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A Weekend Trip: SIN-KUL-SIN On Jetstar Asia (3K)  
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11722 times:


As per the previous Trip Report, we each got a $15 Jetstar travel voucher because we purchased the Plus Bundle. Aaron and me decided to have a weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur on yet another 3K flight.

PART I: Return to Kuala Lumpur

31st March 2012, Saturday

Carrier: Jetstar Asia Airways (3K)
Flight: 3K 683
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A320-232 (9V-JSG)
Seat: 22A/22B
Terminal: 1
Gate: C15
Estimated Departure: 0710hrs
Actual Departure: 0711hrs
Estimated Arrival: 0810hrs
Actual Arrival: 0823hrs

We left his place in the East at about 0508hrs. It was raining fairly heavily as we drove along the East Coast Parkway expressway to Changi Airport and reached Terminal 1 at 0521hrs. The Departure Hall was relatively sparse, and there weren’t many people at Row 8, so check-in was a breeze. We then went airside.

Not many people around

Row 7

T1 airside after remodeling

SIN is not spotter friendly with the highly reflective glass, a CX 777-300

China Southern Airlines A321-231 (B-6270) followed by five 3K A320s

Flights out for that morning

In my opinion, the most boring 7-Eleven outlet in Singapore

Usually I’m on the other side

We then took the Skytrain over to Terminal 2, to see if there’s anything interesting going on over there, but we didn’t find much. Save for a ANA ladies speaking in Japanese as they walked past. Gosh, I miss ANA already!

Departures from Terminal 2

Dunkin Donuts for breakfast

Entertainment center in Terminal 2

We then took the Skytrain back to Terminal 1 and headed over to our gate. The waiting area was as empty as the last time we boarded a 3K flight.

Our plane for today, 9V-JSG

The empty waiting area

Only to find out the whole world was in the jetbridge

Chirpy Flight Attendants at the door who directed everyone to their seats greeted us. Unfortunately, the overhead compartments were completely full throughout and thus we had to put all our stuff underneath the seats. Oh well.

Seats 1A, 1B and 1C

The China Southern Airlines A321 earlier on

The doors were closed and armed after some time. Pushback commenced at 0711hrs and we taxied out to Runway 20C in the grey and drab weather outside. There wasn’t much of a queue in the takeoff department so we got on 20C fairly quick. We were airborne at 0731hrs!


Climbing into the grey abyss

We flew through the grey for the most part of the flight. Pity though, but since it was such a flight views didn’t really matter

The cabin in mid-flight

Legroom of 22A

Vandalized tray table, unsightly!

Another unsightly thing

The safety card was in a nice state

Seat pocket contents, featuring Taylor Swift & Zee Avi

The flight attendants promptly went up and down the aisle with the trolley calling out for anyone who wants to purchase any drinks and such. Being such a morning flight, everyone seemed like they’d rather have some shut-eye.

We commenced descent at 0748hrs. For the first time since takeoff, views other than grey clouds popped into view.

The West coast of Malaysia

Drifting closer and closer


Turning into a taxiway

To me, it was quite a leisurely taxi and we were treated to plane eyecandies.

MH planes aplenty

MH widebodies

This Airline, I’ve never seen before

Malaysian Airlines Boeing 747-4H6 (9M-MPK)

As expected, the mad rush to get off even before the doors are disarmed

From this point on, we roamed about airside of both the Satellite and Main Terminals. KLIA definitely is better place to spot than Changi!

Fellow Singaporean ship, Silkair Airbus A319-132 (9V-SBD)

9V-JSG’s nose

Malaysian Airlines Boeing 747-4H6 (9M-MPL)

Departures that morning from the Satellite Terminal

Air Mauritius Airbus A330-202 (3B-NBM)

Malaysian Airlines Airbus A330-223 (9M-MKV)

Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-367 (B-HNH)

Emirates Boeing 777-36N/ER (A6-EBN)

Nepal Airlines Boeing 757-2F8 (9N-ACA)

China Southern Airlines Airbus A320-232 (B-2367)

Taking the Aerotrain over to the Main Terminal

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 (9M-MXG, 9M-MXE), 737-8FZ (9M-MLG) and others in the back

Scale models on display

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 (9M-MLK)

After getting our fill of plane spotting, it was time to go take the KLIA Express out to KL Sentral. Except that works were being carried out on the existing train tracks and as such, only KLIA Transit services were being run. The difference between the two is that Transit stops at intermediate stations while Express speeds straight to KL Sentral.

The race is on! A CX Airbus A330 decided to compete with our KLIA Transit train. We lost, obviously!



[Edited 2012-04-10 07:19:10]

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User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11283 times:

PART II: The Scenic Flight Home

1st April 2012, Sunday

It was quite a brief trip with no shopping but a lot of eating. Other than spotting for planes, a side mission was to find and eat at places or franchises that are halal in Malaysia than are not in Singapore! One such place was Kenny Rogers (Mac & Cheese mmmmm~).

Accommodation for the night was at the Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International, a five to minute shuttle bus ride away from KLIA. The place reminded me of holiday chalets back home in Singapore. It was nice, nonetheless!

Carrier: Jetstar Asia Airways (3K)
Flight: 3K 684
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A320-232 (9V-JSB)
Seat: 9A/9B
Terminal: 1
Gate: C33
Estimated Departure: 0840hrs
Actual Departure: 0837hrs
Estimated Arrival: 0945hrs
Actual Arrival: 0934hrs

The shuttle bus reached KLIA Main Terminal at 0645hrs. Not many people were around at this hour, although there was a huge group of tourists queuing up at the Jet Airways counter.

The Departure Hall

Our check-in counter

Dawn at KLIA, l isn’t it?

Since we checked out the airsides of Main Terminal and Satellite the day before, we decide to just sit down until our flight arrives because it hasn’t arrived yet.

Sunlight filtering into the Terminal

The traditional boarding pass and passport shot!

Our plane, 9V-JSB, pulls into the gate

The waiting area

Jet Airways Boeing 737-85R (VT-JBQ)

Screens at our gate, one showing color bars and the other the blue screen of death

A gate attendant suddenly appeared and started to holler for families, people with special needs and priority boarders. The few of us moved forward for boarding, he started to rudely turn us away even though we showed him our boarding pass. He only let us through when he had a second look at our boarding passes and saw ‘PBRD’. What a nice chap..

Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-2H6/ER (9M-MRH) beside us

As expected and yet again, vandalized tray table

And an equally vandalized seat back

Seat pocket contents – no Zee Avi this time!

The legroom at 9A

The doors closed at 0835hrs and the plane commenced pushback at 0837hrs. As we were taxiing out to the active runway, I looked out of my window and noticed that a bee or wasp has decided to hitch a ride by latching itself to the port engine.

When we turned into 32R, the bee/wasp was still there. When the pilot kicked the engines into high gear for takeoff, the bee still held on! I swear, that’s the awesomest bee I’ve ever seen.


A misty morning over that part of Malaysia

The plane banked to the left and made a U-turn. As such, we were flying parallel to KLIA. We couldn’t see much due to the sunlight’s glare on our side. We were still parallel and in view of KLIA when the seatbelt sign pinged off and the crew launched their BOB trolley service. As we had purchased the Starter Bundle, we were entitled to a sandwich and a drink.

Our sandwich and Pepsi

Our 3K crew in action, one of them used to be my classmate back in school!

It was my first time flying along the West coast of Malaysia back to Singapore. The views out there are quite nice, I must say.

Oxbow bends! Reminiscing those Geography lessons back in Secondary School

A slice of the BOB menu, unavailable on this flight though

As expected, we commenced descent not long after we finished our drinks and sandwiches. Flying this route, I saw sights outside that I’ve never seen before..

.. such as this, only now then I’m convinced how small my home country is!

The approach pattern was flying south, overflying the various islets and islands belonging to Singapore. So we could see downtown Singapore and Sentosa. We could even see Universal Studios Singapore!

The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Landing was not long from now. Touchdown at 2L!


Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312 (SYE) in Star Alliance livery

FedEx Airbus A310

Cathay Pacific A330

Lion Air Boeing 737-9GP/ER (PK-LJG)

We parked at Terminal 1, Gate C17. When seatbelt sign pinged off, passengers obediently stood up and retrieved their belongings from the overhead compartments. Time to exit!

The door

The last shot

This side of Terminal 1

Since we had no checked luggage, we were free to roam airside. I have never done that before, so might as well right?

The border between Terminals 1 and 3

More duty free shops in Terminal 3

Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-343X (9V-STN) and A380-81 (9V-SKA)


For such a short flight, I sure don’t mind flying LCCs. I’m considering flying AirAsia the next time I’m doing SIN-KUL-SIN again. What I liked about these Jetstar flights in the price-performance ratio and the crew on 3K 684, they definitely seem more approachable than the SQ Girl and Boy I encountered in SQ 619 in the previous TR. What I did not like about these flights are the state the plane’s interiors. The vandalism was really an eyesore, and the tray table latch of 9C was very loose which resulted in frequent drops by the tray table.

Thanks for reading this TR! Until then, happy travels everyone!



My other trip reports:

Yokoso! Japan 2012: 3K/D7/NH/SQ & Shinkansens

[Edited 2012-04-10 22:04:10]

User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 519 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11193 times:

Hi Hafiz,

Nice report. Jetstar Asia seems to pretty much the same as Jetstar here in NZ. I must say that the cleanliness of the seat is horrible, especially on the 2nd flight. I'll be flying Jetstar on Saturday though it's only a quick hop from AKL-CHC. Still looking forward to it though.  

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11153 times:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Hi Hafiz,

Nice report. Jetstar Asia seems to pretty much the same as Jetstar here in NZ. I must say that the cleanliness of the seat is horrible, especially on the 2nd flight. I'll be flying Jetstar on Saturday though it's only a quick hop from AKL-CHC. Still looking forward to it though.

Thanks for sharing.


Hi aflyingkiwi! Yeah, I know they have tight turnarounds and frequencies to meet but surely someone somewhere out there in Jetstar Asia has to keep track of the cleanliness and maintenance of the seats right? I'll let this slide because I earned Qantas Frequent Flyer miles and Status Credits on this flight.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7100 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10663 times:

Hi Hafiz,

another enjoyable report with nice pictures! I enjoyed spotting at SIN and KUL in late 2011. Here's a report:

Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W (by PlaneHunter Feb 21 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
SIN is not spotter friendly with the highly reflective glass, a CX 777-300
SIN is very spotter friendly in daylight IMO - you hardly find an airport where it's possible to take good pictures at night.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312 (SYE) in Star Alliance livery

Nice! I flew DXB-SIN on that bird two years ago.

A380 Cacophony, 777 Star Livery: DXB-SIN-HKG On SQ (by PlaneHunter May 1 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
I’m considering flying AirAsia the next time I’m doing SIN-KUL-SIN again.

You really should! AirAsia has never disappointed me. Here's a recent report which includes Thai AirAsia:

3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG (by PlaneHunter Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)


[Edited 2012-04-14 00:34:44]

Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10546 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Nice! I flew DXB-SIN on that bird two years ago.

I do would like to fly to DXB some day. Maybe SQ, maybe EK! Any comments on that?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
You really should! AirAsia has never disappointed me. Here's a recent report which includes Thai AirAsia:

This I agree, I did really enjoy my D7 flight very much! Although that was in D7 J :P


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 10414 times:


Nice report, thanks for sharing. 3K's planes seemed to be outdated on your trip. Especially the pen marks in the seats.
SIN airport is nice as usual.


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10371 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Nice report, thanks for sharing. 3K's planes seemed to be outdated on your trip. Especially the pen marks in the seats.

I was hoping that we would get 9V-JSL because it was the one that we flew to KUL in the Japan TR, and the seats still have that new leather smell to them. Not our luck, I guess!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
SIN airport is nice as usual.

Agreed! So used to SIN that I thought "What a dark and dingy place this is" when I stepped off the aerobridge and into the Satellite Terminal at KUL. But I do miss the iconic 'flipping' Flight Information Display System at T1's Departure Hall though!


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10365 times:

Hi Airbusmango

Good report with nice pictures!
I really like 3K for a LCC and have never had a problem with the cleanliness of their aircraft. Seems the standards may have slipped for your flights  


Travel is my thing
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10341 times:

Hey hey byronicle6

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 8):
Good report with nice pictures!

Thanks for taking the time to read!  
Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 8):
I really like 3K for a LCC and have never had a problem with the cleanliness of their aircraft. Seems the standards may have slipped for your flights

I'm kind of okay with their on-board crew, I just hope that 9V-JSB and 9V-JSG are the only ones with the cleanliness anomalies! But I do have a huge bone to pick with their Call Center though.. and I'm sure I'm not the only one!


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