[This is a guest post] High school friend & programming extraordinaire, Pascal, recently went on a work trip from his home base of Bandung (airport code BDO) to Singapore (SIN) with low-cost carrier Air Asia. Here’s part 1 of his trip:
Flight time: 1H50M
Distance: 998 km
Aircraft: Airbus A320-100/200
Note that in budget airlines like AirAsia, flight ticket does not include free meal. Instead, you can choose and order meal on board or in advance for a cheaper price. For this flight, I ordered Nasi Minyak Palembang with additional Banana Cake and Mango Pudding add-on package. Mineral water is included.
Meals come in separate packaging. Main course contain ingredients and and nutrition facts for those who care
Main course is fried rice cooked with various spices, some of which that I can identify were cloves and raisins. Added with beef semur (Malay thick soup) and pakcoy and carrots (which is confusing, since they are vegetables often used in Chinese food). Forget about the promised sambal nenas (pineapple chilli), it’s not there.
Pro tip: after meal, break the plastic spoon and fork into two pieces each (cover them with paper tissue while breaking), so that you can put them back inside to the aluminium container and neatly wrap it back.
One of the desserts was mango pudding with nata de coco. Made in Indonesia but distributed in Singapore, hence not so sweet. The other was banana cake, cooked with palm sugar. Another tip, leave the banana cake for the last. Since it’s wrapped in plastic bag, it’s convenient to just take it home in case you are full.
Bonus: I also tried the much advertised T&Co “Altitude Blend” premium coffee, and it tasted like… coffee. Don’t buy it unless you want to see coffee in a teabag. Do buy coffee at your destination.