The first flight we took was from Singapore to Bali and totalled around 2 and a half hours. Even though we all checked in at the same time (around 5 of us) I somehow got dealt a seat on my own between two strangers. It’s hard to say whether this was a good or a bad thing (obviously discounting the invasion of personal space by strangers in my little seat). As I cannot sleep on planes unless fairly heavily drunk, I was constantly left to look over and see the rest of my contingent happily catching so Zzz’s while I struggled to keep my brain entertained with Father Ted and Fresh Meat (that’s a TV programme not a porno in case you were wondering). Now to be fair to this flight it was fairly smooth and given the length of the flight from London to Bangkok seemed to go by quite quickly. One thing that defiantly helped was the comedian pilot we had. Having someone who is in control of whether you live or die (over dramatisation there) make jokes before taking off could have sent me into a panic, but I’ve got too hand it to the guy, he was so blasé and funny I couldn’t help but love him. I could tell you about his jokes but it really is just one of those things where you need to be there to find it funny. So as a review of Jet Star for the first flight I couldn’t fault them…..but I was still glad to feel the tires touch tarmac!!!!
The second flight we took was from Bali to Perth, a slightly longer flight at around 3 and a half hours. This one proved to be a bit more troublesome to me due to some turbulence. I’m sure I’ve been or bumpier flights in my youth, but as I can’t remember them and didn’t seem to be as bad with flying back then, this flight seemed pretty uncomfortable at times. Despite the random 1 minute spells of turbulence at inconsistent intervals the rest of the flight was calm and made for some great views. Flying over the West Coast of Australia gives a great sense to the vast nature of the country and the expanse of ‘nothingness’ (or for the more technical desert/outback). If you can make this flight (or any flight less than 4 hours) during the day, I’d say go for it as the views from the plane are fantastic.
Singapore – Bali: $417 Singapore Dollars (£220) for two people, booked on the morning of the flight (not bad hey?!). This includes a 15kg bag to check in each at a cost of $25 each.
Bali – Perth: $508 US Dollars (£338) for two people, booked 4 days in advance. This includes 15kg bag to check in at $25 each.
All in all I have to say I think I am getting a bit more comfortable, or perhaps familiar, with these flights (despite the fact I regularly flew to Ireland to see family before coming away) and given the size of Oz I’d better get used to the ‘short’ haul little planes as I may be on them quite a bit, between hopefully driving the East Coast.
Love Scotty x