16 Feb 2007
B737-300 - PK-GGU
Flight time: 1hr 15min
Left home at 9am for the 1100 departure to SUB, amazingly, traffic was good for a Friday rush hour traffic time in Jakarta. Since I was a GA FF Gold+ member, I used the Business class check-in at CGK. Got our preassigned seats (3 of us on the flight, with me, the wife and sis in law). It was a really crowdy day so I prepared everyone for a rough climb to cruising altitude (My sis in law hates flying ever since she was in a Lion Air MD 80 which had to make an emergency landing at SUB around 3 yrs ago due to 1 engine failure). Not much to do at the airport, although the new GA lounge is nice, we used the common use Platinum card lounge as a Gold GA FF member, you cannot bring any guests in. Spent some time at the lounge and managed to snap the photos below:
GA737 coming into the gate
Photo © M Radzi Desa
Once boarding commenced, I settled into my seat 6F which is the 2nd row in economy. Ok, I am seriusly not built for Y travel, remember how everyone call it cattle class, for me its more like filling an elephant into a cattle pen!! Within 5 mins of sitting in my seat, I decided I will upgrade myself for the return leg in 2 days time. Maybe I was also spoilt since my last 2 long haul trips were all done in C :P. Service on GA is always good and this B733 is still really well maintained. I browsed thru the inflight magazine which did not hold my atention for long, I then decided to rea a book I had brought with me ("Honk if you're Malaysian") really good read and funny too, I reccommend 9MMAR to buy this book!! Available at all good book stores in KL. I did not bother with the pathetic 'lunch box' which was given out by the airline so i only opted for some diet coke.
Help, an elephant stuck in cattle class!
The flight passed pretty quick and in no time we were in SUB, the delay was due to some stupid connecting passengers as usual. Other than that, another nice flight by GA.
Food:0/10 (whats with that crappy lunch box!)
18 Feb 2007
B747-400 - PK-GWQ
Flight time: 1 hr 3min
Seat: 1F (C)
After paying my office in SUB a short visit on Friday afternoon, most of Saturday and early Sunday was devoted to visiting family because of the Chinese New Year holidays, we left the hotel with about 2 hours to go for our 1400 flight to CGK, and I did the best thing on Friday, went to GA office, managed to upgrade myself by paying IDR1,000,000. to C class, all this while leaving my wife and sis in law in Y. (Am i mean? eheheheh hey but a guy sometimes needs his space right?)
View from our hotel room at the JW Marriott
Room - pardon the mess as I just got up !!
The only main highlight of this trip was going into the new SUB airport for the first time (this is only the 3rd airport in Indonesia with actual aerobridges after CGK and DPS) but the design of the new airport is disappointing dark and gloomy, and when we arrived on Friday, the roof above the baggage claim area was leaking badly...welcome to Indonesia! And although only 3 mths old, the airport design is very 1970's-80's reminisent of Don Muang.
Check in was brisk and I was told this was a full flight both in C and Y as due to the light loads of many flight to CGK coz of Chinese New Year, most of the flights were cancelled and bundled into my flight. GREAT!!
Common use lounge
With 10 mins to go before boarding we walked to our gate and I took this pic of the tarmac action, with the very 'safe' Adam Air ready to depart in the background
Photo © TK
My seat - 1F
Again, nothing special with the male purser serving us C passengers alone. Service again was good on GA and personally I sometimes think almost as good as MH...note the word i used is 'almost'
Proper food instead of 'crap box'
Thanks again for reading guys...next trip report will be completed in 2 weeks, and its another long haul in F on TG to MAD w/ JK intra Spain.
[Edited 2007-02-26 14:26:21]