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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10982 times:

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SEAir (South East Asia Airlines) started a partnership with Tiger Airways to launch international services. After SIN, HKG is their 2nd international with its first flight on March 16th. I was lucky enough to fly on this route on March 18th for a weekend getaways and fly Ultralights in the Philippines (trip report on that to follow).

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This journey starts on Friday right after work, I rushed to the Airport Express Station to catch a train to the airport. SEAir uses the check-in counters over at Terminal 2, and it was dead quiet that night (or every night to be exact). Since all 3 of SEAir’s A319 are leased from Tiger, it makes sense that they hire SATS to be the ground agent in HKG. Since I’ve got no checked-bags, the check-in was fast and smooth.

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Not a soul insight @ SEAir Check-in

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Check-in Row P @ T2

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That is as simple as you can get with boarding passes, no design, no logos. Today’s flight DG 7929, On Time.

This is my 3rd flights onboard SEAir, the previous twice was domestic flights in the Philippines. I really enjoy their cheerful services, hence I’m looking forward for this flight this time!

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Departing from T2!

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2100-2200 is the peak hour for Philippines bounding flights, UO, DG, PR, 5J, CX all bounding that way.

According to my previous experiences, most Manila flights should be full, but I’m not sure about Clark. Furthermore, only a very small portion of the pax of these flights are local ethnic Chinese, most of them are foreigners, hence the impact of the Travel Advisory issued for the Philippines since the bus-jack event didn’t really affect loading at all.
As I’ve come to expected, my friend and I were the only ethnic Chinese onboard this flight. This flight was rather lightly loaded too at around 40% only, most passengers are locally working foreigners, just like me, flying off on Friday night for a short weekend getaways.

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Gate 501-510 is located at the North Satellite Concourse, only accessible by shuttle bus.

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North Satellite Concourse

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Today’s Gate - 507

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This flight doesn’t have a Business Class

Time for Boarding, the interior of this aircraft looks 95% like Tiger Airways, except the SEAIR logo on every seat. Tiger Airways’ seats has always been my favorite among all the LCC in Asia, they are spacious and comfortable. (Much better than Air Asxx and Cexx Pacific).
No IFE, my Android tablet serves as my IFE. No Duty Free, simple BOB. Flight attentions have a very natural smile (not like those at Catxxy) and very polite too (are you listening, Unxxed!!!). The FA approach every pax who were reading a book to switch on their reading like before dimming the cabin for take off.

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Boarding, Tiger Airway’s design

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All of them foreigners

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SEAIR logo

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Being 6ft tall, the leg room is awesome!

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Safty Card + Inflight Megazine

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Inflight Magazine mentions about the partnership between SEAIR and Tiger

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BOB item, HKD$5 or USD$0.64 or CDN$0.61

Upon arrival, I kindly ask the FA to request permission to visit the cockpit from the captain, but she didn’t even ask and simply said “sure, do you want me to take some pictures for you two?” EXCELLENT!
Once we’re inside the cockpit, the captain seems more excited than we do, taking picture of us and for himself, and he let us sit at the captain sit to get a feeling of it. Then he started asking about shopping in Hong Kong, where to get the best deal for Canon lens and I ask him about eating in Angeles City. It spends a good half an hour in the cockpit before all of us got kicked out by the airline cleaning crews. HAHA.

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Captain!

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Captain explains the A319

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Due to health reason, I can never be qualify to sit here.

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Standing in apron waiting for the shuttle bus. And the bus never show up, the baggage handler gave us a ride to the terminal building.

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Since it took too long for us to get here, our flight information disappeared from the FIDS already. This is SEAIR’s last flight of the day from SIN.

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Baggage Claim Area

Time to go home, it sucks to know that I’ve to go to work tomorrow! What a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset

The check-in area at CRK is very small, about 7-8 counters in size. Besides SEAIR, Air Asia, Jetstar, Spirit, Cebu Pacific and Asiana all serve here with daily schedule flights. Clark was the first route CR Airways of Hong Kong have ever launched back then. (Now Hong Kong Airlines)
Philippines might be the only nation I’ve visited that does not allow an umbrella onboard aircrafts, and I totally forgot about that, got one of my favorite umbrella taken away at security check-point.
Once Air-side, it is time for ICE CREAM! The wrap it in dry ice and check it in for me to claim it in HKG.

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Check-in counter

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Today’s flight DG 7928, 19:20, Ontime

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Depature Concourse

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Lining up to check in for Cebu Pacific’s flight to Macau (MFM)

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Other Check-in Counters

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Boarding Pass

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We were the 2nd last flight of the day, with 5J’s flight to Macau being the last.

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Departure Lounge

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Pre-Departure

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Coffee Shop – Air side

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Ramdon Shot

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Onboard the aircraft, same as our previous leg, none of the pax onboard are ethnic Chinese, the loading is abit better this time at around 50%. And I realized that we are on the same aircraft with the same set of crew, and the crew even recognized me.

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50% Loading

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We moved to the same seat as the previous leg

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Arrived at the North Satellite Concourse

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There were only 1 item on the luggage claim

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This is the one, my ice-cream!

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3018 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9732 times:

Interesting, nice to see reports from airlines I've never been on, (or never heard of, for that matter!).


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9630 times:

I always think it's funny when the pilots are just as excited to see you as you are too see them and the cockpit!

User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2475 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9468 times:

Always great to read from such "new", exotic airlines...

Quoting YLWbased (Thread starter):
2100-2200 is the peak hour for Philippines bounding flights, UO, DG, PR, 5J, CX

Which airline is UO?!


User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9243 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Which airline is UO?!

Pretty sure its Hong Kong Express.  



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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 8797 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):

Interesting, nice to see reports from airlines I've never been on, (or never heard of, for that matter!).

Stay tune for my next TR, I'll feature Daily Air from Taiwan and their Dornier Do 228! (Coming June, 2011)

Quoting BAKJet (Reply 2):

I always think it's funny when the pilots are just as excited to see you as you are too see them and the cockpit!

It is always nice to see a pilot who are excited about their job

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 4):
Pretty sure its Hong Kong Express.  

yes, it is Hong Kong Express, sister company of Hong Kong Airlines, Member of Hainan Airlines Group.

The airline was incorporated on 10 March 2004 and was owned by Macau casino entrepreneur Stanley Ho. It became Hong Kong's fourth passenger airline when it received a revised air operator's certificate in July 2005.



YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Thanks a lot for this report. I had no idea Seair was flying internationally with 320s - so this was very educational. When I worked in Manila, I took their Dorniers on several escapes - how times have changed. Or, I am just getting old.

Again, thank you.

Saludos,
A.

PS:

Quoting YLWbased (Thread starter):
Once Air-side, it is time for ICE CREAM! The wrap it in dry ice and check it in for me to claim it in HKG.

= I am sorry ... but I must ask. You checked in ice-cream?



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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 8493 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
I had no idea Seair was flying internationally with 320s

They started operating internationally not too long ago, about a month at max. Zest Air also started HKG but dropped it 6 days after its first flight.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
= I am sorry ... but I must ask. You checked in ice-cream?

Yeap, Philippines ice-cream is rather famous and popular in Hong Kong, and it is consider an luxury item (with price higher than the "H" brand). Hence all International Airports in the Philippines have ice-cream stalls that sells ice-cream with dry ice and a cooler bag, and they'll check-it into the cargo hold for you (at no extra cost, even on LCC), all you need to do is pick it up once you reach your destination. ( I believe the max time the dry ice will last is 4 hours, enough time to make it to SIN from Cebu).

YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7787 times:

Thanks for explaining the ice cream thing!

Quoting YLWbased (Thread starter):
Philippines might be the only nation I’ve visited that does not allow an umbrella onboard aircrafts, and I totally forgot about that, got one of my favorite umbrella taken away at security check-point.

Interesting...did not know that... Do they only have problems with the long umbrellas but the collapsible/smaller kind are o.k.? Or are ALL umbrellas forbidden?


User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
Interesting...did not know that... Do they only have problems with the long umbrellas but the collapsible/smaller kind are o.k.? Or are ALL umbrellas forbidden?

So far i've got 3 umbrellas taken away from me in the philippines, all umbrellas are not allow pass security, regardless of it size, shape and color. This is just simply retarded as the Philippines is one the those countries that rains every day!

YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

This is your last chance to enter the lucky draw! Reply by the end of April 10th, 2011 (HKT) for your chance to win a copy of the SEAir inflight magazine!

It is now 12:45pm HKT

YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6527 times:

Hi YLWbased,

Thanks for this insight into SEAir, another interesting LCC from the Philippines. Together with Air Philippines, I think they give Cebu Pacific a run for its money.

Its an interesting ride on the A319. The boarding pass you've got at Clark looks interesting, quite different from the usual boarding passes.

I am very surprised about the packaged ice cream as well. I'll be transiting in Manila soon so I might consider getting some. Do you reckon those popsicles will survive a 3h45mins flight to SIN?

Thanks for the information on the brollies as well. It will be useful for me.

Just curious, so who won your lucky draw?

Best regards,
Gavin



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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6046 times:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 11):

They will ask you where you'll be heading too, then they will pack the amount of dry ice enough for your flight. I believe the max. time It can last is 5 hours. Just enough for you to make it to SIN and rush home by taxi!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 11):
Just curious, so who won your lucky draw?

abrelosojos did  

YLWbased



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