Indonesia AirAsia QZ268: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3) to Singapore by Airbus A320-200

With this Indonesia trip quite well accomplished, it’s time to head back with all my curiosity on new trains and events satisfied. My ticket was booked along with my onward flight with the free seats promotion, so I headed back with QZ268, Indonesia AirAsia’s last flight of the day from Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3)* to Singapore.

*NOTE: Effective 12 December 2018 at 3.00am local time (GMT+7), all AirAsia international flight arrivals and departures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) will be relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. AirAsia no longer operates flights from Terminal 3.

Heading into the terminal building after ascending the escalator from the Skytrain platform.

As with all other Indonesian airports, a scan of all luggage is necessary before entering the terminal proper.

Check-in for all AirAsia flights was at counters D14-D18.

NOTE: Effective 12 December 2018 at 3.00am local time (GMT+7), all AirAsia international flight arrivals and departures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) will be relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. AirAsia no longer operates flights from Terminal 3.

Heading to Row D.

The gigantic flight information screen in the middle of the terminal.

Printing my boarding pass from the self-check-in kiosks at Row D. This seems to be AirAsia’s own kiosks, but in grey colour instead of red.

NOTE: Effective 12 December 2018 at 3.00am local time (GMT+7), all AirAsia international flight arrivals and departures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) will be relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. AirAsia no longer operates flights from Terminal 3.

My boarding pass for Indonesia AirAsia QZ268 from Jakarta back to Singapore.

Heading back for departures.

Heading into the departure area for security screening and immigration. (The advertisement screen in front of the entrance is a little too bright and distracting though.)

Once security and immigration was done in less than 3 minutes in total, I headed down to the gates.

Guess it’s going to be a 16 minute walk to the end of the terminal for me for Gate 2.

Thankfully there are travellators along the way. Each gate here is spaced about 2 minutes apart as all of them are widebody gates.

However, the parts without travellators where there are toilets and shops was not very pleasant.

Finally reached the end of the main terminal, where there’s a right turn to the narrowbody piers.

Heading into Terminal 3’s international narrowbody pier, which is actually formed from the old small Terminal 3 building.

A travellator is placed in the middle of the terminal building, similar to the layout of Terminal 2.

I got to the gate just in time when boarding calls were made.

A queue was already formed to board the aircraft.

Heading down the pier to the aerobridge.

PK-AZH was on duty for my flight back to Singapore.

Heading down the aerobridge to the plane.

A Citilink A320 and a Malaysia Airlines 738 in retro livery parked beside.

The interior of Indonesia AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200.

The legroom on Indonesia AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200.

Pushing back from the gate.

From the apron, you can clearly see how far apart each widebody gate are placed.

Following behind a Qatar 787-8, supposedly the inspiration for the Luxury Sleeper Train.

Unsurprising spoiler alert: The Luxury Sleeper Train does NOT look anything like Qatar Airways’ Business Class aside from the reverse herringbone seat layout.

Goodbye Terminal 3 Ultimate.

Goodbye Jakarta, you’ve been great as usual.

As this was a dinner time flight, and this was AirAsia, I ordered a meal as usual. This time, I opted for the new but familiar Roasted Chicken with Pesto Cream Sauce for S$4.

It looks quite different from the first time I had it under AirAsia Berhad (KL catering). CGK’s catering had the sauce a little bit more creamy with the mashed potatoes less moist. However, it still tasted nice nonetheless. Different, but nice in it’s own unique way.

Descending into Singapore.

The distinct Singapore CBD skyline at night.

Lots of ships parked for the night.

Flying past the upcoming and current Changi Depots.

Landed at Changi Airport 32 minutes early.

After a u-turn from the runway to the taxiway, the plane continued on to Terminal 4.

I wondered if the steward on my flight worked for another airline before, as the English announcement after the normal Bahasa Indonesia one went “Welcome to Singapore, ladies and gentlemen, and to all Singaporeans and residents of Singapore, a warm welcome home.”.

Truly the world’s best airline?

Crossing over Airport Boulevard on South Cross.

A LOT Polish Airlines 787 at a remote gate after Terminal 2.

Parked at Gate G5.

Heading to the terminal building via the aerobridge.

Heading for arrival immigration which took no more than a minute.

As I had no check-in bags, I headed straight out.

The super-early arrival of my flight as documented by the information screen.

Overall, yet another cheap and good Indonesia AirAsia flight with great overall service by the crew, efficient meal service, an on-time departure and very early arrival into Singapore, ending this Jakarta trip on a high note.

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