Lap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6775 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.
This third report will be focusing on the DPS-SIN sector with Indonesia AirAsia.
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.
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
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
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.
akhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 6451 times:
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.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 6249 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!
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
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.