GA 884 – NRT – CGK – July 2014 – Economy

Garuda Indonesia – GA 884 – Soekarno-Hatta Cengkareng International Airport (CGK) to Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)

code share with All Nippon Airways ANA 5474

Flight Time: 7 hour 30 minutes

Distance: 3,632 miles

Aircraft: Boeing 777-200

Class: Economy

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In 2013, Garuda Indonesia won the World’s Best Economy Class according to Skytrax and I’m about to check it out, on a long-haul international flight, what the fuss is all about.

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And they’re definitely proud of their achievements #HangItOnTheWall

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As you get situated in the economy cabin, you are given a bottle of AQUA mineral water and a prepacked ‘refreshing towel’ a.k.a. tisu basah. On the left side, in-flight entertainment headset in a plastic wrap.

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As with other airline’s economy cabin, you get a small pillow and plastic-wrapped blanket.

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Some of the in-flight reading materials from Garuda Indonesia. Some of the in-flight reading materials from Garuda Indonesia. Four different magazines: Holidays, Stars in-flight entertainment guide, Colours, and Arcade (DFS catalog).

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Some of the in-flight reading materials from Garuda Indonesia. Some of the in-flight reading materials from Garuda Indonesia. Four different magazines: Holidays, Stars in-flight entertainment guide, Colours, and Arcade (DFS catalog).

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More reading materials: brochure ‘Invest in remarkable Indonesia’ from BKPM/Investment Coordinating Board of the Republic of Indonesia. Also Wi-fi is available for a fee – I did not try it this time, maybe next time.

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In-flight meal menu, in English.

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In-flight meal menu, in Bahasa Indonesia.

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Calzone black pepper chicken – light meal before lights off – it’s a red-eye flight.

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It is certified Halal with ingredients listed at the back. It was reheated before given out to passengers. A decent light meal before lights off.

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Couple of hours before landing, lights turned back on and we are served breakfast. I chose the Japanese option with cold soba and warm croissant to start and plain porridge as main dish. It also comes with cut fruits: watermelon, pineapple, and melon, along with Yakult yoghurt drink. Hot tea and orange juice are also pictured.

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Wooden chopstick with Garuda Indonesia branding on the handle end. Nice touch.

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I added salt and pepper to provide more flavor to the bland porridge. The scrambled eggs and 2 small mushrooms could use more company 🙂

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In economy class, we are provided with a sleep set (?) so we can sleep more comfortably. This kind includes socks, blindfolds, and ear plugs. Pretty awesome amenities for red-eye flights.

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I got Lipton English Breakfast full bodied black tea afterwards. Boy, that was a lot liquid intake.

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I found tooth brush sets in the lavatories. Perfect for post-breakfast pre-landing prep.

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The seating arrangement for this Boeing 777-200 was a non-aligning 3-3-3. I hope you understand what I mean, if not, just look at the photo.

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Welcome onboard, says the IFE – 29J – that’s my seat! The personal in-flight entertainment system (IFE) is pretty nifty and I took many photos to show it.

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After you tap the screen, first, you can choose either English or Bahasa Indonesia. Then you can choose a skin.

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Entertainment menu.

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Service menu.

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Information menu.

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Flight information.

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In this photo, you can easily see where you are in terms of duration of a film/movie.

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Grid view of TV shows available.

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You can even search for a specific film or TV shows; by title, by director, or by cast.

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The IFE also comes with a sort feature for TV shows/film.

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On the bottom of the screen, a menu bar also appears for settings, help, movies, playlist, shopping, and GFF Garuda Frequent Flyer.

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