thaia345
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Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:23 pm

Reason For Trip:

10 days after my trip to Hiroshima, and this time I had to go to Surabaya for a quick 24 hour business trip. This will be a pretty brief TR as its only a quick 1hr 10min flight to SUB.


31 July 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Surabaya (SUB)

Airline: Garuda GA306
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: PK-GWL
1st Flight: 29 Sep 1993
ETD: 0800
ATD: 0810
ETA: 0920
ATA: 0915
Flight time: 1 hour 08 minutes
Seat: 2A
Class: Business
Cruise: 33000 feet

Pre Flight

Made it to the airport just 30mins before departure. I still had some minutes so I decided to get to the Garuda domestic lounge to meet some of my friends. It was really full at this time of the morning and getting a seat itself was a challenge, I even had to stand up inside the smoking room.

View of the lounge from the smoking room


Not a very good start to the day. Several minutes later my friends arrived and we had a quick coffee before walking towards the gate. PK-GWL which is one of the older B734 in GA’s fleet will be bringing us to Surabaya today.

In Flight

Just as suspected, not one empty seat on this flight, mainly 99% business people for a day trip to Surabaya. Really nothing much to mention inflight, service was prompt and without a fuss, and most of my time was spent looking out the window or reading the day’s papers. Before too long we already started our descent and several minutes later we were at Surabaya Juanda Airport. Really busy today.
Inside GWL





My friend/business partner ready for the short hop to SUB


GA B737 fleet



Hardly any clear blue skies in Jakarta


Greasy Fried Rice early in the morning


Top of descent


3 mins to touchdown


Juanda Tarmac with Mandala and Silkair



Hotel Stay

Sheraton Hotel & Towers Surabaya

These are pictures of the old rooms



And now the new room which I stayed in


My favorite hotel program


The Sheraton hotel in Surabaya is your typical business hotel with great location and good service. This time my secretary booked me the newly upgraded rooms which were really great. You guys can see the difference from the pics above.


Room: 8.5/10
Service: 7/10
Location: 10/10

1 August 2008

Surabaya (SUB) – Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Garuda GA317
Aircraft: B737-300
Registration: PK-GGN
1st Flight: 04 May 1998
ETD: 1300
ATD: 1345
ETA: 1420
ATA: 1500
Flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Seat: 2A
Class: Business
Cruise: 36000 feet

Pre Flight

Another quick 1 night stay in Surabaya and now its time for me to head back home to Jakarta. The night before was great, we managed to meet up with some old friends for dinner and a couple of drinks after that. Managed to get some shuteye before waking up at 9am for a breakfast and last minute discussion with some of my employees from Surabaya. Had brunch and then it was off to the airport. We got to the airport just 40mins before departure, meaning theres just enough time for a drink at the lounge.

In Flight

PK-GGN is one of the later B733 ever produced, back in 1998 to be precise.


Legroom good for a B737 J cabin




Lion / Wings Air MD80


Mandala A320


Bye bye Juanda


Airfast MD82, on a charter flight, most probably by Freeport Mines. This baby is a 1990 example and previously served with Midway, Aeromexico, Reno Air, American and now with Airfast and in that order I mentioned.


Push back was done on time, however, after engine 1 was started, we were towed back to the gate. I knew something was amiss and true enough, they brought the air stairs to the aircraft and the engineers were having discussions with the pilot. Couple of minutes later, the pilot informed that they had a sensor warning while trying to start engine 2. But the engineers were able to solve the problem and after approximately 20mins we were off. I dozed most of the flight and also opted not to have anything to eat. Surabaya is a nice city, but its always nice to be back home in Jakarta.

Nice scenary on route

Hello beautiful smog of Jakarta


Thanks again for reading guys.

Next trips will be:

Sydney & Perth with MH in F & J. And QF J in between in the B743 (Sep 30)
Frankfurt and Munich with TG F and LH J. Plus coffee and cigarettes with SASDC8 in FRA. (I will actually be personally delivering him his B744 ride to BKK, warming up seat 1K for him) (Oct 30)
Hong Kong with CI in J (Dec 24)
Detriot in Jan. Airline and dates yet to be confirmed.


My Older trip reports from latest to oldest.
Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports) Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports) Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports) Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports) Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports) MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports) MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports) Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports) Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports) 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) B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports) Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports) Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports) 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)
 
PlunaCRJ
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:14 pm

What an interesting report.

Service looks great for such a short flight. Shame about the pollution that you can see through the pictures.

I´ve also noticed the architecture of both the Jakarta and Surabaya airports is extremely similar, and interesting. Could you please elaborate more on that?

Regards,
 
thaia345
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:36 pm



Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 1):
I´ve also noticed the architecture of both the Jakarta and Surabaya airports is extremely similar, and interesting. Could you please elaborate more on that?

Thanks for reading. Well basically both airports tend to have a design leaning more towards Balinese design aspects as a lot of foreigners usually relate to Bali as Indonesia  Smile ...I hope that helps ....
 
SASDC8
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:47 pm

Nice report and pics Smile

I am trying to include Indonesia in my future travels (hopefully next year) and from your reports I will have to give Garuda a try. Looks like they keep their cabins very nice in deed  Smile

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Frankfurt and Munich with TG F and LH J. Plus coffee and cigarettes with SASDC8 in FRA. (I will actually be personally delivering him his B744 ride to BKK, warming up seat 1K for him) (Oct 30)

Almost can't wait Smile Very nice if you to bring me a 744, but please make sure it is a 7443  Wink

Cheers
Stein
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thaia345
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:06 am



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 3):
Almost can't wait Smile Very nice if you to bring me a 744, but please make sure it is a 7443 Wink

Trust me, I will not board the aircraft if its not a B7443  Smile ehehehhe ...but on the way back, I decided to fly via ZRH, miss flying the A346. And the F cabin on the A346 is pretty nice too. Plus, its nice to add a Swiss stamp to my passport as my new passport is pretty empty now... ahahha ..old one ran out of pages...
 
OneWay
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:40 pm

Nice TR, I went to Indonesia this July but I flew with AK between Jakarta and Denpasar.

Good pics & nice meal ! It looks better than AK meal ! lol.

Florian
 
thaia345
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:28 am



Quoting OneWay (Reply 5):
Nice TR, I went to Indonesia this July but I flew with AK between Jakarta and Denpasar.

Thanks for reading! ...Actually for someone thats based in Jakarta for work, I don't even like flying Garuda as that the only best choice actually. I won't even go into AK, I hate airlines which do not use Pre-seating assignment...what a mess, especially in countries like Indonesia, that goes even worse ehehheheheh

Anyway hoped u had fun in Indonesia, and in the near future, Garuda will also equip their B737 classics with B738. AK Indonesia still uses hand me down B733 from Malaysia, do not know when they will get their A320 though.

Cheers!
 
OneWay
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:50 pm

Thanks for answer. AK don't use Pre-Seating assignment but you can take the "X-Press Boarding" not the same, but you can have the best seats !

I flew with Mandala between Denpasar & Jogja, and they use pre-seating. I really enjoy the trip around Indonesia. You can have a visit my TR "Around Indonesia" : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/131048/ !

Florian
 
ba319-131
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RE: Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics)

Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:38 pm

Another good read, thanks!

Future TR's look pretty interesting, look forward to reading those  Smile

Kind Regards

Mark
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