting Planesjoey (Thread starter):
All the photos were taken with my iPhone 3GS and this trip report was written with the help of the 'Notes' function. Camera resolution is very good. You might say that I'm a little biased with my views as I am an Apple junkie, but deal with it!

Pics were okay, but the ones at night were average. I know cos I own a 3GS as well. The camera during the day is good, better than most phone cameras, but in low light, it's not too great to be honest.

Quoting Planesjoey (Thread starter):
The rest of the flight was quite, except for a little Chinese boy who kept trying to get past the meal trolley by poking the flight attendant's ass. She was rather annoyed.

LOL.

Cheers for another interesting report. Look forward to more.

Regards,
Pete



Where's the accelerometer on this thing?
User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13477 times:

Joel,

Once again, a great report,

you have an excellent vocabulary and grammatical understanding for a 13-15 year old,

I wonder if you are truly Singaporean?  

Also, for such a young kid, you have indeed ventured a bit,

Why is this? I mean, 17 visits to Bali, SQ FF gold member,

Flying business to Rome?

How do you do it ?

I am Impressed kid!!

Regards
Daniel Dean Grinddal

[Edited 2009-10-22 07:40:13]


The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway!
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 13377 times:

A good trip report. Every time I read a report on Bali, makes me want to go there. I agree with A1ring23 as I also have an Iphone 3GS. The camera is better than most phone cameras during the day; however it's strictly avg. when you try to take pictures inside and/or in low light conditions.
Great report nonetheless... so thanks for sharing it with us!!!


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12669 times:

Hi Joel,

Nice report! I especially enjoyed your covering of DPS. Thank you for sharing.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 3):
Every time I read a report on Bali, makes me want to go there.

What prevents you?  wink 

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1454 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12655 times:

Nice report. I never knew that BR had A320s!! XD


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinePlanesjoey From Singapore, joined Jul 2009, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11906 times:

Hi all

Thank you all for your nice comments.

The camera during the day is good, better than most phone cameras, but in low light, it's not too great to be honest.

Have to agree here.

you have an excellent vocabulary and grammatical understanding for a 13-15 year old,
I wonder if you are truly Singaporean?


Thank you. It is a common misconception that all Singaporeans can't speak English. Although, I do have a bit of British blood (like my great-great-grandfather or something), I don't think that that's the main reason, I just read a lot.

Why is this? I mean, 17 visits to Bali, SQ FF gold member,
Flying business to Rome?
How do you do it ?


I don't usually qualify for SQ Gold but last year was a particularly hectic year, in terms of traveling. A couple of trips to Bali, Perth, Italy, Maldives and one to the US (planned last minute) was enough.

My parents believe that they should let me see the world before it all gets flooded. I told them that flying contributes to global warming but they just call me rude. Hence, I travel to relieve stress (being a Singaporean student) and to experience new global cultures. Bali, has become one of my favorite destinations to relax and unwind.

Thanks to A1ring23 for teaching me to embed the pics  Smile



Aircraft flown: 313,319,320,321,332,333,343,345,380,717,732,733,734,737,73H,743,744,762,763,772,773,77W,AB4,
User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11724 times:



Quoting Planesjoey (Reply 6):
Thank you. It is a common misconception that all Singaporeans can't speak English. Although, I do have a bit of British blood (like my great-great-grandfather or something), I don't think that that's the main reason, I just read a lot.

Well, respect to the learnt  Smile

Quoting Planesjoey (Reply 6):
I don't usually qualify for SQ Gold but last year was a particularly hectic year, in terms of traveling. A couple of trips to Bali, Perth, Italy, Maldives and one to the US (planned last minute) was enough.

My parents believe that they should let me see the world before it all gets flooded. I told them that flying contributes to global warming but they just call me rude. Hence, I travel to relieve stress (being a Singaporean student) and to experience new global cultures. Bali, has become one of my favorite destinations to relax and unwind.

You are one lucky kid  Smile Never forget that  Smile Being able to travel so much is a gift my friend, and one you should treasure forever  Smile

Yeah, Bali is Lovely, but im kinda in love with Thailand, although NOT phuket!



The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway!
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 10779 times:

Very nice TR! Thank you for sharing. The IPhone's pic qualities are pretty good based on your pics! Thanks for sharing!


Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9728 times:

You've exceeded your PhotoBucket quota.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6748 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9653 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 5):
I never knew that BR had A320s!!

It's a single frame wet-leased from TransAsia Airways.


PH

[Edited 2009-10-29 02:32:42]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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