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Merpati MA60 Bandung To Memories Of Semarang  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18885 times:

Introduction






Sugeng Rawuh, A.net friends.

Welcome to the fourth part of our journey to the Land Down Under where I will take you along in an emotionally different trip to my hometown Semarang after my godmother Ma Ingrid’s decease last October 31, 2011.

Ma Ingrid would not be there anymore, but I just had go to her house. I wanted to see the place I used to call home for the last time.



Travel arrangement



Can you imagine my excitement when Merpati Nusantara Airlines resumed direct flight from Bandung to Semarang last July 19, 2011? An inconvenient detour via Jakarta like we did two years ago would no longer be necessary. Furthermore, I was captured by nostalgic feeling as my mother used to shuttle between both cities on board of MZ in the early nineties.

But, what to do if MZ booking engine did not accept payment with foreign credit card? Yet, there was nothing to worry about. On this stage, do you believe me that my A.net circle of friends paid off?   

On Airbuseric (Eric)’s recommendation, we enlisted the help of certain travel agent.

Our E-tickets were issued the day after our booking was finalized using my Dutch credit card.  




Merpati Nusantara Airlines



Look what we got to see upon inserting our booking reference.




Single booking page



Apart from e-mailing or printing your itinerary, there was also one interesting feature to split booking. I did not dare to try though.

MZ’s My Booking might not be elaborate, but I was more than happy with MZ’s implementation of E-ticketing.


Rencang-rencang A.net, will you join us?  


Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18977 times:

Husein Sastranegara International Airport



I was leaving Bandung again.  





Departure signage



As mixed feelings overpowered me, I was somewhat absent while preparing our belongings for pre-security screening.

It occurred to me that I left one full half liter bottle of mineral water inside our luggage as it just disappeared into X-ray machine.   

Luckily, the precious sealed bottle of well needed water went through. I did not wait any longer to break the seal and take a gulp of the content.

After handing it over to equally thirsty Herman, I went on consulting our flight status.




FIDS. Yikes, where is our flight?



Our travel agent advises against flying with MZ on her website as this particular airline is notorious for rescheduling flights without prior notice. But, we got no other option as MZ was the only airline flying directly to SRG and we did not fancy the detour via CGK.

Anyway, we proceeded to MZ check-in counters.




Check in counter overview with MZ occupying counters 13 and 14




Airport check in



Customer Service Agent Ajeng enthusiastically got up as if she was delighted to finally serve a customer.

“Good morning, Sir,” She greeted us with Onjoli Mudra.
“Good morning. We are going to Semarang,” I just acted dumb.
“Certainly. May I see your identity cards?”

Ajeng took our documents and started typing.

“Do you have any luggage to check in?”
“Yes, just one,”

The weighing scale indicated 19.67 kilograms for our single joint suitcase. Compared to two suitcases we had on inbound with a total weight of 41 kilograms, I dared to say that our mission was accomplished!   

As Ajeng jabbed away on her keyboard, I browsed around, looking for anything upholding our flight for today.




Destination tag



I could not help getting anxious, waiting for the moment that Ajeng would say, “I am sorry. But, your flight has been cancelled,” or the like.

Instead, Ajeng revealed two slips of paper, “Here are your boarding passes,”
I was somewhat relieved.  





My boarding pass



“The waiting room is located on the second floor. Passenger Service Charge will be collected before you go upstairs,”

Ajeng indicated the direction to the departure entrance before returning in her Onjoli Mudra, “Thank you for flying Merpati,”
“Thank you,”

Past check-in counters of other airlines serving BDO




Wings Air, AirAsia and Garuda. Note four counters for AirAsia



The entrance to domestic waiting room and adjacent PSC counter were located at the end of the corridor.




Entrance and PSC counter on the left. Note the passage to international waiting room on the right



Fees were noted in IDR.




EUR 2 for domestic and EUR 6,50 for international



Upon cash payment, a barcode sticker was pasted on each of our slips and screened simultaneously.




PSC barcode sticker



We were admitted to the waiting room.



Domestic Waiting Room



Second security screening was a breeze. Just like the previous one, we did not get separated from our then half empty water bottle.  





Common waiting room overview. Note the single departure gate



The airport authority was doing her best to make her customers comfortable. Apart from free Wi-Fi, there were also..




Newspaper stand. Only in Indonesian though



Hot and cold mineral water container



But, all I needed was unrestricted tarmac view.   





AirAsia 9M-AFP heading back to Kuala Lumpur



An announcement resounded, “Attention, please! All passengers of Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight number M-Z three nine five eight with destination Semarang are requested to proceed to the waiting room,”

Once I looked out, I was somewhat glued to the window.




PK-MZI pulling in



It was love at the first sight!  

Boy, how eager I was to get on board of this beautiful Chinese princess. But apparently, I was not the only one.




Crowded waiting room




Boarding



“Merpati to Semarang is ready for boarding now,”

After surrendering the airline copy of our slips, we were admitted to the tarmac.



Walking down



A ramp agent was waiting downstairs with umbrellas due to drizzly weather. I politely refused his offer for one reason.   

Nevertheless, I could not help having mixed feelings again while looking back.




Terminal building. Note the umbrella distribution on the right



Luckily, spotter friendly environment eased my feelings.  





On my way to PK-MZI. No one bothered my photo taking



Under the wing you know to follow Markus (FLIEGER67)’s example   



Walking up the stairs.




Horizontal stabilizer



Behind the wing. Note the flap setting markings



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18935 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: BDO – SRG
Date: 8 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 09.20 / 09.25
ETA/ATA: 10.30 / 10.30
Flight number: MZ 3958
Plane: Xian MA60
Registration: PK-MZI
Flight deck: Captain Chandra Nugrahaputra



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Photo © chenchangCC




“Welcome on board,” Senior Flight Attendant Ida, wearing a nice gold colored stole in commemoration of MZ’s fifty years of service, greeted us at the door with Onjoli Mudra.

Lovely gesture and even more by a sweet “Good Morning” from Flight Attendant Annesa with her Onjoli Mudra. The gold colored stole decorated her as well.

“What is your seat number, Sir?”
“Five C and D,”




Our row



Row 5 turned out to be an emergency exit row...




My legroom



Which was greatly appreciated.  





Neighbor view. Note the distance between Mr. 5A’s knees and 4A seatback



Forward cabin view. Note regular overhead lockers



Due to the wing position, our overhead lockers were rather smallish for our carryon. Shame on me, I just hid one luggage under 4D which quite rightly could not be ignored by eagle eyed Annesa.

“Shall I put your luggage in the overhead locker? Because you are seated on emergency exit row,” She suggested while opening our overhead locker.
“I did try it. Our luggage would not fit,”

A frown on Annesa’s face as she directed our luggage at the locker, said enough.

“I just put your luggage above row two. Is that alright?”
“No problem,” I replied while wondering why I did not come up with it myself.

Once the door was closed, Annesa returned for safety briefing. First in Indonesian to Mr. 5A and me, then in English to Herman.

“If you have any more question, do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you can consult the safety card,”




Instructions for exit row seat



Instructions for emergency landing on terrain and on water



Other instructions on front page. Note the eight languages



‘Please do not remove from aircraft’
I would not, but could not resist removing…




In-flight magazine



Even more irresistible was the Pratt & Whitney Canada twins’ serenade as our princess sashayed towards runway 29.




Making U-turn. Note evacuation direction



Just before 09.35, noise interestingly subsided. But soon after, the twins spooled up as our princess slid graciously up runway 11.




Lift off before 1,200 meter point



Goodbye Bandung  



Surrounded by thin cloud layers while heading northwest…




Padalarang – Cileunyi highway



Before banking to the right and ascending to cruising altitude of 17,000 feet above sea level. Too bad, it became overcast.



In flight



As soon as fasten seat belt signs were extinguished, snack box distribution was started from the back.

Tray tables of exit row seats were stored inside the armrest. What do you think of the size?




My tray table



“Here you are,” Smiling Ida passed on two snack boxes.
“Thank you,”




Ida and Annesa in action



Colorful snack box



Content



A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water. Great stimulation of your taste buds in the late morning hours.  

I postponed my visit to the lavatory as Ida and Annesa reappeared for in-flight shopping sales.




Inflight shop catalogue



Boy, I was excited when I came across…




MZ branded baseball cap and T-shirt



And quickly filled out…




Inflight sales request coupon



Sadly, only to find out…

“I am so sorry. We have ran out both of them,” Ida was apologetic after digging into her trolley in vain.  

Anyway, I still had to attend to nature call.




Lavatory pan



Clean my hands…




Washbasin



And wipe off the washbasin as a courtesy to my fellow passengers before getting ready for a social event.   





Meeting Ida and Annesa



Apparently, our crew members were on duty for twelve hour, flying Jakarta – Bandung – Semarang – Sampit – Semarang – Bandung – Jakarta.

“It is a long day for us. But, we are fine,” Ida said.

I believed Ida. Also when she told me that MA60 was her favorite to work on in comparison to Fokker 27.  

With her fifteen years of service, Ida made a right combination with energetic Annesa who just joined MZ for two months. Both were equally friendly and hospitable.  

“It was nice talking to you. Thank you,” I excused myself.




Cabin overview



The sky was clearing up as I returned to my seat.




Village of Krengseng on the left next to wooded area



Village of Rejosari, just under the engine



I got excited! Our princess followed in tracks of PlaneHunter’s PK-CJI  





Village of Kartikajaya on the green strip surrounded by wetlands



But soon enough, I realized that our flight was about to come to an end. Fasten seat belt signs were illuminated as our princess slightly banked to the right for approach position along the coastline.




Bandengan beach



“We will be descending in five minutes. Please put your seat in the upright position, fold your tray table and fasten your seatbelts,”



Landing



My hometown airport was near.  





A factory near Mororejo beach



Maron beach area



Touchdown past 10.25



Brakes were barely necessary for our landing on 2,680 meter runway.

Can you imagine that the runway used to measure 1,650 meters when I attended the elementary school? That memory, more childhood memories with my rather protective mother, memory of Ma Ingrid flashed through my mind as our princess pulled into parking position 2.



Disembarking



“Thank you,”
“Welcome to Semarang,”

Touching farewell of Ida and Annesa in their Onjoli Mudra waved me away as sultry atmosphere embraced me outside.

The feeling once I breathed the smell of jet fuel. Rencang-rencang, I was home!  





Under the wing again



Farewell shot. Matur nuwun PK-MZI



Naturalized Sabena OO-SYJ was there as well to welcome us.  





KalStar Aviation PK-KSM



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18890 times:

Ahmad Yani International Airport



Our arrival in SRG was a different affair to BDO.




Free passage to Domestic Arrival



What a relief inside Domestic Arrival…




Baggage claim area



Where we were happily reunited with our checked luggage in a matter of seconds.  

There was no direct public transport to the city, but dedicated airport taxi…




Airport taxi



With a reasonable fee.  





IDR 35,000 or EUR 3





Semarang



Memories…

Memories of driving past my hometown’s sights, but never going inside.



Sam Poo Kong



I never realized that Sam Poo Kong or Gedung Batu temple, is the oldest Chinese temple in my hometown.

Established by Chinese Muslim explorer Admiral Zheng He or Sam Poo Tay Djien sometime between 1400 and 1416, the temple is now shared by Indonesians of multiples religious denominations and ethnicities.




Main temple Sam Poo Kong



A landslide caused the original temple to collapse in 1704 including a cave where a statuette of Zheng was installed. The temple was restored in October 1724, while a new cave was made next to the old one.

Too bad, we were not allowed to enter the cave as religious ceremony was being held inside. Otherwise, we could have seen fortune telling equipment, the statuette of Zheng and an altar where a well, said to be capable of healing various ailments, is located underneath.

Anyway, we still enjoyed the outside cave wall, displaying life story relief of Zheng…




Welcome ceremony of Zheng in the harbor by Malacca (now Malaysian) ethnic Bailimisuci



Including his heroic deed.




Extermination of pirate Chen Zhu Yi after learning the pirate’s evildoing during his second voyage in the main route Old Harbor (Palembang)



Apart from the the oldest Sam Poo Kong, the 7.9 acre temple complex in a mixed Chinese and Javanese architecture style also includes…




Tho Thee Kong (or Dewa Bumi temple). Used by those who seek blessings from the earth god Tu Di Gong



Kyai Juru Mudi temple. Frequented by people looking for success in business



With further south Kyai Jangkar temple whose name was derived from a sacred anchor used by Zheng, containing not only the anchor itself, but also…




An altar to those of Zheng's crewmen who died while fulfilling their duties



And last but not least, Kyai Cundrik Bumi temple which is used to worship a weapon used by Zheng. Shame, I did not take any picture of it.  

Something on the opposite of Kyai Jangkar temple, was somehow more intriguing.








Pagoda Avalokitesvara



I used to know the shrine as Watugong. Little I knew that it has become the tallest pagoda in Indonesia at 45 meter height after being rebuilt and reopened on July 14, 2006.




Overview



Can you see the statue on the second until the sixth floor? It is the statue of goddess Kwan Im (or Dewi Welas Asih) facing four directions of the wind so that she can shine her love all around her.




Kwan Im statuette on the first floor



Another famous icon is also housed inside.




Buddha Rupang



What an eye opening experience for me to visit both Sam Poo Kong and Pagoda Avalokitesvara.  

But yet the memories….

I could not help feeling sad as Pagoda Avalokitesvara happened to be located not far away from Ma Ingrid’s place.

How I wished Kwan Im made me feel the love again out of the darkened house with a fence tag ‘For sale’.  





Conclusion




First of all, my gratitude to Herman for being my greatest (travel) companion.

Secondly, my appreciation to Ida and Annesa, for taking good care of Herman and me on board;
and Eric for his recommendation.

Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for joining us in our further travel to my hometown.

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions. I am a human being with his own shortcomings and still learning to write.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  

[Edited 2012-06-18 10:30:10]


Friends forever
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18768 times:

Hi Suryo,

How nice to find a new report from you just after you posted it!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
It occurred to me that I left one full half liter bottle of mineral water inside our luggage as it just disappeared into X-ray machine.   

Luckily, the precious sealed bottle of well needed water went through. I did not wait any longer to break the seal and take a gulp of the content.

Good to know; some restrictions in Europe and the USA just do not make any sense. A more laid-back attitude is wonderful!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I could not help getting anxious, waiting for the moment that Ajeng would say, “I am sorry. But, your flight has been cancelled,” or the like.

Oh, no! I almost thought that actually happened, when I looked over the report and saw the word "cancelled". I was relieved upon reading the sentence  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
EUR 2 for domestic and EUR 6,50 for international



Upon cash payment, a barcode sticker was pasted on each of our slips and screened simultaneously.

May I ask why the fee needs to be paid in cash and is not added to the price of the ticket? The latter seems easier to handle!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The airport authority was doing her best to make her customers comfortable. Apart from free Wi-Fi, there were also..

Free wi-fi, and looking good  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
An announcement resounded, “Attention, please! All passengers of Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight number M-Z three nine five eight with destination Semarang are requested to proceed to the waiting room,”

Once I looked out, I was somewhat glued to the window.

How nice. I'm sure everyone here would've been glued to that window trying to get the best glances of this rather uncommon aircraft type  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A ramp agent was waiting downstairs with umbrellas due to drizzly weather. I politely refused his offer for one reason

Lending umbrellas, what a nice thought  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Row 5 turned out to be an emergency exit row...

Always nice to manage to get a nice seat with huge legroom. Perhaps it's even better, when it's a surprise!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Neighbor view. Note the distance between Mr. 5A’s knees and 4A seatback

Yes, quite huge legroom here  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water. Great stimulation of your taste buds in the late morning hours.  

A nice snack for a pretty short flight. The equivalent of a sandwich and dessert is almost unheard of in Europe on such a short flight  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The feeling once I breathed the smell of jet fuel. Rencang-rencang, I was home!

Hah, just wonderful! It's always good to be home, truly home.



Suryo,

It was a pleasure to read this report detailing your domestic Indonesian flight. The MA-60, the emotional charge of the journey and your unmistakable style make it very special.

Thank you very much for posting this for us to see  


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 18374 times:

Suryo,

how great to get back memories on my MA60 flight last year. You got the original MZ colours, while I got the new/or special colours. Inside, the interior is identical though. You're welcome and my pleasure to guide you to the travel agency. There is quite some negative press about them, but it worked fine for both of us. Fast service and clear communication as well. Also flights on schedule and no problems with MZ. Safety wise they seemed ok to me, like on your flight, professional enough. Sorry to hear about the out of stock items. Different stock compared to my flights offer, probably this was the new collection haha

It good to know this special trip for you went as planned, and you left with mixed feelings though happy about the paid visit. Keep the memories in your heart.

See you soon again,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 18303 times:

Hey Suryo ,

Lovely read as usual and lovely report and photos. Nice to see such a rare route and aircraft.

That T Shirt that was in the sales catalogue was really nice . Would like one too   Maybe you can get on EBay  

Anyway can't wait to the next report  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 17840 times:

Hi Suryo,

A fantastic report as usual. Especially interesting with an unusual airline along with a very rare type. I don't think I've ever seen a MA60 report here on a.net.

Service on MZ looked pretty good. Nice to here that the crew were accommodating & it's always a pleasant surprise to get a small snack on such a short flight.

Thanks for sharing

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1652 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 17412 times:
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Haai Suryo,

Thanks for nice report on this ‘princess’ of yours   Although I wouldn’t call her exactly that since I feel she’s almost as ugly as the Whale Jet. Still, it was nice to see you followed airbuseric’s footsteps and had a nice flight on this exotic aircraft. It seemed like quite an emotional journey for you, going back to the place where your beloved Godmother has spent her last years and days. Cherish those moments my friend and keep them in your heart as a nice memory to what ever was  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
On this stage, do you believe me that my A.net circle of friends paid off?

I would be surprised if it wouldn’t? But that the connection would come from someone from your own country was quite a nice surprise!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Upon cash payment, a barcode sticker was pasted on each of our slips and screened simultaneously.

I still don’t understand why they can’t include all those extra charges in the ticket price.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It was love at the first sight!

You can’t be serious with such an ugly aircraft  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I would not, but could not resist removing…

I hope it does decorate your living room wall now!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
before getting ready for a social event.

Ha ha, I was waiting for a picture like that to come: ‘flight attendants are great’, right 

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 17319 times:

Nice report Suryo, and nice destination photos too!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Due to the wing position, our overhead lockers were rather smallish for our carryon. Shame on me, I just hid one luggage under 4D which quite rightly could not be ignored by eagle eyed Annesa.

Oooh, flying in Indonesia on an MA 60 is one time when I would DEFINATELY like to keep the exits clear of hand luggage!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Apparently, our crew members were on duty for twelve hour, flying Jakarta – Bandung – Semarang – Sampit – Semarang – Bandung – Jakarta.
“It is a long day for us. But, we are fine,” Ida said.

Phew, sounds like an exhausting day for them...I hope the flight deck crew spend the night half way....



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 17057 times:

Hello Suryo,

Thanks for this report, I've been looking forward to the next in your series  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
But, all I needed was unrestricted tarmac view.

A shame about the rain  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
On my way to PK-MZI. No one bothered my photo taking

That is good, staff's attitudes can vary so much from place to place.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
It was love at the first sight!

Lol   I'm not so sure, the nose is a little large for my taste, with the eyes a little high up. I prefer the Dash 8 or ATR  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water

A nice snack for a short flight, nice to hear it was tasty !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Sadly, only to find out…

“I am so sorry. We have ran out both of them,” Ida was apologetic after digging into her trolley in vain.

A shame. Can you email the company, perhaps you can buy one remotely?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Semarang

Memories…

Some nice pictures. I suppose I am fortunate to live in my hometown.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I could not help feeling sad as Pagoda Avalokitesvara happened to be located not far away from Ma Ingrid’s place.

I know your feeling, from whenever I pass by my late father's place.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions. I am a human being with his own shortcomings and still learning to write.

Suryo, please don't be so modest! You are one of the most accomplished writers on this site   And, look how the two stewardesses are smiling with you for the photo!

Thanks for your report, and as always eagerly awaiting the next!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 16968 times:

Hi Suryo

Blimey, what a great report. This series of yours is becoming more and more exotic as you go along. Both in terms of destination and type of aircraft. To be honest, I'd never heard of the Xian aircraft company before.

The cabin looks nice though, no real difference to Western types. So what was your over all impression of the aircraft?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apparently, our crew members were on duty for twelve hour, flying Jakarta – Bandung – Semarang – Sampit – Semarang – Bandung – Jakarta.

“It is a long day for us. But, we are fine,” Ida said.

I believed Ida. Also when she told me that MA60 was her favorite to work on in comparison to Fokker 27.

With her fifteen years of service, Ida made a right combination with energetic Annesa who just joined MZ for two months. Both were equally friendly and hospitable.

“It was nice talking to you. Thank you,” I excused myself.

That's a long working days!

The best part about your reports is always how you manage to engage in conversation with the crew, Suryo. It's such a nice gesture, an expression of your appreciation of their effort and service.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Goodbye Bandung

I hope and I am sure you will be back soon!

Looking forward to your next adventure! Thanks for posting.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 16919 times:

Hoi, Suryo,

really well done. How I like it to follow you´re stories around Indonesia. Sure exotic to me.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Under the wing you know to follow Markus (FLIEGER67)’s example

Hey, that´s what I prefer, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

And wipe off the washbasin as a courtesy to my fellow passengers before getting ready for a social event.

Superb picture, congrats.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or questions. I am a human being with his own shortcomings and still learning to write.

You´re for sure on the right way Suryo, I like you´re style, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 16836 times:

As always I love your trip reports, especially all the great photos and the attention to detail so that we can feel like we were on the trip with you and Herman!

So did you make him carries the bags while you were taking photos?!
 

On a serious note....they let Herman sit in the emergency row even though he didn't speak the local language? I guess English is good enough?


User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 16521 times:

Hello Suryo,

It sure is very nice to see that another part of your TR series is finally online. Australia is getting nearer and nearer.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
19.67 kilograms for our single joint suitcase

That really is a very light suitcase for both of you.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake

That would have been enough for me to eat.


Thank you for writing this TR. Keep up the good work.


Daniel ( LH4532 )


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16373 times:

Hi Suryo!

Good to see another report from you again!

Nice to log the rare MA-60 and very nice to also fly nonstop! Aircraft look modern inside and I'm glad there were no delays with the flight.

Pictures from Semarang are great! Looks like a great place to visit although must be very sentimental for you.

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 16320 times:

Hi Suryo,

Nice report there. It is good you were able to use a "connection" from a.net (Airbuseric) to find a travel agent to help with your booking issues!  

It was interesting to read about your experiences on the rare type as well - the MA-60. It's definitely different looking from the outside, but the interior seemed to resemble more common types.

And you also have some nice destination photos there.

Regards,

David



dkdaviator
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16262 times:

Sugeng siang, Suryo,

What made this report so special and enjoyable wasn't only that it featured the very rare MA60 but also all the memories and emotions related to the trip. To make a long story short: I applaud you for writing this story in the way you did!   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you imagine my excitement when Merpati Nusantara Airlines resumed direct flight from Bandung to Semarang last July 19, 2011? An inconvenient detour via Jakarta like we did two years ago would no longer be necessary. Furthermore, I was captured by nostalgic feeling as my mother used to shuttle between both cities on board of MZ in the early nineties.

I am sure doing the extra detour is something an A.netter would cope with, but I fully understand why you decided to try the newly born connection.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apart from e-mailing or printing your itinerary, there was also one interesting feature to split booking. I did not dare to try though.

Previously I have only seen this feature on United. It is quite sad to think two persons travelling together might have an argument, not wanting to be on the same booking reference anymore? I hope such features would not exist, or even further, that they would not be needed..

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Rencang-rencang A.net, will you join us?

Well, with your commentary as guidance and such an intriguing choice of airline and aircraft type you can be sure I will!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was leaving Bandung again.

But sooner or later you will be back, no?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Luckily, the precious sealed bottle of well needed water went through. I did not wait any longer to break the seal and take a gulp of the content.

The same happened to me multiple times at Dubai Airport last week - by the fourth time it happened I did not believe anymore it was an accident. Perhaps water bottles are not considered to be a threat anymore? (And no, I did not forget the water bottle in my backpack all those times - the last times I left it there to see if it would be noticed...)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
After handing it over to equally thirsty Herman, I went on consulting our flight status.

What a great range of exotic carriers to fly on!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My boarding pass

It really is more a receipt than a boarding pass, but at least it is something to keep for your collection.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
AirAsia 9M-AFP heading back to Kuala Lumpur

Nice, but I wouldn't exactly say that the plane looks very amazing in that livery...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Under the wing you know to follow Markus (FLIEGER67)’s example

I am sure this is the first time it is done on the MA60!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Please do not remove from aircraft’
I would not, but could not resist removing…

A familiar feeling, I must say. The best way is to just listen to the screams of the safety card and liberate it. The way I got the Blue1 Boeing 717 in my collection for the first time was however different. After my first ever flight on the type I had no chance of removing it without the crew noticing it so I decided to ask. They could not allow me to take it with me but asked for my address, and indeed, some weeks later I got a brand new 717 safety card in my mailbox along with a nice letter. But I guess that does not work on all airlines.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water. Great stimulation of your taste buds in the late morning hours.

But no muffins?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Meeting Ida and Annesa

What a sweet picture!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Semarang

Thank you for taking us with you on this tour! Have you ever thought about becoming a tour guide? I am sure you would have plenty of interesting stories to share.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I am a human being with his own shortcomings and still learning to write.

Very thoughtful of you to make this remark but I think it is a disclaimer anyone hearing or reading anything produced by any humans should think of. And when it comes to trip reports I am most sure you are already a master. But I guess we can all still learn something.

This report really raised many thoughts in me. Memories are precious.

Happy flying, Suryo!
717Flyer   


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16027 times:

Dear Suryo,

Thanks for sharing this lovely report on this very rare aircraft and certainly one of the rare occasions where you are not on an Airbus or a Boeing :p To add the cherry on top of the cake, its a flight to your hometown, a real treat indeed!  

Now, let me explore your experience!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
after my godmother Ma Ingrid’s decease last October 31, 2011

I am sorry to hear that. I am sure that she would be proud of such a kind-hearted godson that you are.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Merpati Nusantara Airlines resumed direct flight from Bandung to Semarang last July 19, 2011? An inconvenient detour via Jakarta like we did two years ago would no longer be necessary.

This brings great convenience indeed. The flight being operated by a lesser-known airline Merpati is also a plus!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
On Airbuseric (Eric)’s recommendation, we enlisted the help of certain travel agent.

Eric was so resourceful indeed! Great to hear that the ticketing went smoothly! Furthermore, such tedious ticketing requirements put you as one of the few non-Indonesians to fly with this carrier, such a privilege!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“Good morning. We are going to Semarang,” I just acted dumb.

haha, you play that very well!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Compared to two suitcases we had on inbound with a total weight of 41 kilograms, I dared to say that our mission was accomplished!

I'm most pleased to know you've made alot of friends and family very happy! Bless you and Herman, kind hearted souls!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Second security screening was a breeze. Just like the previous one, we did not get separated from our then half empty water bottle.

I've heard of cats with nine lives but this water bottle seems to possess a fair bit of lives itself: twice missed an early departure into the dustbin.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Walking down

hehe...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Senior Flight Attendant Ida, wearing a nice gold colored stole in commemoration of MZ’s fifty years of service, greeted us at the door with Onjoli Mudra.

Does Onjoli Mudra refer to the Indonesian version of the Thai wai? I am really curious!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Row 5 turned out to be an emergency exit row...

You and Herman have always been lucky in the emergency exit row aspects of your lives  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Other instructions on front page. Note the eight languages

Let me try to decipher them: Indonesian, English, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French and Spanish! Am I right?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water.

mmm.. the bun sounds delicious indeed. Such a nice treat for such a short sector!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Meeting Ida and Annesa

Lovely photo of you trio! (What's with the grin on your face :P ) Their uniform looks very distinct from other Indonesian carriers!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Apparently, our crew members were on duty for twelve hour, flying Jakarta – Bandung – Semarang – Sampit – Semarang – Bandung – Jakarta.

Wow, that's a really long day for them indeed! Imagine the number of passengers they see each day (and the number of inflight announcements they have to make)! I may be wrong but some countries do prohibit FAs from flying for such an extended period of time, am I right? I just hope Merpati do remunerate them well.

Wow, thanks so much for showing us the Chinese heritage aspect of Semarang! Really not quite the Indonesia I'd in mind but really nice to know that you have such elegant Chinese heritage buildings in your hometown!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Main temple Sam Poo Kong

Very grand indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I could not help feeling sad as Pagoda Avalokitesvara happened to be located not far away from Ma Ingrid’s place.

How I wished Kwan Im made me feel the love again out of the darkened house with a fence tag ‘For sale’

Its just a sad part of life that nothing is forever... How are we ever going to treasure it otherwise?

Time waits for no man but memories are forever...

Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 15773 times:

Nice report Suryo! I enjoyed reading it, and I am glad you enjoyed the flight!

User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15743 times:

Hi Suryo,

an excellent report about a very special trip for you with a personal and very emotional touch. I can only repeat what others have already written here: Keep and cherish the memories in your heart.

Great to get a flight with the Xian MA60 of Merpati, for sure something special. And also very nice service on board.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A ramp agent was waiting downstairs with umbrellas due to drizzly weather.

Now that's great service. But you were right, no problem to get a little wet to have a free hand to take the pictures of the plane.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Instructions for exit row seat

Wow, that's quite a lot of text, wonder if anyone actually reads all this.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I would not, but could not resist removing…

   ... but I think I couldn't resist either in that case   ...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I am so sorry. We have ran out both of them,” Ida was apologetic after digging into her trolley in vain.

Oh, too bad, that would have been a nice souvenir.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apparently, our crew members were on duty for twelve hour, flying Jakarta – Bandung – Semarang – Sampit – Semarang – Bandung – Jakarta.

That's quite a long day for them, good to see that they are still smiling.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
KalStar Aviation PK-KSM

Hmm, never heard of them, but a very nice livery.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 15593 times:

Hi Suryo

Nice continuation of your Asia trip report series.
It looks like you had a good trip, nice to see the free snack box on such a short flight.
Service looks good as well.
Suprised to see the MA60 is so modern

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 15505 times:

Rencang-rencang kula Alex, Eric, Philip, aflyingkiwi, Nils, Gabriel, signol, William, Markus, Burj, Daniel, Lars, David, 717Flyer, Gavin, Robert, CaptainRed, Marc,

Matur nuwun. Thank you so much for your nice replies.  



Alex, Eric, Lars:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Oh, no! I almost thought that actually happened, when I looked over the report and saw the word "cancelled". I was relieved upon reading the sentence  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
It good to know this special trip for you went as planned
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
I'm glad there were no delays with the flight.

Thank you for your compassion. It was exactly my feeling about the flight.


Alex, aflyingkiwi, Nils, signol, William, Daniel, 717Flyer, Gavin:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Thank you very much for posting this for us to see  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Thanks for nice report on this ‘princess’ of yours  
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Thanks for this report, I've been looking forward to the next in your series  
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Thanks for your report
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Thanks for posting.
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
Thank you for writing this TR.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Thank you for taking us with you on this tour!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing this lovely report on this very rare aircraft and certainly one of the rare occasions where you are not on an Airbus or a Boeing :p To add the cherry on top of the cake, its a flight to your hometown, a real treat indeed!  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Wow, thanks so much for showing us the Chinese heritage aspect of Semarang!

It has been a great pleasure for me to share it with all of you.  



Alex, Nils:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
May I ask why the fee needs to be paid in cash and is not added to the price of the ticket? The latter seems easier to handle!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
I still don’t understand why they can’t include all those extra charges in the ticket price.

I do not know either why my home country still collects the fees this way.


Alex, signol, Markus, 717Flyer:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
The MA-60, the emotional charge of the journey and your unmistakable style make it very special.
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Suryo, please don't be so modest! You are one of the most accomplished writers on this site  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
You´re for sure on the right way Suryo, I like you´re style, you know.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
And when it comes to trip reports I am most sure you are already a master.

I am truly honored. Thank you.   



Alex, 717Flyer, Gavin:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
A more laid-back attitude is wonderful!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
The same happened to me multiple times at Dubai Airport last week - by the fourth time it happened I did not believe anymore it was an accident. Perhaps water bottles are not considered to be a threat anymore? (And no, I did not forget the water bottle in my backpack all those times - the last times I left it there to see if it would be noticed...)
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
I've heard of cats with nine lives but this water bottle seems to possess a fair bit of lives itself: twice missed an early departure into the dustbin.  

Do you not just long for good old days of flying when unlimited amount of liquids were allowed everywhere?


Alex, Gavin:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Always nice to manage to get a nice seat with huge legroom. Perhaps it's even better, when it's a surprise!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
You and Herman have always been lucky in the emergency exit row aspects of your lives  

We were grateful of our seat assignment.  



Alex, CaptainRed:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Lending umbrellas, what a nice thought  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Now that's great service.

Indeed a very nice gesture of the agents.


Eric, aflyingkiwi, Robert, CaptainRed, Marc:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Also flights on schedule and no problems with MZ.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Service on MZ looked pretty good. Nice to here that the crew were accommodating
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
and I am glad you enjoyed the flight!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
And also very nice service on board.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
It looks like you had a good trip,
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Service looks good as well.

I was pleasantly surprised by MZ. In fact, it was one of the best flights I ever had.


Philip, aflyingkiwi, Gabriel, William, Markus, Burj, Daniel, Lars, David, 717Flyer, Robert, CaptainRed, Marc:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Lovely read as usual and lovely report and photos. Nice to see such a rare route and aircraft.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
A fantastic report as usual. Especially interesting with an unusual airline along with a very rare type
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Nice report Suryo, and nice destination photos too!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Blimey, what a great report. This series of yours is becoming more and more exotic as you go along. Both in terms of destination and type of aircraft.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
really well done. How I like it to follow you´re stories around Indonesia.
Quoting burj (Reply 13):
As always I love your trip reports, especially all the great photos and the attention to detail so that we can feel like we were on the trip with you and Herman!
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
It sure is very nice to see that another part of your TR series is finally online.
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
Keep up the good work.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Good to see another report from you again!
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 16):
Nice report there.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 16):
It was interesting to read about your experiences on the rare type as well
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
What made this report so special and enjoyable wasn't only that it featured the very rare MA60 but also all the memories and emotions related to the trip. To make a long story short: I applaud you for writing this story in the way you did!   
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Well, with your commentary as guidance and such an intriguing choice of airline and aircraft type you can be sure I will!  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
Nice report Suryo! I enjoyed reading it,
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
an excellent report about a very special trip for you with a personal and very emotional touch.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Nice continuation of your Asia trip report series.

Thank you for your kind words and supports.  



Eric, Nils, signol, 717Flyer, Gavin, CaptainRed:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
and you left with mixed feelings though happy about the paid visit. Keep the memories in your heart.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
It seemed like quite an emotional journey for you, going back to the place where your beloved Godmother has spent her last years and days. Cherish those moments my friend and keep them in your heart as a nice memory to what ever was  
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
I know your feeling, from whenever I pass by my late father's place.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Very thoughtful of you to make this remark but I think it is a disclaimer anyone hearing or reading anything produced by any humans should think of.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
This report really raised many thoughts in me. Memories are precious.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
I am sorry to hear that. I am sure that she would be proud of such a kind-hearted godson that you are.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
I'm most pleased to know you've made alot of friends and family very happy! Bless you and Herman, kind hearted souls!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Its just a sad part of life that nothing is forever... How are we ever going to treasure it otherwise?

Time waits for no man but memories are forever...
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
I can only repeat what others have already written here: Keep and cherish the memories in your heart.

Your words are so sweet and touching. I am just blessed with all of you.  



Eric, CaptainRed:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Sorry to hear about the out of stock items.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Oh, too bad, that would have been a nice souvenir.

I wish MZ had sufficient amount of caps and T-shirts on board.


Philip, signol, William, Lars:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Anyway can't wait to the next report  
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
and as always eagerly awaiting the next!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Looking forward to your next adventure!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Looking forward to the next part!

I am doing my best.


aflyingkiwi, signol, Gavin, Marc:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
it's always a pleasant surprise to get a small snack on such a short flight.
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
A nice snack for a short flight, nice to hear it was tasty !
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
mmm.. the bun sounds delicious indeed. Such a nice treat for such a short sector!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
nice to see the free snack box on such a short flight.

How could I possibly refuse tasty and filling snack like that?  



Nils, signol, CaptainRed:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Ha ha, I was waiting for a picture like that to come: ‘flight attendants are great’, right 
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
And, look how the two stewardesses are smiling with you for the photo!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
good to see that they are still smiling.

True. Both Ida and Annesa were wonderful!  



Nils, Lars, David , Gavin, CaptainRed:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Still, it was nice to see you followed airbuseric’s footsteps and had a nice flight on this exotic aircraft.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Nice to log the rare MA-60 and very nice to also fly nonstop!
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 16):
It is good you were able to use a "connection" from a.net (Airbuseric) to find a travel agent to help with your booking issues!   
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Eric was so resourceful indeed! Great to hear that the ticketing went smoothly! Furthermore, such tedious ticketing requirements put you as one of the few non-Indonesians to fly with this carrier, such a privilege!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Great to get a flight with the Xian MA60 of Merpati, for sure something special.

Absolutely. Thanks to Eric’s inspiration.


Nils, 717Flyer, CaptainRed:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
I hope it does decorate your living room wall now!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
A familiar feeling, I must say. The best way is to just listen to the screams of the safety card and liberate it.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
   ... but I think I couldn't resist either in that case    ...

Still, I only liberated the in-flight magazine at the end.


Gabriel, William, Gavin, CaptainRed:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Phew, sounds like an exhausting day for them...I hope the flight deck crew spend the night half way....
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
That's a long working days!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Wow, that's a really long day for them indeed! Imagine the number of passengers they see each day (and the number of inflight announcements they have to make)! I may be wrong but some countries do prohibit FAs from flying for such an extended period of time, am I right? I just hope Merpati do remunerate them well.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
That's quite a long day for them,

Indeed. I hope MZ observes Factory Act properly including appropriate salaries.


signol, Lars, David, Gavin:

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Some nice pictures.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Pictures from Semarang are great! Looks like a great place to visit although must be very sentimental for you.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 16):
And you also have some nice destination photos there.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Really not quite the Indonesia I'd in mind but really nice to know that you have such elegant Chinese heritage buildings in your hometown!

That is indeed my Semarang with its sentimental value for me.  



William, Lars, David, Marc:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
The cabin looks nice though, no real difference to Western types. So what was your over all impression of the aircraft?
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Aircraft look modern inside
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 16):
It's definitely different looking from the outside, but the interior seemed to resemble more common types.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Suprised to see the MA60 is so modern

Apart from nice interior, it is a really comfortable aircraft to fly with.


William, 717Flyer:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
I hope and I am sure you will be back soon!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
But sooner or later you will be back, no?

You know exactly how I feel.


Markus, 717Flyer, Gavin:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Superb picture, congrats.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
What a sweet picture!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Lovely photo of you trio!

Thank you.


Markus, 717Flyer, CaptainRed:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Sure exotic to me.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
What a great range of exotic carriers to fly on!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Hmm, never heard of them, but a very nice livery.

Come visit my home country and fly with them.  



[Edited 2012-06-23 08:18:13]


Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 15500 times:

Alex:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
How nice to find a new report from you just after you posted it!  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
It was a pleasure to read this report detailing your domestic Indonesian flight.

Thank you. How sweet of you to reply straight away.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Free wi-fi, and looking good  

That is good to hear.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
I'm sure everyone here would've been glued to that window trying to get the best glances of this rather uncommon aircraft type  

At least, there was one person glued to the window. 


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Yes, quite huge legroom here

Just impressive.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
A nice snack for a pretty short flight. The equivalent of a sandwich and dessert is almost unheard of in Europe on such a short flight  

True. But on the other hand, you get a choice of (alcoholic) drinks in Europe.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Hah, just wonderful! It's always good to be home, truly home.

You must feel the same way every time you disembark in Romania.


Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
how great to get back memories on my MA60 flight last year. You got the original MZ colours, while I got the new/or special colours. Inside, the interior is identical though.

I remember your MA60 report. It was like MZ wanted to have its MA60’s portrayed by us both in regular and special color on A.net.   


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
You're welcome and my pleasure to guide you to the travel agency.

You are the best!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
There is quite some negative press about them, but it worked fine for both of us. Fast service and clear communication as well.

Hopefully, we would be able to rectify the unfairly negative publicity about them this way.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Safety wise they seemed ok to me, like on your flight, professional enough.

I was impressed by Annesa who insisted on keeping emergency exit row free from any luggage and did safety briefing in both Indonesian and English.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Different stock compared to my flights offer, probably this was the new collection haha

You may be right.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
See you soon again

I hope the very same.


Philip:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
That T Shirt that was in the sales catalogue was really nice . Would like one too  

How nice to know we have similar fashion taste. 


Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Maybe you can get on EBay  

Probably. But to be honest, nothing would beat the feeling of obtaining that T-shirt on board of MZ itself.   



aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
I don't think I've ever seen a MA60 report here on a.net.

May I invite you to read: Bali Scenes & The Avic Xian MA-60 To Lombok (by airbuseric Mar 5 2012 in Trip Reports)



Haai Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Although I wouldn’t call her exactly that since I feel she’s almost as ugly as the Whale Jet

There is nothing wrong with beautiful Whale Jet!  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
You can’t be serious with such an ugly aircraft  

I am serious. 



Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Oooh, flying in Indonesia on an MA 60 is one time when I would DEFINATELY like to keep the exits clear of hand luggage!

Quite rightly. Forgive me.   



signol:

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
A shame about the rain  

You could not just do anything about the weather.   


Quoting signol (Reply 10):
That is good, staff's attitudes can vary so much from place to place.

Absolutely. I dare to say that I never had a problem with photography at any Indonesian airport.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Lol   I'm not so sure, the nose is a little large for my taste, with the eyes a little high up. I prefer the Dash 8 or ATR   

I am fine with that.  


Quoting signol (Reply 10):
A shame. Can you email the company, perhaps you can buy one remotely?

A good idea. If I fly MZ next time, I will email MZ beforehand.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
I suppose I am fortunate to live in my hometown.

I am happy for you.


William:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
To be honest, I'd never heard of the Xian aircraft company before.

Me neither until Merpati ordered MA60’s.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
The best part about your reports is always how you manage to engage in conversation with the crew, Suryo. It's such a nice gesture, an expression of your appreciation of their effort and service.

You make me feel honored. Thank you.   



Hoi Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Hey, that´s what I prefer, you know.

You are my inspiration.   



Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
So did you make him carries the bags while you were taking photos?!  

Sweet Herman offered to carry the bags so that I could take photos.  


Quoting burj (Reply 13):
On a serious note....they let Herman sit in the emergency row even though he didn't speak the local language? I guess English is good enough?

Sure!  



Daniel:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
Australia is getting nearer and nearer.

  


Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
That really is a very light suitcase for both of you.

We are used to travel light.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 14):
That would have been enough for me to eat.

Then, you would love flying with Merpati.


Sugeng siang 717Flyer:

First of all, allow me to honor you with your impressive greeting.   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
I am sure doing the extra detour is something an A.netter would cope with, but I fully understand why you decided to try the newly born connection.

You are such a dear, 717Flyer.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Previously I have only seen this feature on United. It is quite sad to think two persons travelling together might have an argument, not wanting to be on the same booking reference anymore? I hope such features would not exist, or even further, that they would not be needed..

I never thought that way. These features should have to be disabled at all times.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
It really is more a receipt than a boarding pass, but at least it is something to keep for your collection.  

  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Nice, but I wouldn't exactly say that the plane looks very amazing in that livery...

That is fair.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
I am sure this is the first time it is done on the MA60!  

You may be right.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
The way I got the Blue1 Boeing 717 in my collection for the first time was however different. After my first ever flight on the type I had no chance of removing it without the crew noticing it so I decided to ask. They could not allow me to take it with me but asked for my address, and indeed, some weeks later I got a brand new 717 safety card in my mailbox along with a nice letter. But I guess that does not work on all airlines.

Still a good advice. There is no harm in asking.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
But no muffins?  

Probably MZ did serve muffin as sweet snack on another day. You never know.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Have you ever thought about becoming a tour guide? I am sure you would have plenty of interesting stories to share.  

Thank you for the honor. I just prefer being a tour guide on A.net.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
But I guess we can all still learn something.

Absolutely!


Gavin:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
This brings great convenience indeed. The flight being operated by a lesser-known airline Merpati is also a plus!

You cannot just deny these facts.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
haha, you play that very well!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
hehe...

 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Does Onjoli Mudra refer to the Indonesian version of the Thai wai? I am really curious!

Yes, it is similar to Thai wai.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Let me try to decipher them: Indonesian, English, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French and Spanish! Am I right?

Correct!   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
(What's with the grin on your face :P )

I was intensely happy.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Their uniform looks very distinct from other Indonesian carriers!

Distinct, yet elegant!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 18):
Very grand indeed!

  



CaptainRed:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
But you were right, no problem to get a little wet to have a free hand to take the pictures of the plane.

Absolutely! Especially when no one would bother your photo-taking.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Wow, that's quite a lot of text, wonder if anyone actually reads all this.

I did.   



Matur nuwun sanget Alex, Eric, Philip, aflyingkiwi, Nils, Gabriel, signol, William, Markus, Burj, Daniel, Lars, David, 717Flyer, Gavin, Robert, CaptainRed, Marc,
You are just great!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlinemoosecamel88 From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 15310 times:

Hello Suryo!

Thank you for producing another enjoyable read!   I love reading your TR because when I do, it's as though I'm on the journey itself!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Luckily, spotter friendly environment eased my feelings.

I really like the fact that they're quite relax when it comes to taking pictures of planes when on the tarmac. I love doing that too whenever that's possible so I do know how you felt.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A fluffy bun with savory minced meat filling and a slice of spongy, not overly sweet chocolate cake, all washed down with refreshing mineral water. Great stimulation of your taste buds in the late morning hours.

That looks delicious and enough to temporarily fill your hungry stomach.

Looking forward to your next TR!

mus


25 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Suryo, Thank you for the next installment of the series with this exotic flight on Merpati. What a shame that you were not able to purchase the t-s
26 flightsimboy : Hi Suryo, Thanks for sharing this personal trip with us. Her loss must have truly been felt while you were there. Interesting cover. The kind that use
27 luv2fly : Yes again another enjoyable read and like always I felt like I was right there with you.
28 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang-rencang kula Mus, Hannah, flightsimboy, TEW, Matur nuwun. Thank you so much for your replies. Mus, Hannah: You are welcome. It has been a grea
29 Post contains images stipica : Hi dear Suryo and Herman ! frankly I have saved your Asian-Australian opus for "Suryo weekend" but I couldn't resist to little preview ...you are so s
30 vio : Great trip report with wonderful photos on an aircraft that I didn't even know existed. At first I thought it was an An-24. Interesting that it has P&
31 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi Suryo, Another excellent trip report as usual, you sure are one of the best trip reporters out there! Looks like you had a good flight on this rare
32 deltamartin : Hi Suryo, Great report, just as usual. Your feelings are very well described throughout the report and it feels alot like I am there experiencing it w
33 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang-rencang kula stipica, vio, Brendan, Martin, Matur nuwun. Thank you so much for your replies. vio, Brendan, Martin: Thank you so much. I really
34 Parton87 : Hello Suryo! Thanks for the great story! Nice that you were able to catch such a exotic aircraft-type! Also nice pictures from Semarang! So Indonesia
35 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang kula Robert, Thank you so much for your reply. My great pleasure, Robert. All the better that Merpati deploys MA-60 for direct flight to SRG f
36 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Suryo, very nice report - I read with interest even though I have no desire to fly on that type. Cool stuff! PH
37 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang kula PH, Can you imagine how happy I am with your reply? But, can you tell me why you do not want to try MA60? Absolutely. I just wish I could
38 Post contains images eastafspot : Suryo, What a lovely TR, even if this aircraft becomes a classic here, there is no such pleasure to read your version. I continue you series from this
39 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang kula Léonard, Thank you so much for the sweet words. I am truly honored. Oh, really? I reckon Air Burundi is among African MA-60 customers. I
40 Post contains images eastafspot : Hey Suryo I've just realised that you did not get an answer to some good questions Spot on! A local media stated that a consulting firm was there to (
41 Post contains images akhmad : Rencang kula Léo, Matur nuwun sanget. Many thanks for returning. . You are a gentleman! Interesting. Does the firm have any experience in the airline
42 Post contains images eastafspot : Good evening its identity has been kept secret so far, maybe one of the A.netter knows... Absolutely! that is the government of Burundi main goal, the
43 I39OO : Hello Suryo! Nice trip report, which I read with considerable delay. It's very complete, I guess that ticks every single box on the "to see" list of a
44 ojas : Excellent TR! It brings a special type of excitement when a TR includes some niche routes and airports like the above. The experience in itself is joy
45 Post contains links and images akhmad : Rencang kula Léonard, I39OO, Ojas, Matur nuwun sanget. Sugeng dalu, good evening Léo, How nice to meet you again. In any case, it can be neither of
46 eastafspot : Hey Suryo, Flying a blacklisted airline must be really challenging! Does the ban of this airline concern all its fleet? what are the chances they disa
47 Post contains images akhmad : Hey Léo, How nice to see you back! We were left no other choice. We could have traveled overland to Jakarta to get on board of a non-blacklisted airl
48 eastafspot : in which way? Is Garuda included in there?
49 Post contains images akhmad : Exhausting. You will have to hop on a shuttle van for a three and a half hour ride to CGK. Still better though than our experience in 2004 when we we
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