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Batavia Air & Malaysia Airline | PNK-KCH-KUL  
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15972 times:

This is my second attempt of making a comeback in the Trip Report subforum, after somewhat a disasterous first result not too long ago.

And I am trying a new trip reporting method. What do you guys think?

It was a trip to return home in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Eid Fitr with my family after a month of fasting.













Special thanks to Ewan Shamsudin of Indoflyer for the inspiration.

My previous compositions:

Inter Continental:
Istanbul Winter 2006 with MH Part 1
Istanbul Winter 2006 with MH Part 2

Regional – South East Asia:
Intra Asean Jakarta in Golden Club with MH
Intra Asean Kuala Lumpur with MH
Intra Asean Jakarta with MH
Intra Asean Kuching with Batavia
Intra Asean Pontianak with Batavia
Before MH is Malaysian Hospitality | KCH-KUL-BKK-KUL

Domestic – Malaysia:
[B734] Intra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur in Golden Club with MH
[A333] Intra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur in Golden Club with MH
Intra Malaysia Kuching in Golden Club with MH
Intra Malaysia Kuching with MH

Domestic – Indonesia:
Intra Indonesia Pontianak with Batavia
Intra Indonesia Jakarta with Sriwijaya

20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6707 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15954 times:

Hi Azizul,

what a creative way of posting a trip report, great idea! Reading was a lot of fun, no doubts.

PK-YTJ isn't in best condition...how was the catering on MH?


PH

[Edited 2009-02-24 11:20:30]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15861 times:

Tag U! Thank you for being the first one to reply.

PK-YTJ is surely one very old aircraft, her first flight was back on 7 November 1978 with Brittania Airways, that's make her almost 31 years old now (she's even older than me). That kind of interiors (holes in the cabin, damaged seats etc) are what make flying is so much thrilling in Indonesia. You know the feeling of "Oh my gosh, we are going to crash but we are not!" and such when taking on this kind of airlines.

The KCH-KUL sector was actually my very last flight with MH on domestic sector where a selection of 2 hotmeals inside a tray was offered to the passengers. At that time, some flights have started to give out the snacboxes (mark I). Since I was fasting, I skipped the meal service so I didn't know what was offered on that day, but I bet it was Chicken with Rice together with Fish and Potato as per the usual affair. I was actually wished the snackboxes were dished out on that flight, so that at least I can take it home, you know, get more for my money. All my flights with MH afterwards (domestic and within South East Asia with the exception of certain routes) were served with the snackboxes.


User currently offlineZonks From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15833 times:

Very creative stuff! Thanks for the post!

User currently offlineRICARIZA From Colombia, joined Apr 2005, 2380 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15730 times:

Very original. After so many "same kind" of TRs yours is completely different. Thank you!!


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineSebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15709 times:

LOVE IT!!! Incredibly original trip report!!
Thanks for sharing

Seb  airplane 


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15691 times:

GREAT idea and good sense of humor. I've never heard of Batavia Air. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15645 times:

Thank you so much for the compliments guys, greatly appreciate it.

@MHTriple7
Batavia Air is one of Indonesia's largest low cost carrier and happened to be the largest airline operating in PNK (in West Kalimantan, Borneo), where I started the journey. KCH (my transit point) was one of the 2 international destinations that the airline serves (the other one being CAN).

What most interesting about Batavia Air (7P) to me is that they have quite a handsome fleet of ancient Boeing 737-200 Advance series, most of which are in their late 20s and early 30s and used to serve in the US in their heyday back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Who could have imagine this strong 'retirees' still serving the friendly skies?

Their official website http://www.batavia-air.co.id/
and their wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia_Air


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15597 times:

Hi 9MMAR,

brilliant idea to post this cartoon tripreport. Very original, as well very informative and good to read.  thumbsup 
Nice to fly on the old B732, although I would hesitate slightly when such an aircraft is waiting for me in Indonesia. The interior is not taken care of since some time, and therefore I highly doubt about other parts inside the aircraft (how have they taken care of other mechanical items?).
Nevertheless, great to see it still in action, and also MH seems to do well with their older B734's. Only got positive experiences on MH myself, flew them 3 times (B772 and B744), but indeed their crew are among the best I've ever seen.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineELAL772 From Israel, joined Jun 2008, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15585 times:

two thumbs up on the creativity!
Great report!


User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 748 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15544 times:

Great new, innovative way of posting a trip report!

9V-SPJ


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 15434 times:

Again, thank you very much guys for the kind words!

@Airbuseric
While there are some security concerns over Batavia Air, I guess I was lucky to have flown them on 44 sectors, the majority of which onboard these ageing Boeing 737-200 Advance series aircrafts, without any incident. Here is my FlightMemory page for your viewing pleasure. http://my.flightmemory.com/9MMAR

MH's Boeing 737-400, a total of 37 aircrafts in the active fleet at the moment, will start being decommisioned beginning late 2010 as the new batch of 35 Boeing 737-800s, which MH purchased at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, will be joining the fleet. MH at the moment has leased 3 ex XL Airways' Boeing 737-800s from ILFC as some sort of preparation to operate the variant.


User currently offlineTraveladdict From Malaysia, joined Feb 2009, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 15252 times:

Wow very nice and different TR, bagus, bagus.

I'd fear for my life flying Batavia air.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 15239 times:

interesting format....

For the benefit of readers...

Para (or pada??) penumpang yang terhormat, kita telah tiba di Bandar Udara Internasional Kuching Malaysia. Waktu di Kuching adalah satu jam lebih awal waktu di Pontianak bla bla bla....

Dear respected passengers, we will be arriving in Kuching International Airport. Time in Kuching is one hour earlier (awal) from Pontianak (shouldn't it be the other way around? I thought PNK is an hour behind KCH?) bla bla bla...



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15067 times:

@Traveladdict
Batavia Air's tagline is Trust Us to Fly. I trusted them and so should you. Haha...

@Ryanair!!!
I am pretty sure it's Para penumpang = PassengerS

Waktu di Kuching adalah satu jam lebih awal dari waktu di Pontianak. So if it is 1 pm in PNK, it will be 2 pm in KCH (satu jam lebih awal = an hour ahead of). I think you got confused with my definition. Or was I confused with my own definition?


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5052 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14788 times:

Wonderful TR format. I wish I could be even 1% as creative as you  Smile. One suggestion - perhaps increase the picture size? Thanks for sharing, and the time you put into it.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineTraveladdict From Malaysia, joined Feb 2009, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14702 times:

Satu jam lebih awal could mean Kuching is "quicker" thus it's 2pm in Kuching and 1pm in Pontianak, or it could mean "earlier" thus 2pm in Pontianak and 1pm in Kuching. It's all quite confusing. There wouldn't be a way to tell from an announcement like that what time it was. "Para" is a common word in Indonesia, similar to Malay's "Kepada".

User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8465 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14253 times:
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Hi,

First off, very creative, I'm very impressed, thanks for the time & effort put it this, however, not really my idea of a TR, it's too comic book for me.

Kind Regards

Mark



111,732,3,4,5,7,8,BBJ,741,742,743,744,752,762,763,764,772,773,77W,L15,D10,30,40,AB3,AB6,A312.313,319,320,321,332,333,342
User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14079 times:

Awesome! Thanks for taking your time to make this.


Feel free to check out my Flight Diary: flightdiary.net/alenart
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 864 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13920 times:

Hi Boss!!

Another great and brilliant TR from you. The comic strip style is something different and nice to read, however, the only draw back is that the pictures came out a little bit on the small side.

Anyways, where do the 3 ex-XL airways B738 fly to? What seats do they have in J?

Herbert


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 13736 times:

Thank you so much guys for the responses.

@Abrelosojos
I have the comic strip trip report saved in a larger size file, but they seemed impossible to be uploaded into the hosting website. But maybe I'll try putting lesser photographs in each page in my next composition, if I decided to make one. And it took a significantly less time to complete when compared to the normal essay trip reports that I have posted before.

@ThaiA345
Maybe I'll continue with this format for trips that are too routine for me (like your CGK-KUL sector), where we have only little to say and photograph about it.

The leased B738s are currently being deployed to domestic routes. 9M-MLA has been spotted many times in PEN, KCH and KBR. I think 9M-MLC is still being tested. All this aircrafts are inheriting the old XL Airways interior. The Business Class cabin shares the same seats as those in the Economy Class.



MH responded about the issue of Business Class passengers being assigned with this Economy Class seats in the other forum.

Quote:
We have recently leased 3 B737-800 aircraft. Customers will notice some differences in the seat arrangement, seat pitch and recline. The aircraft has a 3 seat configuration. For our business class customers’ comfort and convenience, the middle seat will be left empty. We are aware that there have been complaints and we are currently doing service recovery.

This is a short-term arrangement while we wait for our new B737-800 aircraft which will be delivered at the end of next year.

We regret the inconvenience.

Thank you.

Regards,
Dr Amin Khan
Senior General Manager, Network Revenue Management
Malaysia Airlines



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