Route: SIN – BDO
Date: 6 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 16.00 / 15.55
ETA/ATA: 16.50 / 16.55
Flight number: MI 196
Plane: Airbus 319-132
Delivered: 12 May 2007
Flight deck: Captain Thiagarajan Baskar
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Photo © Roger Cannegieter - Curacao Aviation Photography
“Welcome on board,” Singaporean Purser Desiree greeted us at the door.
Past J cabin, Singaporean Cabin Crew member Jasmine warmly welcomed us in Y cabin.
Backward cabin view
Very nice “Hello” from Malaysian Cabin Crew member Eldah as we found our row, made us feel even more welcome.
Sufficient legroom at 32 inch pitch
Out of the blue, Jerene darted to the cabin and took position at row 16.
Note Jasmine assisting a lady passenger and Jerene ready for help at 16D
Jasmine was struggling with the lady’s hand luggage in the first instance, but successfully dealing with it at the end. Could the lady get too carried away with her duty free shopping?
“Excuse me. Is the emergency exit row still available?” Herman called Eldah as he noticed that the emergency exit row remained unoccupied.
“Just wait until the door is closed,”
We did not have to wait any longer though.
“You can move now,“
We happily switched to our new sanctuary…
Where I made myself comfortable on…
With masses of…
Legroom. Probably at 38 inch pitch
And honorary joint responsibility as Jasmine called upon us for emergency exit procedure. Our names were not mentioned during the crew introduction by Desiree though, but still.
“Newspapers?” Jasmine dropped by with an array of international gazettes.
“No, thank you. I have got something nice to read already,” I replied.
With a fanfare of IAE V2524-A5 twins during pushback, in-flight safety video was broadcasted.
In-flight safety video on drop down screen
Safety card was on hand…
Especially with our responsibility for…
“I will be seated next to you during takeoff and landing,” Jasmine unexpectedly joined us.
Well, what do you know? With Jasmine on 11C, we were more than prepared for any emergency situation!
Around crucial moment of …
Lining up on 02C – 20C runway
Lift off at 16.10
As soon as fasten seat belt signs were extinguished, Jasmine sprung into action along with her colleagues.
She soon returned with a stack of immigration cards for those who yet needed them. For me, she got a piece of paper with full name of our Captain written on it.
“Actually, we just call him Captain. But I will get his name for you,”
Jasmine was true to her word upon my inquiry sometime earlier.
After special meal distribution, Eldah and Jasmine rolled regular meal trolley down the aisle.
Regular meal tray set
“What would you like to eat? Chicken with rice or seafood pasta?”
SilkAir indeed had Oriental and Western choices on offer.
“Chicken with rice, please,”
Chicken with rice for me
“Sure. How about you, Sir?”
“Seafood pasta, please,”
Seafood pasta for Herman
“Anything to drink?”
“Do you have red wine?”
“Yes. Red wine for you, Sir?”
“Sure. And how about you, Sir?”
“Also red wine, please,”
Soon enough, it was time for tray recollection.
As Eldah and Jerene worked their way backwards, Jasmine followed in a distance to allow those who were not ready yet as Eldah and Jerene walked past them, finish their meal properly.
“Do you want more red wine?”
I was about stopping Jasmine as she reached for my glass.
“I will get you a new one,” She said with a smile and kept her promise soon after.
After mealtime, co-passengers made themselves comfortable.
Slanted forward view from row 11
Some had to attend to nature call…
Wash their hands…
And dry them off.
Tissue box holder
Jasmine walked through the cabin promoting in-flight duty free shop…
While collecting empty glasses on her way.
“Sir, may I?”
“No, thank you,”
Captain Baskar was on the microphone as 9V
-SBF made landfall.
Bay off Blanakan
“We will be descending in five minutes. I hope you enjoy your flight so far and thank you for flying with us,”
The cabin got prepared for landing. Soon enough, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.
Lovely Jasmine dropped by Mr. 11F who was asleep, collected his empty glass and stowed his tray table.
Jasmine secured herself back on 11C.
“How was your meal?”
“The pasta was nice. A bit too much garlic to my liking,”
“And how about you, Sir?”
“The garlic was also abundantly present in my tender chicken sauce, but it went perfectly with the well cooked vegetables. As they were rightly less flavored, you just yearned for another taste explosion. Overall, it was delightful!”
Meanwhile, the sight of extensive built up area dominated the view outside.
Raya Mosque with two minarets and red roofed Pasar Baru, just behind the flaps
Bandung, we were coming!
Touchdown at 16.55
What a relief that we made it safely to BDO
-SBF taxied into the apron…
Hangar D of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Note the scorched part on the left
I could not help getting reminded of the crash landing of an Indonesian Air Force Fokker 27 on April 6, 2009 during bad weather which killed all twenty four people on board.
Turning into a complete stop. Note Mount Tangkuban Perahu on the background
The fasten seat belt signs were just extinguished as co-passengers fetched their belongings from overhead bins.
We remained seated until the crowd in the aisle cleared a bit.
“Mind your step. The stair is lower than the door,” Eldah smiled at me as I exited from 2L door.
“Oh, thank you,”
Too bad, Jasmine took her position elsewhere so that I could not bid her farewell properly.
Anyway, thanks to Eldah, I did not trip as an mesmerizing view struck me…
Welcome to Bandara Husein Sastranegara Bandung
With more to follow downstairs…
Under wing shot. Inspired by Markus (FLIEGER67)
‘No pictures!’ I could yet hear the SIN
Police Officer yell at me…
Luckily, I was at BDO
Where no one bothered me capturing a milestone of the airport.
9V-SBF alongside Indonesia AirAsia A320
After the thickening of 2,244 meter runway from Pavement Classification Number 37 to PCN 52 and a successful test on April 5, 2011, BDO
is declared capable of accommodating larger narrow bodies like A320 families.