Doctor I’s Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

By: Idries J. Abdur-Rahman, MD, FACOG

 

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURE:

I truly believe that travel is cathartic for the body and the soul so we try our best to take at least two family vacations every year, one in the summer (or during Spring break) and one during winter vacation. This winter vacation we opted for Southeast Asia for a few reasons. First, we always try to escape the harsh Chicago winter for warmer climes. Second, we were traveling with my in-laws and my wife (and her sister) wanted to take them to experience a Muslim majority country outside of the Middle East. Third, since we last visited Bali in 2008, I’ve always wanted to return. So, Southeast Asia it was and in particular Jakarta, Indonesia followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and lastly my lovely Bali, Indonesia. So come on along for our 16 day journey through Southeast Asia.

 

FLYING CHICAGO TO JAKARTA:

I don’t even have to keep telling you all that I am a United/Star Alliance guy, so when it came time to book flights from Chicago to Jakarta I had quite a few options. I considered Turkish via Istanbul, ANA via Tokyo, Asiana via Seoul and EVA via Taipei. When I came across a roundtrip fare of $710 on united.com, I jumped on it. The routing was via Tokyo/Haneda in both directions which meant that all flights were on ANA (United only flies from O’Hare to Narita). United/ANA have three daily JV roundtrips between Chicago and Tokyo with two flights to Narita (one UA, one NH) and one flight to Haneda (NH).

 

ANA CHICAGO/ORD TO TOKYO/HND:

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

This picture says it all. With temperatures in Chi-town of only 5 degrees Fahrenheit, I was more than ready to abandon the frigid midwest for somewhere  a little closer to the equator.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Our flight was scheduled to depart at 4:15PM so we made sure we were checking in at United’s terminal 1 (where ANA and Lufthansa flights depart) by two o’clock. Star Gold status meant we could skip the general lines which is always a nice time saver.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Talk about options. It looks like flyers could decide if they wanted to be courteous with the folks on the other end or if they wanted to just rage at them. I’m guessing most flyers choose option B. Seriously, if anyone knows what the heck a raging phone is, I’d love to know.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The United departures board is always busy here at ORD and luckily most flights were in the green today.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Just your standard, run of the mill, everyday airport dinosaur. That’s all, no other comment needed.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

All Nippon Airways flight NH#111 was operating out of gate C-10.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Boarding time was planned for 3:45PM which was only 30 minutes before the STD. I thought 30 minutes could be cutting a bit close for a fully loaded 777-300, but they do this everyday so I’m going to go with their judgement (like I have a choice)?

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

At about 3:00PM the cabin crew was huddled at the gate waiting to board the aircraft.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Our flight was operated by JA777A, a 2006 built Boeing 777-300 that would be taking us on the 6,298 mile 12 hour and 26 minute journey to Haneda. JA777A had arrived hours earlier as NH#12 from NRT.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Boarding started about 20 minutes late, a few minutes after 4PM. I scoped out J-class as we boarded and it looked pretty nice. Comfortable seats, lots of space and aisle access but at $6,500 a pop with ten of us flying, Y-class it was! Look at those show off’s stowing their luggage and meandering about their J-class thrones.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

There was one last reminder of the service we would not be receiving as we trudged back to Coach, the location where I’m guessing mid-flight snacks will be located for the lucky souls in J-class.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Now, I’m neither high maintenance nor am I picky, I would have been more than happy to settle for Premium Economy tonight. Those seats actually looked pretty darn comfortable!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

None the less, we were all smiles and happy to be in any class tonight. After all we were just minutes away from starting our next adventure to the other side of the world. My youngest son Noah and I in 31A and 31C.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

With 34 inches of pitch and 9-abreast seating, this sub-fleet of ANA 777-300’s offer a comfortable ride in the back. Once the full 777-300 fleet is refurbished and becomes 10-abreast with 31 inches of pitch, I will stick strictly to UA and Economy Plus if I’m not flying up front.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

It was a cold but relatively clear day and of course…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

it was a beautiful day (and night) for flying.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I checked out the seat pocket contents including the safety card (always safety first),…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

a general service menu that included…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

a list of beverages and meals and of course…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Wingspan, ANA’s in-flight magazine.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Now you know that I always have to checkout the fleet page which included…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

ANA’s Star Wars themed planes (bummed we weren’t flying one tonight) and…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the Millennium Falcon. Gotta love the extent of the Star Wars branding. I was hoping the Millennium Falcon would get subbed today but I hear those only fly the JFK and Heathrow routes.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I got the in-flight entertainment systems fired up while…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

boarding was wrapping up. Here you can see the generous legroom on this NH 777-300 sub-fleet.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The movie and TV selection was adequate at best but as long as my favorite channel is there (the flight map of course), I’m good to go!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Just as boarding completed, a United Boeing 757-200 pulled in along our port side. By now the sun was starting to slowly set.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I checked out the various flight map views (a guy always likes choice) as…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

we pushed off of the gate starting our 12+ hour journey.

 

You can checkout the taxi and take-off in this video trip report right here. If you leave just remember to come on back:

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After a 46 second take-off roll, we launched off of runway 28R into a beautiful winter sunset. Check out that wingflex.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I decided to take a quick walk around the cabin before the aisles were blocked by service carts. After 20+ years I still love the curve of the 777 walls and ceiling.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

As the cabin crew prepared for the first in-flight service, I decided to browse the movie selections.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The service started with a small bottle of water and…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

rice snacks which were actually pretty good.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I ultimately decided on Girls Trip which was airplane funny but not $18 movie theater funny. Still, it kept me nicely entertained for the first couple of hour of the flight.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After the snack service, the beverage cart came by. Yes, I always stress the importance of in-flight hydration and yes, I did get a Pepsi but remember, I already had a bottled water so they just cancel one another out, right?

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I decided to give the wifi a go and…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

at $19.95 for the entire flight, I thought the value was pretty good.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Best of all, the speed was good and there were very few drop zones. What else would an aerophile do? Of course I went directly to FlightRadar24 and tracked our flight.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

We were over the middle of Canada when the flight attendants…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

brought a menu card with the dinner and breakfast options. The days of individual menus in Coach are all but dead but I feel like this is a nice option especially when the potential for language barriers exist.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I opted for A, the curry with potato croquette.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The eagle eyed amongst you probably noticed my second Pepsi. I know, I know, bad Doctor I, but to be fair I make a rule of having two waters for every non-water beverage.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The potato croquette was…interesting. It was edible but definitely not something I would order again.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Okay, okay ANA, I forgive you for that questionable culinary presentation. Ice cream, especially Haagen Dazs makes everything better.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Dinner and movie done, it was time to stretch my legs and take the three year old on a quick bathroom run.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The door to the crew rest near the aft lavatories was so subtle that I almost missed it. I’m sure this is by design.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The Y-class bathroom amenities were pretty spartan and just included soap and lotion.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I don’t know who the person is who would still try to smoke in the lavs (although I’m they exist) but if you are contemplating this option, there are clear warnings as soon as you close the door that you should reconsider your plans.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

If that first warning wasn’t enough, there is a second warning letting you know that you better get ready to pony up 500,000 yen for that cigarette.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

This is my artsy fartsy way of telling you that we both finished our business (I didn’t think you wanted any more concrete evidence). Business done, it was time to head back into the now darkened cabin and try to catch a few ZZZ’s.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The timing of the flight meant that you could potentially get a decent “nights” sleep. With a departure time of 4:15PM and arrival time of 5:30AM (Chicago time), I was able to sleep for a good 4 hours.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

By the time I woke up, we were over eastern Russia with about 3 hours and 15 minutes left in the air.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A couple of hours out of Haneda the cabin lights came back on. Okay, I said you could theoretically get a few hours of decent sleep. This is still Coach as evidenced by the poor guy about to fall into the aisle or the guy next to him doing his best impression of a pretzel.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I headed back to the lavatory before the carts were in the aisles to find this bootleg air freshener that was giving off the scent of eucalyptus. Nice touch.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Sorry for the dirty mirror but it is time for another one of Doctor I’s flying tips. Gotta keep your skin and face nicely moisturized throughout the flight. Yes, that is Oil of Olay. Don’t laugh, guys want to keep their skin wrinkle free as well (at lest this guy does).

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A little bit of that ANA attention to detail. Clearly the trash bin was being regularly emptied. I know some carriers that would have garbage over-flowing 11 hours into a longhaul flight.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A quick peek into the mini-Y cabin immediately after Premium Economy and before the lavatory/galley break.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The main Economy cabin after the lavatory/galley break.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The “breakfast” service started with wet towelettes. I put breakfast in quotes because I never understand the idea of serving breakfast at 8PM local time.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Thankfully my little angel is a pretty good flyer. From this viewpoint I can keep an eye on her and everyone else behind me.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I decided to check out Atomic Blonde during the last few flight hours. Again, airplane good but not $18 in the theater good.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The menu card made a second appearance. I opted for the cod while my son went for the chicken.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

To be honest the chicken looked a lot more like beef to me but Noah said despite it’s deceptive appearance, it was actually pretty good.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The cod was average at best but definitely edible. Notice, I had a Pepsi AND a water. I have to stay true to my word.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

“Breakfast” done, movie done and we were almost there.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I took one last opportunity to stretch my legs and explore the cabin which…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

was in pretty good shape for the end of a 13 hour trip.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

What can I say? I have a door thing.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

My poor oldest son got stuck in the middle of the middle (he’s the black one in case you were wondering). We booked our flights and pre assigned our seats 10 months in advance. At that time we pre-reserved five consecutive rows on the two seat side. Somehow my in-laws seats were changed to the two seats in the middle of the middle so my oldest children had to take the hit and sit there.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Little miss thing woke up after the meal was done bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on the new day. Even though it was about 8PM local time, we had crossed the international date line so it really was a new day.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Hard candies were distributed as we were making our descent into Haneda, nice touch.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Almost there, almost there…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

12 hours and 26 minutes later and we were on the other side of the globe.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

ANA doesn’t turn cabin lights off for takeoff and landing, so getting good landing shots was impossible. Take my word for it, we did in fact land.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Welcome to Tokyo International Airport aka Haneda airport.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

We pulled along side a company Boeing 787-8. I wondered if this would be the bird for our Jakarta bound flight in four hours.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The oldest (mother) and youngest (my baby girl) ladies in my life disembarking. Sayonara JA777A, thanks for the safe ride!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The color palate is kind of plain but to me the Business cabin still looks warm and inviting.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Even after leaving ORD about 30 minutes behind schedule, we still arrived Haneda 9 minutes ahead of schedule at 8:21PM.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

JA777A on the the other side. Three hours later she was heading back to the good ole USA, this time LAX.

 

Don’t forget to check out the full video report right HERE:

 

ANA TOKYO/HANEDA TO JAKARTA/SOEKARNO-HATTA

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

With about four hours before flight NH#871 to Jakarta, I decided to explore Haneda. I’ve had a million and one layovers in Tokyo but they have all been at Narita, so Haneda was a new airport for me. I like the fact that the departures board had a terminal map above it. The board alternated between Japanese and..

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

English which was good for me because my Japanese is rusty and by rusty I mean non-existent.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The terminal was quite busy with multiple flights headed to S.E. Asia, Europe and the USA scheduled within the next few hours.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A few walks, a few bathroom pit stops and a cup of coffee later and it was time to head to the gate for boarding.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Again the crew were hanging out at the gate waiting to board.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Jetlag and coffee meant that I was wide awake and happily irritating my family with selfies. Noah indulged me,…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the wife not so much.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Boarding was called right on time and we were soon headed into the gate. That sign really just rubbed it in, no Business class for us.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Soon we were heading back down the jetway, boarding…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

JA807A, a 2011 built Boeing 787-8 for the 3,598 mile, 7 hour and 18 minute flight from Haneda to Jakarta.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A member of cabin crew was at the door greeting boarding passengers and checking boarding passes.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

This 787-8 had the regional Business class product which still looked awfully inviting as 21 hours later, jet lag finally started to win the battle.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

These regional J-seats don’t lie flat but with 160 degrees of recline, I’m sure they are comfortable enough for a short long-haul flight like this one.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

These two class 787-8’s have two Economy cabins with no Premium Economy.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

ANA has 787-8’s with a 2-4-2 Coach configuration and some with a 3-3-3 configuration, we were obviously on one of the later tonight.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The roomy 787 cabin even makes the 3-3-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch look roomy. The fallacy of that soon became clear once the cabin filled up.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Being close to 6 feet tall, I could definitely feel the difference between the 34 inches of pitch on the 777 and the 31 inches of pitch on the 787.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

As I got settled in, I checked out the safety card.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

A company 777-300 was parked next to us.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Yes, my mother is THAT one person who actually bought that silly looking neck pillow. She said it was comfortable but I still had to shame her with a picture.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Stickers were placed on the headrests for people with special meals. My children had…you guessed it, Children’s Meals.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Boarding proceeded a bit slower than expected but soon enough, boarding was complete.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

We pushed off of the gate about 35 minutes late and…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

had a long taxi out to the active runway while…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the safety video played.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After what seemed like an eternity, we reached the active thresh hold and finally took off into the night sky above a sleepy Tokyo. My wife and youngest just couldn’t hang and were asleep before the wheels were up.

 

If you want to see the taxi and takeoff, check out my video trip report here. Just don’t forget to come back:

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After takeoff, a very light snack service commenced. The snacks were distributed in these cool plastic bags.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I wonder what happens if you enjoy the contents of this bag after the flight is finished? Spontaneous combustion?

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The snack was accompanied by a full beverage service.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Now, when I say light snack this is how light we are talking. A single, sweet pastry. Given the hour of the night/morning I don’t think it was unreasonable to save the full meal for the pre-landing service, but I was still a bit surprised with the size of the snack.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

It was small but at least it was good. Apple if I recall correctly.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

My combo, a water and a Pepsi. A little bit of business and a little bit of pleasure.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

This was the child meal. Luckily my daughter was asleep because I can only imagine what her response would have been to an egg salad sandwich. Hint, it would not have been good.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Once the snack service was done, I made a quick pit stop to the mood lit loo with…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

a view. I’m not British but I had to make that all rhyme.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Business done, I made my way back to my seat and caught this shot of the beacon light lit wing before my adventure to Slumberland.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The dark cabin with the night-time mood lighting made for a nice, cozy environment.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Caught the illuminated wing on the starboard side as well.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Despite the 31 inches of pitch, I slept for a good portion of the flight, awakening over the Philippines.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The cabin mood lighting was slowly shifting to dawn to awaken the slumbering passengers.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

As the “sun” continued to rise,…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the cabin slowly stirred to life.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Well at least most of it did. My mom and middle daughter we still sound asleep.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The breakfast started with…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

wet towelettes.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Beverages came next followed by…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the meal.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The Muslim meals are all Halal certified meaning that the animals were handled and slaughtered in a specific, ritualistic way.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The curry fish was a bit heavy for the early hour but none-the-less good. Yup, that is a Pepsi and no, there was no accompanying water. Busted!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The dessert was some type of lemon puree which was actually phenomenal.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I swear, 26 hours into this journey and as long as she has something to watch she is just fine.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I decided to watch The Dark Tower during the last few hours of the flight. I think you know what I’m going to say by now, airplane good, yes, $18 movie theater good, nope!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

This was the Child meal by the way.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

With the exception of the breaded chicken, this one was a miss as well.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Once the meal service was completed I quickly stretched my legs and explored the rear galley and…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

yes, I know that I have a problem. But yes, another door pic.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

There was one last round of beverages before…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

the last call was made for duty free shopping.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Yeah, yeah, I get it. We steerage folks better stay in our lowly place ;-P

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

By now, the real sun was rapidly rising.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The sky seemed to become brighter by the minute.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

27+ hours later, we were truly almost there.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Doors and wings, those are my two things so here is an alternative wing view for you.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

As we started our initial descent, the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

We slowly banked to the right as…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

we continued our descent.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

There is the Rolls Royce Trent that has been humming for the last 7 hours to get us to Jakarta. Keep up the good work buddy!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The skies over Indonesia were beautiful. Our descent continued and we were soon on short finals for Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.

 

If you want to check out the video trip report including our Jakarta landing, check it out right HERE:

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After a nice, smooth landing, the windows immediately fogged over. It was clearly steamy out there but given the weather at home, I had absolutely no complaints.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Welcome to Jakarta!

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

After a short taxi we were parked at the gate and disembarking JA807A. One last look at the J-class cabin.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

The terminal was nice and empty at this early hour which I hoped meant that immigration would also be nice and empty.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

Clearly there was no such luck but hey, we were finally here and at the start of a 16 day vacation. So, I took a deep breath and just relaxed, we had no where to be anyway.

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

I wouldn’t be an aerophilie if I didn’t immediately check out my flight info on FlightRadar24 so…

 

Doctor I's Southeast Asia Adventure: Part 1-Flying to Jakarta, Indonesia

here it is. We flew 3,598 miles in 7 hours and 14 minutes with a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet at close to 540 knots.

 

-Check out part 2 of our adventure exploring Indonesia’s capitol city Jakarta right HERE.

-Check ot part 3, flying KLM to KUL HERE.

-Check out part 4, Exploring Malaysia HERE.

-Check out our video diary exploring Jakarta right here:

-If you haven’t done so yet, check out the full video trip reports for both flights right HERE: