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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Air Asia Philippines Flight Review: CRK to DVO, June 2012


Boarding Air Asia Philippines for the first time!  :)

Note of these codes:
CRK - Clarkfield, Pampanga (Angeles)
DVO - Davao
Air Asia / PQ - Air Asia Philippines

It was our first time to travel out of town by not passing Manila airport. We were also excited since we tried to avail the zero fares of Air Asia Philippines and we booked it last March 2012 for only PHP350, including taxes and surcharges. However, our initial challenge was to be at Clark International Airport at 8AM.

We were group of 8 and we met at Victory Liner Cubao Terminal at 6AM. We took a bus that arrived at Dau Bus Terminal an hour later. Bus fare costed PHP139 which was a good deal since it was aircondition. We took a little walk from the bus terminal and took an airport shuttle aircon jeepney located right beside the bus terminal that costed PHP100 per passenger. Travel time from Dau to Clark Airport was less than 30 minutes. Total fare going to Clark Airport: PHP239 which not bad as compared to take a taxi going NAIA / Manila airport terminals.

Clark International Airport was a great alternative travel option from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The first thing that you will notice was the crowd which is definitely lesser than NAIA. We arrived at the airport and we were able to do our self check-in since Air Asia promotes a check-in kiosk and those check counters are only dedicated to passengers who have checked-in baggage. 

Departure

Air Asia Check-in kiosks

me at the kiosk

took us while doing the check-in

picture at the kiosk

dedicated check-in counters for baggage

Tip: Since Air Asia promotes less baggage, it is advisable to do self check-in. Umbrellas are not allowed as hand carry baggage so the airport security will not allow you to bring umbrellas. It will confiscate right there and then. Another thing is, make sure to print your itinerary tickets since doing a self check-in requires a booking number (6 digit number) in order to for you to print your boarding passes. Another option is doing an online check-in at their website, www.airasia.com and follow instructions there. Check-in in Air Asia is very simple and easy to use. :)

Flight Information Display

Boarding Pass

up close

at the Terminal Fee counter

Another thing about traveling via Clark Airport is the cost of terminal fee. If NAIA costs  PHP200, Clark Airport costs only PHP150. PHP50 savings is still important nowadays especially if you are traveling on a budget. After paying the terminal fee, we headed to the final security check-in. International passengers will be headed to immigration counters while us which we bounded to Davao, headed straight to final security check. Pre-departure area was quite small and separated domestic and international flights.

Pre-Departure area

first group to arrived

waiting for boarding

Here we go,  Davao! :)

Flight Number: PQ 7023
Route: Clark-Davao
Airline: Air Asia Philippines
Aircraft: Airbus 320-200
Flying Time: 100 minutes
Departure Time: 1010H
Arrival Time: 1150H


Boarding was smooth as expected. I was expecting to use an aerobridge but instead we had to walk few meters until we reached the tarmac. But anyway, it was a worth experience and the weather was fine and we had our photos shot during our boarding. 

boarding time

walk to the tarmac

Diosdado Macapagal International Airport

boarding the aircraft

me boarding Air Asia

picture picture! :)

happily seated

cabin view

seated at 16F (Foxtrot)

with my fellow travelers

happily seated

to the right side

seat pockets

at the back

seated beside the wing

there's Dragon Air

Cabin Crew Aifa

taxing to the runway

slowly to the runway

passing SEAir

ready to take off

engines started to roll

take off

passing over the clouds

approaching Davao

Samal Island?

final descend

landed

taxiing to the terminal

Hello Philippine Airlines!

Welcome to Davao!

Picture time!

Maayong buntag! (Good Morning!) Davao

happily arrived

outside the airport

airport terminal

leaving airport terminal 

It was a great traveling experience with Air Asia. It was our first ride to a relatively new airline company and it was such as wonderful experience. From check-in which was done through a kiosk, boarding the aircraft (it was very new), riding (smooth take off and landing) and the accommodating flight crews onboard. It was a great to fly again with Air Asia Philippines. With the ultra low fares and services were not compromise,  I'm sure more flight experiences with them in the future. :)



Thank you Air Asia Philippines! :)




3 comments:

  1. Sure, not a problem. Since you asked for my help, I'll try. Had i written this blog entry, here's how I would have written the last paragraph. Hope this helps :-) :

    We had a great time travelling on Air Asia. It was our first time to try this relatively new airline and everything was wonderful. Self service check in was not a problem at all. The flight crew members were all professional, accommodating, and exptremely friendly. The flight, including the take off and landing was really smooth, indicating a good and experienced cockpit crew. With their ultra low fares and superb service, I am looking forward to have more flight experiences with them in the near future.

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  2. ve may bay gia re

    Awesome! very nice blog, AA is the best airlines on the world!

    ve may bay gia re

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