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City, Beach And Food Paradise (Jetstar,KLM,Tiger)  
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15833 times:

It is a bliss to be based in Singapore as I can go on short weekend trips to cities around the region without bursting my pocket (sometimes airfares could be as cheap as the taxi fares to town!). As these short trips are rather frequent these few months, I would be combining them into 1 report rather than 3 separate ones. With the frequent offers available, I made trips to Kuala Lumpur (city) in March on Jetstar, Bali (beach) in April on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and would be going to Penang (food paradise) in May on Tiger! Most of the focus would be on the KLM flight as it is a full-service carrier and it would be interesting to see how they fare on the short 2hrs regional sector.

First report would be the Jetstar shuttle to KUL. Most of the report would comprise of pictures as it was just the standard Jetstar short-haul flight with budget but pleasant service.

24 March 2012
Jetstar Asia
3K 681
Singapore (SIN) - Kuala Lumpur(KUL)
Budget Class

Boarding Pass. Given emergency exit row by the check-in agent!

Red-tails at T1 (Jetstars and Lionair)

Jet Airways A332 being towed to a remote stand.

Big brother vs small sister

2nd time flying 9V-JSB, with Valuair titles.

Parked beside the beast.

Loads of legroom!

Items in seat pocket.

Are you willing to assist in an emergency?

Waiting for remaining pax. One pax did not show up and luckily there was no check-in bag. And so door closed and off we go, slightly behind schedule.

Pushback with safety briefing by crew.

Passing the iconic Changi control tower

Taxi pass Terminal 3. Long taxi to Rwy02C.

Cebu Pacific A320 in front if us.

SQ Cargo 744 MegaArk behind.

Takeoff from Rwy02C.

Left turn towards KL.

Cruising at 20+ thousand feet.

A quick buy-on-board service was offered, with not many takers. Well, it is only a 30min flight. Food and drinks can wait.

Very soon, we were descending through the cloudy skies.

Weather is not too good.

Fast and hard landing into Rwy32L.

Welcome to MAS land!

Nothing but MH.

MH Baby B738.

Competitors a distance away at LCCT.

Parked at the KLIA satellite terminal.

Preparing for the flight back to SIN.

Weekend in Kuala Lumpur!

Some images of KL food and scene.








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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15667 times:

Just a night in Kuala Lumpur and back to Singapore next.

25 March 2012
Jetstar Asia
3K 686
Kuala Lumpur(KUL) - Singapore(SIN)
Budget Class

Check-in was done online earlier, with the possibility of choosing seats too! Obtained my boarding pass at KLIA about 75min before departure.

Not many interesting aircraft other lots of MHs and Air Asias. An Emirates B773ER being prepared for flight.

My Jetstar plane arriving slightly late (reason given by pilot due to congestion at Changi. What's new...).

First time flying on 9V-JSJ. Rather new plane this is.

Boarding in progress. Again very friendly and helpful Jetstar crew who were proactively assisting with the storage of cabin bags and guiding pax to seats. Truthfully speaking, other than the different uniform, they seemed like just any other SQ crew during the boarding process. Similar with SQ, a resident of Singapore could also feel like "home" upon stepping onto a Jetstar Asia flight, haha. Cabin was very clean and new, with Jetstar radio music blaring during the entire boarding process.

Towards the rear. The plane eventually filled up almost to the brim.

Across the aisle. Now horrors! The seats on this aircraft could not be reclined! They are all "stuck" in this very position.

Very poor seat pitch. Added with the non-reclining seats, it made for quite an uncomfortable short flight. Any flight longer than 2 hours on these seats would be murderous! The seats are so unpopular that Jetstar soon scrapped the seats on their new planes.

China Airlines B744 parked beside.

MH B738 taxi into gate.

Soon, we pushed back with engines starting up. Apologies, but you will hear a child who refused to be strapped in screaming/wailing in most of the below videos.

Safety briefing on this aircraft was pre-recorded. Crew just performed the manual demo while we taxied to the runway.

Sri Lankan A320 following us.

Took off from Rwy32R for the 30min hop to Singapore.

Making a left turn shortly after takeoff.

Flying back over KLIA. You can see KLIA2 and a new runway being constructed!

Window view

We flew along the coast all the way towards Singapore.

Snacks or drinks?

Along the coast again.

We flew all the way south towards the Indonesian Riau islands before turning up north to Changi. Don't it looked like the Maldives islands?

However due to traffic, we made turns over Batam, adding 5-10min to the flying time.

More islands.

Finally on our approach.

Congestion at sea too!

Landing at Changi Rwy02L. Even though we were only 15min late, the crew still apologised for the late arrival. Good job, Jetstar!

Parked at Terminal 1.

Myanmar Airways A321 beside.

A couple of good flights on Jetstar again. Only complaint is the dreadful non-reclining seats on the return sector. Hopefully Jetstar does not use this plane for flights of 4hrs or more as it could be really unbearable comfort wise!

Next up, we would see how KLM fares on a Asian regional sector!

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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15592 times:


Nice report,
Always interesting to see some eastern cuisine


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14560 times:

Now for the main focus of the report, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on the SIN-DPS sector for a weekend beach getaway! I was checking for flights to Bali about a month before the trip and KLM came out cheapest at S$313 return all-in (could have got it cheaper at S$303 if not for a day's worth of contemplation), which is cheaper than the budget airlines AirAsia/Jetstar on the same dates (QZ and VF/JQ selling at around S$400 return) and Qatar, also at S$400+. For S$560 return, you could even fly in World Business Class on KLM, which for the price, would not even get you an economy ticket on SQ to Bali! SQ is selling tickets in economy for S$700+ which is ridiculously high for a 2hrs sector in a prehistoric era plane! Not to mention the SQ flights I checked out departs within 15min of the KLM flights. Wonder who in the right frame of mind would pay such crazy prices on SQ. It was not my first time flying on KLM (check out my previous report on the BKK-TPE sector) and this time, it would be interesting to see how they fare on an even shorter regional flight compared to the legacy asian carriers.

Booking on the KLM website was easy enough and I also signed up for their FFP for the fun on it. Interesting fact, you can redeem a one-way economy tkt SIN-TPE on Skyteam member China Airlines for just 10,000 flying blue miles! Well, guess I would not be flying KLM too much to reach the 10,000miles mark. Seats could be selected online but KLM do charge extra for seats in Economy Comfort (more legroom and recline), seats at emex rows and bulkheads and seats in pairs.

Online check-in was allowed up to 30hrs before departure, and the check-in procedure was easily accomplished. Now I only need to collect my boarding pass at the airport. Also, KLM has a Singapore-based facebook page which had a promotion where you add your reservation code and would expect a surprise upon checking in. Free upgrade to Business? Haha... I added mine and wondered what would the "surprise" be.

On the day of departure, we proceeded to Terminal One for dropping of luggage and getting the boarding passes. KLM check-in row was at Row 2, and was not very busy. There were very cool electronic signages at the check-in counters!

Boarding passes. Lets see what the surprise was? A nice "Bali notebook" with a thank you letter was handed to me by the friendly check-in agent. No upgrade to Business.... However, another check-in agent at the side, probably the supervisor, then decided to "upgrade" us to Economy Comfort for free! Still an economy seat, but considered an upgrade I guess, hehe...

After checking-in and wished a pleasant flight and holiday by the check-in staff (they were real friendly!), we proceeded through immigration. Got the duty free cosmetics as required by my mum and then did some plane-spotting. Not many interesting movements though.

China Airlines A340 and one of the many Jetstar A320s.

Biman Bangladesh B738. This livery looked so similar to CX!

Proceeded to Gate C26, where the plane had arrived from Amsterdam. As the gate is at the end of the pier at T1, it offered a fantastic view of the runway as taxiway!

Jetstar A332 on the remote. There were 2 of these Jetstar birds at the remote stands.

FedEx B777F.

Thai B772 arriving from Bangkok.

Xiamen Airlines B738 taxiing to the gate.

Finnair A340 arriving from Santa Claus Land aka Helsinki.

Asiana Cargo B744F

SQ A333 touching down.

Qantas Longreach B744 from Frankfurt.

Turkish Airlines A333 taxi to gate.

Here comes the Lion (B737-900ER)

27 April 2012
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KL 835
Singapore(SIN) - Denpasar Bali(DPS)
Economy Comfort

The whole boarding gate was packed! Seemed to be a very full flight. KLM's B773ER has a total capacity of 425 pax, which is a very dense configuration indeed! Boarding was announced to be delayed for 10min due to aircraft preparation and ground staff announced a couple of times the boarding procedure. Families with kids/needy/elderly, premium pax, followed by economy according to rows from the rear of the aircraft to the front. Surprisingly, boarding was very orderly when it began. In order to expediate boarding, other than the World Business Class pax boarding through Door 1, economy pax with seats F-K could also board via Door 1, passing through the Business Class cabin on the way to the seat.

KLM's newest B777-300ER PH-BVF "Yakushima" would be flying me to Bali today!

Was welcomed aboard by friendly crew at the door. Newspapers were also available at the door (not sure if they were only meant for Business Class or for all pax). Passed through the World Business Class cabin on the way to my seat. Lots of kids in Business today! Jealous....

Magazine rack in Business Class.

Reached my seat at the second row of Economy Comfort. It is just a normal economy seat, but with more seat pitch at 34" and more recline. First impression, aisle and seat width is really narrow (3-4-3 configuration in economy) but bearable if one is not horizontally challenged. But the legroom more than made up for it. For me, I would prefer having more seat pitch than wide seats. Still a rather comfortable seat if your seatmate is not too "wide" haha. PTVs, headphone jack and remote control are on the seatback.

The mighty GE engines. QF B744 parked beside.

Barely minutes after I have settled down, doors were closed and armed. Welcome announcement was made in Dutch and English and we began our pushback with the safety demo playing on the PTVs. Flight time was announced to be 2hrs15min.

Listen to the start-up of the GE engines!

Preparing to taxi.

When we started the taxi, I noticed a Qatar B77W also departing to Bali as well as a SQ B772 to Bali too! There were 3 B777s departing within 10 minutes to Bali! Both the flights were taking off from Rwy20C which was normally the runway used for takeoffs. However we did not turn towards Rwy20C but proceeded ahead to Rwy20R! A very rare occurance as this is predominantly the landing runway and there were other planes queuing at Rwy20C too. Hmm, special departure clearance for KLM? During this time, QR (1658hrs) and SQ (1702hrs) took off for Bali.

Taxi to Rwy20R.

During taxi. Rare to taxi along this route.

Finally we took off at 1704hrs to Bali! Almost 30min behind schedule. See the rare takeoff from Rwy20R. Excuse our conversation in the video.

Climbing out of Singapore.

Nice view of southern Singapore...

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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14103 times:

Over Batam, Indonesia.

Then a right turn heading towards Bali. Don't the GE engine looked gorgeous?

Soon seatbelt signs were switched off and a service video was played. Lets explore the seat further. Cabin view of economy and economy comfort. There are pseudo dividers between the 2 cabins. Fully packed flight with no empty seats at all!

Inflight magazine and safety card in the seat pocket.

First, the crew came down the aisle distributing earphones , the clip-over ear type.

Followed by lavender scented hot towels! It was the disposable type but was still a rather big and thick towel.

I fired up the PTV with a chinese movie. There were plenty of choices in the AVOD system and it was fairly easy to navigate. However till far, QF's IFE still wins with the ease of use and movies/tv choices.

Yes, I am in economy class....

Cruising at 37000ft.

About half hour after takeoff, meal service started. Special meals were distributed first by the crew followed by the standard meals on carts. There were no choices offered. I read that KLM used to offer a choice of meals on this sector but I guess it was scrapped.

The tray presentation was very nice! On the tray were a starter, crispy hot roll with butter, main course and a dessert. Comparable to what major asian carriers would serve, and I dare say probably even better than what SQ would serve in economy on this sector.

Starter: Achar (pickled cucumbers and carrots salad). Simple yet tasty starter.

Main: Curry chicken with yellow rice and sambal brinjal. Tasted much better than it looked! Might be a tad spicy for the western palette but perfect for me!

Dessert: Apple crumble. Nice sweet ending but would have preferred something more sinful!

Cold drinks were served together with the meals. Wines, beer, juices, soft drinks, carbonated water (perrier) and mineral water were available on the meal cart top. KLM does not serve "tap" water during meal service! Who can resist a Dutch beer on a Dutch airline? I also had an orange juice to go, all served with a wide smile and "Enjoy your meal" from the wonderful KLM crew!

Now, lets talk about the KLM crew. They may not be as young, slim and well-groomed as the crew on asian carriers but their service was just as good or even better than some of the "sweet young girls". I could only judge the crew based on the ones serving my aisle but if all KLM crew were similar, then they would be fantastic! A "motherly" crew member was serving my aisle and she was such a warm and friendly figure, with genuine smiles throughout the whole flight. Even though this short flight was really tough for the crew with a meal service and full load, they remained professional throughout and never appeared to be in a rush. All the crew really worked hard for the entire 2 hrs of flight to complete the service, all the way till 5min before landing!

During meal collection, coffee/tea and post-dinner liquors were served. Yes, KLM actually proactively offered liquors with coffee/tea. Also, fresh milk was even offered from milk cartons with coffee/tea even though sugar/creamer sachets were given out. On SQ, coffee/tea would be served together with the meal tray and liquors would only be available "upon request". I had a hot tea.

The sun is setting...

Dusk has fallen.

Made a routine visit to the lavatory. No amenities except for the necessary.

A crew collecting meal trays and serving coffee/tea/liquors.

Another cabin view after meal service. A crew attending to a passenger. Notice how narrow the aisle is.

We only had slightly more than half hour of flight left after the meal service. Duty-free sales was also conducted. Gosh, I am getting impressed with the quality of cabin service offered on this short flight!

The pilot came on with some arrival announcements shortly before descent.

We soon started our descent into Bali but seatbelt signs only came on halfway through the descent, which is about 10+min prior to landing. Made SQ's "you have to be belted up 30min before landing" rule seemed so ridiculous! The crew made a quick sweep through the cabin to collect any leftover trash and ensure all are belted up. AVOD was also switched off and PTVs only showed the flight map. Not that I am complaining though.

Pilot only announced for crew to take their landing positions barely minutes to landing when the gears came down.

Landing into Denpasar Bali Rwy27.

We had a short taxi to the gate after landing. I was trying to spot the SQ and QR flights which departed before us but they were nowhere to be seen. Then I saw the SQ flight landing behind us, followed by QR! All 3 airlines operated B777s, and so I am not very sure what magic did our KLM pilot did for us to have priority landing?!

Docked at the gate and disembarkation was very swift as we were towards the front of economy. A look at my economy comfort seat.

Passing through World Business Class cabin. Noticed that amenity kits were distributed in Business on this short flight!

Goodbye Yakushima, with future Skyteam partner in the background.

Luckily our KLM flight had landed first as the arrival immigration became a sea of chaos after passengers from SQ and QR flights (which I believe were also choc-a-block) came down. Easily a thousand passengers arriving within 10 minutes!!

Impression of KLM after this short flight? Pleasantly surprised! Flying KLM on the SIN-DPS route was really value-for-money. Seats may be a bit cramped but definitely not as bad as the budget carriers. Service was great and very much comparable to the major asian carriers. I guess the many praises lauded by reviewers flying KLM on the SIN-DPS route is truely justified. And with KLM having daily flights on the SIN-DPS route, it has given us travellers based in Singapore another great option to fly to Bali!

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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14021 times:

Bali Beach Weekend!

Holiday Inn Baruna Bali






Balinese architecture and cuisine





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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13864 times:


Thoroughly enjoyed your report though I have to admit the latter half. So mesmerized with KLM that I even forgot about the other two flights before that.

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
It is a bliss to be based in Singapore as I can go on short weekend trips to cities around the region without bursting my pocket (sometimes airfares could be as cheap as the taxi fares to town!).

Thank you for these reports and look forward to more of these short hauls. I know Gavin RXvKaz provides us with such reports too, so always nice to see these.

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):

Loads of legroom!


Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
SQ Cargo 744 MegaArk behind.

Always nice to see a bigger plane at such short distance from a smaller one. Almost feel bullied!!

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
Some images of KL food and scene.

KL is amazing. Had two days there and would gladly go there again. Also had two days in Singapore. Maybe in the future a whole tour of the region.

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):

Flying back over KLIA. You can see KLIA2 and a new runway being constructed!

Not too many International carriers fly there, unless they need the extra runways and space for the budget carriers operating in the region.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 3):
For S$560 return, you could even fly in World Business Class on KLM, which for the price, would not even get you an economy ticket on SQ to Bali! SQ is selling tickets in economy for S$700+ which is ridiculously high for a 2hrs sector in a prehistoric era plane!

Interesting for S$140 more you get to fly in World Business Class which would only get you in Economy on Singapore Airlines.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 3):
Seats could be selected online but KLM do charge extra for seats in Economy Comfort (more legroom and recline), seats at emex rows and bulkheads and seats in pairs.

I understand the charge for Economy Comfort but to charge for the other seats, seems a bit ridiculous.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 3):
Boarding passes. Lets see what the surprise was? A nice "Bali notebook" with a thank you letter was handed to me by the friendly check-in agent. No upgrade to Business.... However, another check-in agent at the side, probably the supervisor, then decided to "upgrade" us to Economy Comfort for free! Still an economy seat, but considered an upgrade I guess, hehe...
Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
There are pseudo dividers between the 2 cabins. Fully packed flight with no empty seats at all!
Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
A look at my economy comfort seat.

Hmm judging from your pics it does still seem very much part of Economy. I know on the 744s these are in an exclusive section. Makes more sense to actually pay for Economy Comfort there.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Then a right turn heading towards Bali. Don't the GE engine looked gorgeous?

You will agree with me, the photos do no justice to those gorgeous engines. At least being seated in Economy Comfort got you those nice views of the engines.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 3):
First, the crew came down the aisle distributing earphones , the clip-over ear type.

And you have to pay for these here.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Starter: Achar (pickled cucumbers and carrots salad). Simple yet tasty starter.
Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Main: Curry chicken with yellow rice and sambal brinjal. Tasted much better than it looked! Might be a tad spicy for the western palette but perfect for me!
Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Dessert: Apple crumble. Nice sweet ending but would have preferred something more sinful!
Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Cold drinks were served together with the meals. Wines, beer, juices, soft drinks, carbonated water (perrier) and mineral water were available on the meal cart top. KLM does not serve "tap" water during meal service! Who can resist a Dutch beer on a Dutch airline? I also had an orange juice to go, all served with a wide smile and "Enjoy your meal" from the wonderful KLM crew!

An amazing meal for the short route. Those long black trays they serve the food in, I hope to someday eat out of those myself  . That Achar seems very different from the Indian versions, unless it is a version comparable to the region.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Notice how narrow the aisle is.

That is really tight. Must have a lot of bumps with the carts on the seats.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 5):
Bali Beach Weekend!

Nice pics from Bali too.

User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13437 times:

After 3 relaxing nights in Bali,with lots of suntanning and spa sessions, it was time to return to Singapore. Transport was provided from our hotel, Holiday Inn Resort Baruna, to the airport, which took less than 10min. However, cars could not stop at the terminal building now due to some expansion/construction works going on and we had to walk a distance from the alighting point. Tickets were checked before we were allowed into the terminal building.

Checking in for the flight. Coincidently, it was a national holiday of Netherlands on the day of our flight, Queen's Day!

All passengers were handed a little treat in the form of a chocolate lolly! Nice gesture by KLM!

However no upgrade to Economy Comfort this time round. I would experience the "comfort" of normal economy on this leg. The boarding pass issued in Bali was also much more colourful than the ones issued in Singapore.

Paid the 150,000rupuah departure tax and proceeded through immigration. Met with lots of shops in the departure lounge. Seemed like the airport did some refurbishment as certain shops seemed quite new.

Interesting that they would showcase a SQ plane instead of a Garuda plane.

SQ947 operated by the Star-Alliance plane 9V-SRI with no AVOD, departing from the gate just beside and 25min before my flight. I really pitied the pax who paid through their noses to fly on this prehistoric plane.

As gates 7-9 shared the same security counters, it resulted in a very long queue of passengers queuing to clear security. Finally cleared security after quite a wait and proceeded to the boarding gate. Boarding has already commenced. Wow was I happy that the plane in Skyteam livery, PH-BVD, would be operating my flight! Skyteam vs Star Alliance!

30 April 2012
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KL 836
Denpasar Bali(DPS) - Singapore(SIN)
PH-BVD Skyteam Livery
Economy Class

Boarded through Door 2 this time round and no newspaper trolley was seen at the door. However was still welcomed by a friendly set of crew. Had a loooong walk down the B773ER cabin to my seat right at the aft economy cabin. Boarding was efficient and orderly, guess typical of european airlines?

Legroom in normal economy, even though advertised only as 31", was not too bad actually as the design of the seats allowed me to stretch my legs under the seat in front. Rather comfortable in fact! However, width was still a tad tight.

The contents in seat-pocket again. The disposal bag looked nice!

Qatar Airways B772LR, operating a flight to Singapore too!

As with European efficiency, doors were closed barely minutes after I sat down and we pushed back with safety demo played on PTVs. Flight time was announced as 2hrs10min.

Taxied and took off from Rwy09 into the Balinese night sky.

Lights of Bali.

Flight map on PTV shortly after takeoff.

Seat belts signs were turned off, service video played and the KLM crew sprang into action. First was the distribution of earsets, followed by piping hot towels. Serving my aisle was a young and cheerful female attendant, seen here distributing hot towels.

Hot towel on armrest. Noticed how tiny is the width of the armrest?

Firing up the inflight entertainment system.

After we have leveled at 36000ft, the pilot came on with some information of our flight. He really talked a lot! Haha.

Half hour after takeoff, meal service started with the distribution of special meals followed by the rest of the cabin. Again a full dinner was served but similar to the outbound, no choices were offered. The meal seemed to be catered in Singapore, judging by the breadroll and butter on the tray. On each tray were again a starter and a dessert.

Starter: Carrots and raisin salad. Simple but fine.

Main: Breaded chicken in lemon sauce, egg fried rice and vegetables. The portion of the chicken is rather big and the rice is tasty.

Dessert: Peach tart. Nice sweet pastry.

For drinks, I had a Chilean white wine and orange juice to go with the meal. Wines were served in mini-bottles.

Crew distributing meal and drinks. Meal service took some time as the flight was again almost full!

I watched an episode of Glee while enjoying the meal!

Polished off almost everything!

By the time meal trays were being collected, we were only about slightly more than 30min away from Singapore.

However coffee/tea and post-meal liquors were still offered during tray collection. I had a tea with milk and an Amarula. It was interesting to note that the plastic cups used by KLM had a marking (line around the cup) for the crew to fill up the liquors to. So everyone had the same amount of liquor when being served.

Coffee/tea/liquor service. Note that milk from cartons and mineral water were also available on the carts.

A run of duty-free service was also quickly conducted after trays were cleared. By this time, we had descended halfway and nearing Singapore!

Seatbelt signs were switched on when we were overflying Batam, barely less than 10min to landing. Arrival announcements were also made. Note how low we were now! Crew then make a quick sweep through the cabin to clear remaining trash and secure the cabin. They really did worked hard for the entire flight!

Made a right turn towards Rwy02L. Gears were then lowered and crew requested to go to their landing positions, barely a couple of minutes before touchdown!!

Night view of Eastern Singapore.

Landing on Rwy02L at 2253hrs, 7 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.

Taxied and parked at Terminal One.

Cabin views during disembarkation. 4 seaters in the middle.

3 seaters at the window. Crew were at the doors bading farewell.

Seat pitch is rather decent.

Goodbye, Nationaal Park Amboseli.

Another nice flight on KLM! KLM has shown that european carriers could be comparable to asian carriers on regional routes and it had rightly proven itself. Inflight offerings and service on this short sector has greatly exceeded my expectations! It was really a pleasure flying on KLM from Singapore to Bali! If their prices remained so affordable, I might even be tempted to try its World Business Class cabin on my future Bali beach holiday!

Next trip would be another weekend jaunt, to the food paradise Penang!! Meanwhile, any comments on the report thus far is greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13036 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Interesting for S$140 more you get to fly in World Business Class which would only get you in Economy on Singapore Airlines.

Should be for $140 less, you get to fly in World Business Class on KLM when you would not even get economy on SQ.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Hmm judging from your pics it does still seem very much part of Economy. I know on the 744s these are in an exclusive section. Makes more sense to actually pay for Economy Comfort there.

Visually, they are no different other than a different coloured headrest.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
An amazing meal for the short route.

Agree totally. Guess KLM had to adhere to the "Asian" standard, haha.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
That is really tight. Must have a lot of bumps with the carts on the seats.

Yep, lots of sorrys from the crew while they wheeled the meal carts down the aisles.

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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11990 times:

And now, the final installment of this report, a gastronomical weekend in Penang! The flights were bought just slightly more than a month before departure and I was surprised that Tiger was only offering the fares for S$96 return all-in, really a steal for departure on a friday morning and return on sunday afternoon. With such great fares, it was of course a no-brainer to book it! The flights might be the normal Tiger LCC experience, but these 2 flights would be more significant for me as they could well-probable be my last departure and arrival into Changi's Budget Terminal. As such, I was prepared to take lots of photos before its closure on Sept 24.

25 May 2012
Tiger Airways
Singapore(SIN) - Penang(PEN)
9V-TAO "turbotiger"
Budget Class

Checked it an hour before departure and it was fuss-free with only hand-carry luggage. I was surprised to be offered the emex row without me even requesting for it! Seemed that Tiger allocates seats in the emex rows even when the flights are not full. On my last 3 departures on Tiger out of SIN, I was allocated the emex row on all times!!

Through immigration and security in a jiffy and lets take a look at the departure hall of Budget Terminal.

Lounging area.

Shopping in budget terminal.

Quite a busy morning.

Last ever departure through here?

Sterile walkway to the gates. My flight would be departing from Gate 1.

Tiger Airways paper boarding receipt.

Waiting for a buyer?

Lots of SQ birdies at T2!

Another SQ bird at the remote stand.

CX taking off.

Turbotiger would be flying me to Penang!

Boarding was started very early at around 0830hrs for a 0905hrs departure. No photos on the tarmac due to a security personnel staring sternly at all passengers. Some other pax were stopped from taking photos too! However I grabbed a photo just before entering the plane.

Was greeted by the crew and directed to my seat at row 13. The best emex row as the seats have extra legroom and do recline.

Snapped a photo from the window before my 2 seat mates arrived. I was seated at the aisle and so not many window-view photos from now. Another Tiger getting ready to depart for Taipei.

Great legroom!

Seat pocket contents. No used tissues/wrappers/cookie crumbs this time round. Guess the plane was freshly cleaned.

The flight was almost full! Flight time was announced to be 1hr. All passengers had boarded by 0855hrs and doors were closed. However, the captain came on, thanking all passengers for the speedy boarding, but however due to morning congestion at Changi with us scheduled at number 12 for departure, ATC had advised pushback only at 0912hrs. Whats new.... And so we waited for almost 20min for pushback, then spent almost another 20min taxiing to Rwy20C, finally taking off at 0935hrs, 30min behind schedule. On the way to the runway, I also spotted 5 Tiger planes parked at remote stands. Not very efficient utilization of planes by Tiger, or Tiger currently has too many aircrafts?

Shortly after takeoff, the usual Tiger buy-on-board service started, with not many takers.

This was followed by a duty-free sales service.

Generally, service by the crew on this flight is rather fine, but being such a short flight, it was rather hard to fault the service too. Also, no regrets with not having a window seat as we were in the clouds almost the entire flight, with some slight turbulence.

Landed at Penang Rwy04 right on schedule at 1035hrs (Tiger padded their Penang flights at 1hr30min when the flying time is normally about 55min-1hr).

Disembarking turbotiger.

Preparing for the return trip. Lots of cargo on the flight!

Penang International Airport terminal building. The interior is currently undergoing a major renovation.

Short and no-frills flight again by Tiger, had an on-time arrival even though with a late departure (no fault of Tiger though).

Gastronomic Penang!!
















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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2131 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11782 times:
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Really nice report! I'd love to visit Bali - looks like a beautiful place.

KLM seems to provide a really nice service on the SIN-DPS route; food looks really tasty and plentiful!

Thanks for sharing!


I love to fly!
User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 1032 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11748 times:

Thank you for your trip report - many places, many airlines and much food!

My first trip to Asia (Changi airport doesn't count, does it?   ) is in 4 weeks, to KL on MH, so nice to see your KL pics. I'm loving the thought of the food (although we do have it pretty good in Sydney), but expecting that the rest of the family won't share my passion.....

User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11480 times:

After 2 nights and gaining 2 kilos in Penang, it was time to return back to Singapore. The flight was scheduled to depart at 1220hrs and I checked in at 1100hrs. As mentioned, Penang airport is currently undergoing a major interior renovation. Not sure about the domestic side but for the International side, both land and airside are still seeing renovation works, with most of it airside. However as there were not many international departures, it did not pose much of a problem.

27 May 2012
Tiger Airways
TR 2423
Penang(PEN) - Singapore(SIN)
Budget Class

Major upgrading works airside. The duty-free shops had to be shifted out to along the walkways!

The Tiger landed early! It was already taxiing to the gate just after I had passed security.

Approaching the gate. Second time flying on 9V-TAF this year! My previous flight on this aircraft was just 3 months back from Kuching to Singapore.

Some plane-spotting (not that there are many planes at the airport). FedEx A310F crossing the runway to the cargo ramp.

Air Asia A320, probably the most frequent visitor to Penang.

Wings Air ATR72 to Medan.

After the arriving passengers had disembarked, boarding was announced at 1140hrs, a full 40min before STD!! Was welcomed aboard the aircraft by another set of friendly Tiger crew again. This time, I was seated at 3F, towards the front of the plane. Back to the reality of budget legroom.

Air Asia beside, also departing to Singapore, and a MH B738 at the far end of the terminal.

Flight time was announced to be 1hr. All passengers were boarded by 1205hrs but due to sorting out of pax numbers, doors were only closed at 1210hrs. Total load, 159/180.

Pushback with engine startup and safety briefing.

Passing a UPS B763F.

MH B738 ahead of us.

Holding at Rwy04 for takeoff. Slight wait for takeoff clearance even though there were no planes landing.

Take off!

Entering the mainland. A new bridge to Penang is currently being built.

After seatbelt signs were switched off, crew started the cabin service, first with the distribution of immigration forms, followed by buy-on-board snacks and drinks, and finally duty-free goods.

As for me, my inflight entertainment would be staring out of the window....

Overflying KL.

Soon, the pilot came on with the arrival announcement, just as we were over Malacca.

Some slight turbulence were encountered during descend.

Overflying Riau islands. Even though we landed from the north on Rwy20C, our flight was vectored south towards the Riau islands, making a loop up north towards Malaysia again before starting the approach into Changi. This approach pattern added about 5-10min into the flight time.

Entering Malaysia at Penggarang.

Landing into Rwy20C. Spot the 2 Scooties in the hangers!

Landed at 1330hrs, 20min ahead of schedule! Well done, Tiger! Only had a very short taxi to Changi Budget Terminal.

Parked at the gate, beside "turbotiger" which flew me up to Penang just a couple of days ago.

With this probably being my last arrival into Budget Terminal, more photos must be taken! Disembarking...

Tarmac of Budget Terminal.

Down the stairs.

And finally on the tarmac. No security today to stop me from taking photos!!

Last look of the tarmac area of Budget Terminal.

Along the hallway towards immigration.

The baggage sorting area.

Cebu Pacific just arrived before us.

The crowded arrival immigration hall. Luckily we were spared the extra security checks which the Cebu Pacific passengers had to go through.

After immigration.

The 3 baggage belts have served us well.

Out of the terminal, the shuttle bus pick-up point.


No more of the ridiculous parking charges at Budget Terminal soon...

Budget Terminal, soon going down in history.

Thats it for the 3 trips that I took since March till now. Hope you have enjoyed reading or salivating at the photos. Your comments are very much welcomed!

My scheduled upcoming trips would be in early August to Male, on Singapore Airlines in Economy (SIN-MLE-SIN A333), followed by in late September to Beijing, on Jetstar Business Class (SIN-PEK A332) and Singapore Airline Business Class (PEK-SIN B773ER). Watch out for them!

My previous reports:
Getaways To KCH & BKK On The 'T's (TR & TG) (by ycp81 Feb 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Winter Weekend In Macau & Hong Kong On Jetstar (by ycp81 Jan 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Kangaroo To Oz (by ycp81 Dec 10 2011 in Trip Reports)
Taiwan On 4 Airlines (TR,KL,GE,SQ) In 3 Classes (by ycp81 Nov 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Binge In Bangkok By 3K And FD (by ycp81 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Jetstar Long-Haul To Auckland! (by ycp81 Aug 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Weekend Trips To Phuket & KL (by ycp81 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Vs Business To Boracay (TR, 5J, 2P, SQ) (by ycp81 May 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Bonjour Paris On SQ A380 (by ycp81 Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
TG Vs SQ To Incheon (Lots Of Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Nov 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Mix Of Both Worlds (Budget Vs 5-Stars To KCH) (by ycp81 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
Tigering To Vietnam (and VN Domestic) With Videos (by ycp81 May 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying With Malaysian Hospitality To Tokyo (by ycp81 Apr 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Missing Swiss In SIN (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
('07 Memories) SIN-KBV-DMK,BKK-SIN On TR, DD & FD (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineckblah From Singapore, joined Jul 2010, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 11374 times:

Thanks for the great report! Would love to visit Penang soon. Considering how much you love food, do visit Haidilao (海底捞) which is a hotpot restaurant when you're in Beijing, it serves fantastic hotpot, and superb service. There are quite a few outlets in Beijing, not sure where you're staying, but I usually head to the one here: http://www.dianping.com/shop/515381 Make a reservation or be prepared to wait up to 2 hours!  

Other favourite restaurants of mine in Beijing is Flo (which serves French http://www.flo.cn/brasserie/menu/) and Alameda. It seems Flo no longer serves set dinners which is a shame, but I guess their lunches are pretty good value too. Google Alameda Beijing if you're interested.

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5156 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10920 times:

Thanks for the report - very varied airlines those three. I keep on being impressed by KLM crew - though, those pre-historic WBC seats must go!


Live, and let live.
User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10045 times:

Nice report - short trips out of Singapore are the best! Wonderful variety of places to see.

User currently offlineushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7980 times:

I am planning a trip out of SIN for nex April. You really made a strong case for be going ahead with my plans.  

Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1193 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7530 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Nice to see you enjoyed KLM so much, there service and crew looks very good on your 2 flights, well done KLM!



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