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Historic AirAsia Crossing From Bali To Darwin  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 19249 times:

Introduction



Dear mates,

Have you ever been grateful of meeting someone? Someone who shares your passion? Someone who cheers you up when you are feeling down? Someone you will stand up for? Someone whose friendship you wish to last forever even though you are separated by thousands of kilometers from each other?

My experience on board of Indonesia AirAsia from Denpasar to Darwin just befits my feeling after becoming acquainted with someone special.

Mates, please allow this story as a dedication to my comrade Gavin (RvXKaz).





Travel arrangement



Passport holders from the European Union are now entitled to eVisitor facility unlike five years ago when Herman and I had to apply for Electronic Travel Authority instead.

Both eVisitor and ETA are authorities for short-term visit to Australia of up to three months. The only difference is that eVisitor applicants are exempted from service charge of AUD 20.

The application happens online at your fingertip.




Upon filling out critical data information



Submission of your residential address



Et voila!




Application confirmed with your personal Transaction Reference Number



Take some two hours into account and your Notification of Grant of an eVisitor will appear in your mailbox after Herman’s example. Or six hours after mine, even though our applications were submitted simultaneously.   




Indonesia AirAsia



My introduction to AirAsia’s user interface in 2010 was confident. Yet further system upgrade has taken place and the user friendliness has never been so impressive.




Entry of personal details and additional flight options, e.g. baggage allowance or in-flight meal



Seat selection at a reasonable fee, e.g. Hot Seat for IDR 95,000 (EUR 8.35)



Add on we skipped



Et voila!




Confirmation and itinerary



Confirmation and any subsequent amendments to your booking will instantly be delivered on your mailbox. How about that?  





Self check-in



What do you think of treating yourself to bites, picking your own seat, upsizing your baggage and many more possibilities once self check-in becomes available from 48 hours before your departure time? And how about choosing your own self check-in method?  




Mobile check-in



Checking in on your Smartphone!




Mobile check-in qualification



Unless, you are flying to Australia.   




Web check-in



Checking in on any device with internet connection.




Guest list to check-in and to check personal details



Delivery method of your boarding pass



No printer around? No worries, your Smartphone will do the job.




Instruction of 2D barcode after check-in completion




Airport kiosk check-in



Printing out boarding pass is possible at any AirAsia kiosk. I did it at my hometown airport in Semarang.   





Check-in or print boarding pass. Available in five languages



Scan instruction of 2D barcode



Et voila!




Obvious notification



Again no boarding pass.   

‘Passengers departing for Australia will only be issued the notification after self check-in. You still have to proceed to Document Check or Baggage Drop Off counter for Advance Passenger Processing,’
‘Ariel, where have you been? How did you know about the procedure?’
‘From AirAsia website,’
‘Smart guy! Nice to have you back again,’


Mates, will you join us on board of Indonesia AirAsia from Denpasar to Darwin which has become history since April 30, 2012?


Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 19352 times:

Ngurah Rai International Airport






‘The early departure of your two water bottles is imminent,’
‘What are you talking about?’




Security for your safety banner



‘Guidelines on liquids, aerosols and gels in hand-carried luggage. Do you copy that?’
‘Sadly yes,’

After filling up the nearest dustbin with two empty bottles, we proceeded to first security check point.

‘Hmm, that screen has already been prepared for the days after April 30,’
‘Explain yourself, Ariel,’
‘Are you not missing something on the screen?’




FIDS



‘Yikes! No sign of our flight! Now what?’
‘No worries. There are still another screens you can rely on. Like the one behind the security check point,’




FIDS. QZ 8424 was there!   




Counter check-in



Interestingly, only four counters were manned instead of five. Counters 1 to 3 for Baggage Drop Off and Counter 4 for Red Carpet.




Check-in area overview


‘Do you want Red Carpet treatment? Only IDR 381,000 each,’
‘That is EUR 36 each! Not this time, Ariel,’

“No lighter in your hand luggage?” Security Officer Sahari took us by surprise.
“Err, no,”
“Have you taken note of the cabin bag rule?”




Cabin bag scale



We nodded. Sahari briefly examined our carry from a distance before directing us to Counter 3.




Counter for passengers on wheelchair, infirm or pregnant passengers or passengers with small children




‘What could make Sahari think that we fitted passenger description on the banner?’
‘I have no idea, but look at the four people in front us,’
‘A couple, two young men guys with huge backpacks, hmm, interesting...’

Anyway, it was our turn some five minutes later.

“Good morning,” Customer Service Agent Siska Maula clasped her hands as we came forward.
“Good morning. We are going to Darwin,”
“May I see your passports, please?”

“Do you have any luggage with you?” Siska enquired after taking our travel documents.
“Just this one,”
“Can you put it on the scale, please?”

’24.6 kilograms! You waste the remaining 5.4 kilograms you have pre-booked!’
‘Ariel, do you think that you are weightless?’
‘Well, that makes sense,’

“Here are your boarding passes,” Siska handed over our documents.




My boarding pass



‘Just two? What about me?’
‘Psst!’

“Please go upstairs to pay the Passenger Service Charge,” Siska clasped her hands. “Have a pleasant flight,”
“Thank you,”

‘The calm before the storm,’




PSC counters. Only two were open out of four



‘I know what you mean,’




Queues for immigration control



Though we had to wait some ten minutes for our turn, Immigration Officer Rizwan processed our departure in a matter of seconds.

‘So, do you want to do the shopping?’





Duty Free Shopping arcade



‘Nah, we have got a souvenir already,’




PSC coupon at IDR 150,000 (EUR 13.15)



‘Besides, we would better go to our gate as it is located at the far end of the corridor…’




Shopping area corridor



“Attention please! Passengers for Air Asia flight Q-Z eight-four-two-four to Darwin. Please proceed to the boarding lounge,”

‘See?’
‘You are right. By the way, Jonas (LH4116) would love the announcement. Invitation to boarding lounge while flying a low cost carrier,’
‘You are one of a kind, Ariel,’




Boarding lounge sign. Note the queue underneath



Security Officer Ayu Sri Noviani assured that everyone was in possession of valid travel documents before proceeding to second security check point.



Boarding Lounge



After X-ray examination, all passengers of QZ 8424 were subject to additional search. Security Officer Alit Sutita beckoned to us to his rather provisional counter.

‘What is he looking for? We do not have any tribal javelin like the guy on our left!’
‘Do not wind him up, Ariel!’

Luckily, it did not take long for Alit to go through our carry on. We were free to go but not before dropping by Customer Service Agent Pande Kadek Krisna Dewi for some boarding formalities.




Boarding lounge overview



‘After all the checks, you must feel sterile enough for spotting,’
‘You bet,’
‘Look over there,’




Batavia Air PK-YVH



‘What a coincidence. An old friend from yesterday in Semarang,’
‘Speaking of an old friend. Guess what AirAsia has in reserve for our flight,’




PK-AXJ



‘Now I understand what PK-AXJ was trying to say yesterday in Jakarta. See you tomorrow,’
‘So what is next? Checking e-mails?’




Free internet kiosk



‘Nah, no need to,’
‘Charging your Smartphone?’




HP charger kiosk



‘I am afraid we do not have enough time left for that. Look!’




Gate sign




Boarding



“May I have your attention please? Q-Z-eight-four-two-four is now ready boarding. Passengers with Hot Seats or passengers seated in row numbers one until five, twelve and fourteen can board now. I repeat, only passengers with row numbers one until five, twelve and fourteen!”

‘How do you feel?’
‘That we can board among the first ones?’
‘Now you are funny, Suryo,’




1L door



‘You mean getting so close to an old friend? Need I say more?’
‘Hah, the excitement is all over you!’



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 19340 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: DPSDRW
Date: 11 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 10.30 / 10.40
ETA/ATA: 14.40 / 14.55
Flight number: QZ 8424
Plane: Airbus 320-216
Registration: PK-AXJ
Flight deck: Captain Yudi Suryo
Delivery date: 2 October 2009



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Photo © Angara




“Welcome on board,” Senior Flight Attendant Umu Umairoh, clasped her hands upon our entrance.
“Thank you,”

Another Wai from Flight Attendant Apriansyah followed further down the cabin.




Forward cabin view. Note Apriansyah’s position at 5D



‘Do you not just love the black leather finish on the seats?’




Rear cabin view



‘Well, with red headrests they look even better,’




14E for Herman and 14F for me. 14D was empty according to the manifest



‘Furthermore, the red headrests indicate that your seat pitch may be bigger than 29.5 inch,’




Legroom



‘Ah, of course. Especially when well needed extra inches are claimed by full seat pocket in front of you,’




Café menu and Inflight Sales Catalogue



‘Hey, what do we have here?’




In-flight magazine



‘A tempting on-board souvenir,’
‘Suryo, look at the bottom right corner of the cover…’




Warning



‘Bummer!’  

“Good morning. May I have your attention for the emergency exit procedure?” Flight Attendant Leny Martiany made her appearance.

Her firm voice just made us listen to her, “As you are seated in emergency exit row, we need your cooperation. Would you please read the instruction carefully how to handle in case of emergency?”




Emergency opening instruction



“You can consult the safety card for further instruction,”




Emergency landing instruction



“If you have further inquiries, do not hesitate to ask us,” Leny concluded our briefing to greet the last passengers as they trickled in.




Final boarding scene. Note Leny’s position at 12D



Umu was on the microphone, “Boarding is complete. We will do a head count in a moment. Please remain seated until we finish,”

Soon enough, Captain Yudi delivered welcome speech to all 87 passengers on board while highlighting some flight details, “We will be flying to Darwin in two hours and thirty minutes with cruising speed of eighty hundred and twenty kilometers per hour at thirty nine thousand feet above sea level,”

Captain Yudi continued, “We are now waiting for clearance. It will take about three until five minutes,”



Take off



1L was armed at 10.35. Leny and Apriansyah performed manual safety demonstration during pushback five minutes later.

‘Look at former America West Airlines N173AW!’




Merpati Nusantara PK-MBP



‘Leny and Apriansyah are not finished yet with the demonstration!’
‘We have got the safety card, have we not?’




Safety information



‘Yes, but still,’

Leny and Apriansyah clasped their hands after finishing the demonstration. While checking if everyone had the seat belt fastened, they returned to their seats.

It took some five minutes to enter 09 threshold as PK-AXJ had to hold for an incoming aircraft.




Sky Aviation PK-ECH



‘Good to see former OceanAir PR-OAB escaping Socoraba Airport,’
‘Indeed. SY put it back in business on January 13, 2012 after its storage since May 2008,’

Meanwhile, full thrust of CFMI CFM 56-5B6 twins pushed PK-AXJ further down the 3,000 meter spread ahead.




Take off roll



Vr was called at 1,900 m spot.




Lift off at 10.50



PK-AXJ gradually climbed along The Peninsula of Tanjung Benoa.




Enclave of five start resorts. Note geometrical Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso above the slats



Banking to the south east.




Final wave to The Island of The Gods




In flight



Five minutes into climb out, fasten seat belt signs were extinguished.

“Due to regulation, all passengers are required to fill out the form before disembarkation,” Umu’s announcement was followed up by distribution of incoming passenger cards.




Personal details and questionnaire



Travel details



La Donna é mobile,’
‘Explain yourself, Ariel,’
‘What a cheerful face she puts on as she distributes the cards,’

Leny’s joviality did not diminish as she rolled Buy on Board trolley down the aisle with Flight Attendant Eko Puja.




Chirpy Leny in action. Note the overhead locker advertisements



‘Look! The advertisements will become history after March 31,’’




Hassle free Europe



Soon enough, our row got attended by no less friendly Eko.

“Good morning. Do you want to order anything from our Café?”
“We have booked our meal,”
“Sure, may I see your booking?”

Eko stamped our printouts for reconfirmation and served our meal right away.




My Nasi Lemak, still wrapped. Note separate serving of Ikan Bilis (anchovies)



‘Unwrap it! Unwrap it!’




Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser, AirAsia’s signature dish



‘How do you like it?’
‘Great emulsion of rich flavored rice, spicy beef rendang and mild chicken curry with creamy coconut under taste. All nicely held together by hardboiled egg alternated with either crunchy roasted peanuts or mischievous anchovies,’

“Lovely,” Herman said about his meal.




Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices



‘And to wash it down?’
‘Mineral water is complimentary,’




Mineral water



‘Where are you going?’
‘I am going to the lavatory,’
‘Hah, that is not surprising,’

‘Hey, someone lets off steam over there. Literally!’
‘You cannot be serious! What is he doing?’
‘He has got something between his forefinger and middle finger,’

I approached Eko at the rear galley, “I am not sure, but someone might be smoking in the cabin,”

“We will take care of it. Thank you for notifying us,” Eko said after looking out for it with striking calmness which must have been developed during his three years of service with AirAsia.  

‘They really take matters seriously, including the lavatory! Look how tidy it is,’




Lavatory pan



Cabinet



Umu was waiting for me outside. Apparently, she was called in to deal with the passenger.

“It was an electronic cigarette. I have consulted our regulation, but could not find any specific rule regarding electronic cigarette. Nevertheless, I have asked the passenger to refrain from smoking. My apology for the inconvenience,”
“You do not have to. I was just astonished. Thank you for the clarification,”




Forward view of steam free cabin



‘Suryo, look out the window!’




Rai Hawu (Savu island) on the left and Rai Jua on the right



Rai Jua, an ideal surfing location during Indonesia’s dry season thanks to an exposed reef break!’
‘Do not forget Savu as well where Captain James Cook stayed for three days in 1770 before continuing on to Batavia,’

‘And over there!’




Roti island. Note Laut Mati (Dead Sea) right above the engine



‘Roti island, home to extremely endangered snake-necked turtle species. Can you imagine the turtles after being discovered for the first time by George Albert Boulenger in 1891, have just been regarded as distinct species to New Guinean snake-necked turtles in 1994?’

‘Hey, tax free shopping has just started! Do you know that snake-necked turtle is one of the most desired turtles in the international pet trade?’
‘AirAsia does not sell pets on board!’

In the meantime, Leny graciously walked the aisle like a model on a catwalk showing AirAsia branded beach hat.

‘You should join her,’
‘Ariel, I think the show is coming to an end,’
‘So what? Do you not want to be on the picture with Leny?’

“Do you like my fashion show?” Leny enthusiastically welcomed me at the rear galley, “Photo? Photo?”

Mates, I was immediately in cloud nine!  

“Together?”
“Sure! Just a moment! I will put some make-up on,”

“Let me take a picture of both of you,” Eko suggested as Leny disappeared into one of the lavatory.
“What a novelty! That would be great!”




Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko



“The hat just suits you,” I commented.
“You wear a cap already, so I cannot put it on,” Leny smiled.

Our gathering did not last long due to upcoming turbulent weather.

“You should return to your seat and have your seatbelt fastened until the turbulence is over,” Leny switched into strict mode.

‘It was a great suggestion, Ariel,’
‘Speaking of suggestion, do you not feel writing any positive feedback?’

After the turbulence was over, I was back at the rear galley where I gladly submitted a feedback form in presence of Leny, Eko and Umu.

“All I want to say on it is that AirAsia should be proud of you for this wonderful flight,”
“Thank you,”
“By the way, may I ask you a favor?”
“Sure,”
“Do you mind writing something on my book?”

“Of course!” Leny gladly took my notebook I brought along, “In Indonesian, okay? Or Sundanese?”
“How about Javanese?” I suggested.

“I am from Java,” Umu replied.
“Really? How nice!”

“Do you know someone for her? She is still single,” Leny looked at Umu with a smirk.
“Well, how about him?” I gestured towards Eko which made all of us burst into laughter.  





Memoirs from Leny, Eko and Umu



At one moment, Umu took the microphone, “Due to Australian quarantine requirements, we will soon be spraying the cabin,”

"Do I have to return to my seat?"
"No, no, you can stay here if you want. It will not take long,"

Once giving the go-ahead to Apriansyah who was prepared in the front, Umu stirred herself.

"Do you want some peanuts?" Leny asked in the meantime, "I have got shelled peanuts with me,"
“That is very of kind you, but I just do not want to leave my travel companion alone any longer,”
“Sure, no problem,”

‘Let me see it! Let me see it! Err, what has Leny actually written?’
‘Hai, brother Suryo, nice to meet you. I am Leny Martiany. Until we meet again on another Indonesia AirAsia flight,’
‘What about Umu’s?’
‘Thank you,’

“…we will be landing at three o’clock local time. Our crew members will be walking through the cabin to collect rubbish. We wish your cooperation,”

Umu’s announcement sadly marked the end of our flight.  

Upon another reminder about Australian custom regulations and possible penalties for not observing the rules, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.



Landing



“We are about to land,” Captain Yudi declared the final approach to 11 – 29 runway.




East Point on the foreground. A recreation reserve which has its origin in 1869



Ludmilla on the foreground and Darwin’s Central Business District on the background



Soon on short final in full view of DRW’s counterpart of green Boeing 747 of Changi Airport of Singapore.




Grey Airbus 340



Reverse thrust was applied immediately after touchdown at 14.50.




Turning into taxiway E2



With afternoon relative humidity average over seventy percents during the wet and hot months like March, condensation forming on ice-cold fuselage was inevitable.




My window



Within five minutes, PK-AXJ safely pulled into Bay 2.



Disembarking



Hatur nuhun,” I called out to Leny who saw off her eagerly disembarking passengers from the rear galley, while keeping out of their way.

When Leny clasped her hands, I felt relieved to go.

With the palms pressed together, Umu and Apriansyah just made me follow their example before exiting 1L.

Matur nuwun,”
Terima kasih,”

And last but not least.




Terima kasih, PK-AXJ!



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 19291 times:

Darwin International Airport






Mates, what do you think of our sight from the aerobridge?




Jetstar VH-VWW



And our sight half an hour later?




Domestic baggage claim area



‘Half an hour? Did it have to take that long to cross the border and clear the custom?’
‘What do you think of our previous experience in Perth five years ago?’
‘How was it then?’
‘One and a half hour instead! Plus another twenty minute wait for a taxi!’
‘Ouch! What about now?’




Darwin Airport Shuttle kiosk



‘Twenty four hour scheduled service for all domestic and international flight to your choice of city accommodation. How convenient and reliable is that?’




Shuttle interior






Darwin




Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin








Façade



“Hello, how are you?” Guest Service Agent Nikki warmly welcomed us.
“Fine, thank you. And how about you?”
“I am good. Which Holiday Inn are you booked in?”
“Esplanade. Why the question, may we ask?”
“Just to make sure that you are on the right place because we have another property just down the street,” Nikki smiled, “Anyway, we have reserved a comfortable room for you,”




Double beds with abundant pillows



‘Shall we just crash out, wake up the following morning and raid the breakfast buffet prepared by Food and Beverage Attendant Saurab?’




Bread and pastry corner



Sausages



Eggs benedict



Fruit plate



Freshly brewed coffee



Juices



‘Of course not! What are you suggesting?’



Bicentennial Park



‘Which large area of parkland stretches from Northern Territory Parliament House to Doctor’s Gully and looks over Darwin Harbor?’
‘Bicentennial Park?’
‘Correct. Do you know that there are memorials of sacrifices after Japanese bomber flew over the Darwin’s harbor in 1942? The USS Peary memorial is one of them,’




Memorial of USS Peary DD 226



‘The four inch gun was salvaged from the Peary in the fifties by diver Carl Atkinson. After its restoration, the gun now points towards the Peary’s grave where US Navy suffered greatest loss of life in Australian waters,’




Plaque of remembrance to those who lost their lives on February 19, 1942



‘What do you think of this other memorial?’




Plaque of remembrance to USAAF Second Lieutenant Robert J. Buel



‘Robert J. Buel cleared safe passage to the allied ships before he was shot down and plunged to his death on February 15, 1942. Is it not moving?’



Mitchell Street



‘If you are in Darwin, you should not miss its most vibrant location,’




Street view




‘So, what does Mitchell Street have on offer?’
‘Galleries, shops with unique gifts and excellent dining opportunities,’



The Fox Ale House






‘An excellent dining opportunity like this British themed one?’




Façade



‘Where you can quench your thirst on a humid Darwin’s day?’




Pints of Pale Ale



‘Then savor scrumptious dinner?’




Wagyu sirloin steak with chips



Pork belly with mashed pumpkin



‘Anyway, we do not have to catch a taxi afterwards,’




Darwin Radio Taxi



‘Our hotel is just within walking distance,’  






Conclusion



First of all, I wish to shout out to my comrade to who has unfailingly inspired me, that I am truly blessed to have him as a great friend. Gavin, please accept my dedication of this story of our journey to The Land Down Under.

Secondly, my gratitude to Herman for being my (travel) companion to share the joy with.

At the same time, I wish to cordially thank Leny, Eko and Umu for the wonderful companion on board of Indonesia AirAsia and memorable souvenir they have given to me.

And to all of you, my mates, thank you for joining us all along to Darwin.  


Warmest regards,
Suryo  




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Friends forever
User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 19132 times:
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Another fine report from the master of trip reports, I bow down to your expertise and greatness.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 19014 times:

Hi Suryo.

A very nice report. Many thanks! I am so interested in this route - it is amazing how close Australia and Indonesia actually are. I think it is a bit of a shame that there is no ocean-going connection between Ind / PNG and Oz.

I was surprised at the light load given how popular Bali is with flocks of Australian tourists. Is the route just started? I saw you had a promo fare... but what was it exactly?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Passport holders from the European Union are now entitled to eVisitor facility unlike five years ago when Herman and I had to apply for Electronic Travel Authority instead.

Gosh their protective! At least it didn't take to long on arrival.

The food looked good and happy to see the anchovies (my nemesis) are on the side now!

Many thanks Suryo!

Luke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinejrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 18581 times:

Nice report....Shame air asia dont fly into DRW anymore!

I never knew about the evisitor i just thought there was ETA!
Nice to see DRW..my local airport  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18401 times:

Hi Suryo,

great report with so many high-quality pictures! Good to get an impression of Darwin. The QZ provided a very nice service, amazing how you make friends everywhere!

Interesting to see that your flight took place on 11th March...the first flight of my next report departed one day earlier.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Seat selection at a reasonable fee, e.g. Hot Seat for IDR 95,000 (EUR 8.35)

That plane nose looks very strange.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

‘Well, with red headrests they look even better,’

No, I don't think so.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices

Rice cake slices? I didn't get those with my satay on Thai AirAsia.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko

Very nice!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18318 times:

Hi Suryo,

Thanks for another fantastic report!

AirAsia looked like a perfectly acceptable way to cross into Australia. The meals don't look too bad & it's nice to see that you were able to get a 'Hot Seat'.

Interesting to see Darwin in a report. I would love to visit that city & some of the surrounding scenic sights in Northern Territory.

Looking forward to the next installment.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18252 times:

Hi Suryo,

Firstly, this is such a beautiful-written TR, true to your signature comprehensive style that spells immense dedication and an everlasting passion for flying!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Have you ever been grateful of meeting someone? Someone who shares your passion? Someone who cheers you up when you are feeling down? Someone you will stand up for? Someone whose friendship you wish to last forever even though you are separated by thousands of kilometers from each other?

I have. I have. I have. I have. I do. And I wonder why.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Both eVisitor and ETA are authorities for short-term visit to Australia of up to three months. The only difference is that eVisitor applicants are exempted from service charge of AUD 20.

This is discrimination! XD lol...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My introduction to AirAsia’s user interface in 2010 was confident. Yet further system upgrade has taken place and the user friendliness has never been so impressive.

I concur. AirAsia is really superb in its booking facility.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Confirmation and itinerary

I see both Herman and yourself are going for the regional tastes. How appropriate to immerse yourself in an authentic Asian flight experience!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Passengers departing for Australia will only be issued the notification after self check-in. You still have to proceed to Document Check or Baggage Drop Off counter for Advance Passenger Processing,’

This is a strange procedure indeed but thanks so much for highlighting it and going through it step-by-step. Now I'm clear on the check-in procedures for Indonesia AirAsia!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, will you join us on board of Indonesia AirAsia from Denpasar to Darwin which has become history since April 30, 2012?

Now, I understand the title! So sad this route is gone but I'm really happy that you've managed to get onboard before it ceased existence and also to document it for the world to savour!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
’24.6 kilograms! You waste the remaining 5.4 kilograms you have pre-booked!’

Take it from me, better be safe than sorry!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
My boarding pass

Hold on tight to that, buddy! Its vintage now!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
PSC coupon at IDR 150,000 (EUR 13.15)

haha, I'd always thought of the Indonesian airport tax as a very expensive piece of paper.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘You are right. By the way, Jonas (LH4116) would love the announcement. Invitation to boarding lounge while flying a low cost carrier,’

haha, I'm sure he will!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
HP charger kiosk

Very interesting!!! Thanks for taking a photo of it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Flight deck: Captain Yudi Suryo

hehe.. (again!)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Suryo, look at the bottom right corner of the cover…’

What?! I've never seen any carrier put it in such a way! What happened to 'Take me home. I'm yours to keep'?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Umu was on the microphone, “Boarding is complete. We will do a head count in a moment. Please remain seated until we finish,”

Do AirAsia always do a headcount? I encountered it on my AirAsia flight as well. I remember they use a clicker device to manually count the passengers right? Quite interesting haha. I never seen it on other airlines I've been on.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Eko stamped our printouts for reconfirmation and served our meal right away.

This is kinda different from when I flew with them. The pre-ordered meals were served first before the buy-on-board trolley was dished out. haha... I kinda prefer the old way but this one works as well I guess!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My Nasi Lemak, still wrapped. Note separate serving of Ikan Bilis (anchovies)

haha, interesting about the separate Ikan Bilis!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser, AirAsia’s signature dish

mmmmm! Wonderful that you tried their signature dish!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Great emulsion of rich flavored rice, spicy beef rendang and mild chicken curry with creamy coconut under taste. All nicely held together by hardboiled egg alternated with either crunchy roasted peanuts or mischievous anchovies,’

mmm! Mischievous indeed lol.. I wonder who's more mischievous, Ariel or the anchovies! :P

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices

Very authentic and such a wonderful treat onboard!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Mineral water is complimentary,’

Very nice touch on AirAsia.

What I really appreciate about AirAsia is that their add-ons (including meals and seat selections) aren't pricey compared to other regional low-cost carriers with their rip-off and bad quality food that they try to swindle their captive audience into buying. AirAsia not only lives up to their promise of making flying possible for everyone but also, with their economical add-ons, makes flying an enjoyable experience for all as well! A top-notch low-cost airline indeed!


Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“It was an electronic cigarette. I have consulted our regulation, but could not find any specific rule regarding electronic cigarette. Nevertheless, I have asked the passenger to refrain from smoking. My apology for the inconvenience,”

Whats an electronic cigarette? LOL

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Rai Jua, an ideal surfing location during Indonesia’s dry season thanks to an exposed reef break!’
‘Do not forget Savu as well where Captain James Cook stayed for three days in 1770 before continuing on to Batavia,’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Roti island, home to extremely endangered snake-necked turtle species. Can you imagine the turtles after being discovered for the first time by George Albert Boulenger in 1891, have just been regarded as distinct species to New Guinean snake-necked turtles in 1994?’

Interesting sights you've passed enroute! Imagine what would Captain James Cook give to be up in the air enjoying Nasi Lemak and Satay compared to trekking through unforgiving tropical jungles and sailing through rough seas!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko

I'm so sorry Suryo but this time, Leny definately stole your limelight :P Her bucket hat is just obscenely cute! Wonderful picture!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

“Do you know someone for her? She is still single,” Leny looked at Umu with a smirk.
“Well, how about him?” I gestured towards Eko which made all of us burst into laughter.

haha, cheeky boy!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Twenty four hour scheduled service for all domestic and international flight to your choice of city accommodation. How convenient and reliable is that?’

I'm curious, how much is it for the city shuttle?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Double beds with abundant pillows

Thats an abundance of pillows indeed! Looks very comfy!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Wagyu sirloin steak with chips

wow, I love australian steaks. Just look at how massive it is! Would please any warm-blooded carnivore!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
First of all, I wish to shout out to my comrade to who has unfailingly inspired me, that I am truly blessed to have him as a great friend. Gavin, please accept my dedication of this story of our journey to The Land Down Under.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, please allow this story as a dedication to my comrade Gavin (RvXKaz).

As mentioned in my first comment, this is a beautifully-written TR and you don't know how honoured I am that you dedicated this work of art to me! To add on my happiness, I've never mentioned to you that I've been fascinated with Darwin and this TR really gives me an insight to how things are like over there. Its really wonderful to see Darwin through my greatest aviation friend's eyes.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Secondly, my gratitude to Herman for being my (travel) companion to share the joy with.

You're one lucky guy!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
At the same time, I wish to cordially thank Leny, Eko and Umu for the wonderful companion on board of Indonesia AirAsia and memorable souvenir they have given to me.

They are really special.

Suryo, thank you so much for this very special TR.
There's nothing to lose or fear, your passion speaks it all.

Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 18110 times:

Hi Suryo and thank you for your latest trip report. How nice of you to dedicate it to Gavin after having the opportunity of meeting.

It is pleasing to see that your journey continues to be aided by some very friendly and helpful cabin crew.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Good morning. Do you want to order anything from our Café?”

How odd: would it not make sense to distribute pre-ordered meals prior to the general sales run?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Due to Australian quarantine requirements, we will soon be spraying the cabin,”

That brings back memories. These days other airlines tend to spray before boarding passengers. It must be very uncomfortable spinning around on your back, waving your legs in the air and going bzzzz while you have to keep your seatbelt fastened.  

I also enjoyed reading your previous reports recounting your memories of Semarang.

Best wishes,

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 17901 times:

Hi Suryo,

I'm so pleased to read that you are finally Down Under! Before we decided on our NZ trip we looked at a tour in Australia that would have incorporated Darwin, so the pics were of interest to me.

What a super friendly crew you got on AirAsia, made extra special by Leny. I love the way she posed for your photo! Also, such a nice idea you had with the notebook, collecting all those memoirs from the crew is such a lovely souvenir of your flights.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
FIDS. QZ 8424 was there!

And what a gorgeous old FIDS screen to be on!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Counter for passengers on wheelchair, infirm or pregnant passengers or passengers with small children

What a strange depicition of the pregnant woman.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Gate sign

Unusual that the flight is only listed with the airport code and not the full destination. I'm sure that must confuse the not-so-frequent travellers.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
A tempting on-board souvenir,’
‘Suryo, look at the bottom right corner of the cover…’

I wouldn't take any notice of that  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Good morning. Do you want to order anything from our Café?”
“We have booked our meal,”
“Sure, may I see your booking?”

This is a little strange, that you had to show your booking before they gave you the meal. Surely this information should all be stored in the manifests?

Unbelievable that someone tried to smoke onboard, even it was an e-cigarette.

Not too sure about the black & red leather seats, they look like something out of a seedy nightclub!

Looking forward to the next installment, as always....

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 17516 times:

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures !

Good to see you try a route that's now gone. That's too bad; you'd think there would be enough traffic for a route like that.

Meals looks great and crew seems to be very friendly as well. Still, I think I would prefer Garuda...... 

Looking forward to the next part in this series!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 17382 times:

Hi Suryo,

what a wonderful report once again.
Memories of Bali, DPS... has been there not too long ago once again. You know about it, mixed feelings but a beautiful island I surely will come back over and over during my life.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unless, you are flying to Australia.

Haha... that's a pity for you!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Do you want Red Carpet treatment? Only IDR 381,000 each,’
‘That is EUR 36 each! Not this time, Ariel,’

“No lighter in your hand luggage?” Security Officer Sahari took us by surprise.
“Err, no,”
“Have you taken note of the cabin bag rule?”

That's what I noticed when I walked along their counters before going up for the PSC. We checked in at the other side of the terminal (CX), and noticed the staff asking these kind of questions.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Yikes! No sign of our flight! Now what?’

Lol.... you're not in Australia yet. Wake up... it's still Indonesia  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
PK-AXJ gradually climbed along The Peninsula of Tanjung Benoa.

Hmm.... yes I was there in October '11, had some dinner in that area, but can't recommend it for staying. Better go to Nusa Dua instead which is more clean, better laid out and seems to offer more.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices

Indeed, great meal. The lontong looks better then that lemper from your facebook Suryo  

I like the modern style of the cabin on this A320. And the staff seemed great too.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 17354 times:

Hello Suryo!

Great report, just as usual, a truly enjoyable read!
Seems like you had a real nice flight on AirAsia, and very nice to be able to prebook hot meals, I like to have that option. The FA's sure seem great, by the sounds of it!
Can't wait to read more about your trip!

Martin


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 17318 times:

Did you go to Kukadoo Park? I always wanted to go. Maybe I missed it but was what the fare?

Thanks.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17043 times:

Hi Suryo

Great report, thanks for sharing. Looks like AirAsia is a great LCC carrier to fly with.
I like the concept of pre-ordered warm meals. I think this is a succes. I think EZY or Ryanair should consider offering a similar concept.

Great to see you finally made it down to Aussie land  

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1729 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16726 times:
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Hello Suryo,

Nice lyrics and pics! How kind of you to dedicate this one to Gavin, I’m sure he’s most thrilled and honoured   It’s good to see your subconscious back in the form of Ariel but I must say she needed my full attention to get every detail of your story. And I’m most glad you made some more friends skyhigh with those lovely Air Asia FA’s!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Have you ever been grateful of meeting someone?

Oh yes, I have!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, please allow this story as a dedication to my comrade Gavin (RvXKaz).

Good ole’ Gavin will be very pleased to read this  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The only difference is that eVisitor applicants are exempted from service charge of AUD 20.

   That’s another AUD 20 saved for some cold beers later on  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Seat selection at a reasonable fee, e.g. Hot Seat for IDR 95,000 (EUR 8.35)

Hmm, I’m not sure if € 8,35 is reasonable? And does the Hot Seat come preheated as well?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Cabin bag scale

7kg only for handluggage. That’s not overly generous...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My boarding pass

That’s not a boarding pass, that’s a ‘kassaticket’ 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Invitation to boarding lounge while flying a low cost carrier

Ha ha, yes the word ‘lounge’ will sound like magic to him  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Well, with red headrests they look even better,’

Sorry to disagree with you again Suryo, I think it looks kinda cheap and very LCC-esque  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Look! The advertisements will become history after March 31,’’

Watch and learn Ryanair!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘They really take matters seriously, including the lavatory! Look how tidy it is,’

Suryo, it’s just a lavatory...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko

You did it again with your magical charms! Nice photo!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Twenty four hour scheduled service for all domestic and international flight to your choice of city accommodation. How convenient and reliable is that?’

And more importantly, what does it cost...?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27027 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16114 times:

Hey Suryo  

What another lovely trip report in your unique style.

Loved all the photos and detailed insight into your trip . Loved the catering onboard with the local dishes. Really nice to see all the local things that carriers bring to the air .

Interesting comment on the in flight magazine . I guess they want to cut costs despite the Earth comment .

Anyway thanks again

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15740 times:

Hi Suryo

Thanks for another lovely report from your odyssey. I've been looking out for the next installment.

Air Asia don't even look that bad. Somehow I get the impression that although they may be a low-cost carrier, luckily for the passengers they have not stooped so low as the LCC in Europe. I mean, sure you purchased the meal you had but it certainly looks very tasty as far as I can tell.

Thanks for posting Suryo. Looking forward to the next part (I know, some people are never satisfied.)

Cheers,
William

P. S. On a very different note, if I may ask, do you still speak Bahasa fluently?


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1282 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15697 times:
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Hey Suryo,

Another great report from you, and glad to see Ariel back in full force!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Take some two hours into account and your Notification of Grant of an eVisitor will appear in your mailbox after Herman’s example. Or six hours after mine, even though our applications were submitted simultaneously.

I hope that delay between his and yours did not cause any major concerns for you.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Ariel, where have you been? How did you know about the procedure?’
‘From AirAsia website,’
‘Smart guy! Nice to have you back again,’

Yes, nice to have Ariel back lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘What is he looking for? We do not have any tribal javelin like the guy on our left!’
‘Do not wind him up, Ariel!’

Was that a carry on item....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Now I understand what PK-AXJ was trying to say yesterday in Jakarta. See you tomorrow,’

Sweet lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser, AirAsia’s signature dish

Nasi Goreng is my favourite item at a large departmental store food court in downtown Toronto. I have yet to taste other Indonesian dishes.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices

Wow those Chicken satays look good!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Mates, I was immediately in cloud nine!

How nice of the crew to be so bold in wanting to take a photo. Normally crews are so shy or in some cases can be so rude up front when asking to take a pic!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Memoirs from Leny, Eko and Umu

And to top it off they even left you hand written messages for you to keep with you permanently!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Look! The advertisements will become history after March 31,’’

Have they stopped flying to Europe?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko

I am not one to wear a hat, but I think I wouldn't mind sporting one of those on a hot summer's day.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
’24.6 kilograms! You waste the remaining 5.4 kilograms you have pre-booked!’
‘Ariel, do you think that you are weightless?’
‘Well, that makes sense,’

I always thougth Suryo was a spirit being and weightless (wink)


Once again thank you for taking us on this journey from Amsterdam to Aussie land....Looking forward to the end (I think your final destination is Melbourne, correct?....and of course the return journies back to Schipol!!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 15289 times:

Dear TEW, Luke, Jonathon, PH, aflyingkiwi, Gavin, Roy, Hannah, Lars, Eric, Martin, lychemsa, Marc, Nils, Philip, William, flightsimboy,

Thank you very much, mates. You really cheer me up.  



Luke, Lars,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I was surprised at the light load given how popular Bali is with flocks of Australian tourists.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
That's too bad; you'd think there would be enough traffic for a route like that.

Probably not from Darwin. Garuda Indonesia suspended the service from Denpasar in April 2009 after nearly thirty years of service. AirAsia restarted the service, but it sadly lasted for less than two years.


PH, aflyingkiwi,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
The QZ provided a very nice service,
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
AirAsia looked like a perfectly acceptable way to cross into Australia.

AirAsia just went beyond my expectation. I would not hesitate to fly the airline again.


PH, Gavin, Nils,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Very nice!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Wonderful picture!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
You did it again with your magical charms! Nice photo!

Thank you.


PH, Hannah, Nils,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
No, I don't think so.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Not too sure about the black & red leather seats, they look like something out of a seedy nightclub!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Sorry to disagree with you again Suryo, I think it looks kinda cheap and very LCC-esque

We may differ in our taste, which is fine.  



aflyingkiwi, Hannah, Lars, Martin, William, flightsimboy,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
Looking forward to the next installment.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Looking forward to the next installment, as always....
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Looking forward to the next part in this series!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Can't wait to read more about your trip!
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Looking forward to the next part (I know, some people are never satisfied.)
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Looking forward to the end
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
and of course the return journies back to Schipol!!

Thank you for encouraging me. I am doing my best.


Gavin, Lars,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Now, I understand the title! So sad this route is gone but I'm really happy that you've managed to get onboard before it ceased existence and also to document it for the world to savour!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Good to see you try a route that's now gone.

Thank you for the credit.


Gavin, Nils,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
haha, I'm sure he will!
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Ha ha, yes the word ‘lounge’ will sound like magic to him   

Our one and only Jonas!  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I'm curious, how much is it for the city shuttle?
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
And more importantly, what does it cost...?

AUD 24 (EUR 19.75) for a open retour.


Roy, Nils,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
How nice of you to dedicate it to Gavin after having the opportunity of meeting.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
How kind of you to dedicate this one to Gavin, I’m sure he’s most thrilled and honoured  

Thank you. I am so delighted with our friendship and that I finally met Gavin in person. I wish to honor our friendship this way.


Eric, Martin,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
And the staff seemed great too.
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
The FA's sure seem great, by the sounds of it!

They were all fantastic, in particular Leny!


Martin, Marc,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
and very nice to be able to prebook hot meals, I like to have that option.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
I like the concept of pre-ordered warm meals. I think this is a succes.

So do I. With extensive choice of vegetarian, Asian and Western meals, all tastes are catered for.


TEW,

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 4):
Another fine report from the master of trip reports, I bow down to your expertise and greatness.

Thank you so much for the great honor. Your support means a lot to me.


Hi Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
A very nice report. Many thanks!
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Many thanks Suryo!

Thank you! I am really flattered by this honor from a globe traveler like you.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I am so interested in this route - it is amazing how close Australia and Indonesia actually are.

Can you imagine that Darwin is closer to the capital of either Indonesia or Papua New Guinea than the capital of Australia? Jakarta and Port Moresby are on a distance of 2,700 and 1,818 kilometers respectively, compared to Canberra which is 3,137 kilometers away from Darwin.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I think it is a bit of a shame that there is no ocean-going connection between Ind / PNG and Oz.

Indeed, a ferry connection between Darwin and its Indonesian sister city Kupang might be viable.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Is the route just started?

No, AirAsia launched the route on December 23, 2010. Started as a daily flight, it became four weekly flight until its suspension.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I saw you had a promo fare... but what was it exactly?

With promo fare we got the benefit of some twenty percent discount from the normal fare.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
At least it didn't take to long on arrival.

I prefer Darwin as an Australian entrance to Perth.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
The food looked good and happy to see the anchovies (my nemesis) are on the side now!
Nasi Lemak would be incomplete without Ikan Bilis. I am sure you have had the dish as well.   



Jonathon,

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
Nice report...

Thank you.

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
Shame air asia dont fly into DRW anymore!

Indeed a great loss. AirAsia was the only airline with convenient morning departure time from Denpasar.

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
I never knew about the evisitor i just thought there was ETA!

Neither did we until we went for our application.

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
Nice to see DRW..my local airport ,)

Really? How nice! I never thought to get that close to you.  



Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
great report with so many high-quality pictures!

Thank you for this honor from legendary trip reporter like you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Good to get an impression of Darwin.

It was my pleasure to share it with you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
amazing how you make friends everywhere!

Aw, you make me blush.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Interesting to see that your flight took place on 11th March...the first flight of my next report departed one day earlier.  

Can you imagine that both of us were in the air together, but separately around March 10 and 11?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
That plane nose looks very strange.

Luckily, it is not like that in reality.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Rice cake slices? I didn't get those with my satay on Thai AirAsia.
Lontong is popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. I am not sure about its popularity in Thailand. Could it be the reason why Thai AirAsia left out the slices of your satay?


Hi aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
Thanks for another fantastic report!

My pleasure. I always look forward to your reply.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
The meals don't look too bad

They tasted very well too.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
it's nice to see that you were able to get a 'Hot Seat'.

‘Hot Seat’ is really worth the extra fee.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
Interesting to see Darwin in a report. I would love to visit that city & some of the surrounding scenic sights in Northern Territory.

I can only recommend you to do so. If I ever come back to Darwin next time, I will certainly visit Kakadu National Park.


Hi, my dear friend Gavin,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Firstly, this is such a beautiful-written TR, true to your signature comprehensive style that spells immense dedication and an everlasting passion for flying!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
As mentioned in my first comment, this is a beautifully-written TR
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
There's nothing to lose or fear, your passion speaks it all.

These sweet words from yours after my dedication, so encouraging, so touching, you have brought tears in my eyes. Thank you.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I have. I have. I have. I have. I do. And I wonder why.  

I ask myself the same question.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
This is discrimination! XD lol...

Well, if Australian passport holders are allowed to stay in the European Union without visa for a maximum of 90 days in a half year period or even six months in United Kingdom, I do not see any reason why EU passport holders could not get similar treatment.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I concur. AirAsia is really superb in its booking facility.

  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
This is a strange procedure indeed but thanks so much for highlighting it and going through it step-by-step. Now I'm clear on the check-in procedures for Indonesia AirAsia!

My pleasure.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I see both Herman and yourself are going for the regional tastes. How appropriate to immerse yourself in an authentic Asian flight experience!  

So many (Asian) countries, so many customs!   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Take it from me, better be safe than sorry!  

I believe you.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Hold on tight to that, buddy! Its vintage now!

I do! I do!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
haha, I'd always thought of the Indonesian airport tax as a very expensive piece of paper.

You make a good point here.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Very interesting!!! Thanks for taking a photo of it!

You are welcome.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
hehe.. (again!)

 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
What?! I've never seen any carrier put it in such a way! What happened to 'Take me home. I'm yours to keep'?  

It should better say, ‘Stop stealing me, but liberate me,’

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Do AirAsia always do a headcount? I encountered it on my AirAsia flight as well. I remember they use a clicker device to manually count the passengers right? Quite interesting haha.

I am not sure. It just struck me, even though it was my third time flying AirAsia.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I never seen it on other airlines I've been on.

Yes, neither have I seen it elsewhere.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
This is kinda different from when I flew with them. The pre-ordered meals were served first before the buy-on-board trolley was dished out. Haha… I kinda prefer the old way but this one works as well I guess!

Probably, the light load justified the different serving procedure.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
mmmmm! Wonderful that you tried their signature dish!!!

I was just craving for Nasi Lemak!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
haha, interesting about the separate Ikan Bilis!

Probably as a courtesy to customers who do not like Ikan Bilis.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
mmm! Mischievous indeed lol.. I wonder who's more mischievous, Ariel or the anchovies! :P

Whoever it might be, I had to deal with all of them!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Very authentic and such a wonderful treat onboard!

Herman really enjoyed it.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Very nice touch on AirAsia.

And well appreciated.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
What I really appreciate about AirAsia is that their add-ons (including meals and seat selections) aren't pricey compared to other regional low-cost carriers with their rip-off and bad quality food that they try to swindle their captive audience into buying. AirAsia not only lives up to their promise of making flying possible for everyone but also, with their economical add-ons, makes flying an enjoyable experience for all as well! A top-notch low-cost airline indeed!

Gavin, you have summed up our experience so aptly.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Whats an electronic cigarette? LOL

electronic cigarette is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor (with or without nicotine content) of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor or, ostensibly, its health risks.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Imagine what would Captain James Cook give to be up in the air enjoying Nasi Lemak and Satay compared to trekking through unforgiving tropical jungles and sailing through rough seas!

Captain James Cook might wish for a reincarnation.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I'm so sorry Suryo but this time, Leny definately stole your limelight :P Her bucket hat is just obscenely cute!

I am fine with that.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
haha, cheeky boy!

I cannot help it.  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Thats an abundance of pillows indeed! Looks very comfy!

It was!   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
wow, I love australian steaks. Just look at how massive it is! Would please any warm-blooded carnivore!  

Great! We have another food related thing in common! 


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
To add on my happiness, I've never mentioned to you that I've been fascinated with Darwin and this TR really gives me an insight to how things are like over there. Its really wonderful to see Darwin through my greatest aviation friend's eyes.  

You are kidding! It is just amazing how well we get connected telepathically.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
You're one lucky guy!  

For twelve and a half years now!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
They are really special.

Absolutely!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Suryo, thank you so much for this very special TR.

Dedicated to a very special friend from the bottom of my heart.


Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
thank you for your latest trip report.

Thank you! Do you know how happy I am to hear from you again? How are you doing?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
It is pleasing to see that your journey continues to be aided by some very friendly and helpful cabin crew.

I was blessed to have Leny, Eko and Umu to take care of us.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
How odd, would it not make sense to distribute pre-ordered meals prior to the general sales run?

Probably, a different procedure was observed due to the light load.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
That brings back memories. These days other airlines tend to spray before boarding passengers.

Really? I did not know better that spraying would take place just before landing.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
It must be very uncomfortable spinning around on your back, waving your legs in the air and going bzzzz while you have to keep your seatbelt fastened.   

  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I also enjoyed reading your previous reports recounting your memories of Semarang.

Thank you. That makes me happy.  



Hi Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
I'm so pleased to read that you are finally Down Under!

I am so delighted to hear from you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Before we decided on our NZ trip we looked at a tour in Australia that would have incorporated Darwin, so the pics were of interest to me.

Really? It is amazing how often we think alike about our holiday destinations.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
What a super friendly crew you got on AirAsia, made extra special by Leny.

Absolutely, Leny just stole the show.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
I love the way she posed for your photo!

How nice to hear that from you.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Also, such a nice idea you had with the notebook, collecting all those memoirs from the crew is such a lovely souvenir of your flights.

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
And what a gorgeous old FIDS screen to be on!

Hannah, I should have taken more time to admire the FIDS.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
What a strange depicition of the pregnant woman.

Luckily, no pregnant woman looks like that.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Unusual that the flight is only listed with the airport code and not the full destination. I'm sure that must confuse the not-so-frequent travellers.

A good point! I wonder whether Krisna Dewi or her colleague had to deal with confused passengers because of it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
I wouldn't take any notice of that  

I should have not either.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
This is a little strange, that you had to show your booking before they gave you the meal. Surely this information should all be stored in the manifests?

I like your critical sight. The manifests must have been there. I can only think of the light load to justify another serving procedure.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Unbelievable that someone tried to smoke onboard, even it was an e-cigarette.

I was astonished!



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 15286 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures !

Thank you, Lars, The one and only 777 Man! Your reply means a lot to me.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Meals looks great and crew seems to be very friendly as well. Still, I think I would prefer Garuda......  

I have never been so proud of Garuda for its great service. Nevertheless, I cannot deny that I had similar experience with AirAsia. You may have to pay for your meal, but it does not diminish the joviality and hospitality of the crew members. I was so happy that Leny and her colleagues took good care of us.


Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
what a wonderful report once again.

What a wonderful feeling to hear that from you. Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Memories of Bali, DPS... has been there not too long ago once again. You know about it, mixed feelings but a beautiful island I surely will come back over and over during my life.

Yes, I know about your mixed feelings. You just hardly understand how things can change. Nevertheless, I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay on Bali.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Haha... that's a pity for you!

I should have known it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
That's what I noticed when I walked along their counters before going up for the PSC. We checked in at the other side of the terminal (CX), and noticed the staff asking these kind of questions.

Apparently, the inquiry is a part of the procedure.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Lol.... you're not in Australia yet. Wake up... it's still Indonesia ,)

You got me! 


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Hmm.... yes I was there in October '11, had some dinner in that area, but can't recommend it for staying. Better go to Nusa Dua instead which is more clean, better laid out and seems to offer more.

Good tip from a well-experienced traveler!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Indeed, great meal. The lontong looks better then that lemper from your facebook Suryo   

Do not judge a book by its cover, my friend. The lemper was homemade with love and it tasted very good!   



Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
I like the modern style of the cabin on this A320.

That makes two of us.


Hello Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Great report, just as usual, a truly enjoyable read!

Thank you. I am very happy to hear that.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Seems like you had a real nice flight on AirAsia

AirAsia has never disappointed me since my first flight with the airline in 2010.


lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 15):
Did you go to Kukadoo Park? I always wanted to go.

Unfortunately not.  
We should have to visit Kakadu National Park next time.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 15):
Maybe I missed it but was what the fare?

The promo fare was IDR 749,0000 (EUR 66).

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 15):
Thanks.

Thank you for your reply.


Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Great report, thanks for sharing.

Thank you. It has been my great pleasure.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Looks like AirAsia is a great LCC carrier to fly with.

Asia’s leading low fare airline! AirAsia has definitely deserved the credit.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
I think EZY or Ryanair should consider offering a similar concept.

I never flew them, but yes, it is worth considering.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Great to see you finally made it down to Aussie land  

Thank you.  



Haai Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Nice lyrics and pics!

With this compliment from The Sultan, I am flattered.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
It’s good to see your subconscious back in the form of Ariel but I must say she needed my full attention to get every detail of your story.

Yeah, Ariel loves to be in the limelight (again)!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
And I’m most glad you made some more friends skyhigh with those lovely Air Asia FA’s!

Thank you. I am mostly grateful of Leny who made our flight a special one.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Oh yes, I have!

So have I!  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Good ole’ Gavin will be very pleased to read this  

Need I say more?  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
   That’s another AUD 20 saved for some cold beers later on   

Absolutely!  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Hmm, I’m not sure if € 8,35 is reasonable?

It was well worth every Euro.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
And does the Hot Seat come preheated as well?

Of course! 


Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
7kg only for handluggage. That’s not overly generous...

Not really, but can you imagine that airlines like Qatar or Emirates are not generous either?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Watch and learn Ryanair!

  


Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Suryo, it’s just a lavatory...   

And a tidy one!  



Hey Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
What another lovely trip report in your unique style.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Loved all the photos and detailed insight into your trip .

Thank you, my friend. I am so happy to hear that.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Loved the catering onboard with the local dishes. Really nice to see all the local things that carriers bring to the air .

Absolutely. With extensive choice of hot meals including the Western ones, AirAsia resembles a restaurant in the air.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Interesting comment on the in flight magazine . I guess they want to cut costs despite the Earth comment .

I think you are right. Cost cutting is just the hidden message behind the comment.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Anyway thanks again

You are welcome. I just love the positive vibe you give out every time.  




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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 15279 times:

Hi William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Thanks for another lovely report from your odyssey.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Thanks for posting Suryo.

Thank you so much for reading and taking your time to reply.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
I've been looking out for the next installment.

I am so glad to hear that from you. Thank you for your patience.  


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Air Asia don't even look that bad. Somehow I get the impression that although they may be a low-cost carrier, luckily for the passengers they have not stooped so low as the LCC in Europe. I mean, sure you purchased the meal you had but it certainly looks very tasty as far as I can tell.

It is so true. I cannot agree more with you.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
On a very different note, if I may ask, do you still speak Bahasa fluently?
Tentu saja!   



Hey flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Another great report from you,

Thank you so much. Do you know I have always been looking forward to hear from you? Without your well-appreciated comments, I am not sure whether I could have gone this far with my writing.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
glad to see Ariel back in full force!!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Yes, nice to have Ariel back lol

Ariel has returned, thanks to you!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I hope that delay between his and yours did not cause any major concerns for you.

I was a bit concerned at the passport control. But interestingly, it took Immigration Officer Rebecca longer to process Herman’s entry to Australia while she just stamped me through.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Was that a carry on item....

The guy did have the javelin as a carry on item.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Sweet lol

Indeed! PK-AXJ had been waiting for us since our first encounter on August 11, 2010.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Nasi Goreng is my favourite item at a large departmental store food court in downtown Toronto.

It must have been a while that I ate Nasi Goreng myself.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I have yet to taste other Indonesian dishes.

Please do so! And tell me what you think of them.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Wow those Chicken satays look good!!

Herman enjoyed it very much.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
How nice of the crew to be so bold in wanting to take a photo. Normally crews are so shy or in some cases can be so rude up front when asking to take a pic!

I remember your varying experiences with Etihad’s crew members. Leny’s enthusiasm just overwhelmed me.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
And to top it off they even left you hand written messages for you to keep with you permanently!!

The greatest souvenir ever apart from the picture.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Have they stopped flying to Europe?

On April 1, 2012, AirAsia has withdrawn permanently from Europe.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I am not one to wear a hat, but I think I wouldn't mind sporting one of those on a hot summer's day.

If you do, do you mind sharing me your picture?   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I always thougth Suryo was a spirit being and weightless (wink)

You are not the only one who mistakes me for someone else.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Once again thank you for taking us on this journey from Amsterdam to Aussie land

It has been my pleasure.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I think your final destination is Melbourne, correct?

It is Perth. Though, I would love to visit Melbourne one day.  



TEW, Luke, Jonathon, PH, aflyingkiwi, Gavin, Roy, Hannah, Lars, Eric, Martin, lychemsa, Marc, Nils, Philip, William, flightsimboy, once again, thank you for your replies. You are the best!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 15262 times:

Hello Suryo

Apologies for the delay - I read your report a week or so back but got completely swamped with work.

I very much enjoyed your latest instalment down to Darwin. Great pics - as always. Looks like you were well treated by the crew and the flight seemed to be very nice.

I've only been to Darwin once, and that was in transit many years ago onboard a Royal Brunei B767 that was flying from Brisbane to Bandar Seri Begawan - in those days some of their flights routed via Darwin, which made for an interesting "non" non-stop routing.

Very much looking forward to the next instalment - thanks again!

Palmjet



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15150 times:

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Do you know how happy I am to hear from you again? How are you doing?

Thank you for your kindness. The doctors tell me that I am on the mend.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
I did not know better that spraying would take place just before landing.

It may be up to the discretion of the airlines or maybe the origin of the flight. I recall BA always used to spray on arrival when they used to come to PER. But on my last two flights with SQ, all flights with EK and a flight with SA I do not recall seeing them spray the cabin on arrival. I was surprised in DXB once when they sprayed after I had boarded: they stopped sending passengers down the jetway while they did it.

I am looking forward to your reports on domestic flights within Australia. Stay well.

Roy


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 26, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15037 times:

Hi Suryo,

good to read that you have made it to Down-Under. A wonderful report again and also some very nice pictures. And on a quite interesting routing here from Bali to Darwin. Too bad to read that this route is now history.

Anyway AirAsia looks pretty good, really impressive service for a low-cost-airline.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Chicken satay. Note separate cup of peanut sauce and lontong (rice cake) slices

Looks nice, love these things.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Leny and I with AirAsia’s headwear. Courtesy of Eko

Lovely picture   ...

Thanks again for this report, looking forward now to read about your domestic Australian flights.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 14985 times:

Hi Suryo,


That is a nice report there (as usual) on your trip from Denpasar to Darwin. You really have some nice pictures there too (and clear as well).

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Passengers with Hot Seats

Interesting seat type designation there.    

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you not just love the black leather finish on the seats?

They do seem to fit in quite nicely with the overall interior.



The meals on your flight looked tasty, especially the chicken satays.



Such nice interactions that you had with the cabin crew. Always makes for a nicer flight.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Freshly brewed coffee

And mood lighting is included along with it too. Nice!     



Nice destination photos of Darwin also. It looks like a place to put on the list to visit.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
What?! I've never seen any carrier put it in such a way! What happened to 'Take me home. I'm yours to keep'?

Good question, and I was thinking the exact same thing when I read that.    



David



dkdaviator
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 28, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14723 times:

Hi Suryo,

Fascinating to continue your epic report series to Australia. Your style is so unique and readable, it makes it seem that we, the readers, are there with you!

From what would appear to be a mundane LCC flight, you have lifted us to enjoy every second! As usual you seem able to make any crew instantly friendly and chatty, giving us yet more insight into the flight. And your descriptions of the meals are making me hungry, despite eating not so long ago already!

Sadly on my one trip to Australia I didn't make it to Darwin, there is always the next time...

Thanks again!

signol



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User currently offlinemk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14419 times:

Hi suryo,

I was going through the forum and then saw this TR from you and i was like, how did i miss this one??!!??

Nonetheless, i was also out to India for vacation so just coming back into the reality of things.

A great TR as always...you always make it look so real, you just have an amazing talent for writing about your trips. Air Asia seems to be doing a good job of taking everyone from point A to point B with no frills attached but a few perks here and there (for a price, i must add!!!), the pre-ordered meal looks delicious but could be due to the fact that i am famished as i write this..LOL

Loved the photo of you with the stewardess....she has great posing skills.

Like i always say...keep em coming.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 30, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 14129 times:

Dear Palmjet, Roy, CaptainRed, David, Signol, Mohit,

Thank you so much for reading and taking your time to reply.  



Palmjet, Roy, CaptainRed, Mohit

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
Very much looking forward to the next instalment
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 25):
I am looking forward to your reports on domestic flights within Australia.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
looking forward now to read about your domestic Australian flights.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
Like i always say...keep em coming.

Thank you for encouraging me. I am doing my best.


Palmjet, CaptainRed, Signol

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
thanks again!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Thanks again for this report
Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Thanks again!

It has been a great pleasure of mine.  



Palmjet, CaptainRed, David,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
Looks like you were well treated by the crew and the flight seemed to be very nice.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Anyway AirAsia looks pretty good, really impressive service for a low-cost-airline.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Such nice interactions that you had with the cabin crew. Always makes for a nicer flight.

AirAsia exceeded my expectation. We were blessed to have Leny and her colleagues to take care of us.


Palmjet, CaptainRed, David, Signol,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
I very much enjoyed your latest instalment down to Darwin. Great pics - as always.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
A wonderful report again and also some very nice pictures.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
That is a nice report there (as usual) on your trip from Denpasar to Darwin. You really have some nice pictures there too (and clear as well).
Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Fascinating to continue your epic report series to Australia.

Thank you for your sweet words, mates. You really make me happy.  



CaptainRed, David,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Looks nice, love these things.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
The meals on your flight looked tasty, especially the chicken satays.

Really? You should visit my home country and indulge yourself with loads of tantalizing satays.  



CaptainRed, Mohit,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
Lovely picture   ...
Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
Loved the photo of you with the stewardess....

Thank you.


Hello Palmjet,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
Apologies for the delay - I read your report a week or so back but got completely swamped with work.

No worries! I really understand it because I have similar experience with my job. I really appreciate that you have still taken your time to post a reply.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 24):
I've only been to Darwin once, and that was in transit many years ago onboard a Royal Brunei B767 that was flying from Brisbane to Bandar Seri Begawan - in those days some of their flights routed via Darwin, which made for an interesting "non" non-stop routing.

Really? I recall the intermediate stop of your Cathay Pacific flight from Brisbane. Were you allowed to disembark as well during your transit in Darwin?


Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 25):
The doctors tell me that I am on the mend.  

I am so happy to hear that. I sincerely hope that you will fully recover soon.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 25):
It may be up to the discretion of the airlines or maybe the origin of the flight. I recall BA always used to spray on arrival when they used to come to PER. But on my last two flights with SQ, all flights with EK and a flight with SA I do not recall seeing them spray the cabin on arrival. I was surprised in DXB once when they sprayed after I had boarded: they stopped sending passengers down the jetway while they did it.

Thank you for the clarification. I understand that the cabin has to be sprayed in any case before passengers are allowed to disembark.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 25):
Stay well.

I wish you the very same. Please pass on my regards to your mother.  



Hi CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
good to read that you have made it to Down-Under.

Thank you, Captain! We finally made it!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 26):
And on a quite interesting routing here from Bali to Darwin. Too bad to read that this route is now history.

Indeed a shame that even AirAsia could not make daytime flight from Bali to Darwin viable.


Hi David,

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Interesting seat type designation there.  

40 inch seat pitch at exit row! Is it not hot?   


Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
They do seem to fit in quite nicely with the overall interior.

How nice that we think alike.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
And mood lighting is included along with it too. Nice!

Wake up light before having your caffeine shot!  


Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Nice destination photos of Darwin also. It looks like a place to put on the list to visit.

Absolutely! I should come back to Darwin as to explore the surroundings. Kakadu National Park for instance.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 27):
Good question, and I was thinking the exact same thing when I read that.

I should have acted dumb and liberated it anyway.


Hi Signol,

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Your style is so unique and readable, it makes it seem that we, the readers, are there with you!
Quoting signol (Reply 28):
From what would appear to be a mundane LCC flight, you have lifted us to enjoy every second! As usual you seem able to make any crew instantly friendly and chatty, giving us yet more insight into the flight. And your descriptions of the meals are making me hungry, despite eating not so long ago already!

Signol, you make feel so honored with these genuinely beautiful and encouraging words of yours. I am so happy that we have become friends.   


Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Sadly on my one trip to Australia I didn't make it to Darwin, there is always the next time...

That is the spirit, my friend.  



Namasté Mohit,

Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
I was going through the forum and then saw this TR from you and i was like, how did i miss this one??!!??

Thank you for dropping by. Do you know how happy I am to hear from you?

Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
Nonetheless, i was also out to India for vacation so just coming back into the reality of things.

Incredible India! I had the same feeling as well last year after returning from the country.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
A great TR as always...you always make it look so real, you just have an amazing talent for writing about your trips.

Thank you.   


Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
Air Asia seems to be doing a good job of taking everyone from point A to point B with no frills attached but a few perks here and there (for a price, i must add!!!)

You sum it up aptly. The additional prices are reasonable too.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
the pre-ordered meal looks delicious but could be due to the fact that i am famished as i write this..LOL

Probably, but I can confirm that the meal was really delicious!

Quoting mk777 (Reply 29):
....she has great posing skills.

Leny was just wonderful!


Palmjet, Roy, CaptainRed, David, Signol, Mohit,
You are just great! Thanks again for your replies!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1282 posts, RR: 4
Reply 31, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 13996 times:
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Thank you so much. Do you know I have always been looking forward to hear from you? Without your well-appreciated comments, I am not sure whether I could have gone this far with my writing

Thank you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
If you do, do you mind sharing me your picture?

I most certainly will. Be prepared to be scared lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
You are not the only one who mistakes me for someone else.

Oh dear, I did mean Ariel as the weighless one, not you   

Looking forward to the rest of the segments, but above all the return journey!


User currently offlinekretek From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 13986 times:

Meneer Suryo

Thank you for writing up this unique TR between Bali and Darwin. By looking at the photos, the cabin seems very empty so
no wonder this route has been axed. If QZ can't survive, how do you expect GA to survive when it used to operate this route? Darwin is a very small city, no more than approx 200, 000 residents so it won't be able to sustain many airline services. I used to work and travel in Darwin for a short while a few years back and the fauna and dry environment reminded me of Eastern Indonesia, like Flores or Timor.
Did you see any 'becak' (cycle pedicab) in Darwin? I was so amused these existed in Darwin (although they were mainly for tourists).
On Saturdays, I would go to the market in Parap (near Fanny Bay) early in the morning at 6am and you'd have warungs selling Laksa, Satay, and other Asian street foods. This was also the case at the Mindil Beach Market. Simply amazing.

Op reis naar eind bestemming Perth? Had I known a couple of 'bezoekers uit Nederland' were in Perth, I could have invited you for 'jalan jalan' around the city. Jammer.

Henry


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2294 posts, RR: 7
Reply 33, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13650 times:

Suryo,

I did not want to do a quick job in commenting, so I refrained until now, even though I had read your report a few days earlier.

Here are my comments.

First, great job, as usual; your style is unique and fun to read. Now, specifically regarding this trip:

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Passport holders from the European Union are now entitled to eVisitor facility unlike five years ago when Herman and I had to apply for Electronic Travel Authority instead.

Both eVisitor and ETA are authorities for short-term visit to Australia of up to three months. The only difference is that eVisitor applicants are exempted from service charge of AUD 20.

The application happens online at your fingertip.

Much better than having to apply for a visa at an embassy (or is it consulate?). I appreciate this sort of online application... Simple and straightforward.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Take some two hours into account and your Notification of Grant of an eVisitor will appear in your mailbox after Herman’s example. Or six hours after mine, even though our applications were submitted simultaneously

Strange, but still, six hours is not a long time.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unless, you are flying to Australia.   

Of course--that pesky visa issue!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Again no boarding pass.   

‘Passengers departing for Australia will only be issued the notification after self check-in. You still have to proceed to Document Check or Baggage Drop Off counter for Advance Passenger Processing,’
‘Ariel, where have you been? How did you know about the procedure?’
‘From AirAsia website,’
‘Smart guy! Nice to have you back again,’

Indeed, this must be the case--makes perfect sense, and good to know Air Asia explains this on their website  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Ngurah Rai International Airport

Ngurah Rai, spelled a bit differently, would mean "in mouth heaven" in Romanian. I think that might be very appropriate  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Yikes! No sign of our flight! Now what?’
‘No worries. There are still another screens you can rely on. Like the one behind the security check point,’

Ouch, that would have been an unpleasant experience for my heart--never like to see a FIDS without my flight on it!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Just two? What about me?’
‘Psst!’

Haha  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘What is he looking for? We do not have any tribal javelin like the guy on our left!’
‘Do not wind him up, Ariel!’

A tribal javelin, you say. Must be a good luck charm  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘You mean getting so close to an old friend? Need I say more?’
‘Hah, the excitement is all over you!’

It must be exciting, boarding this flight  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Due to regulation, all passengers are required to fill out the form before disembarkation,” Umu’s announcement was followed up by distribution of incoming passenger cards.

I wonder, what would happen if you fell asleep and slept the entire flight--most countries have these cards inside the airport as well, no?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I approached Eko at the rear galley, “I am not sure, but someone might be smoking in the cabin,”

That would've been unfortunate--still, luckily it was a false alarm.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, I was immediately in cloud nine!  

“Together?”
“Sure! Just a moment! I will put some make-up on,”

“Let me take a picture of both of you,” Eko suggested as Leny disappeared into one of the lavatory.
“What a novelty! That would be great!”

Good to see you've gotten your picture, Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Twenty four hour scheduled service for all domestic and international flight to your choice of city accommodation. How convenient and reliable is that?’

Very good. That's how it should be.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And to all of you, my mates, thank you for joining us all along to Darwin.  

Thank you for taking us along with you, Suryo. I enjoyed your TR a lot.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 34, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13478 times:

Hey Suryo, nice report!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
After filling up the nearest dustbin with two empty bottles, we proceeded to first security check point.

Such a shame that they too have decided to implement those silly liquid rules. Not all countries outside EU have them though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Do you want Red Carpet treatment? Only IDR 381,000 each,’
‘That is EUR 36 each! Not this time, Ariel,’

Red carpet treatment, what's that? Does it include lounge acces?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘A couple, two young men guys with huge backpacks, hmm, interesting...’

Were they backpackers without manners?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
My boarding pass

Ah, now that's a REAL grocery shop receipt!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
You are right. By the way, Jonas (LH4116) would love the announcement. Invitation to boarding lounge while flying a low cost carrier,’

Well if only "boarding lounge" wasn't an euphemism for hold area, then I'd have been truly thrilled.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Furthermore, the red headrests indicate that your seat pitch may be bigger than 29.5 inch,’

Hence why they call them "Hot Seats"? How nifty!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Look! The advertisements will become history after March 31,’’

Well so it seems, LCCs can't succeed on long haul. Hope that will be the case for Norwegian too once they start.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Lovely,” Herman said about his meal.

My those satays look delicious!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 35, posted (2 years 1 month ago) and read 13074 times:

Dear flightsimboy, Henry, Alex, Jonas,

Your replies mean a lot to me. Thank you so much!  



flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Thank you!

Thank you!  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
I most certainly will. Be prepared to be scared lol

Should I be scared? Try me then!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Oh dear, I did mean Ariel as the weighless one, not you  

Hehe, I felt like flying away being weightless.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Looking forward to the rest of the segments, but above all the return journey!

I am doing my best, mate.


Meneer Henry,

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
Thank you for writing up this unique TR between Bali and Darwin.

I feel honored by this, Henry.  


Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
By looking at the photos, the cabin seems very empty so
no wonder this route has been axed. If QZ can't survive, how do you expect GA to survive when it used to operate this route? Darwin is a very small city, no more than approx 200, 000 residents so it won't be able to sustain many airline services.

After its entry to Darwin – Denpasar market on December 3, 2008, JetStar is just the thing. In 2009, GA had to throw in the towel after nearly thirty years of service. Even the low cost attempt of QZ from late 2010 did not last longer than two years. Could JetStar have better market penetration somehow?

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
I used to work and travel in Darwin for a short while a few years back

Really? How nice! What did you do, may I ask?

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
the fauna and dry environment reminded me of Eastern Indonesia, like Flores or Timor.

It is not very surprising. Flores and Timor were used to be connected with Australia during the Pleistocene ice ages when the lower sea level exposed The Sahul Shelf as a dry land, creating land bridge for plants and animals to migrate.

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
Did you see any 'becak' (cycle pedicab) in Darwin?

Yes, we did! I regretted for not taking any picture of it.  


Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
I was so amused these existed in Darwin (although they were mainly for tourists).

So were we. Every time a bicycle pedicab passed by, I wondered whether the customers were locals or tourists.

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
On Saturdays, I would go to the market in Parap (near Fanny Bay) early in the morning at 6am and you'd have warungs selling Laksa, Satay, and other Asian street foods. This was also the case at the Mindil Beach Market. Simply amazing.

Thank you for the tip!

Quoting kretek (Reply 32):
Op reis naar eind bestemming Perth? Had I known a couple of 'bezoekers uit Nederland' were in Perth, I could have invited you for 'jalan jalan' around the city. Jammer.

There is always a next time, Henry.   



Alex,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
I did not want to do a quick job in commenting, so I refrained until now, even though I had read your report a few days earlier.

No worries, Alex! Take your time.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Here are my comments.

I was looking forward to them. Thanks a lot!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
First, great job, as usual; your style is unique and fun to read.

I am so happy to hear that.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Much better than having to apply for a visa at an embassy (or is it consulate?)

Absolutely! Compared to the early nineties when Herman had to apply for a visa himself at The Australian Embassy in The Hague.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
I appreciate this sort of online application... Simple and straightforward.

So did we!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Strange, but still, six hours is not a long time.

At the end, there was indeed nothing to worry about.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Of course--that pesky visa issue!

Somewhat cumbersome.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Indeed, this must be the case--makes perfect sense, and good to know Air Asia explains this on their website  

Good job of AirAsia for being very informative!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Ngurah Rai, spelled a bit differently, would mean "in mouth heaven" in Romanian. I think that might be very appropriate   

Really? How appropriate for the gateway to The Island of The Gods!  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Haha  

  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
A tribal javelin, you say. Must be a good luck charm  

Who knew? The guy did manage to bring it along on board despite the inspection.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
It must be exciting, boarding this flight  

Oh yes!  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
I wonder, what would happen if you fell asleep and slept the entire flight--most countries have these cards inside the airport as well, no?

To be honest, I did not see any counter where people could fill out incoming passenger cards after arrival.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
That would've been unfortunate--still, luckily it was a false alarm.

Indeed, I was bemused by the sight.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Good to see you've gotten your picture, Suryo  

Thanks to Leny and Eko.  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Very good. That's how it should be.

  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 33):
Thank you for taking us along with you, Suryo. I enjoyed your TR a lot.

Thank you for joining us, Alex. It has been a great pleasure.  



Hey Jonas,

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
nice report!

Thank you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Such a shame that they too have decided to implement those silly liquid rules.

DPS does anything to observe the rules, especially after TSA determined in 2005 that the airport was not meeting the security standards of ICAO . The warning has been lifted though on October 11, 2007.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Not all countries outside EU have them though.

Really? Can you name some of the countries? I thought all international airports have to meet the liquid regulations.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Red carpet treatment, what's that? Does it include lounge acces?

You will get benefits like free check-in service at dedicated counters, fast track, buggy service, priority boarding, priority baggage delivery and , yes, lounge access!   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Were they backpackers without manners?  

Hehe, no! They neither cut the line nor occupied seats with their backpacks.   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Ah, now that's a REAL grocery shop receipt!

And I love it! It is vintage, you know, as Gavin rightly said earlier. 


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Well if only "boarding lounge" wasn't an euphemism for hold area, then I'd have been truly thrilled.

According to COBUILD English dictionary, a lounge is also a very large room in an airport where people can sit and wait for aircraft to arrive or depart. I do not see nothing euphemistic in “boarding lounge”

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Hence why they call them "Hot Seats"? How nifty!

Absolutely!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
Well so it seems, LCCs can't succeed on long haul. Hope that will be the case for Norwegian too once they start.

Well, never say never.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 34):
My those satays look delicious!

And very tasty as Herman said.


flightsimboy, Henry, Alex, Jonas,
You are gentlemen. Thanks again!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 36, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12931 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Indeed, a ferry connection between Darwin and its Indonesian sister city Kupang might be viable.

Somehow I don't think the increasingly right-wing Australians politicians/ people would like this. They seem to like being an island

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Nasi Lemak would be incomplete without Ikan Bilis. I am sure you have had the dish as well.   

I did! On AirAsia too... but they were overpowering and made me feel ill. So I am happy to see them more optional these days!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5100 posts, RR: 55
Reply 37, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12561 times:

What a fantastic report! Air Asia has truly revolutionized air travel in the region, and good to see another report of their connect-the-dot routes. The food seems good as usual, and you totally lucked out with the crew. I had 2 recent flights with them - VTE/KUL and KUL/CMB. The former was documented and seemed to have robotic lacklustre crew. The second was a lot better. I wonder if the crew on Indonesia Air Asia is inherently better though? Thanks again for sharing. I think there is a report that will make you smile coming up in the next few in my queue ...

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 38, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12035 times:

Dear Luke,

Please allow me to use your format.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 36):
Somehow I don't think the increasingly right-wing Australians politicians/ people would like this. They seem to like being an island

These politicians strikingly quoted East Timor as failing result of The Australian Labor Party’s decision to abolish the Howard’s Government strong border protection. I do not know what has really happened, but apparently East Timor is an emotionally charged political subject.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 36):
I did! On AirAsia too... but they were overpowering and made me feel ill.

That is too bad.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 36):
So I am happy to see them more optional these days!

You must have been not the only one feeling ill from Ikan Bilis. Good to know AirAsia has revised the servings for the sake of its passengers.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Dear Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
What a fantastic report!
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
good to see another report of their connect-the-dot routes

Thank you so much for reading.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
Air Asia has truly revolutionized air travel in the region

Absolutely! AirAsia has opened up opportunities to fly directly to cities which had never been served by legacy airlines. KUL-SRG, to name a few.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
The food seems good as usual

You just cannot fault AirAsia's buy-on-board / pre-order hot meal menu.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
you totally lucked out with the crew

Leny did make the difference.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
I had 2 recent flights with them - VTE/KUL and KUL/CMB. The former was documented and seemed to have robotic lacklustre crew. The second was a lot better.

Too bad indeed about the former sector. Would you be sharing us your KUL/CMB experience?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
I wonder if the crew on Indonesia Air Asia is inherently better though?

Probably. I only had flights with Indonesia AirAsia though, so I cannot really judge on their Malaysian or Thai colleagues.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
Thanks again for sharing.

You are welcome. It has been my pleasure.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 37):
I think there is a report that will make you smile coming up in the next few in my queue ...

One airline occurred to me immediately. Would it be Garuda? In any case, I am looking forward to reading the report.  



Luke, Alex, you are the best.   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 39, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11978 times:

Hi Suryo,

Finally managed to read through this latest part of your Australasian tour. Great stuff once again, looks like you had a good flight with Air Asia. Nice route as well.

You certainly are one of a kind when it comes to socializing with cabin crews and getting into photo situations...!  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 40, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11910 times:
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Hi there Suryo,

Another excellent and entertaining report from you with some very nice pictures, really enjoyed it
Looks like you had a great flight with Air Asia. I just love the way you interact with the crew every flight, very nice!
Quite interesting to read about someone smoking an electronic sigarette in an airplane. And there isn't even a rule against it according to the FA, hmm
Love your destination pictures too, finishes this report off perfectly!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 41, posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10839 times:

Dear P., Brendan,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 39):
Finally managed to read through this latest part of your Australasian tour. Great stuff once again,
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 40):
Another excellent and entertaining report from you with some very nice pictures, really enjoyed it

What a sweet words of yours. Thank you so much.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 39):
looks like you had a good flight with Air Asia.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 40):
Looks like you had a great flight with Air Asia.

Thanks to Leny, Eko and Umu.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 39):
You certainly are one of a kind when it comes to socializing with cabin crews and getting into photo situations...!  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 40):
I just love the way you interact with the crew every flight, very nice!

I just want to make friends. That’s all.  



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

P.,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 39):
Nice route as well.

That’s for sure. Too bad, AirAsia’s service could not last any longer.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 40):
Quite interesting to read about someone smoking an electronic sigarette in an airplane. And there isn't even a rule against it according to the FA, hmm

Electronic cigarette was not explicitly mentioned according to Umu, but she handled the situation very well to the convenience of other passengers.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 40):
Love your destination pictures too, finishes this report off perfectly!

I am so happy to know that. Thank you!


P., Brendan, you are just great!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 42, posted (2 years 11 hours ago) and read 10688 times:

Hoi, Suryo,

it seems I´ve missed this one.
Well done and sure a great experience on Indonesia Air Asia.
Also nice pictures.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 43, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10248 times:

Hoi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 42):
it seems I´ve missed this one.

No worries.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 42):
Well done and sure a great experience on Indonesia Air Asia.

Thanks to Leny, Eko and Umu. How about flying Indonesia AirAsia yourself in the near future?  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 42):
Also nice pictures.

Thank you.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 779 posts, RR: 12
Reply 44, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10203 times:

Good day Suryo,

what a pleasure to read this well documented continuation of your journey to Down Under. How do you manage to always travel with the best crews? I would love to read one day a glowing TR from RYR, HV or anything else with low reputation  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Captain Yudi Suryo

Nice name, is it common in Indonesia?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Note the overhead locker advertisements

Hum far less flashy than RYR!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Eko stamped our printouts for reconfirmation and served our meal right away

Are the pre-reserved meals better (and or cheaper) than the ones listed on the menu onboard?


Darwin looks great city, not too busy!


Many thanks for this very interesting report on Air Asia  

Léonard



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 45, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9642 times:

G’day Léonard,

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
what a pleasure to read this well documented continuation of your journey to Down Under.

Thank you so much. I am so delighted with your reply.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
How do you manage to always travel with the best crews?

I do not know.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
I would love to read one day a glowing TR from RYR, HV or anything else with low reputation   .

Never say never, though I flew HV once in 2002.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Nice name, is it common in Indonesia?

Suryo is a common name in Indonesia. It means “the sun”.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Hum far less flashy than RYR!

I would say, more low profiled.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Are the pre-reserved meals better (and or cheaper) than the ones listed on the menu onboard?

If you pre-book online, you may save up to 15% on meals. The pre-booked ones and those on the menu onboard should be equally good. The only thing is that your meal choice may not be available if you do not order it in advance.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Darwin looks great city, not too busy!

Darwin happens to be the least populous of all Australia’s capital cities with its 127,532 inhabitants after The Census in 2010.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Many thanks for this very interesting report on Air Asia  

You are welcome.  


Thanks again for your support.

Warmest regards,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 779 posts, RR: 12
Reply 46, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9432 times:

Hi Mister Sun!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Suryo is a common name in Indonesia. It means “the sun”.

Cool, always good to learn something new many thanks

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
If you pre-book online, you may save up to 15% on meals. The pre-booked ones and those on the menu onboard should be equally good. The only thing is that your meal choice may not be available if you do not order it in advance.

Ok, i thought that meals choice would differ or be enhanced, but still a great idea and good deal!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Darwin happens to be the least populous of all Australia’s capital cities with its 127,532 inhabitants after The Census in 2010.

For a town of that size, the international network is quiet decent


Regards



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 47, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9248 times:

Howdy Léo,

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 46):
Cool, always good to learn something new many thanks

My pleasure.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 46):
Ok, i thought that meals choice would differ or be enhanced, but still a great idea and good deal!

Too right! Vegetarian, international or local cuisine at moderate price, something for everybody!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 46):
For a town of that size, the international network is quiet decent

Indeed! Can you imagine that there was a total of 252,214 international passengers recorded during the 2010 – 11 financial year?


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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