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Flying On My Birthday - The Triangle In SEA  
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9730 times:



Introduction


11 July 2010 marks a special day for me. It will be the day where I officially leave the 1X club to join the 2X club. Right, you guessed it! It is my 20th birthday! To commemorate this special day, I decided to award myself with something special – A day trip somewhere in Asia. However, most flights within Asia are boring while flights on fifth freedom routes are usually pretty expensive ex-SIN or too far away like BKK-HKG. Casting those aside, it struck me that Firefly, Malaysia’s community airline has recently acquired some Boeing 737-800 jets to fly to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, on top of their propeller fleet of ATR 72s.

It is a dilemma whether Firefly is a low-cost carrier or a full service airline. They fly from modern terminals when low cost terminals are available (in the case of KUL and BKI) and while offering free 20kg baggage allowance and free snacks on their propeller flights out of Subang (SZB), flights from KUL require you to purchase your meals and baggage allowance should you require it. Besides that, their planes are all configured in a high density all economy class layout (189 seats on B738, 72 seats on AT7) and getting a seat in the exit row requires a nominal fee.

With my KUL-BKI flight set on Firefly to try out their beautiful Boeing 737-800, I had to find a way to get from SIN-KUL and BKI-SIN. As usual I decided on Jetstar for SIN-KUL since they have an early morning flight that departs at 7.10am, arriving into KUL at 8.10am at the Satellite Terminal giving me just enough time to clear immigration and check in for my Firefly flight which will be departing at 9.45am. For the BKI-SIN leg, I have once again decided on AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Having flown on the exact same route last October, I decided to try my best to replicate the exact same flight again by booking the same seat and same meal.

On this special day, I did not expect anything from any of the 3 airlines so my goal was just to enjoy the flights as a birthday gift for myself. However, one airline decided to do something special. Read on to find out more!

Booking Process


Booking process for the flights was simple. All 3 websites are functioning properly with no hiccups although AirAsia had some error in the transaction for the first try. The itineraries were emailed to me swiftly although AirAsia had a problem again with the itinerary reaching me only late in the night when I made my booking in the morning.

Pre-Flight


Once the clock struck 12am on 11 July, the birthday wishes on Facebook kept coming in which made my mood very good for the rest of the day. A short 4 hour sleep later, I was woken up by my phone’s alarm clock at 4am to prepare for my flight which will be departing at 7.10am. Having a flight departing this early, it meant that I had to take a very expensive taxi early in the morning since the trains are not operating at this hour. Here in Singapore, there is a 50% surcharge from 12am to 6am on top of the usual fare which makes taking the taxi pretty expensive especially from my area which is close to the western tip of Singapore to Changi Airport where it is at the very east. The taxi today cost me up to S$40, instead of the normal S$23 if it were without the surcharge.

Arriving at the sparkling Terminal 1, I headed straight to the Jetstar counters and the whole row was open for various flights departing in the early morning to destinations like BKK, SGN etc. However, it was to my horror that I did not see 3K 683, which was my flight, listed on any of the counters. It struck me, “Did my flight get cancelled?” Thankfully, I turned my head around and noticed 3K 683 was listed on the counters on the other side, probably due to a lack of counters.


Jetstar check-in counters


I approached the empty check in desks and got my boarding pass within 30 seconds. Shortly after giving me my boarding pass, the check in agent let out a huge, unexpected yawn which made it look like she was trying to devour a giant Big Mac. She looked pretty embarrassed by that and immediately apologized. Since there was nothing to do landside, I decided to head airside immediately to grab breakfast from Delifrance, my favourite hangout when flying from Terminal 1.

Airside @ SIN T1


A quick automated passport check later, I entered the familiar surroundings of Terminal 1 despite the shops being closed at the wee hours in the morning. Thankfully, Delifrance was open so I ordered a Smoked Salmon Crossiant which I had just 2 months ago before boarding my Jetstar flight to Shantou.


Shops all closed early in the morning


Looking back to immigration and an open shop



Instead of several small slices of smoked salmon, I was given 2 gigantic pieces this time which made the presentation very good. I also opted for a top-up for the meal for S$5.80 to include a soup and a drink. Sadly, they have run out of the Lobster Bisque I wanted so I went for the French Onion Soup instead. After a short and sweet meal, I went straight to the boarding gate (C26) and sat down while waiting eagerly to get on a plane.


Smoked Salmon Croissant


French Onion Soup


My boarding pass


Boarding


Gate C26 is an A380 gate so handling even a full load of A320 passengers is not a problem. I guess this is a gate that QF uses for their A380 since there is a QF sign nearby with directions for First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. However, a downside of this gate is that you are not able to see your aircraft directly from it and therefore unable to catch the registration until you are walking to the aircraft.


Walking to my gate


Gate information


Being the first to enter the gate, I was greeted by the gate agent who speaks in a thick Malaysian accent (which I love!) which gave me the small portion of my boarding pass back, instead of the usual big portion for Jetstar. Sure enough, once I sat down she called me back to the podium where she exchanged the big portion for my small portion saying that she had given me the wrong one. I guess in the early morning we are all still half asleep, eh?   While waiting for the flight, I was on Facebook on my phone chatting with fellow a.netter Marius (Luftfahrer), updating him on the happenings in the gate and such.


Empty boarding gate with passengers coming in


Door to the plane


More people streamed into the gates and soon enough, the pilots and flight crew came in. A funny thing with the pilot is that one of them pushed the wrong door to get into the jetway, I was actually hoping they don’t land at the wrong airport instead! :p To add it on, the captain looked familiar to me to which I guessed if he has flown any of my flights before.

Boarding was called around 30 minutes before STD and off I go on another flight with Jetstar.

3K 683 SIN-KUL


Jetstar Asia Flight 3K 683 – 11 JUL 11
Origin: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Destination: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK)
Registration: 9V-VLF (Reregistered from 9V-VLB on 01 MAY 10)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Scheduled Time of Departure: 7.10am
Actual Time of Departure: 7.19am
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 8.10am
Actual Time of Arrival: 7.57am
Airborne Time: 38 minutes
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 7A

Boarding was done in a very civilized manner with everyone obeying the boarding announcements instead of rushing to the aircraft. As I walked down the jetway, I noticed the aircraft was 9V-VLF, which shows that it was an ex-Valuair aircraft which has since been painted into Jetstar’s default livery. The aircraft was delivered on 8 April 2004 to Valuair and was registered 9V-VLB before being reregistered as 9V-VLF last year to integrate it into the Jetstar fleet.

Instead of the usual leather seats that normal Jetstar aircraft sport, 9V-VLF features cloth seating which I believe is inherited from Valuair. I had chosen the most upfront seat available on the seatmap as there was a rush to immigration awaiting me upon landing in KUL. As I sat down on my chosen seat 7A, I notice the seat pitch is worser than that of Jetstar’s, despite Valuair’s aircraft having 168 seats instead of 180 on Jetstar but I am not sure if that has changed.


View from my seat – Third jetway visible


Tight legroom


Boarding was soon completed and the usual announcements from the FA and captain came by. As the captain introduced himself, I finally knew why he looked familiar. He was also the captain for 3K 687 which I flew 2 weeks ago, also to Kuala Lumpur!

We got pushed back pretty quickly and taxied for takeoff at runway 20R. The flight looks around 90% full today; I never expected the SIN-KUL route to be so popular among Singaporeans! An SQ A380 landed before we made our turn to line up on the runway and off we go!


Taxiing to the runway


Full thrust set!


The tulip is wilting! UA 804 to NRT, IAD and RDU with plane change at both NRT and IAD


The weather today was nice and sunny, a very nice gift from Mother Nature! As usual, the seatbelt sign was switched off shortly after takeoff and the crew commenced the snacks and refreshments service in which things like potato chips and drinks are for sale. On this flight, most passengers opted to sleep and no one seems to be interested in the BOB service.


Shortly after liftoff


View down to Terminal 3. Notice the FM 763 operating for MU to PVG


Budget Terminal with some empty spaces


Enroute, we passed by some beautiful clouds just above the skies of the western coast of Malaysia. Like the typical SIN-KUL flight, the seatbelt sign was switched on shortly after the BOB service ended. It got a little foggy as we descended which means that there was nothing to see out of the window.


Still climbing


Seat pocket contents. Note the Valuair safety card. Probably the only Valuair branded item left! (Except the Valuair titles on Jetstar aircraft)


Nice glow from the sun!


Beautiful clouds


The joy of flying!


Cabin ready for landing


More beautiful clouds


Descending to KUL


Seconds to touchdown. Lots of oil palm trees!


At 7.57am, we touched down on terra firma, ending a short 38 minute hop from Singapore. A short and sweet taxi to the Satellite Terminal meant that the flight has come to an end. We docked at gate C23, the exact same gate as 2 weeks before. Instead of waiting to be the last to disembark this time, I needed to disembark ASAP since I had a very tight connection and from what I saw from the KUL website, it seems like lots of long haul flights are arriving at this hour so it is crucial that I rush to immigration to ensure that I make it to my flight.


Touchdown with thrust reversers applied

MH B734


We docked next to this MH B772


Transfer at KUL


Photos of the terminal had to take a back step this time as I was literally sprinting through the terminal to the aerotrain, then to immigration. However, the terminal photos can be found in this trip report which features my trip 2 weeks ago.

Once I reached the immigration counters, I saw a long row of people queuing up which made me worry that I cannot make it to my flight. I spoke to an officer nearby and he assured me that I will be able to make it. As I stepped into the queue, a huge crowd of people came in just right after me and I was relieved that I got here as fast as I could or I will be sure to be stuck at the back of the queue and risk missing my Firefly flight.

At 8.40am, I was finally let through and it was another mad rush to the departures section where I check in for my Firefly flight. While checking the departures board, a kind MH ground staff approached me to ask about the airline and destination that I am flying to. I replied “Firefly to Kota Kinabalu” in which she tried speaking to me in Malay (which I briefly understand) and headed over to row B, where Firefly has their check in counters.


Firefly check in counters


There were several people still queuing for check-in and at this moment I was relieved that I made it through! I got my paper boarding pass for the flight and noticed that I had a sequence number of 83, which meant that this 189 seater aircraft will go out pretty empty for this flight and it was of course good news.

Domestic Departures Hall @ KUL


Security for domestic departures here is very relaxed being a domestic flight. You go through the metal detector and your baggage goes through the scanner, that’s all! If only international flights were so relaxed too, but I guess it is impossible since it is for the safety of all of us.


Heading over to domestic departures


A short walk to domestic departures. At the very end is the security check


Women would be so happy to end up here…


Long corridor in the domestic departures


Look at how small the gate is!


I headed over to gate B11 where my flight will depart. It is located at the very end of the terminal’s B concourse which has 11 gates in total. The gate was still not opened yet but I have noticed that the waiting area is pretty small for a Boeing 737-800. Not many people were hanging around the gate which further confirmed my guess that this is a pretty empty flight.

Minutes later, a Boeing 737-800 in Firefly’s signature bright orange livery taxied into the stand. The huge letterings on the nose gear confirmed that the registration is 9M-FFF, the newest Boeing 737-800 in Firefly’s fleet delivered just 2 weeks ago on 28th June 2011, coincidentally the day I flew back to Singapore on my last trip. All these info were courtesy of Marius whom I was once again chatting with while waiting. Nevertheless, this is a very good birthday gift from Firefly!


9M-FFF operating my flight today


FY 510 KUL-BKI


Firefly Flight FY 510 – 11 JUL 11
Origin: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK)
Destination: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI/WBKK)
Registration: 9M-FFF (DEL 28 JUN 11)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Scheduled Time of Departure: 9.45am
Actual Time of Departure: 9.57am
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 12.20pm
Actual Time of Arrival: 12.14pm
Airborne Time: 2 hours 17 minutes
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 17A

Boarding soon commenced and I was very excited to get on the plane for my longest flight in a Boeing 737-800. As I sat down, I could not help but marvel at the large amount of legroom compared to the Airbus A320-200. However, the seats were also narrower on the Boeing compared to the Airbus. If I had a seatmate, I would have needed to take my wallet and phone out of my pockets. Thankfully, I had the whole row to myself for this flight. The cabin is sparkling clean, so as the wing. This made very good photographing opportunities for this flight.


Cabin of the brand new aircraft – Apologies for the low depth of field


Shiny wing in the cool morning sun


Audio channel controls were available but still not in operation yet


Huge legroom!


Almost ready for pushback – I love the colourful Firefly truck!


I hope I didn’t have to use this!


I placed my backpack in the overhead bins as usual but opted to place my DSLR bag under the seat in front of me. An FA soon approached me and said that my row being an emergency exit, I will be unable to place my bag under the seat in front but I can choose to hug it instead. I found this pretty funny; wouldn’t hugging the bag pose more danger as opposed to putting it under the seat? However, she later offered to help me place my bag in the overhead bins as it was empty. Thumbs up for Firefly! It was then followed by the usual emergency exit lecture to all passengers sitting at the exit row. When boarding was completed, I noticed that the loads for this flight were just around 50%. The back half of the aircraft were pretty empty as most passengers were seated at the front.

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I literally had the whole row to myself, even the seats on the other side are empty!


We got pushed back pretty fast and made a quick taxi to runway 32R for takeoff. The loud and nice CFM engines assisted in a powerful takeoff for this young Boeing plane. As we lifted off Peninsular Malaysian soil bound for Borneo (or Sabah, whatever you prefer), I noticed that there were some beautiful mountains among the clouds. I can’t help but to wonder if one of them happens to be Genting Highlands, one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia for Singaporeans.


Pushback


Gotta love the reflection!

CX B772 taking off before us


Followed by AK A320


Finally, it’s our turn!


Lined up on the runway


Off we go! Goodbye Peninsular Malaysia!


Clear blue skies with a nice wing make a beautiful picture


Cabin shortly after takeoff


My view for the whole flight


Seat pocket contents – BOB menu


Look at the choices available!


Safety card

MH inflight magazine – Going Places


Air sickness bag – Also MH branded!


Beautiful mountain peaks in the background


Meal service started shortly after takeoff. Contrary to AirAsia, Firefly does their service from the front to back instead of bringing you your meals directly. You pass your boarding pass to the FA when they reach your row and you get your meal. There were no indications on the meal whether it is pre booked or not, however. If you choose not to pre-book your meals, the BOB menu offers more than 10 different hot dishes for you to choose from. I’d say the choices are more than First Class, although not as high quality!

I got my pre-booked Nasi Briyani meal shortly after and it did not come with a drink. I was also unable to purchase a drink now as they were only serving the meals and the cart will only roll out later. The Nasi Briyani tasted wonderful and being almost similar in taste to that of AirAsia’s, I can’t help but to wonder if they got it from the same caterer which I believe they did.


Nasi Briyani


Coke – Bought later on in the flight


Cabin view – Thanks to Nicholas (NZ107) for the edit!


This is the normal seat pitch – TIGHT!


As the meal service continued on, passengers from row 15 and 16 were pretty active in having their own picnic and party with their food brought from home. The guy sitting in 15D was the most active of them all, standing up and talking across rows. Thankfully, they went off to sleep after meal service.

I decided to do a mandatory lavatory visit and it was stocked with basic amenities like hand washing soap. Other luxuries like toothbrush, toothpaste and shaving knife were of course not present. Most passengers went to sleep after meal service while I opted to listen to music on my iPhone, only to turn it off around 10 minutes later to listen to the wonderful sounds from the CFM engines. Since I can listen to music anytime, why should I do it on the plane when I can enjoy the “engine genre” instead?   Also, I browsed through the seat pocket and noticed that they had MH’s inflight magazine, instead of having their own brand. I guess they did not want to take up the effort of designing their own magazine.


Lavatory view


Browsing through the duty free catalogue, I decided to purchase an ATR 72 model which is 1:100 in scale and made from die cast metal. I pressed the call ball and a male FA came by. After letting him know my request, he went to the back to take 2 models out, the 1:150 and 1:100 versions. The boxes vary greatly in side as I believe the smaller model is a snap on model while the larger one is a fixed mode. He sat down on the aisle seat as he introduced to me the 2 models and urged me to get the larger model instead for 90RM instead of the smaller model at 60RM. I got the larger model eventually and got a little peckish so I opted for a small can of potato chips for 5RM. My model has a registration of 9M-FYA, the first ATR 72 in Firefly’s fleet.


Potato chips


Looks like it’s gonna explode!


Another cabin shot – This time from my row


Gotta love the B738 wing, don’t you?


I relaxed for the rest of the flight, enjoying the sounds from the engines; looking at the cabin surroundings and watching the clouds go by outside the window. At around 11.45am, the captain came on the microphone and announced that we will be arriving into Kota Kinabalu at an estimated time of 12.15pm. It got pretty bumpy as we descended but outside the window was the beautiful Borneo landscape. As the aircraft made a turn, I took a shot of the beautiful scenery outside together with the shiny wing, makes great for a picture!


Relaxing


Easily my favourite photo of the whole trip – Beautiful wing and Borneo landscape!


We touched down at Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 12.14pm, 6 minutes before scheduled arrival coupled with powerful braking force. A short and sweet taxi to BKI Terminal 1 marks the end of my Firefly experience. While deboarding, my request to visit the cockpit was rejected and the reason given by the FA was “due to 9/11”. However, I believe visiting the cockpit on the ground is alright since I cannot do anything to sabotage the plane. The ban is due to FAA restrictions, I guess? I had to get my passport chopped again as Sabah and Sarawak has customs autonomy compared to Peninsular Malaysia. However, it was just a simple chop showing me having “Entered Sabah on 11 July 2011”.


Touchdown!


Terminal 2 – Where I will be at in around 90 minutes

AK A320 9M-AHJ which happens to be my plane later


Backtracking the runway


MASWings ATR 72 – A subsidiary of MH flying props in Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak)


More MASWings ATRs


We docked next to this beautiful MH B734


B737NG vs B737 Classic


BKI Terminal 1


Terminal 1 at BKI was renovated just less than 2 years ago and is sparkling new. I headed over to Old Town White Coffee after purchasing my taxi coupon to Terminal 2 for 30RM, similar to what I did last October during my trip here. I also ordered the same dish, Ipoh Horfun that I found it to be extremely tasty here. While having my lunch, I also managed to go onto Facebook to view more wishes from my friends and also updating my flightmemory logbook for both my flights.


Landside views


My favourite place in BKI


Quiet surroundings


Cup of ice teh tarik


The tasty Ipoh Horfun


BKI Terminal 2


I decided not to head to Terminal 2 too early as there was virtually nothing to do there. Therefore, I reached Terminal 2 only at 1.30pm, 1h 25m before my flight’s departure. I opted to use the self check-in kiosks to print my boarding pass as there were long queues on all the check in counters. Something I have noticed is that they have changed the system over here. Instead of having dedicated counters for specific flights, the counters are now open for all flights.


Empty check in counters for other carriers


Crowded AK counters


Dedicated to you, Nicholas!


Printing the boarding pass from the kiosks requires you to queue together with the crowd at the check in counters to get a chop on your boarding pass to verify it. Not knowing if I had to queue at first, I enquired with the staff at the check in counter. Ground staff here at BKI has pretty poor command of English. When I asked about the boarding pass verification in English, it was replied with, “Pergi mana?” meaning “Where are you going?” in Malay. I decided to just give up asking and queued up with the crowd to get my boarding pass verified. This actually defeats the purpose of printing my boarding passes at the kiosk!


View across the terminal


The other side


Seafood shop


As I took a closer look at my boarding pass, I noticed that there was a strange code on it. Having booked the exit row seat and a chicken rice meal, the codes appearing should only be CRCB and XBS but there was also WOWA indicated which made me think if they had something on for me seeing it’s my birthday.

I decided to head airside for a rest and writing in my notebook for this report since as I mentioned, there was nothing to do at all. I passed through Malaysian immigration again and after immigration there was a counter whereby you pass the lady your boarding pass and your sequence number is being crossed off the piece of paper. I guess this saves the cost of having a boarding pass scanner for this low cost terminal. The lady took my boarding pass and immediately noticed that it was my birthday and wished me a happy birthday, for which I was very grateful for. Finally, a ground staff noticed it!


Gates to the aircraft


Shop selling stuffs from Sabah


Duty free shop for all your usual stuffs


Centralised waiting area with a small café


The waiting area at Terminal 2 is just a huge area with lots of chairs, similar to that of KUL’s LCCT. Boarding for AK 6273 was announced at 2.30pm and off I go, back home!

AK 6273 BKI-SIN


AirAsia Flight AK 6273 – 11 JUL 11
Origin: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI/WBKK)
Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Registration: 9M-AHJ (DEL 08 MAY 08)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Scheduled Time of Departure: 2.55pm
Actual Time of Departure: 3.15pm
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 5.10pm
Actual Time of Arrival: 5.13pm
Airborne Time: 1 hour 58 minutes
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 14A

9M-AHJ was slated to operate my flight back home today. It was delivered new to AirAsia on 8 May 2008 which makes it a little more than 3 years old.

Since I had Xpress boarding, I was one of the firsts on the flight and sat down comfortably on seat 14A, my usual seat on AK flights. Shortly after, a young lady came up with a Canon DSLR around her neck and took a picture of the front and back of the cabin. Made me wonder if she was interested in planes too?

We got pushed back soon enough and the captain announced a flight time of 2 hours. However, we did not taxi straight onto the runway and instead we held short. The captain came on and explained that the ATC told him that we will be no. 3 for takeoff. Several planes including an MH 734 and FY 738 landed but we did not seem to be taking off yet. After a MASWings ATR 72 took off, the captain came on the microphone and told us that we are actually no. 6 for takeoff and it was a mistake from ATC.


Another AirAsia special livery spotted at BKI! Sadly this was not my plane or it’d have been a great gift from AK!


My plane with the pilot in the foreground


Gotta love these simple cabins!


Legroom


You know you’re in an exit row when you see this


My view for this flight


Taxiing to the runway


Firefly B738 9M-FFD landing


Another of MH’s classics


One of the many AK A320s


Firefly’s B734 operating BKI-JHB


Cabin ready for takeoff


While holding short, the lady I mentioned earlier (let’s call her Ms. 12F, the seat she sat at) had taken at least 50 self portraits with her DSLR. Made me wonder - why get a DSLR when you are using it for self portraits? We taxied onto the runway after 3 more planes and once again did a powerful takeoff from runway 02 at 3.15pm.

I did not take a takeoff video this time, but for those interested you can click here for the takeoff video I took last October. We did exactly the same manoeuvres after takeoff. The views were once again marvellous after takeoff and I was once again regretting not visiting Kota Kinabalu this time round. Maybe next time again, Kota Kinabalu!


Liftoff! With BKI Terminal 2 visible


Looking back at the airport


Beautiful clouds again


My boarding pass with “WOWA” clearly seen


Seatbelt signs were once again switched off shortly after takeoff and meal service started. My pre booked chicken rice came shortly after and according to the menu, the meals has been upsized by 20% since May but a significant change I can see is that despite the larger meals, the drinks has been downsized from a cup of tea/coffee to a 100ml water now. You can’t get the best of both worlds, I guess? As I got my meal, I asked the FA about “WOWA” on my boarding pass and sure enough, he said that they had something for me since it is my birthday today. That made me excited for the rest of the flight!


My chicken rice meal, clearly upsized!


Meal back in October 2010, for comparison


Just love the fluffy clouds!


Icing! Spoils the photos badly


Loads for this flight looked good at around 75% and I had a seatmate at the aisle seat this time but thankfully the middle seat remained empty. The AirAsia inflight magazine was a pretty good read to help pass the time during the flight. As I read the magazine, duty free sales commenced in the cabin. I asked if they had the A340 model for sale but unfortunately they did not have it. There were also no playing cards for sale and the FAs were puzzled as to why I have the catalogue with the playing cards. It turned out that I had the June issue instead of the July issue. It was swiftly taken care of by the head FA which passed me the July issue immediately.

As with my previous flight, I decided to rest and listen to the wonderful engines while enjoying the flight. We started our descend around 30 minutes before landing. There were some slight turbulence and a slight drop of the aircraft which jolted everyone sleeping awake with a shock on their faces. Ms. 12F was also woken up by this and she continued taking self portraits with her camera.

After the turbulence was over, an announcement roared through the cabin.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are very lucky today to have 2 passengers celebrating their birthdays with us today. They are (another passenger’s name) and Mr. Tay. Let’s sing a happy birthday song to them to wish them a happy birthday at 35,000 feet!


As the announcement was being made, another FA walked down the aisle to present me with a birthday card signed by all the crew onboard, including both pilots. A very nice touch by AirAsia! However, I felt quite funny with the whole plane looking at me while the birthday song was being sung! An elderly man sitting behind me even tapped me and gave me a “thumbs up” gesture.


Birthday card from the AK crew!

After all the events, we got an announcement from the captain that we are around 140km away from SIN and will need to slow down due to airspace congestion around the airport. Never knew it would happen to SIN since we are not really congested like other airports around the world like LHR or JFK.

We touched down at 5.13pm on runway 20R, marking a wonderful ending to my birthday trip.


Touchdown in SIN


SQ Airbus A330-300


Tarmac views


Docked at our gate


Back in my good ol’ SIN!


Conclusion


Jetstar Asia did what they should do for the short hop across South East Asia, nothing much to say about them. However, I am sure they will perform well in longer flights like what I experienced on my last flight to Shantou

Firefly’s service was normal and nothing to write home about. However, they are still decent enough for regional flights and I will definitely fly with them again. Having a modern fleet is their greatest advantage.

AirAsia managed to capture my heart again although the ground service in BKI was disappointing. However, they managed to notice that their passengers are celebrating their birthdays on the day of the flight which is a very nice touch. Although it was just a birthday card, it shows that they really care about their passengers.

Previous Trip Reports

Flying 5 Star - SQ SIN-CAN-SIN (2009) (by Initious Mar 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern SIN-CAN-WUH Vv (1/2) (by initious Apr 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
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Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
First On Airliners.net - CZ Shanghai To Shantou (by Initious Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore (by initious Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates (by initious Mar 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure (by initious Apr 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Finale - Brothers In Bangkok (by initious May 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Orange Star Monopoly - SIN-SWA On 3K (by initious May 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
China Southern SWA-CAN - Do They Deserve 4 Star? (by initious May 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Dream Come True - SQ Business Class CAN-SIN (by initious Jun 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh! - To Malaysia With 3K And AK (by initious Jun 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 502 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9632 times:
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Hi Daniel,

very nice TR on a very special day.
The service on Jetstar looked okay for this short sector.
I like most the Firefly flight, because this airline is not covered well here, and its always very interesting to read something exotic.
The birthday card on AK is for sure something very nice and personal, I wouldnt expected that on a LCC.
Thanks a lot for sharing
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2359 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9562 times:

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
11 July 2010 marks a special day for me. It will be the day where I officially leave the 1X club to join the 2X club. Right, you guessed it! It is my 20th birthday!



Congratulations! It's also my date of birthday (but not the year as I am well in the X3 club)!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I had to find a way to get from SIN-KUL



Yes, I as I told you before- I just completed SIN-SZB via Tioman. Still the best way to Malaysia from SIN is onboard the DASH7!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9468 times:

Hi Daniel,

great report with many high-quality pictures, well done!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The huge letterings on the nose gear confirmed that the registration is 9M-FFF, the newest Boeing 737-800 in Firefly’s fleet delivered just 2 weeks ago on 28th June 2011

Wow, that's indeed a nice birthday present.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
CX B772 taking off before us

It's one of its longer brothers actually.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
While deboarding, my request to visit the cockpit was rejected and the reason given by the FA was “due to 9/11”. However, I believe visiting the cockpit on the ground is alright since I cannot do anything to sabotage the plane. The ban is due to FAA restrictions, I guess?

That's ridiculous, heard the same on SQ. It's not a problem at all to visit the flightdeck after landing on US carriers. Odd, isn't it?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
After the turbulence was over, an announcement roared through the cabin.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are very lucky today to have 2 passengers celebrating their birthdays with us today. They are (another passenger’s name) and Mr. Tay. Let’s sing a happy birthday song to them to wish them a happy birthday at 35,000 feet!


As the announcement was being made, another FA walked down the aisle to present me with a birthday card signed by all the crew onboard, including both pilots. A very nice touch by AirAsia! However, I felt quite funny with the whole plane looking at me while the birthday song was being sung! An elderly man sitting behind me even tapped me and gave me a “thumbs up” gesture.

Very impressive!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9082 times:

Hi Daniel

Very nice report with quality pictures and not to forget, Happy Birthday. Congrats on making it to the 2X club.  
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Tight legroom

I'm not very impressed by the legroom on 3K & FY. Almost as bad as Spanair!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Nasi Briyani

That meal looks very nice, same with AK meal.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are very lucky today to have 2 passengers celebrating their birthdays with us today. They are (another passenger’s name) and Mr. Tay. Let’s sing a happy birthday song to them to wish them a happy birthday at 35,000 feet!

As PH said, very impressive though a little embarrassing if you don't mind me saying...

Looking forward to your next report!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Hi Johannes,

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
very nice TR on a very special day.

Thanks!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
The service on Jetstar looked okay for this short sector.

They're fine but I did not interact with any of the crew so can't comment much.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
I like most the Firefly flight, because this airline is not covered well here, and its always very interesting to read something exotic.

Thanks! I definitely enjoyed my flight on them.  
Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 1):
The birthday card on AK is for sure something very nice and personal, I wouldnt expected that on a LCC.

I did not expect something like that too, but little things like that can make your passengers happy!

Hi debonair,

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
Congratulations! It's also my date of birthday (but not the year as I am well in the X3 club)!

What a coincidence! Happy birthday to you too!

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
Yes, I as I told you before- I just completed SIN-SZB via Tioman. Still the best way to Malaysia from SIN is onboard the DASH7!

I had an early morning connection from KUL so the SIN-TOD-SZB couldn't work out this time, might try that next time if I get the chance!

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with many high-quality pictures, well done!

Thanks for your kind comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Wow, that's indeed a nice birthday present.

Definitely!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
It's one of its longer brothers actually.

Oh yeah, now that you've mentioned it. I kept remembering that the B-HN* series are the 772s but seems like it's used for both 772s and 773s.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
That's ridiculous, heard the same on SQ. It's not a problem at all to visit the flightdeck after landing on US carriers. Odd, isn't it?

What irony... AK and MI had no problems last time though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Very impressive!

Definitely!

Hi aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
Very nice report with quality pictures and not to forget, Happy Birthday. Congrats on making it to the 2X club.

Thanks for your kind comments and the birthday wish!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
I'm not very impressed by the legroom on 3K & FY. Almost as bad as Spanair!

Actually, legroom on AK is around the same as the other 2 airlines. Since the planes are configured in the highest configuration possible, I guess this is pretty much what we can expect.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
That meal looks very nice, same with AK meal.

They tasted nice too!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
As PH said, very impressive though a little embarrassing if you don't mind me saying...

Yup, quite embarrassing but a nice memory too. Haha.  

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8623 times:
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Hi Daniel!

A marvelous report once again! While you think flights in Asia are 'boring', for me they are pretty much exciting, even when just flying low cost on your 'standard' Airbus or Boeing. Therefore: keep on flying them and producing these nice reports  

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
However, most flights within Asia are boring

As I said: they are most definetely not. Just enjoy them!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
it struck me that Firefly, Malaysia’s community airline has recently acquired some Boeing 737-800 jets to fly to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, on top of their propeller fleet of ATR 72s

That's a good enough reason to try to get on one, and you succeeded.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I headed straight to the Jetstar counters

No online checkin for Jetsstar?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Tight legroom

Ouch, that looks kinda tight indeed...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
9M-FFF, the newest Boeing 737-800 in Firefly’s fleet delivered just 2 weeks ago

Lovely bird, you must've been very excited to get on this brand new one   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Huge legroom!

That looks a lot better now...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I can’t help but to wonder if one of them happens to be Genting Highlands

Are those the same as the Cameron Highlands (been there some 12 years ago!)?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Clear blue skies with a nice wing make a beautiful picture

Nice pic of the winglet.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
While deboarding, my request to visit the cockpit was rejected and the reason given by the FA was “due to 9/11”.

A lame excuse. Did the F/A bother to ask the captain cause he has usually the last word in this?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The lady took my boarding pass and immediately noticed that it was my birthday and wished me a happy birthday, for which I was very grateful for. Finally, a ground staff noticed it!

Very nice of that staff member   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are very lucky today to have 2 passengers celebrating their birthdays with us today. They are (another passenger’s name) and Mr. Tay. Let’s sing a happy birthday song to them to wish them a happy birthday at 35,000 feet!

Now that's a great way to be wished happy birthday. And as a bonus that nice card. Congrats!


   Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5012 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8287 times:

Hi, Daniel,

finally found the time to follow you´re story.
Now that´s the perfect way to spend a birthday, definitely.
Well done pictures and detailed story, really good to follow.
SIN is in my log, but not the other two airports, more interesting this way.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8063 times:

Hi Initious,

and thank you for this fantastic and detailed trip report. First of all, I very much like the way you write your reports, keep up the good work!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
11 July 2010 marks a special day for me. It will be the day where I officially leave the 1X club to join the 2X club. Right, you guessed it! It is my 20th birthday! To commemorate this special day, I decided to award myself with something special – A day trip somewhere in Asia

Though I'm a little bit late - I hope you enjoyed your birthday (and if I understood your report correctly you did). And what a better way to spend the big day than with some flying!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Having flown on the exact same route last October, I decided to try my best to replicate the exact same flight again by booking the same seat and same meal

Oh dear, I wouldn't dare doing that - never question faith, you know...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
taking the taxi pretty expensive especially from my area which is close to the western tip of Singapore to Changi Airport where it is at the very east. The taxi today cost me up to S$40, instead of the normal S$23 if it were without the surcharge.

Well, thats good to hear, then Finland isn't the only country where taxis charge complete rip-off prices. I haven't taken a taxi here in, well, about a year, and life continues.  

I love the shiny wing on the Boeing 737-800, it really looks brand new!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The weather today was nice and sunny, a very nice gift from Mother Nature!

Thumbs up!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
We docked at gate C23, the exact same gate as 2 weeks before

This is getting scary!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I opted to listen to music on my iPhone, only to turn it off around 10 minutes later to listen to the wonderful sounds from the CFM engines

A good choice!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I asked the FA about “WOWA” on my boarding pass and sure enough, he said that they had something for me since it is my birthday today. That made me excited for the rest of the flight!

Of course, it would have been even better if your birthday would have been remembered without any code on the boarding pass, but anyway a very, very nice gesture by Air Asia!
Myself, I am also going to fly on my birthday, I don't think I am going to get such a treatment as you got on Air Asia.  

Looking forward to your next report
717Flyer


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7966 times:

Hi Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
A marvelous report once again!

Thank you!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
While you think flights in Asia are 'boring', for me they are pretty much exciting, even when just flying low cost on your 'standard' Airbus or Boeing. Therefore: keep on flying them and producing these nice reports

To me European flights are pretty interesting since I have never been out of Asia before. I will of course keep flying but it gotta come to a stop for a while since I'll be going into army for 2 years. Thereafter, reports will come and come again!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
That's a good enough reason to try to get on one, and you succeeded.

Thank you! I felt the great sense of satisfaction when I finally got to fly in their B738!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
No online checkin for Jetstar?

There is but you have to print the web check in document out and I had no printer. 2 weeks ago I took a picture using my iPhone and showed it to the agent but this time I decided on using the counters instead.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Ouch, that looks kinda tight indeed...

Very! I once flew SIN-HKG-SIN in that kind of seats!

Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Lovely bird, you must've been very excited to get on this brand new one  

Yup, Can't hide my excitement as I dashed to the jetway once boarding was announced and spammed the cabin with photos!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
That looks a lot better now...

Only that the seat was narrow (or maybe I was too gigantic...) or it'd have been perfect!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Are those the same as the Cameron Highlands (been there some 12 years ago!)?

Cameron Highlands belong to a natural sightseeing site while Genting Highlands is a purely entertainment place with casinos and theme parks. There are some beautiful views from the cable car in Genting, though.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Nice pic of the winglet.

Thanks!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
A lame excuse. Did the F/A bother to ask the captain cause he has usually the last word in this?

She did not bother to check with the captain like the F/As on MI and AK did.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Very nice of that staff member

She even had a very motherly feel!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Now that's a great way to be wished happy birthday. And as a bonus that nice card. Congrats!

Thanks!

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Well done pictures and detailed story, really good to follow.

Thanks for your kind comments! I feel flattered.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
SIN is in my log, but not the other two airports, more interesting this way.

I'd say BKI is more interesting compared to SIN as SIN is well known to most a.netters while BKI is still sorta stranger-ish.

Hi 717flyer,

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
and thank you for this fantastic and detailed trip report. First of all, I very much like the way you write your reports, keep up the good work!

Thank you! Your kind comments give me the confidence to produce more (hopefully better) reports!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Though I'm a little bit late - I hope you enjoyed your birthday (and if I understood your report correctly you did). And what a better way to spend the big day than with some flying!

I certainly enjoyed my birthday!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Oh dear, I wouldn't dare doing that - never question faith, you know...

Why wouldn't you do that? I find it pretty fun!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Well, thats good to hear, then Finland isn't the only country where taxis charge complete rip-off prices. I haven't taken a taxi here in, well, about a year, and life continues.

Well yeah it's pretty expensive here. From 12am-6am there is the 50% surcharge, 5pm-8pm 35% surcharge, a S$1 surcharge on eve of public holidays and the day itself and other surcharges ranging from S$3 to S$5 such as the CBD surcharge which runs every weekday (IIRC) from 5pm to 11pm and if taking a taxi from any of the casinos here it's an extra S$3 too. There is also the ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) surcharge ranging from S$0.50 to S$5. From the airport, a S$5 surcharge is added to your fare from 5pm - 11pm and S$3 at other times. All these are ON TOP of the normal fare! There are more surcharges but I wouldn't talk more about it.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
I love the shiny wing on the Boeing 737-800, it really looks brand new!

I think I took a ton of pictures of it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
This is getting scary!

I'm loving it.   However, I think this is the gate that 3K normally uses in KUL.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Of course, it would have been even better if your birthday would have been remembered without any code on the boarding pass, but anyway a very, very nice gesture by Air Asia!

I guess it's just for their internal purposes as the codes represent your meals etc. so with the code on your boarding pass it lets the operations people know there is a birthday boy/girl onboard. Indeed, it's a very nice gesture from AirAsia. All these little wonderful things they do distinguish them from other LCCs!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Myself, I am also going to fly on my birthday, I don't think I am going to get such a treatment as you got on Air Asia.

I'm sure some airlines might notice your birthday as even an LCC like AK did. Good luck nonetheless!  

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7689 times:

Hi Daniel,

a very detailed report with a lot of amazing pictures, I liked it a lot. I might be headed to your part of the world this fall so it is nice to read about some interesting flight options.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Right, you guessed it! It is my 20th birthday!

A bit late but happy birthday!  
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are very lucky today to have 2 passengers celebrating their birthdays with us today. They are (another passenger’s name) and Mr. Tay. Let’s sing a happy birthday song to them to wish them a happy birthday at 35,000 feet!

That is a really nice gesture, I haven't heard of anything similar on any airline so far. My brother got a cake and a koala bear toy at a hotel in Sydney for his birthday.

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

Hi Daniel,

Wonderful report. What a joyful idea to treat yourself on the triangular flights. I cannot think up any more appropriate birthday present.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
11 July 2010 marks a special day for me

You mean 11 July 2011, do you?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
It struck me, “Did my flight get cancelled?”

Luckily, it was not! Phew!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I notice the seat pitch is worser than that of Jetstar’s, despite Valuair’s aircraft having 168 seats instead of 180 on Jetstar

Perhaps due to older seat design with thicker cushion.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Nevertheless, this is a very good birthday gift from Firefly!

Definitely, while AK presented you a birthday card.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Shortly after, a young lady came up with a Canon DSLR around her neck and took a picture of the front and back of the cabin. Made me wonder if she was interested in planes too?

Could she have tried to impress you?   


Quoting initious (Thread starter):
had taken at least 50 self portraits with her DSLR
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Ms. 12F was also woken up by this and she continued taking self portraits with her camera.

Is that what you call self fulfilling prophecy?  

Thank you so much. Your beautiful photos makes me miss South East Asia.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7459 times:
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First off, happy belated birthday! Great trip report as usual!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Registration: 9M-FFF (DEL 28 JUN 11)

You're lucky to get on their newest jet! That one was actually supposed to go to MH as 9M-MLK.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Boarding soon commenced and I was very excited to get on the plane for my longest flight in a Boeing 737-800

Now imagine getting on one of those from the West Coast USA to Hawaii, or coast to coast USA.   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
However, I believe visiting the cockpit on the ground is alright since I cannot do anything to sabotage the plane.

A lot of airlines have different policies regarding cockpit visits on the ground. Interestingly, the US-based airlines tend to be the most friendly, from my own experiences.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The ban is due to FAA restrictions, I guess?

Don't think the FAA has any jurisdiction of what goes on in Malaysia.


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7394 times:

Hi Daniel,

very cool to see your birthday trip report online! It has taken me some time to comment, nevertheless you did an excellent job on covering this triangular routing. Your photographs are amazing.  Smile
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I was on Facebook on my phone chatting with fellow a.netter Marius (Luftfahrer), updating him on the happenings in the gate and such.

It felt like I was traveling with you! What a great experience to follow you along on the first part of your journey. Certainly nice to see some pictures to the text now. I have to say communication worked out fantastic, despite the time shift and the fact you were on a mobile device most of the time.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Door to the plane

I remember how you were telling me about the pilots arriving.  Wink
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Tight legroom

The legroom on germanwings' A319 is similarly tight, from the looks of it.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
All these info were courtesy of Marius whom I was once again chatting with while waiting.

You are welcome. Wasn't it a nice birthday present to fly on recently-delivered aircraft?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Finally, it%u2019s our turn!

I think I was asleep by that time...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Easily my favourite photo of the whole trip

I concur.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
My plane with the pilot in the foreground

So did you try to engange in a conversation on the tarmac?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Firefly B738 9M-FFD landing

Would have been a nice coincidence if this had been 9M-FFF.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
celebrating their birthdays

Seriously, what a great experience! But I told you there would be something in stock for you on your day.  Smile

Thanks for sharing and talk to you soon,

Marius

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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 7207 times:

Hi SloAir,

Quoting SloAir (Reply 10):
a very detailed report with a lot of amazing pictures, I liked it a lot. I might be headed to your part of the world this fall so it is nice to read about some interesting flight options.

Thanks for your kind comments! I'm sure you'll enjoy it here in Asia.  
Quoting SloAir (Reply 10):
A bit late but happy birthday!

Thanks!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 10):
That is a really nice gesture, I haven't heard of anything similar on any airline so far. My brother got a cake and a koala bear toy at a hotel in Sydney for his birthday.

That's very nice of the hotel! I have heard of passengers getting a birthday cake from SQ and MI.

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Wonderful report. What a joyful idea to treat yourself on the triangular flights. I cannot think up any more appropriate birthday present.

Thanks! Yeah it was definitely a very good present for myself, although I paid for those myself.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
You mean 11 July 2011, do you?

I certainly did, was too late to notice it and the editing window has closed.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Luckily, it was not! Phew!

Yeah! Or it'd be hell the whole day as my plans for the day are all ruined.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Perhaps due to older seat design with thicker cushion.

Now that you've mentioned it, I guess so.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Definitely, while AK presented you a birthday card.

True! Now one has to wonder why Jetstar has nothing to offer.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Could she have tried to impress you?

Haha, no thanks.   My girlfriend was waiting for me in SIN.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Thank you so much. Your beautiful photos makes me miss South East Asia.

You're welcome! Do come here more often!

Hi Jerrold,

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
First off, happy belated birthday! Great trip report as usual!

Thanks!

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
You're lucky to get on their newest jet! That one was actually supposed to go to MH as 9M-MLK.

Thanks for the info! Any idea why was it transferred to FY instead?

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
Now imagine getting on one of those from the West Coast USA to Hawaii, or coast to coast USA.

That would be fun, although I'd certainly want to be in the exit row for flights that long!

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
A lot of airlines have different policies regarding cockpit visits on the ground. Interestingly, the US-based airlines tend to be the most friendly, from my own experiences.

Interestingly enough now that you've mentioned it, I thought the US airlines would be the most strict about this restriction.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
Don't think the FAA has any jurisdiction of what goes on in Malaysia.

I thought the FAA controls the air transport network in the whole world, but guess I got it wrong.

Hi Marius,

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
very cool to see your birthday trip report online! It has taken me some time to comment, nevertheless you did an excellent job on covering this triangular routing. Your photographs are amazing.

Thanks!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
It felt like I was traveling with you! What a great experience to follow you along on the first part of your journey. Certainly nice to see some pictures to the text now. I have to say communication worked out fantastic, despite the time shift and the fact you were on a mobile device most of the time.

If only you were really travelling with me! Time difference and use of mobile device shouldn't cause the communication cutout in any way I guess. :P

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
I remember how you were telling me about the pilots arriving.

Haha, yup!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
The legroom on germanwings' A319 is similarly tight, from the looks of it.

Guess it's the norm for all LCCs!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
You are welcome. Wasn't it a nice birthday present to fly on recently-delivered aircraft?

Certainly! The aircraft was sparkling!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
I think I was asleep by that time...

Yeah, you should be.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
So did you try to engange in a conversation on the tarmac?

Nah I didn't.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
Would have been a nice coincidence if this had been 9M-FFF.

9M-FFF was on its way back to KUL at the time the photo was taken, should be descending into KUL at that time.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
Seriously, what a great experience! But I told you there would be something in stock for you on your day.

Haha, you definitely got it right!

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7056 times:

Hey Daniel,

I finally got to read your Birthday TR! First of all, belated Happy Birthday and congratulations on leaving the "13-20" group  

Like I always say, it's nice to see TRs from different regions in the world.

Images of SIN here makes me want to visit it more, it looks amazing. The birthday card you got was also a nice touch and I completely agree with you, it's really awkward when people sing you a happy birthday and you absolutely have no idea what to do! 

As always, great TR, looking forward to more! And you have to visit the Philippines soon  

Best Wishes,

Jezrel / JetBlue777



My worst nightmare is not getting a window seat!
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

Hi Jezrel,

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 15):
I finally got to read your Birthday TR! First of all, belated Happy Birthday and congratulations on leaving the "13-20" group

Thanks!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 15):
Like I always say, it's nice to see TRs from different regions in the world.

So do I.  
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 15):
Images of SIN here makes me want to visit it more, it looks amazing. The birthday card you got was also a nice touch and I completely agree with you, it's really awkward when people sing you a happy birthday and you absolutely have no idea what to do! 

You should visit SIN if you haven't! Yes, the birthday card is a nice touch and I agree with the awkwardness too. :P

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 15):
As always, great TR, looking forward to more! And you have to visit the Philippines soon

Thanks once again! Probably might consider Philippines in 2013. Boracay is on my goal.  

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Wonderfull trip report, thanks for sharing!! And a happy birthday!


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Wonderfull trip report, thanks for sharing!! And a happy birthday!

Hi MSS658,

Thanks for your reply and your wishes!

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
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