Reason For Trip:
With a 4 day long weekend, decided that is time to pay another quick visit to one of my favorite cities, Hong Kong!
20 March 2008
) – Hong Kong (HKG
Airline: Garuda GA860
-DMZ (Leased from Futura)
1st Flight: 22 April 2005
Flight time: 4 hour 15 minutes
Cruise: 38000 feet
This time we decided to take GA
as its been a long time since I have been on a GA
international flight, plus they had pretty attractive offers on Business class, so I guessed why not give it a go. We arrived at a very busy airport about 1 hour 20 minutes before departure. Check in took around 10 minutes and then it was off to the GA
Check In Area
The international lounge is very similar in design and layout to the domestic one.
When boarding was announced, we leisurely strolled up to the gate and was pleasantly surprised to see that our B738 today was EI
-DMZ, which is an aircraft leased from Futura.
Ground and Cockpit crew were from Futura while cabin crew was GA
They loaded J seats onto this aircraft while the Y seats are still original Futura.
A really cheery crew on board. They also warned us to expect a delay in departure as a connecting passengers from a flight from Makassar were delayed at immigrations. Great! Last thing I wanted on a short holiday is a delay to my departure. Being a long weekend, it was no doubt that J & Y were 100% full. EI
-DMZ was also sandwiched between 2 of GA
Cheap Looking Amenity Set
The J seats on DMZ are the same as on PK
-GEE which I took on the return back from Bali last week, but the cushions on DMZ certainly feel more firm. After a 45min delay and after giving death stares to the late passengers (they still went to purchase duty free) we were off. The flight itself was uneventful and not much turbulence except during, well, you guys guessed it, when the meals were served! This Futura aircraft was equipped with overhead LCD
but guess what, GA
forgot to load headphones into the flight!
Didn’t really bothered me as I had my own plus with my laptop in hand,
and the wife was busy reading a magazine and taking naps. I usually hate long flights on narrowbody aircraft, but this instance, it was really comfy. Before we knew it, we touched down into Hong Kong and I was glad we were finally in Hong Kong, time to get some shopping and eating done!
Scenes from the Airport Express Train
Conrad Hong Kong
Great hotel, great room, great size, the problem is, on my last night we moved to Island Shang-rila as Conrad had to conduct emergency repairs to their electrical supply.
Great for the Conrad to arrange last minute accommodation for me at the Shang Rila next door, and with my corporate rates too. By the time we hauled our luggage there, everything was already set up, and I was also upgraded to the executive floor. Service at the Shang-Rila was excellent.
23 March 2008
Hong Kong (HKG
) – Jakarta (CGK
Airline: Garuda GA8632 (Extra Flight)
1st Flight: 12 March 2002
Flight time: 4 hour 33 minutes
Cruise: 36000 feet
After a nice 4 days in Hong Kong, its now time to head back home to Jakarta. Time really flies when you are in Hong Kong, theres just so much to do. The Hong Kong Express Train got us into the airport in no time and after a quick and empty check in, we proceeded airside to check the shops out. And as usual, I also loaded up on my magazines.
I did some spotting and also spotted EI
_DMZ ready to go 1 hour earlier than my aircraft which was PK
After some shopping we decided to go to the lounge which was really at the far end of the airport.
Cathay Asia’s World City B773ER
It was certainly a long walk to the departure gate. When we got to the gate, we noticed that it was another full load back to Jakarta.
-GEE was the same aircraft which took me back from Bali a week ago, and surprise, I also sat on the same seat.
We taxied out to runway 07R and after waiting for several aircraft to take off, we were 5th in line.
Menu starting to look better by the day
Caught some movies on my laptop and also managed to sleep after the meal. Overall another good and pleasant flight by GA
. Hope you guys enjoyed it!
I got to post another TR
which I just came back from last week (FRA
in F) , and will do it once I upload the photos.
My Older trip reports from latest to oldest.
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Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
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Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
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Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
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The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
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Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
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1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)