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
PK-KKZ (No pics on A.net in KI colours)
0725-1005 – Early (0724-0950)
Economy Class, 14A (Exit Row)
Photo © Snorre - VAP
Photo © Snorre - VAP
Photo © Frank Schaefer
Photo © Bill Blanchard - AirTeamImages
Photo © Rolf Wallner
Photo © Toni Marimon
Photo © Kai-jens Meyer
Photo © Pedro Aragão
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.