Flight Review – Jetstar Asia 3K593: Singapore to Phnom Penh by Airbus A320-200

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Jetstar Asia 3K593 is a daily flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh, with Jetstar Asia being the sole low-cost carrier on this route. I had booked this free fare flight quite some time back, and with the rapid progress of Royal Railway perfectly in time for my trip, I was very pleased to be flying over to check out their improvements.

Jetstar Asia 3K593 is also a codeshared flight with Qantas QF5293, Emirates EK7747 and SriLankan Airlines UL3275.

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Heading to Terminal 1 Row 8 to check-in for my Jetstar Asia flight.

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The check-in row here comes with a new layout focusing on self check-in using the FAST@Changi system.

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Looks like Qantas also uses the same check-in row when its time for their flight.

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Printing my boarding pass from the FAST Check-in kiosk.

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My boarding pass for my Jetstar Asia 3K593 flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh.

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Heading for departure immigration.

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My flight would be departing from Gate D47.

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Heading to the right to the the D gates.

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Heading down the D pier.

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Heading into the gate hold room of Gate G47 for security screening and to wait for my flight.

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The Jetstar Asia Airbus A320-200 at the big gate.

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9V-JSJ would be taking me to Phnom Penh today.

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Singapore Airlines 9V-SYL Boeing 777-300 in Star Alliance livery taxiing in the distance.

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The rather crowded widebody aircraft gate hold room for this Airbus A320. Guess it’s going to be a full flight.

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Heading down the aerobridge.

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Boarding the aircraft.

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The interior of Jetstar Asia’s Airbus A320 with leather seats.

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The view of the aircraft from my aisle seat.

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The legroom on Jetstar Asia’s Airbus A320.

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Shortly after the seat belt signs were switched off after take-off, the cabin crew handed out the immigration cards and customs declaration forms for Cambodia.

I didn’t any order any frills on board this time since it was rather pricey, plus it wasn’t a meal time flight. You can view the Jetstar Asia (3K) menu here.

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The clean toilet on board, with both tissues and paper towels provided.

The flight itself was pretty bumpy, initially because of turbulence but the feeling of recovering from it was also rather strange. Instead of how it usually gets jerky because the plane “bounces” back to its original altitude because of the autopilot, this flight had the feeling of being blown up or down and maintained there, which is not what I’m used too. It certainly felt like I was on a kite. On approach to Phnom Penh, we had a go-around just before landing due to “congestion in the airport” mentioned by the pilot (then you shouldn’t have cleared us to land, Phnom Penh), and the turns felt strange. I’m not sure if it’s because of my first experience on an aborted landing, or because of the flight itself. When checking back on Flightradar24, the flight path does indeed look strange, as if the plane was manually flown.

It was the first time in a long while that I actually felt queasy both in flight and after landing.

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Image from Flightradar24.

Here’s the overall flight path for my flight.

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Image from Flightradar24.

Here’s the weird go-around portion.

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Disembarking from the aircraft.

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Hello, Phnom Penh.

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Disembarking via the aerobridge.

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The terminal facade towards the apron.

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Heading to arrivals.

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The view back at my aircraft on the path to arrivals.

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Heading down for arrival immigration.

The immigration queue was quite fast, probably owing to the many people who needed a visa queuing in a separate area. The immigration officer did not take the immigration form though, but merely gave a stamp on it and stapled it to my passport together with the entry stamp.

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Once done with the quick and easy immigration, the baggage reclaim area is just there.

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However, as I have no check-in bags, I simply headed out of the baggage claim area. When exiting through the customs channel, hand over the customs form to the officer.

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The welcome sight of Phnom Penh with SIM card stores just ahead. I got a Cellcard SIM for US$2 as usual.

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From here, I headed on to catch the Airport Shuttle Train.

Overall, not the most comfortable flight I’ve been on, but certainly the way to get from Singapore to Phnom Penh cheaply if purchased early enough. I had booked a return free fare flight, but I decided to abandon the returning ticket in order to properly explore Royal Railway and a new ASEAN connection which will be pretty useful in future.

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