Reason for Trip: Had to accompany a business partner and his partner as they will be going to Bali for the 1st time so basically, I had to tag along (with the Mrs as usual) to be their tour guide to Bali.
Jakarta (CGK) – Denpasar, Bali (DPS)
Flight: Garuda GA404
Flight time: 1.33hrs
Cruise: 33000 feet
Being me, I woke up late as usual, but luckily for a Friday, traffic was pretty decent all the way to the airport. We managed to arrive at the airport with 1 hr to spare. After the concierge helped us with the check in, we proceeded to the relatively new GA executive class lounge to hang out. Within several minutes, the concierge came to give us our boarding passes. I actually also managed to buy 1:400 scale models of GA’s B738 and B744. (Many of you will know that I am actually an avid collector of these models!)
Usual Morning Rush at CGK
GA Executive Lounge
With 15mins to go before departure, we decided to walk to the gate. When I asked the agent who took my boarding pass whether the flight is on time, he said yes. But guess what, 5 mins later they announced that due to ‘operational reasons’ the flight will be delayed by 1 hr! So its back to the lounge for me.
Photo © M Radzi Desa
PK-GHQ is still in relatively good condition despite the inflight offering really starting to show its age. No IFE of any form and most of the time was killed by reading my book ‘Honk if you’re Malaysian’ (9MMAR should really buy this book).
This meal is really bad, plus they have serving this same dish for almost 4 mths now, I wonder who plans the catering in GA!
In the air on the way to Bali
The flight was pretty uneventful, only drama being my entire overhead panel collapsed! Reading lights and all! Ahahahha….it certainly gave my fellow passengers a fright! But the f/a which assisted me in putting it back just laughed and commented ‘Sudah biasa pak!’ meaning, that nothing unusual! ….welcome to Indonesia and GA!
The culprit back in place
The real saving grace for GA in J for their 737’s is that it has one of the most generous seat pitch in this class of aircraft.
Just after getting off the a/c
Aircraft: 6/10 Food:1/10 Service:7/10
27 May 2007
Conrad Bali Resort & Spa
Depensar, Bali (DPS) – Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda GA409
Flight time: 1.19hrs
Cruise: 31000 feet
Time really does fly while you are in Bali, although this time I really didn’t enjoy myself as much as I was actually being a tour guide for one for one of my business parner. I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel which I stayed at which was the Conrad Resort and Spa. When we got to the airport, I noticed that some works were being carried out at the front of the airport, so at least they are trying to facelift this aging airport a little.
Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport
Check in was brisk and in no time we are in the GA lounge. Pretty bare and no one was there except for one lady. Although as it got closer to boarding time, another 10 people came into the lounge.
GA's Executive Lounge in Bali
Boarding was pretty messy with no dedicated lines for J passengers. It got pretty crowded since this was an A330 going back to CGK!
GA’s A333 really starting to look its age. IN terms of cabin comfort, I would put it relatively on par with MH’s A333, although MH will do a refit in the J cabin soon!
This flight was uneventful and I managed to sleep most of the way back to CGK.
Bali certainly see a lot of nice Asian carriers!
Photo © Weimeng
Another dismal meal on GA in J
On Route back to CGK
Aircraft:6/10 Food:3/10 Service:6/10
Hope you guys enjoyed this read, below are my older TR's, please feel free to read them:
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports) The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports) Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports) Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports) Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports) MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports) 1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)