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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

Plenty of trips lately, might type another report or two, but I thought this one might be interesting considering the crash of PK-KKW on new year’s day etc. Unfortunately, no pictures, since the battery of my new camera died ¼ through the trip and I didn’t have the charger with me.

Booked the flight two days before departure on flyadamair.com, $37+tax – a bargain and a half for a last minute trip if you ask me. Online booking worked like a charm, not something you see on many Indonesian airlines.

04 February 2007
Jakarta Soekarno Hatta (CGK/WIII) – Singapore Changi (SIN/WSSS)
Adam Skyconnection Airlines KI/DHI 982
Boeing 737-3Q8
PK-KKZ (No pics on A.net in KI colours)
0725-1005 – Early (0724-0950)
Economy Class, 14A (Exit Row)



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Due to the recent huge floods in Jakarta, I left for the airport already at 3.30am in order to have a shot at the 6am Philippine Airlines flight in case of any last minute cancellation. Fellow A.netter HB-IWC told me the return from SIN had a gate assigned, so I was fairly sure the flight was going despite having been cancelled on February 2nd and 3rd.

A Bluebird taking a strange route (perhaps due to the floods) got me to Soekarno Hatta in around 30 minutes, and check-in for KI 982 wasn’t open yet. Counters 23-25 and gate D5 had been assigned, so I was relieved I didn’t have to fork out additional money for a PAL ticket, let alone full fare on the SQ morning flight. I was on a non-cancellable ticket from SIN to BKK so I absolutely had to get to Changi this morning.

Agents set up the check-in counters at around 5am – Adam uses their own laptops and printers like Jetstar in Singapore does. Adam Air “the boutique airlines” signs were placed on top of the counters, and some orange fake flowers were placed on the counters. A rather nice looking setup for a low-cost airline. I was assigned an aisle seat as requested, and I had to sign some form for the e-ticket/credit card payment.

Cleared immigration in no time at all, and grabbed four seats near gate D5 for some shut-eye before the security checkpoint opened. Cleared security at about 6.45am, and boarding started at about 7.10am. Perhaps a 60% load, we had a large group connecting from Singapore to somewhere and maybe an equal number of individual passengers.

The flight was operated by a 737-300 today; I believe 737-500 is usually the equipment. Was greeted by an Adam Angel or whatever they call them – must say all of the cabin crew (2 female, 2 male) were very friendly and the colourful uniforms looked fine. PK-KKZ has an all economy configuration of 148 blue leather seats – they were showing their age but not too shabby. I was glad to see I was assigned the exit row – moved to the window with no seat in front once boarding was completed. Got an emergency exit door opening speech from one of the F/As, don’t recall that happening on other Indonesian carriers. Usual safety demo followed.

Pushback was a minute early, and we took off without delay. Spotted two QF 743s and one SV 744 at the Hajj terminal. Service consisted of a snackbox – a bread roll, some cake and a cup of water. Managed some sleep after that with the great exit row legroom and decent recline. Descent into Changi soon started, and we landed about 15 minutes early.

Docked at gate C34 a few minutes later, the cheerful crew thanked me for flying Adam Air, and off to the transit counter I went to check in for my TG flight to Bangkok. Can’t really fault Adam for anything – working online booking, no problems with the e-ticket, smooth check-in and an on-time flight with friendly service. Unfortunately, I suppose there are other serious issues with Adam Air, as anybody who has read the SUB-MDC crash threads should know.

Hope you enjoyed although no pictures this time. The battery is fully charged for tomorrow’s GF/CX F flights though. Big grin


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6257 times:

Hello, Lufthansa747,
thanx for posting.
Sure an aircraft with an interesting history on your flight.
Especially FlyAir had not the best reputation.
Good to read that Adam Air, in your case, works well.
Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6201 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Got an emergency exit door opening speech from one of the F/As, don’t recall that happening on other Indonesian carriers.

It was done consistently in all my Batavia and Sriwijaya flights, all on the PNK-CGK vice versa and return routes.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5497 times:

Glad you made it safely and you are here today to write a trip report. Have you considered paying a bit more and knowing your life is not in danger?
I fly on almost anything, as you can see searching trip reports, but with Adam Air I'd at least want to know first what happend at New Years day and if it won't happen again.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 3):
I fly on almost anything, as you can see searching trip reports, but with Adam Air I'd at least want to know first what happend at New Years day and if it won't happen again.

Actually... I did a run on Lion sometime back just for the kicks to see how flying an "unsafe" airline really feels like. Somehow the thrill soon became a reality check once I boarded, when I realised that the MD80's PA system wasn't working, seatbelt "ping" inop, no safety check by cabin crew etc... Not to mention numerous delays without explanation.

After a while, it was not funny anymore and I was never so glad to be back on terra firma. Needless to say I am not rushing to fly any of these airlines anytime soon.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
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Hi Lari,

Anotehr great report, though a brave one to make considering everything about Adam Air at the moment......

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Sure an aircraft with an interesting history on your flight

- Your not wrong there!  Smile

Look forward to the next report as always.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Especially FlyAir had not the best reputation.

Thankfully I didn't know the history/reputation when I flew - it looked like ex-BD inside the cabin.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 3):
Have you considered paying a bit more and knowing your life is not in danger?

Yeah... But I'd then have forked out for a hotel in SIN instead of going to CGK, so it was a no-brainer. Big grin

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
though a brave one to make considering everything about Adam Air at the moment.....

I figure the motorbike taxis in BKK are much more dangerous than any airline out there... And KI was missing from my flight log. Big grin

Cheers,

Lari



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

You have bigger balls than I know how to have!!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Actually... I did a run on Lion sometime back just for the kicks to see how flying an "unsafe" airline really feels like.

And you!! But you did learn your lesson eh?  Wink


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5035 times:

That was definately an interesting read. I have always wanted to know what Adam Air was like. I take it from your trip report there is nothing majorly wrong with flying Adam Air, at least not that you can see.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Hope you enjoyed although no pictures this time. The battery is fully charged for tomorrow's GF/CX F flights though

I can't wait to read this one, I have not flown GF in years.

SR 103


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 8):
That was definately an interesting read. I have always wanted to know what Adam Air was like. I take it from your trip report there is nothing majorly wrong with flying Adam Air, at least not that you can see.

Prior to the crash incident in Sulawesi, Adam Air is a proud recipient of CAPA's Low Cost Carrier of the Year award, surpassing the likes of AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar!


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