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Bali Scenes & The Avic Xian MA-60 To Lombok  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 13410 times:

Dear readers and fellow tripreporters,

Let me present part 2 of the trip to Indonesia. After bringing you the story about the current Economy Class product on Malaysian Airlines in Economy Class:

Malaysia Airlines Longhaul In Y: AMS-KUL-DPS (by airbuseric Feb 29 2012 in Trip Reports)

I would like to show you some pictures which I took during our stay on Bali. In addition to these pictures which won’t fit this website without a flight, we make a jump aside and fly to the island of Lombok on for me very interesting equipment, the Chinese build Xian MA-60.

Bali Scenes & the AVIC Xian MA-60 to Lombok


Anyway, let’s start on Bali. We decide to enjoy the island in several ways. First the relaxed mode of course, sunbathing and poolside, 4* luxury and fantastic Indonesian cuisine. We do some walking in the evening and visit the small shops where we purchase souvenirs to bring home.


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Traditional Bali boat (Junkung) posing for my camera


Many Balinese people come from far on their motorbikes, just to work in the tourist areas. And late at night they make the whole tour back to their villages further away. I spoke with a local female, she told me that the had a hard time driving her motorbike to reach the small beachclub she is working for. 90 minutes oneway, and back around midnight, on scary roads which are in bad condition and no light of course. Dogs walk around everywhere in search for food (they often eat the offers brought by the people), but also in front of her motorbike so she felt already 3 times that week. Life is good for their standards, but hard to my standards. She has to feed 2 childs also. It’s good that this island can rely on the tourists. It’s their life!

Outside our resort in Sanur we get in touch with a local driver. He works for a small agency which operates a couple of minivans. After discussing the price for a full day we agree that he can be our driver and guidance for a day. We propose that he drives to the areas of our interest.
The next morning at 9am he’s in front of the lobby and waves. Let’s go! We tell him what to do and he acknowledged. We are on our way…

During the day it becomes clear that the driver is going the ‘touristic route’ and we visit some places after his recommendation, but all places which are visited by other tourists also. Aside from that, the lunch in Kintamani with a view on Gunung Batur is done in a touristic buffet-restaurant. Good food, but a ‘European price’. Still it’s not a problem for us to pay this amount, but on the other side, this is not truly Indonesia. Our driver gets his lunch for free in a room out of our sight, he never told us but of course we know. That’s how things work on Bali (and elsewhere).


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Gunung Batur seen from Kintamani


After our lunch we go to see some panorama’s and taste Balinese coffee at the coffee farm. It’s interesting to see how Kopi (Coffee) Luwak is produced out of poop of the Civet. The civet eats the coffee berries but leaves those undigested in their droppings. After collecting the poop the coffee seeds are taken out and cleaned, before they are roasted for coffee production. It’s an expensive coffee, said to be most expensive in this world, and produced in small quantities.

We bought some coffee for my parents in law, both Indonesian but living in the Netherlands for a long time already.




Well, we continue our way down South again and end up in Sanur again around dinnertime. A first tour has been completed, mostly interesting and beautiful. But on the other side, also a bit touristic. We tell the driver and have a good conversation. We explain our feelings and how we think of it… But he wants to take us again also. We promise a higher tip after the next trip, but then he follows our route, found after reading the best travelbooks (Roughguides, imho). Less touristic, more quiet, less explored landscapes and eating in local places. He agrees, we go again on tour for 2 more times and enjoy the beauty of Bali more then ever before. Serene quietness, the green colours, the beautiful roads leading through the landscape. Our driver also enjoyed our ideas. He drove at places he never was before and had to ask the way several times also. A bit off the beaten track never hurts it seems.


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Bali has beautiful birds



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And Bali has even more beautiful landscapes! Gorgeous colours all around!



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So genuine Bali!



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Small roads to less explored places as we read in our book



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Would you go inside at first sight? Well, the food was delicious here!



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A view on Gunung Agung (3,142m), highest peak on Bali



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Semarapura (Klungkung)



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The beauty of flowers, like this Lotus.



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Or maybe you like orchids more? You’ll find them here also!



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Ploughing the rice fields. The birds are watching from a distance…



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Lazy Monkey


After a week in Sanur we change from 4 start to 5 with a luxury suite in a Nusa Dua property. Life is good once there. More expensive though, but our residence suite is an apartment which many of us can live in for our daily life. Cleaned by 3 men every morning during our time at the impressive breakfast buffet.
Nusa Dua is not an area to meet the locals. It’s a –by wall surrounded and secured– area with only 5 star luxury properties. To locals come here to work and serve. A real treat! But real life is just at the other side… that’s where we go to eat and drink and prefer to spend the money.

***


From the luxury time on Bali to a relatively poor island nearby: Lombok. It’s situated about 45 minutes apart from eachother by plane. The island tries to gain tourists also but does not succeed yet. Several resorts are located on the main island of Lombok, but all in quiet areas. People going there mostly depend on the offering by these resorts. In the surrounding areas is basically ‘nothing’ to do but surfing.
Lombok is known as a hotspot for windsurfing. Great waves and beautiful beaches can be found at this island. So the different type of tourist comes here, in much smaller quantities then those going to Bali. It’s more relaxed easy going, surf boys and girls, mostly Australian, but seemingly also popular by the French public.
Sengigi on the westcoast is where you find most touristic restaurants and shops, far away from the surfspots which are mostly located in the South. Also famous are the Gili Islands close to Lombok. It’s paradise there, ‘they’ say. Well, I haven’t visited those but seen them from a distance. Very small islands, maybe paradise, but what to do on such a small island?


***


We book tickets online at a travelagency known online as ‘ticketindonesia’, they have an office located in Jakarta. But e-tickets are issued and communication is very fine and efficient. Against a small fee they are able to book you on basically any Indonesian carrier, and you can use Western creditcards (often not the case on the Indonesian airline websites except for Lion Air, and some countries on GA).
My good friend Suryo (akhmad) used this website also after my advise as far as I know, and also had a good impression about them, so I can only highly recommend it.

It’s Tuesday October 18th when we are going to Lombok. I was looking forward to this trip, especially the flight on Merpati Nusantara. Not recommended by the aforementioned website, and known for their schedule changes or cancellations on short notice. Aside from that, Merpati Nusantara is also known from several air incidents/accidents in recent years.

To make a small summary:

2009: a small Twin Otter was flown into a mountain side when they flew in haze under VFR conditions

2009: A Fokker 100 was involved with a runway excursion, bringing substantial damage to the frame

2010: quite some injured pax when a 737-300 had a runway excursion and received substantial damage

2011: one of their CASA aircraft went off the runway after continuing an unstabilized approach

2011: one of the Xian MA60 aircraft crashed into the sea during approach in bad weather condition. All passengers and crew died, 25 in total. The aircraft was destroyed.


But especially the Xian MA60 was which made me decide to book on Merpati Nusantara. It’s a very rare aircraft type and flown in some obscure countries. 5 accidents are known since 2008, which is a high amount since 66 aircraft were said to be delivered till October 2011, of which 2 full losses.
I wasn’t completely sure if this type was operating the flight. According stories also the Fokker 100 or 737’s are operating this small route, but I thought my chances were good enough to give this a go, especially keeping in mind that my other choices were basically a Fokker 50 of IAT or the Wings Air ATR-72’s. Also small operator Travira does fly the Cessna 208 Caravan but I didn’t find a way to book ourselves on this. GA does operate a single evening flight on the Boeing 737, more on that later.

We ordered a taxi at 630am for the drive from Nusa Dua to DPS domestic terminal. The driver was waiting for us, bang on time, and drove us to the airport for just 60,000 Rupiah. Traffic was non excisting that morning, resulting in this cheap ride.

The domestic terminal offers several small shops aka minimarkets, a Starbucks facility even. Who would’ve thought!


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Starbucks at DPS



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Domestic Terminal


Our flight is on the departure board, destination LOP. This is the new airport code for the brandnew airport. It became operational on 01 October 2011 at 2am. We visit just 2 weeks later…


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MZ6600 is on the screen. Notice airport code LOP is not recognized yet.


We check-in at the desk, some Australian surfers in front have to pay for bringing on their surfboards and equipment. It was not a big deal for them, and I guess the fare they got quoted was low anyway.
A friendly lady is assisting us, handluggage only, and seat at row 2 requested and granted. She advises to take the emergency row which offers more legroom, but I still insisted that row 2 is the preferred place to be on this flight.


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Check-In Desk


When we finished the check-in we decided to have a further walk in this terminal. We see a small McDonalds and Dunkin’Donuts shop as well, plus a small selection of souvenir shops selling the usual Bali offering.


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More food here…



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Souvenirs Shops all around


Before going through security check we have to pay the usual departure tax in cash, which is 40,000 Rupiah per person on domestic flights out of DPS. A sticker is placed on the backside of the boarding pass and we proceed to security. Bringing 1 liter of water is not any problem here and the staff is very friendly to us. They wish us a good trip   .

The departure lounge is in the same old fashioned style we got to see before. Heavily used seating, a low ceiling. Some cafe’s around which sell against low prices, quite a few small souvenir shops also here. There were a few windows and I can see a Lion Air and Air Asia here.


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Seating and Cafe in the departure lounge



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Air Asia A320 and Lion Air taxiing out with the B737-900ER


Boarding is from gate 15, and it’s ontime. We’re handed a carton (meal)box before we walk down the stairs to the small minibus. Inside the bus, it’s hot! And crowded, since all passengers are put in this bus before we go on our short drive onto the apron.


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Boarding Gate No. 15


On the apron I notice a Germany registered VIP Airbus A319 and a USA Navy C-9b Skytrain II, registered ‘1266’. It’s far away from home! A rare sight indeed!


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Some interesting US Navy metal here


More excited I was about the plane to take us to Lombok. It’s the Avic Xian MA-60 where I hoped for. Not in the standard Merpati colourscheme, and spotting PK-MZM as registration.


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Yes! The MA-60 is here for me…


Boarding is with a door in the back, steps are placed on the apron to use. We are friendly greeted at doorside by a female flight attendant. Good first impression, the aircraft looks in good condition! Making photo’s on the apron is not a problem at all here.


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Boarding

























Flight MZ6600
Date 18.10.2011
Route DPS-LOP
Aircraft AVIC Xian MA-60
Registration PK-MZM
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 08:00 // 07:58
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 08:45 // 08:37
Class of Service Economy Class
Seat No. 02A/C



The cabin looks in impeccable condition. Dark blue, leather look, seats. A cloth headrestcover spotting a commercial for some telecom operator. Legroom is little but fine for the shorter hops.
I place my bag in front of me, place the mealbox on it and fasten my seatbelt. Double check for the lifevest: yes it’s indeed under my seat. Interesting to read that also the seat cushion can be used as floating device. Together with the lifevest, this makes it ‘extra safe’  
Also above me, the overhead panel, is offering a modern selection. But no oxygen masks apparently.


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Legroom – ok for shorter flights



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This mealbox was given at the gate



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Inside: water and a creamy breadroll



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Fairly modern overhead panel



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Behind the bulkhead is the cargo hold, and the way to the cockpit


Behind the door in front of row one, which leads to the cockpit, is the cargo hold. I didn’t get the chance to have a look in that area, unfortunately.

With a load of estimated 95% we manage to pushback a bit early. During startup, which some ‘strange noises from the engines’ where heard (not negative, but noises I never heard on other props), also the manual safety demo was given. There was also a quick check for hangluggage etc but nothing ‘serious’ it seems. The crew seems to take things easy on this flight.


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Ready to go


We taxi out for a runway 09 departure, and can line up without wait. The engines spooled up and we go! I notice SQ around with a B777-300 in Star Alliance livery, and also Merpati just arrived with a Fokker 100.


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Lining up for a runway 09 departure



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Merpati Fokker 100 is taxiing in after arrival



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And we’re airborne. A view on in direction of Sanur/Denpasar



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It does climb pretty well


We climb till just above the clouds for a rather smooth flight. Service wise nothing was delivered. The 2 cabin crew came around with inflight shopping sales, and where busy with 2 ladies in front of us buying both a Quran book. Interesting to see this book on sale on a flight, isn’t it?


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Cruising level



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Cabin View. The 2 crew are doing the inflight sales


Soon we overfly the island of Lombok. It’s green at first, later changing to a rather dry looking landschape below. Our speed is reduced and we quickly descend. Landing is on the very new asphalt runway 13, a smooth touchdown and a succesful flight came already to and end so quickly again.


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Overflying Lombok island prior landing



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We landed at new Lombok International Airport (LOP)


We taxi onto the large but yet quiet apron, where nothing else then another MA-60 is parked. That example was PK-MZO and in the regular Merpati livery. In addition to that, a Wings Air ATR-72 (PK-WFM) is also arriving when we disembark.


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Another MA-60 is in when we arrive



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Seating on the MA-60 (picture taken after landing)



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Cabin view (picture taken after landing)


Upon deplaning I ask to take the safety card, which was first denied. But I ask once more and explain that this was a very special aircraft to fly on for me, and my request is granted. I obtain a safety card but have to hide it in my bag.


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Wings Air ATR-72 is seen taxiing in


Lombok International Airport; brandnew. It seems in a relaxed mode. I was able to walk at my own liking towards the terminal building. No guiding at all, plus, more time to make a few more pictures.


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It has the ‘Antonov An-24 looks’



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A closer look on PK-MZO, parked next door



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Welcome to Lombok sign


Inside the terminal there is a baggage hall with several belts to retrieve the bags. Everything looked and was very new, but just ‘not finished’. Indonesia style! No time to have furhter looks now, because our personal driver was waiting in front of the exit with a large sign and looking for Mr. Eric haha… we meet up and together we walk outside the crowded area. What’s going on with all these people here at this airport… Well, I’ll explain that to you in the next episode. Also then, the pictures from Lombok and the flight back on GA, and further home to AMS.


For now I hope that you have enjoyed my view of Bali, and that you like the pictures I showed to you. The flight on Merpati was very fine and on time, the MA60 seems to be a modern aircraft but feels ‘strange’ compared to the aircraft we use in Europe. Merpati crew were very friendly to us but I can’t say that how they are on longer flights. The catering provided is a nice extra but just a drink would be fine on this short flight too.

Lombok would become a total different experience then we saw on Bali, with different landscapes and people, far less touristic but very interesting.

Thanks for your reading and it’s always appreciated when you leave a small comment.

Regards
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
47 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3164 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 13346 times:

Thanks for another interesting look at Indonesian aerospace! The photos you took in Bali were wonderful!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
you can use Western creditcards (often not the case on the Indonesian airline websites except for Lion Air, and some countries on GA).

I was quite happy that I was able to buy a ticket on Sriwijaya Air this evening with no problems at all on their website

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Double check for the lifevest: yes it’s indeed under my seat. Interesting to read that also the seat cushion can be used as floating device. Together with the lifevest, this makes it ‘extra safe’

Haha. Unfortunately a necessity in Indonesia

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Upon deplaning I ask to take the safety card, which was first denied. But I ask once more and explain that this was a very special aircraft to fly on for me, and my request is granted. I obtain a safety card but have to hide it in my bag.

Nice of them to let you take one. Glad you had a nice flight on the MA60 similar to my experience in China last summer.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 13205 times:
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Hi Eric,
Nice trip report with quite a 'rare' aircraft. Nice pictures of Bali, sure want to visit there some time. Looking forward to your next part!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2261 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 13025 times:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for writing up this TR. It's good to see such rare aircraft and routes covered.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin looks in impeccable condition. Dark blue, leather look, seats.

Yes. Much better than I expected... then again, when I think of the MA-60 I think of the An-24 and Abrelosojos' recent report.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Small roads to less explored places as we read in our book

That's a very nice picture. Looks like a good place to visit. Reminds me of the time my mother and I were sitting next to an Indonesian official on a flight to OTP (I think) and he said we must visit Bali. Never got around to it, but I probably will, eventually. The pics are great... The Indonesian domestic aviation scene is very interesting.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We climb till just above the clouds for a rather smooth flight. Service wise nothing was delivered. The 2 cabin crew came around with inflight shopping sales, and where busy with 2 ladies in front of us buying both a Quran book. Interesting to see this book on sale on a flight, isn’t it?

It is, it is... The idiosyncrasies of this Earth are what makes travelling worthwhile.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It has the ‘Antonov An-24 looks’

Yes it does... Quite a good-looking aircraft, actually.

Thanks again!

-Alex


User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 560 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 12998 times:

Hi Eric,

your trip report hit the right spot during my lunch break and makes me count the days until we leave for Bali and Lombok end of March. Looking forward to my first trip in Jetstar's Star Class from SYD to DPS return and have booked the evening flights on GA DPS-LOP return.

First 4 days of relaxation in a 5 star resort in Ubud and in Lombok we will be staying in the Jeeva Klui resort for the wedding of my best friend.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5052 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 12859 times:

Eric,

Pretty cool. I wish I could take pictures like you! Actually, can you please tell me what camera you used? Awesome shots! And, getting the MA-60 (which is rarely covered here) was a total delight. Looking forward to the Lombok pictures ... I absolutely adore Indonesia.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12591 times:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for the wonderful report and pictures! Great to see a report covering Merpati and MA-60, both of which I have always wanted to try. It's not too expensive either (was contemplating either Merpati or Lao Airlines) Glad to see that the service wasn't too bad and they even granted you the safety card!

Thanks for the website too, it looks like a good website to find flights.

Yap


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12579 times:

Hi, thanks so much for your reading and comments guys,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was quite happy that I was able to buy a ticket on Sriwijaya Air this evening with no problems at all on their website

Good to know Gabriel! It seems the airlines are really improving step by step. I had an interesting happening after I purchased by GA tickets, more on that in a few days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Unfortunately a necessity in Indonesia

Haha indeed, then I thought about it. But luckily not on my flight.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Nice pictures of Bali, sure want to visit there some time.

Thanks Brendan and for sure something to do for you!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Much better than I expected... then again, when I think of the MA-60 I think of the An-24 and Abrelosojos' recent report.

I love Abrelosojos' reports! This flight is 'so standard' compared to his experiences  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Looks like a good place to visit. Reminds me of the time my mother and I were sitting next to an Indonesian official on a flight to OTP (I think) and he said we must visit Bali. Never got around to it, but I probably will, eventually.

I hope you can go there and visit this beautiful island. That official was right and a good ambassador for his country

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
It is, it is... The idiosyncrasies of this Earth are what makes travelling worthwhile.

It's great to see this kind of details which makes travelling to interesting  
Quoting bps3458 (Reply 4):
your trip report hit the right spot during my lunch break and makes me count the days until we leave for Bali and Lombok end of March.

Good to know! And the GA flight will be covered in the next part, including a good view on LOP.

Quoting bps3458 (Reply 4):
we will be staying in the Jeeva Klui resort

I heard about Jeeva Klui. Seems a pretty good place. Good friends of me stayed there. You must get a great time there, especially with all the celebrations.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 5):
Pretty cool. I wish I could take pictures like you!

Haha thanks Alex  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 5):
Actually, can you please tell me what camera you used?

It's a Nikon D7000 DSLR, with several lenses I use. A lovely camera. In case you get it, make sure to use the correct settings to get the best results of course.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2396 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12559 times:

Great pictures of Bali...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Our flight is on the departure board, destination LOP. This is the new airport code for the brandnew airport.



Is the "old" airport Mataram still open for use?! Where did you stayed on Lombok? I have heard that the beach resorts like Senggigi are now suffering from the new airport, long transfers and bad roads. Last time I was in Lombok, I was told that EK will start flights to DXB as soon as the new airport is open- any sign?!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Aside from that, Merpati Nusantara is also known from several air incidents/accidents in recent years.



At the time I was on Bali Merpati was using the B737 and I flew the scary PK-MDH. On return I choosed TRIGANA AIR SERVICE with their ATR42- only 2 weeks after my vacation this ATR42 crashed. I think Indonesian aviation is in general more dangerous...


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12504 times:

Hoi Eric, fantastic report! Really love the pictures you took in Indonesia, they looked really stunning. It must really've been a special trip for you and the other half  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Good food, but a ‘European price’. Still it’s not a problem for us to pay this amount, but on the other side, this is not truly Indonesia.

Hmm, I wouldn't be happy to pay European prices in Asia it's really a ripoff. Remember going to a bar in Shanghai where they charged me €5 for a shot of Bailey's, made me really upset.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After our lunch we go to see some panorama’s and taste Balinese coffee at the coffee farm. It’s interesting to see how Kopi (Coffee) Luwak is produced out of poop of the Civet.

I've always wanted to try out Kopi Luwak, I'm guessing it's not available for Nespresso yet   Also you could've used the word feces instead of poop, since it would suit your formal writing style more well I think.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The domestic terminal offers several small shops aka minimarkets, a Starbucks facility even. Who would’ve thought!

Did you go for your usual Caramel Macchiato? Or did you skip it, since you were on holiday after all  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Some cafe’s around which sell against low prices,

So they weren't priced at outrageously high airport prices? I've still to take that with a pinch of salt since clearly we've different opinions about that.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also above me, the overhead panel, is offering a modern selection. But no oxygen masks apparently.

Well then the plane is not so safe anymore. A decompression at high altitude would mean the end, which is very serious I'd say.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Interesting to see this book on sale on a flight, isn’t it?

Yes, the plane is a deathtrap! (sorry, couldn't resist  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a smooth touchdown and a succesful flight came already to and end so quickly again.

Thank God you made it back alive!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I obtain a safety card but have to hide it in my bag.

I'm very well familiar with your trick Eric, the card was clearly liberated. Laptop pocket comes in very handy I must say 

Thanks again for sharing, and I'm much looking forward to the next part!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6707 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12402 times:

Hi Eric,

excellent report with stunning pictures from Bali! I went there for a few days in 1997, had a great time at the Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua.

I really enjoyed reading your MA-60 experience, but both the carrier and the type are on my no-fly list.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We book tickets online at a travelagency known online as ‘ticketindonesia’, they have an office located in Jakarta. But e-tickets are issued and communication is very fine and efficient. Against a small fee they are able to book you on basically any Indonesian carrier, and you can use Western creditcards (often not the case on the Indonesian airline websites except for Lion Air, and some countries on GA).

I used that great agency after Lion Air rejected both my MasterCard and Visa Card. The booking process on Sriwijaya's website was quick and easy, though.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Starbucks at DPS

Ah, these overpriced cafes are everywhere...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
On the apron I notice a Germany registered VIP Airbus A319 and a USA Navy C-9b Skytrain II, registered ‘1266’. It’s far away from home! A rare sight indeed!

Very interesting visitors!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Making photo’s on the apron is not a problem at all here.

   Other countries could learn a lesson.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Inside: water and a creamy breadroll

Nice, I got similar stuff on SJ.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also then, the pictures from Lombok and the flight back on GA,

I can't wait to read about your GA experience. I got a new 738 with PTVs and a hot breakfast between CGK and SIN.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was quite happy that I was able to buy a ticket on Sriwijaya Air this evening with no problems at all on their website

Well, it's "your flying partner"!  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26787 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12385 times:

Hey Eric another great report from you. Really good quality pics as expected  

Starbucks gets everywhere !

Nice insight into an aircraft I dont know much about .

Look forward to the next installment .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6480 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12031 times:

Hi Eric !

Thanks for another great report wth fantastic pictures of Bali! It brings back nice memories from my visit there in 1999.

The MA-60 is indeed a very rare aircaft and good that you flew it in good weather on such a short flight; more safe that way.

@Jonas; Are you sure you are not from Smaland ? People will always try to make the most of people from "rich" countries so just be prepared and deal with it.

@Eric: Very much looking forward to the report from Lombok and the return back home.

The777Man



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1682 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11949 times:

Stunning photography of Bali, Eric !!!

MA-60 looks quite good inside: nice bulkhead, desent legroom and also overhead panel quite modern...should also take a flight on one of these soon, but most probably it will be on Lao Airlines (saw this fine MA-60 @ SGN)

Hope you can also share some Lombok pictures with us...terima kasih  



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 424 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11949 times:

Hi Eric !
beautiful pictures after a busy day ...I've never been to Indonesia so one more reason to enjoy ...
MA-60 is not something that I will fly soon or better to say never heheh interesting modernization ...
Lombok with new airport is obviously well prepared for future tourist hordes ...
looking for a new spa treatment ...stipica  



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11928 times:

Hoi, Eric,

that´s for sure a special story.
Aircraft wise and also the destination pictures, really good to follow.
It seems there are definitely not that much people around with the MA60 in the books, congrats.
Looking for the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinemcogator From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11910 times:

Very nice trip report. The wife and I are headed to Bali the second week of May and are trying to plan a day trip to Lombok. We were turned off by the accident history of Merpati Nusantara, but the departure time from DPS works best for us. Unfortunately I couldn't book using their website, but now I can using ticketindonesia. Thank you so much! How were the resorts you stayed at on Bali? We are booked at the W Semenyak and are very much looking forward to the trip.

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11847 times:

Hi Eric

Great report! I really love the quality of the pictures you used in this report. Indonesia looks very colorful indeed  .
I'm quite surprised how modern the MA-60 as well! was expecting an older veteran  .

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineSuperCaravelle From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11741 times:

Hello Eric,

Thanks a lot for the trip report and the stunning pictures! You were right when you asked the guide for unknown routes and unspoiled sights, it's absolutely breathtaking.

Makes this all the more worrying:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The domestic terminal offers several small shops aka minimarkets, a Starbucks facility even. Who would’ve thought!

A Starbucks and a McDonalds. To be honest that's not the kind of brands I would like to see in a place far away...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also above me, the overhead panel, is offering a modern selection. But no oxygen masks apparently.

Is the MA-60 pressurized? You would think it wasn't, judging by the lack of an oxygen mask. Or maybe Merpati doesn't use this feature   Thanks for the coverage on an interesting airline and probably the most obscure and unknown commercial plane currently in production.


User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11533 times:

OK can I scream now! All the way to Bali and meet Starbucks and McD... ARRRRGH! God, is there anywhere I can go and not see this stuff> BTW.. Selling the Koran on board. Not a big destination for gay folks...lololololol and no booze.

User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 560 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11471 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Good to know! And the GA flight will be covered in the next part, including a good view on LOP.

Hi Eric,

can't wait to read the next segment. What is the actual flying time between DPS and LOP ? Around 25 minutes ?

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11448 times:

Hi Eric,
Some very professional looking photos there confirming the beauty of Indonesia.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
That’s how things work on Bali (and elsewhere).

And everywhere.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Heavily used seating,

An understatement.   A serious need of refurbishment there.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But no oxygen masks apparently.

But with it being used to hop between islands, at what average maximum altitude would they be flying? Would they actually need masks?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
buying both a Quran

Were they not confident of getting to their destination? In a world more used to expensive "cheap" perfumes, gadgets and alcohol seeing the Qur'an on the price list would seem strange.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
What’s going on with all these people here at this airport… Well, I’ll explain that to you in the next episode.

A brilliant ending: dangle the carrot just like in a TV episode.  

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11411 times:

Hi Eric,

some nice photos there of Bali. I wan't impressed with the place myself, when I visited in 2002 - too much hassling and touts, it put me off (we stayed in Kuta and Ubud. Candidasa was much quieter and more pleasant).

Nice ride on an unusual plane, not very common here in Europe (if any exist at all!) The snack box looks to be rather small, understandable for a short flight but I don't know why they didn't hand out the water and bread without the box?

Despite being brand new, the Lombok terminal looks quite a lot older. Strange that!

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10685 times:

Hi Eric,

Wow, didn't expect you to get your second part up so quick! But I'm sure glad you did. Very beautiful and high quality pictures from Bali, but nothing less expected from you of course.

That MA-60 sure is a nice catch (I don't know why but I keep associating that designation with the US Blackhawk helicopter...), certainly not a very common plane. I saw a bunch of them at the Xian Airport many years ago and thought about how it would be to fly with one some day. So far haven't succeeded, although I did manage to catch the AN-24 in Ukraine. Were there any balance issues while boarding the plane via the back door? The Antonov is quite prone to tip over and hit the ground with its tail while boarding so the crew (well the captain actually) were supervising the boarding procedure and very strict about only one person climbing onboard at a time.

That snackbox is a nice gesture but not very substantial.


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10620 times:

Hi Eric,

thanks for the awesome report with stunning high quality pictures. It was great to be able to follow you on your MA-60 flight, a plane I sadly missed out on while I was in Bolivia.


25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for your replies! I think it is, for the military. But also Travira seems to operate the Cessna 208's into AMI We stayed just that day
26 PlaneHunter : I'm not sure how to interpret that. Sriwijaya Air hasn't had a crash yet. I have been told by insiders that the carrier is reliable and safe. PH
27 Post contains images airbuseric : ... I like it more that way. Same opinion. But tourists from everywhere, bring in these brands unfortunately I think it's non pressurized, so operatin
28 deltamartin : Hi Eric! Nice report as usual, covering some really exotic equipment! The MA-60 seemed like a fairly nice ride, I can understand it's very different,
29 lychemsa : Thanks for the beautiful pictures of Bali. Makes me want to go.
30 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hi Eric. You know I like to try my best with photography and i'm quite serious on the subject. Well, your pictures on Bali had my mouth hanging wide o
31 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Hi Eric, great report as usual. Nice job logging the MA-60, a very interesting bird! The pictures from Bali are very good, I'm starting to understand
32 MEA-707 : The MA-60 is pressurized, it can fly at max 24.000 feet I believe. I think when Merpati doesn't climb higher then a certain hight, maybe 18 or 20K, y
33 Post contains images Sultanils : Hi Eric, Very nice report of this exotic route, carrier and aircraft. Beautiful pics once again as well! Ha, what else did you expect? But I find you
34 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, your replies are all very much appreciated. Thanks! Exotic places ask for exotic planes Martin Yeah, I expected it more 'strange' in advance,
35 lukeyboy95 : Thanks Eric. Beautiful report, stunning pictures. You have made me see Bali in a whole new light once more. Yes, very beautiful, and great to see you
36 jetlag73 : Selamat Pagi Eric, Great report Enak Jalan jalan di Bali ! I have been flying DPS-SIN and back on SQ more than 80 times (I live in Bali since 1999) an
37 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Eric, A very special report about a special flight. I have to admit this is a new aircraft type for me, never even heard of it before. Congrats on
38 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Eric, what an exciting report with some awesome pictures. Really like the views of Bali, this is for sure a very special place. And congrats for lo
39 roberts87 : Great read Eric! The pictures of Bali bring back some great memories, and nice to read about the Xian MA-60. I actually considered flying the route my
40 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Eric! Thanks for another great story from your Indonesian adventures! Great as always! a really rare aircraft feature in this report, but I have
41 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, good to see you've liked this report and thanks for your comments. Luke, good to know! Thanks Wow, life is in danger on a motorbike. I prefer
42 Post contains images akhmad : My friend Eric, With this breathtaking report, you have undoubtedly become an ambassador of Bali. The beautiful scenery you captured, the story of Bal
43 airbuseric : Hi Suryo, many thanks for your kind words. It's a truly beautiful island You're welcome Suryo So, during your flight, did you buy the cap or t-shirt w
44 Post contains images ba319-131 : Great read and pictures, glad I finally got around to reading it! - Love the pictures, looks great. - Indeed, not the safest carrier around....... - A
45 Post contains images allrite : Thanks for the gorgeous photos and the chance to read about an unusual type. Yes! That's where you get the best food. Now I'm not a coffee drinker, bu
46 LXM83 : Hello airbuseric, Great report on the MA-60. I'm hoping to catch one of these later this year in China. Also, thanks for introducing me to the new LOP
47 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks for your latest replies and my excuse for replying too late to you. I've had some 'troubling' times in private life recently but coming
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