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Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15913 times:

INTRODUCTION


Dear fellow A.netters,

After exciting days on Java and Karimunjawa, it was time to move on to Bali. I convinced my partner that the most convenient way to fly to Denpasar (capital of Bali) from Semarang would be via Jakarta.


BOOKINGS


Indonesia Air Asia


While searching our onward flight to Denpasar, I looked up several airlines than the ones my partner and I have already flown during our stay in Indonesia.

Unfortunately as we wished to fly out late in the morning from CGK, our choice became limited to either Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air or Indonesia Air Asia again!

GA caught my attention after the website enhancement for on-line transactions by non-Indonesian customers. To my dismay, the booking facility did not accept any payment with an EU issued credit card yet. I was not impressed as I got cheated of the cheaper booking classes this way. Other website for European customers quoted mostly the higher booking classes. These fares were at least twice as much as JT’s or QZ’s. Eventually, we decided to drop the option of flying GA.

Regarding JT, the cheapest fares of two one-way tickets somehow got bogged down in IDR 1,398,000 (about EUR 116), yet still looked better than the GA’s GBP 218 (about EUR 252). We were about to book this JT flight, until I came across another Economy Promo offer of QZ which quoted IDR 865,000 (about EUR 74) including baggage allowance and Hot seat allocation.

For the price’s sake and keeping in mind the experience of fellow A.netter Ryanair Sore! Sore! Sore! Ryanair Does Lionair. (by Ryanair!!! Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports), we decided to abandon the idea of flying JT and choosing QZ anyway. The booking process went smoothly as expected on QZ website.


FM7 Resort Hotel


We were consulting TripAdvisor for an one night accommodation nearby the airport and came across FM7 Resort Hotel. Striking facilities of this hotel are the complimentary airport pick-up service and breakfast for all booking rates.

We decided that Executive Club Plus room at IDR 699,000 (about EUR 59) would be suitable. To our relief, there was no need to insert any credit card details as the whole booking process seemed to be conducted in an unsecured environment. Upon submitting our inquiry, we were directed to the information page which indicated that we would get further notification within 24 hours.

As promised, our booking details were delivered the following day. Since we passed on our flight arrival details along with the booking inquiry, neither deposit nor other prepaid measurement was required.


WEB CHECK-IN


The QZ online check-in facility was opened up 48 hours before departure by the time we were still at Kura Kura Resort. Thanks to Kura Kura Resort which offers free Wi-Fi or instead for guests without any laptop putting an own laptop at everyone’s disposal each half an hour for free, we managed to check in online for our QZ flight.


Welcome to the fourth part of my trip report series Finally Asia




The structure of this thread is twofold like the previous part. The non-aviation part consist of our stay at FM7 Resort Hotel and the overview of Ubud. The aviation part consists of another spotting session at CGK Terminal 3 and our flight with QZ to DPS.


Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15985 times:

AT THE AIRPORT


Terminal 1C


When my partner and I reached the public area after collecting our luggage, we were looking for anyone holding a paper with our names. To our disappointment, there was nobody for our matter.


OVERVIEW



View to the left



View to the right


I tried to contact the hotel with my mobile phone, but unfortunately it did not work somehow.
My partner noticed several official airport taxi porters nearby and suggested, “Can you ask them to use their mobile phones?”
I did and got borrowed a mobile from one of the porters. Luckily, I managed to establish a contact.
“We have been waiting here for a while for someone of your hotel to collect us,” I explained the situation as the phone got answered by a front-office staff member..
“I see. We will send someone there. Can you please tell me where we can meet you?”
“Just right down the stair,” as soon as I noticed an A&W restaurant right next to the stair, I added, “In front of the A&W,”
“All right. We will meet you there. Thank you, Sir,” the staff member hung up just as I was about to ask how long it would to take.

After another ten minutes, I saw someone walking into the neighborhood of the restaurant and I quickly approached him.
“Mr. Akhmad?” he asked.
“Yes, I am,”
“Nice to meet you. My name is Oyong. I was waiting for you at Terminal 1B,”
Then we knew how matters stood. We were actually arriving with our Batavia Air flight at Terminal 1C instead of scheduled Terminal 1B. As we were exhausted, we were not in such concentration to figure out from which part of the building we actually came out. All I can tell, it is a huge trek on foot to reach Terminal 1C to 1B despite being located in the same building.
“Please wait here. I am calling our shuttle car right now. We have it stand-by at the car park since we are not allowed to park here,”
Apparently, it was not that easy too to get to T1C from the park, as we had to wait for another ten minutes. Finally, we made our way to the hotel which was located ten minutes drive away.


FM7 RESORT HOTEL




Main lobby



High ceiling with interesting lighting design



Long lobby desk



CHECK IN


Since we booked Executive Plus Club, we were directed to the second lobby designated for Executive Plus Club or higher room level guests. One gripe is its location on the second floor with no elevator access.

Danny was in charge to check us in. “Good evening, Sir. Do you have a reservation with us?”
“Yes,” I handed over the booking confirmation and both of our passports.
“Thank you, Sir. Due to our policy, we require you to put a deposit of IDR 1,000,000 (about EUR 85). We will cancel this transaction when you are checking out,”
After processing our check-in, Danny returned our documents, “Your room number is 317. The breakfast will be served at AJ Brandon which is located next to the main lobby. You will be able to use it from four o’clock until eleven o’clock in the morning. What is your flight departure time tomorrow?”
“About a quarter to eleven,”
“All right. Then you can take our shuttle bus at nine o’clock. Would you like to get on the bus from the main lobby or should we call the bus to collect you here?”
“We are fine. We will go to the main lobby,”
“All right, Sir. Enjoy your stay with us,”


Executive Plus Club


BEDROOM



Double bed



Writing table with a flat screen television



Coffee or tea making facility



BATHROOM



Washbasin



Shower



AJ Brandon


The restaurant is open seven days a week around the clock. The menu consists of Indonesian, Malaysian and European dishes along with extensive collection of cocktails and other (non) alcoholic drinks.


BREAKFAST BUFFET


I was not disappointed about the breakfast buffet. As usual, I went out capturing the food offering.


Salad dressing assortments



Warm pancakes and baked net potatoes


Just as I took the picture above, a lady suddenly appeared on my side and literally barking at me, “SIR! YOU CANNOT TAKE PICTURE OF OUR PRODUCTS!”
I was quite shocked by her action as it was my first experience of being restrained of taking pictures of the breakfast buffet after staying with other hotels like Hilton or Novotel and doing the same without any problem.
While switching off my camera, I said, “Oh, I am sorry. I did not know that…”
I shut up after realizing that I was talking to no one anymore as the barking lady apparently had left after completing her ‘duty’.


The barking lady partially behind the flower vase, seemingly busy with the paper works


I must say, the barking lady’s action did successfully spoil my whole experience with the hotel. I got even more worked up when the lady avoided any eye-contact while we were walking past her desk after finishing our breakfast.


LETTER OF COMPLAINT


After my partner and I were back in Netherlands, I posted an e-mail to the customer service that I would not stand for the barking lady’s kind of treatment and demanded her personal apology about that.

A rather common reply came the following day. It said, ‘We are sorry to hear about your experience. We had clarified the matters with our concerning staff member. It is a great to learn from you afterwards that your former intention of taking pictures of the buffet is to refer our hotel to your friends. Nevertheless, we wish to inform you that it is our policy for not allowing photography on our premises without any permission of our management.’

I still cannot understand why neither Hilton nor Novotel made any trouble of it.


CHECK OUT


At 08.25, we were ready for check-out. Minah, a front office trainee , was taking care of it. As Danny had mentioned at our check-in, Minah cancelled our deposit and finalizing our bill of IDR 699,000.
“Thank you for staying with us. Do you want me to call our shuttle to collect you here?”
“No, thank you. We are fine. We will be waiting at the main lobby,”


Outside the main lobby


The reason why I preferred to wait at the main lobby was that you would get yourself directly under the approach route of runway 07L-25R.

SPOTTING


The aircraft movements until 08.45 were on my side.


PK-GEG, formerly ATA Airlines N323TZ



GA A332



Malaysia B734



RI A319


After 08.45, the movements turned.


JT B739


The shuttle coach pulled in at 08.50. It departs every hour from the hotel along T1, T2 and T3 upon request of the hotel guests.


Dedicated shuttle coach


More hotel guests were soon joining us and the coach got filled to the brim. The boarding was however civilized and we hit the road right on time.



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15971 times:

AT THE AIRPORT


Our ride took nearly thrice as long as previous evening due to a detour along the neighboring residential area before reaching the airport. Hotel guests were dropped off according to the sequence of the terminal number. As expected, my partner and I were the last to disembark. I did not mind though as it would allow me to take some pictures underway.


T1, JT’s home



I wished there were no jet blast screens



PK-YVJ, formerly Air Comet EC-KIL



PK-LHG, first delivered as 9V-SME to Singapore Airlines



Signage to T3



T3



T3 viaduct



Facade



PUBLIC AREA


Our coach pulled over at 09.30. T3 looked more crowded than the previous time we were there. I did not take any picture of the terminal curbside on purpose since I have already covered it on the second part of my series.


Entrance


As usual, our tickets were scrutinized before getting admission to pass the security. We had to wait in line for security check , but soon were whisked away into the check-in area.


CHECK-IN AREA




QZ common check-in counters


There were no lines at the four assigned counters for all QZ flights. We walked forward to counter 7 of which cheerful Liska was in charge.


Counter 7


“Good morning, Sir. Where are you flying to?” Liska greeted us.
“To Denpasar,”
“Sir, can I ask you a favor?” asked Liska as she took our documents. “Can you exchange any US dollars? One of our passengers had to pay the excess baggage fee and he got only US dollars,”
“I am afraid we cannot help you,” I said. “We are from Europe. The dollars would be no use for us either,”
“That is okay, Sir. Do you have any luggage with you?”
“Just this one,”
“Do you have any fragile items like bottle of wine or champagne inside?”
“No, why is the question?”
“Otherwise I will tag on your suitcase with the fragile marking,”
“Oh, I see,”
“Here are your documents and your boarding passes. The boarding will start at 10.10 upstairs from zone five. The passenger service charge will be collected at the right end of the check-in area. Do you have any further question?”
“We do not think so. Thank you,”
“Have a nice flight with us,”


Boarding receipt


After paying the PSC, we made our way to the second floor through the meeting area.


BEFORE SECURITY


FIDS



Arrival



Departure


Upstairs I was ready for a spotting session.


Classic PK-GGC and Next Generation PK-GMN



PK-GEI, formerly Sunwing Airlines C-GOAF



Merpati B733, formerly Linjeflyg SE-DLA



Classic PK-GWP in old livery


At 10.00, it was time to move on towards the security.


Security gate. Note the photo-taking passenger



AFTER SECURITY


After dealing with two different agents and the second security check like our previous trip, we were airside again.


Our zone



Overview


Again I did not want to miss out another spotting session. My partner just decided to stick to me.


MH 9M-MLC, formerly XL Airways G-XLAO


Just before 10.20, we saw our bird touching down. Well estimated by FIDS, I must say!  



Incoming from DPS as QZ 7511



Docked at 10.25



PK-GPH lifting off



Boarding


FLIGHT INFO



Our itinerary:
Route: CGK-DPS
Date: 10 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 10.50 / 10.55
ETA/ATA: 13.35 / 13.40
Flight number: QZ 7512
Plane: Airbus 320-216
Registration: PK-AXJ
Delivered: First delivered 2 October 2009
First Officer: Captain Ariwijaya


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Boarding commenced at 10.35. We were assigned gate B, the opposite of gate C from where we departed earlier for our RI flight. Thanks to the last gate assignment, we managed to experience boarding along the both sides of T3.  



Our gate


The check-in agent took our boarding receipts, tore almost equally the bottom half and returned the upper half.


Going down. Note the lady in red on the top right


Just like our previous QZ flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, one flight attendant, Sanly, was waiting downstairs to lead her passengers the way to PK-AXJ.  



Overview



Nose shot



Engine shot against cloudy sky



Airside overview of T3



Before entrance



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15954 times:

ON BOARD


“Good morning. Welcome on board,” flight attendant Reza Pahlevi greeted us at the door.
“Ah, your Hot seat is located at the second emergency exit row on the left. You can easily recognize it at the red headrest cover ,” he continued after a glance at my boarding receipt.


Backward view from the front



Blowing air co



Our row



My seat



Emergency exit instruction



Legroom



Neighbor view



Neighbor’s window view



Own window view



Boarding in progress


Let’s see what we got inside the seat pocket. There were a safety card, an in-flight magazine and an in-flight shopping guide.

Safety card



Front page



Back page



In-flight magazine



Air Asia.cafe


The door closed at 10.50 and the push-back followed shortly. The other emergency exit seats remained free.


Advertisements on overhead luggage doors



Right after push-back


Flight attendant Nidya appeared on our side and went through the emergency exit procedure. Her action was soon followed by a welcome announcement of Reza on behalf of the first officer, Copilot Febi Irawan and his other colleagues. “Our flight time will be one hour and forty minutes with cruising altitude of 33,000 feet,”
The safety demonstration was performed manually . Of course, before and after the demonstration, the attendants did not forget to hold their hands against the heart and make a bow.  


Taxiing


We started moving at 10.55 and made our way to runway 07L-25R.


Tail schemes



CGK named after the first Indonesian president and vice-president



PK-GSI



Small JT PK-LFO and big JT PK-LHF



PK-LHG being supplied



Retired Y6 B732, now used for training purpose



Y6 hangar



Airplane graveyard


Before entering the runway, we had to wait for two incoming GA B73H’s.


Entering the runway



Lining for take-off



Taking off


After couple seconds, full thrusts applied and we commenced our take-off roll.


Accelerating down the runway



Lift-off just past 11.05



Belimbing on the background



Cabin view



Salembaran Jati



In-flight


Five minutes after lift-off, the fasten seat-belt signs were switched off.


New overhead panel design



Sanly and her colleague doing the buy on-board run


A couple sitting in row 12 somehow decided to move the empty emergency exit row behind them. The man then tried to recline the seat-back, fortunately without any result as row 13 has non reclining seats. I got quite annoyed about it though and was wondering whether the couple could get away with it.

The couple flagged down Sanly and her colleague as they reached row 12. Sanly’s colleague started to look puzzled as she took the meal order of the couple.
“Where are you seated, Sir?” she asked while handing out the meal.
The couple pointed at row 12.
“Could you please return to your seat after finishing your meal?” she reminded the couple.
Sanly’s colleague proceeded to attend us. “Hello, Sirs. Do you wish anything from the buy on-board?”
“We would like to have a carton of soy milk and a bag of savory nuts, please,”


Soy milk


Then, it was time for an obligatory visit to the lavatory.


Lavatory



Forward cabin view


I then tried to enter into a conversation with Nidya, who took charge of the aft galley. She was somehow a bit shy. Luckily, Sanly was soon joining us.
“Are you writing a diary?” Sanly asked after noticing me inquiring about the flight details.
“Yes, I am,”
“I thought so. I saw you taking pictures of the seats,”
“Well, it was just because of the Hot seat I have got,”
“I can imagine that. Hot seat is the hottest place to be here,”
Both Sanly and I burst into a laugh.
“I will ask the captain to give more details about our flight,” Sanly said.
“Thank you. I appreciate it,” I replied before returning to seat.

By the way, do you remember the couple from row 12? Just as I had expected, they did not bother returning to their former seats.   

At 11.50, Sanly and her colleague started to walk through the cabin with a trash bag and collecting the rubbish.

At 12.05, Captain Ariwijaya spoke on the intercom, “Good afternoon. This is your captain speaking. We are now at the cruising altitude of 39,000 feet or about 11,8 kilometers. Our speed is 850 kilometers per hour. We are lucky with the nice weather. In about three minutes, we will be leaving our cruising altitude for preparation of our landing in Denpasar. The ground temperature over there will be twenty nine degrees Celcius,”
After a short break, he proceeded, “I hope you have been enjoying your flight so far. Please visit our website to get our flight deals for your next journey. Thank you for choosing Air Asia,”
I thought, ‘Sanly has kept her promise!’


Madura coastline



Landing


At 13.20 Balinese time or 12.20 Javanese time, the fasten seat belt signs were illuminated. We started leaving our cruising altitude. Due to one hour time difference between Java and Bali, any time reference quoted further on my report will be Balinese time.


Mount Raung’s crater



Mount Ijen covered by clouds


Sanly and her colleague went out doing the final check. Sanly’s colleague noticed the couple still occupying row 13 and approached them.
“Sir, Madam, could you please return to your seat?”
“We are sorry. We cannot. Our row is taken by now,” the couple replied.
Indeed, another passenger had moved to row 12 with her sleeping toddler.
“Their seats are occupied. What should we do now? Give them a briefing about the emergency exit procedure anyway?” Sanly’s colleague called out to Nidya who had just joined her.
“Well, all right then. We give them a briefing,” Both of them finally came into a decision.
Nidya then went through the procedure with the couple.


West coastline of Bali



On approach



Touch-down at 13.35. Note Thai B773 turning on the apron



Cathay Pacific A330



Entering the taxiway



PK-LGJ lifting off



TG B773 docked next to Pacific Blue B73H



PK-GPD


We finally came to a stop at 13.40.


Disembarking



Disembarking passengers’ rush


Reza was standing next to the front door. While Sanly was nowhere to see. I supposed she was already outside showing the way. We thanked Reza for the nice flight and went outside.


Backward view from the stairway with Jimbaran hill on the background



Engine shot against the blue sky



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15927 times:

AT THE AIRPORT



Domestic airport terminal with the old control tower



Last shot of PK-AXJ. Note the QZ ramp agent blocking the vehicle



Malaysia Air Asia 9M-AFP



Arrival entrance



Baggage claim area


It was busy at the baggage claim area as three domestic flights arrived one after another within short period. Most QZ passengers were already gathering around the last empty baggage conveyor belt.


Overview



Empty screen



Komodo dragon wooden statue


The conveyor belt started moving after five minutes. Our luggage appeared ten minutes later on. Upon collecting it, we got our luggage tag handy for the control. But surprisingly, no QZ ground attendant was around.


Public area



Domestic arrival exit



Local restaurants on the right


Our next destination would be Ubud. But since we got a business to do in the neighborhood, we bought a one way ticket to South Kuta Beach from the official airport taxi counter.


One way ticket for IDR 45,000 (about EUR 4)




UBUD


My partner and I were spending five days in Ubud. Enough time to explore the highlights of this artist village, even it was our fourth time being there.


Rice paddy walk


The rice paddy walk would take you through peaceful and gently terraced emerald paddy fields decorated with coconuts palms.


Unpaved walkway



Part of the paddy walk route



Terraced paddy fields



Coconut palms with their reflection


Domestic animals could be spotted along the way.


Ducks



A rooster and a chicken


Sometime even a wild animal.


Snake



Pura Taman Saraswati


Pura Taman Saraswati (Saraswati garden temple) is one of the many temples in Ubud worth a visit.


Facade



Inner temple



Fish pound



Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka


The restaurant, literally translated Mrs. Oka’s roasted suckling pig restaurant, was used to be reserved for the locals. It tended to get busy even before twelve o’clock in the afternoon.


Non local guests waiting in the row



Signature mixed dish



Ubud market


Last year, the market was used as a décor of Julia Robert’s film Eat Pray Love.






Dian Restaurant



Since five years ago, we have become regular visitors to Dian Restaurant.


From left to right: Komang, Putu, Ketut, Wayan



Standing from left to right: Emy, Komang, Kadek


We were celebrating our last night in Ubud with Dian’s signature smoked duck feast which we had to order one day before. It consisted of a whole smoked duck, Balinese skewered fish fillet, stir fried vegetables and Balinese rice wine as aperitif.


Smoked duck feast


With the aforementioned subjects, I put an end to the Ubud part of my fourth trip report. Probably you might be wondering why I have not included any impression of our accommodation in Ubud. Well, we returned to Pande Permai after our enjoyable stay five years ago without consulting Trip Advisor beforehand. It turned out to be our biggest mistake.


CONCLUSION


FM7 Resort Hotel is undoubtedly a great sanctuary for passengers who have to stay overnight in CGK and people like us A.netters who appreciate the aircraft movements along the hotel , even though I had a bad taste during the breakfast.

QZ was again a pleasure to fly with. Our experience from the booking until disembarking lived up to expectation. I am recommending everyone to fly this airline.

I hope you enjoyed this thread as much as I was writing it. Do please let me know as I am curious about what you think about the structure of my thread so far.

In case you missed the previous parts, feel free to click on the following:
Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ (by akhmad Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 2: Up To Semarang With Mandala (by akhmad Sep 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Finally Asia Part 3: Karimunjawa And Batavia Air (by akhmad Sep 24 2010 in Trip Reports)

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 15864 times:
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Enjoyable next installment, thanks for sharing with us.

That hotel looks pretty good for spotting, best I make a rcord of that for a future trip there!

Air Asia seema pretty decent carrier, not seen any negative reports, that I can recall, and your report seems to indicate you had a good flight.

On a side note, seems Gardua have been quickly repainting the fleet, impressive!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15694 times:

Hola Suryo!

Following your Asia reports I feel more reading a tourist brochure in the area than reading just TRs about flights, which is something really inspiring with so much attention to detail and experiences... sometimes not as nice as one can imagine when reading the lines about breakfast encounter.

All reports about Air Asia seem quite positive, so one to have in mind when travelling to the area.

I look forward to reading part 5.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 15604 times:

Hey, Suryo,

very good work again, such a great bunch of well done pictures.
It seems I´am running more and more interesting in Indonesia.
Also good to read about more succesful flying on Air Asia, a company not covered in my log till now.

Have a nice weekend,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 948 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15417 times:

Hey Suryo

Thanks for this next installment! It's very interesting and detailed as always.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A rather common reply came the following day. It said, ‘We are sorry to hear about your experience. We had clarified the matters with our concerning staff member. It is a great to learn from you afterwards that your former intention of taking pictures of the buffet is to refer our hotel to your friends. Nevertheless, we wish to inform you that it is our policy for not allowing photography on our premises without any permission of our management.’

That's really not good when hotels put some silly internal policy ahead of guest satisfaction. Serves them right that you're highlighting it here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The reason why I preferred to wait at the main lobby was that you would get yourself directly under the approach route of runway 07L-25R.

Nice views and shots - does help to make up a little for the poor service... And (despite the service) a useful place to know if I need to overnight close to CGK. Thanks.


.
That's an interesting panel display - I haven't seen this on AirAsia or Thai AirAsia before.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The couple pointed at row 12.
“Could you please return to your seat after finishing your meal?” she reminded the couple.

AirAsia seems to be more strictly enforcing this no free riders rule - on my last few flights on them, I've seen crew actively asking and then ensuring non-"hot seats" passengers to move back to their original places even when these premium seats were not occupied.


Thanks for this latest, look forward to the next  

Cheers
airpearl


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1196 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15390 times:

I love Tripadvisor. Makes me want to go to Ubud and Bali (also Komodo and Borabadur) but am somewhat scared after what happened. That snakes also scares me. Are they dangerous these types? Thanks.

[Edited 2010-10-01 17:05:58]

User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2423 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14983 times:

Great TR again, well done!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
better than the GA’s GBP 218 (about EUR 252).



Yeap, when I was in Indonesia last year, GA was always the most expensive carrier and all their flights were running late from Bali. I would have loved to fly their A330. And as I found out, there is no need to fly GA!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
QZ was again a pleasure to fly with. Our experience from the booking until disembarking lived up to expectation. I am recommending everyone to fly this airline.



Yes, like Batavia you are right! Great airline. I just loved that the crew bowed in front of the passengers, welcoming them on board. These little gestures gave a nice touch. Unfortunately (or should I say gladly), I was flying a B737-300, well worn and a huge different to the A320. One big problem, nobody seemed to have any information about the pax figures- so the flight was delayed and all passengers re counted several times and called by names.


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14946 times:

Hi Suryo!

Another excellent report with fanastic picures! FM7 Hotel looks great; I'll keep that in mind the next timeI spend a night in CGK.

QZ looks oay but I'd probably prefer GA since I can go standby on them.

I was in DPS about 11 years ago and had a great time there.

The duck feast food looks great too! I love Indonesian food and it's bee a while so will try to go in a few weeks to a resturan here in Los Anageles.

The777Man



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14737 times:

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies.

@ Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Enjoyable next installment, thanks for sharing with us.

You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
best I make a rcord of that for a future trip there!

I certainly look forward to your own experience.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Air Asia seema pretty decent carrier, not seen any negative reports, that I can recall, and your report seems to indicate you had a good flight.

I am happy to find out that Air Asia has delivered on promises. I will not hesitate to fly them again in the future.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
seems Gardua have been quickly repainting the fleet, impressive!

It is great to see more of GA airplanes in the new fresh livery.

@ Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Following your Asia reports I feel more reading a tourist brochure in the area than reading just TRs about flights, which is something really inspiring with so much attention to detail and experiences

Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure to me.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
sometimes not as nice as one can imagine when reading the lines about breakfast encounter.

I wished the concerning member staff knew better.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
so one to have in mind when travelling to the area.

Definitely.

@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
very good work again, such a great bunch of well done pictures.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
It seems I´am running more and more interesting in Indonesia.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Air Asia, a company not covered in my log till now.

Is a future trip of yours about to unfold?   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Have a nice weekend,

I wish you the very same.

@ Airpearl:

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Thanks for this next installment! It's very interesting and detailed as always.

You are welcome. I am happy to know that you like it.  



Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Serves them right that you're highlighting it here.

Thank you. I really wanted to express my displeasure of the incident.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
And (despite the service) a useful place to know if I need to overnight close to CGK. Thanks.

Regardless that particular staff member, FM7 Resort is overall a nice hotel.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
I haven't seen this on AirAsia or Thai AirAsia before.

Really? Not even on their newest A320's?

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
AirAsia seems to be more strictly enforcing this no free riders rule - on my last few flights on them, I've seen crew actively asking and then ensuring non-"hot seats" passengers to move back to their original places even when these premium seats were not occupied.

I applaud this proactive move. Since we had paid for "hot seats", it felt unfair to see other non-"hot seat" passengers claiming the seats for free.

@ Lychemsa:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
but am somewhat scared after what happened.

You do not have to be scared. Just rely on TripAdvisor.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
That snakes also scares me. Are they dangerous these types?

Well, I do not know. The rice field snakes are timid. They usually avoid any encounter with people. As it was cloudy and rather chilly during our walk, the snakes came out seeking some sun rays to get warm.

@ Debonair:

Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
Great TR again, well done!

Thank you.

Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
And as I found out, there is no need to fly GA!

Well, only for the sake of trip report. 



Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
I was flying a B737-300, well worn and a huge different to the A320.

I know. I have been on both of them.  



Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
all passengers re counted several times and called by names.

It reminds me of the elementary school when my teacher called everybody's name while going through the register.

@ Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Another excellent report with fanastic picures! FM7 Hotel looks great; I'll keep that in mind the next timeI spend a night in CGK.

Thank you. Nice to know that my report becomes useful for you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
but I'd probably prefer GA since I can go standby on them.

Will you be flying GA B77W next year?   



Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
so will try to go in a few weeks to a resturan here in Los Anageles.

That is a good idea. What is the name of the restaurant?


Thanks again for dropping by. I really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14734 times:

Hi Suryo,
Another good report in your series of travels in South East Asia.

Shame the enjoyment of the hotel was marred by the staff member shouting at you. If it is hotel policy to not allow photographs, it could at least be explained in a courteous manner.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Do you have any fragile items like bottle of wine or champagne inside?”
“No, why is the question?”
“Otherwise I will tag on your suitcase with the fragile marking,”


Nice touch and not one I've encountered anywhere else.
I look forward to your next instalment: aman perjalanan.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1935 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 14487 times:
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Hi Suryo -

Another great report! Really nice photos and descriptions from your trip; I felt like I was along for the trip!

Air Asia looks pretty nice, I've read quite a few reports about them, and I'm pretty impressed with how they look!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1014 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14472 times:

You really put in a lot of effort in bringing up all these reports in a detailed manner, paired with excellent photography. Good job!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Blowing air co

Nothing calamitous I hope?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
LETTER OF COMPLAINT

Do you write reviews for sites such as trip advisor? If so, mention your negative experience there. It might actually get the hotel to rethink their policies regarding rude staff.

M.



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User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 948 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14407 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Really? Not even on their newest A320's?

.
Apparently not Suryo. This was on Thai AirAsia's HS-ABP, which was delivered in July this year. Looks like you were on an unique one   Will be on the lookout if it makes its appearance on any others.

.
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s43/airpearl2007/RJ%20Flights/FD1001.jpg


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14280 times:

Hi fellows,

Many thanks for your replies.

@ Roy:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 13):
Another good report in your series of travels in South East Asia.

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 13):
it could at least be explained in a courteous manner.

  

Quoting Quokka (Reply 13):
not one I've encountered anywhere else.

Me neither.


@ Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Another great report! Really nice photos and descriptions from your trip; I felt like I was along for the trip!

Thank you for nice words. It has been my pleasure to take you along.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Air Asia looks pretty nice, I've read quite a few reports about them, and I'm pretty impressed with how they look!

I hope you will be flying Air Asia yourself in the future.


@ M.:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
You really put in a lot of effort in bringing up all these reports in a detailed manner, paired with excellent photography. Good job!

Thank you for your nice words.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Nothing calamitous I hope?

Luckily not. We had a similar phenomenon on board of Mandala.



Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Do you write reviews for sites such as trip advisor? If so, mention your negative experience there. It might actually get the hotel to rethink their policies regarding rude staff.

My TripAdvisor review of this hotel is being processed right now. I hope it will get posted soon.


@ Airpearl:

Hi again.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 16):
Thai AirAsia's HS-ABP, which was delivered in July this year.

I wonder why the different panel design.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 16):
Looks like you were on an unique one

I spotted a similar panel design on Mark's TR to JFK.


Thanks again for dropping by. I really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2974 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 14243 times:

Good work again!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Upstairs I was ready for a spotting session.

Indonesian airports seem very interesting locations for spotting!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Pura Taman Saraswati (Saraswati garden temple) is one of the many temples in Ubud worth a visit.

Ah my parents went here as well. My mother liked Bali as well especially with so much resemblance to the Hindu culture.

Thanks for sharing.



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14081 times:

Hello Suryo,

Fantastic report about the next part of your Indonesia Travel - very well done!

Great spotting pictures of CGK as well.

Ubud looks very nice and green. Apparently there are so many great places to visit in Indonesia.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unfortunately as we wished to fly out late in the morning from CGK, our choice became limited to either Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air or Indonesia Air Asia again!

Still I find it amazing how many different carriers Indonesia has to offer on domestic sectors. You don't find such a variety of airlines in many other countries.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Just as I took the picture above, a lady suddenly appeared on my side and literally barking at me, “SIR! YOU CANNOT TAKE PICTURE OF OUR PRODUCTS!”
I was quite shocked by her action as it was my first experience of being restrained of taking pictures of the breakfast buffet after staying with other hotels like Hilton or Novotel and doing the same without any problem.
While switching off my camera, I said, “Oh, I am sorry. I did not know that…”
I shut up after realizing that I was talking to no one anymore as the barking lady apparently had left after completing her ‘duty’.

Strange policy...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Just like our previous QZ flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, one flight attendant, Sanly, was waiting downstairs to lead her passengers the way to PK-AXJ.

A nice touch once again!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Advertisements on overhead luggage doors

Looks a bit cheap from my point of view. But then again, Air Asia is a low-cost carrier so I guess you have to expect it.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1862 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14077 times:
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Hey Suryo, another nice report! I have never heard of a hotel not allowing taking pictures on the premises.. Air Asia looks very decent. I was very surprised to see a Lion Air 744!

Thanks and regards,

Martijn



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 497 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13827 times:

Hi Suryo,

Another great report of your recent holiday. It's nice reading about another flight on QZ. Too bad the hotel staff wasn't allowing you to make some photo's. Nice revenge on posting them on a public forum.

Tim,


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1060 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 13799 times:

Hi Suryo, I been following your trip reports lately and I must say that they are fantastic! I have to confess that this very report is what made me book AirAsia from BKI-SIN on 16 Oct for my joyride. It'll be my first flight on AK so I'm definitely very excited. Can't wait to get on those beautifully painted planes. =)

Hope to see more great reports to come!



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13724 times:

Hi fellows,

Thanks a lot for dropping by.

@ Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 18):
Good work again!

Thank you.

Quoting ojas (Reply 18):
Indonesian airports seem very interesting locations for spotting!

Definitely.

Quoting ojas (Reply 18):
Ah my parents went here as well. My mother liked Bali as well especially with so much resemblance to the Hindu culture.

How wonderful! Have you been to Bali yourself?

Quoting ojas (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing.

You are welcome.


@ Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 19):
Fantastic report about the next part of your Indonesia Travel - very well done!

Great spotting pictures of CGK as well.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed them.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 19):
Apparently there are so many great places to visit in Indonesia.

Absolutely. I have just captured a few of them.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 19):
Still I find it amazing how many different carriers Indonesia has to offer on domestic sectors. You don't find such a variety of airlines in many other countries.

Thanks for highlighting it. I never thought that way.


@ Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Hey Suryo, another nice report!

Thank you.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
I have never heard of a hotel not allowing taking pictures on the premises

Me neither. That was why I did not expect to get scalded.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
I was very surprised to see a Lion Air 744!

Lion Air has got two 744's.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Thanks and regards,

You are welcome and thanks for reading.


@ Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 21):
Another great report of your recent holiday. It's nice reading about another flight on QZ

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 21):
Too bad the hotel staff wasn't allowing you to make some photo's. Nice revenge on posting them on a public forum.

A sweet revenge of mine.   


@ Daniel:

Quoting initious (Reply 22):
Hi Suryo, I been following your trip reports lately and I must say that they are fantastic!

Thank you.

Quoting initious (Reply 22):
I have to confess that this very report is what made me book AirAsia from BKI-SIN on 16 Oct for my joyride. It'll be my first flight on AK so I'm definitely very excited.

I am happy to know that you have got inspired. For sure, I am looking forward to your report on AirAsia.


Thanks again, fellows. I really appreciate your replies.  Smile


Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2010-10-04 11:54:30]


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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2974 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13717 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Have you been to Bali yourself?

No, in fact the only time I technically entered Indonesia was a short hop from Singapore to Bintan Islands, which falls in the Indonesian territory. Nevertheless Bali is on my to do list, will be planning something next year.



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25 reifel : I was looking forward to the fourth part. I love flying in indonesia, and Bali is a nice place to visit. The old Terminal 1 in CGK is classic, the new
26 The777Man : Yes, will definatly fly GA 77W next year! Ramayani in Westwood. The777Man
27 Post contains images oa260 : Congratulations on a fantastic series of reports. I have enjoyed everyone! You dont need advice from anyone the reports have been really nice to read
28 Post contains images akhmad : Hi fellows, Thanks again for dropping by. I really appreciate it. @ Ojas: I have never been in Bintan. I just love to be surprised. I certainly look f
29 FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, It's been a while since I read this report but never got around commenting it - your reports sure are so exhausting that it takes a while to
30 Post contains images akhmad : Hi P., I did not mean to exhaust you. Just want to share my experience. Thank you for your nice words. To be honest, me too. Well, I would love to see
31 Post contains images Pe@rson : Hi Akhmad, Great report and photos! You might have already answered it - so apologies if you have - but what was viewing (I don't take photos/registra
32 Post contains links akhmad : Hi James, Thanks for reading my report. Glad you liked it. The landside viewing of T3 is possible from behind the fences not far from the arrival exit
33 Pe@rson : Hey Suryo, Thanks for your reply and also directing me to your other excellent and useful thread. I'll ask you again if I have other questions about v
34 PlaneHunter : Hi Suryo, after returning from my recent trip I have finally found the time to read your latest reports. Very well done again, you composed another wo
35 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Philip, Somehow I have missed out your reply. My apology for that. Thank you for your nice words. As the matter of fact, your reports have always b
36 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Suryo, great to read about your time in Indonesia, and I have to compliment you on the picture quality. You give a very detailed view on the whole
37 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Eric, Nice to see you back. It has been quite a while. I am kind of missing you. Thank you so much for your nice words. You really make me happy. I
38 NZ107 : Hi Suryo, Another great report. Air Asia's new planes look pretty nice to fly in, especially the Hot Seats. Flight attendants look like they're doing
39 akhmad : Hi Nicholas, Thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate it. Air Asia is a great airline to fly with throughout Asia. The service really does j
40 NZ107 : I'm not sure if I'd be keen on flying Air Asia X but for short journeys within Asia, it sure seems the way to go on a shoestring. Then again, I'd als
41 akhmad : Good point. There are plenty of them to choose from. Which legacy airlines are still missing in your log?
42 NZ107 : Let's put it this way: I've only flown NZ, QF and CX (I don't really think EK counts) in terms of legacy carriers!
43 akhmad : Well, in that case, try GA or PR first!
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