PART II: The Scenic Flight Home
1st April 2012, Sunday
It was quite a brief trip with no shopping but a lot of eating. Other than spotting for planes, a side mission was to find and eat at places or franchises that are halal in Malaysia than are not in Singapore! One such place was Kenny Rogers (Mac & Cheese mmmmm~).
Accommodation for the night was at the Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International, a five to minute shuttle bus ride away from KLIA. The place reminded me of holiday chalets back home in Singapore. It was nice, nonetheless!
Carrier: Jetstar Asia Airways (3K)
Flight: 3K 684
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A320-232 (9V-JSB)
Estimated Departure: 0840hrs
Actual Departure: 0837hrs
Estimated Arrival: 0945hrs
Actual Arrival: 0934hrs
The shuttle bus reached KLIA Main Terminal at 0645hrs. Not many people were around at this hour, although there was a huge group of tourists queuing up at the Jet Airways counter.
The Departure Hall
Our check-in counter
Dawn at KLIA, l isn’t it?
Since we checked out the airsides of Main Terminal and Satellite the day before, we decide to just sit down until our flight arrives because it hasn’t arrived yet.
Sunlight filtering into the Terminal
The traditional boarding pass and passport shot!
Our plane, 9V-JSB, pulls into the gate
The waiting area
Jet Airways Boeing 737-85R (VT-JBQ)
Screens at our gate, one showing color bars and the other the blue screen of death
A gate attendant suddenly appeared and started to holler for families, people with special needs and priority boarders. The few of us moved forward for boarding, he started to rudely turn us away even though we showed him our boarding pass. He only let us through when he had a second look at our boarding passes and saw ‘PBRD’. What a nice chap..
Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-2H6/ER (9M-MRH) beside us
As expected and yet again, vandalized tray table
And an equally vandalized seat back
Seat pocket contents – no Zee Avi this time!
The legroom at 9A
The doors closed at 0835hrs and the plane commenced pushback at 0837hrs. As we were taxiing out to the active runway, I looked out of my window and noticed that a bee or wasp has decided to hitch a ride by latching itself to the port engine.
When we turned into 32R, the bee/wasp was still there. When the pilot kicked the engines into high gear for takeoff, the bee still held on! I swear, that’s the awesomest bee I’ve ever seen.
A misty morning over that part of Malaysia
The plane banked to the left and made a U-turn. As such, we were flying parallel to KLIA. We couldn’t see much due to the sunlight’s glare on our side. We were still parallel and in view of KLIA when the seatbelt sign pinged off and the crew launched their BOB trolley service. As we had purchased the Starter Bundle, we were entitled to a sandwich and a drink.
Our sandwich and Pepsi
Our 3K crew in action, one of them used to be my classmate back in school!
It was my first time flying along the West coast of Malaysia back to Singapore. The views out there are quite nice, I must say.
Oxbow bends! Reminiscing those Geography lessons back in Secondary School
A slice of the BOB menu, unavailable on this flight though
As expected, we commenced descent not long after we finished our drinks and sandwiches. Flying this route, I saw sights outside that I’ve never seen before..
.. such as this, only now then I’m convinced how small my home country is!
The approach pattern was flying south, overflying the various islets and islands belonging to Singapore. So we could see downtown Singapore and Sentosa. We could even see Universal Studios Singapore!
The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Landing was not long from now. Touchdown at 2L!
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312 (SYE) in Star Alliance livery
FedEx Airbus A310
Cathay Pacific A330
Lion Air Boeing 737-9GP/ER (PK-LJG)
We parked at Terminal 1, Gate C17. When seatbelt sign pinged off, passengers obediently stood up and retrieved their belongings from the overhead compartments. Time to exit!
The last shot
This side of Terminal 1
Since we had no checked luggage, we were free to roam airside. I have never done that before, so might as well right?
The border between Terminals 1 and 3
More duty free shops in Terminal 3
Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-343X (9V-STN) and A380-81 (9V-SKA)
For such a short flight, I sure don’t mind flying LCCs. I’m considering flying AirAsia the next time I’m doing SIN
again. What I liked about these Jetstar flights in the price-performance ratio and the crew on 3K 684, they definitely seem more approachable than the SQ
Girl and Boy I encountered in SQ
619 in the previous TR
. What I did not like about these flights are the state the plane’s interiors. The vandalism was really an eyesore, and the tray table latch of 9C
was very loose which resulted in frequent drops by the tray table.
Thanks for reading this TR
! Until then, happy travels everyone!
My other trip reports:
Yokoso! Japan 2012: 3K/D7/NH/SQ & Shinkansens
[Edited 2012-04-10 22:04:10]