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Jake Redman April 23, 2012 2

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Review of: JetStar Asia
Airbus A320

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On April 23, 2012
Last modified:April 23, 2012


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Airline: JetStar Asia
(or JetStar Japan – JetStar Pacific – JetStar Airways)Aircraft: Airbus A320
Row:  13
Class: Economy (Premium Exit)


The Seat: There’s not enough room for cartwheels, but it’s a pretty luxurious upgrade from a typical seat aboard this JetStar Asia (or JetStar Japan, JetStar Airways, Jetstar Pacific) all-economy plane. You get roughly 6 to 8 extra inches of legroom here and in row 12. The added benefit of row 13 over row 12 though  is that these seats have  full recline (thanks to the absence of an exit door behind them). The window seat armrest is attached to the door, but less of a nuisance than is the nubby ones you see in exit rows of similar aircraft.

Service:The pre-flight exit row briefing was probably the most time I’d ever spent pretending to listen to someone. Dull (and as important) as it was, it gave me a good feel for the courteous nature of the crew. Everything here was efficient and friendly. Save for the poor guy who tried to nab an exit seat for free and was swiftly told to move to his assigned seat.

JetStar Asia Cafe Sandwich
I wish I could un-eat this.

Food: Blech! There were no hot food options on this short flight between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, but I had pre-ordered a cold, quick lunch via the airline’s website when booking. The chicken-loaf, mayonnaise sandwich type thing was pretty awful but barely on the safe side of edible, so I managed to scarf it down. If you’re on a shorter JetStar flight, I’d be willing to bet anything at the airport would be better so grab something pre or post flight.

Special note: Web check-in isn’t allowed for exit row seats which may mean having to wait in a longer line at the airport.

Summary:. There’s a lot of value in this exit row upgrade. Prices at the time of this review ran between $15 to $25 (USD), a fee that’s far less off-putting than those of US and European discount airlines. Wrapped with friendly service and whatever food you bring aboard on your own, this could turn out to be a pretty nice flight!

Rating: 4 hops (of 5).

Strategy:Book your JetStar Asia flight early to make sure you get a seat in the second of the two exit rows aboard this plane (seats in row 12 have zero recline). Upgrade from “Starter” fare or purchase the more flexible “Starter Plus” fare which allows you to choose these seats at no additional charge.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Judo Chop on December 8, 2013

    Great review but honestly, how could you even contemplate reclining your row 13 extra leg room seat on the poor bastard in row 14, knowing that they are already squashed into an area that’s clearly unfit for human consumption?
    You wouldn’t have a very pleasant flight if you attempted to recline on my knees.

    • modhop on December 8, 2013

      You raise a good point. With a less than generous 29″ of seat pitch, reclining in ANY typical economy seat on this plane could spell torture for the person behind you.

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