This is my 1st TR at a.net . Just want to share my experience during weekend-getaway to CGK with the recently voted the "World's Best Regional Airlines" a.k.a. Garuda Indonesia (GA).
Arrival at SIN T3 building has never been more pleasant. It is indeed a well designed airport terminal with all the modern amenities and look. Luckily the check-in counters of GA were empty and they almost gave me a "private check-in" feeling.
FIDS at Changi T3
Changi's efficiency has all the while been praised as one of the best in the world. True enough that 3 minutes were all it took me to clear the immigration and off I went to explore the airside terminal building.
Not forgetting the greens...and I mean it! These are real trees!! I realised it after I accidentally plucked one of the leaves
Plenty of comfy seats around...definitely very user friendly airport. Check out the view too
As time was ticking fast, it was time to head down to the gate.
Ahhh, the aircraft from CGK just landed....and we were 45 minutes away to our ETD.
Boarding commenced 5 minutes prior to ETD. Not bad...quite a fast turn-around time. Pax were greeted by a male and female cabin crew at the door in their signature style (I will show this so called "signature style" a little later at the Safety Video Demo shot). Not long after, I was seated comfortably toward the rear side of the aircraft. Comfortable legroom for a 5'9"-er like me
Reading materials on board this B737-800NG. They have AVOD on each PTV and with the full service offered on this short 1hr30mins flight, that just put all US airlines at shame...hehehe
Cabin crew were busy distributing something....
Welcome drink it was! I seriously cant remember the last time I was offered a welcome drink on board...not even on SQ. So, kudos to GA.
Giant SQs all around us...it really made us feel so puny sitting in a B738
Safety demonstration video...but hang on, does GA have 777s now??? Hmmm...
Now, this is the "Signature Style" of welcoming pax on board GA flights.
The aircraft was finally pushed back, and took off approx.10 minutes late due to runway congestion at SIN
IFE was turned on immediately after take-off. A wide selection of blockbuster movies, short features, news, and audio channels were offered.
The flight was almost full, with just a couple of empty seats at the very last row
Hot meal choices were either stewed beef with mashed potato or indonesian style fried rice with chicken. I opted for the beef which turned out to be quite good although the mashed potato was rather dry and sweet for my liking. Overall, it was good and I would score it 8/10. There was a great selection of beverages and wines too. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of alcohol
Given the short flight duration, I really admire the full service offered by GA. The crew moved and worked efficiently throughout, but most importantly they serve all passengers with smiles. This is something that's hard to come by nowadays esp with the cost-cutting exercise across all major airlines.
3 days passed-by quickly and it was time to head back to SIN. GA offers 8 flights/day to SIN from CGK and surprisingly almost all flights were fully booked on that particular Sunday, leaving me no option but to take the early morning flight at 07.25am.
CGK T2 - where all international flights depart from. The check-in area was packed, however once I passed through the immigration, it was a different scenario altogether. CGK airport is also one of the very few airports in the world that maintains traditional design in its architecture.
There isn't a great selection of Duty Free shops, however there are plenty of lounges and you dont have to fly business or first in order to go in to the lounges. I noticed that the lounges admit the majority of platinum or titanium credit card holders of major banks. Interesting indeed....something that we dont get to see at other airports.
I'm not sure if it was foggy or smoggy but the view from the glass window wasn't clear at all
The flight was on time and again a non Boeing Sky Interior plane was used for this short flight. I actually had been hoping to sit in one of those newer B738s...oh well, maybe better luck next time
Immaculate service from GA with its welcome drink again
A more pleasing-to-the-eyes set of crew on this flight than the inbound flight I took 3 days earlier...hehehe
Lion's 60th aircraft special livery was queuing behind us for take-off
Soon after take-off, the cabin crew was busy pushing the meal carts. Again, 2 choices of hot meal were offered that morning; western style omellete with grilled tomato & sausage OR Indonesian style "lontong" breakfast. Lontong is actually a type of compressed bloated rice. It is also widely available in other South East Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia.
The meal was very tasteful and it ended my trip to Indonesia with a desire to go back again in the near future. It was truly an enjoyable experience to fly with Garuda Indonesia and I would have no hesitation to choose to fly with GA again. I admire the progress that GA has made over the last 5 years compared to my dreadful flight in 2000 when I flew across 3 continents to Europe from Australia with them. World's Best Regional Airlines 2012? You bet!
Thanks for reading my inaugural TR and keep the comments flyin' in!