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South East Asia Part 3: DPS-SIN With QZ  
User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7070 times:

This trip report will be the third in a series of five, covering my recent holiday to South East Asia. The routing was NCL-DXB-KUL-DPS-SIN-HKG-DXB-NCL – with Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Jetstar Asia.

You can find the other parts of the series here:
Part 1 - South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 2 - South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH (by Lap747 Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

This third report will be focusing on the DPS-SIN sector with Indonesia AirAsia.



Background

After a very relaxing 6 days, it was time to head on to my next destination, Singapore.

We had a choice of a few airlines to fly with to SIN. Firstly, there was the LCC’s, Indonesia AirAsia and Jetstar Asia. Then there was Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines. Finally there are two 5th freedom flights between DPS and SIN, flown by KLM and Qatar Airways, both using the B77W on the route. So it was time to decide which flight to take. I initially had wanted to fly either KL or QR as they both offer competitive prices (USD$153 for KL, USD$223 for QR), however once looking at the timings of the flights, we ruled them out as they both arrive into SIN very late at night. GA and SQ proved to be quite expensive, so narrowed it down to a choice between QZ and 3K. Looking at the timings and the prices, QZ looked to be the most attractive. I was quite happy to be flying QZ, as I had seen the awards that they had won from Skytrax.


I arrived at DPS a couple of hours before my 12.55pm flight. As you arrive into the main terminal at DPS, you have to pass through security screening with your hand luggage and hold luggage. (You also get screened at the gate before boarding the flight).

After passing through the security, I headed over to desks 1-5 for all AirAsia destinations.






FIDS




AirAsia check-in desks to all destinations but a separate desk for the PER flight

Once checked in, I headed up to immigration and the departure lounge. We had to pay to leave Indonesia, although I can’t remember how much it was now.  
Main departure hall


A nice world time clock in the centre of the terminal


One lounge for a lot of airlines!

At 12.10pm it was time to head along to gate 1. Everyone had to go through security again, much like what I experienced in KUL.

Views from the gate:


GA B738 taxiing for departure with my aircraft landing from KUL.


Nice views from the gate, and my last views of Bali  


And here she is; PK-AXH, an A320 just over two years old.




Turnaround only took 20 minutes




PK-GFI pushing back to Perth


Soon it was ready for boarding


Saturday 13th August 2011

QZ8492

Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS/WADD) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Departure Time – 12.55pm
Arrival Time – 3.30pm
Duration – 2 hours 35 minutes
Aircraft – Airbus A320-216 / PK-AXH / Built in 2009, Delivered to QZ on 28th April 2009
Seat – 16A


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View from the airbridge


Seated in 16A

Boarding didn’t take long and soon we were underway to Singapore on time.


Views while taxiing to runway 09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPYqXPOP41E
Takeoff from runway 09


We made a left turn after takeoff and headed over the resort I had been for the past 6 days!




Looking back over DPS


I noticed –AXH also had the electrical devices light, the first aircraft I have been on to have this


The obligatory legroom shot! Legroom was average


Packets of nuts were handed out

We got some good views of volcanoes along the way -
















Arrival cards were also handed out


BOB meal and drink service


I went for sweet chilli chicken and rice, however it didn’t taste that good, the chicken was fatty and it was a bit bland.

My sister was not so lucky with the meal service. She asked for 4 different things and each time they came back and said they didn’t have that choice. In the end we asked what they did have to which the FA pointed to only 3 things on the menu out of 8 I think it was. Luckily I had chosen one of the ones they had! I didn’t notice if it stated on the menu that only some options were available on certain flights, but I think AirAsia need to add this to the menu!

Soon we were nearing SIN and we began our descent through some very cloudy skies.





We landed smoothly on runway 02L and taxied to Terminal 1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYRA7TYAIZs




3K A320 9V-VLE


UPS B763 N329UP


MI A320 9V-SLE


UN B744 VP-BKJ previously in service with SA as ZS-SAY


B742(?) being broken up




SQ B772 9V-SRJ








CX A333 B-HLP

We got off the plane quite fast and headed towards yet more security upon arrival, before going to passport control and baggage reclaim.


Looking back at B-HLP


EK B77W A6-ECE


IT A332 VT-VJL



Going through the arrival security did not take a long time and we headed towards immigration.




FIDS


Arrived in Terminal 1


Heading downstairs to immigration


Baggage reclaim, with a flight from IST on the same belt


Celebrate Singapore’s 46th birthday! These signs were everywhere across the city!


All in all, my flight with AirAsia was pretty good, apart from the food and the average crew service. For the very good price of the flight, I would definitely fly with them again though.  

Thanks for reading.  
Next up - SIN to HKG with Jetstar Asia.

Lap747


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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1771 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7022 times:
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Hello Lap747,

Thanks for an update on your series. Too bad you could not take any of the non-low cost carriers but it seems you did not regret taking AirAsia!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Packets of nuts were handed out

They look like evil peanuts   

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
In the end we asked what they did have to which the FA pointed to only 3 things on the menu out of 8 I think it was.

That's not acceptable. 1 item not 'in stock' can be excused but 3 out of 8 is a bit too much I think!

   Sultanils



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6903 times:

QZ hardly ever has more than 1-2 hot meals available, so better pre-book online. FD is not much better. AK is the only one who has most choices, but often almost completely gone for the return flight.


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6746 times:

Hi Luke,

What a nice follow up with many beautiful pictures! It brings back the nice memories of my own trip last year.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
As you arrive into the main terminal at DPS, you have to pass through security screening with your hand luggage and hold luggage. (You also get screened at the gate before boarding the flight).

Oh yes, like any other international airport in Indonesia.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
although I can’t remember how much it was now.  

Some 150,000 Rupiahs?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Packets of nuts were handed out

Wow, was it for free?


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-09-05 09:14:38]


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6544 times:

Hi Luke !

Nice contiuation of your Asia trip ! I would have chosen QR DPS-SIN even with the late arrival time. QZ seems okay and it's a not too long flight anyway. Too bad they had so few choices of meals on the flight.

Looking forward to the next installment!

The777Man



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6496 times:
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Hi Luke,

Nice continuation of your travels. Asia is a faboulous exciting place, I love it - so good to see more.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
I went for sweet chilli chicken and rice, however it didn’t taste that good, the chicken was fatty and it was a bit bland.

- That's a bit of a naff looking meal and yes, the chicken looks pretty fatty.

Interesting the lack of meal choice though I note they do seem to prefer you to pre book a meal, guess it saves possible wastage.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6263 times:

Thanks everyone for the replies  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 1):
They look like evil peanuts

Haha, now you mention it... the garuda does look pretty evil!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 2):
QZ hardly ever has more than 1-2 hot meals available
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Interesting the lack of meal choice though I note they do seem to prefer you to pre book a meal, guess it saves possible wastage.

Yeah, they should maybe have some more choices, but as Mark says, it's probably to reduce the wastage, although if they keep serving meals like on my flight, the wastage will not go down!   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Some 150,000 Rupiahs?

Ah, now you say, 150,000 Rupiahs rings a bell.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Wow, was it for free?

Yep, they were free, quite good I thought for an LCC.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
I would have chosen QR DPS-SIN even with the late arrival time

Yes, I would have liked to have flown on QR's B77W, however the late arrival time and price meant my family decided to go with AirAsia instead.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Asia is a faboulous exciting place, I love it

I agree, I loved travelling around Asia, saw some amazing places and met some great people!

Luke



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Quoting Lap747 (Reply 6):
it's probably to reduce the wastage

I've lost count but I must have flown Air Asia at least 100 times. There is a trend generally:

-Any Europeans/Americans seem to have pre-ordered a meal (not me because it costs more than my ticket! Well used to, suddenly the NO FUEL SURCHARGE banners are gone and the scam is back...)
-Malaysians like to buy also on board, hence AK has better supply than QZ
-If Indonesians order anything at all, it's the Indomie noodles since they cost a fraction less than a meal.

It's interesting indeed there is always that bag of peanuts, AK or FD would frown at you asking for anything for free.

Whatever the case, I think they're quite ok as you said. About 20 upcoming flights, I don't think any single one cost more than 10 Euros apart from one DPS-CGK chich was 25 as I was forced to buy a normal fare instead of waiting for their free flight promos. 

But the counter check-in fee coming Sept 21 may bee too Ryanairesque for me, I already hate the "Convenience fee" for credit cards.

[Edited 2011-09-05 16:37:47]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5828 times:

Hi Luke

Nice continuation of yout trip report series. Nice spotting pics in DPS and SIN. Sorry to hear about the food and the crew


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

Thanks for the information Lufthansa747 and for the comments Marc! 


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