Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 819 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 959 times:
This summer, I will go on holidays in Indonesia again as I did last year. Beautiful country and people !
Do you have any opinions about what airline to take from Paris ? Last year I flew LH from CDG to FRA, for a change of aircraft, and on to SIN and CGK (Djakarta). So this year I want to take another company for the experience. (of course, taking into account the price of the ticket as well)
Also, do you know if there is a pass I could buy here to travel by air domestically ?
Garuda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 891 times:
Why don't you try using Garuda Indonesia (GA)? As I have said in my posting on other topic, GA have improved much in the past 5 years, and I have experienced it too... When I went to AMS in 1994 using GA, they stopped over at CDG, although I'm not sure whether they are still serving CDG, since the Asian economic crisis forced GA to closed many of its routes.
For your domestic flights, nowadays there many domestic airlines in Indonesia. There are the old players such as Merpati, Bouraq, Mandala, and of course, Garuda. And there are also some new players (due to the deregulation), like AWAir, Lion, Bayu. Each has a unique market segment, in the sense that one airline is more favourable in one route, whereas in another route, another airlines is more favourable. If you like to try new airlines, this might be a good chance to do so.
Garuda only serve major cities in Indonesia, since they have transferred most of the domestic routes to their sister company, Merpati, so that GA can focus more on International routes.
Merpati is the biggest domestic carrier, in term of routes and fleet size. Its routes cover all Indonesia, even the remote jungles in Papua.
BTW, if you happen to come to Jakarta in the end of June-early July, I think we can meet.....since I will come to Jakarta to visit my parents.
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 819 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 865 times:
having checked the web site, there is apparently also Gulf Air, via either London plus middle east stops such as Abu Dhabbi and Singapore. and Qantas via Singapore. I would like to be on as many different types of aircraft as possible. So, QF is out since they only use 744 from CDG (though once I saw the leased BA 744 and it looked great with the Qantas title and BA tail) and 767 from SIN to CGK. Ditto with KL, 737 to AMS and 744 combi to CGK.
I would especially like to fly on A330 since i have not yet flown the A330...so, Gulf Air is my only choice ?
Garuda, that would be great to meet. We can email each other. thanks to all for the response.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2926 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 864 times:
Try Malaysia Airlines 744 CDG-KUL service and onwards with MAS on the A330 or 737. Malaysia Airlines also provides an excellent Malaysian Stopover which is free for any passenger travelling via Kuala Lumpur. This allows the passenger to stopover at any Malaysian city or island (and may even include Singapore - I think) en route outbound AND inbound.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 74 Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 863 times:
Gulf Air uses the B767 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta and makes a stop in Kuala Lumpur.
If you want to fly the A330, try CX, via HKG. The first, direct HKG-CGK flight is in A340, but if you have enough courage, you can wait for the second flight, which goes via SIN, and operates in A330-300. You will have to wait about 9 hours in HKG though...
MAS is another option, but they only have 3 weekly services from CDG.
Thai also operates the A330 into CGK now and than, and will allow you a free stop over in BKK.
I have also once flown KU to CGK via KWI. Great service, although I have to say that I was in the front cabin. They have twice weekly service KWI-CGK.
You should really reconsider QF, as they fly twice weekly their old B747-SP on the SIN-CGK run. There are not much opportunities anymore these days to fly this bird...
Finally, try to avoid Royal Jordanian, although their fares to CGK seem to be very low.
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 819 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 860 times:
i will check with Qantas to see when they use their 747SP....you are right, the opportunity to fly these aircrafts is now rare.
I thought that QF uses their 767s on the SIN CGK route ?
SIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 846 times:
Thanks Parisien for saying our country is beautiful
Anyway I'd choose SIA since their service is always superb and they have lots of flight to Indonesia. If you'd like to try the A330, Garuda sometimes operates their A330s on high yield domestic flights. Last year my flights between CGK and DPS were on A330s. What other cities besides Jakarta are you planning to visit?
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 819 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 831 times:
thanks for the many responses....I will definitely have to choose an interesting airline and write a trip report!
to SIA fan...I will be visiting Java of course, and Bali and Lombok island and Giliair.
If the domestic fare is not too expensive I would like to go to Sulawesi.
What I really would want to do is to go futher east to Irian and Mollusc islands. But I hear that it is not very advisable to travel there at the moment. I have to see though since lots of news in the papers just seem worse than the reality. Last year, despite the news, I had a trouble-free travel. A great travel.
I did fly domestic on Merpati F100 twice. It was an experience. And you are right. Once I took Garuda from CGK to DPS and it was a 744 and I got seated in the upper deck since all the plane became Y class. It was great.
I checked flying GA to CGK. AF CDG AMS and GA AMS CGK. But now I am thinking of QF also as soon as I verify that I could fly on their 747SP!!! And the middle east airlines look interesting too! Too many choices!
Parisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 819 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 809 times:
Having checked the website of QF for SIN CGK, I do not see any 747SP scheduled for the route...only 743EUD 742 and 763ER...
HB and others, do you know when QF uses their 747SP for this route if at all ....thanks