thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15 Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13074 times:
It’s the time of the year again where everything shuts down in Indonesia for 2 weeks for the Muslim New Year, and that’s my cue to go on my annual vacation too! This time I decided to head to Melbourne for a few days before heading back home to Perth.
Arrived at the airport with about 1hr 45mins to spare. Formalities were completed quickly and after getting cigarettes its just the Garuda Executive lounge for us. Nothing much to report here as its night departure, hence no good photo opportunities for this bird, but however I have taken one from a file photo on A.Net.
Being the holiday season the entire flight was full in all classes. But crew was still cheerful and enthusiastic. Actually I have never had an unhappy crew with GA and especially those bound for Australia. I guess down under is one of the destinations the crew get a decent layover. I would soon nod off to bed once the plane took off, but before that I managed to take a few shots, and I will just let the pictures do the talking on this refurbished A333. Point to note is that on the A333, the J seats are angled and not full flat, whereas on the A332, they are all full flat.
After a great couple of days in Melbourne, we are now returning home to Perth.
Being domestic, I arrived at the airport with 50mins to spare. After check in I managed to get a quick meal at McDonalds and after that it was straight for boarding.
Our 5mth old bird taking us to Perth
And across the tarmac, Royal Brunei with her new (ex-SQ) B772
Great to be onboard DJ premier A332 J class again to Perth, crew were enthusiastic as usual when greeting us onboard. DJ is really a great airline and really ahead of QF in terms of cabin crew service and hard products.
Take off run with SQ’s whale jet in the back ground
Visit to the lavatory
Yet more cabin views
A really great inflight meal, considering the fact it’s a domestic flight
Date: 26 August 2012
Route: Perth (PER) - Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda GA725
Seat: 3B (Executive Class)
Flight time: 3hrs 19mins to DPS; 1hr29mins DPS-CGK
1st Flight: 27 Mar 2012
Arrived at Perth International with about 2hrs to spare. By the time formalities were completed there was only 40mins left before boarding. Bought some stuff at duty free then its just killing time at the Qantas Club lounge, which GA uses.
Qantas Club Lounge
Tarmac scenes in Perth
Perth, Home sweet home
PK-GMX taking us back to Jakarta via Denpasar, Bali
A brand new B738 with Boeing's Sky Interior is going to be my bird today. Flight is almost 100% full with about 5 empty seats in Y and 1 in J. Service was efficient and polite like what you have come to expect with GA.
Overflying the Swan River
Inflight meal and my own entertainment, my beloved iPad
Goodbye Perth, see you in 2 months!
Thanks for reading guys, below are my previous TR’s from newest to oldest.
817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11139 times:
The offering from both airlines looks really good, I really like the J seat design on the DJ A330s. Australia is on my list of places to visit in the future, hope I get there some day! Thanks for sharing your report.
dirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 645 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10631 times:
Thanks for another great report!
Enjoyed reading your TRs.
Seems GA long-haul J class product looks good as usual.
DJ product looks impressive for a domestic flight. Having flown PER-MEL recently on a QF flight, seems that DJ will give QF a tough competition on this route.
I should plan to fly on DJ someday.
thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8231 times:
Quoting Carfield (Reply 1): I can't wait to fly Garuda once it has joined Skyteam!
Virgin Australia updated A330 is wonderful and I love the new seats and it is cool that it has gone back to a six abreast seating.
Hi Carfield, you don't have to wait for them to join Skyteam 0 You should just start trying them out now hehehehe.
DJ really has good config's on their domestic J, with the current hardware and config, they can also automatically use these A332's to international destinations too as they are already ahead of QF in hardware and service levels anyway IMHO
Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 2): I really like the J seat design on the DJ A330s. Australia is on my list of places to visit in the future, hope I get there some day! Thanks for sharing your report.
You are welcome and hope you get to get on DJ's A330 soon
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4): Having flown PER-MEL recently on a QF flight, seems that DJ will give QF a tough competition on this route.
IMHO, they are well ahead of QF on this aspect.
Quoting julio777 (Reply 5): I am looking forward for my trip to Perth as well on dec for short vacation, will fly Garuda as well. hope to get their B737 800 with sky interior.
Pretty diffcult to get the sky interior on any of the the B738's as only a handful of them has got the sky interior. Probably the last 16 times I have been on GA's B738 this calender year, only got the Sky Interior 3x
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6): hopefully I'll get to take one of their 332's on the CGK-HKG run.
As long as you take the AM daprture from CGK and PM departure from HKG, it will be the A332, the red eye out of CGK and early morning return from HKG is on the B738