Welcome to my second trip report covering flights I took at the end of last year around South East Asia. After landing in BKK
see EK:SYD-DXB-ZRH-BEG ZRH-DXB + TG, LX Meal Pics In C (by tk747 Aug 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
the plan was to spend 3 days in BKK
, then fly to SIN
where we would then spend 1 night before driving to KUL
for 3 nights and then returning the car back to SIN
where I would make my way back to BKK
to catch my onward Emirates flight to SYD
. To get back to BKK
any sane person would have caught any one of the direct flights between Singapore and Bangkok, however being the (insane) aviation crazed person that I am I decided to try 2 new airlines, Air Asia, from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia Airlines from KUL
. Unfortunately I had a 5 year old camera with me, so the quality of the photos leaves a lot to be desired haha.
Departure Apt: Bangkok (BKK
Arrival Apt: Singapore (SIN
Airline: Jetstar Asia
Flight #: 3K 516
Date: December 5 2009
Flight Duration: 2 h 16 m
Scheduled Departure Time: 13:45
Scheduled Arrival Time: 17:00
Actual Departure Time: 14:20
Actual Arrival Time: 17:36
Price: $78 USD
Prior to looking at the prices between BKK
I had initially wanted to fly TG
but after looking at the difference in price between Jetstar and TG
was no longer an option. Unfortunately there was no hair raising near death experience on the drive to Bangkok Airport this morning . There was no queue to check in and as my dad had pre booked an emergency exit row seat, the check in agent also seated my mum and I next to him, that was nice of her considering an emergency exit seat costs 500 Baht ( $16 USD)
Happy to be checking in haha
The lines at immigration were very long with several Russians trying to push through to the front of the queue only to be told once they got to the immigration officer to go back to the back of the line
Busy shopping area
After walking aimlessly around the airport for a few hours, we started to head to the gate before stopping for some sticky rice with mango and a few Thai desserts. Boarding was on time however once on board the captain announced a delay of 45 minutes due to baggage not being loaded properly into the aircraft by the baggage handlers.
Our aircraft pulling into the gate.
Transaero delayed for several hours
I immediately could tell that the crew were enjoying what they were doing. They were smiling the whole time while helping people to stow there luggage and welcoming them on board. We were in the emergency exit row so one member of the crew came and explained all of the emergency procedures. The cabin interior was in good condition and the seats were comfortable.
No worries about legroom
Instructions on how to open the emergency exit
Crew helping passengers during boarding.
Jetstar magazine, unfortunately the only form of IFE
Parked Orient Thai
Parked El Al
Shortly after take off BOB service commenced. Prices aren't really too high however pretty much everything on the menu wasn't available. FA
's were very friendly during the service, joking about how "this is not SQ
" after everything that I selected wasn't available haha.
My purchase, came to 6 SGD
Trip to the bathroom
Light load on today's flight
Clear skies prior to commencing descent
Arriving during an afternoon storm. There was quite a bit of turbulence during the approach however the landing was very smooth.
Departure Apt: Singapore (SIN
Arrival Apt: Kuala Lumpur (KUL
Airline: Air Asia
Flight #: AK720
Date: December 10 2009
Flight Duration: 50 m
Scheduled Departure Time: 07:40
Scheduled Arrival Time: 08:30
Actual Departure Time: 08:05
Actual Arrival Time: 08:55
I regretted booking such an early flight as I heard the alarm go off haha. The roads were deserted and arrived at the airport in no time
Dropped off at Changi Terminal 1
Old style departure board. Had no idea Delta fly here from MInneapolis.
Air Asia check in desks. Check in took 2 minutes!
The morning rush beginning.
Singapore airport is such a fantastic airport. Even the oldest terminal, terminal one is still a pleasure to be in. Immigration never seems to take a long time and all the airport staff are friendly, one could see me trying to take pictures of the aircraft at the gate and suggested that the best place for viewing was the outdoor smoking area
What a missed opportunity for a decent photo!
Terminal 1 food court
Time to head for the gate.
The plane had arrived a few minutes after departure time however no announcement was made about the delay. They did turn the aircraft around very quickly and boarding began just after the incoming passengers were deplaning. At the door was a striking Air Asia FA
looking fantastic in her uniform.
Leg room wasn't so bad for a LCC
kinda looked like that actually
Meal Service started straight after take off. Pretty amazing that the crew was able to complete an entire service and then come around and collect rubbish within the short flight time. I had pre ordered a Nasi Lemak for breakfast, couldn't stomache the thought of eating dried anchovies for breakfast haha so unfortunately had to leave most of it
Nasi Lemak and water.
Never heard of this airline before
All in all I had a good experience with Air Asia. I now had several hours to kill until my final flight of the day to Bangkok which would be departing from KUL
Departure Apt: Kuala Lumpur (KUL
Arrival Apt: Bangkok (BKK
Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight #: MH782
Date: December 10 2009
Flight Duration: 50 m
Scheduled Departure Time: 15:15
Scheduled Arrival Time: 16:20
Actual Departure Time: 15:50
Actual Arrival Time: 16:55
There were several options to choose from for this particular flight however having never flown MH
before and finding a very cheap fare on there website, they were my airline of choice. I had 5 hours to kill in KUL
so I checked my luggage in straight away and began exploring.
I checked in immediately, the MH
check in agent was great, he saw a cut on my finger which I had hastily and poorly bandaged and asked if my finger was ok haha.
After dropping off my luggage I went straight to the "viewing deck" which is prior to immigration. Unfortunately KUL
seemed quite dead, lots of MH
birds and a few interesting visitors (Saudi Arabian and Yemenia).
What is that doing here?
Time for a light snack
And then a not so light one. What was I thinking having KFC in the culinary paradise of Malaysia
Once this Yemenia aircraft arrived I raced across to the other terminal to try and get a glimpse of the people arriving on the flight, passing immigration along the way.
Myriad of gate changes haha
Definitely not rush hour, the whole of KUL
was virtually empty
After several hours of aimless wondering, time to head to the gate
Arrival of the MH
crew, I like there uniform but they do seem a poor version of the SQ
Gate prior to boarding, it seems that the flight would be pretty empty but it was 100% in C and Y class
Aircraft pulling into the gate
The gate agent announced a delay of approximately 30 minutes due to aircraft replacement and then having to load the luggage. I then boarded and was welcomed by a very friendly MH FA
. Immediate impression was how old and tatttered this aircraft was looking. Completely different to the new A320's of 3K and AK
. The cabin was erm colourful and very retro.
My IFE for the flight
Showing its age
The legroom felt very tight on this flight, more so even than on Air Asia,
Took off into a storm so there was quite a bit of turbulence, the window was so cracked making it very difficult to take photos
Meal service started several minutes after take off. I was only expecting a sandwich or a light snack however we received an entire meal, 2 drinks services and an ice cream. The FA
's serving my section were great, very friendly with each passenger and they handled some obnoxious Americans sitting behind me very well. MH
gets 5 stars for service. There was a choice of Chicken Satay with rice, or beef with noodles, this came with a piece of fruit cake, 2 Ferrero Rocher chocolates and a water. There was a drink service before and after the meal, I had Guava juice
. After the meal was finished ice cream was handed out. The meal was delicious, one of the best satays that i've had, the fruit cake was moist and I was absolutely stuffed after eating all that.
Looks disgusting, it was anything but.
I slept for the remainder of the flight, the seats did make it very uncomfortable though, I was so stiff once we landed. I thanked the crew and had enough time to enjoy the delights of BKK
until my next flight.
Some non aviation photos of Malaysia
Ritz Carlton lobby in KL
, it was a great hotel.
View of Petronas Towers from the Traders Bar
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