Flight Review: AirAsia AK6422 from Johor Bahru to Penang by Airbus A320-200

AirAsia AK6422 is one of many frequent flights from Johor Bahru to Penang, with 7 flights operating on a Saturday. I picked this late afternoon departure to get across the Causeway safely with minimal risk of missing my flight, and to pair it with my return flight from Alor Setar so that I needn’t head up overland by train or bus. Since this a domestic flight booked early, I paid just RM67.48 (~S$22.16) for it, making it cheaper than a train or bus anyway.

As a small terminal, both departures and arrival are located on the same floor, with departures on the left of the terminal building.

Heading to the AirAsia check-in kiosks to print out my boarding pass.

My boarding pass for the AirAsia AK6422 flight from Johor Bahru to Penang.

Heading straight to departures since I had no check-in bags.

Heading up to the departure area.

Turning to the newly-refurbished part of Senai Airport.

Immigration counters are located before Gate 1 for international flights. However, as there was a domestic flight using it, passengers could walk past the counters.

The departure area of Senai Airport with 4 main gates.

More seats are available to wait at towards the arrival path beside Burger King.

As I saw the boarding words flashed across the departure screens, I made my way to the gate.

Unfortunately, I may have been trolled by the screens this time.

The plane was already at the gate though.

Queuing up to board my flight.

A quick scan of my boarding pass later and I was on my way down the aerobridge.

9M-AHZ taking me from Johor Bahru to Penang today.

Heading down the aerobridge to board the plane.

Despite the short flight, this was a ROKKI-enabled aircraft.

The interior of AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200.

My seat at 10A for this flight to Penang.

The legroom on board the forward seats of this Airbus A320-200.

The view of the cabin from my seat.

This aircraft is fitted with tray table advertisements of Sabah.

A Firefly ATR72 taxiing into a remote gate.

Pushing back from the gate.

Heading off to the runway.

Looping around the end of the taxiway to the runway at a northerly heading.

The view of Senai Airport terminal building from the end of the runway.

Looks like a bumpy ride down.

Taking off from Senai.

In no time, the plane hit a heavy cloud cover, so it was a bumpy ride up to cruising altitude.

The ascend was rather bumpy even when sitting near the wing. Guess it might be a stormy day for Johor and Melaka later.

Heading out of the clouds only about 10 minutes after take-off.

Once act cruising altitude, the seatbelt signs were switched off and my meal was served.

I pre-booked the usual AirAsia Pak Naseer’s Nasi Lemak for RM10.60 (inclusive of SST, since it’s a domestic flight) because I couldn’t think of what to order for this flight.

Still a rather cloudy sight at cruising altitude.

Descending into Penang as the sun sets.

The first views of Penang.

Flying over Jalan Permatang Damar Laut into Penang International Airport premises.

Touched down into Penang at 7.02pm, 18 minutes early.

Turning back to the terminal building.

The cargo terminal as seen from the aircraft.

Heading to the terminal building.

A rather international mix of airlines at the international side of the terminal.

Parked right at the terminal at Gate B7. Perfect.

Oh wait, what is this?

Ah well.

Heading down the mobile stairs to head up to the terminal by the, well, staircase.

Descending by stairs makes the A320 look a lot bigger though.

A last look at 9M-AHZ from the tarmac.

Looks like access to the terminal building is now by gently sloping ramps. That’s not bad.

Inside the terminal building, with the passengers heading for Johor Bahru preparing for boarding already. As this is the domestic part of the terminal, there are no issues in mixing the departing and arriving passengers.

Heading to the arrival part of the domestic wing.

As I had no check-in bags to reclaim, I headed straight through here to the exit.

Out of the baggage reclaim area in less than 30 seconds.

The arrival screen shows my plane landing at 6.55pm instead, rather than the Flightradar24 recorded information of 7.02pm.

From here, I headed out to the driveway to catch the Rapid Penang 401E bus to the city.

Overall, yet another fuss-free on-time AirAsia flight, despite being a cheap domestic flight.

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