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I've flown Garuda and Lion Air (in 2019) and lived... Kinda hard to avoid when you have to fly between multiple islands for work.

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Yeah, I can see that. The FedEx pilots living out near/at HKG have similar issues. Simply not possible to avoid in some cases. There is a list of approved airlines the company is allowed to use though; a lot of these smaller national airlines are excluded from the approved list.

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On 1/12/2021 at 10:27 PM, HuggyU2 said:

How was the experience?

Garuda was great.  14 hr flight between AMS and Jakarta, and hour flights between Jakarta and Pekanbaru/Surabaya.  Funnily enough, *I* got spatial D'd on takeoff from Surabaya just looking out the window because it was pitch black and immediately feet wet.  All cultural lighting was behind us.  I had to close the shade, lol.

Lion Air was fine, but the flight attendents were wearing flip flops basically.  Not great in an emergency egress situ, I wouldn't think.  We had to have our POC in country purchase our tix for this flight (Pekanbaru to Surabaya), because the corporate travel company wasn't allowed to.  It was a daytime flight and wx was SCT.

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