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Old 21st March 2020, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Kuching Weekend Getaway on AirAsia

Before the COVID had a major impact to air travel in Southeast Asia, I made a weekend trip (which would also be my last flying for a looong time) to Kuching, Sarawak. The COVID impact was starting to be felt in late February, with significant reduction in flight frequencies to countries such as China and Korea. However, most Southeast Asian flights were operating as usual then. Terminal 4, where I checked in, was very quiet except at the AirAsia counters.






With CX, VN and many other PRC airlines suspending flights or cutting frequencies, AirAsia remained as the main airline at T4 with flights to regional destinations..




A very quiet departure hall after security.




Visited Blossom Lounge, which is accessible by Priority Pass. It was rather quiet as well in the lounge.








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Old 22nd March 2020, 08:03 PM   #2
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Selection of savoury and sweet from the buffet.






Departure hall from the lounge. It was eerily quiet. Definitely more staff than passengers.






Headed to the gate where our aircraft had arrived on schedule.




Boarding just commenced as we reached the gate.





29 February 2020
Air Asia
AK 1776
Singapore (SIN) - Kuching (KCH)
A320
9M-AQO
Economy Class
Flight Time: 1H11M



Prepping for departure.




Boarding








Welcome onboard by crew in masks and gloves. Standard LCC cabin here.



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Flight was about 60% full, with much of the forward cabin being empty. Most passengers were seated towards the aft.






View out the window.




Standard LCC pitch.




Seat pocket materials. The inflight mag was missing.




Pushed back






Safety demo, with masks and all.






Taxied to the runway.






Departure from Rwy02C.



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Old 22nd March 2020, 08:27 PM   #4
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Climbing out from Changi.






We pre-ordered a meal each, which was served shortly after departure. First was the Chinese New Year special of Prosperity Tomato Egg and Fish Stew. It tasted simple and homely.






The other selection was the Chef Hong's Korean Bibimbap. A tad spicy but not too bad for an inflight meal. Really loved AirAsia's wide meal selection.








Cruising at a low 29,000ft.




Visit to the lav. Clean and basic.




View of the cabin.






Starting the descent.

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Old 23rd March 2020, 10:41 AM   #5
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I'm not trying to start an argument or flame anyone or trying to be PC.

But is it appropriate to post this trip report at a time like this (almost all travel is shut) given that the trip was taken in late Feb, early March. Singapore was already in the midst of handling an outbreak...and...

I know we need a semblance of normalcy...but...
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Old 23rd March 2020, 02:36 PM   #6
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I'm not trying to start an argument or flame anyone or trying to be PC.

But is it appropriate to post this trip report at a time like this (almost all travel is shut) given that the trip was taken in late Feb, early March. Singapore was already in the midst of handling an outbreak...and...

I know we need a semblance of normalcy...but...
Actually don't see what the issue is. It doesn't put anyone at risk. That's how I see it.
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Old 23rd March 2020, 08:00 PM   #7
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Actually don't see what the issue is. It doesn't put anyone at risk. That's how I see it.
And there are still so many vloggers posting flight reviews....
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Old 26th March 2020, 02:29 PM   #8
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As a long reader in this forum, I am on neutral ground. Just my opinion, even during end of Feb ,i personally feel we should not be doing any non urgent travelling. I feel it's our social responsibility to reduce to spread of Covid-19. nevertheless, i enjoy reading your TR.
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