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Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:10 pm



Allow me to dedicate this story to fellow a.netters akhmad and dirktraveller, who have been of inspiration for this flight and report. To them I say terima kasih teman-teman.


i n t r o d u c t i o n


Hello fellow aviators, bagaimana kabarmu?

Allow me to share once more a story of a special flight I took.

A few months back from now, the national carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, restarted it’s non-stop Jakarta-Amsterdam service, utitlising it’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER. Fellow a.netter ronerone has written an excellent report on this route, flying in first class:

The Evolution Of GA 88: Garuda First Class CGK-AMS (by ronerone Aug 23 2014 in Trip Reports)

Since Sept 8th, Garuda has added a short extra flight on this route whereas the flight now continues from AMS to LGW and back to AMS only to leave for CGK in the early evening. Traffic rights for AMS-LGW-AMS are secured thus enabling us a.netters a nice new 5th freedom flight on a world class airline. Of course, I took advantage of this offer and for the price of € 56 one way - a no brainer - I secured me a seat in Y class on the 2nd day of operation.

However, financial issues with Garuda make the rumour mill go round and it might be that these tag on flights will not live a long life, so for any of you who want to feel the Garuda Experience, do it asap! You’ll not regret it, as I will show you in the following set of text and pics  

The actual taxied and flown flight paths - as recorded by a gps device.

AMS.


AMS-LGW.


LGW.



a m s t e r d a m s c h i p h o l a i r p o r t


After an unexpected 1h45 leisurely drive to AMS, I leave my car in one of the parking lots. It’s a nice morning outside and the smell of fresh A1 fills the air, lovely!




The moment I step into the walkway that leads to the terminal, I see something that lifts my spirits even more   


This very morning I did succeed to check in online through the mobile website of Garuda, nicknamed Touch. Despite the fact that the regular website states that OLCI is possible from 24h in advance, I was only able to check in 12h in advance as an error message kept on popping up stating that check in would only open at 23h55 local time    The same message would appear on the regular site as well


First off, let’s get a boarding pass! Garuda’s check in is done at departures 3...


... which is thankfully very calm this morning.




There’s not a single soul around at the check in area - except for the agents of course - and I’m quickly and friendly attended to at the First Class desk. I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’. It doesn’t hurt to try now, does it  


All set, I quickly go through immigration and into the direction of the G gates.


Some minor spotting is done on the way as well. These big KLM machines look so good in their blue coat.




Care to Arkefly to somewhere sunny anyone?


G4, nearly there. I need G5.


Through another walkway, the travelator way.




Here she is, PK-GIE, basking in the morning sun. Looking good, isn’t she   


The office, where the drivers are preparing for the journey over the Channel.


Her tail, ready to wiggle it later on.


From the other side.


Her feet, taking all the heavy weight   


Loading and catering is in full swing.


After a brief walk around I decide it’s time to enter the holding pen.


Security screening is done at the gate here, using the Nude-o-scope.


The indicated boarding time is 1h before departure but with a light load this morning, the gate agents seem to take their sweet time. Half an hour before we are supposed to leave, we are allowed to enter the ship. I position myself strategically somewhere at the front and when the boarding by rows start for Y class, I’m the 1st passenger to enter the jetbridge   


AMS to LGW
GA88
Boeing 777-300ER PK-GIE
STD-STA 11h50-11h55
Y class
seat 52K


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A bow and friendly welcome at the door by 2 female FA’s in orange and blue kebaya. The walk to the very last row goes through the business class section where all seats have direct aisle access.


Next is the economy class which looks very stylish and appealing with a mix of dark brown and blue. The layout of 3-3-3 is nice and spacious   


My pair of seats, window last row and the only row of 2 seaters in Y class.


The still empty cabin seen from the very back of the bus with a range of messages displayed on the PTV’s. Relaxing music is played as well during the boarding process.


To me, Indonesian is a funny language. Good that there is an English version below because I can’t make head nor tails of it  


The view from my seat.


I like that logo! And the winged headrests!




My neighbours seat and a pillow - he apologises for not making it today 


A minor disadvantage would be that the IFE is not of the touchscreen type.


All set!


Enough space and definitely a roomier environment than on my last widebody flight with Air China:
Made In (Air) China: BCN-VIE (by sultanils Aug 21 2014 in Trip Reports)
That foot rest pedal may disappear for me, I don’t use it and it is only in the way.




Low down in the middle between the 2 seats is the power port module including a USB port which can be used as a media player and for charging - as tested by myself. If the USB were right in front of you on the seat back, that would’ve been a bit more convenient.


The IFE unit, well tucked away and not intrusive at all.


Then, what’s next? The seat pocket with a few cm’s of reading material and heaphones - which I didn’t use..




Those ratings are arguable but the product seems to be very good indeed   


My name on the seatbelt and the personalisation is complete  


No electronics and seat belt sign.


Equipped with onboard wifi   


During my exploration, the cabin fills up with a light load of pax.


Outside I have a view on the M gates, where the easyJet’s at. If nothing goes wrong as usual, I will end up there later in the day, coming back with easyJet from LGW.




When everyone is nearly settled down, the usual welcome speeches are done and a few moments later we’re good to go!


I will   


We leave our stand a few mins before STD. It seems some construction is ongoing at the adjacent gate.




Singapore Airlines has left already for SIN but Cathay Pacific is still here with their A343 to HKG. This reminds me of my trip to Vietnam now already 7 years ago where I took the very same airline, the very same plane type at the very same gate. Ah, nostalgy...


As expected, we head for 36L aka the Polderbaan.


These Fokkers are allowed to takeoff from 36C though.




We are tailgated by a Finnair A319. Always those bloody Finns 


Passing by the 2nd tower.


This Delta A330 seems to be lost or maybe it is returning to the gate due to some problem  






The engines rev up and we accelerate for a 777 take off we all love   






Golf anyone?


Rotterdam has the biggest, but also Amsterdam has one: a port.


Much better!


Some of Holland’s beaches.


A steep left turn and we’re on course for the UK.


With the plane cruising swiftly, I better get back to business. Nice to see a personalised welcome message.


The IFE has a good selection of entertaining stuff loaded. It’s not overwhelming but I guess it does the job for longer flights.




A toilet stop becomes mandatory. The aft toilet is installed longitudinally next to the galley, making it very roomy inside.


Inside there’s a nice flowery smell. Some amenities are also on offer as per your convenience.


Taken from the inside, there’s at least 2m of space before you to strech your legs when you’re doing your business  


The aft galley.


The cabin is quiet. Are there any pax on board   


I settle back in my seat...


... and meanwhile the crew starts distributing boxes and bottles. Food seems to be on the way   


This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water   


The cake may not look too appetising, but it’s quite tasty. Although I’d rather prefer such cakes cold. Also the wrap is very good. I ask for a 2nd box which is brought in an instant   


The trash is gathered as fast as the food is distributed since we’re already starting to descent for Gatwick upon flying over the UK coastline.




Fasten your belts pls!


Braking.


Turning.








After a final and grand right turn, we’re good to land on LGW runway zero eight right.




   Looks like there are some more a.netters on board.






Someone up for a used - or whatever - car?


Or would you rather store your car?


After 41 mins of airtime we land in LGW, that’s another airport added to the log   






I’m sure knightsofmalta would appreciate this particular species 


We taxi for a good few meters and come to a stop. After 5 mins of waiting, the cockpit comes on the horn and tells us that despite our on time arrival, our gate is still occupied and we’ll have to wait here for another 10 to 15 mins  

It’s not one of these that’s holding us up though...


... or neither is it this one (mind the registration!)...


... or this beauty.


No, in fact, we’re holding her up as we’re standing too close near the taxiway. So we move a few meters forward as to avoid our tail being chopped off by an Airbus A330   


Finally, things start moving again and we arrive at our designated parking position.


There’s a bit of a wait again to disembark as the police will be checking everyone’s passport upon exiting the plane. While waiting I ask a crew member if I can can a few more pics of the business and first class sections which is granted without a problem.

Business class.


First class.




Elvis has left the plane!





e p i l o g u e


This part contains a few pics of my transit time in LGW. Immigration was suprisingly very fast and I was out in the public in matter of minutes. Unfortunately that’s where the good things ended  I had checked in for my flight back to AMS with easyJet via their excellent Android app. However, a few days prior to travelling my phone crashed and I had to reinstall it from scratch. Therefore my boarding pass that was stored in the app was lost - I wasn’t aware of that - and because of the fact that it was now less than 2h before departure I had to get a new (paper) one. As luck may have it, there was an IT system failure with massive lines at the easyJet bag drop. I queued for more than 40 mins to obtain my boarding pass. Security however was quick and I made it to the flight without a problem    I do wonder why easyJet has no SSK’s on offer, like in GVA?

Bagage claim.


Check in hall.


Over the bridge. The views down are pretty cool  










My 1st flight on an easyJet A320, G-EZUP. Too bad it still had the old interior.




I reserved seat 8A.


Funny to see it all from the other side now, also PK-GIE was back at AMS, being prepped for the long journey back to CGK.



f i n a l t h o u g h t s


Garuda Indonesia impressed me greatly! The hardware is top notch and on par with other carriers that consistently rank high. I found the crew to be genuinely warm and approachable. Bonus points as well for serving a snack and a drink. Too bad the flight was so short to be able to appreciate it all...

Terima kasih untuk membaca or Thank you for reading and any comments are appreciated and gladly answered!

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:35 pm

Thanks for the trip report and great photos.

I took this flight on Saturday and had a very similar experience. I was impressed with the load on Saturday, it was much higher then you experienced. I’d say around 60% in Y, although I did have 3 seats to myself. I agree the wrap was very tasty and I also enjoyed the chocolate. Wish I’d have asked for a second one! I also had an amenity kit on my seat when I arrived which was unexpected. These seemed to be strategically placed on certain seats, presumably those of pax joining in AMS (of which there were more than I thought there would be) from what I could tell.

We also were very late boarding. Even though the screens were showing final call about 30 mins before scheduled departure, we only boarded around 15 mins before, seeming for no reason (the aircraft had been on the ground for a few hours already) and obviously departed a little late as a result.

Still, I was just glad to see a 77W at the gate. It didn’t seem that would happen a month or two back with rumours of the route not happening.

To anyone thinking of taking the flight, give it a go as it is definitely the best way to travel from AMS-LON as you can see from this great report.
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:09 pm

Hello Nils,

Awesome report and photos man, just as expected out of your trip reports! I was really excited to see your GA trip report and was certainly curious to hear how did would you rate Garuda. It was really heartwarming that you had an enjoyable experience on board GA B77W.   .

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
To them I say terima kasih teman-teman.

Appreciated the special dedication, Terima kasih temanku, Nils

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Here she is, PK-GIE, basking in the morning sun. Looking good, isn’t she

Wow she does look good on her first trip to London, nice photo! Anyway I was wondering what was that white patch beside the skyteam logo. I would have thought initially that was originally the coat-of-arms of Indonesia which was only displayed on state visits, but then the 77W was not used for that purpose..   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next is the economy class which looks very stylish and appealing with a mix of dark brown and blue. The layout of 3-3-3 is nice and spacious

Glad that you like the mix of dark brown and blue on their Economy Class seats too! Those combination of colors somehow made the product appear more elegant, in my opinion.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The IFE unit, well tucked away and not intrusive at all.

Nice! That would be something appreciated especially if you're in for a nonstop service from CGK to AMS.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cabin is quiet. Are there any pax on board

Oh no! I would love to fly on empty flights (especially when I'm doing trip reports) but that's not a good sign for the future of this route.. Hopefully the loads will gradually improve somehow.    .

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water

Looks nice for the short hop! Although I would have expected that Garuda-branded snack boxes like what they distribute on our domestic flights here in Indonesia.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cake may not look too appetising, but it’s quite tasty.

Haha! Seems you have unlocked the mysteries of Garuda catering. Based on my previous experience, on a few flights those meals that looks unappetising actually tasted better than those with better presentation!  . Glad to hear that a second round was pleasantly delivered to you!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After 41 mins of airtime we land in LGW,

That's way too short for a flight.. especially to experience a GA B77W.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
While waiting I ask a crew member if I can can a few more pics of the business and first class sections which is granted without a problem.

Great to hear that the crew were enthusiast-friendly, and that you were able to make a few pictures of F and J classes before you disembarked.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Garuda Indonesia impressed me greatly! The hardware is top notch and on par with other carriers that consistently rank high.

Glad to hear your maiden trip on GA ended at a positive impression! Back when they cut their Europe network ten years ago, no one would have expected a return with a product of that standard, but seems they managed to pull that out and gave everyone a nice surprise!    .

Terima kasih untuk trip-report nya, Nils
Looking forward to see your next adventures!

Best Regards,
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:54 pm

Nice tripreport!

How long is the layover in AMS for connecting pax? Do they stay onboard?
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:56 pm

Thanks for the report! I'm looking forward to my trip on this same flight on 26 Oct.
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:33 pm

I don't think they will stay on board as the scheduled arrival time from Jakarta is around 09.40 and the flight to London Gatwick departs around 11:55, that would be too long.

I am thinking of taking this flight myself in the near future, as I anticipate quite low loads as Easyjet and even British Airways already flying this route.
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:11 pm

Aduuh, Haai Nils,

My friend got finally on board of the airline of my country of birth Garuda Indonesia!   

What an array of beautiful, crystal clear pictures! They make me feel I was there with you!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Allow me to dedicate this story to fellow a.netters akhmad and dirktraveller, who have been of inspiration for this flight and report. To them I say terima kasih teman-teman.

Sama-sama, temanku! What a great honor to have this dedication from you.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Hello fellow aviators, bagaimana kabarmu?

Baik-baik, temanku!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course, I took advantage of this offer and for the price of € 56 one way - a no brainer - I secured me a seat in Y class on the 2nd day of operation.

Amazing one way price! And that with snack and drink included!  Wow!


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s a nice morning outside and the smell of fresh A1 fills the air, lovely!

I was inside at the office some 90 kilometers further east.  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The moment I step into the walkway that leads to the terminal, I see something that lifts my spirits even more   

I can imagine your feeling.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I was only able to check in 12h in advance as an error message kept on popping up stating that check in would only open at 23h55 local time  

I am actually relieved that Garuda now offers online check-in on international flights as well. It wasn’t yet possible two years ago.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
and I’m quickly and friendly attended to at the First Class desk.

You didn’t need to fly First Class to experience priority check-in.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’. It doesn’t hurt to try now, does it   

I hope that the LGW tag-on will succeed to maximize your chance on op-ups.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
All set, I quickly go through immigration and into the direction of the G gates.

Good to see the airside of G-gates. I’ll be there again in 4 weeks!   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Care to Arkefly to somewhere sunny anyone?

Mombasa and Zanzibar, please!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Looking good, isn’t she   

  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Her feet, taking all the heavy weight   

BODYPUMP!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I’m the 1st passenger to enter the jetbridge   

Bagus! Good on you!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A bow and friendly welcome at the door by 2 female FA’s in orange and blue kebaya.

Selamat datang, Bapak Sultanils!


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
window last row and the only row of 2 seaters in Y class

The place to be for a couple traveling together.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
To me, Indonesian is a funny language.

Indonesian isn’t difficult. There is neither past nor future tense for instance.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I like that logo! And the winged headrests!

  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My neighbours seat and a pillow - he apologises for not making it today 

I was at the office.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A minor disadvantage would be that the IFE is not of the touchscreen type.

Oh, that is a pity.

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That foot rest pedal may disappear for me, I don’t use it and it is only in the way.

It would apply for me as well.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Those ratings are arguable but the product seems to be very good indeed   

Glad to hear that from you!   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
No electronics and seat belt sign.

Instead of no smoking sign. How things have changed.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I will   

  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This reminds me of my trip to Vietnam now already 7 years ago where I took the very same airline, the very same plane type at the very same gate. Ah, nostalgy...

How lovely! Could it be the same registration as well?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
As expected, we head for 36L aka the Polderbaan.

Just to maximize your stay on board.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Always those bloody Finns  

The Finns fall in love with the Indonesians.  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This Delta A330 seems to be lost or maybe it is returning to the gate due to some problem  

Oh no! Or did it just want to say hello to its Indonesian alliance co-member?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The engines rev up and we accelerate for a 777 take off we all love   

Was it a short powerful takeoff roll?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Golf anyone?

No thanks! I would rather do PowerYoga on that green field.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A toilet stop becomes mandatory. The aft toilet is installed longitudinally next to the galley, making it very roomy inside.
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Taken from the inside, there’s at least 2m of space before you to strech your legs when you’re doing your business  

Well done, Garuda!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cabin is quiet. Are there any pax on board   

The sight somehow makes me sad.  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water   

Better than cookies BA serves on this segment.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I ask for a 2nd box which is brought in an instant   
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
While waiting I ask a crew member if I can can a few more pics of the business and first class sections which is granted without a problem.

That’s my Garuda!   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
   Looks like there are some more a.netters on board.

Or even Indonesian Indoflyer.netters?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
LGW, that’s another airport added to the log   

You had never been to LGW before, well congrats then!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
or neither is it this one (mind the registration!)...

Can you imagine the registration of its sister ship? 9Y-LHR!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
No, in fact, we’re holding her up as we’re standing too close near the taxiway.

Oops!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Unfortunately that’s where the good things ended  

Shame.  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Over the bridge. The views down are pretty cool  

I have been to LGW twice and never made it to the bridge.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Terima kasih untuk membaca

Sama-sama! Thank you for sharing!   


So happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight, even though 41 minutes were just too short.  

I sincerely hope that everyone will strongly get encouraged to fly with Garuda on AMS-LGW v.v. after this wonderful report of yours. Hoping? No, I am sure about it!   

Selamat malam,
Suryo  

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:39 pm

Hi Nils !

Very nice that you tried out the Garuda 77W!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My pair of seats, window last row and the only row of 2 seaters in Y class.

I was in the window just a row in front of where you sat; 51K

Garuda Indonesia 77W CGK-NRT In Y (by The777Man Sep 17 2013 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water   

Nice that they give you something for such a short flight.

Thanks again for a great report with great pictures !

My flight on the Garuda 77W remains one of my top 6 flights on 777s and I'm glad you had a very nice experience as well.

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:51 pm

Hi Nils,

Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing. I'm flying this same GA flight in 4 weeks, hopefully it's still running!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
economy class which looks very stylish and appealing with a mix of dark brown and blue. The layout of 3-3-3 is nice and spacious

- Nice, though I dislike the 3-3-3 layout in Y.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My pair of seats, window last row and the only row of 2 seaters in Y class.

- That's a bit of a result!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cake may not look too appetising, but it’s quite tasty

- No it looks pretty grott!!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I queued for more than 40 mins to obtain my boarding pass.

- What a nightmare, 40 minues!!

Cheers

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:02 pm

Hi Nils,

Excellent trip report, very detailed with some great pictures. I was looking into booking myself on to this flight just to tick off my list as I don't see myself traveling to Indonesia any time in the near future.

I shall have to hurry up and book myself a flight before it disappears (if).
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:35 pm

Thank you so much for this trip report! Great read and very detailed, exactly as I like it, since I'm gonna be on the same flight this friday   But I will spend some more hours in London before heading back to AMS late in the evening with U2 from SEN.

You're so right about this flight. It's an affordable way to catch some of that Indonesian spirit. Definitely a flight that shouldn't be missed because of the issues GA is facing right now. Looking forward to it, now even more thanks to your report  
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:46 am

Hi, N.,

now that was a very welcomed early morning read. Well done, also the pictures to show us the GA experience.
Service looks like also nice.
40 minutes for EZY, now that sounds special, good that you made it in the end.
Something again to care about papers, isn´t it?.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:17 am

Nils!!

Fantastic report as usual my friend   you sure crank them up quickly huh!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s a nice morning outside and the smell of fresh A1 fills the air, lovely!

Hmm yeah! nothing beats the smell of fresh A1 in the mornings... except coffee 
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I’m quickly and friendly attended to at the First Class desk. I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’. It doesn’t hurt to try now, does it

Hehehe of course not... I was also attended at the biz class desk in SIN for my QR flight... no upgrade tho... until DOH.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
These big KLM machines look so good in their blue coat.

All of the KLM machines look beautiful in their blue suits  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The office, where the drivers are preparing for the journey over the Channel.

Yeah, probably reviewing the London A to Z ... ¨so we take this road... and then turn here... avoid the M25 because is a right bi**h in the mornings... and at junction 17 we exit for LGW¨.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I position myself strategically somewhere at the front and when the boarding by rows start for Y class, I’m the 1st passenger to enter the jetbridge

I see you used the Sultanils Boarding Strategy again... I should do that too.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My neighbours seat and a pillow - he apologises for not making it today

Shame really...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The IFE unit, well tucked away and not intrusive at all.

Ha! hear that Qatar Airways!!!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The engines rev up and we accelerate for a 777 take off we all love

Oh yes! although I get a tingly spine when they start the engines.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After 5 mins of waiting, the cockpit comes on the horn and tells us that despite our on time arrival, our gate is still occupied and we’ll have to wait here for another 10 to 15 mins

Oh noooo... the horror!!! lol... it happenned to me on my SQ flight to MAN, we apparently had to wait for a while too. I don´t mind.. bring me some satays.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
G-EZUP

¨sup ZUP...

Again Nils, nice review of this short flight, hope GA can keep it up and ¨fly through¨ the issues, I´d love to try this flight sometime soon.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:56 am

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
Thanks for the trip report and great photos.

Hey ManchesterMAN, thank you very much!

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
I was impressed with the load on Saturday, it was much higher then you experienced. I’d say around 60% in Y, although I did have 3 seats to myself.

That’s good to know. I do hope the route succeeds.

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
I also had an amenity kit on my seat when I arrived which was unexpected.

Did you open it and if so, what did it contain?

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
and obviously departed a little late as a result.

It does make you wonder a bit as to why they delay it?

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
t didn’t seem that would happen a month or two back with rumours of the route not happening.

True. That’s why I chose to fly it sooner later than later. I’m most glad I did.

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 1):
it is definitely the best way to travel from AMS-LON

Indeed, no other carrier offers this kind of service and comfort on the same route.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Hello Nils

Hi dirktraveller!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Awesome report and photos man, just as expected out of your trip reports! I was really excited to see your GA trip report and was certainly curious to hear how did would you rate Garuda. It was really heartwarming that you had an enjoyable experience on board GA B77W.

Many thanks for your reply, which is much appreciated. Garuda did meet my (high) expectations  

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Appreciated the special dedication, Terima kasih temanku, Nils

Kesenangan adalah semua milikku.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Anyway I was wondering what was that white patch beside the skyteam logo. I would have thought initially that was originally the coat-of-arms of Indonesia which was only displayed on state visits

I didn’t notice that until now. I have no clue what lies under it...

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Glad that you like the mix of dark brown and blue on their Economy Class seats too!

I thought it looked good on photos already but in real it is even better. They make the cabin really attractive!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
That would be something appreciated especially if you're in for a nonstop service from CGK to AMS.

  

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Hopefully the loads will gradually improve somehow.

I hope so too. Somehow I have a feeling it will not last long. Rumours rumours rumours 

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Although I would have expected that Garuda-branded snack boxes like what they distribute on our domestic flights here in Indonesia.

Do they also distribute those on very short flights like this one? Anyway, I was most content with what I got!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Seems you have unlocked the mysteries of Garuda catering.

I have found the magic key lol!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
That's way too short for a flight.. especially to experience a GA B77W.

True    That was the only negative aspect on this flight.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Great to hear that the crew were enthusiast-friendly, and that you were able to make a few pictures of F and J classes before you disembarked.

They were all good and very relaxed and not so robotic and drilled in their procedures as for example SQ crews can be.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Back when they cut their Europe network ten years ago, no one would have expected a return with a product of that standard, but seems they managed to pull that out and gave everyone a nice surprise!

The ‘new’ Garuda is definitely an airline that does deliver a great travel experience. I hope they maintain this high level of service throughout their network.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 2):
Terima kasih untuk trip-report nya

No problem, I enjoyed putting it together  

Quoting kl911 (Reply 3):
Nice tripreport!

Thank you kl911.

Quoting kl911 (Reply 3):
How long is the layover in AMS for connecting pax? Do they stay onboard?

A bit over 2h. They don’t stay onboard and are given a transit card.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 4):
Thanks for the report!

No problem Tesla, thanks for stopping by.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 4):
I'm looking forward to my trip on this same flight on 26 Oct.

I’m most sure you will enjoy it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Aduuh, Haai Nils

Haai Suryo, thank you for your extensive reply!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
My friend got finally on board of the airline of my country of birth Garuda Indonesia!

I finally did and what a show it was!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
What an array of beautiful, crystal clear pictures! They make me feel I was there with you!

Thanks, me glad you like 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Sama-sama, temanku! What a great honor to have this dedication from you.

My pleasure my friend, if a dedication had to be given, it must’ve been you, our (Garuda) Indonesia ambassdor!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Baik-baik, temanku!

Good to hear that  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Amazing one way price! And that with snack and drink included!

No other airline on this route does any better.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I can imagine your feeling.

It was great to see it and made me happy that I’ve not driven for nothing all the way to AMS.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I am actually relieved that Garuda now offers online check-in on international flights as well. It wasn’t yet possible two years ago.

Although it did have a few glitches I was happy as well that OLCI was offered and that I was able to select the best Y seat in the cabin - at least in my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
You didn’t need to fly First Class to experience priority check-in.

Yep - although I would’ve received priority treatment at every desk since I was the only one there  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I hope that the LGW tag-on will succeed to maximize your chance on op-ups.

Op-ups and me, that’s a non-combination  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I’ll be there again in 4 weeks!

Cool! Heading off to?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Mombasa and Zanzibar, please!

You’ve been there already!?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Bagus! Good on you!

Anything for a good picture   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Selamat datang, Bapak Sultanils!

It must be they recognised my high status as a sultan.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
The place to be for a couple traveling together.

Or for me, traveling all by myself!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Indonesian isn’t difficult. There is neither past nor future tense for instance.

That sounds easy. I know a few words already now.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I was at the office.

I hope one day you will be able to fly your beloved airline as well (again).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Oh, that is a pity.

Nah, it was fully functional and responsive with the controller. We are too spoilt sometimes  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Glad to hear that from you!

It’s an objective opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Could it be the same registration as well?

No idea. This was before I started logging flights.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Just to maximize your stay on board.

I guess the pilots knew they had at least 1 a.netter in the back.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Oh no! Or did it just want to say hello to its Indonesian alliance co-member?

No clue. Something was definitely not right as she was coming from an odd direction given the direction of takeoff.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Was it a short powerful takeoff roll?

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Well done, Garuda!

Of course it’s just a toilet but nevertheless it’s nice to have some space in there.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
The sight somehow makes me sad.

It’s due to ignorance - most people don’t really know how good Garuda is. Only if everybody knew...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Better than cookies BA serves on this segment

Much better.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Or even Indonesian Indoflyer.netters?

Could be. To my knowledge there weren’t that many Indonesians on board.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
You had never been to LGW before, well congrats then!

Thanks! I wasn’t much impressed though...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Can you imagine the registration of its sister ship? 9Y-LHR!

Really, lol!?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I have been to LGW twice and never made it to the bridge.

Oh, but you didn’t miss much then. The views are nice and kinda special from above. But there are other airports that have much better views as well.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Sama-sama! Thank you for sharing!

No problem, the pleasure was all mine!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
So happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight, even though 41 minutes were just too short.

Too short, that was the only shortcoming on this flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I sincerely hope that everyone will strongly get encouraged to fly with Garuda on AMS-LGW v.v. after this wonderful report of yours. Hoping? No, I am sure about it!

Garuda deserves it. It’s definitely a very good airline.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:46 am

Good report, looks like you enjoyed the flight. I will be posting my report of the inaugural flight (long report) very soon so we have something to compare.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:14 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Hi Nils !

Hey Lars.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Very nice that you tried out the Garuda 77W!

Thanks. It was an opportunity not to be missed.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
I was in the window just a row in front of where you sat; 51K

I remember your report but not your seat. So the famous The777Man sat right in front of me  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Nice that they give you something for such a short flight.

Indeed, no other airline on this route does this afaik.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
My flight on the Garuda 77W remains one of my top 6 flights on 777s and I'm glad you had a very nice experience as well.

That’s good to hear and I do agree that GA has a high quality product.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Hi Nils

Hello Mark, thanks for your comments.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

No problem!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
I'm flying this same GA flight in 4 weeks, hopefully it's still running!

   Hopefully you will be able to enjoy the Garuda show still.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice, though I dislike the 3-3-3 layout in Y

Dislike? You’d rather have 3-4-3  Wow!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
That's a bit of a result!

The best seats in Y imho.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
No it looks pretty grott!!

Looks were definitely deceiving. I’m curious if you will get the same snack?!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
What a nightmare, 40 minues!!

It was. Shame on LGW, very unprofessional, staff shouting destinations etc.. Never again.

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 9):
Hi Nils

Hello JoeyTaffy93, thank you for stopping by.

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 9):
Excellent trip report, very detailed with some great pictures.

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 9):
I shall have to hurry up and book myself a flight before it disappears (if).

Do so quickly. You will not be disappointed with what Garuda has to offer.

Quoting kl713 (Reply 10):
Thank you so much for this trip report! Great read and very detailed

Hey kl713, good to hear you enjoyed the report.

Quoting kl713 (Reply 10):
I'm gonna be on the same flight this friday

Very good, I hope you will like it!

Quoting kl713 (Reply 10):
But I will spend some more hours in London before heading back to AMS late in the evening with U2 from SEN.

Even better. But SEN is a looong way from LGW, you know  

Quoting kl713 (Reply 10):
It's an affordable way to catch some of that Indonesian spirit.

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Hi, N

Hey Markus, good to hear from you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
now that was a very welcomed early morning read. Well done, also the pictures to show us the GA experience.

Thanks, my pleasure.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Service looks like also nice.

Nothing to fault here for this short flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
40 minutes for EZY, now that sounds special

I’d rather call it most annoying  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Something again to care about papers, isn´t it?

Maybe so... But I love technology 

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Nils!!

MIAspotter!!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Fantastic report as usual my friend

Thanks amigo, goo to hear you enjoyed it!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Hmm yeah! nothing beats the smell of fresh A1 in the mornings... except coffee

Or tea and lemon for the matter  

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
I was also attended at the biz class desk in SIN for my QR flight... no upgrade tho... until DOH.

I remember that you lucky bastardo  Well, an upgrade here would’ve been of not much use, except for some miles I guess?

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
All of the KLM machines look beautiful in their blue suits

Especially the big birds!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Yeah, probably reviewing the London A to Z ... ¨so we take this road... and then turn here... avoid the M25 because is a right bi**h in the mornings... and at junction 17 we exit for LGW

Yeah - London airspace is quite congested, as are London’s roads.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
I see you used the Sultanils Boarding Strategy again... I should do that too.

It does the trick every time. Just be a little assertive, that’s it!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Ha! hear that Qatar Airways!!!

A shame what they did on their new ships, like the 787. Such a big box!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Oh yes! although I get a tingly spine when they start the engines.

The moment it’s started there’s that loud resonating through the cabin, lovely!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Oh noooo... the horror!!!

I had time enough - at least that’s what I thought back then... Little did I know what would come afterwards.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
I´d love to try this flight sometime soon.

Hurry up my friend, my guess is it will not last forever.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:45 am

Hi Nils,

Thanks for another very enjoyable report report, nothing else expected of course! I didn’t know about this new exotic 5th freedom route so thanks for the heads up and I certainly hope I’ll be able to try it out, the timings work nicely for a day trip.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’. It doesn’t hurt to try now, does it

Well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My pair of seats, window last row and the only row of 2 seaters in Y class.

Best place in Economy  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Taken from the inside, there’s at least 2m of space before you to strech your legs when you’re doing your business

That has to be a first, surely?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water

Very nice for the short flight

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I’m sure knightsofmalta would appreciate this particular species

Beautiful livery indeed

Glad things worked out with EZY despite the boarding pass problems. Modern technology, eh?

Happy flying
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:45 pm

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
thank you for your extensive reply!

My pleasure!  


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
although I would’ve received priority treatment at every desk since I was the only one there   

Just because you are the Sultan(ils), don't you think?   


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Op-ups and me, that’s a non-combination   

Never say never.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Cool! Heading off to?

Dubai and Jakarta. My first A380 flight ever to be.   


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I hope one day you will be able to fly your beloved airline as well (again).

I will next month. Though only on domestic flights.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I guess the pilots knew they had at least 1 a.netter in the back.

I could not think of any other reason. 


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Really, lol!?

Honestly true!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Garuda deserves it. It’s definitely a very good airline.

Thanks to you and Roni, Garuda will make it in Europe!   

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:40 pm

Hello Nils,

Great report!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
However, financial issues with Garuda make the rumour mill go round and it might be that these tag on flights will not live a long life, so for any of you who want to feel the Garuda Experience, do it asap! You’ll not regret it, as I will show you in the following set of text and pics

Still contemplating wether or not to go! Yes it's only around 50-60 eur but with the return flight it still adds up to a 100 bucks - and I already spent so much on flying this year :P

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The actual taxied and flown flight paths - as recorded by a gps device.

I have been meaning to ask, what app do you use for that?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This very morning I did succeed to check in online through the mobile website of Garuda, nicknamed Touch. Despite the fact that the regular website states that OLCI is possible from 24h in advance, I was only able to check in 12h in advance as an error message kept on popping up stating that check in would only open at 23h55 local time    The same message would appear on the regular site as well

I assume you couln't select seats during booking? Oh well, which such a light load plenty of seats to chose from I reckon.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next is the economy class which looks very stylish and appealing with a mix of dark brown and blue. The layout of 3-3-3 is nice and spacious

Indeed it does!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cabin is quiet. Are there any pax on board

Quiet... I wonder who long this tag will last if the loads remain like this

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is what we get, a cardboard box containing a wrap and a cake, and a bottle of still water   

Impressive for the short flight!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Over the bridge. The views down are pretty cool

That bridge is indeed pretty neat. Did GA park at the North Pier as well?

Thanks for sharing your experience!
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Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:25 pm

Quoting Maikel (Reply 14):
Good report, looks like you enjoyed the flight.

Thanks Maikel, I did!

Quoting Maikel (Reply 14):
I will be posting my report of the inaugural flight (long report) very soon so we have something to compare.

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Hi Nils

Hello Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Thanks for another very enjoyable report report, nothing else expected of course!

You’re welcome, I’m happy to see you liked it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
I didn’t know about this new exotic 5th freedom route

Haven’t you  Wow! This is/was really the talk of the town lately. Even I knew of it and that means something!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
I certainly hope I’ll be able to try it out, the timings work nicely for a day trip.

If you feel like doing it, don’t hesitate, you won’t be disappointed.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

My opinion exactly.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Best place in Economy

Yep, and good to see these seats were available as sometimes they tend to be blocked for status holders.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
That has to be a first, surely?

For me it was, never seen a lavatory this large on any plane.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Very nice for the short flight

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Beautiful livery indeed

First time spotting it in the flesh, very nice!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Glad things worked out with EZY despite the boarding pass problems. Modern technology, eh?

Yeah, technology let me down. But my fault too as I normally check on these things. And double check and triple check.

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:23 pm

Quoting Tesla (Reply 4):

Onboard as well.... After the final YUL-AMS scud flight.
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:01 am

Great report Sultanils  

I see a healthy-ish load on your flight continuing (and joining) to LGW! Not too bad for the second day. How many were 5th Freedomers?  

Nice to see PK-GIE took you to LGW too. The very same lady that flew me from CGK!

The snack given out seems to be the new high-end stuff that QR also uses. Very interesting how this airline keeps adopting bits and pieces from other airlines and putting it all together into something that turns out even better  


Thanks for sharing this report with us  


Cheers,
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Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:25 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Just because you are the Sultan(ils), don't you think?

Probably so, it’s the one and only status I’ll ever get 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Dubai and Jakarta. My first A380 flight ever to be.

Emirates I believe, cool! But why no Garuda longhaul, you have the perfect flight right at your fingertips  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
I will next month.

That’s good as well. Which types may I ask?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Thanks to you and Roni, Garuda will make it in Europe!

That might be a bit of an overstatement but it’s a nice compliment in any case, terima kasih.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Hello Nils

Hoi Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Great report!

Thanks, nice of you to reply once again.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Still contemplating wether or not to go!

Don’t doubt just book 

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
I have been meaning to ask, what app do you use for that?

I use Viewranger (in flight mode of course) to log the flight path and then export the .gpx file to plot and edit it on a web based editor. Make sure to position your phone close to the window (I use the armrest or squeeze it in between the tray table and seat upholstery).

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
I assume you couln't select seats during booking?

No, that was not possible but there was room enough still.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Quiet... I wonder who long this tag will last if the loads remain like this

I wonder as well, hopefully long enough to enable at least all of us a.netters to fly it  

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Impressive for the short flight!

  

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Did GA park at the North Pier as well?

Yes, both my flights that day were at the North terminal.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 21):
Great report Sultanils

Hey Roni, thanks and good to hear from you.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 21):
I see a healthy-ish load on your flight continuing (and joining) to LGW! Not too bad for the second day. How many were 5th Freedomers?

Hmm, 40% is not so healthy, no? Don’t know how many 5th freedomers, but I saw quite a few people busy taking photos, inside out outside the aircraft. So, must be  

Quoting ronerone (Reply 21):
Nice to see PK-GIE took you to LGW too. The very same lady that flew me from CGK!

Oh yes, we traveled on the same vessel   Unfortunately I was in a different cabin though, but I guess I makes little sense to fly in First Class for this short of a flight.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 21):
Very interesting how this airline keeps adopting bits and pieces from other airlines and putting it all together into something that turns out even better

  

Sultanils

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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:37 am

Nice report Nils. I'm doing this flight next month, so good to see what's on offer!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
There’s not a single soul around at the check in area - except for the agents of course - and I’m quickly and friendly attended to at the First Class desk. I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’. It doesn’t hurt to try now, does it

Ha, it (rarely) hurts to ask!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
To me, Indonesian is a funny language. Good that there is an English version below because I can’t make head nor tails of it

I think Indonesian is probably easier to learn than Flemmish!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Equipped with onboard wifi

Nice facility. Was it turned on? Free?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Security however was quick and I made it to the flight without a problem I do wonder why easyJet has no SSK’s on offer, like in GVA?

I guess for many years, UK easyJet pax were used to either PYOBP with hand luggage or else for getting them for free when they checked their bags at the desk. Now a lot of people will use their phones, or still print out themselves, so no need to install expensive SSK machines
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Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice, though I dislike the 3-3-3 layout in Y

Dislike? You’d rather have 3-4-3  

- No, but I'd rather have 2-4-2 or 2-3-2 on the 767  
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Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:38 am

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice report Nils.

Thanks Gabs.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I'm doing this flight next month

Good to know! If it still exists 

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Ha, it (rarely) hurts to ask!

True although I knew the asnwer beforehand  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I think Indonesian is probably easier to learn than Flemmish!

Could be, it is a known fact that German languages are difficult to learn.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice facility. Was it turned on? Free?

That’s 2x   

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I guess for many years, UK easyJet pax were used to either PYOBP with hand luggage or else for getting them for free when they checked their bags at the desk. Now a lot of people will use their phones, or still print out themselves, so no need to install expensive SSK machines

I understand but it would’ve made the mess that was there a bit more bearable, ugh!

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No, but I'd rather have 2-4-2 or 2-3-2 on the 767

  

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:38 pm

Hello Nils!

Finally got around to reading your report  

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course, I took advantage of this offer and for the price of € 56 one way

That's considered competitive with the other 'full-service' airlines like KLM and BA right?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After an unexpected 1h45 leisurely drive to AMS, I leave my car in one of the parking lots. It’s a nice morning outside and the smell of fresh A1 fills the air, lovely!

Coming from Singapore, I find it quite amusing when people say that 1 or 2 hours' drive is 'short' or 'easy', or in your case 'leisurely'. Here, I get tired and irritated if I'm in the car for more than half an hour!! It means that there must have been a traffic jam somewhere.

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I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded

Ha. Nice try   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The office, where the drivers are preparing for the journey over the Channel.

What's up with that white square behind the skyteam sign?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My neighbours seat and a pillow - he apologises for not making it today 

Lol! Now, how would you have known that he was apologising?   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Singapore Airlines has left already for SIN but Cathay Pacific is still here with their A343 to HKG. This reminds me of my trip to Vietnam now already 7 years ago where I took the very same airline, the very same plane type at the very same gate. Ah, nostalgy...

Ooh the A343. My favourite aircraft. I remember when I was 10, I could tell even then that we were grossly underpowered. I thought we were going to go off the runway! Only when I discovered a.net a few years later then did I know they were actually hairdryers masquerading as engines.... If all goes well, I might get to sit a CX A343 in December!   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The cake may not look too appetising, but it’s quite tasty. Although I’d rather prefer such cakes cold. Also the wrap is very good. I ask for a 2nd box which is brought in an instant   

That's so much more generous than whatever KLM offers   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My 1st flight on an easyJet A320, G-EZUP. Too bad it still had the old interior.

Yikes. Never taken easyJet and hope never to have to. I hear they're even stricter than Ryanair when it comes to cabin baggage policy. You supposedly have to pay for the bigger bags that go above your head??

Anyway thanks for writing up this report! I hope that Garuda might soon start considering luring Singaporeans to transit through its Jakarta hub. Prices now aren't exactly attractive at all. As you've shown to us, it's a good airline that I think has changed its image quite well. Now they just have to lure more customers to show them what they've got!   

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Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:43 am

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
But why no Garuda longhaul, you have the perfect flight right at your fingertips   

It was a tough decision, but A380 has won at the end.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Which types may I ask?

Regular Boeing 737-800 and a new type, CRJ1000!   
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Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:12 pm

Thank you very much for your Trip Report, I really enjoyed reading every bit of it, and fascinated how fast Garuda have managed to twist their fortunes. The 777 is a wonderful aircraft; and especially in Garuda's Fleet. I am glad they used 3-3-3- seating back in economy. J seats resembles EK's J in the A380's the staggered layout. Im a fan or reverse herringbone though--better shoulder room.
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Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:36 am

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Hello Nils!

Hey pokfur, how’s you going?

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Finally got around to reading your report

I see   

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
That's considered competitive with the other 'full-service' airlines like KLM and BA right?

It is competitive! Even more than that, it’s the best offer on the route, price quality wise. Not BA nor EZY can beat what they offer for that price.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
I find it quite amusing when people say that 1 or 2 hours' drive is 'short' or 'easy', or in your case 'leisurely'.

Normally driving to AMS would take me at least an hour or 3 due to heavy traffic but this time I just sailed through. I don’t mind long drives in the car as long as I have some good tunes on  

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Ha. Nice try

Yeah - although I knew the outcome way beforehand.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
What's up with that white square behind the skyteam sign?

I honestly don’t know. dirktraveller also wondered...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Lol! Now, how would you have known that he was apologising?

Because he told me so 

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Ooh the A343. My favourite aircraft. I remember when I was 10, I could tell even then that we were grossly underpowered. I thought we were going to go off the runway! Only when I discovered a.net a few years later then did I know they were actually hairdryers masquerading as engines.... If all goes well, I might get to sit a CX A343 in December!

My fav Airbus also. And the underpowering isn’t THAT obvious. let’s rather call it: taking to the skies gracefully and with dignity. The A346 has much more power in that aspect but also other engines.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
That's so much more generous than whatever KLM offers

You mean on CGK-KUL?

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Yikes. Never taken easyJet and hope never to have to. I hear they're even stricter than Ryanair when it comes to cabin baggage policy. You supposedly have to pay for the bigger bags that go above your head??

easyJet imho is quite good, at least their corporate image appeals more. You have to pay for hold luggage (of course) and they guarantee a bag of certain sizes (aka a regular large handbag or trolley) can be taken on board and stored. If it’s above or you have 2, you’ll have to pay.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
Anyway thanks for writing up this report!

No problem!

Quoting pokfur (Reply 26):
it's a good airline that I think has changed its image quite well

Exactly my opinion. Given the fact that they struggle financially, I hope they can live it up.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
It was a tough decision, but A380 has won at the end.

It’ll be a good flight on EK, I’m sure  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Regular Boeing 737-800 and a new type, CRJ1000!

Especially that CRK sound exciting   

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 28):
Thank you very much for your Trip Report, I really enjoyed reading every bit of it

Thank you, that’s good to hear!

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 28):
The 777 is a wonderful aircraft; and especially in Garuda's Fleet. I am glad they used 3-3-3- seating back in economy

I can only agree. Economy is very spacious and attractive.

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:08 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 29):
You mean on CGK-KUL?

No, I flew LHR-AMS on KLM last year (there's a TR of it somewhere here on a.net...) and all we got was some measly cookie or something. At least here you had a wrap and a cake!

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:26 pm

Hi there Nils, great read as usual. And pictures - I like how you always seem to find creative angles!

The flight seemed pretty good to me - shame it wasn't operating back in May, as it looked like it was far better than the WX flight I took back from the meet. And around £100 cheaper too! Ah well...

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:10 am

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 31):
Hi there Nils, great read as usual.

Hi James, thanks man!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 31):
And pictures - I like how you always seem to find creative angles!

Thank you, I try to be innovative lol 

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 31):
The flight seemed pretty good to me - shame it wasn't operating back in May, as it looked like it was far better than the WX flight I took back from the meet.

You flew WX AMS-LGW  Wow!

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:27 am

Hey Nils  

Great report nothing else expected. Entertaining read and lovely photos with some great views. Love the intro pic too  

For sure a no brainer to try this out for the price. A great way to bag this airline and aircraft without the pain of Longhaul travel. Good they manage to dish out those wraps on such a short hop. BMI used to serve those in their Prem Y so kudos to GA for that.

Their Prem classes look lovely.

Shame about the App problem loosing your EZY BP and also a bit crazy you had to stand in line for 40 mins. They really should provide SSK's for people that need just a re print.

Anyway glad you had a nice trip my friend.

Looking forward to the next report.

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:07 pm

Hi Nils,

great report with great pictures as usual! Very good idea to try GA's 77W on that route which is certainly very tempting. I would have immediately started to build an itinerary if I hadn't already tried GA during one of my last few Asia trips.

The interior looks nice, great to see the combo of brown and blue in the 777, too.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
There’s not a single soul around at the check in area - except for the agents of course - and I’m quickly and friendly attended to at the First Class desk. I sheepishly ask if this means that I’m being upgraded, being checked in at this ‘special’ desk but the lady replies smiling that ‘I cannot do that unfortunately’.

That would have been an extra treat!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here she is, PK-GIE, basking in the morning sun. Looking good, isn’t she

And already quite dirty! Look at that gray layer!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
That foot rest pedal may disappear for me, I don’t use it and it is only in the way.

I don't use those either...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Or would you rather store your car?

Oh, that looks horrible!


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Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:50 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Hey Nils

Hey Philip my friend, thanks for reading and replying.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Great report nothing else expected. Entertaining read and lovely photos with some great views. Love the intro pic too

Thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed your morning read  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
For sure a no brainer to try this out for the price. A great way to bag this airline and aircraft without the pain of Longhaul travel.

Exactly and considering the price paid, it’s by far the best option or this route.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Good they manage to dish out those wraps on such a short hop.

Oh, yes, I expected something but getting a (double) wrap was a nice and welcome surprise.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Their Prem classes look lovely

They do and I guess the service is very good too, wouldn’t mind to spend +12h in one of those seats!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
They really should provide SSK's for people that need just a re print.

They should, not a whole terminal full but at least a couple to help out people like me 

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
Hi Nils

Good day PH, thank you for your commentary.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
great report with great pictures as usual!

Many thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
I would have immediately started to build an itinerary if I hadn't already tried GA during one of my last few Asia trips.

I immediately did   But didn’t you just fly a GA B738? This is the real thing, a T7 - your favourite Boeing 

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
The interior looks nice, great to see the combo of brown and blue in the 777, too.

Oh yes, very nice and warm colors. In general a pleasant place to be in.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
That would have been an extra treat!

It would although I knew it wasn’t going to happen.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
And already quite dirty!

And patched up in a few places.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 34):
I don't use those either...

Imho they just add unnecessary weight...

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Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:02 pm

Hi Nils,

great report with wonderful pictures as usual, well done. Garuda looks really nice on this flight, just a shame it is only a short hop. Guess you wouldn't have minded to spend more time on board of this beautiful 777 (but then, you managed two snack boxes, so it was probably ok   ).

Anyway this flight is something for me to try out as well. I just hope it will stay around for a while since there is quite some competition on this route.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next is the economy class which looks very stylish and appealing with a mix of dark brown and blue.

Hmm, well, don't agree on the colors here, but it is something different for sure.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The views down are pretty cool

Indeed, and LGW sees a lot of interesting traffic it seems. I especially liked the Vietnam Airlines plane, brings back nice memories of my trip with them last year.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:58 am

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
Hi Nils

Hello CR, good to hear from you!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
great report with wonderful pictures as usual, well done.

Thanks very much!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
just a shame it is only a short hop.

The only negative point for this flight, it might have lasted longer!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
Guess you wouldn't have minded to spend more time on board of this beautiful 777

No, I don’t mind at all. All the utilities are there to make a longhaul flight comfortable.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
Anyway this flight is something for me to try out as well. I just hope it will stay around for a while since there is quite some competition on this route.

It is not so much the competition I guess, just more a fact of GA keeping it up given their financial situation. I hope you will be able to sample the flight anytime soon.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
Hmm, well, don't agree on the colors here

Wait until you see it in real, they look really good.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 36):
I especially liked the Vietnam Airlines plane, brings back nice memories of my trip with them last year.

I thought of you by seeing this plane. Don’t know if it’s the same reg you flew on though...

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Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:21 pm

By the way Nils do you think you would have made a same day GA turn around booking two one ways or would it not have been possible ?

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Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:42 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 38):
By the way Nils do you think you would have made a same day GA turn around booking two one ways or would it not have been possible ?

I tried that but came up with an error every time just before payment bcc. So I guess the software does check for such events?

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Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:31 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 39):
I tried that but came up with an error every time just before payment bcc. So I guess the software does check for such events?

I was thinking if you did one booking AMS-LGW and then later went online again to book LGW-AMS. You have two PNR references but was it actually possible in reality to arrive and then get back to the aircraft or do you think you would have missed it?
 
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Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:34 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 40):
I was thinking if you did one booking AMS-LGW and then later went online again to book LGW-AMS. You have two PNR references

I know what you mean and that’s also what I tried but I thing the system counterchecks whether you are on the same plane/flight back or something alike. In any case, it didn’t work 

Quoting OA260 (Reply 40):
but was it actually possible in reality to arrive and then get back to the aircraft or do you think you would have missed it

Theoretically it should be possible, that is: if you have a boarding pass. As I checked in on my mobile, I didn’t obtain one as the system doesn’t provide it but I guess if you check in via the regular website, you can print your own and then you’re fine. Immigration and security can be a guess as well, if you’re stuck then you can forget it. And there is no airside connection at least not to my knowledge...

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Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Hi Nils,

What a nice surprise full of great pics from you. Congrats for being the first to report this new sector which, hopefully will last a while since it appears as a good way to earn some extra Flying Blue segments at a fair price!
Even for a short flight, the service is decent and i like very much the colors of the cabin.
Well done for your first time in LGW, i must admit this bridge allows photographers to take some beautiful shots from above.

Many thanks for sharing  
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Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:32 am

Hi Nils

good to see your GA experience and congratulation on logging your first flight on them.

As I have quite a few flights on GA done, including this 777 AMS-LGW vv flight twice, I am not sure if this is the best option to choose on the route, but nevertheless it is the most interesting one for sure.
While service is sufficient enough, one might expect at least coffee/tea/juices, but none of those are available.

BA is definitely the best option for the average traveller, with better frequency to make you maximize time in either London or Amsterdam, BA serves a sandwich in the morning which is equivalent to the GA wrap, and BA does serve a large variety of drinks. In addition the build up of Executive Miles, where as far as I know those cheap fares on GA do not give miles on e.g. Flying Blue (correct me if I'm wrong).

My experience on GA was far from good on the LGW-AMS sector, with a large delay and all the things around that delay, showing that GA is by far on par with other airlines.

Good pics as usual and a nice day out for you this way  

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Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:23 pm

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 42):
Hi Nils

Hello Léonard, good to hear from you!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 42):
What a nice surprise full of great pics from you.

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 42):
Congrats for being the first to report this new sector which, hopefully will last a while since it appears as a good way to earn some extra Flying Blue segments at a fair price!

Looks like I got myself a premiere indeed   Alas, no FB miles for these ultracheap booking classes... But I don’t mind that!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 42):
the service is decent and i like very much the colors of the cabin.

No complaints on the service and also the cabin looked very nice and inviting.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 42):
Well done for your first time in LGW, i must admit this bridge allows photographers to take some beautiful shots from above.

Yeah, those view from the bridge are really great, especially on the planes right underneath as you can see them from an unusual angle. For the rest, my first LGW experience was one to be soon forgotten hopefully.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
Hi Nils

Hello Eric.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
good to see your GA experience and congratulation on logging your first flight on them.

Thanks, good to hear you liked the story!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
While service is sufficient enough, one might expect at least coffee/tea/juices, but none of those are available.

No coffee/tea or juices indeed but the water was just what I needed. It does save them some time in the service methinks if they do it the way they did.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
BA is definitely the best option for the average traveller, with better frequency to make you maximize time in either London or Amsterdam, BA serves a sandwich in the morning which is equivalent to the GA wrap, and BA does serve a large variety of drinks. In addition the build up of Executive Miles, where as far as I know those cheap fares on GA do not give miles on e.g. Flying Blue (correct me if I'm wrong).

No FB miles indeed for this flight. Indeed BA is a more ‘regular’ and better option in regards of frequency, service and miles. But not for ‘exoticness’ if that’s a term  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
with a large delay and all the things around that delay

Oh my, not good. Handling issues?

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:40 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice, though I dislike the 3-3-3 layout in Y

Dislike? You’d rather have 3-4-3

- No, but I'd rather have 2-4-2 or 2-3-2 on the 767
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Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):

I'd rather have the original 2-5-2 configuration.
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 45):
I'd rather have the original 2-5-2 configuration.

  

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Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:32 pm

Hoi Nils!

Another masterpiece you made here, really enjoyed it! Great idea to try out Garuda's new 5th freedom route, going to need to try it out myself before it dissapears! The service and hard product look very nice, wouldn't mind spending 10+ hours in there!
Hopefully Garuda will start turning profits and the AMS route will stay, I hear those 77Ws fly quite empty to AMS..


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
First off, let’s get a boarding pass! Garuda’s check in is done at departures 3...
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
All set, I quickly go through immigration and into the direction of the G gates.

Interesting to see them using departures 3 and the G gates despite them being part of ST and partners with KLM..

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here she is, PK-GIE, basking in the morning sun. Looking good, isn’t she

Great shot, what a beauty  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A minor disadvantage would be that the IFE is not of the touchscreen type

Why would that be a disadvantage? It keeps people behind you from hitting the screen too hard when the touch screen isn't working well..

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Cathay Pacific is still here with their A343 to HKG. This reminds me of my trip to Vietnam now already 7 years ago where I took the very same airline, the very same plane type at the very same gate. Ah, nostalgy...

Nice memories, they serve AMS with a 77W now I believe, or are planning too at least!

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:12 pm

Excellent Nils, as usual! Even more so as I booked myself a little trip on GA in January (I sincerely hope they are still flying the tag on then!)
Looks all good service wise too, and a nice Y seat - especially with power! Not too useful on a short hop though, but great on a long flight.
Easyjet look, well, normal.
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RE: Oh My Garuda In(Lon)donesia! AMS-LGW

Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:05 am

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Hoi Nils!

Hey Brendan, thanks for your reply.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Another masterpiece you made here, really enjoyed it!

Dank je!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Great idea to try out Garuda's new 5th freedom route, going to need to try it out myself before it dissapears!

You really should, it’s a great opportunity to try this nice airlines. It does occur to me that you haven’t flown much lately or am I wrong? Still waiting for a few TR’s of yours too  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
I hear those 77Ws fly quite empty to AMS.

They seem do so yes, unfortunately... At least the loadfactor for the LGW rotation was not too shabby.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Interesting to see them using departures 3 and the G gates despite them being part of ST and partners with KLM.

I’m no AMS connoisseur but I guess ST and the KLM use a different area then?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Great shot, what a beauty

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
Why would that be a disadvantage? It keeps people behind you from hitting the screen too hard when the touch screen isn't working well.

That may be true but I find the touchscreen system more convenient.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 47):
they serve AMS with a 77W now I believe

They do. Afaik they have only used A340’s and B747’s to AMS?

Quoting signol (Reply 48):
Excellent Nils, as usual!

Hi signol, thanks for stopping by.

Quoting signol (Reply 48):
Even more so as I booked myself a little trip on GA in January

That’s good to know, I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Now you need to change your signature lol!

Quoting signol (Reply 48):
Looks all good service wise too, and a nice Y seat - especially with power!

Yeah - the seats are well equipped for their purpose which is longhaul flying   

Quoting signol (Reply 48):
Easyjet look, well, normal.

Does exactly what it says on the tin - so to speak. No complaints there!

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