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anaknegeri
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An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:26 pm

Hello friends! Welcome to one of my reports.

Firstly, as usual, please apologize for my bad English, and also bad photo quality as I took all shots by my cellphone. Please also not to be surprised if you find similar reports on other sites, I wrote all by myself.

Before to the main story, let me recap all of my reports in Airliners.net:
First Time & Last Time by Air France, Singapore-Jakarta
Short Trip to Malaysia with KLM 810 (777-300ER)
An Indonesian Domestic Flight with Garuda Indonesia, from Jakarta to Pekanbaru (Riau Province)
Jakarta-Medan, Banda Aceh-Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta
A Short Jakarta-Singapore Flight with JETSTAR ASIA
From KL to Jakarta with KLM, Boeing 777-300ER
First Time with Malaysia Airlines after 15 years
Another Indonesian Domestic Flight: Sriwijaya Air (Boeing 737-300)
Once again with KLM's 5th freedom route (CGK-KUL)
First time with Tigerair & photo session in Changi Airport

The main purpose of this Bali trip was to celebrate my grandma's 80th birthday. What a long life for her. In this special occasion, our family decided to arrange a special family tour to Bali. But we had realized previously that the date was coincidence with one of Indonesian national holiday, the Eid Al-Adha, one of important Islamic celebrations. That's why we had preserved the tickets about 4 months before the journey, and even at that time the ticket price had hiked higher than normal.

Why Bali?

My uncle (my mom's 2nd brother), an owner of a well-known advertisement company in Jakarta, has a private villa located in Seminyak, not so far from Kuta. That's why Bali is suitable for us to celebrate this special occasion. As you know, Bali is the most popular tourist area in Indonesia. Some people outside Indonesia even know about Bali but not Indonesia, not knowing that Bali is part of Indonesia. What a very popular island. Popularly called "Pulau Seribu Pura" (island of thousand temples), it's the only region in Indonesia where significant majority of its people adhere Hinduism, while majority of Indonesians are Muslim. Apart from temples, Bali is well-known for its beaches (Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur, etc). It has been popular for Australians to spend their weekend.

This time I chose GA 412, scheduled to leave Jakarta at 8.00 p.m. Honestly, that was also because my auntie (my mom's youngest sister) and her family had chosen this flight. If I go alone, I'm not sure to choose this flight with the usual expensive price of Garuda, as this flight costed IDR 950,000 (about USD 71.50). Luckily for me that all tickets would be paid by my uncle (my mom's 2nd brother).

The flight would be my first time in Garuda's wide-body jet, and also my first domestic flight in wide-body jet. Interesting, right?

OK, let's jump to the main story.

August 30th, 2017. From our residence in southeastern Jakarta, I and my youngest sister hop a car through Go-car app to Soekarno-Hatta Airport. It costed IDR 125,000. Inside the car I had a long chit-chat with the driver. He told me that a nephew of him was a pilot in Kalstar, a small-scale airlines in Indonesia, and recently he operated its newest Embraer fleet. He also told me about his experience transporting people to the airport.

About 2 hours before scheduled departure of GA 412, we arrived at the Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Before July 2017, Garuda was the sole airline operating in this terminal, but recently Korean Air, China Airlines, and Saudia moved here. I heard that all Skyteam members will move here in 2018, while other Skyteam members (Vietnam Airlines, China Southern, Xiamen Air, and my favorite European carrier KLM) are currently still in Terminal 2.

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Here we met our auntie and her family (her husband and cute twin children) who had arrived here earlier. Then we proceed to check-in counter. As we had done the online check-in, we just needed to drop our luggages and print the boarding passes.

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There was still an hour before scheduled boarding time. We decided to eat Malay-style "roti kaya", added with 2 boiled eggs, and drink a cup of tea here.

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Then we proceed to the boarding gate after an usual security check.

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All gates shared the same waiting room. I like this arrangement, as we can still move freely before boarding, unlike in the terminal 1 or 2.

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Need water? You can drink or fill your bottles here.
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The boarding gate.
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While waiting, an announcement was made, informing the people that our flight (GA 412) was delayed and the boarding was scheduled at 8.30 p.m. As the compensation, in line with Indonesian regulation, airline crews distributed a box of snacks, containing a bread, a choco bar, and a cup of mineral water.

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To spend my times before boarding, I recharged my cellphone at a box containing 10 socket plugs. It really helps you lot. Free Wi-fi was also provided.

Finally we were called for boarding at 8.45 p.m. We reached the plane by bus. Same situation with my previous flight by Garuda to Pekanbaru.

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Reaching the plane. Its reg code was PK-GIH. delivered in June 2015. Some days before our flight, it was used for Hajj flights, transporting Hajj pilgrims from Jakarta and Medan.

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Entering the cabin.
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My seat (39K) at the window side.
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While waiting for the boarding completed, we had been allowed to explore the IFE. You can navigate the IFE through either the controller stick or the touchscreen LCD. It had nice collection of movies, especially Indonesian and American movies. But if I can compare with other airlines, personally I think Malaysia Airlines and KLM have better collection.

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Boarding process completed. I don't know the exact number of passengers, but I guess the flight was fully occupied, and half of the passengers came from outside Indonesia. I saw many "western" people, holding Australian, American, British, French, and even Lithuanian passports. This was my 1st time seeing people from Lithuania, a country that was not too popular for Indonesian. "Garuda" and "Bali" were perfect combination for foreigners in Indonesia, making the flight chosen by many international tourists.

After boarding completed, the pilot made an announcement apologizing the flight delay, as there were problems on the previously-designated fleet and they decided to choose other plane.

Then the safety instruction video was played on the IFE. The video was in English and Indonesian, also containing sign-language for passengers with hearing disabilities. Honestly, the video was less "creative" compared to videos of KLM and Air France.

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Outside the window, China Airlines and Korean Air were seen. They moved recently to the new Terminal 3.

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Some minutes before take-off, cabin light was dimmed. This Indonesian music album from Sammy Simorangkir, ex-vocalist of "Kerispatih" band, accompanied me during take-off.

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The plane started to fly at 9.50 p.m. (UTC+7). Lamps from houses in Jakarta were seen.

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Some minutes after departure, the seat-belt sign was switched off. Then the IFE showed a Skyteam advertisement.

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As usual in every my flight, I checked all stuffs inside the seat pocket.

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"Colours" magazine.

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Another edition of "Colours", special for Hajj and Umra flights, containing articles about Islam, Mecca, and Middle East.

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"Stars" IFE catalogue.

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Souvenirs catalogue, also special for flights to Saudi Arabia.

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During the flight, we faced bad weather for 3 times. That's why the meals came a little bit late to our seat, as the cabin crews had to pause serving meals during medium-scale shakes. There were 2 options of meals: chicken or fish. I said "fish" and the cabin crew gave me a food set containing fish fillet with sauce, rice, vegetables, and a cup of fruit jelly. I also asked for a cup of guava juice. The fish fillet had a bit spicy flavor, and the taste was average. Good enough to fill your stomach after 1.5 hours delay.

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After finishing my dinner, I continued exploring the IFE.

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Here you also can buy your desired items on the shopping catalogue. Wanna buy the bracelet?

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Live TV channels were also available. You could watch the latest news happened, including the storm in Louisiana.

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I also checked the plane's Wi-fi. Internet service was also available with hour-based rates. Very useful if you want to watch Youtube videos.

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Don't forget the other important thing: the lavatory.

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I spent times before landing listening musics on the IFE. My sister, a fan of Korean idol groups, enjoyed listening K-Pop albums on the IFE.

Then the arrival announcement was made. We prepared for landing, fastening the seat-belt and adjusting the seat. Unfortunately I could not take photos during landing, as it was really dark outside the window.

Our plane touched down at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, at 00.20 (UTC+8, an hour ahead of Jakarta).

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Here I saw international carriers preparing for departure, including Qatar Airways, Korean Air, and China Eastern.

(I wish I can take better pictures, but I'm a bit traumatic to use pocket cameras. I had 2 cameras before, and the LCDs of both were broken easily.)

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The plane reached the boarding gate some minutes later. Time to leave the plane.

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Final pics of our plane.

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Way to the baggage claim zone.

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At the 1st row is Balinese script, written as "Om Swastyastu", a traditional Balinese Hindu greeting.

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Baggage belt.

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We then left the airport by a car ordered through "Grab" apps to my uncle's villa in Seminyak. I spent 4 days in Bali before returning to Jakarta by Lion Air in September 3rd.

BONUS: some pics of Bali.

Pura Tirta Empul, a Hindu temple with large water pool.

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Mount Batur, Kintamani.

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Blanco Museum, housing paints of the late Don Antonio Blanco, a Filipino painter with Spanish and American ancestry, who spent majority of his life in Ubud, Bali, until his death, and his corpse was cremated through Balinese Hindu ritual called "Ngaben".

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Kuta Beach, probably Bali's most popular beach.

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Seminyak Beach, close to my uncle's villa, seems more "peaceful" than Kuta.

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Finally my most favorite Balinese dish: "Babi Guling" (suckled pig).

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OK, that's my report. Any feedback and suggestion are appreciated. Thanks for reading.
 
theobcman
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:47 pm

Really good report & pictures. Good memories for me as I flew GA 77W LGW-AMS couple of years ago. I really like the GA cabins. Nice pictures of Bali too ! Cheers
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:15 am

theobcman wrote:
Really good report & pictures. Good memories for me as I flew GA 77W LGW-AMS couple of years ago. I really like the GA cabins. Nice pictures of Bali too ! Cheers

Thanks. It's too bad that GA doesn't fly the 5th freedom route from LGW to AMS anymore.
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:47 pm

I enjoyed your report. You did a good job.
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:37 am

jeffrey1970 wrote:
I enjoyed your report. You did a good job.

Thank you. May God bless you too.
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:27 pm

anaknegeri wrote:
jeffrey1970 wrote:
I enjoyed your report. You did a good job.

Thank you. May God bless you too.



You are welcome. Thank you. I wonder if Garuda Indonesia will ever come back to the USA?
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:39 am

jeffrey1970 wrote:

You are welcome. Thank you. I wonder if Garuda Indonesia will ever come back to the USA?

Garuda has planned to fly to Los Angeles.

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2017/02/23/garuda-lax/

But as it's still struggling with the Jakarta-London route, I think it's still unnecessary to open the USA route. It's better for Garuda to enhance partnerships with other Skyteam members (Delta, KLM, Korean Air, etc.).

Garuda has done well for cabin service, but outside the cabin, there are still many things to be improved (web reservation, ground staffs, FF program, promotion, etc.).
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:14 pm

Thx man, was a joy to read it.
Garuda has a 3-3-3 seat config. in economy?
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:39 am

Wow. So much detail - and a Burger King in the terminal, too. I'll never see that part of the world, so it was enjoyable to see all the pictures. Thanks very much for this trip report!
 
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Re: An Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)

Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:24 am

DAIAM2002 wrote:
Thx man, was a joy to read it.
Garuda has a 3-3-3 seat config. in economy?

Yes, it's 3-3-3. On this point, Garuda seems better than my favorite European airlines, KLM, with its 3-4-3 config.

11725Flyer wrote:
Wow. So much detail - and a Burger King in the terminal, too. I'll never see that part of the world, so it was enjoyable to see all the pictures. Thanks very much for this trip report!

Thanks. I'm waiting your visit to Indonesia.

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