SIN - CGK GA Y / A330-300: HERE CGK - HND GA Y / B777-300: Link HND - CGKN GA Y / B777-300: Link CGK - SIN GA Y / B737-800: Link
As requested by my mother to clear her annual leave, our family decided to plan for a trip to Tokyo and Hakone. Garuda offered a competitive price on this route for a full service carrier at under $700SGD so we decided to give the airline a try although my mother was apprehensive due to the poor safety record of the Garuda of old. However, I assured her that Garuda was now up to standard of any other full-service carrier and had even won many awards since then.
Garuda Indonesia GA839 Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) - Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) A330-300 PK-GPW Economy Class Gate A16
We were originally booked on GA847 but due to tight connection to the next sector, Garuda called us at 5pm and requested we head to the airport immediately to board the earlier flight. After a quick and easy check-in, we collect our boarding passes and prepare to cross airside.
The departure area is crowded with many families also leaving on holidays seeing that it's the end-of-year holidays now.
Crossing airside, the usual repertoire of duty-free shopping options.
Since A16 is all the way at the end of the terminal, we decided to head there early via the Sky Train.
Our boarding area consists of several gates past a large security screening area. Codeshare flight on this route means the plane is fully-booked. We were originally supposed to be on a B738 but on this flight, our seats were changed for a A333.
We reaching pretty early and just sat about in the spacious waiting area for our flight.
Our flight seemed to be filled with Koreans and Japanese people which would be explained later at CGK as there are 3 flights connecting to Hong Kong, Seoul and Haneda respectively. Boarding commences and premium passengers are welcomed to board first, followed by families.
Passes the business class cabin on the way to my seat.
Seeing that it's a short flight and I probably wouldn't be able to visit the loo during the flight, I take this time to pop by the loo which is clean and relatively spacious.
A view of the cabin from the rear. Not a big fan of the colour scheme on the plane.
Seated down, I felt comfortable and the aisle seat is great for someone with longer legs like myself.
The last passengers finished boarding and are stowing their goods away.
Looking at the in-seat amenities in the following order: IFE Remote, Headset, Airsickness Bag, Safety Card, Arcade Duty-Free Catalogue and Stars In-Flight Entertainment Magazine.
The welcome screen of the IFE system which is touchscreen as well. I wasn't sold on touchscreens on planes at first but now, I enjoy the convenience.
Looking into the IFE system and our flight map for this flight.
The safety video plays immediately after push back.
Looking through the movies, I decided on Wonder Woman which I hadn't watched yet.
The mood lighting is on in the business class section.
Food is served immediately after the plane levels off as this is a short flight, the crew had to carry out the meal service as quickly as possibly.
The cart comes down with the following options for the mains: Chicken with noodles or Fish with rice. Each meal comes with fruits soaked in syrup and a bun. I picked a Bintang beer for my drink.
Meal service had ended and I was watching a show when the flight begins it descent.
The cabin lights are dimmed for landing but we took slightly longer to land as the skies were crowded.
Landed at Soekarno-Hatta!
Getting off the plane, we are greeted by a wonderful purple air bridge followed by an absolutely freezing arrival hall.
Singapore - SIN
Jakarta - CGK
Great flight by Garuda although I hope that they will be able to inform passengers of any flight changes earlier. The flight was comfortable, the meal was good and the IFE was decent in this sector. So far, I'm enjoying it on Garuda!
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