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Part 3: Sriwijaya BTJ-MES-CGK,Lion Air CGK-SIN 739  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 14048 times:

Part 3: Sriwijaya B734 BTJ-MES-CGK, Lion Air B737-900ER CGK-SIN

Welcome to the third part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map:
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This report’s map:


Previous flights:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona (LTN-BCN)
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore (BCN-SIN), Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetstar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh

Flights to come:
Singapore Airlines Singapore-Calcutta (SIN-CCU)
Spicejet Calcutta-Bagradora (CCU-IXB)
JetLite Bagradora-Calcutta (IXB-CCU)
Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka (CCU-DAC)
Biman Bangladesh Dhaka-Kathmandu (DAC-KTM)
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

I’ll pick up where I left off on the lovely island of Pulau Weh


I did a dive with these guys – the reefs had lost their sparkle in the past two years according to the instructor
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After my 3 nights on the island, I took the boat back to Banda Aceh. First class with no body in it
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From the port I got a tuktuk type thing into the city
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The main thing to see in Banda Aceh is the tsunami museum. It’s a big place, with some interesting exhibits. It didn’t seem terribly well planned out, but the air con worked well, so I was happy for a few hours
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This giant ship was washed 5km inland!
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This smaller one ended up on a house 2km inland
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Boats
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Mosque
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My hotel back in 2004
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Visit Banda Aceh!


Street market food
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For this sector I had a choice of a direct flight on Lionair, or one stops via Medan on Sriwijaya or Garuda. The SJ flight was slightly better timed, and was cheaper, so I went with that. Batavia might have been an option if their website worked.

The day before travelling, I checked the SJ website to see that the minimum check in time was. I was quite alarmed to see this written: “Passengers have to finish check in process 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to flight schedule to prevent flight delays.”
Hmm, that sounds like a long time. Thankfully a quick check of my e-ticket revealed this: “Check-in counter will be closed 45 minutes prior to departure.” That sounds much better. With a 1325 departure, I set off my Hotel Medan at 1130.

International Airport
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Before security
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Once I’d have my documents checked, I went through to the check in area. There was only a short line for SJ – Lion Air next door had a long queue.
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My bag was tagged, and boarding pass (emergency exit window) issued. I paid the departure tax, then headed upstairs to domestic departures.
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SJ desks were on the far right
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Before going through security, I noticed a lounge off to the right. A quick enquiry revealed it only cost RP 40,000 (£4) to get in. As I had over an hour to wait, I thought I’d pay up. Obviously being in Sharia State Aceh, there was no booze, but there were plenty of snacks and soft drinks.
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Airport tax and boarding pass
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FIDS. Looks like we’ve been delayed. After a while the flight disappeared from the screen….hmm, what’s happened? No cancellation, thankfully.
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After about 20 minutes, the plane landed.
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Tarmac scenes
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Finally we boarded 20 minutes after STD.
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March 2012
Banda Aceh (BTJ) – Medan (MES)
Sriwijaya Airlines SJ 11
Scheduled: 1325-1425 (1h00m)
Actual: 1406-1450 (0h44m)
Boeing 737-400 PK-CJW “Anugrah”
Economy


I was greeted with a friendly smile at the door, and found my way down to my seat
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Lots of space, but the padding on the edge makes it a rather uncomfortable seat
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Fireflyz off to Penang
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Safety first!


Inflight shopping


There was some interesting stuff on offer, all pretty cheap. None of it really appealed though
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Looking for a perfect gift for your better half? How about a bag that turns into a hijab!? Many colours and styles available
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I guess the model is a friend of the CEO or something? Never seen a model with braces grinning so manically in a shopping magazine before.
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Magazine
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Once everyone’s aboard (its a full flight) we head off, taking off 40 minutes late.
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Before long I get handed a snack box. Water and some cakes, which tasted better than Garudas.
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Before long we start our approach to Medan
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Despite having plenty of time, the snack boxes are not collected, making my seat pocket rather full quite the opposite to my experience on Spice Jet (coming soon!)
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Touchdown!
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A Lion and Air Asia on the tarmac
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And Garuda pushing back
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Quite a few people disembark here. Passengers continuing to CGK are asked to stay put. Thankfully my overly chatty middle seat neighbour moves to another seat.
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Refueling
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Cabin during the stoipover
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Soon the cleaning crew came aboard and tied up the empty boxes. Before:


After:
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March 2012
Medan (MES) – Jakarta (CGK)
Sriwijaya Airlines SJ 11
Scheduled: 1500-1715 (2h15m)
Actual: 1552-1800 (2h08m)
Boeing 737-400 PK-CJW “Anugrah”
Economy


Once everyone had boarded, sweets were handed out
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For a short while the tarmac was empty
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Before filling up again
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Another lovely Batavia
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And some Sriwijaya brothers
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Some working, some not
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Off we go!
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Like my last departure I took a take-off video. This one I will post…have a look if you will:
http://youtu.be/WqYYMFobwb8

Photos from take off
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What’s that coming out of the end of the wing?
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Hmmm, that would appear to be a liquid….2 minutes into the flight, and the liquid is still pouring out of the wing
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With images of numerous Indonesian plane crashes rushing through my head, I press the call button. A flight attendant appears. I explain the situation. She looks out of the window and says “it’s just air”. I reply “No, no, it’s liquid!”. She looks rather concerned and gets the purser. I re-explain the situation, and show her the video I shot. She says she’ll show it to the captain. In the meanwhile, the liquid has stopped gushing, and is now just dripping steadily. My conversations with the crew seem to have alarmed a few of my fellow passengers, but there we go. A few minutes later, the purser comes back with my camera and says something like: “Yes, it was fuel, but this is totally normal. The captain explained it to me, but I can’t translate it into Indonesian. But don’t worry, the captain knows about the situation and everything is fine….. >”. Well, I’m satisfied that the captain knows what’s happening (and that the fuel is no longer pouring out of the plane), but rather concerned that dumping fuel from the plane at take off for a few minutes whilst climbing over one of Indonesia’s largest cities is “normal”. Can anyone shed any light on the situation?

Oh well, with the drama over and done with, it’s time for “lunch”. Another lunch box. I am a bit surprised to see I have a special box with my seat number on it.
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Not a very interesting box, but there is a little note!
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I’m rather confused by the random string of letters and numbers. I’m left wondering for a while until I’m handed a second lunch box a few minutes later. Now, this one I understand!
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I seem to have found an admirer amongst the crew! Going back to the box itself, there was nothing terribly interesting. A cup of water and two cakes.
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Continuing over Sumatra, and into the Southern Hemisphere
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Nothing much happens for the next hour or so. The crew do their Sky Shop sales whilst I listen to my music with my noise cancelling headphones. I was a bit oblivious to the crew trying to talk to me. Eventually they get my attention (along with the surrounding few rows) and ask me where I’m from etc etc etc. Rather amusing, what with all the stereotypical Asian embarrassing/hysterical laughing. When their service is done, I’m presented, along with my neighbour, with a cup of tea. I’m a bit unsure of where the situation is leading, but decide to throw caution to the wind, and head to the back galley.

I’m glad I did as I spent a very interesting half hour chatting to the crew, and getting shown around the galley. I also learnt that the cryptic message I got earlier was a Blackberry access code – every day’s a school day!

After a brief photo session, I headed back to my seat as the crew prepared the cabin for arrival.

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I was quite impressed with the amount of traffic at CGK – I was expecting something along the line of KUL, but CGK was far busier. I guess it’s a much larger country, and one with a lot of islands.

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Disembarking
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Walking to baggage reclaim
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Baggage Hall. My bag didn’t take too long to come out, although it wasn’t as fast as in SIN.
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Connecting flights


With my bags collected, I headed off to find a taxi to meet my friend in the mass of humanity that is Jakarta.


Outside the terminal
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On my first morning in Jakarta, my friend and two of his colleagues set out for the nearby island of Pulau Tidung, part of the “Thousand Islands” chain. (Google Map this: -5.802515,106.511866. You’ll need the Satellite version as it doesn’t exist on maps!), in the Java Sea. That exact locati


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 14160 times:

On my first morning in Jakarta, my friend and two of his colleagues set out for the nearby island of Pulau Tidung, part of the “Thousand Islands” chain. (Google Map this: -5.802515,106.511866. You’ll need the Satellite version as it doesn’t exist on maps!), in the Java Sea. That exact location is the jumping bridge  

Arrivals as seen from the ferry port
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Scenes from the island
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And yes, I did jump (quite a few times, although not with a life jacket!). After the disappointing dive on Pulau Weh, I thought the snorkelling here was excellent.

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Not sure why the fire came out purple!?
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The saddest looking cat in Indonesia (there are a lot of cat in the country)
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The boat back to Jakarta was reminiscent of a refugee boat. Rather awful experience, but some funny travel stories no doubt a few years down the line! http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012pt2/DSCF5894.jpg

The island was a welcome break from Jakarta and it’s traffic – it was cheap, and full of locals (no other foreigners about). One major hassle was getting there. If I had been on my own, I definitely would have given up trying to find the right harbour/boat. Thankfully I was with people that were both determined, and able to speak Indonesian.

Some photos of Jakarta (not my favourite of travel desintations)
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Which ATM to choose? I’ll go with the most colourful one
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A fake Pizza Express
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The lovely Café Batavia


Possibly the best cinema in the world (I went to see Hunger Games), and cost around £5.
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Checking in for my Singapore Airlines flight to Calcutta the next day
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I was lucky enough to catch with esteemed member thaia345 for a very nice Japanese lunch – was great to meet you, and thanks for the cinema tips!

After one final evening of drinks, I was all packed and ready for my flight up to Singapore. Some 9 or 10 airlines serve the route, so there was plenty of choice when it came to times, prices and quality. I decided to go with a cheap option in the form of Lion Air, mainly as they operate the Boeing 737-900ER on the route, a type missing from my log.

I booked a taxi with one of the two recommended companies, namely Bluebird. Unfortunately, it never turned up despite calling a few times, so I ended up taking a very cheap, and rather rickety local taxi. On the plus side it was cheap. On the minus side, the air con broke down.
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Despite hearing horror stories of how long it takes to get to the airport, I managed to arrive in just 45 minutes (can be as long as 2 hours), so plenty of time to get sorted.
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There was a security and document check to get to the check in area
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The queue for check in was short, and my couple of extra kilos was ignored. I was assigned the emergency exit window without problem. The Rp150,000 departure tax was paid at the desk.

FIDS
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A bit of a queue at immigration
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Departures – clean, cool and empty, and with some reasonable shopping
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Tarmac scenes
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As I still has a small amount of Rupaih left, I spent it on some noodle soup. Luckily there were some nice views from the smoking section.
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Views
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Thank goodness they’re getting rid of this crap livery
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Walking towards the gate
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Ooh, we must be at gate E2 – love this airport!
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Gate E4 for me
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The KUL plane
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The JED plane next door
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Pilgrims in matching outfits – it’s even worse than the Chinese tour groups forced to wear matching caps


Despite having asked at every stage of my journey through the airport if the flight was on time (Yes sir”!), the plane only arrived five minutes before our STD. still, it was the scheduled B737-900
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March 2012
Jakarta (CGK) – Singapore (SIN)
Lion Air JT 154
Scheduled: 1115-1400 (1h45m)
Actual: 1205-1419 (1h13m)
Boeing 737-900ER PK-LHU (first time on a -900ER!)
Economy



I finally boarded ten minutes after our schedule departure time. The ground crew were very methodical when boarding the KUL flight. With us, they just let everyone on in one massive push.
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This was my first flight with the new Boeing interior – looks very nice!
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Plenty of legroom at the exit
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KUL flight pushing back
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And Thai arriving – great livery
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An old Garuda taxiing past – I didn’t know they still have some old liveries flying
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Goodbye Jakarta!
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And an even older Garuda livery
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3 different colours in 1 shot
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The Hajj terminal
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Off we go, nearly an hour late
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Not Pulau Tidung, but some of the other “Thousand Islands” - gorgeous
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I thought it my duty to go for a stroll seeing as there was no free catering to enjoy
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Great lights
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Safety card
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Mag
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Before long we began our descent into Singapore – of course lots of boats. We managed to make up m0st of the delay.
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The revised Jetstar livery
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Friends?
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Disembarkation was swift, and before long I was heading towards passport control
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Arrivals
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The outbound flight is boarding
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Conclusion? Sriwijaya seemed like a nice little airline. The Fuel incident after leaving Medan was quite concerning, but the flight made it to Jakarta safely enough. And the crew seemed very nice! Lion Air lived up to their reputation of being delayed. The crew didn’t seem very happy, but the flight was short, and I managed to log my B739, so I was satisfied!

I’ll leave this section here. The next report will cover my excellent Business Class flight with Singapore Airlines up to Calcutta, and my meeting with Initious!

A taste of things to come:
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All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13966 times:

Nice report about your SJ and JT experience, I had been looking forward to this one. Both interiors were quite different from the ones I had. But the exterior of your SJ 734 looked as immaculate as my 732's.

Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739 (by PlaneHunter Mar 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was quite alarmed to see this written: “Passengers have to finish check in process 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to flight schedule to prevent flight delays.”

The numerous delays in Indonesia are definitely not caused by passengers being late...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Magazine

I hope that's not the new livery on that 738...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m rather confused by the random string of letters and numbers. I’m left wondering for a while until I’m handed a second lunch box a few minutes later. Now, this one I understand!

Well, someone was hoping to get on the SQ J Class and TG F Class flights with you.  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was my first flight with the new Boeing interior – looks very nice!

That's very nice indeed. And the seats look much nicer than in the 739 which I had.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Safety card

Ah, good to see they had safety cards on your flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Thai arriving – great livery

Well, if you cut off the first half of the plane...  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13848 times:

Thanks for the quick reply PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, someone was hoping to get on the SQ J Class and TG F Class flights with you.

Haha, perhaps they were!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That's very nice indeed. And the seats look much nicer than in the 739 which I had.

I guess I got a newer plane than you?



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 13786 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I guess I got a newer plane than you?

Yes, yours was delivered factory fresh in mid-2011 while I had a used frame (built in 2008) formerly operated by XL Airways.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinewilld From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 13711 times:

Great TR

I am a bit of a bus geek also and belong to site regarding buses from Oxford. I note the picture of three bus at BTJ and one of the pictures is an ex Oxford Bus Company bus. Is it possible for me to republish the picture on the site there (created to you clearly). Just need to know. If not no worries but would be great to show it!

Many thanks


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 13685 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another great report, very nice to follow your Asian adventure. Some interesting flights you had there, Sriwijaya indeed seems to be an interesting little airline. Also a great livery, very nice. And congrats of course to log a B739.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The main thing to see in Banda Aceh is the tsunami museum.

Hmm, certainly interesting and a good thing that they have a museum to remember the terrible disaster, but I found that display with the wave and the people running away from it quite macabre.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Can anyone shed any light on the situation?

It definitely looks like fuel. As was pointed out at FB already I think as well it was an overflow valve, probably they simply put in too much fuel. Indeed nothing to worry about but I am sure it looks somewhat scary when you don't know what is going on.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m left wondering for a while until I’m handed a second lunch box a few minutes later. Now, this one I understand!

How nice   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineat From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1044 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 13674 times:

lovely report!

Shouldn't the 737-300 and -400 have separate safety cards, given that they differ in the exit arrangement?


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13527 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Great report as usual, and great photos of Indonesia!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before going through security, I noticed a lounge off to the right. A quick enquiry revealed it only cost RP 40,000 (£4) to get in. As I had over an hour to wait, I thought I’d pay up. Obviously being in Sharia State Aceh, there was no booze, but there were plenty of snacks and soft drinks.

Seems to be really good value for the money!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was my first flight with the new Boeing interior – looks very nice!

I've flown on a DY 738 with the SKY interior once. It's indeed a nice cabin.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13257 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting willd (Reply 5):
Great TR

Thanks!

Quoting willd (Reply 5):
I am a bit of a bus geek also and belong to site regarding buses from Oxford. I note the picture of three bus at BTJ and one of the pictures is an ex Oxford Bus Company bus. Is it possible for me to republish the picture on the site there (created to you clearly). Just need to know. If not no worries but would be great to show it!

Sure, but be sure to send me a link!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):

another great report, very nice to follow your Asian adventure

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Hmm, certainly interesting and a good thing that they have a museum to remember the terrible disaster, but I found that display with the wave and the people running away from it quite macabre.

Yeah, the musuem was a bit grim in places

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
It definitely looks like fuel. As was pointed out at FB already I think as well it was an overflow valve, probably they simply put in too much fuel. Indeed nothing to worry about but I am sure it looks somewhat scary when you don't know what is going on.

Seems rather dangerous to spray the runway and city with fuel?

Quoting at (Reply 7):
lovely report!

Thanks!

Quoting at (Reply 7):
Shouldn't the 737-300 and -400 have separate safety cards, given that they differ in the exit arrangement?

Yes, it porbably should!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Great report as usual, and great photos of Indonesia!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Seems to be really good value for the money!

Indonesia as a whole is good value for money



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Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12958 times:
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Hi Gab,

Thanks for this nice report once again. What a strange experience with the fuel dumping. I don’t believe that is common practice, doing this in the midst of takeoff over a densely populated area. Good you were on alert for the situation, who knows what might have happened... And bearing in mind the safety reputation of Indonesian airlines...
Congrats on logging the 739ER which is a not that easy task. I thought Lion Air only flew B739-ers but apparently also the B744. Is the latter only used for Hadj flights? Liked the winglet shot of that Lion machine!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First class with no body in it

What a sight: pink room with brown benches.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but the padding on the edge makes it a rather uncomfortable seat

I like the motifs on the seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I seem to have found an admirer amongst the crew!

Have you really now  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Scenes from the island

Looks nice and tranquil.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The boat back to Jakarta was reminiscent of a refugee boat.

Are these the sort of boats that once in a while tend to be overloaded with all risk involved?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Possibly the best cinema in the world

Nice! Full flat bed seats  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And an even older Garuda livery

They even have a retrojet  Wow!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Friends?

Rivals!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 12760 times:

Hi Gab,

Another report for the Indonesian theme weeks we have been running here lately. Very nice with lots of nice pictures. A nice idea to choose to try out different carriers for our benefit.

You certainly are the modern time Phileas Fogg.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First class with no body in it

No body maybe, but somebody seems to have left their bags in there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The main thing to see in Banda Aceh is the tsunami museum. It’s a big place, with some interesting exhibits. It didn’t seem terribly well planned out, but the air con worked well, so I was happy for a few hours

Hmm, interesting what you can make a museum out of. But then again that was a huge thing there so why not. And I was once in the Paris Sewer Museum enjoying the whiff of [i]eau de shite[/] so what do I know about weird museums...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Visit Banda Aceh!

Sorry, but I don't see myself visiting anytime soon! Indonesia - why not, but Banda Aceh? Not really.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Street market food

Err what's that turnip-looking thing on the left? Some kind of crustacean?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was only a short line for SJ – Lion Air next door had a long queue.

See, you made the right choice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
SJ desks were on the far right

Swedish Railways in Indonesia? Very interesting  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A quick enquiry revealed it only cost RP 40,000 (£4) to get in

Those prices are indeed very low - you made the right choice. Even Jonas would pay for lounge access at these rates!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looking for a perfect gift for your better half? How about a bag that turns into a hijab!? Many colours and styles available

Hah, hilarious! And very handy - when going abroad you can have a handbag and not have to carry the hijab around - then on the plane home simply turn it into one, wear it and you can come back incognito.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess the model is a friend of the CEO or something? Never seen a model with braces grinning so manically in a shopping magazine before.

In Finnish we call it "getting promoted via the thigh".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before long I get handed a snack box. Water and some cakes, which tasted better than Garudas.

At least the colors are better - that fluorescent green on GA looked inhuman.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hmmm, that would appear to be a liquid….2 minutes into the flight, and the liquid is still pouring out of the wing

Oh no! That would make me feel rather on the edge.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but rather concerned that dumping fuel from the plane at take off for a few minutes whilst climbing over one of Indonesia’s largest cities is “normal”.

Well, there's "normal" and then there's "normal in Indonesia".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another lunch box. I am a bit surprised to see I have a special box with my seat number on it.

Hey, maybe it's your preordered special meal? SFML?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m left wondering for a while until I’m handed a second lunch box a few minutes later. Now, this one I understand!

Hey, that's nice! So shy and innocent yet so... cute and fascinating.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I seem to have found an admirer amongst the crew!

Go for it mate, carpe diem! You are their hero! They think they would've died if it weren't for your vigilance. Now they want to ... well you know... have your babies and all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m a bit unsure of where the situation is leading, but decide to throw caution to the wind, and head to the back galley.

If this was Suryo he would've been socializing there ever since the seat belt sign went off  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m glad I did as I spent a very interesting half hour chatting to the crew, and getting shown around the galley.

Attaboy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I also learnt that the cryptic message I got earlier was a Blackberry access code – every day’s a school day!

What the heck is a "Blackberry access code"?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a brief photo session, I headed back to my seat as the crew prepared the cabin for arrival.

So where are the photos? Sorry, I know I know - we went through this already on the book of feces...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
my friend and two of his colleagues set out for the nearby island of Pulau Tidung, part of the “Thousand Islands” chain.

Famous for their salad dressing sold worldwide!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Scenes from the island

Very nice - so tranquil.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not sure why the fire came out purple!?

That's digital cameras for you - the software that turns the raw image from the sensor into the final image you saw on the screen is just that - software. It can have bugs in it and it can get confused by something out of the ordinary, like the big contrasts between the extremes on your photo - the bright embers and the surrounding darkness. If your camera supports RAW images try downloading that into your photo editing software - what you will see will be completely different (and might look like crap as well).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The saddest looking cat in Indonesia (there are a lot of cat in the country)

Really? And no stray dogs? Sounds like my kind of country. I hate stray dogs and most domestic dogs as well but cats - they are just lovely.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The boat back to Jakarta was reminiscent of a refugee boat. Rather awful experience, but some funny travel stories no doubt a few years down the line!

No doubt the memories of the numerous boating accidents in the country were also fresh on your mind?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thank goodness they’re getting rid of this crap livery

They are? Hooray!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, we must be at gate E2 – love this airport!

Nice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The JED plane next door

Hah, I was very confused when I saw that Lion 744 on your earlier picture as I didn't know they had any. I thought "must be a special Hadj plane then" and indeed it turned out to be so!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was my first flight with the new Boeing interior – looks very nice!

Yes, it is very classy.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
3 different colours in 1 shot

No, I don't think so.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12738 times:

Hi Gabriel


Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.
the SJ 734 looks quite good despite it's age. The graveyard in MES impressed me as well.
It seems you where popular among the crew, giving you some handfull information
After reading PH's report I was surprised to see the better condirion of the Lion Air 739ER. Glad you had the newer interior.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineMbahGondrong From Indonesia, joined Apr 2011, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12721 times:

Nice report.

It's weird though, I hate flying with JT (delays,etc) but after seeing yours pics I kinda miss flying with them.

Anyway it's nice to see that you enjoy Indonesia.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12622 times:

Thanks for all the replies!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):

Thanks for this nice report once again

No problem Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
What a strange experience with the fuel dumping.

Scary more than strange

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
I thought Lion Air only flew B739-ers but apparently also the B744. Is the latter only used for Hadj flights? Liked the winglet shot of that Lion machine!

Yes, only for their Saudi flights. THey also have a few 733/4 and an MD90 around

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Looks nice and tranquil.

it was

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Are these the sort of boats that once in a while tend to be overloaded with all risk involved?

Yes (to put it bluntly!)

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Nice! Full flat bed seats

And elctronically operated!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Another report for the Indonesian theme weeks we have been running here lately. Very nice with lots of nice pictures. A nice idea to choose to try out different carriers for our benefit.

Glad you liked it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
You certainly are the modern time Phileas Fogg.

I guess I am

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Err what's that turnip-looking thing on the left? Some kind of crustacean?

It's a stuffed quick - was actually quite revolting

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hah, hilarious! And very handy - when going abroad you can have a handbag and not have to carry the hijab around - then on the plane home simply turn it into one, wear it and you can come back incognito.

I wonder if their do worldwide mail order?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Oh no! That would make me feel rather on the edge.

Me too

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Go for it mate, carpe diem! You are their hero! They think they would've died if it weren't for your vigilance. Now they want to ... well you know... have your babies and all.

Haha, should have gone for it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
What the heck is a "Blackberry access code"?

Beats me

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Really? And no stray dogs? Sounds like my kind of country. I hate stray dogs and most domestic dogs as well but cats - they are just lovely.

Yes, all cats. India has dogs galore though

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
No, I don't think so.

Sorry, here you go:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012pt2/DSCF6040.jpg

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.

No problem Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
the SJ 734 looks quite good despite it's age. The graveyard in MES impressed me as well.

Yeah, they love their graveyards in Indonesia

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
After reading PH's report I was surprised to see the better condirion of the Lion Air 739ER. Glad you had the newer interior.

I'm glad too

Quoting MbahGondrong (Reply 13):
Nice report.

Terima Kasih!

Quoting MbahGondrong (Reply 13):
It's weird though, I hate flying with JT (delays,etc) but after seeing yours pics I kinda miss flying with them.

You need to fly with them a bit more often!

Quoting MbahGondrong (Reply 13):
Anyway it's nice to see that you enjoy Indonesia.

I did thanks!



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User currently offlineaddictedMAN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2012, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12380 times:

Hi Gabriel,

A fantastic TR as always. I really enjoyed reading, and can't wait for the next instalment!

Cheers,
James.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12329 times:

Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 15):

A fantastic TR as always

Thanks James

Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 15):
. I really enjoyed reading, and can't wait for the next instalment!

Hopefully the next part will be out after the weekend



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another great report in this Asia series!

Doen't look too great with what's looks like fuel leaking out of the wing on take off on the SJ flight. Thanks Captain Red for a logical explanation.

Nice side excursion while in Jakarta!

Good that Lion Air had a safety card this time!

Great spotting pictures from Jakarta especially the JT 744! Really love JT's colors; simple but the colors of Indonesia and love the tail logo.

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11928 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

good to see more from you´re Asia travels.
Well done and also my point with the fuel incident, really not sure if this is the norm there.
Congrats with the 739, still missing from my log also.
Looking for the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11708 times:

Hi Gabriel,

excellent as usual! And another from this Indonesian themed month on the TR forum  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Visit Banda Aceh!

Not a usual tourist destination, but interesting looking from your pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A quick enquiry revealed it only cost RP 40,000 (£4) to get in. As I had over an hour to wait, I thought I’d pay up. Obviously being in Sharia State Aceh, there was no booze

Very good price, though proportionally how does it compare with the general cost of living? If you consider the average pay lounge in the UK costing about 4x that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Never seen a model with braces grinning so manically in a shopping magazine before.

Indonesia is clearly more advanced in discrimination legislation then  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hmmm, that would appear to be a liquid….2 minutes into the flight, and the liquid is still pouring out of the wing

Not good for instilling confidence.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but decide to throw caution to the wind, and head to the back galley. I’m glad I did as I spent a very interesting half hour chatting to the crew, and getting shown around the galley

  Very nice, an admirer from the crew. As long as she didn't only want you for your passport...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On my first morning in Jakarta, my friend and two of his colleagues set out for the nearby island of Pulau Tidung, part of the “Thousand Islands” chain

Looks spectacular.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The saddest looking cat in Indonesia (there are a lot of cat in the country)

That cat should be happy, given the remains of all the fish next to it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
first time on a -900ER!

Nice catch, they are quite rare in Europe I think. Only KL have them?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
“Thousand Islands” chain.

Famous for their salad dressing sold worldwide!

Isn't that also known as "Big Mac sauce"?

Looking forward to the next part already  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11578 times:

Hi Gabriel,

My, oh my, I think I will turn to you if I ever visit North Sumatra and beyond. You have covered these places so nicely and thoroughly. You make want to do a side-trip there, still an undiscovered region of my home country.   

If Atjeh would nominate an ambassador and allow everyone to vote, I would vote for you!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First class with no body in it

But you!  Did you get personalized treatment from the crew?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the tsunami museum.

Glad to know the government has erected a memorial of the disaster.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This giant ship was washed 5km inland!

 Wow!


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Street market food

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I noticed a lounge off to the right. A quick enquiry revealed it only cost RP 40,000 (£4) to get in. As I had over an hour to wait, I thought I’d pay up.

Though no alcohol, still a nice deal.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boeing 737-400 PK-CJW “Anugrah”

“Anugerah” means blessing and look how you were blessed:
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but there is a little note!
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
until I’m handed a second lunch box a few minutes later. Now, this one I understand!
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m glad I did as I spent a very interesting half hour chatting to the crew, and getting shown around the galley. I also learnt that the cryptic message I got earlier was a Blackberry access code – every day’s a school day!

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
None of it really appealed though

No, wait! A baseball cap! I’d like to have that one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully my overly chatty middle seat neighbour moves to another seat.

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once everyone had boarded, sweets were handed out

Were sweets distributed as well pre-takeoff at BTJ?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I re-explain the situation, and show her the video I shot. She says she’ll show it to the captain.

Good on her. But I do notice another thing. No one, I mean no one in Indonesia, bothered your filming or photography during take-off and landing. Did it not reflect true Indonesian hospitality towards us A.netters?   


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The saddest looking cat in Indonesia

 


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
so plenty of time to get sorted.

The CGK authority should have removed the Air India signage. Or will Air India be resuming flights to Indonesia very soon?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I didn’t know they still have some old liveries flying

Yes. If you’re lucky, you’d manage to capture four liveries in one shot.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
If this was Suryo he would've been socializing there ever since the seat belt sign went off  

You know me, P.! 


Thank you for sharing.

Greetings,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11459 times:

Hi Gab

Blimey, you do get around! I've barely caught up with your last set of reports from Africa and then the next series start! Great stuff.

I really enjoyed this part of your travels. Some great destination pics as well.

It looked baking hot when you were there - some great shots to remind me what summer might feel like having read this on a cold wet bank holiday monday!

Alarming about the fuel from the wing of the 737 - however at least you raised it with the crew. So many people would not have said anything. I read a lot about the Aloha 243 flight back in 1988 and apparently one of the passengers boarding the flight noticed there was a crack in the outer fuselage but said nothing to the crew fearing that she would look silly if it was nothing... well we all know what happened to that aircraft.

Will stay tuned for the next instalment!

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11331 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Thanks for another great report in this Asia series!

No problem!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Doen't look too great with what's looks like fuel leaking out of the wing on take off on the SJ flight. Thanks Captain Red for a logical explanation.

No, didn't look good at all

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Great spotting pictures from Jakarta especially the JT 744! Really love JT's colors; simple but the colors of Indonesia and love the tail logo.

Shame they didn't operate the 744 on the SIN route

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
good to see more from you´re Asia travels.

Thanks

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Congrats with the 739, still missing from my log also.

Thanks! Managed another the day after too!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Looking for the next part now.

It;s out now!

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
excellent as usual! And another from this Indonesian themed month on the TR forum

Thanks! Funny how promient Indo is at the moment

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
Very good price, though proportionally how does it compare with the general cost of living? If you consider the average pay lounge in the UK costing about 4x that.

I guess it was overpriced then?

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
Not good for instilling confidence.

Nope

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
Very nice, an admirer from the crew. As long as she didn't only want you for your passport...

LOL!

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
That cat should be happy, given the remains of all the fish next to it!

It was sad as something else ate the fish!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
But you! Did you get personalized treatment from the crew?

Hahahah. no

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
“Anugerah” means blessing and look how you were blessed:

It's true - we didn't crash!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Were sweets distributed as well pre-takeoff at BTJ?

Yes, but they never made it to the exit row!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Good on her. But I do notice another thing. No one, I mean no one in Indonesia, bothered your filming or photography during take-off and landing. Did it not reflect true Indonesian hospitality towards us A.netters?

Clearly her English wasn't up to scolding me!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
Blimey, you do get around! I've barely caught up with your last set of reports from Africa and then the next series start! Great stuff.

I just love to travel!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
I really enjoyed this part of your travels. Some great destination pics as well.

THanks

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
It looked baking hot when you were there - some great shots to remind me what summer might feel like having read this on a cold wet bank holiday monday!

Yeah, was baking. I was pining for the cold!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
Alarming about the fuel from the wing of the 737 - however at least you raised it with the crew. So many people would not have said anything. I read a lot about the Aloha 243 flight back in 1988 and apparently one of the passengers boarding the flight noticed there was a crack in the outer fuselage but said nothing to the crew fearing that she would look silly if it was nothing... well we all know what happened to that aircraft.

Yes, it's surprisingly hard to put your hand up. THe FA even said that it was water, assumnign the pax are always ignorant of the situation.



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User currently offlinelufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11075 times:

Great stuff, sort of makes me miss my just about monthly Indonesia trips. Plenty of 732s back when I always included some domestics. I had a Merpati 732 pouring hydraulic fluid out of the wing on takeoff DPS-SUB. Lion M82s with overflowing toilets, 3h late, Expressair 732 with hot meal UPG-CGK, 6h late F28 AMI-DPS... Great times

What Petteri said about SJ crew...  I had one SJ crew ask for a photoshoot with them included as I was last deplaning, taking some cabin pics. The LCC cabin crews earn next to nothing by our standards over there. So a nice dinner and what not might be nice after 7 segments in a day.

Did you manage to book SQ BTC on the awful new website? I used to be able, but now my LHR-SIN-MLE, SIN-MNL have only the regular special meals available.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10882 times:

Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 23):
Great stuff

Thanks!

Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 23):
I had a Merpati 732 pouring hydraulic fluid out of the wing on takeoff DPS-SUB. Lion M82s with overflowing toilets, 3h late, Expressair 732 with hot meal UPG-CGK, 6h late F28 AMI-DPS... Great times

Action packed Indonesian flying!

Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 23):
Did you manage to book SQ BTC on the awful new website? I used to be able, but now my LHR-SIN-MLE, SIN-MNL have only the regular special meals available.

Yes, booked via the website - didn't seem too awkward. All ex-SIN flight (except KUL/PEN) have BTC, as should LHR.



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25 sfflyer123 : Excellent report! Just fantastic! I have never really been to southeast Asia. I really should go!
26 roberts87 : Hi Gabriel, I think I missed this part earlier, but a great read as usual! Impressive looking building. Amazing what the forces of nature can do... Te
27 Post contains images gabrielchew : Thanks! Southeast Asia is a wonderful place to travel. Safe, easy, and you can get by with English and a smile. The food, mmm, so tasty! And not forg
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