This is my first trip report, i try to add in as much information as possible
Part 1 (trip report )
Flight code: AF256
Aircraft type : Boeing 777-200ER
Engine type :GE94
Seat : 30L (3-3-3 seating arrangment ) (ABC , EFG , JKL)
Gate : E24
Duration: 1hr 10 mins
Weather: Overcast , windy and wet condition
Airport : Changi Airport Terminal 2
Time of planned departure : 1505 hrs
Time of actual departure :1600 hrs
Date: 5th Semtember ( Wednesday )2001
Purpose of this trip: To fly Boeing 777-200ER and to visit my friend Gerry in Jakarta
My first ride on Boeing 777
***** Air France 256 *****
I was filled with excitment when i reached Changi Airport terminal 2 about 12pm (3 hrs before my actual departure).I wanted to check in early so that i can go meet Alvin whose coming later around another 20 mins
The check-in counter opened at 1 pm so i decide to walk around and do a bit of spotting of planes at Terminal 2 . I noticed my flight AF256 from Paris was not comfirmed yet and i was worried that the plane arriving late (How i wish i have a scanner ).
Anyway these are the following planes i saw at T2
1. Garuda Boeing 737-300 , Boeing 747-200
2. Singapore Airlines A310, B747-400 , B777-200
3. Cathay Pacific B777
4. Malaysian B737-400, A330-300
I didnt take note of the rego .
Anyway my friend Alvin called me and i went down to Row 1 ( where i check in counter to meet my friend ).That time is almost 1 pm
After meeting him , we chat for a while and the counter was opened.I was one of the few to check in quickly as i dont have a baggage to
check in .I made used of my Korean Air Milage card .I was assigned to seat 30L and the nice guy told me i be flying on F-GSPF . My first flight on Boeing 777-200 !!!! How excited i was
I was worried all along because i am afraid AF might pax change to A340(dreadful ) , i glad shes a Boeing 777 .
After getting my boarding pass , we went to eat walk around before i bid farewell to Alvin . I walked around the T2 viewing gallery(transit area) and i saw my a lot of SQ planes (A310,B744,A343,B777 ..etc)
Soon(1430hrs) it was time to go in and i sat near the window watching planes landing and departing . Our plane has not arrived yet and then around 15 more mins the plane landed ( beautiful landing ) , the announcement has told us the departing time will changed to 1540 hrs due
to late arrival of the aircraft . They told us the weather in KL was bad thats why they are late .I watched the beautiful Boeing777 taxing to my gate and then shut off her engines .We waited for another 30 mins by then it was around 1535 hrs and i knew we be departing later then 1540 hrs
.I was one of the last batch of passengers to enter the aircraft as other rows were seated first . I was amazed with the aircraft interior especially economy seats . I love the colours of AF B777 seats .Air France know how to decorate their planes . I quickly find a space at the handluggage department
and put my haversack inside the handbaggage department . I sat at my seat and look around and see how wide the cabin body is !! I cant wait to depart !!
After another 10 more mins ,the plane pushed back and i heard the GE-94 engines start up . At my seat , i could only see the flaps so i think her flaps is around 15 degrees .The plane was ready to taxi and on idel mode the plane was moving at a slow pace . I saw SQ B772 (9V-SQA) at the gate plus 9V-STB A310 with Star alliance (in front of us departing too (notsure where ))
We were 2nd in the queue , and immediately after the A310 in front of us took off , we position ourself at Runway 20L ready to depart . About 30 seconds of waiting , i heard the engines powering up and we speed up as the engine is in full power (slippery surface )
We had around 30 seconds rolling then the plane rotated . I can feel how powerful the B777 engines were as we climbed quickly to FL140 via FL50. We made a turn on our right side as we heading towards South and climbed up to FL370. I was enjoying the flight every minute because i wanted to see how powerful Boeing 777 is and the plane did not disappoint me at all .The entertainment system on their PTVs are quite cool
They have 4 games , 6 channels . I decide to play solitare for a while before i watch some cartoons . Very soon our meals were served . I had Sardin bun , Kit kat chocolate , bread with button and some nice salad . I had Apple juice as my drink . The food is not bad .Next 10 mins they came out and took our trays away and asked us whether we wanted coffee or tea. I declined as i wanted to watch more cartoons on PTV .
Very soon , the plane was descending as we were getting ready to land at Jakarta Airport . The descending was very bumpy with a few drops as it was very cloudy .Anyway minutes later , we were on approach , landing at Runway 25R . After we had landed , we had a long taxi to our gate which is Gate D2 . I noticed a lot of Garuda planes like DC-10, B735, B733 ,B742, KE A332, SQ B772 (9V-SQA )( Gosh we left first but SQ arrive first . )
I alighted the plane , went to a spot to fill out my immigration forms ..etc then after that i was ready to go through immigration ( no problem ) and then meet my friend Gerry who brought me to a viewing gallery ( Restaurant ) for a cup of Ice tea and enjoyed some beautiful scenery . We saw JAL 50th anniversary B744 , TG A330 and some other domestic GA aircrafts .Wonderful scenery for the restaurent who used to be a viewing mall .
These are my grading
Boeing 777 9/10 ( Very good plane with impressive performance )
Services on board : 7/10 ( Can be better , if they can smile more )
Overall trip 8/10
I enjoyed the flight very much . My first flight on Boeing 777 is a memorable one .
Photo © Thomas Noack
If anyone is interested how i spend my Jakarta , let me know i may include that in my part 2 of my trip report .
Part 2 will be my return trip !
Hope u like my Trip report (Part 1 )
I try to improve in my next part
Thank you very much for reading
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