Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Garuda Indonesia Business / Executive Class Experience

August 8th, 2012 was the second time when I use Garuda Indonesia Business /Executive Class from Jayapura (DJJ). The main reason is just simple: there are no economy seat available on the flight. I went to Jakarta on the peak season on the "go-show" condition. I waited at Garuda ticketing office until they closed the check in system.

I went to Jakarta at the date and I got price about IDR 9.500.000 for business class from Jayapura (DJJ) to Jakarta (CGK). So I decided to take the business class route from Jayapura (DJJ) to Makassar (UPG) with the price of about IDR 6.500.000. The next problem, at Makassar I tried to get ticket from Makassar to Jakarta but all flights was full, so I went from Makassar (UPG) to Yogyakarta (JOG) with cost about IDR 1.400.000 by Merpati Nusantara Airlines and from Yogyakarta (JOG) to Jakarta (CGK) next morning (9th August) by Batavia Air that cost me about IDR 600.000. My home at Yogyakarta is just about 20 minutes from airport, so I saved cost for hotel.

Back to the Business / Executive class of Garuda Indonesia, the ticket is 3-4 times more expensive than Garuda Indonesia economy seats. What I got was larger space, larger seat and more food / inflight meals at business class. The "bad thing" was almost all passengers in business class were senior citizens.

There are electric plug at the seats of 737-800NG's business class, so for long haul flight we can work using laptop without afraid when facing low battery. From 11 passengers with me at the business class, just me use AVOD (Audio Video On Demand), the other passengers prefer to sleep.

Good experience, but when remember the cost, still too hard for middle class people like me. But again, the cost is "paid" when I realized that all my tasks in Jakarta is well-done on time.


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