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Pic-Rep Part 1: Singapore-Jakarta / CGK On SIA  
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

Singapore – Jakarta / Cengkareng
Singapore Airlines
SQ 158
Jubilee Boeing 777-300 (9V-SYD)
Seat 48 C
ETD: 1525H
ETA: 1600H
Duration: 1hr 35 min

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13 March 2004

It is no secret to the members of the forum that I am not a fan of Singapore Airlines. My last few flights with them were downright nasty in all 3 classes. Thus, I have actually given up on my national carrier in the last few years. But since they had some unbeatable fares to Jakarta (S$190 return), I could not resist testing them one last time and see what else could they do to piss me off?

The day has finally arrived for my trip back to Indonesia. I was actually there 5 weeks ago but decided to return because there was much more to explore in that gigantic country. Hence, I included Bali in this itinerary.

It is always exciting to embark on a holiday. Nothing can let you down – not even a rude check-in agent, as in the case for Faisal who looked totally uninterested in his job as he handled Row 13 in Changi Terminal 2.


In true Changi fashion, the boarding pass and baggage tags were issued in less than a minute. But because I was there so early, there was no boarding gate yet. No problem, I just spent the next 2 hours or so together with my traveling companion exploring the facilities of the terminal.


He took the opportunity to get close to the iconic Singapore Girl.

The mid afternoon traffic movements in Changi are very yawn-inducing. Other than the token Malaysia Airlines 737-400 shuttle at Gate F30 (as in this case, a factory fresh looking 9M-MMU bound for KUC and BKI as MH 638) and a pathetic smattering of SQ and MI aircraft, nothing much of interest was out there except for a Royal Brunei A319 – simply because this was my first time seeing one.



After the MAS 737-400 departed, a company A330-300 joined the party as a shuttle to KUL. Other planes sighted were also a Silk Air A319.


A trip up to the Sunflower Roof Garden provided the opportunity for some excellent photography. The weather was sunny and lighting was absolutely flawless… So here I am!!! Hee hee…



Look at the photo above! I have managed to capture all the aircraft types in SIA’s fleet with their nicknames!

The boarding gate for SQ 158 finally popped up onto the screens as E24. Thus, it was time to troop towards that concourse for my first flight ever on board a Jubilee 777-300.


As usual for Changi, “Final Call” does not mean that the aircraft is boarding. True enough, the holding lounge was still filled with many other mortals like me waiting to board the flight. Meanwhile, an Irish registered Philippine Airlines 737-400 pushed back for Manila while accompanied by a Cathay Pacific 747-400 plus a Garuda 737-400.



1505H: The boarding call came and passengers in First, Raffles, PPS Solitaire and what-have-you were invited to board first, making the rest of the cattle class peasants wait some more.

After the uppity class pax were cleared, we were finally given the opportunity to board by row numbers. Since all were very obedient, the boarding process was very orderly and no rushing was observed.

Boarding through Door 2L, I was greeted by the infamous lady in a fiery red sarong Kebaya, the Chief Stewardess (CSS) Christine Neo. A wide smile appeared as she said, “Good afternoon, Sir. Can I see you boarding pass please?”

Ok, that was a good start.


More smiles and greetings followed as I progressed down the aisle to my seat somewhere past the aft of the left wing, which is pretty much a walk if you are on board a 777-300!

Somewhere along the away, the Leading Stewardess (LSS) Audrey Chia In her green kebaya smiled and gestured to my seat, which was a 2 seater in the midst of the 3 x 3 x 3 configuration at the end of the C Zone of the plane. She was a stunner!

1520H: As the passengers became settled, a Leading Steward (LS) Chiew Teck came around with hot towels. Now if you thought the clownish green jacket for MAS was ugly, wait till you see the ones thy have for SIA’s stewards. I have actually forgotten how ugly they were until now. Urgh! Absolutely hideous in the pale blue jacket and grey pants. Hello! Fashion police, where are you?

1521H: I swear I only held the towel for less than a minute before Flight Stewardess (FSS) Sor Ching silently took them away from my armrest.

I noticed that the cabin was very new and the footrests were the ones that looked like an inverted “T”, very much different from the ones that I am used to on other carriers.

1530H: The welcome announcement was made by the captain who told us that we were still waiting for some last minute cargo to be loaded and a “small technical fault”. LSS Susan Leong followed by welcoming all on board “Singapore Airlines, a member of Star Alliance”.

1539H: With everything all settled, the doors were finally switched to automatic mode and pushback commenced, 14 minutes behind schedule. Well, whatever that “small technical fault” was, it is better to be safe than sorry.

1543H: And off we went and taxied towards runway 20L, which is pretty unusual for this time of the year due to the Northeast monsoon. I guess the winds must have had a change of heart that afternoon.

1546H: Since it was a quiet afternoon, we entered the active and powered off without hesitation and rotated after a 35 sec roll. We smoothly lifted into the bright and sunny afternoon skies of Singapore as I said goodbye to it for the next 9 days.

The aircraft tracked over Sekupang (above) in Batam before making a slight left turn to head towards Jakarta which would see us in the air for the next 1hr 15 mins.

1551H: As soon as the seatbelt signed “pinged” off, like little kids on a cue all the crew sprang into action. Special meals were dished out in a speedy fashion and from the looks of it, it was all muslim meals (MOML).

1600H: The bar cart was pushed out on both aisle with the beautiful LSS Audrey on the other side with an equally pretty FSS assisting her.

As the drink service continued, meals were served as well but being seated at the aft end of this economy section, our trays were brought out directly from the galley.

FSS Sharifah, a spunky individual appeared next to us with 2 trays in her hands and asked “Hi there! We have Fish with Potatoes or Beef Rendang. What would you both like to have?”

Here is a shot of her cheerful self.


Here are the shots of the food they had, desert was a mango pudding with a raspberry coulis.…


And believe me, it turned out better than the fare I had on KLM Business Class just 5 weeks ago on the same sector! Here is a shot of just how sad the catering is on KLM WBC which leaves just 30 mins after SQ 158.

Meanwhile, LSS Audrey had made a u-turn ahead with the cart and back-stepped her way up my aisle but this time, with the help of FSS Sor Ching – who appeared to be smiling more and looked rather sweet with her beady eyes.

Cruising at 10668m, it started to get turbulent even though it looked rather clear outside. Hence, the seatbelt sign “pinged” on.

1637H: The flight started to descend from its turbulent cruising level. Meanwhile, trays were cleared in a leisurely fashion by loading them back into the carts. Those who had not finished their meals were allowed to continue eating.

1649H: LSS Susan came on air to inform us the flight was coming to an end. The standard procedure of asking us to put our seats in upright position, tray tables secured etc. were blabbered.

The cabin crew then readied the surroundings for the landing by clearing all remaining service items like cups and trays. FSS Sor Ching did a final walk through and asked a few passengers to keep their shades up. While most complied, there was one stubborn one who apparently asked “why”, and she replied “In case we crash, Sir!” Hahaha…. Snappy as she was, I thought that guy deserved it.


Even though, it was still daylight, the cabin was darkened for landing but the cloudy weather outside made it look like night!

1653H: Cabin Crew, landing stations please!

LSS Susan made a final announcement to ensure that all seatbelts are securely fastened.

1656H: The flaps extended further and the roar of the landing gears extending was heard.

Passing by the port of Tanjung Priok, we were soon gliding over the suburbs of Cengkareng in West Jakarta and finally touched down at 1658H on runway 25R.


Local time was now 1558H as Jakarta is an hour behind Singapore. A taxi that saw us meandering around the airport finally brought us to a stop at the traditional SQ gate D1 in Terminal 2 at 1605H. Aircraft sighted included the Thai 777, and the usual Garuda A330s and 737s, plus a Qatari A300-600 and a Kuwaiti A340-300 were seen resting in between flights at long term parking bays.


As we disembarked, I took the opportunity to thank the SIA Girls for a wonderful flight and snapped some photos of the cabin. One of them actually said, “Hey, why you never tell us to pose?” in typical Singlish fashion…  Smile

Ah… Bandara Soekarno-Hatta (CGK). I was here just 5 weeks ago and here am I again, tracking down the all too familiar route of the staid arrival concourse.


Immigration was painless as we seemed to be the only flight arriving. Processing was quick despite the crowd but I had an unfriendly immigration officer. He asked for my return ticket and seems to be upset that all I produced was a slip of paper as I was traveling on e-ticket. He said something stupid like “This one not ticket, this one paper…”

Expecting a bribe? No way, Jose! He finally let me through as I kept replying “Huh? Huh?”

However, there was a long wait for the baggage and we were only out of the airport and into the limo that took us 30 mins. Kinda long for me…


Overall:

SIA really impressed me on this trip. This flight was an excellent example of how to handle a short sector. A full meal was served on this 90 minute flight, with a separate drink cart. Still, no tempers flared and all pax were pacified. Crew was all very friendly and wasn’t robotic at all! Surprise, surprise!

Check in: 5/10… Personnel could have been friendlier

Boarding: 9/10… Very orderly

In-flight service: 9/10… SIA has won me back with this flight

Catering: 9/10… Simply delicious. Food was very well cooked and full of flavour. KLM – shame on you!!!

Arrival: 7/10… Despite pushing back late, we were only 4 minutes behind schedule so it wasn’t too bad.

Total: This journey scored 78%

Ps: Look out for my other reports for this holiday as I had a total of 5 flights including this one. Namely: Bandung - Jakarta / Halim (Merpati), Jakarta – Denpasar - Jakarta (Lion), and Jakarta – Singapore (SQ).

Finally: I just lost my handphone. Garuda & Mandala, please sms me your numbers again!


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32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

What a trip report!

Really, really great!
Thank you!


User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6333 times:

Awesome report! Loved the pics!

Can't wait to read about your return journey!


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

You finally solved your photo upload woes....excellent and colorful report, love those pics. Were they taken with your thousand over bucks digicam?

The aircraft you flew on may look new, but they have the first generation B777 interiors with the hideous looking Raffles Class seat covers.

I also realise that most crew will actually be happy to be photographed if you asked them. On my last flight on NH, those cutesy Japanese FAs actually asked where they should stand and even volunteered to gather the rest of the crew after I asked them if I could take a picture of their new Club ANA Asia cabin!  Big grin

Was FSS Sharifa posing in that picture or did you catch her by surprise?



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

SQ772,

err... yep. Those shots you see are from my digicam I told u abt. I am still getting used to the functions so the shots might be blurry. I dropped it in Bandung and it ceased to function after that. Thank God I had a standby SLR camera with me but it ain't digital.

Now the digicam is in the shops fr servicing. Luckily it is still warrantied!

I wanted to catch the crew in the natural state after landing.... as in preparing for the return flight and stuff that was why I didn't want to disturb them. But they were friendly and kept giggling and waving at me.

As for Sharifa, my campanion took that pic. She readily posed for it with the tray and all. Very sporting girl!

I agree that the Raffles seat covers are hideous. I flew back on 9V-SQK that had different seat functions! Impressive!



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User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6186 times:

Great report. I love the pics. I can't wait to see what you have for the return to Singapore.


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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Excellent report as always Ryanair! We seem to think alike in our photo trip reports - I want people to feel like they were right there with me, from takeoff to landing. I couldn't have done a better job myself.

I always love hearing you folks from the Far East/Southeast Asia complain about the food on your 90-minute flights. Here in the US, we're lucky to get a full can of soda and a bag of pretzels on a segment that long!  Smile Perhaps I need to take a job out there in Singapore!

Can your digicam take movies? If so, I'd love to see movies of your takeoff/approach/landings.

Great report!


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6051 times:

Excellent trip report as usual. Love the pictures. Stop complaing about the food on KL will ya!  Big grin If only you could see what I was served in First Class this past week on Continental domestically, you would laugh hysterically.

Good to see SQ was excellent this time round. I may attempt a flight with them if you say they are really this good now. You really should try that "de facto HKG carrier" for your next trip down to CGK. Would be nice to compare a few of the airlines flying the SIN-CGK route.

SR 103


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5986 times:

Jsnww81,

Yes my digicam can take movies. Do you know how to include the link in here?

I always love hearing you folks from the Far East/Southeast Asia complain about the food on your 90-minute flights.

Hehehe... so now you know how spoilt we are on this side of the world!  Big grin

SR103,

Price was a factor on this holiday because I was going to cover much territory. Therefore when SQ had a special fare, I jumped on it. There were several other choices but not CX, simply because their return flight departs CGK at 7am!

Hmm... was what they served in CO's First Class worse than KL?  Big grin



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User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

wooh - a trip report with pics to read when I get home  Wink/being sarcastic
looks good


User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

Great Report and Pictures Ryanair. yet, I have to say, you guys in the east are so spoiled! No offense, but I would love to have the worst day of service on SQ over many major US carriers.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

Excellent trip report !

But if you rated that trip 78%, you would rate trips in the United States a negative 78% !!

You folks in SE Asia are spoiled for service and choices !


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

Now if you thought the clownish green jacket for MAS was ugly, wait till you see the ones thy have for SIA’s stewards. I have actually forgotten how ugly they were until now. Urgh! Absolutely hideous in the pale blue jacket and grey pants. Hello! Fashion police, where are you?

perhaps we can get the Fab 5 to do sth about it! Big grin

anyway, excellent report! Love those cabin shots!

Well done!

p.s. you hair reminds me of TinTin...heehee  Big thumbs up (no offence ok  Smile)



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User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

Great pics and report, although I would love to see a shot of the stunning LSS Audrey  Big grin

Just done SQ 156 SIN-CGK in J yesterday and service was also as impressive as what you wrote on this trip report, miles better than the outbound flight with LH.



SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

Ryan: Good report, great to hear SIA finally won your patronage! So, 9 days, huh? You must have time to kill before you start your training, I see.... envy you! By the way, BKK in June?

Cathay Pacific: Good grief, the Fab 5 have made it all the way Down Under?



User currently offlineBusinessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5846 times:

Superb trip report.

As for immigration at Jakarta, one of my work colleagues flew in a year or so ago from London and his first impression of Indonesia was an immigration officer telling him that he had to pay US$100 to get the "correct visa" in order to enter the country!

Anyway, as a matter of idle curiousity... do the aircrew mind having their photos taken or are they completely ok with it? In addition, is that the Changi East base that you can see in the photo above 15:46?


User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5811 times:

Wow! Excellent trip report, it really stands out! Trip reports with pics always get thumbs up.

Ex_SQer - yes, Queer Eye is on during the week here, I don't know what times and days though. I've never sat down to watch it.

Before I go, who is this "stunning" LSS Audrey?  Smile


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5807 times:

LSS Audrey is the only one in green in my photos...


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User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

Ryan, what a great trip report! Nice pics and I must say, the SQ seat interiors are hideous. That blue business class colour scheme-hmmm. Vomity. The cabin ceilings are exactly the same the new QF 744-ERs.
I also noticed the flight wasn't very full? I think it's amazing that SQ flies these huge 777 aircraft for such short haul sectors. How are they so profitable?

Thanks again and well done.

Qantasclub.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

p.s. you hair reminds me of TinTin...heehee

That was actually my nickname in school... One of the many.



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User currently offlineMacmac76 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

probably the best trip report I have read on here...and pictures do speak a thousand, no wait, a million words! great jo and I can't wait to see your return trip report!

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

I also noticed the flight wasn't very full? I think it's amazing that SQ flies these huge 777 aircraft for such short haul sectors. How are they so profitable?

The flight's crowd was rather spread out and a walk about the cabin I would say it was about 80% full. Not too sure about the loads in J and P Class. Unfortunately, the 777 is the smallest aircraft doing the regional hops. I don't know if the A345 still does regionals?

Well, you'd be surprised even though the aircraft is huge, it is normally full. A huge bulk of the pax are connecting to and from other cities.



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User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5712 times:

Great report... happy to know that you enjoy my home country... :P

Anyway, SMS-ed u my Singapore phone number already...

JA


User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

I also noticed the flight wasn't very full? I think it's amazing that SQ flies these huge 777 aircraft for such short haul sectors. How are they so profitable?

They are profitable because they squeeze savings out from everywhere and everyone. You should see their contract negotiation tactics - sometimes it was embarassing for me to have to ask for the concessions they were trying to get!

As you are probably aware the 777 is the smallest aircraft in their fleet. They're having a major dilemma over the A310 replacements, and I believe that has been discussed several times in other threads.



User currently offlineMarcelduchamp From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

what a marvellous report! thanks. how funny to see FSS Sharifah in your photos 'cos she's a friend of mine! what a coincidence!

25 'Longreach' : Fab 5 is the third highest rating show here apparently. Comes after CSI, and CSI Miami. Actually that was over one week!
26 Post contains images StarG : Ryanair!!!!, I was on the same flight with you, only some twenty something rows in front of you . I was at 12D. StarG
27 Ryanair!!! : Wow.... I actually met some fellow a.netters as well when I was on the Sunflower Roof Garden at Changi. Looks like we are pretty well travelled people
28 Jsnww81 : Ryanair: Were you able to upload the movies that you took? I sent you an email with instructions a day or two ago on how you might be able to do it. I
29 Trekster : umm, i cant see any pics at all, just big banners saying bandwith exxeded
30 Ryanair!!! : Just right click on the properties and paste them on another window, you will still be able to view it. I kinda put too many pictures into this acct o
31 Ex_SQer : Ryan: By the way, are SIN-CGK tickets more expensive on the 345?
32 Ryanair!!! : The normal price of tickets on SQ to CGK is S$400+ in YCL as indicated on their website. It does not indicate any difference with regards to a/c type.
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