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Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:39 pm

It’s the time of the year again where everything shuts down in Indonesia for 2 weeks for the Muslim New Year, and that’s my cue to go on my annual vacation too! This time I decided to head to Melbourne for a few days before heading back home to Perth.

Date: 14 Aug 2012
Route: Jakarta (CGK) - Melbourne (MEL)
Flight: Garuda GA716
ETD: 2235
ETA: 0800+1
Seat: 5H (Executive Class)
Aircraft: A330-300
Flight time: 5hrs 5mins
Registration: PK-GPC
1st Flight: 6 Dec 1996

Preflight
Arrived at the airport with about 1hr 45mins to spare. Formalities were completed quickly and after getting cigarettes its just the Garuda Executive lounge for us. Nothing much to report here as its night departure, hence no good photo opportunities for this bird, but however I have taken one from a file photo on A.Net.


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Inflight
Being the holiday season the entire flight was full in all classes. But crew was still cheerful and enthusiastic. Actually I have never had an unhappy crew with GA and especially those bound for Australia. I guess down under is one of the destinations the crew get a decent layover. I would soon nod off to bed once the plane took off, but before that I managed to take a few shots, and I will just let the pictures do the talking on this refurbished A333. Point to note is that on the A333, the J seats are angled and not full flat, whereas on the A332, they are all full flat.


Midnight snack before heading off to sleep

Breakfast was served about 1.5hrs before ETA.


Date: 19 August 2012
Route: Melbourne (MEL) - Perth (PER)
Flight: Virgin Australia DJ385
ETD: 1300
ETA: 1500
Seat: 3A (Business Class)
Aircraft: A330-200
Flight time: 3 hr 50mins
Registration: VH- XFC
1st Flight: 28 Feb 2012

Preflight
After a great couple of days in Melbourne, we are now returning home to Perth.
Being domestic, I arrived at the airport with 50mins to spare. After check in I managed to get a quick meal at McDonalds and after that it was straight for boarding.

Our 5mth old bird taking us to Perth

And across the tarmac, Royal Brunei with her new (ex-SQ) B772



Inflight
Great to be onboard DJ premier A332 J class again to Perth, crew were enthusiastic as usual when greeting us onboard. DJ is really a great airline and really ahead of QF in terms of cabin crew service and hard products.


Take off run with SQ’s whale jet in the back ground

Visit to the lavatory

Yet more cabin views

A really great inflight meal, considering the fact it’s a domestic flight

Almost home

Date: 26 August 2012
Route: Perth (PER) - Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Garuda GA725
ETD: 1415
ETA: 1930
Seat: 3B (Executive Class)
Aircraft: B737-800
Flight time: 3hrs 19mins to DPS; 1hr29mins DPS-CGK
Registration: PK-GMX
1st Flight: 27 Mar 2012

Preflight
Arrived at Perth International with about 2hrs to spare. By the time formalities were completed there was only 40mins left before boarding. Bought some stuff at duty free then its just killing time at the Qantas Club lounge, which GA uses.
Qantas Club Lounge

Tarmac scenes in Perth

Perth, Home sweet home

PK-GMX taking us back to Jakarta via Denpasar, Bali


Inflight
A brand new B738 with Boeing's Sky Interior is going to be my bird today. Flight is almost 100% full with about 5 empty seats in Y and 1 in J. Service was efficient and polite like what you have come to expect with GA.
Cabin views

Overflying the Swan River

Inflight meal and my own entertainment, my beloved iPad

Goodbye Perth, see you in 2 months!
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Thanks for reading guys, below are my previous TR’s from newest to oldest.

British Airways New First Class (by thaia345 Oct 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
All New Virgin Australia A332 Domestic J Report (by thaia345 Jul 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific All New Longhaul Business Class (by thaia345 Jul 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
ULH Cathay Pacific Suites, Garuda J & Iberia J (by thaia345 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Suites - Ultra Long Haul HKG-JFK (by thaia345 Mar 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Royal First Class & Legacy 600 Biz Jet (by thaia345 Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Way To Fly:CX Suites & GA J Part 2 (by thaia345 Jan 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Way To Fly:CX/F,GA/J,Biz Jets Part 1 (by thaia345 Jan 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Biz Jet Photo Report:Challenger 850 & 605 (by thaia345 Jan 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
GA & SA In Jakarta To Perth & Cape Town (by thaia345 Jan 5 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Suites/F & 4 Days In A Citation Bravo (by thaia345 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
Biz Jet Report: Citation XLS+ Jakarta-Surabaya (by thaia345 Oct 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways F Class: Always Satisfied (by thaia345 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 3: Flying Home (by thaia345 Sep 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 2: Private Jets (by thaia345 Sep 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 1: CX/F & GA/J (by thaia345 Sep 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Private Jet & Thai Airways Suites (by thaia345 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Suites/J & DragonAir F/J (by thaia345 Aug 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
Japan With TG's B744 In F & A345 In J (by thaia345 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines All New A333 In J (by thaia345 Jun 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines First Class To Syd (by thaia345 Jun 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines All New B738 In J (by thaia345 May 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Suite Dreams - Thai Royal First B773ER & B744 (by thaia345 Apr 3 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai A340-600: Royal First Class (by thaia345 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's New B738 In J With MH A333/772ER (by thaia345 Mar 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia B772ER & All Nippon B772/3 Business Class (by thaia345 Mar 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia AIrlines A333 Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Suites - Part II (by thaia345 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Suites - 1st Trip Report - Part I (by thaia345 Oct 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part II (by thaia345 Oct 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part I (by thaia345 Oct 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Royal First Class On Thai (by thaia345 Mar 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific - Part II (by thaia345 Mar 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific-Part I (by thaia345 Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
M'sia Airlines Business Class CGK-HKG Return (by thaia345 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Another TG Royal First Class Experience (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jan 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
KLM B773ER - The New World Business Class (by ThaiA345 Oct 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's "new" B737-800 - A Short Trip To SUB (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class/J On TG (FRA,BCN,MXP) Part II (by ThaiA345 Aug 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back! (by ThaiA345 Aug 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports)
Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports)
Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 2008 in Trip Reports)
Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports)
Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
 
Carfield
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:00 am

Thanks for another wonderful trip report!

I can't wait to fly Garuda once it has joined Skyteam!

Virgin Australia updated A330 is wonderful and I love the new seats and it is cool that it has gone back to a six abreast seating.

Thanks,
Carfield
 
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:29 am

Great Report!

The offering from both airlines looks really good, I really like the J seat design on the DJ A330s. Australia is on my list of places to visit in the future, hope I get there some day! Thanks for sharing your report.
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MSS658
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:50 pm

Hi

Interesting report. Thanks for sharing!
Quite impressed by DJ's service. Hard and software look great!

Greetings
Marc
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:13 pm

Thanks for another great report!
Enjoyed reading your TRs.

Seems GA long-haul J class product looks good as usual.
DJ product looks impressive for a domestic flight. Having flown PER-MEL recently on a QF flight, seems that DJ will give QF a tough competition on this route.
I should plan to fly on DJ someday.  

Regards,
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:08 pm

Nice report as always  

Virgin Australia's meals look so delicious and the portion is quite big!

I am looking forward for my trip to Perth as well on dec for short vacation, will fly Garuda as well. hope to get their B737 800 with sky interior.

Cheers
Julio777

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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Hi Carfield,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

GA look a great airline these days, hopefully I'll get to take one of their 332's on the CGK-HKG run.

Quoting thaia345 (Thread starter):
A really great inflight meal, considering the fact it’s a domestic flight

- That's an impressive looking meal for a domestic flight, nice!

Cheers

Mark
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:10 pm

Another great trip report, thanks for sharing!
GA and DJ J class both looks very nice. Good interior and delicious looking food!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:45 am

Quoting Carfield (Reply 1):
I can't wait to fly Garuda once it has joined Skyteam!

Virgin Australia updated A330 is wonderful and I love the new seats and it is cool that it has gone back to a six abreast seating.

Hi Carfield, you don't have to wait for them to join Skyteam 0 You should just start trying them out now hehehehe.
DJ really has good config's on their domestic J, with the current hardware and config, they can also automatically use these A332's to international destinations too as they are already ahead of QF in hardware and service levels anyway IMHO

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 2):
I really like the J seat design on the DJ A330s. Australia is on my list of places to visit in the future, hope I get there some day! Thanks for sharing your report.

You are welcome and hope you get to get on DJ's A330 soon

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Hard and software look great!

What you see is definitely what you get  
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
Having flown PER-MEL recently on a QF flight, seems that DJ will give QF a tough competition on this route.

IMHO, they are well ahead of QF on this aspect.

Quoting julio777 (Reply 5):
I am looking forward for my trip to Perth as well on dec for short vacation, will fly Garuda as well. hope to get their B737 800 with sky interior.

Pretty diffcult to get the sky interior on any of the the B738's as only a handful of them has got the sky interior. Probably the last 16 times I have been on GA's B738 this calender year, only got the Sky Interior 3x

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
hopefully I'll get to take one of their 332's on the CGK-HKG run.

As long as you take the AM daprture from CGK and PM departure from HKG, it will be the A332, the red eye out of CGK and early morning return from HKG is on the B738

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Another great trip report, thanks for sharing!

You're very much welcome!
 
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:42 pm

Hi thaia345 !
always some news from upscale cabins from you and I always enjoy ... thanks stipica  
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RE: Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J

Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:52 am

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
Hi thaia345 !
always some news from upscale cabins from you and I always enjoy ... thanks stipica

Many thanks! Glad you enjoyed the TR

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