Flight Review – Indonesia AirAsia QZ268: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2F) to Singapore by Airbus A320-200 (GoPro Trial)

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Indonesia AirAsia’s QZ268 is the last Indonesia AirAsia flight of the day to Singapore, departing at 6.20pm – perfect to get back to Singapore in good time. Once done with the linkbridge walk from the Terminal 2 Skytrain station, I found myself in the terminal already, which is a little bit more convenient than having to cross the driveway last time.

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After security, the path to wherever you need to go is clearly marked on the floor.

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Heading to the self check-in kiosk to get my boarding pass.

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The interface of the self check-in kiosk.

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Despite having already checked in online, the self check-in kiosk requires me to scan my passport for verification.

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Printing out my boarding pass from the self check-in kiosk.

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

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Continuing on the highlighted path to immigration.

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Entering the transit area after immigration.

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Re-checking my gate at the flight information screen.

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Even with a wide view, but slightly dim, the GoPro doesn’t work well for walking shots.

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Turning to the single pier.

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Queuing for security checks.

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My gate, F1, is just beside the end of the security checks.

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However, I proceeded ahead to fill up my empty water bottle with some water for the flight first.

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The unnecessarily-sophisticated water refilling station.

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Three temperatures of water are available – cold, room and hot. The water comes out only when you press the button, and is rather slow. A screen plays some advertisements while you fill your bottle up. Hmm, maybe that’s why it’s slow?

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Heading down to the gate.

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Getting my boarding pass checked to enter the gate hold room.

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The view of the gate hold room at Terminal 2.

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Hmm, no plane in sight at the gate.

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There’s a bus waiting though, oh man. I would like to board an Airbus directly without a bus.

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I tried the zoom function on the GoPro and it seems to eliminate the fisheye effect, taking the photo like a normal zoomed-in camera. However, the quality of the photo is left to be desired.

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Once boarding calls are made, boarding passes are scanned just before the aerobridge.

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Heading out to the aerobridge.

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Turning onto the staircase down to the apron.

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Hmm, you’re not an AirAsia Airbus A320, just an AirAsia bus.

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The interior of the AirAsia apron bus with lots of standing passengers.

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Most of the bus offers standing room only without seats.

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Disembarking from the AirAsia apron bus.

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Seems like the bus went to the domestic Terminal 2E instead. Heading up the stairs to the aerobridge.

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Heading down the aerobridge to board the aircraft.

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Boarding the aircraft.

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

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The legroom available on board Indonesia AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200. As I am seated at Row 11 which is in front of the emergency exit row, there is no recline function on this row of seats.

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The view of the area around me when seated.

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To compensate for the lack of recline, I have a nicely aligned window.

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The view of the aircraft from my seat.

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Cabin lights are switched off for take-off.

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Taxiing out of Terminal 2.

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A quick taxi later and it’s a quick northerly take-off, minimising a bit of flight time to Singapore.

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Goodbye Jakarta.

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For dinner, I ordered the Nasi Padang Uda Ratman for S$4.

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Using the zoom function again, the picture seems to turn out normally without the fisheye effect.

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The zoomed-in view of the Nasi Padang Uda Ratman.

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The regular fisheye view of the Nasi Padang Uda Ratman.

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As I was still slightly hungry, I ordered a Black Glutinous Rice Porridge (Bubur Ketan Hitam) for dessert for Rp.20,000 (~S$1.94).

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Apparently having this cold is an option in Indonesia, as I was offered ice, but I requested it to be served hot – in which case I had to wait a few minutes while the crew heated my bubur up for me. Nevertheless, it tasted pretty delicious – a tad creamier than the Singapore type, and definitely cheaper than some food courts nowadays.

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Cabin lights were switched off for landing.

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Approaching Singapore.

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Touched down at 9.08pm – 7 minutes early.

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Crossing over Airport Boulevard to Terminal 4 on South Cross.

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Turning right to Terminal 4.

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Parked at Gate G10.

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Trying the zoom out of the window. Yup, seems pretty zoomed in.

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Disembarking from the aircraft with thanks from the friendly cabin crew.

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Heading up the aerobridge.

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Heading down for immigration.

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Heading to the Automated Immigration Gates.

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Petalclouds floating above the arrival immigration hall.

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Continuing on through the duty free shops.

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No bags with AirAsia as usual, so I headed straight out through customs.

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After heading out, I got the lift down to go to the bus stop to head home.

Overall, another excellent flight with Indonesia AirAsia, but a not so excellent trial trip with my GoPro. The quality is just so different to what I’m used to when I have been using my DSLR for about 8 years now. The GoPro works in tight spaces, but I guess not really much for trains. I’ll see what good uses I have for the GoPro from evaluating this trip.

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