Flight Review – Indonesia AirAsia QZ263: Singapore to Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2F) by Airbus A320-200 (GoPro Trial)

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0003

Indonesia AirAsia QZ263 is the first AirAsia flight of the day to Jakarta at a convenient morning departure time of 10.20am. Unfortunately, this is also the only daytime departure to Jakarta, so I pretty much have just one option to fly with them if I depart in the day. For this Jakarta trip, I will be trying out using my new GoPro HERO7 White to see how good it functions for an almost full trip with flights and trains.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0006

Heading to the FAST Check-in kiosk to get my boarding pass.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0007

My boarding pass for my Indonesia AirAsia QZ263 flight from Singapore to Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2F).

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0010

Heading through the duty-free shops walkthrough after immigration and security clearance.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0011

The GoPro effect seems to make the walk look even longer.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0013

Heading out to the usual transit area.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0015

Seems like the GoPro doesn’t do well for walking shots.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0019

Heading to Gate G1.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0023

Boarding my flight to Jakarta at Gate G1.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0026

Heading through the Automated Boarding Gates.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0028

PK-AXS will be flying me from Singapore to Jakarta.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0029

Heading down the ramp to the aerobridge.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0034t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0035

Boarding the aircraft via the aerobridge. The fisheye effect is pretty wide, so much so that it’s showing my phone when snapping this photo.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0038

Walking through the cabin to my seat.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0044

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

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0045

The view from my eyes of the space around me. My DSLR will not be able to capture such a picture with the long lens and focusing points which are too close.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0046

I had jumped to an empty row of seats as the cabin doors were closed behind me after I boarded.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0047

The view of the aircraft from my seat.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0049

Filling up the Indonesian Customs Declaration Form as handed out by the crew.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0050

A short while later, my pre-booked meal was served. I ordered the Thai Basil Chicken with Rice for S$4, despite going to Indonesia.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0052

The Thai Basil Chicken with Rice was served neatly with rice in the main meal box, and the Basil Chicken in a separate foil container with a foil lid.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0054

Opening the foil lid, it reveals the oily goodness of the Thai Basil Chicken.

The Thai Basil Chicken with Rice tasted really good, in fact, it’s better than some I have had in Thailand itself. The chicken chunks were well spiced, probably simmered for a long time together with the sauce, and there was enough sauce to go along with the rice, as compared to typical dry airline rice meals.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0058

As I was still hungry since I have not had breakfast and I had limited time for lunch, I ordered a Mie Ayam Jamur from the on board discount menu. This costs Rp.45,000, including a bottle of Aqua mineral water.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0061

The Mie Ayam Jamur was disappointing as it was dry like typical airline food, not like what’s usually on the Santan menu. The noodles were also clumped together, and the sauce from the chicken didn’t help.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0062

Heading to the toilet to test the GoPro in tight spaces. It works surprisingly well.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0069

Spreading out on my row of 3 seats.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0074

The view of the wing from my seat. Despite “pasting” the GoPro against the window, the side of the window is still visible due to the fisheye effect.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0077

The view of the cabin from my seat.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0080

Descending into Jakarta.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0089

The flight landed at 11.00am – 15 minutes early.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0097

Taxiing to Terminal 2F.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0113

Hmm, looks like a weird position to stop in?

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0117

Heading out of the plane.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0119

Ah, I knew it. It’s a remote stand after all.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0122

Heading down the stairs to the tarmac.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0125

Looking back at PK-AXS from the tarmac. Despite being at a remote stand, only 1 staircase is used. Hmm.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0126

Walking on the tarmac to the terminal.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0128

Heading into the terminal via the bus drop off bay.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0136

Walking through one of the branches of Terminal 2F.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0143

Continuing down the main spine to immigration.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0144

Yup, the GoPro does not do well for walking shots.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0147

Heading out through the baggage reclaim area after immigration and before customs.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0149

Heading out to the public area after customs.

t/sdcard/DCIM/100GOPRO/GOPR0156

Here, I continued on to catch the Skytrain to the Airport Railway Station to catch the Railink into the city.

Overall, another pleasant trip with Indonesia AirAsia, and some experience in knowing what a GoPro is capable of (and not) in-flight. Perhaps the GoPro may not be suitable for rarer trips, and only for these short frequent hops so that I don’t lose out any potential special findings.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.