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Final Piece Of The Puzzle: Indonesia Air Asia!  
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 16781 times:



Indonesia Air Asia
Singapore Changi Terminal One (SIN) – Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2D (CGK)
QZ 7785
Airbus A320 (PK-AXA)
ETD: 1745H (retimed 1825H, retimed 1925H)
ATD: 1950H
ETA: 1815H
ATA: 2030H (Local time)
Flight time: I hr 40 min



Indeed it is the final piece of the puzzle. I have flown numerous times on Air Asia (AK), Thai Air Asia (FD) and Air Asia X (D7). Somehow Indonesia Air Asia (QZ) always managed to elude my clutches until now. Is the product as consistent as the rest of her siblings? Is the cabin crew just as seductive? Slightly parted come-get-me lips laden with pink gloss included? And what about the famous tight… so-tight-I-can-hardly-breathe blood red outfit the Air Asia hosties have become synonymous with? Would any buttons pop? Why is the VPL always strangely absent? Would someone faint from being too hot under the collar? Is the A320 really made out of recycled plastic?

I aim to find out…

Every trip my previous company sent me on, I always had the privilege of enjoying an SQ-only policy my office had. Somehow they were vehemently against “other” carriers and they were only to be used as a last resort. Airlines like Garuda, Lion, and Biman etc were to be avoided at all cost and there was no arguing with Human Resource. This was a fair requirement, I guess – seeing how SQ’s base is Changi, frequency flexibility and a perceived safer passage to a nearby destination was of upmost importance.

Unfortunately, when you are running your own business on the side and travel becomes a must, cost is everything and you just have to watch every dime like a diva over her jewels. This was such a trip. Other full serviced carriers (LH, QR, SV, etc…) plying between Singapore and Jakarta all had “cheap” fares in excess of USD180.00 before taxes. SQ was now totally out of the question for obvious reasons (ahem… $$$$$$!!!) – or should I say out of my league. Damn, who do I have to prostitute myself to in order to get my SQ privileges back?! Any takers? Anyone?

Air Asia in this instance had the best fares and timing amongst the other LCCs so I managed to snag a pair of tickets (my other half came along for the ride) for an all inclusive USD75.00 per pax with assigned seating, check in bags and food taken care of. Despite all franchises carrying different airline codes, they utilize one common webpage which was an ease to use.

27th November 2009


Exterior of Changi’s Terminal One, all bandaged and skeletal.

Even before I left home, the journey’s omen was telling – a sms the day before that my flight has been retimed. No big deal because we planned all our meetings to occur the next day. At least the airline had the ability to inform me. Thumbs up! I prefer to see the glass half full rather than otherwise…

Mum and dad were also heading to BKK that evening. So they offered to give us a ride to the airport, where they would leave their car for the weekend. How could you not love parents like that? However, they could not wait to get rid of us at Terminal One (their flight departed from Budget Terminal) because a “dirty weekend” awaited them in the city of Bangkok.

OK Bye bye… Hurry, hurry get your bags out. Ok, take care! Don’t be naughty! Bye!!!”… Suddenly my dad’s car was just a cloud of dust.

Never have I felt so unwanted by my own parents who could not wait to “get their groove on”. Just as well they got food poisoning from roadside food while they were there. Just kidding, I love them to bits.




Where are we heading to?


Ah yes, the finished product after the bandages are removed. All perky and fresh, eventually the whole terminal would look like this.

Moving on, the “uglification” of Changi Terminal One has begun to manifest. While previously I was pedestalling the virtues of them being able to hide the renovations of the interior, the same cannot be said on the outside. I cannot wait for this makeover to be completed. We all love to compare the before and after, but don’t want to see the bloody surgery and painful recovery period. Sorry, I must have been watching too much Dr 90210 on “E!”.

It all began with 4 flights a day into Changi by Thai Air Asia, now (with the exception of Air Asia X) the rest of the franchises fly here bringing their daily combined flights to a whopping 25! A common check in area was very simply set up with 6 counters – two each for flights heading to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Besides all their established hubs for respective franchises, Singapore has been labeled a “focus city” (or virtual hub, or peanut plantation, or meat market … or whatever other terms some smart aleck will come up with) for this airline which explains the traffic volume.




The theme for this year is “A BIG CHRISTMAS” which explains the giant ribbons and… err… Santa’s big balls.



The Singapore Low Cost Carrier war has been followed with much interest. Stroke-ridden Jetstar is forever re-learning how to walk with her cancerous Valuair tumour attached. Tiger Airways’ crouching and hidden operations from the Budget Terminal seems to be chugging along but God only knows what is going on there. No one seems to fly them much unless there is a “pay tax only” sale. The Air Asia gang is meanwhile smirking along as they attack Singapore via their MUCH lower cost base overseas.


Airside – where there once were windows, are now either filled up by retail use or boarded up by renovation works.

Let’s go airside… The windowless airside. Gosh I REALLY hope for the renovations to be completed soon because one thing I cannot stand is the lack of a common viewing area. Airport retail therapy does nothing for me because if I needed one, a weekend market bazaar works heaps better, not airport duty free. Little wonder why I can never wait to get out of Australian airports! No, I do not want to sample another freaking cologne… *eyes nametag* Oooh… Francois… That is a nice name…Very nice name…




You would be upset too if your flight was re-timed. I was trying very hard to contain my displeasure because I didn’t want any wrinkles to form. But in the end, perhaps I did let out a tiny squeak…


Hello… I am on time but my plane isn’t. The empty Gate D37 devoid of my ride.

We headed to the gate at 1900H only to be turned away like stupid people because another Air Asia flight bound for Kuala Lumpur has not even begun boarding. Moments later, the boarding lounge emptied and we Jakarta-bound hobbits were finally granted permission by the dungeon guardians to enter. Hmm… It is getting close to 1925H (our scheduled departure time) but the gate was without a plane. It later dawned on me that 1925H meant the arrival time of our plane at the gate, not the actual departure time. Air Asia should really print this properly on their supermarket-like receipts and not cause any misunderstandings.

Some passengers got impatient and had to be leashed.


Finally!

Bang on the dot… Brand new looking PK-AXA pulled into the gate and was on-chox at 1925H. Who said the timing is off? It is “on time”, isn’t it? Since we were occupying the boarding lounge, passengers on a later Indonesia Air Asia flight (another re-timed one) bound for Bali could not come in. I wonder if the re-timing of flights was due to this usage of the boarding gate. Still, there were some on the later flight who got through security only to be recalled by the frazzled gate agents after consolidating the boarding stubs. The potential for a “Home Alone moment” boarding the wrong flight was very high that evening in the mounting stress the agents were obviously facing. Dry lips and perspiration in 20+ degree air conditioning was an obvious indication.

1940H: Boarding



Before a riotous pandemonium could erupt, we were told to board by row numbers and strangely, they started with the passengers sitting in the front rows. X-press privileges, perhaps? The load ensured that the boarding process was completed quickly and we pushed back 10 minutes later. A quick apology was offered by the captain and he justified the delay was caused by “operational reasons” - an overused and generic excuse AFAIK. It was a nice gesture, nevertheless. I didn’t envy the employees in dispatch and operations though as they must have had one hell of a blood vessel bursting work day. Just another run-on-mill event at Air Asia, I guess.

We taxied an unimaginable speed towards Runway 20C, only to slow down abruptly halfway to a wheelchair crawl. When I was in ATC, I did at times cautioned planes to watch their taxi speeds and would imagine something similar happened here.

2010H: Take off


Leaving the island of Singapore.

The northerly take off towards Malaysia was smooth but we soon turned south and had our heading set towards Jakarta flying over Batu Ampar in Batam Island. Less than a minute after takeoff, we were already in Indonesian airspace. Singapore is THAT small. I believe if Malaysia ever attacks us, we would all just line ourselves along the shoreline to row the island away, rowing ourselves away to annoy another territory elsewhere. Hahahaha… But I digress.




Cabin crew seems to be getting younger and younger. Or am I getting older?


Just kidding, here’s the entire set of crew commencing the meal service.

At half past the hour, the meal carts made an appearance manned by the entire complement of 4 cabin crew. One thing I have to admit, Air Asia’s uniform looks smart. The ladies are “smoking” with their tight red outfit while some daring ones would deliberately show a bit of porn-esque cleavage (picture Pam Ann’s “nuts… salty nuts” Vanity). The guys look somewhat erotically Communist with their Mao-inspired Chinese-collar tops and the black/red trimming combo does go very well together.

Peanuts and cupped water was handed out free of charge while a passenger manifest allowed the cabin crew to know who pre-ordered their meals. After a quick verification with the boarding slips, we were good to go and chomped down our nasi lemak, with extra packets of peanuts and water. As much as I have complained about the menu on the CGK sector, I suddenly missed SQ’s potato/fish and chicken rendang rice. But still, I have to say Air Asia’s nasi lemak is always of palatable quality.






Without IFE, we tend to create our own entertainment.

The meal service was completed in a jiffy 30 minutes before the female crew came about in a black trashbag to collect the unwanted rubbish.

“Rubbish to throw? Sampah mauh buang? Rubbish? Sampah?”

By now we were approaching the top of descend and the flight deck came on the PA to announce our arrival. Approaching Java from the north, passengers on the port side of the aircraft had a fantastic view of the giant metropolis Jakarta all lit up in her orange glory right up to the coast. On my side, all I saw were sporadic spots of lights on the water amongst the vast darkness.


Just before lights out after cabin was secured.

Approach was carried out towards the perennial 25R as with all international flights, they seem to be only using this runway.

No matter how seasoned I am as a flier, de-boarding a plane via the stairs never fails to get my heart pumping with excitement. Perhaps it is the sound of an APU whining? Or is it the smell of Jet A1 wafting into my nostrils? Whatever it is, when our aircraft pulled up to a remote stand (my first time happening in CGK!), all these feelings came flooding back into my chest cavity and the blood gushed just that little faster around my body, giving my groin that arousing quiver.




Seatbelt sign pings off, time to grab your bags run and for your lives… Some things I will never understand. What’s the freaking rush?

2140H (local time 2040H): On chox…



One final glance at the pouty team of cabin crew clasping their palms together in a Thai-styled “wai”, our feet clunked awkwardly down the stairs towards a waiting bus and the air was heavy with humidity accompanied by a choking haze. I guess the rain didn’t manage to wash out the forest fires just yet? The stark bare concrete walls of CGK welcomed me back with flickering fluorescent lights as we made headway towards immigration.





While there, I strangely saw a counter specifically meant for Indonesian labourers returning from overseas aptly named Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (TKI). Perhaps this form of local discrimination is necessary as these poor workers needed special re-entry clearance protocols. However, there have been cases of darker skinned Indonesians who were regular passengers being plucked out of the line by over-zealous immigration officers to be roughly shooed over to the TKI counter much to the chagrin of the one involved in the misunderstanding. This is Indonesia, if you are a person with no status expecting an apology from these officers is as good as asking Joan Rivers to go Botox-free.

Who said physical profiling only happens at UK, Australian and American airports?



Baggage claim and customs were later a non-event and like clockwork, our driver was already waiting outside to whisk us away from the chaotic madhouse that is Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Although I have to say the taxi touts were strangely absent on this trip! Have they all been gathered and hung out to dry?


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 16860 times:



THE RETURN FLIGHT

Indonesia Air Asia
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2D (CGK) - Singapore Changi Terminal One (SIN)
QZ 7788
Airbus A320 (PK-AXJ)
ETD: 0900H (retimed 1100H, retimed 1120H)
ATD: 1135H
ETA: 1140H
ATA: 1405H (Local time)
Flight time: I hr 30 min

30th November 2009

A summary of my return journey so I won’t say much but I’ll just let most of the photos do the talking.

I received a sms the night before about the re-time so this gave me ample time to have my morning taxi cancelled. I was rather used to the re-times by now but I had to go to work from the airport so it didn’t bode well schedule wise. Still, it wasn’t anything which could not be solved by a simple phone call.

“Oi, I’ll be very late for work…”


Monday morning rush hour traffic in Jakarta is nothing to be taken lightly.


Departure concourse drop off.


Pre-security departure concourse.


Post-security, check in. Only ticketed passengers are allowed in here. Counters were checking in simultaneously for another QZ flight bound for Kuala Lumpur.


Airside CGK… You have a lot of shops which sell a whole lot of nothing.


Only Starbucks offer the best views outside. Provided there is something to see…


Looks like almost the ENTIRE timetable for Indonesia Air Asia has been retimed! What’s going on?


Let’s head to the boarding gate now.


At first it was D4, then we got shifted to D5, not that it would look any different…


The thing about boarding lounges in CGK, you can never get a proper view of the aircraft you are flying.


Interior of AXJ, with slightly different overhead service consoles and a lack of adverts. Sales team, get to work!!! Sell ad space!!!


Waiting for pushback…


Taxi towards Runway 25R.


Awesome day for flying, a Garuda 737-800 is ahead of us for takeoff.


Airborne! SQ957 will follow behind us.


Over the fertile padi fields of Java heading towards the northern coast….


… and out over the Sunda Straits.


What’s for lunch? More nasi lemak.


Ooooh… Sorry Sir, my butt is not for sale, only the items on the cart are. My butt is see no touch only, ok?


Arrival pattern… Over Riau Islands approaching Singapore from the south.


Arrival pattern… Over Riau Islands approaching Singapore from the south.


Weather is not perfect, but it is nice to be home anyway.


Almost there…


1505H: on chox at Gate D38


The cabin crew’s work is never done. They will do the cleaning up while another load of passengers wait in the boarding lounge.


One final look at PK-AXJ… Ok now I had to run. Late for work… LATE FOR WORK!

Conclusion:

Now that my “Air Asia puzzle” has been complete, I have to say the entire product on the whole has been a very consistent one. The convenience of the journey from start to finish has been a flawless one. Despite the retiming issue I experienced, at all times I was well informed in advance via my mobile phone so I didn’t really have a big problem with that. One pet peeve would be to turn up and the airport to find out that your flight has been seriously delayed, now THAT would seriously light my fire.

Perhaps I have been lucky because there have been many complaints about the customer service (or lack of) when Air Asia was concerned. But having flown them this much, I have yet to encounter any shortfalls. The crews on both sectors were very obviously tired (perhaps from the cascading operational delay) but they were at the same time motivated and eager to please. Whatever mindset they came to work with, it must have been a very positive one and we can only guess what sort of motivational spiel the airline puts them through to instill such drive and passion.

One final note, when I arrived at work and turned on my email – Air Asia sent me a pair of compensation vouchers to be used on my next flight with them. A goodwill gesture for the delays I experienced. How much were the vouchers worth? Let’s just say I won’t have to pay much for the next flight.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 16817 times:

A few photos from Jakarta to share…


My zany bunch of friends in Jakarta… Ok things got a little crazy at the dinner table.


I have known some of them for over a decade, some bonds cannot be broken.


Show me the money, it is all about the business of making money.


I have met all these people separately so this is actually the first time I have had everyone at the same dinner table.


Ritz Carlton in Kuningan. The actual location of the recent bomb blast…


Little surprise why the restaurant is so empty for a Sunday champagne brunch, no one wants to come here anymore after the attack.


Worked fine by me as I could have the food all to myself!!!


More food… glorious food…


Retro revisited… Ragusa in Central Jakarta has been serving ice cream since 1932!


Looks like vanilla? Think again. Durian ice cream anyone? It really does taste like a men's locker room, scrumptious!


Teh Botol is the answer to everything when you are in Indonesia. It is all I ever drink when I am there.

[Edited 2009-12-09 01:39:25]


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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 16704 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
But still, I have to say Air Asia’s nasi lemak is always of palatable quality.

Looks good!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Moving on, the “uglification” of Changi Terminal One has begun to manifest. While previously I was pedestalling the virtues of them being able to hide the renovations of the interior, the same cannot be said on the outside. I cannot wait for this makeover to be completed. We all love to compare the before and after, but don’t want to see the bloody surgery and painful recovery period. Sorry, I must have been watching too much Dr 90210 on “E!”.

Hahaha, I always love to hear Singaporeans complain about Changi. You are too spoiled with this fantastic airport!! It's by far my favorite in the world. And I've been to airports that are always highly ranked such as AMS (my home airport) HKG, KUL.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No matter how seasoned I am as a flier, de-boarding a plane via the stairs never fails to get my heart pumping with excitement.

I know what you mean. KL used to fly the 747 to PBM until this year, and there are no jetways there, so you always exit via stairs... my favorite part of the journey! Hearing the APU screech from afar, climbing the front stairs just in front of those huge engines.... fantastic!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Seatbelt sign pings off, time to grab your bags run and for your lives… Some things I will never understand. What’s the freaking rush?

Haha, this cracks me up every time. I just keep seated looking at those people standing around with the doors still closed...



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User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 862 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 16644 times:

What a wonderful report. Great photos, entertaining commentary. Seriously, loved every word and photo.

I first went on Air Asia in 2001 back when they had 3 planes and flew out of the old Subang airport in KL. Before they even had a website. Oh how that little airline has grown.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16580 times:

Hi Ryan,

Great TR as usual! Extremely entertaining and great photos to add!

It sounds like Air Asia gets my vote if I'm left to find a LCC in SE Asia - most likely I'll be trying out all the main airlines first whenever I get that far!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
At least the airline had the ability to inform me.

Much unlike my experience with Tiger in Australia. I'll save my breath for my trip report and bellow it once there!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
We headed to the gate at 1900H only to be turned away like stupid people because another Air Asia flight bound for Kuala Lumpur has not even begun boarding. Moments later, the boarding lounge emptied and we Jakarta-bound hobbits were finally granted permission by the dungeon guardians to enter. Hmm… It is getting close to 1925H (our scheduled departure time) but the gate was without a plane. It later dawned on me that 1925H meant the arrival time of our plane at the gate, not the actual departure time. Air Asia should really print this properly on their supermarket-like receipts and not cause any misunderstandings.

Interesting..

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Some passengers got impatient and had to be leashed.

LOL!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Seatbelt sign pings off, time to grab your bags run and for your lives… Some things I will never understand. What’s the freaking rush?

What I never understand (in addition to your point) is the queue for boarding the plane! On Monday, I was flying home from CHC when the gate agent said "boarding will begin in 5 minutes" over the PA and straight after that, about 30-40 people got up and stood in line, even in front of those who have priority to board - those with small kids/need extra time to board. I mean go ahead if you have a window seat but if you have an aisle seat and rush to the front, you're most likely going to get annoyed by someone wanting to get over you and into the window seat!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Monday morning rush hour traffic in Jakarta is nothing to be taken lightly.

Especially if you're trying to make it to Singapore. Big grin

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Ooooh… Sorry Sir, my butt is not for sale, only the items on the cart are. My butt is see no touch only, ok?

Haha, only you can pull such humour off! Brilliant caption!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
The cabin crew’s work is never done. They will do the cleaning up while another load of passengers wait in the boarding lounge.

The cabin looks immaculate. I wish the same could be said about JQ.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I have to say the entire product on the whole has been a very consistent one

Good to know.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
One final note, when I arrived at work and turned on my email – Air Asia sent me a pair of compensation vouchers to be used on my next flight with them. A goodwill gesture for the delays I experienced. How much were the vouchers worth? Let’s just say I won’t have to pay much for the next flight.

If only JQ did that all of the time, not only for the first 2 months of business and not on an "on offer" basis

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
Durian ice cream anyone? It really does taste like a men's locker room, scrumptious!

*shivers at the sight of the word durian* lol it remains an acquired taste.


Thanks for sharing! Great story.

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2469 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16570 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Air Asia in this instance had the best fares and timing amongst the other LCCs

Pls. try next time BATAVIA AIR and sriwijaya air - wanna see a trip report!  Big grin


User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1824 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16561 times:

Hi RYANAIR!!!,
great report and very nice pictures! I enjoyed reading it. And good to see all AirAsia group completed.

Regards, Alex


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16506 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Seatbelt sign pings off, time to grab your bags run and for your lives… Some things I will never understand. What’s the freaking rush?

Great report, interesting read.

Why do people have to rush to get off?
On the return trip from the UK I saw some people on my flight try and get their bags while the plane was still taxiing to the gate.



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16501 times:
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Hello Ryan

It is always a pleasure to read your reports and today was one, very nice.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Suddenly my dad's car was just a cloud of dust.

Dust in Singapore??

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The ladies are "smoking" with their tight red outfit while some daring ones would deliberately show a bit of porn-esque cleavage

I presume you do not have pictures.  

Again thank you   

[Edited 2009-12-09 03:57:41]


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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 16258 times:

Excellent TR Lion!

We were both doing our AirAsia deeds around the same time i suppose, but in different directions!  Smile

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
for an all inclusive USD75.00 per pax with assigned seating, check in bags and food taken care of.

That is only 5USD cheaper than my D7 fare  Smile

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
A common check in area was very simply set up with 6 counters – two each for flights heading to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Makes sense. D7 demanded a minimum of 6 check-in counters at AUH. They refused to take any less, and these guys are picky!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Peanuts and cupped water was handed out free of charge while a passenger manifest allowed the cabin crew to know who pre-ordered their meals. After a quick verification with the boarding slips, we were good to go and chomped down our nasi lemak, with extra packets of peanuts and water. As much as I have complained about the menu on the CGK sector, I suddenly missed SQ’s potato/fish and chicken rendang rice. But still, I have to say Air Asia’s nasi lemak is always of palatable quality.

I have to admit, their meal portions are way too small! For what you pay, you can get a full hearty meal in KL!

I got the chance to try all their available Asian options on their Snack Attack menu, and they were all so tasty!


I totally agree that the AirAsia group offers a very consistent product!  Smile

Thanks a lot for sharing!!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 16251 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
*shivers at the sight of the word durian* lol it remains an acquired taste.

Hahaha, I know what you mean... I tried it for the first... and last... time last month....



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks ago) and read 16098 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
*shivers at the sight of the word durian* lol it remains an acquired taste.



Quoting Kappel (Reply 11):
Hahaha, I know what you mean... I tried it for the first... and last... time last month....

I tried it once and it wasn't that bad at all. Definitely no where near the nasty smell.



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15903 times:

Hi Ryanair!!!,

Great trip report. I enjoyed every single of it.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Ooooh… Sorry Sir, my butt is not for sale, only the items on the cart are. My butt is see no touch only, ok?

 rotfl 

Thank you very much for sharing. I have got an unbelieveable belly workout.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1644 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15779 times:

Great report! Tried LCC's in Asia for the first time earlier in the year in October. Have to say that I am COMPLETELY converted! Flew around Asia with JetStar and Air Asia, juxtaposed with one last minute flight change to SQ on one leg. Across the board the JetStar and Air Asia crew were super friendly and motivated, went beyond their minimum duties and were super eager to please: playing with kids, joking with adults, addressing people by name and starting small talk when possible. I also found them to be very diligent with safety checks and such. Compare this with the ultra dull and stiff SQ crew who I encountered...I wouldn't even say were particularly courteous or reserved, just very disinterested. Most of them didn't crack a smile through the flight (save for two of the more senior guys on the crew, namely the Chief and Leading Steward), and didn't respond to most call bells, and when they did didn't say a word when someone asked for something, just went away and came back with the drink or what have you and left again without acknowledging anything. It was an eye opener for me for sure. I've flown SQ extensively since I was a kid and I'd say majority of them were good, a few were excellent and a couple were downright horrible, and this flight tended to the lower scale of good. But what was most surprising was the stark contrast to the LCC's I had just experienced for the first time - I see now why they are giving SQ and the like such a ringing headache! What do you think Ryanair!!!?


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15764 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
*shivers at the sight of the word durian* lol it remains an acquired taste.



Quoting Kappel (Reply 11):
Hahaha, I know what you mean... I tried it for the first... and last... time last month....

I tried it once and it wasn't that bad at all. Definitely no where near the nasty smell.

Haha, I know I'll come back to trying it again some day.. I'm bound to..



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15463 times:

Hi all...

Kappel:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 3):
Hahaha, I always love to hear Singaporeans complain about Changi. You are too spoiled with this fantastic airport!! It's by far my favorite in the world. And I've been to airports that are always highly ranked such as AMS (my home airport) HKG, KUL.

hahahahaha... Singaporeans are spoilt indeed. But unlike the others who whine nonstop, I know how to adjust my expectations accordingly.  Wink All jokes aside, I love Changi. It gets me around very quickly and I never had to stand in line at immigration for more that 5mins, even during peak hours. I get the the baggage carousel, my bags are almost certainly churning about a few rounds already. My plane landed at 3.05pm, I was at work by 3.30pm. Try that in Jakarta!

Quoting Kappel (Reply 3):
Haha, this cracks me up every time. I just keep seated looking at those people standing around with the doors still closed...

I do the same thing. These people don't realise first one off the plane into the bus outside, would be the last one to get off at the terminal. DUH...

Miles:

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 4):
I first went on Air Asia in 2001 back when they had 3 planes and flew out of the old Subang airport in KL. Before they even had a website. Oh how that little airline has grown.

Indeed... Their exponential growth can sometimes be very scary. I really do not envy MH at the moment. Their pie out of KL is really shrinking and though many think the market segment between them and Air Asia is different, but the numbers tell a different story.

NZ107:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
It sounds like Air Asia gets my vote if I'm left to find a LCC in SE Asia - most likely I'll be trying out all the main airlines first whenever I get that far!

If you can get a main airline for a reasonable price, why not? But for short hops around the region, LCC works just fine.

Debonair:

Quoting Debonair (Reply 6):
Pls. try next time BATAVIA AIR and sriwijaya air - wanna see a trip report!

Batavia and Sriwijaya's prices are up there with the big boys, only slightly below the top tiered SQ and followed by GA.

Alex:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 7):
Hi RYANAIR!!!,

Hey you... I see you have got yourself nicely settled in Malaysia. Hope all is going fine!

Ryan:

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 8):
On the return trip from the UK I saw some people on my flight try and get their bags while the plane was still taxiing to the gate.

These people out to get fined!

Sobhi:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9):
Dust in Singapore??

Hahahaha... U saw how neat my car was. I don't know where I got this trait from because my dad's car is as messy as hell. That explains the "dust".

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9):
I presume you do not have pictures.

Me? You are asking ME to take photos of cleavage? Hahahaha you must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, my friend! Hehehe...  biggrin 

Loni:

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 10):
Makes sense. D7 demanded a minimum of 6 check-in counters at AUH. They refused to take any less, and these guys are picky!

Come to think of it it was more than 6 counters. It was 6+ a few more miscellaneous ones to handle administrative matters like overweight baggage payments, ticketing, bribes etc...

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 10):
I have to admit, their meal portions are way too small! For what you pay, you can get a full hearty meal in KL!

Have you even seen the rubbish prices Jetstar and Tiger charge on their BOB? Stupid question - before Air Asia X, you have never even been on LCC. So trust me when I say Air Asia's BOB prices are really reasonable compared to the rest. Little surprise as they have apparently the lowest operational cost in the world.... Even lower than Indonesia? I wonder how that came about.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 10):
I got the chance to try all their available Asian options on their Snack Attack menu, and they were all so tasty!

You are such a pig... Actually so am I... Maybe that is why we both fell sick during this trip! I have never ventured beyond the nasi lemak... Somehow it seems to be the default option when I make my booking. I am going to attempt to go beyond that on my next flight with them coming up soon as I make my way back to Jakarta.

Suyro:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Thank you very much for sharing. I have got an unbelieveable belly workout.

Good.... now you can save money on those pilates classes.  Smile

SQ_EK:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 14):
Across the board the JetStar and Air Asia crew were super friendly and motivated, went beyond their minimum duties and were super eager to please: playing with kids, joking with adults, addressing people by name and starting small talk when possible.

I have never had a problem with Air Asia and gang... In fact they have given me nothing but one surprise after another. You know how they say when something goes wrong, you are left on your own? Can't say I experienced anything close to that with these slew of cascading delays. Ironically, I would say it was overall a very positive impression they left on me despite being several hours late for work.

But I caution if Air Asia were to be very serious about going after the corporate sector (which they are agressively pursuing at the monent with success - surprisingly), they really need to improve their on-time performance. Which is why they now have an ON-TIME GUARANTEE and if a delay goes beyond a certain period (like mine), a compensation is given without any questions asked. But I have noticed this trend of delays affecting only the Indonesian franchise more than the others.

Thank you all for reading!



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 15441 times:
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Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
get the the baggage carousel, my bags are almost certainly churning about a few rounds already. My plane landed at 3.05pm, I was at work by 3.30pm. Try that in Jakarta

Try that at LHR.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
Me? You are asking ME to take photos of cleavage? Hahahaha you must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, my friend! Hehehe...

Well you can akways have taken one by mistake to please us.  Wink

BTW how is your move doing?



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User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2988 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 15401 times:

Hi Ryanair!!!

A fabulous TR! they are always entertaining.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Despite all franchises carrying different airline codes, they utilize one common webpage which was an ease to use.

That is a good sign of web efficiency.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Ah yes, the finished product after the bandages are removed. All perky and fresh, eventually the whole terminal would look like this.

Neat,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Air Asia should really print this properly on their supermarket-like receipts and not cause any misunderstandings.

So true, when I flew BKK - SIN the lady handed me few receipts and was waiting there staring at her face for 10 minutes only to find out that one of those receipts was a boarding pass.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Seatbelt sign pings off, time to grab your bags run and for your lives… Some things I will never understand. What’s the freaking rush?

Try flying to India ... and THEN I would like to hear your comments.  wink 

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
One final glance at the pouty team of cabin crew clasping their palms together in a Thai-styled “wai”

That is pretty identical to the Indian form of greeting "namaskar"

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
So they offered to give us a ride to the airport, where they would leave their car for the weekend. How could you not love parents like that? However, they could not wait to get rid of us at Terminal One (their flight departed from Budget Terminal) because a “dirty weekend” awaited them in the city of Bangkok.

OK Bye bye… Hurry, hurry get your bags out. Ok, take care! Don’t be naughty! Bye!!!”… Suddenly my dad’s car was just a cloud of dust.

Never have I felt so unwanted by my own parents who could not wait to “get their groove on”. Just as well they got food poisoning from roadside food while they were there. Just kidding, I love them to bits.



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Singapore has been labeled a “focus city” (or virtual hub, or peanut plantation, or meat market … or whatever other terms some smart aleck will come up with)



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Without IFE, we tend to create our own entertainment.



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The theme for this year is “A BIG CHRISTMAS” which explains the giant ribbons and… err… Santa’s big balls.



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Ooooh… Sorry Sir, my butt is not for sale, only the items on the cart are. My butt is see no touch only, ok?

LOL!!!!!!

Good job! Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 15359 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
You are such a pig... Actually so am I... Maybe that is why we both fell sick during this trip! I have never ventured beyond the nasi lemak... Somehow it seems to be the default option when I make my booking. I am going to attempt to go beyond that on my next flight with them coming up soon as I make my way back to Jakarta.

The Nasi Lemak is great of course, but also Uncle Chin's chicken and rice was very nice too. Also had (or at least tasted) the chicken satay, the vegetarian rice and chicken, and the Nasi Biryani  Smile


Yum yum yum.


Well true, they charge lower prices than other BOB, but i still think they can throw in a little more value (add a salad, a starter, a chocolate for dessert, something!).

And i have been on LCC before! LOL .. tons of them!  Smile Why does everything think i haven't been?


Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15336 times:

Another excellent TR, Ryan !

Your reports never fail to entertain and educate.  Smile

I'll be taking my first LCC flight next year from SIN to HKT on FD. I'm actually looking forward to it now.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The ladies are “smoking” with their tight red outfit while some daring ones would deliberately show a bit of porn-esque cleavage (picture Pam Ann’s “nuts… salty nuts” Vanity). The guys look somewhat erotically Communist with their Mao-inspired Chinese-collar tops and the black/red trimming combo does go very well together.

I reckon the guys should be wearing red muscle T's to share the limelight with the ladies hehe :P


K



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14904 times:

Hello...

Ojas:

Quoting Ojas (Reply 18):

So true, when I flew BKK - SIN the lady handed me few receipts and was waiting there staring at her face for 10 minutes only to find out that one of those receipts was a boarding pass.

LOL!!!! Looks like you weren't acclimatised yet.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 18):

Try flying to India ... and THEN I would like to hear your comments.

I do nto have any plans to fly to India yet. But I would very mych love to and you would be the first to be notified, ok?  Wink

Loni:

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 19):
The Nasi Lemak is great of course, but also Uncle Chin's chicken and rice was very nice too. Also had (or at least tasted) the chicken satay, the vegetarian rice and chicken, and the Nasi Biryani

My god... You mean you ate ALL THAT? That's way more than what SQ or Etihad would serve on a sector of this length!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 19):
And i have been on LCC before! LOL .. tons of them!

Hehehehe... really? Your nose just reached through my computer screen to touched me.

KFly:

Quoting KFly (Reply 20):
Your reports never fail to entertain and educate.

Thank you. I love writing them as much as I like people enjoying them.

Quoting KFly (Reply 20):
I reckon the guys should be wearing red muscle T's to share the limelight with the ladies hehe

Don't... Not everyone can carry off a muscle t. Hahahaha! I so want to add some more comments here but I do not wish to get deleted by the mods.



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14895 times:

Lion:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
My god... You mean you ate ALL THAT? That's way more than what SQ or Etihad would serve on a sector of this length!

LOL not all on one sector. I flew 4 AirAsia sectors remember?  Smile And a friend joined on some, so there was sharing involved haha.

I think i may have also squeezed in a taste of the non-Asian meal option (barbeque chicken maybe?), which was also yum!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
Hehehehe... really? Your nose just reached through my computer screen to touched me.

LOL! .. Ive flown AirTran, Southwest, JetBlue, and Song!



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14808 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
Your nose just reached through my computer screen to touched me.

Don't you touch his nose!


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 14758 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
I tried it once and it wasn't that bad at all. Definitely no where near the nasty smell.

Haha, no the smell was not so bad as I expected, but the taste was not good. I started getting queasy after 2 peaces....

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
All jokes aside, I love Changi. It gets me around very quickly and I never had to stand in line at immigration for more that 5mins, even during peak hours. I get the the baggage carousel, my bags are almost certainly churning about a few rounds already. My plane landed at 3.05pm, I was at work by 3.30pm. Try that in Jakarta!

Indeed!! Good to know you appreciate how well you have it with SIN as your home airport. I am amazed at the efficiency of SIN. And Jakarta is not the only airport that can't match all that. Also at AMS, still regarded as a relatively efficient airport, there are huge lines (at times) for immigration. And it takes at least half an hour for your bags to arrive. SIN is much better. Like I said, by far my favorite airport in the world (also for transit). KUL is also fast, with no lines at immigration and bags arrive quickly as well. But that's because KUL always seems deserted!!



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25 Ronerone : That i definitely agree with. I couldn't have more than a few pieces. But i was told that that you have to eat it when it's just perfectly ripe for i
26 Ryanair!!! : 9MMAR: Huh? But he has touched mine, so why can't I touch his? After having posted my trip report for days, and this is the kind of reply I get?? Haha
27 Ojas : Deal! ... If you have plans to come to Mumbai .. there are a few A.netters down there, should be a good a.net meeting.
28 Chepos : HI Ryanair!!! As usual great trip report, very enjoyable and detailed. It seems as if Air Asia tries to "glamorize" the LCC experience, here in the US
29 Flightsimboy : Ryan, your trip reports make me cry with laughter ...You are so hysterically funny in the way you write your reports. Thanks for the laugh, and of cou
30 Airpearl : Hey Ryan! Very enjoyable one! Great to see another trip report of yours and as usual, we are treated to some of the most irreverent writing on A.net..
31 PlaneHunter : Hi Ryan, excellent report, well-written and accompanied by many great pictures. You were lucky to get both the oldest and the newest A320 in the fleet
32 Akhmad : LOL! I'll stick to BodyPump anyway.
33 Ryanair!!! : Hi all... Cheapos: I don't think Air Asia is glamourising anything. They simply provide what they promise, that's it. Nothing more, nothing less. And
34 BNE : Thanks for the interesting trip report. Haha; good one; you have a very good trip report writing style.
35 Ryanair!!! : You are very welcome. I will be embarking on another TR-worthy journey in a few weeks time. Although i will have a few Jakarta commutes from now till
36 SIN7 : Hey, great to see you back on the TR again. What an entertaining read! You can spot things so mundane and have an eye to change it to be really so fun
37 HOOB747 : Thank you for your usual lyrical read, loved imagining your Asian travels. And my one visit to Indonesia, I was amused to be treated, well, like a fo
38 Ryanair!!! : Thanks for reading... SIN7: You have champagne taste then... hahahaha... I thought the interior of the Air Asia A320 was miles better than some of the
39 SR 103 : As usual, a very informative trip report with some rather crude jokes thrown in for good measure. That the reason why I absolutely love your reports.
40 Ryanair!!! : hey Anosh... I agree, the difference between Kingfisher's and Air Asia's unfiforms are very minute. But they are all very tightly seductive in that "s
41 Ronerone : I have to agree here! .. MH has become so last year! At least for me, and especially after flying a certain South Asian airline this year And from wh
42 Ryanair!!! : Roni, Although I am curious how MH would configure their 737-800. From what I hear the full works of IFE will be installed for all classes. They must
43 BA319-131 : As always a good fun read, I do enjoy your writing style! - so much humor etc etc, just good value. Cheers Mark
44 Ryanair!!! : Good value? Hahahahaha.... You make me sound like a supermarket product. Thanks for your kind words. Ryan
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