GA312 - B737-300 - PK-GGW
Flight Time: 1hr 6min
This trip is the result of me having to do my periodic check on our business operations in Surabaya. On the morning of my departure, I spent a good part of the morning at the office before leaving at 1005 for my 1200 flight as usually there is not much traffic during this time of the day. Wrong move!! Decided to take a short cut which resulted in me arriving at the airport with 20 mins to spare before departure!! I quickly checked in at the business class counter and got my pre-assigned seat which is 4F, and then I went to the lounge for a quick drink with my colleague before heading to the gate.
Check-in Area @ CGK
Garuda lounge at CGK
Our A/C - PK-GGW
Photo © M Radzi Desa
Once we got into the gate I settled in to my seat pretty quickly, luckicly for today, the aisle seat next to me was empty so more space to leave my stuff! There was a slight delay before take off as some nut in 15B decided to park his ass in business class so it caused confusion with the cabin crew on why there was 1 extra pax in J. Oh well, once it was sorted, we pushed back and after several minutes, took off.
TG A333 from BKK
A333 & B744 ready to go
Seat Pitch in business class, much better and generous than MH's B734's
There was a mum and her kid on row 3 where the kid really was a pain in the ass, kept crying as he didn't want his mum to put him down on his seat to put on the seat belt, doesn't Garuda have those seat belt extensions whereby the mum could buckle the kid in with her ??!! Very Annoying Indeed but here is the soloution to peace and quiet in the cabin, to all frequent flyers, don't leave home without it !!
Flying over CGK airport
Theres actually clear skies over Jakarta!!
The rest of the flight was uneventful but the catering was bad!!...Didn't really know what it was but was some instant noodle looking thing with minced meat...like those you get with Spaghetti..taste...actually not as bad as it looked
Overall, another efficient (sort of) and polite service by Garuda.
Load was 80% in J, but 4 of those are GA off duty staff, and Y was 100% full
Landing into the 'new' Surabaya Airport
1 Mar 2007
GA329 - B733 - PK-GHR, later to be B734 - PK-GZC
Fight time: 1hr 9 min
After a little over 24 hrs, it was time to head to the airport at Surabaya,although it was peak traffic hour, it took only around 40mins from downtown, not too bad comparing to Jakarta. We managed to reach the airprot with 1 hr to spare.
The Sheraton Surabaya where we stayed
Stairs to the viewing gallery at SUB
Check in was brisk and again I got 4F. There was some hassle with the ground staff as they were rushing over a dealyed 1730 flight to Jakarta, but guess what, that delayed flight actually affected me! The 1730 flight could not take off due to the fact it had flap problems therefore the flight was cancelled, they then moved passengers from that flight to my 1900 flight, and moved me to the 2000 flight. What a mess!! GA ended up delaying all subsequent flights to CGK. WHy don't they just dealy the 1730 flight until an a/c becomes available? If everyone moved up 1 flight, what happened to the lat flight out as technically they were 1 a/c short!! Was not too happy about the delay, but I can't really be bothered. There was a guy from the 1730 flight who was travelling in J who also can't even get on the 1900 flight, he claimed he saw people giving cash to the ground staff to let them aboard the a/c. Oh well, not too surprising in Indonesia, in the end he came on our 2000 flight instead.
The good news about the delay was I was able to catch Mandala's new A320 coming in on its turnaround flight to Anyone knows about the background of this a/c?
Boarding was made 5 mins after 2000. I was too tired to really complain about anyting then.
Photo © TK
Everything else was the same as the inbound flight, didn't eat as even the FAdidn't know how to explain about the food they had on board. I just spent my time listening to my ipod and reading my book "Honk if you're malaysian" <--- 9M-MAR you should buy this book!!
Load was 70% in J, and 100% in Y
Food: Did not have any but the best that I might give GA 1.5/10
Hope you guys enjoyed this short read. I will be flying to Spain tomorrow by TG in F, will post that report when I return.!!
[Edited 2007-03-06 08:59:02]