Hello from Amsterdam! The Garuda First Class flight is over and it was great. Really great. Here are five reasons my experience was incredible.
#1 The incredible crew
More than anything else, the crew was amazingly spectacular. Every moment of every interaction showed that Garuda First Class service is its strongest selling point.
#2 The incredible food
My special requests were boarded — I enjoyed delicious rack of lamb and a bowl full of mixed berries. The other courses were great as well.
#3 The incredible wi-fi
Wi-Fi is complimentary for first class passengers and worked like a charm. Although I tried to rest for most of the flight, functioning internet (better than in the Garuda lounge) allowed me to stay in touch with clients and my wife.
#4 The incredible slippers
The whole shoe service on Garuda is over the top. Upon boarding a FA kneels down, lays out a red towel, and places your shoes in a bag for safekeeping, exchanging them for slippers. And these are not just airline or hotel slippers or even fancy spa slippers. They are like the kind you pay money for in a department store. Very comfortable. Just sad that the largest size was still too small for my feet.
#5 The incredible first class ground attendants
From the moment I arrived at CGK in Jakarta to the moment I stepped onto the plane, two first class attendants watched closely over me. They took my passport and checked and me in so I would not have to and insisted on carrying my bags. One attendant would have been enough, but I had two. It really made me feel special.
All things considered, Garuda First Class is everything its cracked up to be. The full report is coming soon, I promise.