You can find the other parts of the series here:
Part 1 - South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 2 - South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH (by Lap747 Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
This third report will be focusing on the DPS-SIN sector with Indonesia AirAsia.
After a very relaxing 6 days, it was time to head on to my next destination, Singapore.
We had a choice of a few airlines to fly with to SIN. Firstly, there was the LCC’s, Indonesia AirAsia and Jetstar Asia. Then there was Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines. Finally there are two 5th freedom flights between DPS and SIN, flown by KLM and Qatar Airways, both using the B77W on the route. So it was time to decide which flight to take. I initially had wanted to fly either KL or QR as they both offer competitive prices (USD$153 for KL, USD$223 for QR), however once looking at the timings of the flights, we ruled them out as they both arrive into SIN very late at night. GA and SQ proved to be quite expensive, so narrowed it down to a choice between QZ and 3K. Looking at the timings and the prices, QZ looked to be the most attractive. I was quite happy to be flying QZ, as I had seen the awards that they had won from Skytrax.
I arrived at DPS a couple of hours before my 12.55pm flight. As you arrive into the main terminal at DPS, you have to pass through security screening with your hand luggage and hold luggage. (You also get screened at the gate before boarding the flight).
After passing through the security, I headed over to desks 1-5 for all AirAsia destinations.
AirAsia check-in desks to all destinations but a separate desk for the PER flight
Once checked in, I headed up to immigration and the departure lounge. We had to pay to leave Indonesia, although I can’t remember how much it was now.
Main departure hall
A nice world time clock in the centre of the terminal
One lounge for a lot of airlines!
At 12.10pm it was time to head along to gate 1. Everyone had to go through security again, much like what I experienced in KUL.
Views from the gate:
GA B738 taxiing for departure with my aircraft landing from KUL.
Nice views from the gate, and my last views of Bali
And here she is; PK-AXH, an A320 just over two years old.
Turnaround only took 20 minutes
PK-GFI pushing back to Perth
Soon it was ready for boarding
Saturday 13th August 2011
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS/WADD) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Departure Time – 12.55pm
Arrival Time – 3.30pm
Duration – 2 hours 35 minutes
Aircraft – Airbus A320-216 / PK-AXH / Built in 2009, Delivered to QZ on 28th April 2009
Seat – 16A
Photo © JKSC
Photo © Bill Campbell
View from the airbridge
Seated in 16A
Boarding didn’t take long and soon we were underway to Singapore on time.
Views while taxiing to runway 09
Takeoff from runway 09
We made a left turn after takeoff and headed over the resort I had been for the past 6 days!
Looking back over DPS
I noticed –AXH also had the electrical devices light, the first aircraft I have been on to have this
The obligatory legroom shot! Legroom was average
Packets of nuts were handed out
We got some good views of volcanoes along the way -
Arrival cards were also handed out
BOB meal and drink service
I went for sweet chilli chicken and rice, however it didn’t taste that good, the chicken was fatty and it was a bit bland.
My sister was not so lucky with the meal service. She asked for 4 different things and each time they came back and said they didn’t have that choice. In the end we asked what they did have to which the FA pointed to only 3 things on the menu out of 8 I think it was. Luckily I had chosen one of the ones they had! I didn’t notice if it stated on the menu that only some options were available on certain flights, but I think AirAsia need to add this to the menu!
Soon we were nearing SIN and we began our descent through some very cloudy skies.
We landed smoothly on runway 02L and taxied to Terminal 1.
3K A320 9V-VLE
UPS B763 N329UP
MI A320 9V-SLE
UN B744 VP-BKJ previously in service with SA as ZS-SAY
B742(?) being broken up
SQ B772 9V-SRJ
CX A333 B-HLP
We got off the plane quite fast and headed towards yet more security upon arrival, before going to passport control and baggage reclaim.
Looking back at B-HLP
EK B77W A6-ECE
IT A332 VT-VJL
Going through the arrival security did not take a long time and we headed towards immigration.
Arrived in Terminal 1
Heading downstairs to immigration
Baggage reclaim, with a flight from IST on the same belt
Celebrate Singapore’s 46th birthday! These signs were everywhere across the city!
All in all, my flight with AirAsia was pretty good, apart from the food and the average crew service. For the very good price of the flight, I would definitely fly with them again though.
Thanks for reading.
Next up - SIN to HKG with Jetstar Asia.