Reason For Trip:
Another week gone since my Surabaya trip, and another short one of 24 hours, now its to Semarang to accompany a business associate. As we booked our flights pretty late, good deals in Y were already gone, so this time its business class for me back and fourth.
10 December 2007
Jakarta (CGK) ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Semarang (SRG)
Airline: Garuda GA242
1st Flight: 16 May 1991
Flight time: 45mins
Cruise: 27000 feet
As its a late afternoon flight, it meant I could at least spend the day in the office getting work out of the way.
Business Class Check-in
Busy late afternoon in Jakarta
I arrived at the airport around 30 mins before my flight was due to depart, but guess what, when I arrived at the check in, I was informed that the flight will be delayed by around 1 hour due to ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œoperationalÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ reasons as usual with Garuda. They really need to get sufficient aircraft or not this will be a common occurrence. Meaning, theres not much I can do but just kill time relaxing in the lounge.
View from the Lounge, another one of GAÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s B733
My 1st time on board PK-HNV which is one of the older B733 in GAÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s fleet, with its first flight in 1991, it was previously used by Malev of Hungary before being transferred to Garuda Citilink in 2004, and now in normal Garuda service.
Cabin and food pics
Flying over Jakarta
ItÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s a full load in both J and Y. It was a quick and short flight but they still managed to serve some snacks. Service was polite and efficient as usual.
PK-GHV on arrival at Semarang
10 Dec 2007 -11 Dec 2007
Room: Deluxe King
In Semarang, we stayed at the Novotel which was only a few months old, it has a good downtown location and it is primarily a business hotel. I forgot to take picks of the room and hotel, but I managed to get some off the hotel website.
11 December 2007
Semarang (SRG) ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Jakarta (CGK)
Airline: Garuda GA243
1st Flight: 28 June 1998
Flight time: 50 mins
Cruise: 26000 feet
My entire day in Semarang as spent going to meetings after meetings. Our local partners managed to drop us off at the airport with 20mins to spare, but I was not too worried as the weather was getting really bad and so I expected delays. True enough after check in the agent told me that as the weather was so bad, our inbound flight had to divert to Surabaya and so a new ETD is still not known.
Primitive Check in area in Semarang
Great! Being a small airport, all my time was spent waiting at the GA lounge looking at tv monitors which kept pushing the ETD back by 30 mins!
Small and boring GA lounge in Semarang
Now its almost 1900 and the next flight was already inbound from Jakarta. I went back to the check in desk and asked them if I could change to the 1900 flight instead, but to my relief they told me that the flight will indeed be handed over to my flight and the passengers on the 1900 flight had to wait till god knows when! Tough, butÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦..1st come, 1st served right?
Another full flight on PK-GZI which was an ex-Aeroflot machine. Strangely, the pilots did not make a single announcement, but I guess with the weather so bad and lightning and rain all over the sky, I guess the pilots really earned their wages on this flight.
About to board PK-GZI on a wet and stormy night!
However, in flight, I heard really strange vibrations from the right wing and told the f/a. She told me that they did experience problems and vibrations on the wing on the inbound flight to Semarang, but after checking their systems, the pilots could not find anything wrong with it, so they decided to operate the turnaround and check the problem out back in Jakarta. Very reassuring indeed! Snacks and sandwiches were still served, but I decided not to eat or drink as the turbulence was bad all the way back in Jakarta. How glad I was when my feet was back on terra firma!
Thanks for reading this short report. My next trip will be on Friday 21 Dec and will be a long one to Los Angeles on the Thai A345 nonstop in J.
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