Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6943 times:
January 6, 2006
Bangkok – Singapore
JetStar Asia (3K) 512
1155 – 1510 (local times)
Flight time: 2:15
In an effort to escape the cold of Cleveland, Ohio, I decided to go to Southeast Asia and Australia over my winter break from graduate school.
I flew to Bangkok on Korean Air through Atlanta and Seoul, but I did not take enough photos to warrant writing a separate report. (Those are loaded to my personal homepage if you want to see them there.) I wanted to visit Bangkok again since I was unimpressed on my first visit in 2004. Happily, I enjoyed the city this time.
I wanted to try a new Asian budget carrier, so I decided to take JetStar Asia from Bangkok to Singapore for US$44 including taxes but not the Bhat 500 Airport Departure Tax. I had to go to Singapore to catch my Qantas flight to Perth (for which a report is forthcoming).
Bangkok Terminal 1 was rather empty when I arrived at 0900.
The check in desk for 3K 512 to Singapore.
It took less than one minute to check in, and I received a window seat at the exit row.
I had almost two hours before boarding, so I took a few photos.
The A320 arrived from Singapore at 1055.
Gate 12 opened at 1100.
There were no more than 50 passengers, and there was only one boarding call.
We settled in.
The legroom was great at the exit row, but insufficient at the other rows.
Hilda, the lead FA, instructed those in the exit row on how to open the door, and reminded us not to open it in flight!
We pushed back at 1130, and, Hilda gave the safety demonstration in English and Chinese. She also warned us of the severe penalties for drug traffickers in Singapore (e.g. – death), and asked us not to remove the life jackets.
It took 20 minutes to reach the runway, so I took a few photos.
Climbing out of BKK for 39,000 feet.
The very friendly and professional crew announced that meals were for sale.
I bought a chicken satay on focaccia with a small bottle of Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay. It meal cost me about US$ 7. The wine was good, and the sandwich was acceptable.
After 1:55 minutes, the Australian captain announced that we would land soon in Singapore.
Singapore is one of the world’s most important ports.
We parked at a jetway, and disembarkation was quick and easy. It took only a few minutes to clear customs.
Welcome to Singapore: the land of warnings and fines.
I was satisfied with JetStar Asia, and I would fly it again.
I will post a report from Perth to Cleveland on QF, MH, AK, KE and DL shortly.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 44
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5680 times:
Quoting Gte439u (Reply 13): Good point. I did not look at Turkish or Finnair's websites since I did not like their departure times.
Yeah, I was just pointing out what in my opinion always happens when you check the "usual" websites. (since somebody asked where to check fares)
Even the airline websites often quote wrong stuff ex-BKK - Finnair and Cathay at least. AY return to SIN in J is sold at THB 7000 (+ whatever commission they charge - usually around 500) at travel agents agents (I-class), AFAIK AY quotes D-class at about 3000 more, and international sites mostly the full J fare. Cathay discount fares also never appear on the CX Thailand website.
P.S. Forgot to mention it was a nice report and pics.
Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5626 times:
Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 14): Even the airline websites often quote wrong stuff ex-BKK - Finnair and Cathay at least. AY return to SIN in J is sold at THB 7000 (+ whatever commission they charge - usually around 500) at travel agents agents (I-class), AFAIK AY quotes D-class at about 3000 more, and international sites mostly the full J fare. Cathay discount fares also never appear on the CX Thailand website.
That is really interesting. I found the fares on the full-services carriers' websites to be at least US$200 in Y, and that seemed excessive. Next time that I do this, I'll contract a travel agent in BKK to get a better fare.