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Flying The Classic 734 To Bali On GA  
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

Good day all, welcome to my 2nd trip report. Thank you for reading, and feedback is always appreciated as I have lots to improve on.

This trip took place in mid-April 2010. I only got about doing this report now (lazy bum yeah), in November 2011, 1.5 years on, so some details might be missing. Photos are not the best either, so pardon the quality.


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Introduction
I had just started serving the army, and soon, my BMT was ending after 9 weeks of hell. One of my soccer friends from secondary school happened to know one platoon mate of mine, and we decided on going on a ‘POP’ trip to somewhere near, maybe Phuket or Bali. We came to a decision to visit Bali after chancing upon a 4D3N (the timing of those flights made the trip shorter) free and easy tour to Bali (including some visits/discounts) for around SGD 300+ (excluding tax). I’m not too sure whether that’s cheap or expensive though at that time.

Initially, my parents were skeptical of me going to Indonesia without them, and taking Garuda since they knew of the safety record of this particular airline, even though the ‘re-branding’ of the airline was going on at that time. I managed to convince them otherwise, thankfully. I will be taking a new airline (for me of course), visiting a new country and city!


Running a search through this forum, I believe that this should be the first TR covering SIN-DPS (vv) on a GA classic.

Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia, is the flag carrier of Indonesia. It is named after the mystical giant bird Garuda of Hinduism and Buddhist mythology. It is headquartered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, near Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia is listed as a 4-star airline by Skytrax, and is also listed among Skytrax's Quality Approved Airlines. In May 2010, the airline was named as the World's Most Improved Airline by Skytrax during 2010 World Airline Awards in Hamburg.



Check In
Since my house is only a short distance away from the airport, I took SBS bus service 53 there. By the time I reached the Terminal 1 Departures, my two friends were already waiting at the check-in counter. There was no queue at the Garuda counters at that time for some reason, even though we weren’t particularly late or early. We then proceeded to check in.

Being the aviation freak, I asked the check-in staff some questions.

Me: “Hi, is it possible to get a window seat please?”
Staff: “Window seat? Sure, please hold on for awhile.”
And soon,
“I’ve allocated you seat 16D, even though there’s no need to do so, as the flight is quite empty. You can actually seat almost anywhere you want.” she replied with a smile, and I reciprocated and thanked her for her efforts.

My friends and I collected the boarding passes and their carry-on luggage (I was the only one who checked in my luggage) and we proceeded to the 2nd storey for lunch at Popeye’s, where we each ordered a 2 piece chicken meal.

After a hearty meal, it was time for us to leave. We proceeded airside. I wanted to visit the FIFA store in Terminal 3. We walked all the way there, but I was disappointed as the products weren’t cheap and they did not stock up on DVDs and books that I was interested in. I went to spot some SQ birds while my friends made use of the free Internet that Changi provided. After awhile, with nearly ½ an hour to go before departure, we took the Skytrain back to Terminal 1 and our gate (D34) which was at the central apron.


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Last Call for GA841

As my personal belongings were being scanned, the airport staff (uncles) struck a conversation with me. (I think it was because we were the only ‘botak’ people around and I had a camera with me). We talked about NS and army life in general and they recounted their experiences. Of course, they also commented that we were lucky to be born in this era as their NS life weren’t as good as us. (Hmm, we were trying to forget about NS, but somehow or rather, things happened such that we were reminded of NS constantly )


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My flight for the day, PK-GWU. An SQ A345 behind at the remote bay

My friends went to seat down at the departure area, while I took my camera with me to the tinted windows. There it was, our B737-400 at the gate waiting for us. PK-GWU is the aircraft doing the SIN-DPS run today. Beside our aircraft was a company B737-800 (PK-GMF) awaiting departure to Jakarta. At that moment, I was cursing my luck about the absence of an equipment swap for our plane, as the Garuda 737NGs had AVOD PTVs installed behind every seat. (However, one year on, I was thankful that there was no equipment swap- you will find out the reason why ☺)


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Neighboring PK-GMF to CGK. Notice the construction works going on behind at the (former) viewing gallery.





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Date: 12th April 2010
Sector: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) – Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali (DPS)
Distance: 1674km
Garuda Indonesia Flight: GA 841
Gate: D34 (T1)
Aircraft: PK-GWU, B737-4Q8
Delivered to GA: 28-10-2000
Seat: 16D

SDT (ADT): 1440 (1442)
SAT (AAT): 1715 (1715)
Flight Time: 2 hrs 33 mins


1st flight on PK-GWU
1st 737-400 flight
2nd 737 flight
9th airline




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Boarding
It was time to board. No one was in a particular rush to board, and everyone queued up in an orderly manner. I was the last among our group to board, and it proved to be a mistake. My friend dived straight to the window seat even though I pleaded with him not to. I made him promise to give up his window seat on the return flight though. I was stuck with an aisle seat for this flight, and I didn’t bother moving to the other window seats.


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Empty flight...

Due to the light load (30%), everyone settled down very fast, and soon we were towed away from the gate for our safety demonstration. We then made our way to Runway 02C for take-off where we were airborne after a short take-off roll.

In-flight
It was an aging aircraft and it was quite obvious. The seats were quite comfortable though, but legroom was average, and as expected, there was no personal TV on board (why would anyone need it on such a short flight on board a classic 737 though).


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The seat pitch. No doubt we are on a 734

Around 1 hour after take off, the stewardess came to the cabin for the meal service. We had only 1 choice, and to my surprise (or shock), it was hokkien prawn mee.


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Hokkien mee on board

It instantly reminded me (yet again….) of my BMT as it looked exactly like the BMT version. Even though it tasted decent, I must admit that the army version tastes slightly better  . We were also given some cold bread and OJ. Other than this meal service, the flight was uneventful besides another drink service. My time was spent talking and reading the in-flight magazine. Wanted to buy some 1:400 models, but they did not have them on board unfortunately much to my disappointment.


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Drinks service on board

Landing
As we approached Ngurah Rai International, we could see dark clouds outside the window. Nonetheless, when we landed on Rwy27 right on time, there was no rain, even though the tarmac and the runway were wet. We taxied towards the international terminal, where we taxied towards a remote gate!   I am going to walk on the tarmac!

As we made our way down the stairs, I saw Merpati’s B733 PK-MDQ parked beside us and some of Garuda’s B733/734s there.


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Merpati B733 PK-MDQ


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One last look at PK-GWU

Saw this Lion Air B734 PK-LIS on the bus

I took some time to photograph while my friends waited in the bus. As I was about to join them, the bus driver rejected me as the bus was full. I waited for the next bus and joined my friends in clearing immigration. It was a fast process as we had Singaporean passports. After we (me) collected our baggage (which took no more than a minute), we proceeded outside to find our driver waiting for us and some other people who were on the same flight and had booked the same F&E trip. As the hotel/resort that we were staying at was the closest to the airport (the Risata Bali Resort, Kuta region), we were dropped off first. We also opted for the free (it was inclusive actually) full day Ubud Kintamani Hot Spring Tour.

AROUND BALI
Except for the trip to the mountains/hot spring where we took a minivan, we walked for the rest of the trip. During these few days, we walked along Kuta Beach, went to the Discovery Mall, Kuta Mall, visited the Ubud (We were originally supposed to visit the rice terraces but it was raining so we could only drive past) and Kintamani regions to enjoy the “hot spring” (which in fact was just a Jacuzzi), some coffee farm and “art houses (not too sure what are they called lol) and last but not least, the WaterBom park. Had some discount coupons and vouchers that allowed us to eat for free (like at Hard Rock Café where my mother forbade me to go to due to the infamous Bali Bombing that happened not too long ago).

The Risata Bali Resort is quite a decent resort. It is located within walking distance of the major (Kuta) area in Bali. Walking allows us to get a lil' feel of the streets of Bali. I love their Western Breakfast Buffet. (But then again, I've always adored such breakfast). The resort is split into different blocks with only 2 floors each. Our room was quite clean, even though we happened to catch a cockroach running around on the FIRST day.

Will let some pictures do the talking…


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On the way to Kintamani


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Mt Batur


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Near the 'hot spring'- which frankly looks more like an outdoor swimming pool that is close to nature


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Lake view, and where we had our disappointing lunch


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Coffee beans at a famous coffee plantation


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Rice terraces are quite common


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WaterBom Park- My first attempt at a water theme park


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WaterBom Park and Discovery Mall on the right- I had higher expectations of the mall 


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The crowded Kuta Beach. Tuban Beach on the other side nearer to the runway isn't as crowded due to the location


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Our hotel lobby


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Pathway to our block




To Be Continued...

[Edited 2011-11-03 13:11:41]

[Edited 2011-11-03 13:14:41]

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User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9884 times:

DAY OF DEPARTURE
Soon it was time to go. Even though Bali is quite nice, I haven’t been able to really feel the “paradise” in them, maybe because I have visited Hawaii and Cairns previously, and both, to me, defines the word “paradise”.

We had an early breakfast, and the driver came to pick us up at the lobby. The departure hall was quite simple, and only passengers with proof that they are flying are allowed inside the airport. When we got there, the check-in counter hasn’t opened yet so we loitered around the area and visited the shops pre-departure. After that we checked in and paid the airport tax at a dedicated station and the shops came into view.


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FIDS


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Indonesian Air Transport Fokker 50

I walked round the whole area in hope of finding a good place to spot and perhaps buy some aviation memorabilia but could not find any unfortunately. We then proceeded to the holding area where the airport staff once again checked our passports and boarding passes, something that I have never encounter before.


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MZ 733 leaving for DIL !


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Our plane PK-GZK arriving


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PK-GMA operating a flight to PER in the adjacent gate


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Our plane at the gate

Aircraft that is operating DPS-SIN today on GA840 is PK-GZK, another B734. I was hoping for an equipment swap to the B733/735 as it had happened before, and I wanted to try out new types. We still had plenty of time so my friends went to sleep at the seating area while I positioned myself near the windows, which had a runway view ☺. Spotted many new registrations and soon, boarding for our flight was called.


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Our gate in the foreground, while passengers are queuing up for a flight to Perth in the background



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Date: 15th April 2010
Sector: Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali (DPS) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Distance: 1674km
Garuda Indonesia Flight: GA 840
Gate: 7
Aircraft: PK-GZK, B737-4M0
Delivered to GA: 13-03-2004
Seat: 7F

SDT (ADT): 1110 (1111)
SAT (AAT): 1340(1336)
Flight Time: 2 hrs 25 mins


1st flight on PK-GZK
2nd B737-400 flight
3rd B737 flight
9th airline




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Boarding
Boarding was painless, although it had a slightly longer queue than what we experienced at SIN. Boarding was called according to the seating arrangements.


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Boarding was called sector by sector

This time, I learnt from my mistake and I walked ahead of my friends. A window seat finally! Load today is slightly more than 50%.


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Some ramp action, including MZ Fokker 100!

We departed just 1 minute behind schedule, and after the safety demonstrations, the aircraft taxied the whole length of the taxiway past the domestic terminal to Rwy 27 for take off. Many uncommon Indonesian carriers could be seen along the way.


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Aviastar BAe 146 right behind us

We were holding at the piano keys for quite a while before we were allowed to take off though, for some unknown reason. We lifted off just at the start of the international terminal. Goodbye Bali & Indonesia! Will we meet again?

In-flight
Half an hour after take off, we were served lunch. It was chicken with potatoes and greens and it’s quite good.


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Delicious lunch, but yeah, its so little


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Seat pitch


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A slightly more crowded flight than the first


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Outside views

I was tempted to “kope” from my friends but resisted the temptation. The legroom was slightly smaller than GWU and it was not very comfortable. My friends and I spent our time playing our PSPs and listening to music. I even tried to ask for playing cards but they did not have any. (maybe because Indonesia is a Muslim country?)

Landing
After around 2 hours plus in the air, we were soon at a familiar sight when landing at Rwy02L: the East Coast Park, the various ships and vessels and such. We touched down very roughly on 02L before taxing to gate D41 where we alighted and the cabin crew prepared for the return flight home.

Conclusion
Nothing special or of note really happened on the flights, and I don't get why some people are scared to take their flights (but maybe it's because i love trying out 'weird' airlines and aircrafts. I think it's safer to take even the most unsafe plane than driving the most unsafe vehicle or something. Their in-flight meals weren’t the best that I’ve tried before on planes(think CI), but it wasn’t too shabby either.

Some facts to take note of though: Garuda’s B734s do not serve Singapore anymore. In fact they stopped using 734s on the DPS-SIN-DPS routing in October 2010 if I'm not wrong. Garuda now operates in Terminal 3 instead of 1 (as do SV, UL recently). The timing of GA841/840 is changed to allow Singaporeans to spend more time in Bali. (ARR 1130, DEP 1845 @ DPS)

So on hindsight, I was glad I tried their classic 737s before they were pulled out of this route in exchange for their newer and better 737NGs. I certainly woundn’t mind flying Garuda again, they are punctual, and though not particularly friendly, the flight attendants certainly weren’t rude. They should have a nice in-flight product on their newer aircraft too. Thumbs up for Garuda! I believe they can achieve their desired 5-star rating sooner or later if they can iron out some minor deficiencies...


Thank you all for reading!
yapple

Past trip reports
1. Aloha! From SIN To HNL/ITO (and Back) On CI And YV (Jan 10)

[Edited 2011-11-03 13:16:52]

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3082 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8922 times:

Very nice TR.

Good to see a TR on GA, and not your common European/North American/Major Asian Airline.

Overall, seems like a decent product, have always been a bit skeptical about them, but if I was to go to DPS from PER, then I would consider them.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineQFKangaroo747 From Australia, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8843 times:

Great trip report. Thank you for an interesting read. Whenever I hear mention of GA, my first thought is their poor safety record, so as a result I suppose I have always assumed that their in-flight product wouldn't be that great. Based on what I have seen in this TR though, it seems to be quite reasonable. Thanks!

User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8351 times:

Hey Wei Heng,

Yet another wonderful report!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I had just started serving the army, and soon, my BMT was ending after 9 weeks of hell.

Haha! I'm in week 10 now! 9 more weeks to go... Talk about 19 weeks of hell!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Initially, my parents were skeptical of me going to Indonesia without them, and taking Garuda since they knew of the safety record of this particular airline, even though the ‘re-branding’ of the airline was going on at that time. I managed to convince them otherwise, thankfully. I will be taking a new airline (for me of course), visiting a new country and city!

That was the period of time when my mindset of Garuda started to change. Interestingly, PK-GMF was the B738 that was displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2010.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
they also commented that we were lucky to be born in this era as their NS life weren’t as good as us. (Hmm, we were trying to forget about NS, but somehow or rather, things happened such that we were reminded of NS constantly

Yeah, just thinking of the no. 4 uniform is enough! We are lucky not to have to iron and starch it like the older version. The new one doesn't even crumple!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
It instantly reminded me (yet again….) of my BMT as it looked exactly like the BMT version. Even though it tasted decent, I must admit that the army version tastes slightly better 

You sure?! I had hokkien mee for breakfast just this morning and I'm sure I can find much better ones outside camp...

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8302 times:

Hi

nice report, especially since I also visited the island just weeks ago now. Including flying some Indonesian airlines, no I'm not scared to be honest  
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I was cursing my luck about the absence of an equipment swap for our plane, as the Garuda 737NGs had AVOD PTVs installed behind every seat.

That's not correct. I flew on a GA 738 during my recent trip in October 2011 and had no AVOD PTV's.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
“Hi, is it possible to get a window seat please?”
Staff: “Window seat? Sure, please hold on for awhile.”
And soon,
“I’ve allocated you seat 16D, even though there’s no need to do so, as the flight is quite empty.
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I was stuck with an aisle seat for this flight, and I didn’t bother moving to the other window seats.

Such a shame since you had the opportunity on other rows. I would've enjoyed the takeoff at a window seat and back so my friends during the flight itself  

NB - the trip to Kintamani, the coffee plants etc is really standard routing on Bali, when taking a minivan tour. All tourist gets this route unless you explicity order the driver to drive elsewhere. Rice fields can be seen throughout, much calmer and even no tourists on other areas on the island. Maybe that's something to do for you in the future  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

Hey yapple!

Great that you flew with GA before their rebranding (technically, during their rebranding as you have mentioned but with the old B734 and old uniforms), it really looks like you had a good insight into GA pre-rebranding!

I really enjoyed your flowing way of writing which makes it very readable and pleasant (especially since I had a long day of studying). Nice photos of all the important aspects of the flights too!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
My friends and I collected the boarding passes and their carry-on luggage (I was the only one who checked in my luggage) and we proceeded to the 2nd storey for lunch at Popeye’s, where we each ordered a 2 piece chicken meal

LoL! I remember the days when you only could get Popeye's at Changi Airport! Really love those delicious chicken!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
the airport staff (uncles) struck a conversation with me. (I think it was because we were the only ‘botak’ people around and I had a camera with me). We talked about NS and army life in general and they recounted their experiences.

LoL, hope you're used to it by now. Talking about NS is the first thing Singaporean men talk about to break the ice usually! haha

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I was the last among our group to board, and it proved to be a mistake. My friend dived straight to the window seat even though I pleaded with him not to.

For a window seat, I'd forgo my friendship and fight it out with him! Just kidding! haha.. Glad that you managed to get a window on return. An aisle seat isn't that bad right? I quite like the aisle these days for its convenience.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
It instantly reminded me (yet again….) of my BMT as it looked exactly like the BMT version. Even though it tasted decent, I must admit that the army version tastes slightly better

Wow. At least you had some authentic-looking Singaporean food onboard. Strange that they had only one choice though!

And on your flight back,

Quoting yapple (Reply 1):
This time, I learnt from my mistake and I walked ahead of my friends. A window seat finally! Load today is slightly more than 50%.

Once bitten, twice shy! haha

Quoting yapple (Reply 1):
Half an hour after take off, we were served lunch. It was chicken with potatoes and greens and it’s quite good.

The meal looks fabulous compared to your outbound flight! Yeah the portion looks abit small but nevertheless, very delicious looking and I'm sure it was!

Great view of the engine from your seat too!

Thanks very much for sharing this treasure of a TR on GA pre-rebranding! Those uniforms are starting to look vintage compared to the graceful kebayas now even though it was just a year ago. I am most glad to hear that you treasure your B734 experience and indeed you should! Its gonna be much harder to fly those GA B734s internationally these days!

Again, excellent job on this TR and thanks very much for sharing! I enjoyed it very much!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7725 times:

HI

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! Interesting to see how things have changed in just a few years time! Tough still difficult periods for GA back then, but glad they seemed to satisfy you!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7526 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 2):
Very nice TR.

Good to see a TR on GA, and not your common European/North American/Major Asian Airline.

Overall, seems like a decent product, have always been a bit skeptical about them, but if I was to go to DPS from PER, then I would consider them.

-CXfirst

Hi, thanks for the comments. I 'dislike' taking common airlines, haha. Hopefully, this will change people's mindset about GA.

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 3):
Great trip report. Thank you for an interesting read. Whenever I hear mention of GA, my first thought is their poor safety record, so as a result I suppose I have always assumed that their in-flight product wouldn't be that great. Based on what I have seen in this TR though, it seems to be quite reasonable. Thanks!

Thank you. There are many airlines with safety records that are much worse than GA tbh. Haven't tried their new product yet though, but based on this experience, I would assume that it would be quite a nice one.

Quoting initious (Reply 4):
Hey Wei Heng,

Yet another wonderful report!

Thanks Daniel!

Quoting initious (Reply 4):
Haha! I'm in week 10 now! 9 more weeks to go... Talk about 19 weeks of hell!

I'm left with 3 more weeks of army! :p

Quoting initious (Reply 4):
That was the period of time when my mindset of Garuda started to change. Interestingly, PK-GMF was the B738 that was displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2010.

Yeah, likewise!

Quoting initious (Reply 4):
Yeah, just thinking of the no. 4 uniform is enough! We are lucky not to have to iron and starch it like the older version. The new one doesn't even crumple!

We shouldn't complain about NS actually haha!

Quoting initious (Reply 4):
You sure?! I had hokkien mee for breakfast just this morning and I'm sure I can find much better ones outside camp...

Of course we can, but really, I thought the Tekong version was better than that!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Hi

nice report, especially since I also visited the island just weeks ago now. Including flying some Indonesian airlines, no I'm not scared to be honest

Thanks! Enjoyed your visit there? Which other Indonesian carriers did you take? Agree with you, we should embrace instead of avoid such opportunities to take "scary" airlines.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
That's not correct. I flew on a GA 738 during my recent trip in October 2011 and had no AVOD PTV's.

Hmm, really? Maybe I was 'brainwashed' by the advertisements in Singapore, I saw many that promote the AVOD PTVs and the new product!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Such a shame since you had the opportunity on other rows. I would've enjoyed the takeoff at a window seat and back so my friends during the flight itself

NB - the trip to Kintamani, the coffee plants etc is really standard routing on Bali, when taking a minivan tour. All tourist gets this route unless you explicity order the driver to drive elsewhere. Rice fields can be seen throughout, much calmer and even no tourists on other areas on the island. Maybe that's something to do for you in the future

Regards
Eric

Thanks for the recommendations, will try to do that if i'm visiting Bali in the future 
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
Hey yapple!

Great that you flew with GA before their rebranding (technically, during their rebranding as you have mentioned but with the old B734 and old uniforms), it really looks like you had a good insight into GA pre-rebranding!

I really enjoyed your flowing way of writing which makes it very readable and pleasant (especially since I had a long day of studying). Nice photos of all the important aspects of the flights too!

Hey Gavin, thanks for the comments! Looking back, I think I'm really lucky to have this opportunity unknowingly! A.net is a great place to unwind after a tiring day for us!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
LoL! I remember the days when you only could get Popeye's at Changi Airport! Really love those delicious chicken!

Yeah, during a period of time, I visited the airport to study at the VM, eat at Popeye's and spot at the old VM nearly every day! Cost me a bomb lol.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
LoL, hope you're used to it by now. Talking about NS is the first thing Singaporean men talk about to break the ice usually! haha

Common experiences!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
For a window seat, I'd forgo my friendship and fight it out with him! Just kidding! haha.. Glad that you managed to get a window on return. An aisle seat isn't that bad right? I quite like the aisle these days for its convenience.

I still dislike aisle seats despite their convenience. I mean, there are great views awaiting you outside of the aircraft, why would someone want to look at the same cabin, the same people for a few hours? Hahaha.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
Wow. At least you had some authentic-looking Singaporean food onboard. Strange that they had only one choice though!

Perhaps it's because it's a short regional flight?

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
Once bitten, twice shy! haha

Yeah, never again!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 6):
The meal looks fabulous compared to your outbound flight! Yeah the portion looks abit small but nevertheless, very delicious looking and I'm sure it was!

Great view of the engine from your seat too!

Thanks very much for sharing this treasure of a TR on GA pre-rebranding! Those uniforms are starting to look vintage compared to the graceful kebayas now even though it was just a year ago. I am most glad to hear that you treasure your B734 experience and indeed you should! Its gonna be much harder to fly those GA B734s internationally these days!

Again, excellent job on this TR and thanks very much for sharing! I enjoyed it very much!

Cheers,
RvXKaz

Yeah! There's still some chances though, there's a daily flight to UPG on their cute 735! Thanks once again!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
HI

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! Interesting to see how things have changed in just a few years time! Tough still difficult periods for GA back then, but glad they seemed to satisfy you!


Greetings
Marc

Thank you very much! I think most people are surprised at the transformation! Indeed they do.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7487 times:

Nice report about GA! I flew CGK-SIN on GA some days ago and was quite impressed by crew, cabin, IFE and catering.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):

1st flight on PK-GWU
1st 737-400 flight
2nd 737 flight
9th airline

Interesting layout - I'm wondering who has inspired you...  

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Delicious lunch, but yeah, its so little

Looks fine for that flight!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
At that moment, I was cursing my luck about the absence of an equipment swap for our plane, as the Garuda 737NGs had AVOD PTVs installed behind every seat.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
That's not correct. I flew on a GA 738 during my recent trip in October 2011 and had no AVOD PTV's.
Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
Hmm, really? Maybe I was 'brainwashed' by the advertisements in Singapore, I saw many that promote the AVOD PTVs and the new product!

All factory fresh 738s should have them, the used planes don't. GA operates 14 used aircraft, mostly ex-Ryanair, registered PK-GE*. I was told they are only used on domestic runs. I flew on PK-GFC and it had a great new interior with PTVs.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7103 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Nice report about GA! I flew CGK-SIN on GA some days ago and was quite impressed by crew, cabin, IFE and catering.

Hi, PH, thanks for reading! Love your reports.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Interesting layout - I'm wondering who has inspired you...

Yeah, I wonder too:p Great way to remember though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Looks fine for that flight!

I'm someone who gets hungry easily!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
All factory fresh 738s should have them, the used planes don't. GA operates 14 used aircraft, mostly ex-Ryanair, registered PK-GE*. I was told they are only used on domestic runs. I flew on PK-GFC and it had a great new interior with PTVs.


PH

I see, I don't see the older 738s appearing in SIN too, I guess that's why.


User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6842 times:
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Great detailed trip report! Funny how once upon a time SIN spotters wouldn't even bet an eyelid on a Garuda B733/B734 but they'd sure chase that B735 (and then B738, before those got too common). Well now it's quite the opposite!

User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6568 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 11):
Great detailed trip report! Funny how once upon a time SIN spotters wouldn't even bet an eyelid on a Garuda B733/B734 but they'd sure chase that B735 (and then B738, before those got too common). Well now it's quite the opposite!

Hi Jerrold, thanks! Unfortunately, I'm guilty of that too!


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