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So Different! Lombok, New Airport & Garuda 737-800  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12328 times:

Dear readers and fellow tripreporters,

Let me present part 3 of the trip to Indonesia. The previous parts can be found here:

1) Malaysia Airlines Longhaul In Y: AMS-KUL-DPS (by airbuseric Feb 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
2) Bali Scenes & The Avic Xian MA-60 To Lombok (by airbuseric Mar 5 2012 in Trip Reports)

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Since this is the continuation of the trip after arriving at the new airport of Lombok, I would like to continue this tripreport with first a couple of pictures from the island of Lombok. I will finish this tripreport with a detailed view on the new airport and the flight on Garuda Indonesia.


So different! Lombok, new airport & Garuda 737-800


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Lombok Introduction



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Welcome to Lombok



The island Lombok is located not far east from Bali and has a complete different culture and history, compared to Bali. More wide open landschapes, untouched beaches and less traffic then on Bali. Changes are made to attract more tourist to Lombok, but so far the authentic character of the island has not been touched.

Lombok has about 2,5 million citizens, mainly of islamic origin. Roughly 10% is Balinese and live mainly on the west part of the island (where we find the touristic areas also).

The island measures 80x70km and is a little smaller then Bali. In the North we find the mountain range of ‘Gunung Rinjani’ (3,726m), one of the highest peaks of the whole Indonesian archipel. In the central zone of the island we find mostly flat landschapes for agricultural use. This is also the area where most people live. More in the South we find another range of hills, up to 500m towards the coast.
Very touristic are the ‘Gili Islands’ (Meno, Trawangan and Air) along the northwesterly coast of Lombok. They can even be reached directly from Bali by speedboats.
Lombok cultivates especially rice, cassave, cotton, chili pepper and soy beans. Tobacco is important for export from this island.
Though, compared to Bali again, climate is different on this island resulting in a less productive agriculture. For example rice, which can be harvested 3x per year on Bali. Some parts on Lombok only manage to harvest once per year.

For tourists this island can be interesting for hiking near ‘Gunung Rinjani’, or surfing on the world famous beaches near Kuta in the South. Of course, the few accomodations on this island go up to 5-star ratings, so just a relaxing holiday in your resort or on a beach is very well recommendable too.

Though remember that you will not find so many restaurants, shops and nightlife on this island, except some in Senggigi, which is basically the only touristic centre on the island.
When you take a holiday in e.g. the Novotel Resort Lombok, basically ‘nothing’ can be found in the surrounding vicinity and you are also very far away from e.g. Senggigi.

Besides that, the locals are not always used to tourists and language can be cause problems in some areas. English is not always spoken more inside the island. Beware also that you will probably face a lot of poverty also, so be prepared when you come along with your belongings. It’s not unheard of that locals rob tourists at some remote locations. Just be prepared, especially when you organize a sidetrip from your easy-going holiday on Bali. Lombok is different! Different and also very beautiful!


Lombok – Trip & Pictures


As mentioned in the previous part, and our arrival on Merpati’s Xian Avic MA-60 aircraft, a personal guide and driver was waiting for us, with a large sign stating Mr. Eric on it. He was arranged online via very helpful and attentive people from an agency called Lombok Reisen (lombokreisen.com). Their founder and contact person Nuryadi was always very attentive during emailing, making agreement on the price and even send us an sms to ask if all was OK during the time we were on Bali and if we were ready for our visit to his island.
Well, our driver was Ipul, a relaxed guy, English reasonable spoken and a nice aircondiotioned darkgrey van for us with even cooled drinks in the small fridge in the back of the van.

After we met and talked for a while about our intentions for the tour, we went off. First to Sade, a small traditional village in near the South. The village is build up out of buffalo droppings mixed with mud. Local people are more then welcome to show you around and explain a bit. We visited inside one of the houses where a family lives. It’s very small, dark (no windows), basic and with a very low ceiling/roof. You should not have claustrofobia here.
We walk further and get the impression of this very poor village and the people. The soil was bone-dry, like it has not been raining for months. A young girl is washing herself with some dirty water from a watering can. And we see a very elderly women working on her spinning wheel to process the cotton.
The people are very friendly here, and since we were the only foreigners around, we got a lot of attention ourselves too. We buy some little handmade souvenirs from the children before we continue our journey.


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Sade village



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Sade village



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A view on Sade. It’s difficult to get some agriculture done here…


It was also interesting to see the military preperations for the visit of ‘Mr Presiden’ (President of the Republic Indonesia Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudoyohno). The intentions were that the President was coming in to Lombok 2 days later after our visit, for the main reason to officially open the new airport. Aside from that - it was expected by the locals - would he visit some other villages or areas on the island, but it was unknown which places exactly. Hence the preperations every here and there.
Locals filling the potholes in the (sometimes really bad) roads for example. Because maybe the President will pass this road and he would be in trouble. Hmm… I’ve my opinions on this, it was weird to see the military official watching the locals when they were working on these projects. Hard work, maybe for nothing? I can’t tell but it gave an interesting impression.

Next was a drive along Kuta (Lombok). Famous with surfers, and famous for the beaches and of course, the waves. Kuta itself is described in the travel books as one of the few areas developed for the tourists.
Well, place ‘developed’ between brackets here. The surfdude type of travellers is maybe ok with daytime surfing and nighttime crashing in a beachhouse, but don’t expect anything else. Nightlife does not excist here, and the only Live music can be enjoyed on Saturday evening in ‘The Shore House’ until 2am (highseason only). Accomodation is not wide spread and only the Novotel is near offering luxury. Basic accomodations can be found along the coast but we also noticed that surfers came on their motorcycle all the way from Senggigi (a long drive!).
I must admit, the beaches are beautiful. And so quiet. A few surfers play on the waves and with the treacherous breakers. The light breeze, the sounds of the waves rolling onto the shore, the desolation… it gave very special feeling.


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Beautiful sandy beach at Kuta beach. No tourists or locals at all here



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A bit more towards the Southeast coast, the beaches turn heavenly white!



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So lonely, so white, so beautiful!



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Very few windsurfers come to these remote spots, famous for their great waves



After our visit to the Southcoast, we decide to go through the center of Lombok and drive along small villages. We see the local life passing along our way. Lombok is dry, very dry, but suddenly halfway (?) the colour changes from ‘brown’ to ‘green’. A kind of line excists and above the line it seems to rain more often or at least regularly. The landscape is total different, the ricefields are green.


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Tobacco culture



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On the road again… Lombok transport!



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Green ricefields also here



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When we harvest the rice, then it needs to get to town also… A bit overloaded maybe?


At the village of Gunungsari we have to turn North. First we stop at the local market. Hmm, not really the place where we would like to leave our car. It’s very dusty, dirty, smelly and we didn't feel very safe to go out with the camera in this area. Traffic is a chaotic scene here, where a large part is by horse carriage. Interesting to see nevertheless.


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Gunungsari Marketplace – for us no reason to stop



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The children go to school, and we go further our way into the forrest


We drive onto the small but paved road into the forrest. It goes uphill and soon nothing but forrest was to be seen. The temperature becomes much cooler, and we hear birds of unknown kind, and smell the fresh air. We encounter a large group of wild monkeys here, not hostile at all and therefore rather interested in our visit. Of course we are prepared for monkeys, and take out some peanuts for them. It was a nice stop our way and we soon drove slighly downhill again towards the village of Pemenang.


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Beautiful panorama



At Pemenang we turn left and follow the coastal road offering fantastic views on the ocean. At some point it is possible to see the Gili Islands. Very small islands they are, but very popular (it seems, according the guidebooks and travel agencies). Personally I do not feel the need to go there, and enjoy the view so far. But when I look in the skies it will soon start to rain. Massive clouds are working towards a nice production. Time to get into Senggigi for a late lunch at Yessy Café. We give our driver money to have lunch himself, and we are taken out of the car with staff holding an umbrella for us. No luxury and definitely needed! For about 1 hour, perfect for lunch, it was raining strongly and thunder all around, while we enjoy various freshly squeezed fruit juices and a lovely Nasi Campur.


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Black beaches now, and a view on Gili Islands (left to right: Terawangan, Meno, Air)



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Desolated beaches, when dark clouds are building up for a good shower



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Just in time for lunch when the rain comes!



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Jessy Café, Senggigi…. I recommend this place for good quality food



After lunch, which was already halfway afternoon, it was time to drive slowly towards the airport, via traffic jams around Mataram. In Mataram, the old airport was located, which was closed in early October 2011. The new airport is located near Praya, actually in near the village called Tanak Awu. The drive takes close to 2 hours including traffic, but the driver tries to minimize where the speed can go up. Indonesia does not have speed limits (some exceptions). Finally around 5.30pm we are dropped off at the airport. We settle the payment with the driver, we say goodbye to him and thanks for the wonderful journey.


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Lombok Airport


The new airport building looked nice from the outside. But definitely not finished. Construction work on the outer wall was still ongoing. Also the road towards the airport building, the surrounding area, parking space etc. It was one BIG mess. The amount of locals was impressive, and to be honest, it almost felt like being one of the few Westerns walking in one of the African relief camps (ok, imagination of course). The locals were watching us when I said to my partner to join them in front of the fence, because I wanted to make a few pictures. I noticed children just going under the fence and walked onto ‘airside’, where the aircrafts were parked and the taxiway was located. Hmm… this is of course not done, and nobody took care. Typical? I think so! That’s probably one of the reasons why Indonesian aviation does not have the safest reputation so far.


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New information counters, plenty of them. Looking good!



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This dusty area is the other side, looking less good



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Planespotting, anybody?



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Lion Air is around and very active; MD90 (PK-LIP), B737-900 (PK-LHK) seen here



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Wings Air, subsidiary of Lion Air is departing with ATR-72 PK-WFS



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Children trespassing the fences, causing danger to safety here


Well, it was very dusty on the small terrain next to the building and we still had to do check-in, so we walked towards the building, where a group of cleaners tried to get the shine back on a marble floor under the open roof. A difficult job, I think, with all the sandy terrain around the building and the strong blowing wind.

Before entering the terminal we were asked by officials to show a proof of your intended flying, so show the e-ticket or whatever you hold and we’re waived through to a basic security checkpoint for your hold luggage (and handluggage was also asked to get it checked). This whole happening looked like a ‘big joke’ to me, since the officers where - in my impression - not really watching the screens but more in relax mode haha. More pictures of the airport after some info about the airline we will fly:

Garuda Indonesia


Booking for the flight was done on the good looking website of Garuda Indonesia http://www.garuda-indonesia.com The website gave a good fare immediately and we were able to perform the check-out and payment with my Dutch mastercard (Amex not accepted).
Though, a confirmation e-mail I am used to to get after the confirmation screen appears didn’t come.

Since booking were done in the evening we went to bed, and were very unimpressed by a wake-up call at 3am that night. I wondered… something happened with my family? Who else is calling me at 3am these days? I got out of my bed and checked the phone with was an unidentified number. Hmm,… seems to be some official organisation then which usually have a shadow over their outgoing dials.

I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

Well, actually I was not amused at this time for these nonsense calls and went back to bed.
The next morning, when checking my e-mail, an incoming mail from Garuda was in stating 2 links, directing me to both e-tickets which I printed out. Finally all was OK.

Just one more thing about the flight schedule. We booked the flight with a departure time of 20:30hrs but 2 weeks before we left AMS for the trip to Indonesia, I checked myself once again and noticed the departure time was changed to 18:55hrs, a ‘little’ 90 minutes forward, but without any information by the airline. This was not the biggest problem but of course we had to reduce our time on the island slighly to ensure being on time for our flight back (there was no back up either, since there is only 1 daily GA flight on this route).


Lombok Internasional Airport (LOP)


The building is a square kind of building inside, with in the middle 2 rows of check-in desks.

Counters 07-11 were serving the GA flight, one of them for Business Class passengers. We called at the desk and were promptly served by the friendly agent. “No luggage Sir?” No, just this handluggage, we replied. “Here you go Sir, seat 27A and B for you, like you wished”. Yes, I almost forget about that, but the seat selection was possible during booking without additional charges. Good job, GA!


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Garuda check-in desks (5 open for a single 737-800 flight, impressive!)


We go on to explore the terminal further;
On the sidewall is a small office where you have to pay your departure tax, prior continuing to the security checkpoint. Departure tax for domestic flight is IDR 25.000 per passenger.
The floor was quite dirty by dust, and cleaners were working on it. It was quite funny to see one guy with some ‘blower engine thinghy’ on his back, spraying some shine on the floor. The engine was diesel driven and used inside the closed building, so you can imagine that the air quality was not really good here. We watched the scene for a while, and this is the way how to do it in Indonesia.


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Cleaning the floor


Near the backwall we found a maquette of the new airport, which have a good impression about the progress. Construction was definitely not finished yet, but Mr. President was coming to open officially in 2 days. It seems there is a lot of work to do.


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Nicely created maquette of the new airport


Let go to the lavatory for example; no soap dispensers, electric wires coming out of the wall, broken tiles on the wall. Hmm… it doesn’t look so new after all, and these details are still unfinished.


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Really a new airport? These details tell me something different



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Seems to be here already for a long time in this bad shape


On the first floor (before security) are some small shops of which quite a few where still empty. A few small places to have a drink or snack as well. Overall it’s quite boring to spend here some time.


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Fllight Informations – not too busy at night



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What is ‘New Zealand & Co.’ kind of eatery?!



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Some more small shops are here as well


The security checkpoint for domestic flights is easy to cross. Staff is super friendly here and asked if we enjoyed Lombok. Bringing a water bottle is also no problem here (should not give problems on any domestic Indonesia flight), and the ‘departure tax receipt’ is checked for.

Behind security are no further shops, just a waiting lounge with a lot of seats, offering great view onto the platform and single runway.
We walk around a bit more and find an escalator to one floor up, reaching an area which was definitely not finished yet. Apparently nobody here cares about closing down this area, and it was not the right place to be for us. But I think that this floor might get some more shops/food outlets.


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Up the escalator, and we find this construction side



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Should all be finished in 2 days? The the President comes to open this place hehe


Before our flight departure we took a seat in the rather busy departure lounge, and watched some traffic. For example the ATR72 of Wings Air (Lion Air), or TransNusa Fokker 50 PK-TNA which came in as well. Further away I noticed the tail of a Merpati MA60 but it was not in ‘active mode’. Silk Air’s A319 also arrived and was being served at the gate. Soon also our expected Boeing 737-800 came in, unfortunately spotting the old colourscheme, and judging from the registration, also the old interior.


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Wings Air ATR72 PK-WFI



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TransNusa Fokker 50, good to see this ‘made in Holland’ prop at this airport



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Garuda’s 737-800 arriving from DPS


Just minutes before boarding from gate 1 was commenced, a power outage resulted in a completely dark building for a few minutes, but as soon as it came, the power returned. I felt sorry for the staff now, since they had to restart their computer system before boarding could start.

The boarding pass was scanned and we were allowed to walk down the stairs, leading to the apron. Nobody seems to take care for the passengers here, it’s freedom all around. We make some pictures on the apron, and also the Silk Air which was parked next door.


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Silk Air boarding for Singapore (A319 9V-SBG)



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On our way to this Garuda 737-800



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Boarding via the rear entrance


Flying - Garuda Indonesia
























Flight GA437
Date 18.10.2011
Route LOP-DPS
Aircraft Boeing 737-8CX(WL)
Registration PK-GEF
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 18:55 // 18:44
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 19:30 // 19:15
Class of Service Economy Class
Seat No. 27A/B


PK-GEF is one of the aircraft which were not originally delivered to Garuda Indonesia. This particular example flew in Turkey as TC-IEB for Inter Airlines from 2002-2006 and I have seen this frame many times at AMS, operating for Dutch touroperator ‘Kras Reizen’.

Boaring was via both doors, and of course we took the rear entrance, where we were friendly welcomed by a female cabin crew member. The interior we were facing now, was indeed not the newest one as recently featured in some other tripreports, but instead of the brown colours, the colour blue was making an impression here. Overall, a well maintained cabin; seat covers were made of cloth and spotting different patterns and tints of blue, the carpet must have been recently renewed since it looked really ‘fresh’ too.
Legroom was OK, I guess it was 32”. There was an audio IFE in the armrest but not active during this short flight, so I can’t comment on this feature.


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Economy Class seating on PK-GEF (old interior, no PTV’s)



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Legroom and safety card


Furthermore I was very impressed by the groundhandling in LOP. Despite the high load (I estimate a load of 90%), boarding finished really quickly and doors closed very early too. This resulted in more then 10 minutes early departure! Wow,… did you expect that to happen in Indonesia?  

At the moment of pushback the cabin crew performs a manual safety demo in both Bahasa and English language, and they finished quick compared to what I’m used to in Europe. The cabin was checked and they took seats. Just prior before takeoff also the captain came on the speaker welcoming us on board and he estimated a flying time of only 25 minutes.

We lined up on runway 13 and took off in darkness. Plus the fact that nearly no lights were seen on the island (not so much houses etc) it was a bit of strange feeling.


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Lining up runway 13


When we levelled (not so high altitude) the cabin crew came around; one of them had a basket with boiled sweets, the other flightattendant offered a carton package containing jasmine tea (cold, nearly frozen).


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Catering offering on this short flight


Taxfree sales were not conducted on this flight, and the only other time the crew was seen was during the collection of waste prior to landing.

Soon we overflew the South of Bali, I recognized some areas around Nusa Dua, and we made some righthand turns to final approach for runway 09, where we landed about 20 minutes early.

It was obvious that the Boeing 737 jetengines are quite a bit faster then the props on the MA60.

Parking was next to a Garuda A330-200, bound for some Australian destination later that evening, and I noticed several other A330’s around for the evening flights down under. QR was around with a beautiful 77W from DOH, and some other 737’s by GA and Indonesia Air Asia were seen too.

We disembark, via the rear door again, say thanks to the crew and walk at a slow walk towards the arrival building, giving me some more possibilities for some photos.


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Garuda PK-GPG (A330), PK-GMD (B737) and Qatar Airways



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Singapore Airlines also around with 9V-SRL, a B777-200



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On final view on the 737-800 that brought us into here, PK-GEF



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Old generation 737: PK-AWD of Indonesia Air Asia


Arrival procedures are were not excisting here, and within minutes we were on the busy streets of Bali again, where we grabbed a taxi to drive us back to Nusa Dua!

Well, that was Lombok for you, and Garuda. I had the impression that this tripreport is more about the island then about the flight, especially since it was such a short hop and nothing special to write about.
Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed this report again, giving you some good insight on the island also. It’s is so 200% different then Bali and definitely an experience to do again!

Thanks for reading, and don’t be shy; you’re welcome to leave a comment or ask further questions to me. I would appreciate it  

Regards,
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12231 times:

Hoi Eric, fantastic report with some really stunning pictures. I must say that they were by far the best ones you've featured in a report so far, more of those please 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Tobacco is important for export from this island.

Hmm, did you export some of that as well?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The village is build up out of buffalo droppings mixed with mud.

Hehehe, well so it seems droppings is the proper word to suit your formal writing style. I'd say it's much better than poop  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
When we harvest the rice, then it needs to get to town also… A bit overloaded maybe?

Ouch, now that looks very dangerous. One hard break and those men are finished!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Of course we are prepared for monkeys, and take out some peanuts for them.

Hmm, I'm starting to see a resemblance here. You also bring some kind of treat when visiting people or in this case monkeys abroad. I quite liked those Hopjes caramels, but the syrup wafers were simply mouthwatering!   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We watched the scene for a while, and this is the way how to do it in Indonesia.

Must be dangerous for the workers, Carbon Monoxide poisoning could occur if it goes on for too long.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Should all be finished in 2 days? The the President comes to open this place hehe

In that case they should be working already, otherwise they will never be finished on time. To me that whole place looked like a faux airport, wonder how long it'll last…

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Fokker 50, good to see this ‘made in Holland’ prop at this airport

Maybe a leftover from the times the dutch colonized Indonesia.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Parking was next to a Garuda A330-200,

Ehm, I believe that particular plane is called The Rijsttafel!  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 11893 times:

Hi Eric,

Thank you for a wonderful introduction to Lombok. I usually don't like terms like "the real [insert country of choice]" but it is good to see how people live once you get away from the tourist traps. The organised chaos at the new airport is typical of so many places. Thanks for showing us the details.

Nice clear photos of the various aircraft on the ground both in LOP and in DPS. The TransNusa Fokker 50 has an attractive livery - looks a bit like batik.
I look forward to the next installment.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Maybe a leftover from the times the dutch colonized Indonesia.

If I am not mistaken, PK-TNA was first delivered on 26/11/1992 to Lufthansa Cityline as D-AFFC. That was long after the Dutch left the "East Indies".


User currently offlinervxkaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11812 times:

Hi Eric,

I must say, Lombok looks so stunning and beautiful, and your excellent photography only did the tranquil scenery justice. Very nice for sharing the scenes of life in Lombok as well as its natural beauty. Its really somewhere fewer tourists venture to so I am glad you were able to experience a more authentic Indonesian lifestyle than touristy Bali!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful sandy beach at Kuta beach. No tourists or locals at all here

So surprised that it share the same name as the famed and far more touristy one on Bali though without the throng of crowds and tourists. It looks so much more pristine as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

Quite interesting that they do this, especially at 3am (I guess 2am Jakarta time)?! I am most curious that firstly, they have employees working at that hour at the ticket office and secondly, I wondered if the caller would have braced himself for a scolding for calling at such unearthly hours! But interesting to see how Garuda confirms passenger bookings in Indonesia.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
PK-GEF is one of the aircraft which were not originally delivered to Garuda Indonesia. This particular example flew in Turkey as TC-IEB for Inter Airlines from 2002-2006 and I have seen this frame many times at AMS, operating for Dutch touroperator ‘Kras Reizen’.

Very interesting history!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the other flightattendant offered a carton package containing jasmine tea (cold, nearly frozen).

Strange colour for a tea drink but hey its the same color as the lolly and the safety card!  

It was nice reading your TR on Garuda Indonesia and stunning Lombok and nice that you sampled GA on this short sector!

RvXKaz



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11677 times:

Hi Eric,

fantastic report with stunning pictures, very enjoyable stuff! Too bad you didn't get one of the factory fresh GA 738s.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Lion Air is around and very active; MD90 (PK-LIP), B737-900 (PK-LHK) seen here

According to ATDB, the MD-90s have been stored - but you never know.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Since booking were done in the evening we went to bed, and were very unimpressed by a wake-up call at 3am that night. I wondered… something happened with my family? Who else is calling me at 3am these days? I got out of my bed and checked the phone with was an unidentified number. Hmm,… seems to be some official organisation then which usually have a shadow over their outgoing dials.

I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

Well, actually I was not amused at this time for these nonsense calls and went back to bed.
The next morning, when checking my e-mail, an incoming mail from Garuda was in stating 2 links, directing me to both e-tickets which I printed out. Finally all was OK.

Very interesting - and definitely annoying. It didn't happen to me after booking our GA flights on the carrier's website, but Sriwijaya Air called me. However, they did so around noon.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Just one more thing about the flight schedule. We booked the flight with a departure time of 20:30hrs but 2 weeks before we left AMS for the trip to Indonesia, I checked myself once again and noticed the departure time was changed to 18:55hrs, a ‘little’ 90 minutes forward, but without any information by the airline. This was not the biggest problem but of course we had to reduce our time on the island slighly to ensure being on time for our flight back (there was no back up either, since there is only 1 daily GA flight on this route).

That's bad, they should have informed you somehow.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
he interior we were facing now, was indeed not the newest one as recently featured in some other tripreports, but instead of the brown colours, the colour blue was making an impression here. Overall, a well maintained cabin; seat covers were made of cloth and spotting different patterns and tints of blue, the carpet must have been recently renewed since it looked really ‘fresh’ too.

I'm glad to hear the cabin was in good condition.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Old generation 737: PK-AWD of Indonesia Air Asia

That's PK-AWO, meanwhile retired like all other sister ships. Only A320s left in the fleet now.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11456 times:

Hi guys,
thanks for your comments on this tripreport so far   

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
fantastic report with some really stunning pictures. I must say that they were by far the best ones you've featured in a report so far, more of those please

Thanks. From personal opinion, I think the previous report was better, anyway... good to know!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
did you export some of that as well?

No

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
so it seems droppings is the proper word to suit your formal writing style. I'd say it's much better than poop

I have no fixed style for these terms, I think.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Ouch, now that looks very dangerous.

Could be, but this is common style in these places.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I quite liked those Hopjes caramels, but the syrup wafers were simply mouthwatering!

I don't hear you

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
In that case they should be working already, otherwise they will never be finished on time.

The moment I took these pictures, they had only 2 days to finish which could definitely not be met as you could also see in the pictures.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
To me that whole place looked like a faux airport, wonder how long it'll last…

Hmm, it's Indonesia, and this is not uncommon in these parts of the world. The airport can of course continue this way, and it will... Did you expect something else then?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Maybe a leftover from the times the dutch colonized Indonesia.

Of course not. See Quokkas reply.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Ehm, I believe that particular plane is called The Rijsttafel!

You call it Rijsttafel, but as you might know, GA A330's have no name in reality.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Thank you for a wonderful introduction to Lombok. I usually don't like terms like "the real [insert country of choice]" but it is good to see how people live once you get away from the tourist traps

Thanks! Also my opinion here, and it's nice to go a bit off the beaten track also on a holiday.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
The TransNusa Fokker 50 has an attractive livery - looks a bit like batik.

Beautiful tail isn't it? I love it, a great looking F50!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 3):
I must say, Lombok looks so stunning and beautiful, and your excellent photography only did the tranquil scenery justice

Thanks Gavin!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 3):
Quite interesting that they do this, especially at 3am (I guess 2am Jakarta time)?! I am most curious that firstly, they have employees working at that hour at the ticket office and secondly, I wondered if the caller would have braced himself for a scolding for calling at such unearthly hours! But interesting to see how Garuda confirms passenger bookings in Indonesia.

Hmm, 3am in AMS was about 8am in Jakarta, so they just started the morning shift in GA office... good time for them, not for me  
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 3):
Strange colour for a tea drink but hey its the same color as the lolly and the safety card!

All fits together indeed, maybe they have a good eye for detail! I like these colours

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
fantastic report with stunning pictures, very enjoyable stuff!

Thanks PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Too bad you didn't get one of the factory fresh GA 738s.

Shame indeed, but next time, I'm sure

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
According to ATDB, the MD-90s have been stored - but you never know.

Thanks for the info. Indeed, you never know (in Indonesia)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
It didn't happen to me after booking our GA flights on the carrier's website, but Sriwijaya Air called me. However, they did so around noon.

Better timing at least.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That's PK-AWO, meanwhile retired like all other sister ships. Only A320s left in the fleet now.

Yes my bad, a typo. AWO indeed, with the 'Go' engine cowlings. Retired now? I didn't expect that to be honest.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1650 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11422 times:
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Hello Eric,

Good to see you working on your backlog by adding another episode of your Indonesian travels. Excellent photography with lots of interesting ‘scenes of the street’ in rural Lombok and of the airport. Speaking of which: the inside of the claimed-to-be new airport looks quite OK, but the outside is real mess: dirty and unsafe as your pics show clearly. I guess it’s a to be expected scene, with all the money spent now, there’s probably not much more left to finish it all for good. More likely a prestige project if you ask me?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Children trespassing the fences, causing danger to safety here

Definitely not good and also with the authorities not interfering?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?

You had me LOL! But I’m as surprised as you that this happened. Was there something in the booking that indicated a fault or so? So no apparent reason to call you then just to confirm your name details.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Fokker 50, good to see this ‘made in Holland’ prop at this airport

Nice tailwork.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
On our way to this Garuda 737-800

Were the jetways not operable because I see people walking on the tarmac to the plane?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and don’t be shy

Are we ever 

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11312 times:

Hi Eric,

another wonderful report about your adventures in Indonesia. Thanks a lot for the pictures and the descriptions about your stay on Lombok, seems to be quite a contrast when compared to Bali. But for sure a really interesting experience to be at a place that is not (yet) affected by tourism very much. Beautiful pictures as well.

Interesting to see that new airport there, parts of it inside the building look quite nice, while the outside area indeed seems to be a big mess. Wonder why there are so many people around, are they already waiting for Mr. President to arrive?

And a funny story about that phone call from Garuda. I would be annoyed very much when receiving a call at that hour. Maybe a lot of people give false information there on the website or make fake bookings, but still not a reason to call in the middle of the night. But at least everything worked out well with that flight then.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11212 times:

Hey Eric ,
Great report and you are right it was more about the Island but I loved it . Really good quality photos. Garuda is making a real presence in the TR forum lately  

Interesting to see building practices too lol...  

Thanks for this part of the trip .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11157 times:

Hoi, Eric,

well done. Such a huge amount of local pictures, really good from my point of view.
No way to miss it with Lombok as a rare place featured here.
Also the Garuda flighs looks like ok.
That´s really not the thing with the "new" airport, such a unfinished place just for the favour of the officials, the bad way definitely.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10904 times:

Hi guys,

thanks for your comments so far!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Good to see you working on your backlog by adding another episode of your Indonesian travels. Excellent photography with lots of interesting ‘scenes of the street’ in rural Lombok and of the airport.

Hi Nils. Yes working slowly to fix the backlog here.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Speaking of which: the inside of the claimed-to-be new airport looks quite OK, but the outside is real mess:

Indeed, inside is just OK. But as mentioned, for a new airport, too many details were not finished, or broken, etc etc. That belongs to the Indonesia experience too, maybe.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Definitely not good and also with the authorities not interfering?

Nobody cares  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Was there something in the booking that indicated a fault or so?

No, booking details were definitely all OK, it seems they wanted to double-confirm my card/bank combination, maybe.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 6):
Were the jetways not operable because I see people walking on the tarmac to the plane?

I thought, since Silkair uses the jetty, maybe it's only used for international flights? I really don't know.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
But for sure a really interesting experience to be at a place that is not (yet) affected by tourism very much. Beautiful pictures as well.

Thanks and indeed you're right about Lombok, still a calm place. And I think the upcoming years will also not attract so many tourists, since the island just has not enough to offer for the general public and infrastructure is bad.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Wonder why there are so many people around, are they already waiting for Mr. President to arrive?

No, as far as I heard, the people make it a daytrip to see the planes at the new airport. Some people never saw an aircraft in real before. They all come together in fully loaded cars to see the planes.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
And a funny story about that phone call from Garuda. I would be annoyed very much when receiving a call at that hour. Maybe a lot of people give false information there on the website or make fake bookings, but still not a reason to call in the middle of the night. But at least everything worked out well with that flight then.

All details were fine and no false info given, but it seems they double checked my card details.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Great report and you are right it was more about the Island but I loved it .

Thanks Philip.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Garuda is making a real presence in the TR forum lately

They deserve it. Great airline they are...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Such a huge amount of local pictures, really good from my point of view.
No way to miss it with Lombok as a rare place featured here.

I knew you would like the destination pictures. Thanks for reading Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Looking for more, you know.

Working on part 4 now...

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10747 times:

Hi Eric!

Thanks for the third installment in this Indonesia series of reports. Lombok looks amazing and great to go to a place that is mostly unspoilt by tourism.

Airport looks great although a bit unfinished.....  They'll finish it eventually and it will be great for people visiting Lombok.

GA seems nice and great to fly a large jet on such a short flight!

Looking forward to the next part in this series!

The777Man



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10644 times:

Hi L.,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Thanks for the third installment in this Indonesia series of reports. Lombok looks amazing and great to go to a place that is mostly unspoilt by tourism.

thanks for your reply. Yes Lombok is sure a place I can recommend for a (shorter) visit!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
They'll finish it eventually and it will be great for people visiting Lombok.

Sure they will finish, they need some more time and in the end, they get everything done their way. I'm sure about that too.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
GA seems nice and great to fly a large jet on such a short flight!

I preferred the MA60, less comfort but so much more interesting in the end, the 737 was faster and for me furthermore not too special to be honest. I've flown shorter distances on 737's too before but still a good experience on a new airline for me.

Happy Easter!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10556 times:

Hey Eric.

Let me start by commenting on your absolutely fantastic photos. I had to do a double-take on some of them, they were breathtaking.

I have to confess that I have not read the first 2 parts of this series. They somehow escaped my attention, but I will read them next.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The island Lombok is located not far east from Bali and has a complete different culture and history, compared to Bali. More wide open landschapes, untouched beaches and less traffic then on Bali. Changes are made to attract more tourist to Lombok, but so far the authentic character of the island has not been touched.

Another confession I have to make is that I know very little about Lombok, so I found your intro extremely informative and educating. Thanks for putting the effort to write about the destination itself.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The locals were watching us when I said to my partner to join them in front of the fence, because I wanted to make a few pictures. I noticed children just going under the fence and walked onto ‘airside’, where the aircrafts were parked and the taxiway was located. Hmm… this is of course not done, and nobody took care. Typical? I think so! That’s probably one of the reasons why Indonesian aviation does not have the safest reputation so far.

That's pretty bad. There is no excuse for this, it should be that hard to keep people out of the allowed limits.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

I'm shocked. What were they thinking? Did they give you an explanation for the urgency of this call?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The engine was diesel driven and used inside the closed building, so you can imagine that the air quality was not really good here. We watched the scene for a while, and this is the way how to do it in Indonesia.

Sometimes common sense is not that common after all...  

Thanks again for this highly entertaining TR. Indochina and Indonesia are not very high on my list of planned destinations but, nonetheless, it is very interesting to read about them through TR posted here.

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10381 times:

Morning Eric,

Thank you this nice installment on such a wet & dreary day.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, that was Lombok for you, and Garuda. I had the impression that this tripreport is more about the island then about the flight, especially since it was such a short hop and nothing special to write about.

I always enjoy trip reports that tell us something about the area you've visited, especially when it's not so well known. It seems your driver really tried to show you as much as possible, you have some wonderful photos - I especially like the ones of Kuta beach, just stunning with that white sand.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Since booking were done in the evening we went to bed, and were very unimpressed by a wake-up call at 3am that night. I wondered… something happened with my family? Who else is calling me at 3am these days? I got out of my bed and checked the phone with was an unidentified number. Hmm,… seems to be some official organisation then which usually have a shadow over their outgoing dials.

I can imagine how you felt. I would have been very concerned to receive a phone call at that time of the night. Surely Garuda saw from your booking that you live in the Netherlands and should have considered the time difference. Did you make them aware of this during the call?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We booked the flight with a departure time of 20:30hrs but 2 weeks before we left AMS for the trip to Indonesia, I checked myself once again and noticed the departure time was changed to 18:55hrs, a ‘little’ 90 minutes forward, but without any information by the airline.

Thank goodness you checked. That's a pretty poor performance by Garuda not to make any effort to inform you after the "urgent" 3am phone call.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Let go to the lavatory for example; no soap dispensers, electric wires coming out of the wall, broken tiles on the wall. Hmm… it doesn’t look so new after all, and these details are still unfinished.

It looks worse than LPL!  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

[Edited 2012-04-07 00:05:15]


"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10194 times:

Hi again,

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
Let me start by commenting on your absolutely fantastic photos. I had to do a double-take on some of them, they were breathtaking.

Thanks Jordan. Good to know!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
I have to confess that I have not read the first 2 parts of this series. They somehow escaped my attention, but I will read them next.

I did enclose some nice scenery pictures also in the 2nd part, so I hope you like those too.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
Another confession I have to make is that I know very little about Lombok, so I found your intro extremely informative and educating.

You're welcome

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
I'm shocked. What were they thinking? Did they give you an explanation for the urgency of this call?

No explanation given. First time that they got a creditcard issued by the creditcardcompany I have a card with? Hard to believe but maybe a reason.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Thank you this nice installment on such a wet & dreary day.

Thanks Hannah. It seems weather is slightly better here then. Not wet, just cloudy. Just came back from the airport after a tour given to Marc.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
It seems your driver really tried to show you as much as possible, you have some wonderful photos - I especially like the ones of Kuta beach, just stunning with that white sand.

I wish I could stay there longer, just to relax, enjoy the sound and smell of the sea

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Surely Garuda saw from your booking that you live in the Netherlands and should have considered the time difference. Did you make them aware of this during the call?

Hmm, I decided to stay polite and calm during the conversation. Complaining wouldn't make a change. These customer service people will always agree and say 'yes' anyway.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
It looks worse than LPL!

Hahaha... I knew it! Yes you're right about that  

Happy Easter
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10181 times:

Hi Eric,

A very nice tourist brochure of the lesser known Indonesian tourist island. Lombok looks nice and probably my kind of place - not too fond of overly touristic places really.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Very touristic are the ‘Gili Islands’ (Meno, Trawangan and Air) along the northwesterly coast of Lombok. They can even be reached directly from Bali by speedboats.

"Air Island" - that sounds like my kind of a holiday spot!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It’s not unheard of that locals rob tourists at some remote locations.

Come on, you are starting to sound like Jonas with his bashing of a perfectly safe and harmless area in Brussels. The Brussels Tourist Board is really pissed at him!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, our driver was Ipul, a relaxed guy, English reasonable spoken and a nice aircondiotioned darkgrey van for us with even cooled drinks in the small fridge in the back of the van.

Ahh, an ice cold Bintang?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So lonely, so white, so beautiful!

Great place! No need for nightclubs or other silly establishments if you stay here!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
When we harvest the rice, then it needs to get to town also… A bit overloaded maybe?

Hah, reminds me of China. Although they do it with mopeds and bicycles  .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Indonesia does not have speed limits (some exceptions).

Really? Wow, sounds like my kind of country. Then again considering the traffic and the condition of the roads I think I'll stick to the German Autobahns for all my speeding needs.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The new airport building looked nice from the outside. But definitely not finished. Construction work on the outer wall was still ongoing

Nice to see the new airport from your photos, having recently read about it in the latest issue of Airports of the World.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I noticed children just going under the fence and walked onto ‘airside’, where the aircrafts were parked and the taxiway was located.

Wow, sounds just like Indonesia. Wonder if they get many aborted take offs due to "ingested kids" in the engines  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Lion Air is around and very active; MD90 (PK-LIP), B737-900 (PK-LHK) seen here
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
This whole happening looked like a ‘big joke’ to me, since the officers where - in my impression - not really watching the screens but more in relax mode haha.

Well this is what it is in most parts of the world - security for its own sense, not because they actually want to prevent something bad from happening... Just to fulfill the requirements and tick off another box in another official form.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

That is quite bad. I guess it never occurred to them that you might be living quite a few time zones away. Luckily most of that kind of calls I've gotten have been from Expedia and they stick to the US time zones so they will call me late afternoon or evening which is fine.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I checked myself once again and noticed the departure time was changed to 18:55hrs, a ‘little’ 90 minutes forward, but without any information by the airline.

Oh dear. But sounds very Indonesian again. Moral of the story - keep checking those upcoming flight schedules every now and then or be sorry!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Garuda check-in desks (5 open for a single 737-800 flight, impressive!)

Work is cheap there.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The engine was diesel driven and used inside the closed building, so you can imagine that the air quality was not really good here.

Sounds very Indonesian again.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Nicely created maquette of the new airport

Hmm, what's that green color all over it? Judging from your photos they have quite a lot of landscaping work to do if they want to surround the terminal with these lush bushes.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Let go to the lavatory for example; no soap dispensers, electric wires coming out of the wall, broken tiles on the wall. Hmm… it doesn’t look so new after all, and these details are still unfinished.

Hope those electric wires weren't live!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Up the escalator, and we find this construction side

Very classy.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Should all be finished in 2 days? The the President comes to open this place hehe

They wil put up some sort of faux facade that will cover the unfinished parts and give an impression of a finished, fully functional airport I'm sure.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Fokker 50, good to see this ‘made in Holland’ prop at this airport

That tail livery is amazing!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I felt sorry for the staff now, since they had to restart their computer system before boarding could start.

You don't think they had back up power or UPS systems?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
demo in both Bahasa and English language,

I quite like the Bahasa language - sounds so funny to my ear.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, that was Lombok for you, and Garuda. I had the impression that this tripreport is more about the island then about the flight, especially since it was such a short hop and nothing special to write about.

Well, nothing back about that! There's been plenty of Indonesia stuff here recently, including a couple of Garuda reports! Lombok was much more interesting.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10003 times:

Hi P,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
A very nice tourist brochure of the lesser known Indonesian tourist island. Lombok looks nice and probably my kind of place - not too fond of overly touristic places really.

thanks for your kind reply and good to know this is a place for you to go

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
"Air Island" - that sounds like my kind of a holiday spot!

... but no airport on 'Air', so you've to take a small boat. But at least, you have also experience on ferries so you would be fine

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Come on, you are starting to sound like Jonas with his bashing of a perfectly safe and harmless area in Brussels.

Ah no way and you know it   It's in the travel book, it actually happened 1 month before our visit at the waterfalls (remote location) and the driver told/warned for this.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Ahh, an ice cold Bintang?

Shame, softdrinks and water it was

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hah, reminds me of China. Although they do it with mopeds and bicycles

Something they copied from Indonesia then? Of course also the thing to do in Indonesia haha

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Then again considering the traffic and the condition of the roads I think I'll stick to the German Autobahns for all my speeding needs.

Seems a wise decision to me

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hope those electric wires weren't live!

I didn't have the balls to try this out... I think the chance was 60/40 the wire was actually live?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
You don't think they had back up power or UPS systems?

No, hehe

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9928 times:

Hi Eric!
What a glorious trip report! Your pics of Lombok are magnificent!
Special thanks for a tour of the airport.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Should all be finished in 2 days? The the President comes to open this place hehe

Poor guys! They must to work very hard.

Thanks again for such interesting TR!

Vsego horoshego  
Anastasia


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9759 times:

Nice report, Eric! Lombok looks amazing... definately a place I would like to go some time.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Though, compared to Bali again, climate is different on this island resulting in a less productive agriculture. For example rice, which can be harvested 3x per year on Bali. Some parts on Lombok only manage to harvest once per year.

I was amazed by the climate difference between Bali and Lombok. When I was in Bali and at the Gili Islands it was mostly sunny all the time, bot on Lombok (which you can see from Gili) it was raining and thundering.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful sandy beach at Kuta beach. No tourists or locals at all here

They have a Kuta in Lombok too?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
What is ‘New Zealand & Co.’ kind of eatery?!

I believe it's a ice cream / frozen yoghurt eatery.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9532 times:

Hi Eric,

nice report, from a beautiful-looking island. I wasn't enamoured with Bali when I was there years ago, Lombok looks much nicer. Though it may change if you were hassled by people trying to sell you stuff, taxi rides, etc!

The airport certainly doesn't look anywhere near ready for the President - 2 months maybe! Certainly not 2 days.

And finally the flight looks quite acceptable, for such a short hop. And as a drink was provided, certainly good service by the crew to do that in the short cruising time.

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9273 times:

Hi Eric,

just got back from Lombok on the 2nd of April after attending my friend's wedding at the Jeeva Klui Resort near Senggigi, Had a great time and was also very impressed how quickly GA managed to board our flight from/to DPS. On the way to Lombok very light load but coming back flight was 100% full and they managed to get moving within 10-15 minutes.

Certainly agree with your comments about Lombok. Our driver said Lombok is similar to Bali 20 years ago. We had a great time and will certainly be back in the future.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5073 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9017 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Since booking were done in the evening we went to bed, and were very unimpressed by a wake-up call at 3am that night. I wondered… something happened with my family? Who else is calling me at 3am these days? I got out of my bed and checked the phone with was an unidentified number. Hmm,… seems to be some official organisation then which usually have a shadow over their outgoing dials.

I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

Well, actually I was not amused at this time for these nonsense calls and went back to bed.
The next morning, when checking my e-mail, an incoming mail from Garuda was in stating 2 links, directing me to both e-tickets which I printed out. Finally all was OK.

= Aaah ... booking with a credit card on an Indonesian airline ... I have had this happen  . Not fun!

Thanks for the report - Lombok is very high on my places to visit list.

Hope things are well back in NED.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3200 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8973 times:

Very nice report Eric...Lombok looks great, some 'real' Indonesia after Bali! It loks like they need a littler longer to get the airport set up. Very bad that people can climb under the fence.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

Since booking were done in the evening we went to bed, and were very unimpressed by a wake-up call at 3am that night. I wondered… something happened with my family? Who else is calling me at 3am these days? I got out of my bed and checked the phone with was an unidentified number. Hmm,… seems to be some official organisation then which usually have a shadow over their outgoing dials.
I got myself on the line, said hello, and was returned some ‘hello?’, ‘hello?’… I asked, who is this? Then finally somebody said ‘Garuda Indonesia ticketoffice Jakarta’. Phew…what the hell?
Anyway to make a long story short this many called me to confirm my name (on which I replied ‘yes’), my birthday (I replied ‘correct’) and he ask which company is issuing my creditcard (so I gave him the name of my bank, which he probably didn’t understand anyway). Then he replied all my flight details, and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

I was so glad my 2 calls from Indonesia came during daylight hours! Although my GA one was at 7am, so they did wake me up.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The interior we were facing now, was indeed not the newest one as recently featured in some other tripreports, but instead of the brown colours, the colour blue was making an impression here. Overall, a well maintained cabin;

Shame you got the old cabin - still, it's only a short flight



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8867 times:

Dear Eric,

What can I say? I am speechless. You are just taking me along with you and your partner on the journey through the island of Lombok, showing its natural beauties of the nature, sharing intricate details of places along the route and reminding me of the fact there is more than Kuta, the only place I could remember from my own visit to the island in 1992. You are just wonderful!   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Black beaches now, and a view on Gili Islands (left to right: Terawangan, Meno, Air)

Breathtaking view.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and I ask if there are any problems? I got the reply ‘yes, OK!’. Haha!

Luckily, you still can laugh at it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Yes, I almost forget about that, but the seat selection was possible during booking without additional charges. Good job, GA!

I did not get any follow up call from Garuda, but this feature was unavailable during our booking.  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hmm… it doesn’t look so new after all, and these details are still unfinished.
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Should all be finished in 2 days? The the President comes to open this place hehe

I wonder what the president said about the airport condition when he opened the airport.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Wow,… did you expect that to happen in Indonesia?  

Sure. You have proved it.  


Thanks for sharing. I guess you have become an ambassador of Lombok as well.  

Cheers,
Suryo



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25 bennator : Very nice TR. It makes me want to go over to Lombok. I've lived in Singapore for close to 3 years already, and the most time I spent in Indonesia was
26 Post contains images deltamartin : Hello Eric! A great report as usual! Interesting to read about Lombok! Seems like you had a nice flight with Garuda. Very weird. Too bad you didn't ge
27 Post contains images dkdaviator : Hello Eric, That's a nice report there on such an interesting side trip. Not all that far away, but, as you say, so different from the more main strea
28 MSS658 : Hey Eric Nice tip report, thanks for sharing it with us. The Lombok pictures look interesting and are very high quality. I was quite surprised to see
29 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, Thanks for your kind words. It makes me feel happy hehe They can do it, I'm sure. If they really want That's true. Gili and Bali mostly sunny,
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