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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 15220 times:

Jetstar / Valuair VF 505
Changi International Airport (SIN) – Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta (CGK)
Airbus A320-200 (9V-VLB)
Seat 26A
ETD: 1955H
ATD: 2012H
ETA: 2125H
ATA: 2150H
Duration: Approx 1h 35min

19 April 2007

Background to this trip…

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I travel to Jakarta so often that it is almost like 2nd nature now. That city almost feels like another home to me and I have always flown there on SQ. Back and forth so many times that I have since stopped writing anymore reports because of the repetitive nature of the flights – and the catering… yucks!

However, this time was a little different as this trip was a personal one – to attend a funeral of a loved one. And since I had to pay out of my own pocket, the cheapest option available for a last minute ticket was via the Jetstar website.

Received the horrible news on Wednesday, and the whole of Thursday was spent at the office trying to arrange for a plane ticket while juggling work commitments. Thank god I work at the airport so I just left my car there at the end of the day and got a lift from a colleague to Terminal One.

Why the need to write this report

I last flew Valuair in June 2004 when they were only 2 months old. There was an air of excitement brimming on all the employees back then. However, things have changed very drastically since. They are now no longer the only budget carrier in Singapore as two others have formed. What’s worse, they are also no longer a sovereign carrier having joined hands with Jetstar slightly more than a year back.

To make things sound nice, it was described as a merger. However, we insiders know that Valuair was bleeding to death since its formation, and Jetstar could not get the rights to fly to Indonesia. So this was a marriage of convenience and the brand of Valuair was retained in order for Jetstar to continue ops into Indonesia (CGK, DPS and SUB).

This report aims to compare the Valuair of yesterday, to the one of present day and see the changes that have occurred since.

Departure day…

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Ever since the “merger”, Valuair has been using SATS as their ground handling agent similar to Jetstar. The scene was a little chaotic at check in because the lines were not clearly formed. People were walking about asking those in line where were they going to before deciding if they were in the correct queue. Not a good first impression…

Check in was for flights on Jetstar and Valuair bound for Phnom Penh, Bali and Jakarta.

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Since I booked the ticket online only a few hours ago, I could not use my credit card but had to pay cash. I was failed to be informed that payment had to be made before I checked in. Therefore, only when I got to the beginning of the line was I then directed to the services desk at the side to make my payment. As frustrated as I was, after making a fuss about the lack of signs, all the SATS employees could do was shrug their shoulders and whisper among themselves “There goes another diva…”

Despite what happened, I was still able to secure a window seat at 26A. The loads must have been light for this flight being a weekday evening.

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Paper itinerary and boarding pass

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Tarmac scene

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Departure gate assigned was the furthest possible D38. Boarding was called at 1950H for a supposed ETD of 1955H. We all knew that was not going to happen!

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Best shot I could get of 9V-VLB from the boarding lounge of D38

“Hello, Sir! Welcome on board…. Jakarta? Visiting?”

That was a warm welcome given to me by a very motherly looking Josephine. She was obviously the leader for tonight’s crew as she later identified herself over the PA using a very QF-esque title, Customer Service Coordinator. She was probably in her late-40s and the Jetstar Star Trek inspired uniform looked almost ridiculous on her. A more subdued outfit with Mandarin collar and dark pants would have suited her better. I noted that despite the uniform, they were all wearing Valuair nametags.

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Josephine is standing at the entrance

Raheeda was standing further down but did nothing to help us with our seats.

2 more members of the crew appeared out of the galley, Orange (what a cool name!) and Fanny, who at least appeared to ask the passengers if they knew where their seats were located.

9V-VLB was my ride tonight. When I first flew them back in 2004, the aircraft was factory fresh and now, it seemed jaded and frayed. The leather fabric was sagging in places and was screaming to be moisturized big time.

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Pitch is still great as before, but the condition of the leather looks really bad.

2000H: “Ibu ibu dan bapak papak…” The Indonesian announcements tonight were done by Raheeda but in a malay accent.

After the welcome announcements were completed by the flight deck and Josephine, the doors were finally armed at 2010H and pushback 2 minutes later, almost 15 mins behind schedule.

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Raheeda and Orange have the honours of demo-ing tonight.

After the safety demo, Josephine walked down the aisle and mumbled “short taxi, short taxi” to Fanny and Orange along the aisle, presumably referring to the short taxi time to Runway 20C.

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True enough, the lights were soon dimmed and engines revved at 2025H. Take off soon followed behind a SQ 777-200 and a QF 747-400.

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The cheekiness of Valuair still permeates occasionally…

2034H: Once steady on a gentle climb, the seat belt signs were pinged off and the lights came back on. Surprise, surprise… Josephine came on the PA and announced that they were soon serving complimentary meals! This was a welcome gesture as I thought that Valuair would go down the road the rest of the budget carriers as well without any free food.

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2045H: Fanny and Orange man the aft half of the aisle with a meal cart while Josephine and Orange take care of the front.

“Char siew…? Char siew, anyone?” Fanny gives out pieces of napkins and proceeds to place a piece of char siew filled pastry on top of it. For those uninitiated, char siew means sweet barbequed meat in Cantonese. There is also a choice of coffee, tea or water.

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Although the pastry was tasteless and the origins of the meat rather mysterious (chicken or pork?), one must be grateful that frills like these are still commonplace in our competitive environment.

2120H: FL 320, 120 miles from CGK.

The first signs of descend were felt as the flight deck announced that we were nearing our destination.

2125H: Cabin crew prepare for landing.

The seatbelt sign pings on as the plane continues to descend. Meanwhile, the cabin lights are darkened as per regulation.

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The shoreline that made out Jakarta and her busy port shimmered outside my window as the familiar sights of Tanjong Priok and Cengkareng welcomed me back again under vastly different circumstances.

2144H: Gears lowered

Touchdown was on the perennial Runway 25R like almost all international flights into CGK. The usual suspects of a CX A330, JL 747-400 and a KE 777-200 were seen milling about followed by the same smattering of the supposedly “unsafe” Garuda jets of the 737 and A330 kinds. In the dark corners of the apron, the Adam 737s were lurking and I curiously saw one BMI Baby 737-400 parked together with the Adams. Is there something going on here?

2150H: Local time is now 2050H and we come to a stop at Gate D5, next to the JL 747-400.

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Scores:

Departure: 4/10… I get a strange feeling that SATS is sidelining Valuair with the kind of half-beat service that they provide. Chaotic check in, lack of proper signage for cash payments and indifferent staff, all amount to an experience that is really un-Changi.

Inflight service: 6/10… I am comparing this to the Valuair of the old. Gone are the crazy crew, gone are the jokes over the PA, the singing, the dancing… Gone… all gone. Now the service is back to the old-school prim and proper SQ-like poise. While not bad, it is not warm. Marks given here are all entirely to the credit of Josephine only, who provided an inkling of service.

Meal: 9/10… The only reason I am giving this quotient a score, is that a meal was actually given at all. This is supposed to be a budget flight, remember? This mark is not indicative of the quality of the snack.

Arrival: 10/10… Probably it was that time of arrival. But can you believe that I cleared immigration and customs, and was out of the airport within 30mins? This is CGK we are referring to and to me, that is a feat of achievement.

Overall: 72.5%

As Jetstar prods along the LCC business from Singapore, they have all but left a shell that is a former existence of the cheerful carrier that I once knew, Valuair. Only the plane retains the corporate colours, while the crew manning the aircraft all hail from the former. The cabin looks sad with their sagging grey leather seats that have seen better days and somehow still retains the distant echo of faint laughter from the old Valuair crew in their dark blue polo t-shirts and kaki pants, all up in arms singing and entertaining the laughing passengers.

I cannot help but feel a tinge of sadness as I stepped out of the A320 of what used to be a great airline, but is now nothing but a lifeless puppet that has no soul.

RIP, Valuair…

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For the benenfit of comparison, I have included links to 2 of my former Valuair reports written in 2004 to give readers an idea of of the vast difference. Note that the photos are no longer there...

S'pore to Bangkok on Valuair
Bangkok to S'pore on Valuair


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 15127 times:

Since the return trip is almost the same as the first, I have decided to post it here.

Jetstar / Valuair VF 506
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta (CGK) - Changi International Airport (SIN)
Airbus A320-200 (9V-VLB)
Seat 9A
ETD: 2115H
ATD: 2120H
ETA: 2345H
ATA: 2349H
Duration: Approx 1h 30min

21 April 2007

Trip to Jakarta was rather somber. Did what we came here to do, and was out on the next available flight on Saturday evening. However, I did manage to squeeze in a bit of shopping and bought 3 Dragon Wings models at a very reasonable price.

Traffic from Pondok Indah, where I stayed, to the airport was horrendous which is quite normal for a Saturday evening. 2 hours later, the driver dropped me off at the kerbside of international departures.

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The ever-present crowd greeted me as I went into the departure hall to look at the information boards but this is what greeted me…

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Alas… a few months ago, CGK has started installing new flight information monitors that look something like these…

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Valuai?

Nevertheless, check in completed in no time and there were no hassles with bribes or whatsoever. They strangely issued actual boarding passes for flights out of CGK…

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New LCD screens adorn the check in desk presently…

I did venture to the Starbucks area as recommended by 9MMAR and manage to get some night shots of these….

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Traffic is CGK is always a mere trickle at the international terminal so there was nothing interesting outside. Departure Gate D5 beckoned and in we waited. Looks like the load for tonight’s flight was very light as there were ample seats for everyone in the lounge. Ride for tonight was 9V-VLB, the same plane that brought me over.

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Is it me? Or does the boarding lounge look terribly gloomy?

2105H: Boarding call

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Ilona and Faith – the very rude one…

There was no need to board by row numbers as our numbers were very low. In fact, our load was so light that the door of the aircraft was closed by 2114H.

Our Customer Service Coordinator was a male FA by the name of Halim. His laid back swaggering demeanour definitely rubbed off on the rest of his team Nora, Ilona and Faith. Needless to say, the service level already warranted a failure even before the flight began.

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A very light load for tonight’s flight.

2115H: Welcome announcements followed and what do you know? My flight was flown by Captain Anastasia Gan, the first ever female commercial pilot in Singapore! I remember speaking to her over the airwaves back when I was an air traffic controller in the air force.

Pushback followed moments later with the safety demo.

Lights were dimmed as we taxied towards Runway 25R and we were airborne by 2130H.

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2145H: Small trays of hot entrees were dished out by Faith and Ilona and when the former reached me, she pursed her lips and with one raised carefully penciled eyebrow, drawled, “I am serving the meals…”

I am serving the meals? I am serving the meals? My god, if there was an award for a rude FA, Faith would have won hands down. With those words she spoke, her facial expression might as well have actually said, “Can’t you see I am serving the meals? Are you that stupid to still leave your tray tables up?”

2205H: Lights were dimmed presumably to allow passengers to get some quick shut-eye. Meanwhile, those that were still consuming their meals had to turn on their overhead lamps.

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2220H: Descend.

Since arrival was imminent, the cabin was brightened once again to allow the cabin crew to clear the remains of the meal service.

As the aircraft continued it’s descend, the cabin crew all gathered at the front of the cabin chit chatting away and laughing rather loudly as they shared a joke among themselves. This does not reflect very well on them, does it?

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chat chat chat…..

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[i]After the lights are dimmed, Halim joins the party up front.


The skyline of Singapore soon appeared squarely outside my window as we approached Runway 02L.

2244H: Touchdown… a very hard one that drew a loud gasp from the passengers in the cabin. It must have been a manual landing.

The journey came to an end at 2249 as we docked at the arrival gate. Local time is now 2349H.

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Scores:

Departure: 8/10… No major hiccups at CGK as the airport is very quiet at the tail end of the evening bank of departures.

Inflight service: 2/10… Fail, fail, fail…. No hesitation. This team was not interested in providing service at all. I guess Halim set the benchmark with his slacker attitude. So the rest of the team just took it from there.

Meal: 9/10… The only reason I am giving this quotient a score, is that a meal was actually given at all. This is supposed to be a budget flight, remember? This mark is not indicative of the quality of the snack. Comments are the same as the outbound flight

Arrival: 10/10… You can never complain about Changi airport.

Overall: 72.5%



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 15082 times:

Hi Mr. Soh,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
to attend a funeral of a loved one

I am so sorry to hear that. Sad

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
There goes another diva

Aha, you are a DIVA!  no 

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
This is supposed to be a budget flight, remember?

Maybe because they have to in order to keep up with the Indonesian LCCs. Batavia and Sriwijaya provide complimentary snacks onboard. I am not sure whether Adam Air (which serves SIN) provides complimentary snacks onboard or not.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Gone are the crazy crew, gone are the jokes over the PA, the singing, the dancing. Gone, all gone.



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
of faint laughter from the old Valuair crew in their dark blue polo t-shirts and kaki pants, all up in arms singing and entertaining the laughing passengers.

I wonder how was the situation back then. Will read the linked trip reports. The craziest I heard so far was the singing AirAsia's flight attendants and also this...

The crew on this particular flight were wonderful, very courteous and they obviously worked well together. They organised a little trivia game during the flight, with some AirAsia merchandise as prizes. Our buzzers were the call buttons! I'd never experienced such an 'interactive' flight before, it was nice.

It was a flight taken by Mr. E Keilher in September 2005 on AirAsia enroute to KCH from KUL. It was published in the Skytrax's website. Very nice I thought.  tongue 


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15033 times:

Hello again Mr. Soh, this is for your inbound trip.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I did venture to the Starbucks area as recommended by 9MMAR

Me? How was it? You got 3 large aircrafts there. Pretty good for a night shot I thought. All my night shots failed.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Is it me? Or does the boarding lounge look terribly gloomy?

It was the boarding lounge. I raised the gloomy and the 'darkness' matter in my trip report as well. They are saving on electricity!   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
My god, if there was an award for a rude FA, Faith would have won hands down.

And you let her slipped away? If I were you, I would have slapped her pointing mouth and then will do my very best to get her suspended from duty. I succeed in getting a few MH's ground staff being sent back to training because they served me impolitely. I NEVER tolerate bad customer service.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
the cabin crew all gathered at the front of the cabin chit chatting away and laughing rather loudly as they shared a joke among themselves.

On the contrary to the good old days when they cheered the passengers. What a sad ending to Valuair.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Inflight service: 2/10

After what they did you still gave them 2? I would have given none.

I just can't understand the rudeness issue. It was a light load flight, she can't be that lazy, isn't she? And we are in South East Asia, where warm and friendly services are norms and at the disposal of the passengers. And yet you let her slipped away! Argh... I am getting very mad now. You should have snapped a close up photo of her and uploaded it here, with a caption A B*TCH!

[Edited 2007-04-24 13:59:46]

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15000 times:

Good report, Ryanair.

I flew 3K SIN-HKG earlier this year. Was very impressed for several reasons. 1) Despite booking 24+ hours before, it only cost £40 or so one-way including tax. 2) The lady at the check-in desk said "You both are tall so I'll give you extra legroom." 3) Arrived into HKG early. 4) There were no queue for check-in. 5) Assigned seating. 6) Was very quick to disembark in HKG.



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User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14922 times:

Excellent report as always Ryanair!!! and great night shots too! I'm sorry to hear about your loved one. Anyway, shame about what happened to VF. I miss their print ads, they were always so hillarious.


SQ*G BD*S
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14878 times:

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The above photo is a tribute to an awesome flight I had with them. I miss Valuair...



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17339 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14869 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Is it me? Or does the boarding lounge look terribly gloomy?

I remember it looking pretty fantastic during the day; maybe they just need some more lighting Wink.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14581 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
I am not sure whether Adam Air (which serves SIN) provides complimentary snacks onboard or not.

KI does serve complimentary snacks similar to those cute and colourful snack boxes found on other Indonesian carriers.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
I just can't understand the rudeness issue. It was a light load flight, she can't be that lazy, isn't she? And we are in South East Asia, where warm and friendly services are norms and at the disposal of the passengers.

I have seen bad service... after all I have flown domestically in the US on many occassions, remember? But the crew on the return flight was just plain nasty. They made it known to the passengers that "we are tired, this is our last flight for the day, make things easy for us...".

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
flew 3K SIN-HKG earlier this year. Was very impressed for several reasons.

I wonder if the 3K staff do not operate the VF flights with pride since it does not belong to them anyway? I have heard nothing but good things about the former so I am shocked to say the least to have received this kind of service.

Quoting SIA fan (Reply 5):
Anyway, shame about what happened to VF. I miss their print ads, they were always so hillarious.

Shame indeed... They were such a fun airline but I knew this was coming.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 7):
maybe they just need some more lighting

Actually... most of the airport looks gloomy like that. The brightest area would the the check in.



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User currently offlineKretek From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 14146 times:

Is that a Bihun goreng "Krismon" (monetary crisis) they served on Jkt-Sin leg? Can't find any meat. Still, it is impressive they serve this kind of tasty food on a LCC.

The last time I flew with them in last January, at Changi, for some reason they directed all passengers to go to a 'side' room to re-check the weight of hand baggage, before being allowed to proceed to immigration. Can't blame the Singaporean authorities because at check-in, passengers were checking-in huge, bulky, boxed items (sure to exceed 20kg) and lots of carry-ons. The passengers thought they can get away with it like they can with SQ/GA.
Was your hand luggage re-checked in a side room?


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 14029 times:

Thanks for another great report.... I didn't know that they have jetstar crew on valueair flights now. What happened to the original valueair cabin crew? Or did they just replace the VF uniform with jetstar's?

CGK airport flight information display systems seems to be a joke. It's airports like these that makes me appreciate Changi's continuing pursuit of excellence, and ensuring that our airport remains functional and a great place to travel out of.



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5074 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 13957 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
I am not sure whether Adam Air (which serves SIN) provides complimentary snacks onboard or not.

= Snack boxes are served on KI's SIN-CGK (v.v.) runs. My TR from September illustrates this:
Adam Air KI 983: 22/SEP/06: SIN-CGK: Y Cabin (by Abrelosojos Oct 18 2006 in Trip Reports)

Good TR. Seems Valuair is still pretty crappy. Here was my impression from September:
Valuair VF 504: 22/SEP/06: CGK-SIN: Y Cabin (by Abrelosojos Oct 19 2006 in Trip Reports)

Cheers and keep on the good reporting,
A.



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13887 times:

Ahhh Mr Soh,


Another interesting read from you, not your best though  Smile Its nice to see that you can still pull out some nice pics of CGK airport.....in my case.. I really can't be bothered too much about CGK airport  Smile eheheheh ...but seriously, they need to do somethign about the lounges.


Nex time, also try to smoking lounge at the foodcourt for shpotting at CGK.

Oh eyah ...forgot to mention that I managed to find those 2 aircraft model shop at Plaza Semnaggi....woohoo...nice prices too.....I am actually about to go there in awhile....

I will try to post my trip report to CAN by this week before 9M-Mar asks me about it ..till then ...take care !!


User currently offlineEK773 From Malta, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 233 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13850 times:

Hey Ryanair!!!

Heres my thanks also for posting your latest travels. Nice to know you're still out there travelling around.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13751 times:

Quoting Kretek (Reply 9):
Is that a Bihun goreng "Krismon" (monetary crisis) they served on Jkt-Sin leg?

Hahahaha... I love it how you indonesians abbreviate almost everything in your everyday life... right down to this bihun. I don't think the serving of krismon was intentionally done to reflect the spartan state of the cabin. And yes.... it is indeed krismon catered out of Singapore... The Singaporean version of krismon is actually a rather common staple snack for us.

Quoting Kretek (Reply 9):
Was your hand luggage re-checked in a side room?

Nope, it wasn't done on my flight. I am sure it was done on yours because there was a loading problem for the plane. Someone's head would have rolled on that day because weight issues are dangerous and can cause a plane (in extreme cases) to stall in flight.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 10):
What happened to the original valueair cabin crew? Or did they just replace the VF uniform with jetstar's?

The crew on my flight was ENTIRELY from Jetstar. I think the original VF crew you see in the later photo I posted are floating about somewhere in the outer space of oblivion already.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 10):
CGK airport flight information display systems seems to be a joke.

Truth be told, during my last few trips to JKT, the original huge black "klak klak klak" information board was already malfunctioning for a few years. I mean who in the hell would still have Canadian Pacific for reflected up there? So these new LCD screens came at a good time although I wish they would go ahead and remove the "klak klak klak" already! It is no longer in use although it still "klaks" away once in a while but showing nothing, and the airline logos are all stuck on JAL. It is interesting to note how people are not looking at the new LCDs, but stare intensely at the black info board as it klaks away, hoping for some info to appear!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 11):
Seems Valuair is still pretty crappy

You know, VF used to be very good. I read your report and I just feel very sad that at the present state of that airline.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 12):
Another interesting read from you, not your best though

Aww come on! Is this revenge for the cleavage joke I cracked on you?? Hahahaha... Well, like I said, this report was done to compare the Valuair of the past and today. I think the forum members are getting tired of my SIN-CGK flights already so unless it is something worth writing about, I stopped writing anymore reports about this sector till this flight came about. How interestingly different can a SIN-CGK-SIN flight be on SQ? I have been eating the same choice of meals for so many years now...

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 12):
Oh eyah ...forgot to mention that I managed to find those 2 aircraft model shop at Plaza Semnaggi....woohoo...nice prices too.....I am actually about to go there in awhile....

Great! However, I would recommend the one next to the XL shop. The other one seems so small and selection very limited. I bought a Gulf Traveller 767-300, Vietnam Airlines A330-300 and a Singapore Airlines 707 (this 707 alone would have cost me close to S$120 in Singapore but I got it at S$50).

I am trying to sqeeze in another personal trip in Jul for a wedding. So I guess I will be heading for Plaza Semanggi again to contnue my purchases!

Quoting EK773 (Reply 13):
Heres my thanks also for posting your latest travels. Nice to know you're still out there travelling around.

You are more than welcomed....  Smile



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13617 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Great! However, I would recommend the one next to the XL shop

Actually I have since bought more than 20 models form them heheheh....my wife is starting to complain about me buying those models non-stop since I started buying in HKG. oh well, thats why I put them all in the office, what she can't see, she can't complain  Smile

Anyways, here is a pic of my collection, I managed to buy the SQ A380 in HKG.









[Edited 2007-05-01 12:09:54]

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13600 times:

Wow Mr. Kwee, very enviable indeed! You can build an airport to yourself with that amount of collection.  eyepopping 

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1739 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13484 times:

Great report as usual Ryan. It seems as if you are begining to appreciate SQ more and more these days! Who would have ever thought? However I got to say that meals looks amazing when compared to my recent Orlando-Philadelphia flight in coach. In case you want to feel better about the service, next time just think; you could be flying NW or some other US airline!

Any plans on flying Malaysian any time soon?

SR 103


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13469 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 17):
Any plans on flying Malaysian any time soon?

My recent travels seem to have excluded MAS in my itinerary. Especially my SIN-CGK flights is ALWAYS on SQ because of work therefore I almost do not have a chance to fly MAS anymore, as much as I want to. Plus, they have recently raised their ticket prices ex-SIN so it is not exactly a bargain anymore these days.



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13227 times:

RYC: Yes, I had read your report but didn't take the time to comment. Sorry, quite rude of me. Anyhow, nice to see that I'm not the only one with a less than stellar experience with Jetstar. Although I suppose they really aren't any worse than the rest of the airlines out there. How come I have to fly Business Class or First in order to be "wowed" anymore?

Cheers!



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