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Low Cost Asia 2.1: AirAsiaX SYD-KUL-SIN (pics)  
User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20340 times:

Four countries, five hotels, ten flights with five (or seven if you split out the AOCs) airlines to seven airports and in eleven days. Okay, not so strange for an A.Nutter, but I was travelling with my wife B and almost-five-year-old son Alex. Insane? Yes. Fun? Absolutely.

In March this year we did Low Cost Asia 1: SYD-SIN-PEN-KCH-BTU-BKI-TPE-NRT-OOL-SYD with Scoot, AirAsia, MASWings, MAS and Jetstar. But that was over almost a month. The following trip reports can be considered sequels where we fly (or attempt to fly) on mostly low cost airlines (plus a couple of full service ones) to places we missed on the earlier trip.

I'll spare you the most of the booking story here because it is very long and complicated. Suffice it to say that it was done in many parts and was a combination of sale fares, existing flight credits to Japan and a A$1000 Jetstar voucher won in their 9th Birthday Instagram competition.

The itinerary was not arranged as I would have preferred - usually we try for trips from least developed country to most, but we were constrained by prices and available flights. So we ended up with a number of long flights and pressure points with tight connections on unrelated airlines.

Day 1 - 2: AirAsiaX SYD - KUL, AirAsia KUL - SIN, Jetstar SIN - KIX
Day 5 - 6: Jetstar Asia KIX - TPE - SIN
Day 6: Jetstar Asia SIN - SGN
Day 7: Vietnam Airlines SGN - HUI
Day 9: Jetstar Pacific/VietJet DAD - SGN, Malaysia Airlines SGN - KUL
Day 11: AirAsiaX KUL - SYD

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copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

I'd like to credit the Jetstar Holidays call centre team in Australia for their cheerful patience at working out complicated options for handling our bookings with the airline, especially in contrast to AirAsia's call centre which was most unhelpful with queries.

The other aspect of this this trip worthy of some note is that we attempted to do it only with carry on luggage.

Without further ado, let's get flying on the first leg, from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur with AirAsiaX!

We'd already flown a few times on the other two low cost long-haul airlines out of Australia: Jetstar and Scoot. AirAsiaX was all that remained. We'd flown their short haul sibling AirAsia a few times and thought they'd done a pretty good job, so we were confident of a decent flight. However, there was a level of stress underlying this flight. After we arrived in Kuala Lumpur we had less than 1.5 hours to transfer to a separate AirAsia flight to Singapore. Then in Singapore we had a 2 hours, 20 minutes to transfer to a Jetstar flight to Osaka.

I had discovered that it wasn't possible to preprint online boarding passes for each of our flights, which meant that we would probably need to exit, go through a document check at the airline counter and re-enter immigration at each transit, and we would have only 45 minutes/1 hour before each flight to do that. Silly to do this? Yes. But I was used to checking in online when I booked these - internationally between Australia and Japan seems to be no problem.

There wasn't much time for spotting on this trip - not with an energetic almost-five year old.

Check in
View from the land side food court
What I wished I was flying


We had some breakfast/morning tea at the food court, then with limited time passed through the quiet immigration desks, the first of six on this segment of the trip. B was pulled aside to enter the full body scanner, the first we'd seen in use since Amsterdam in 2011.

04/OCT/2013
CARRIER: AirAsiaX
FLIGHT: D7223
SECTOR: SYD-KUL
CLASS: Economy
ETD: 10:55 (local)

ETA: 17:30 (local)

AIRCRAFT: Airbus A330-300
REGISTRATION: ?


Our flight

I know that many flyers out there seem to hate children, but I see a young child as almost a must have travel accessory. You often get to skip queues and board early, and that was the case here. Ahead of us in the queue was a buck's party headed for Phuket, the groom in a multicoloured tutu and wig. I really don't think that bucks parties are a good idea to inflict upon other countries.

Class, all class.

Upon boarding the the aircraft what struck me first was how narrow the seats were. They have somehow packed nine across in economy, 3-3-3, as opposed to Jetstar's 2-4-2. The lack of width was readily apparent when sitting down on the seats, though I didn't find them uncomfortable and the legroom was okay for me. The width issue was exacerbated in the window seat of row 20, our row, due the lack of a window and its indentation near the head area.

My butt looks big in this.
3 x 3 x 3
Just for you, Palmjet.


Alex started off at the window, B in the middle and me on the aisle. Not my preferred configuration!

He really takes the safety card seriously and is upset that he isn't tall enough to see the safety demonstrations


The first two rows at the very front of the aircraft have angled lie flat seats, twelve in total. Then comes a quiet cabin of 63 seats from which children are banned. We were in the cabin behind that.

On a trip that could ill afford delays it was Sydney that struck again. The airport congestion meant we found ourselves seventh in the queue for a takeoff to the south on the main runway, a delay of half an hour.

We caught up with the Boxing Kangaroo later that evening in Singapore.
A soon to be familiar sight

It was a brilliant clear blue day as we rose up into the air and past our southern haunts. There were wonderful views of Sydney, but as soon as the seatbelt light was extinguished Alex just wanted to watch videos I had converted for viewing on an older Android phone, so I negotiated a swap of seats.

Taren Point
The Royal National Park

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The airport
Bye Sydney!
Western Sydney

The cabin crew began handing out prebooked (and thus prepaid) items like comfort packs and video tablets. There's a magazine called 3Sixty which is a decent read, but apart from that it's BYO entertainment. B had purchased a novel at the airport, Alex had the aforesaid Android phone loaded with kids programs (thanks ABC iView), episodes of Doctor Who and the Goodies and movies. I had my Android mobile phone loaded mostly with music and a little tv.

In the seat pocket


Despite the lack of seat power points the batteries held up okay, though AirAsia have turned the lack of power into a money making opportunity by hiring out battery packs to those that need them. I brought my own.

We were wishing that the batteries would run out quickly on one little Indian family seated in the middle rows. They had forgone earphones and were playing Thomas the Tank Engine videos out loud to their young boy. Parents, as soon as your kid is old enough to use earphones, then please use them when in shared transport! We had little earphones for Alex at age 9 months and he has his own cheap volume limited pair now.

A lot of reflected red in the cabin. Only the forward cabins had mood lighting.


Anyway, I had access to the best form of inflight entertainment there is - the window! And what a magnificent form of entertainment it is. I was almost brought to tears by the beauty of the Australian landscape outside of the window.

From the suburbs of Sydney we then crossed the Blue Mountains, steep ridges dividing the coastal plains from the green pastures around Bathurst.



The further west we flew, the drier the countryside became. Ochre and black, interspersed with dry rivers and salty white lake beds.

















The straight lines of human roads and fences are visible in much of the landscape, despite it's remoteness, but there are a few patches of nothing other than the straight lines of red dunes.

I wanted to understand everything about the scenery outside. The geology, the environment, the history, the future in a changing climate. I wanted to hear its story.

West of the Blue Mountains
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I had preordered two meals but they weren't served until two hours into the flight, by which time Alex was falling asleep. When I was ordering I saw no choice other than the "Asian option", which meant we were given two green curries without any recourse to the wider range of choices on the meal card. Maybe I stuffed up. I ordered one nasi lemak, on account of it having a half a boiled egg (Alex's favourite food). He was too tired and only picked at it. The meals were fine without being fantastic, though a little small perhaps. Unchilled bottled water was provided with the prepaid meals.

Nasi lemak and some super scrumptious nuts
Nasi lemak contents. The green curry just looked unappetising.

As the view outside disappeared beneath the cloud the flight really seemed to drag. The cabin felt hot and stuffy.

When one of the attendants came through a bit later, either collecting rubbish or selling something from the cart, we asked her about connection options, especially with the late flights. She helpfully suggested that we try the "Fly thru" transfer terminals and that immigration can be a bit slow. The crew all seemed helpful enough and quite friendly.

We crossed the West Australian coast over Derby (took me a long time on Google Maps to find it!). Derby was the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia, with West Australian Airways first flight on 5 December 1921. The Perth to Derby service was once the world’s longest passenger airline route.

The cloud retreats as we approach the coast
King Sound is at the confluence of a number of rivers, with Derby experiencing Australia's highest tides
Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) township and airport, Dampier Peninsula

Normally the over water stretch is a chance to watch a video or grab some sleep, but neither would come. It wasn't the smoothest of rides, though not particularly turbulent.

Sooner than expected Indonesian islands appeared below. I suspect that we were flying over Bali and Lombok or the adjacent islands, but without the map it was difficult to tell. It was interesting to see how dry they looked, along with impressive volcanic mountains.

Volcano
Flying over the "volcano island"
Smaller island (I think)
Towards Sumenep, Madura Island
Salt making in Sumenep
The soil is not particularly fertile

As we crossed further northwest we encountered more of Indonesia, more of the expected jungle green that is generally associated in many westerner's minds with South East Asia.

Approaching more islands
Mountains make their own weather

Sailing above the late afternoon clouds, you could tell we were in the tropics.

Winglet reflections
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High cloud, bumps ahead

I saw quite a lot of other air traffic out of the window. Earlier, across Australia, another aircraft had crossed our path below us on what was probably a perpendicular direction to our route. But due to our high relative forward velocity it looked like the other aircraft was slewing sideways.

Thai Airways above
Somebody else below (about to be sucked into our engine   )

There were spectacular views of Singapore, partly hidden beneath an ominous grey cloud. If only we could have bailed out then it would have saved a lot of time having to fly up to KL first!

Approaching Singapore
Changi Airport
Singapore
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On the last stretch now, a route we will do twice. The descent into Kuala Lumpur International Airport is so familiar, though the scenery of the hills and jungles disappearing into palm plantation monoculture was still interesting.

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West Malaysian coastline
Descending under a dramatic sky
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As we touched down how nice it would have been to say "Hooray, we are back at the second foreign airport I ever visited." Last time we arrived here from Australia we checked into what is now the Sama Sama Hotel adjacent to the main terminal and just relaxed.

MASkargo


But now there no time to relax, but a sense of desperate urgency. As soon as we stopped we grabbed our bags from beneath our feet and the overhead lockers and got ready to run. There are no airbridges at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal and no photos are allowed on the tarmac. We hurried down the stairs and along the marked paths past the other A330s, cursing the slow groups who dawdled.

The Fly-thru counters sit in a roped off area to the left of the entrance. The sullen looking attendants offered no assistance and we were now further back in the queue for immigration. But the queue moved quickly, signposted fingerprinting was not performed and we were soon through. Then straight (or as straight as could be achieved on the circuitous path) to the document check desk with only one other passenger in front of us. Now, back through immigration, past the shops and too the gate. Transit one complete!

The giant shed that is the LCCT is in desperate need of the under construction replacement, due now in May 2014. The lack of decent air conditioning meant we felt hot and sticky.

Airside at the LCCT
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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20302 times:

04/OCT/2013
CARRIER: AirAsia
FLIGHT: AK1819
SECTOR: KUL-SIN
CLASS: Economy
ETD: 18:55 (local)
ETA: 20:00 (local)
AIRCRAFT: Airbus A320
REGISTRATION: ?

Almost ready to unleash us


Once the gate opened we took advantage again of Alex our child accessory for an opportunity to board early. Actually to get outside early for the long walk to the aircraft, mostly undercover. It's a pity that photography is forbidden on the tarmac for the tropical evening sun cast a gorgeous orange-gold light over the airport.

We climbed the forward steps into the AirAsia A320 and took our allotted seats, Alex at the window, then me, then B. The black leather seats were wider but the legroom shorter in this smaller cousin of AirAsiaX's A330. It was fine for this short flight.

Unfortunately the window was very smudgy so the photos are quite poor.

View out of the window
You can't visit the website on board
Smudgy
Sunset


The youngish sounding Captain Raj introduced himself over the PA and gave a flight briefing with the kind of detail that an A.Netter would appreciate, runways, flight levels and flight paths. I had no note paper handy and I have to admit I just wanted to get this flight over with, another urgent punctuation in our journey as we took off into skies of fading sunlight and grey.

Waiting...
The runway
Piano concerto
Take-off
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There was a meal and duty free service, but we took no notice.

Red seats are cost-extra hot seats
Singapore


Just after a description of how we would be landing from the south into Singapore Captain Raj was forced to amend his announcement with a change to a northern approach over Johor Bahru, which was great because it shaved 20 minutes of our flight time. Just what we needed and we immediately began our descent over the straight that separates Malaysia and Singapore.

See you later tonight!


It felt good to be back at properly airconditioned Changi Airport. Fortunately this is the transition period while a new Low Cost Terminal is constructed, so both AirAsia and Jetstar are housed in Terminal 1.

Welcome to Terminal 1
Now we're moving!

Immigration was fast and we were soon standing in the short web check in queue for our flight to Osaka. We were exhausted (it was now past our Australian bedtimes) and very hungry (no dinner yet), but the tight transits were over - for now.

In the next part I'll describe the Jetstar flight to Osaka.



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User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5625 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19959 times:

Hi Allrite,

Great to see part one of your Asian LCC adventure.

I have to be honest, you have set yourself a very punishing schedule, and I admire your bravery in booking so many off-line connections on LCCs!

Still, it looks like the flights were decent enough. To be honest, I'm not sure that I want to try any LCC longhaul, but I guess for these short trips up to Asia that they look OK. I think that I'm more impressed with what I read about Jetstar in your earlier reports, how did AirAsiaX compare?

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Four countries, five hotels, ten flights with five (or seven if you split out the AOCs) airlines to seven airports and in eleven days

Sounds like fun 
Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
I was travelling with my wife B and almost-five-year-old son Alex.

It's great that Alex is growing to love travel just as much as his father  
Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Insane? Yes. Fun? Absolutely.

  

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
I really don't think that bucks parties are a good idea to inflict upon other countries.

I agree. It's bad enough that we have to deal with our own louts, without hoisting them onto somebody else.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Class, all class

  

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Then comes a quiet cabin of 63 seats from which children are banned

I personally think that this is absurd. Imagine if those lads of to Phuket had been sitting in the "quiet" cabin, and then had several beverages? Most kids would be a lot less of nuisance in comparison!

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
I was almost brought to tears by the beauty of the Australian landscape outside of the window.

From the suburbs of Sydney we then crossed the Blue Mountains, steep ridges dividing the coastal plains from the green pastures around Bathurst.



The further west we flew, the drier the countryside became. Ochre and black, interspersed with dry rivers and salty white lake beds.

This is something I need to see at some point. Unfortunately I haven't yet, as I've always flown to Asia either overnight or in an aisle seat. Next time I will be sure to take the window, and gaze down in wonder at this amazing land  
Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Derby was the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia, with West Australian Airways first flight on 5 December 1921. The Perth to Derby service was once the world’s longest passenger airline route.

Wow, you learn something new everyday  

Thanks again Allrite, I'm looking forward to the next part

Cheers,
Alex



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19942 times:

Awesome pics! Just awesome... I will be on MH embarking on a one way journey to Melbourne soon. Albeit in... ahem... JCL.  


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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19907 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3):
I will be on MH embarking on a one way journey to Melbourne soon. Albeit in... ahem... JCL.

My MH leg marks a return to form by the airline - and that isn't a compliment! So good luck! The next leg of this series is in business - but it's Jetstar business.

Edit: Apologies - I'm getting confused by all the aviation Ryans here and somehow missed the fact that you were the original!!! It's not you that needs the good luck, but MH!  Wink But the MH leg is one of the few that I've already written up in my head with an evil glint in my eye.

[Edited 2013-10-23 05:18:21]


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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19866 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
Still, it looks like the flights were decent enough. To be honest, I'm not sure that I want to try any LCC longhaul, but I guess for these short trips up to Asia that they look OK. I think that I'm more impressed with what I read about Jetstar in your earlier reports, how did AirAsiaX compare?

I'll save the detailed Jetstar, AirAsiaX and Scoot comparison until the end of the report (which is looking a long way away at this rate) as the return trip on AirAsiaX does factor into it. Basically Jetstar still has the edge with me.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
I personally think that this is absurd. Imagine if those lads of to Phuket had been sitting in the "quiet" cabin, and then had several beverages? Most kids would be a lot less of nuisance in comparison!

To be fair to them, I don't think I heard a peep out of them the entire flight. But I do agree.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
This is something I need to see at some point. Unfortunately I haven't yet, as I've always flown to Asia either overnight or in an aisle seat. Next time I will be sure to take the window, and gaze down in wonder at this amazing land

Yes! Another place to fly over in daylight is Afghanistan. Did that with MH in 2011 and, like Australia, the desert is a fascinating place, especially as it is unlikely we'll ever see it from the ground.



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User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19543 times:

Hi Allrite,

Great trip report with great pictures, as always. Nice to see you are on another trip to Southeast Asia (and Japan). The A333 on AirAsia X looks cramped on their 3-3-3 seating arrangement. While some might argue that this is due to their status as an LCC, but seems Jetstar could make it work with a regular 2-4-2 seating.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Nasi lemak contents. The green curry just looked unappetising.

I've heard great reviews about their Nasi Lemak, and seen better pictures of them. But I do agree that the meal you got looks less appetising, hopefully it tasted better than its appearance.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
so both AirAsia and Jetstar are housed in Terminal 1.

If I'm not mistaken, Jetstar and AirAsia have already operated out of Terminal 1 even before Changi Airport's Budget Terminal closed down.

Thanks for sharing, looking forward to see the next part!  

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 19495 times:

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
I've heard great reviews about their Nasi Lemak, and seen better pictures of them. But I do agree that the meal you got looks less appetising, hopefully it tasted better than its appearance.

I tried it earlier in the year on an AirAsia flight from PEN-KCH and it was quite good, but I wouldn't rave on it. Nasi lemak is one dish I use to compare Malaysian eateries in Australia and the AirAsia one was better than some, worse than others. I found the Malaysian Airways nasi lemak out of AMS tasted better, but sometimes it depends on how you are feeling in the cabin as to what meal works - something a little cleaner on the palette would have been better in this case.

The green curry looked terrible, especially in comparison to the version we got on Thai, but again it was okay.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
If I'm not mistaken, Jetstar and AirAsia have already operated out of Terminal 1 even before Changi Airport's Budget Terminal closed down.

You may be right. Certainly Jetstar flew out of T1 and I expect that it will continue to do so considering its links with Qantas and OW.



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 19162 times:

Was it much cheaper to fly Air Asia?

Was it worth it?


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 18727 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
Was it much cheaper to fly Air Asia?

Was it worth it?

We paid $1000 return for the three of us, or $1,200 with options/charges added. Due to the sale conditions, B and Alex basic fare + tax was actually $470 for the two of them. That's much cheaper than the full service options. It's the difference between a holiday and no holiday at all, so yes, it was worth it. Low cost airlines are the reason we can travel so often as a family.

Of course I would rather fly on a full service airline, but full service doesn't mean full comfort either.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2780 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 18100 times:

Hi Allrite, nice interesting read and pictures of a pretty cool journey.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Day 1 - 2: AirAsiaX SYD - KUL, AirAsia KUL - SIN, Jetstar SIN - KIX

Oh gosh that´s quite some flying for 2 days lol.

Alex seems to be quite OK and cooperative in such long journeys. Defo a future A.nutter 
Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Ahead of us in the queue was a buck's party headed for Phuket, the groom in a multicoloured tutu and wig. I really don't think that bucks parties are a good idea to inflict upon other countries.

Yup, I cringe when I see them around in Barcelona.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
The straight lines of human roads and fences are visible in much of the landscape, despite it's remoteness, but there are a few patches of nothing other than the straight lines of red dunes.

I wanted to understand everything about the scenery outside. The geology, the environment, the history, the future in a changing climate. I wanted to hear its story.

I love that as well, I look down and wonder about the people living there, what they do, how they get around, what´s it like, etc.

Quoting allrite (Thread starter):
Welcome to Terminal 1

Love Changi! weird enough, I have been to Changi 3 times and I am yet to set foot on T1.

Looking forward to the rest of the storie(s)

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 17837 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 10):
Alex seems to be quite OK and cooperative in such long journeys. Defo a future A.nutter 

Yeah, but he's been asking for real business class seats because they have buttons. I'm not sure I can afford him becoming an A.nutter!  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 10):
I love that as well, I look down and wonder about the people living there, what they do, how they get around, what´s it like, etc.

Except that in this case there aren't many people living down there!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 10):
Love Changi! weird enough, I have been to Changi 3 times and I am yet to set foot on T1.

And I haven't used any other terminal other than T1 so far as I can remember - except the food court in T2 and now demolished budget terminal



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User currently offlinekent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17162 times:

Thanks for your answers to some of my questions for our trip, and thanks for the beginning of another great trip report. I had all best intentions of doing one for myself (SYD-SIN-SBZ-KBR-KUL-SIN-SYD in Sept-Oct, with QF, FY and AK), but I got very lazy with the camera. Great to see your little one as the very seasoned traveller - our 5 and 10yo jst took it all in their stride this time.

We were lucky enough to bag a good fare with QF, andf I was impressed with our daytime flight over. Service was markedly poorer on the overnight return - but I think still preferable to an LCC.

I though you were very tactful about KUL LCCT - it is a hell hole I never want to revisit. Our two AirAsia sectors were fine, apart from the LCCT, particularly departing from there, with it multiple document checks and up hill and down dale and crowded gate lounges with poor information. I think expecting less from SBZ with FireFly just made it overall a better experience.   And then there is the heaven that is Changi - even if SYD was 20% as good for arrival it would be a major improvement!!!!

Looking forward to all parts of your report, and hopefully heading back there again next year.


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2085 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 16887 times:

Quoting kent350787 (Reply 12):
Thanks for your answers to some of my questions for our trip, and thanks for the beginning of another great trip report. I had all best intentions of doing one for myself (SYD-SIN-SBZ-KBR-KUL-SIN-SYD in Sept-Oct, with QF, FY and AK), but I got very lazy with the camera. Great to see your little one as the very seasoned traveller - our 5 and 10yo jst took it all in their stride this time.

You are most welcome and I'm glad your family enjoyed your trip to Asia - it's great to see families flying. Personally I think even poor service by Qantas standards would have been preferable to flying on AirAsiaX, simply for the hard product.

Quoting kent350787 (Reply 12):
I though you were very tactful about KUL LCCT - it is a hell hole I never want to revisit. Our two AirAsia sectors were fine, apart from the LCCT, particularly departing from there, with it multiple document checks and up hill and down dale and crowded gate lounges with poor information.

It wasn't our first trip there so I knew what to expect. In truth we were in too much of a hurry to care about the terminal, but I do have some more nasty things to say about it in the final instalment. Anyway, it is going to be replaced... eventually.

Quoting kent350787 (Reply 12):
And then there is the heaven that is Changi - even if SYD was 20% as good for arrival it would be a major improvement!!!!

There's nothing wrong with Sydney (if your name is Max Moore-Wilton or you work for Macquarie Bank).  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15876 times:
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Hi allrite,

Great first part of your Low Cost Asia trip   Nice to see Air Asia X here, they don't look all too exciting (not that I was expecting that). Who needs PTVs when you have such a beautiful view of Australia from above? Your pictures look breathtaking!
You sure booked a tight schedule, just the way I like it!

cheers,

Brendan


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