Flight Review: Indonesia AirAsia A320 Economy Class from Jakarta CGK to Yogyakarta

Flight Report: Indonesia AirAsia A320 from Jakarta CGK to Yogyakarta

Flight Information
: May 7, 2017
Flight No.: QZ7556
Route: Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Yogyakarta Adisutjipto
Airline: Indonesia AirAsia
Type: Airbus A320-200
Registration: PK-AXV

On my way back from Slovakia to Japan, I took a bit of a roundabout route. First, I flew from Budapest to Jakarta via Helsinki and Bangkok. Then, the final part of the journey was a JAL flight from Jakarta to Tokyo. However, as I had a full day in Jakarta, I decided to make a little side trip to Yogyakarta. To get there, I flew on an Indonesia AirAsia A320.

Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport Terminal 2F

After about two hours of sleep at the d’prima hotel at Jakarta’s terminal 1, the alarm rung at 3:30AM. I left the hotel shortly before 4AM, and go on the 4:04AM (it seems to come rather randomly) inter-terminal shuttle.

I got off at terminal 2F where all AirAsia domestic flights depart from, and headed through the initial security into the domestic check-in area. As I already had my boarding pass printed out, I headed straight through the security and into the small domestic waiting lounge.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Jakarta Airport Entrance

Jakarta airport terminal 2F.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Jakarta Airport Security

Security check area for domestic flights.


The terminal was surprisingly nice. Besides the usual seats, there were also some relaxation chairs, as well as a water fountain and a charging station.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Jakarta Airport Airside

Departure hall of the domestic section of terminal 2.


[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Jakarta Airport Airside

Relaxation chairs.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Water and Charger

Water fountain and charging station.


I spent some minutes in the main part of the terminal, and then headed to the gate F2 waiting area. Each of the gates is connected to the main waiting area by a walkway. When I got to the gate, a flight to Bali was about to start boarding.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Gate F2

Walkway to gate F2.


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Gate F2 waiting area.


Departure of Flight QZ7556

Shortly after the Bali flight departed, it was our turn. Boarding of group 1 started at 5:24AM, and less than five minutes later, my group – 3 – followed. I got on a nice AirAsia bus and was driven to our aircraft – PK-AXV.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Indonesia AirAsia A320

Indonesia AirAsia A320.


[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Indonesia AirAsia A320

The aircraft operating the flight was PK-AXV.


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One more shot before getting onboard.


Once I got onboard, I settled in my seat – 9F – and had a look in the seat pocket. Besides a generic waste bag and a safety card, it also contained English and Indonesian in-flight magazines, food menu and a shopping catalog.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Indonesia AirAsia A320 Cabin

Typical AirAsia cabin.


[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Indonesia AirAsia A320 Legroom

More than enough legroom for the short hop.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]My Indo Airlines

My Indo Airlines 737.


[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Seatpocket

Contents of the seat pocket.


The crew closed the door at 5:48AM, and a minute later we were pushed back. Ten minutes of taxiing on a bumpy taxiway followed before we lined up on runway 25R.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Taxiing

Taxiing to runway.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Line-Up

Lining up.


We took off at 6:03AM. A right turn that took us over the airport followed.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Take-Off

View shortly after take-off.


[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Jakarta Airport Overview

Overview of the distinct Jakarta airport terminal.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Take-Off

Outskirts of Jakarta.


The Short Cruise

Seatbelt signs were switched just three minutes after take-off. A couple of minutes after that, the passengers sitting on the right side of the aircraft got an excellent view of Mount Pangrango and Mount Gede.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Mountains

Mount Pangrango and Mount Gede.


In the meantime, the crew started the in-flight sales. While I did not get anything, below are some sample items from the menu.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Menu

Hot meals.


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The rest of the flight went by very quickly, as at 6:27AM – less than 30 minutes after take-off – the captain asked the cabin crew to prepare for landing. Two minutes later, an announcement mentioning that removing a life vest from the aircraft was an offence punishable with up to two years in prison and a fine of 200 million rupiah followed.

Then, we started descending and at 6:38AM, the seatbelt signs were switched back on. By this time, amazing cloud formations could be seen through the window.

[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Clouds

It’s always sunny above the clouds.


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Nice cloud formations…


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…and some more.


Landing in Yogyakarta

Ten minutes after the seatbelt signs were switched on, the landing gear was extended, and we started our final approach.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Approaching

Getting close to Yogyakarta airport.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Yogyakarta Area

Scenery around Yogyakarta.


About two minutes before landing, we overflew Yogyakarta city.

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Overflying Yogyakarta city.


[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Yogyakarta Soccer Stadium



[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Yogyakarta



Our wheels touched down on Yogyakarta Adisutjipto airport’s runway 09 at 6:53AM. Hard braking action followed before we vacated the runway and taxied past an Azerbaijan Gulfstream to our parking spot, spot 9.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Vacating Yogyakarta Runway

Vacating runway at Yogyakarta.


[one_half_last padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Azerbaijan Gulfstream

Azerbaijan Gulfstream.


We parked at 6:57AM, and I got off the aircraft enjoying my first view of Mt. Merapi – the most active volcano in Indonesia. Walking past a row of aircraft, I entered the terminal and met up with my guide for the day.

[one_half padding=”010px 10px 10px 10px”]Lion Air 737

Lion Air getting ready for its next flight.


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Another Lion Air, almost ready to taxi.


[full_width padding=”10px 10px 10px 10px”]Indonesia AirAsia A320 in Yogyakarta

The Indonesia AirAsia A320 that brought me to Yogyakarta being prepared for its flight back to Jakarta.


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