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I Entered The Lion's Den - Lion Air CGK-SIN  
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12743 times:


PT Lion Mentari Air
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport - Singapore Changi Airport
JT 160
Boeing 737-900ER (PH-LJL)
1510-1745H
Duration: Approx 90min

I ventured into the Lion's den. Yes I did, out of a morbid curiosity to see how has this controversial airline progressed since the last time I patronized them. There are plenty of opportunities to fly Lion since I go to Jakarta so often. This trip was one of many.

Any crashes since my last flight with them? Nothing much actually. While we expect safety incidents to be a norm in Indonesia, Lion was suprisingly quiet on that aspect. In fact, on my last flight I observed that they seemed to be rather safety conscious with numerous related announcements on cue. I felt things were looking up for this fledging airline.

Fledging they became! Malindo Air was airborne in mid-March this year - a joint venture between Lion and a Malaysian-based defense company. Batik Air will be another full serviced airline created to compete directly with the incumbent Garuda Indonesia. For a start, it will be based out of (strangely) Manado which is situated on the eastern end of Indonesia - hoping to capture East-Asian holiday traffic. How will this translate to premium yields is questionable for now.

After all, Lion Air has ordered so many 737-900s - they've got to use the planes somehow somewhere right? Why not create airlines and deploy them there?

Anyway, fast forward to departure day from Jakarta. It was Easter weekend so I used that opportunity to make a quick trip down south to celebrate a dear friend's birthday. It was a glutton-filled Sunday as we gorged our stomachs silly with blood vessel clogging cholestrol inducing culinary delights over champagne brunch at Ritz Carlton. I swear my ears were burping afterwards.



In order to avoid Jakarta's legendary jams (I'm sure they've somehow beatened Bangkok for this title), I left for the airport late morning to be there by 1130H. This gave me ample time to explore the domestic terminal and I wanted to see how much of the domestic scene has changed since my last trip.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport, domestic Terminal 1



Well, the number of airlines have somehow reduced. Batavia Air was recently shut - so recent that the office was still there but seized by creditors. The smell of bankruptcy was indeed still lingering like a slow warm heavy fart clinging to your butt. Not a good sight.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport, international Terminal 2


After hanging around in the humid open air taking after what seem like a thousand photos from the open air viewing gallery - it was time to head over to the international terminal. Shuttle buses are easily available and this transfer is offered free of charge. I see that Jakarta in trying to rebrand its airport into "SHIA" (abbreviation for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport). I like it, its got a nice ring to it.

"Refurbishment" is the key word for CGK this season. Arrival concourse has been carpeted while little has been done on departure level. Samsung seems to be omni-present with their name splashed on all FIDS. Good for them.



I decided to explore another spotting location which is located in the Airport Hotel above the international terminal. While views were good of the runway, it was too far to take any meaningful photos. Anything closer would be obscured by structural roofing. Nothing much to do, I settled at the restaurant for a steak.



Eventually, check in was later processed very quickly. No complaints because a window seat request was promptly attended to although I was told the ones aft of the aircraft was all taken, I had to settle for one over the left wing. Better than nothing, I guess.

There were two flights heading to Jeddah (Garuda and Saudi) leading to a human jam at immigration. Folks on these flights are largely village dwellers who are flying for the first time leading to some lost souls wandering about with an obvious look of apprehension in their eyes.



With nowhere else to go, I headed for the one place I always go to in CGK - Starbucks. They offer an uninterupted view of the tarmac and I can't seem to think of anywhere else which has this (other than the HSBC Premium Lounge). Wait staff drew up the blinds as soon as they saw me armed with a camera - talk about anticipation! Thumbs up!

"Mahu ambil gambar ya Pak? Silahkan..."
"Taking photos, Sir? Please go ahead..."



Traffic was at its usual busy self. CGK is presently experiencing some of aviation world's biggest growth rates defying economic logic and it showed.



Good things always come to an end. Soon it was time for me to head towards the inevitable... The Lion was waiting.



Peering out of the holding lounge, I could see another nameless 737-900 awaiting me. Lion has so many of them. If you lined them up, they could probably circle the globe. Nevertheless, we filed into the aerobridge toward the waiting door ahead.



Gulp... I started perspiring in my pits. Was I nervous? No, just that the air conditioning wasn't working well in the aerobridge today.

"SELAMAT SIANG, PAK!"



Enthusiastic these ladies were in greeting passengers. Plane smelled brand new. Lo and behold, I got myself onto a 737-900 with the new Signature interior. Not bad, another check on my list! Dewi was another "Lioness" stationed halfway down the aisle.

"Selamat Siang, Pak."

Rectangular of the old versus the oval interior window of the new...



I was duly escorted to my seat. Not bad for service so far. While boarding progressed, I took in the surroundings of this extremely new looking aircraft. Mood lighting was in effect, not a single flaw in the panels and fittings still all in place without any signs of wear and tear. Ah, the plane was sickeningly new you wanted to do something naughty to destroy it. Smear mash potato on the brand new leather perhaps? Or pass a blood red crayon to a restless toddler two rows back?

Oh look who decided to sashay past us today?


"Ibu dan Bapak yang terhormat..."

Ok, welcome announcements were coming on signalling we were pushing back soon. I needed to settle and pipe down my desire for vandalism. Safety demo was done manually - of course. This is Lion. It was performed partially in Bahasa Indonesia, and English. The recorded announcement was clear and precise. Crew later walked down the aisle and were very proactive in ensuring seats were upright, belts fastened and window shades pushed up.

I'd like to think Lion has moved on, safety wise.

Somehow, I can't stop thinking of Amistad. Maybe another time, my dear.


Taxi brought us to 07L for take off. It seemed kinda hazy outside which was a waste, because it would have been an otherwise picturesque departure with views of surrounding villages.

Goodbye for now, CGK!

Who's curious where does Lion Air fly to? Hands up!

Once airborne, we were left to our own devices for almost 40 mins. Lion doesn't seem to be too enthusaistic with their sales cart as compared to Air Asia. Other than Dewi, she was accompanied by Tari - and together as a team, slowly made their way down with the cart. It was such a leisurely affair it felt like a Sunday stroll by the beach.



These two Lioness were going through the actions - if I dare say, almost in a slow motion deliberately. Small talk was done and they actually took time to be nice to passengers they served. This was a very welcome observation from the Lion of previous times I remembered.

"Mahu minum? Minum?"
"Want any drinks? Drinks?"

I was actually rather impressed with these two girls who seemed so at ease and cheerful. With not many pasengers purchasing, the cart route was completed in no time. This also meant I saw no more of those two ladies.



Flight was fairly bumpy throughout and with every jolt of the aircraft, my knuckles went white. I was after all, still on Lion Air. Ok, I needed to calm my nerves. Nothing like an episode of scandalous gossips on Gossip Girl to keep my mind off the plane breaking apart in mid air. Out came my tablet.



It wasn't very long after when I felt the nose tilt downwards. Oh no... What was happening?! Oh, we were preparing to land.

Tari slowly ambled by and ever so gently, gestured for seats to be up. She was so graceful in fact, this felt like an airline ad playing in front of me. Lion's tagline these days - We Make People Fly. I'm sure Tari made some people want to fly more that afternoon.

"Pak... Pak.... Pak! Jendela, Pak!"
"Sir... Sir... Sir! The windows, Sir!"

Oops, sorry. I needed to snap out of my Tari-dream.



Arrival from the south brought us over the Riau archipelago before skirting over the ships in anchorage out from Singapore's busy harbour. The beautiful approach was marred by the fact that I was seated over the wing. I could hardly see shit. Still, I was craning my neck back and forth to try and get a glimpse. No matter how many times I fly, I never get tired of this approach as the city skyline comes into view in the distance welcoming me back home.



A firm thump ended my worry and I was now back on terra firma, nothing else could go wrong at this point. A live announcement welcomed us to "Singaporrrrrrrrre" and at some point the announcement was ping-ponging back and forth between Bahasa Indonesia and English... I could not tell.

As we arrive, another Lion departs for CGK. Traffic volume between these two cities have increased making it one of the busiest sectors in the world.

Utilising a gate vacated by the earlier Lion.

One final glimpse at PK-LJL.

"Thank you for choosing Lion Airrrrrr..."

Not bad at all, an SMS notification informing me my flight has been brought forward. But what happens if I do not understand Bahasa Indonesia?

Just as I was about to walk away impressed with how this airline has progressed - they had to go land one of their planes into the sea in Bali a week later. Awesomme stuff, guys! Think I won't stain my underwear anymore and I'll do Garuda for my next Jakarta soiree!


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12706 times:

Non aviation related photos of my Easter Jakarta trip...

Ritz Carlton Sunday champagne brunch is a must! Bookings beforehand are very necessary...

The Ritz Lion (no pun intended) decided to pay us a visit...

... and then the Easter Bunny decided to join in the orgy as well not wanting to feel left out.

The spoils of brunch...

Storm's approaching... From Skye Bar @ Level 56 Menara BCA.

Sunset over Jakarta... From Skye Bar @ Level 56 Menara BCA.

Skye Bar @ Level 56 Menara BCA.

[Edited 2013-05-09 09:19:21]


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12671 times:

Plane spotting heaven @ Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

From the open air viewing gallery at domestic Terminal 1...

Grounded, sadly...



Meanwhile, over at the international Terminal 2...




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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12592 times:

Great report. Love Jakarta airport. As I kid I used to live in Jakara, and the Domestic temrial was used by CX, flying the 747-300 via SIN to HKG (later a L1011 nonstop as well) or LH's mighty 747-400 via SIN to FRA.
The views are great and the whole terminal is beautiful and parks wonderful.

Lion Air seems not too bad. Flew them 3-4 years ago from CGK to DPS. Back then the boarding pass were printed on all white endless paper on needle printers (not even a lion air logo on it) and gates where shuffled all around all the time and no one really knew where and when boarding started. I asked the guy at the gate and he told me I could walk to the aircraft. Walked down to the tarmac and boarded one of the randomly sitting 3 Lion Air 737-´900's there... Not sure which one would be mine. TThey were aitll cleaning the plane and while walking down to the seat I asked one of the staff members if this one was bound for Bali. It was. Sat dawn and waited 15 more minutes alone in the plane for the rest of people boarding. So much for safety back then  

Missed somehow that Batavia went bankrupt. That's a bit sad...


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12230 times:

Hi Ryanair!!!

Great report on Lionair and thanks for the spotting pics from CGK as well.

Good that they have moved forward with safety in some aspects....now if they could only LAND safely all the time, things would be even better.......

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 11792 times:

Aaah brings back memories from last year, where all my domestic flights in Indonesia were with Lion Air. It was quite a special experience  

The legroom is terrible though. Infact, I didn't know I had to make a connection in Makassar (beautiful airport!); where my first leg was at the emergency exit, the second one was in a random middle seat. It already was an agony and the plane was still at the terminal! I asked the FAs if I could sit in C-class and pay for it. They couldn't understand me. Suddenly the ground agent talked to me and asked me if I could walk with him outside the aircraft (they probably thought I was some customer from hell). I explained the situation and it was no problem! Well how much do I have to pay him? He said something in Bahasa along the lines: 'whatever you wish to pay for it'. I handed him some cash and ultimately this was probably the cheapest upgrade to business class ever.

I made the mistake in CKG to immediately go airside in the domestic terminal, deep in the night. There is absolutely nothing to do there! Terminal 3 is breathtaking: sparkling new, fresh, modern. It's nice to see that a lot of airports in Indonesia are undergoing major renewal.
You are correct about Jakarta and their traffic! Nervewrecking! It took me more than an hour from Tanjung Priok to the airport. But wow, I had the time of my life in Indonesia and I thank Lion Air for bringing me safe & sound to my beloved family members across this country. But next time I'll try Garuda haha!

[Edited 2013-05-09 16:48:03]

User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 595 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 11487 times:

Hi Ryanair,

Another great trip report from you, on Lion Air this time. It was a coincidence that during the Easter weekend, I flew the SIN - CGK route as well, although it was on GA. The interior on the B739 look pleasant, and seems you had a good flight with them back home to SIN.

The last time I flew on Lion Air was on their M82s in 2005 and it was not a pleasant experience on the short flight from SUB to BPN, from your report I can see that they has gone so far from those days.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No matter how many times I fly, I never get tired of this approach as the city skyline comes into view in the distance welcoming me back home.

Great way to describe an approach that I myself has seen one too many  

Nice pictures of your events in Jakarta, especially the Skye Bar on the 56th floor of Menara BCA. Should try visit it if I am flying to CGK again.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Not bad at all, an SMS notification informing me my flight has been brought forward. But what happens if I do not understand Bahasa Indonesia?

Just as I was about to walk away impressed with how this airline has progressed - they had to go land one of their planes into the sea in Bali a week later. Awesomme stuff, guys! Think I won't stain my underwear anymore and I'll do Garuda for my next Jakarta soiree!

Nice to see Lion has improved on communicating with their passengers beforehand about any changes in flight schedule. In the past people are avoiding Lion, not just because of their safety records, but also finding their service a disappointment compared to the other local carriers like Batavia or Sriwijaya.

Once my friend was flying a Lion Air flight to BPN and had to be left behind because they re-timed the flight earlier without notifying them (and several other passengers) on their flight. In the end they have to bought another ticket as Lion did not compensate them.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 10965 times:

Fantastic photos Ryan, though your written imagery was sometimes a little disturbing, what with ear burping and all.

OMG I can't wait for Lion Air to come to Australia and REVOLUTIONISE air travel here, much like Tiger has done.

Nah, I jest. Though, I do suggest that someone in Asia sets up Air Kitten or Pussy Air to add to the feline LCCs.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10381 times:

Hello all, thanks for dropping by...

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
As I kid I used to live in Jakara, and the Domestic temrial was used by CX, flying the 747-300 via SIN to HKG (later a L1011 nonstop as well) or LH's mighty 747-400 via SIN to FRA.

Hell yeah... I remembering flying the CX L1011 numerous times to HK. And the landings in Kai Tak, man they don't have airports like that anymore these days!

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Sat dawn and waited 15 more minutes alone in the plane for the rest of people boarding. So much for safety back then

Only in Indonesia...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Good that they have moved forward with safety in some aspects....now if they could only LAND safely all the time, things would be even better.......

LOL... I concur. But you have to agree the country has come a long way from days when there seemed to be an aviation incident every week.

Quoting ardian (Reply 5):
I explained the situation and it was no problem! Well how much do I have to pay him? He said something in Bahasa along the lines: 'whatever you wish to pay for it'. I handed him some cash and ultimately this was probably the cheapest upgrade to business class ever.

Again, only in Indonesia.

Quoting ardian (Reply 5):
There is absolutely nothing to do there! Terminal 3 is breathtaking: sparkling new, fresh, modern. It's nice to see that a lot of airports in Indonesia are undergoing major renewal.

Indeed, stay landside at domestic. All the terminals (1A, 1B and 1C) have their individual open air viewing gallery. There are also a lot more shops and eateries outside. The only draw back? No air conditioning. By the time I was done with my rounds, I was drenched and the most embarrassing parts of my shirt. I went over to international terminal, settled down at the transit hotel and changed into dry clothes.

Quoting ardian (Reply 5):
You are correct about Jakarta and their traffic! Nervewrecking! It took me more than an hour from Tanjung Priok to the airport. But wow, I had the time of my life in Indonesia and I thank Lion Air for bringing me safe & sound to my beloved family members across this country. But next time I'll try Garuda haha!

Indeed, my record was 3 hours from airport to Pondok Indah on a Friday evening.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
The interior on the B739 look pleasant, and seems you had a good flight with them back home to SIN.

I don't disagree Lion has improved, as they should. With very new planes in their hands, it seems things can only get better. And then Bali happened... Sigh...

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
The last time I flew on Lion Air was on their M82s in 2005 and it was not a pleasant experience on the short flight from SUB to BPN, from your report I can see that they has gone so far from those days.

Yes I remember Lion from those days as well. I myself have experienced the ex-Continental MD82 also. I was never so happy to be back on the ground. Kudos to the crew who risk their lives everyday to earn a living.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
Nice pictures of your events in Jakarta, especially the Skye Bar on the 56th floor of Menara BCA. Should try visit it if I am flying to CGK again.

Although reservations are necessary. The management is trying to make that place so exclusive (I don't know why) that you cannot just walk in and ask for a table.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
In the past people are avoiding Lion, not just because of their safety records, but also finding their service a disappointment compared to the other local carriers like Batavia or Sriwijaya.

It didn't stop Lion from becoming one of the largest airlines in Indonesia!

Quoting allrite (Reply 7):
OMG I can't wait for Lion Air to come to Australia and REVOLUTIONISE air travel here, much like Tiger has done.

They did, they tried... Twice.

Quoting allrite (Reply 7):
Nah, I jest. Though, I do suggest that someone in Asia sets up Air Kitten or Pussy Air to add to the feline LCCs.

Well we have something close to Pussy Air. Taiwan's EVA Hello Kitty flight to NRT, FUK, ICN and HKG. That mouthless pussy quietly endures and brings passengers across the skies without a single complaint. I will probably faint if EVA should one day decide that her live in partner Dear Daniel should join in the fun.



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10360 times:
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I was planning on quoting the parts that made me laugh, but you know the ones LOL!!....You are absolutely one crazy trip reporter  

A great report on such a short route, on an infamous airline and you made it look like a super long haul one....Keep posting.


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5736 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10052 times:

Well, Ryanair... What can I say, other than that I LOVED this report.

As soon as I saw...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I ventured into the Lion's den. Yes I did, out of a morbid curiosity

I knew that I hadn't made a mistake clicking on your TR, and you proved me right!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
it will be based out of (strangely) Manado

That is quite bizarre, I agree.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
blood vessel clogging cholestrol inducing culinary delights over champagne

Now that sounds like my kind of breakfast!!!   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Batavia Air was recently shut - so recent that the office was still there but seized by creditors

I love how one seal had been broken... so they had to add another!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
the HSBC Premium Lounge

REALLY?!? Can't they be satisfied with jetbridges? Surely they don't need to start sponsoring lounges as well!  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Wait staff drew up the blinds as soon as they saw me armed with a camera - talk about anticipation! Thumbs up!

"Mahu ambil gambar ya Pak? Silahkan..."

Now that is awesome service  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
defying economic logic

Maybe, but not Indonesian economic logic. I tip my hat to that country  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The Lion was waiting.

da, da, daaaahhhhh.....!!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Gulp... I started perspiring in my pits. Was I nervous? No, just that the air conditioning wasn't working well in the aerobridge today.

This had me rolling on the floor...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Oh look who decided to sashay past us today?

I never knew Garuda had a retrojet

*hangs head in shame*

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
It was such a leisurely affair it felt like a Sunday stroll by the beach.

Better than the hard-[on]-sell at out namesake then  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Small talk was done and they actually took time to be nice to passengers they served

What? Staff working in customer service actually proving .... customer service?!?! How dare they!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Nothing like an episode of scandalous gossips on Gossip Girl to keep my mind off the plane breaking apart in mid air. Out came my tablet.

Oh you and your gossip girl! Where would you be without it?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Oh no... What was happening?! Oh, we were preparing to land.

I'm on the floor again  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Lion's tagline these days - We Make People Fly

No Sh*t! They would be out of business otherwise

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I'm sure Tari made some people want to fly more that afternoon.

Now, now 
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No matter how many times I fly, I never get tired of this approach

To my shame, I've never been to Singapore. I've experienced this approach many, many times on my way to Europe, though, and I could never get board of it

(mental commitment: next time I go to Europe, stop over in SG on the way)

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
One final glimpse at PK-LJL.

That's better, HSBC back in their rightful place ... on a jetbridge


Thank you so much for this trip report! I loved every second of reading it. I'm glad to see that Lion Air weren't too horrendous, and that they didn't take you for swimming lessons somewhere off the coast of Bali. Overall, they look like a pretty decent carrier. While the DPS incident was concerning, when things go well they look like a very decent LCC to rival the best.

And if you don't mind me responding to a couple of other responders...

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
I asked the guy at the gate and he told me I could walk to the aircraft. Walked down to the tarmac and boarded one of the randomly sitting 3 Lion Air 737-´900's there... Not sure which one would be mine. TThey were aitll cleaning the plane and while walking down to the seat I asked one of the staff members if this one was bound for Bali. It was. Sat dawn and waited 15 more minutes alone in the plane for the rest of people boarding. So much for safety back then
Quoting ardian (Reply 5):
I explained the situation and it was no problem! Well how much do I have to pay him? He said something in Bahasa along the lines: 'whatever you wish to pay for it'. I handed him some cash and ultimately this was probably the cheapest upgrade to business class ever.

I need to get myself to Indonesia   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
man they don't have airports like that anymore these days!

I was really underwhelmed by LCY, which I thought was going to be exciting. I just wish I got to fly into Kai Tak while the opportunity was still there. I love Chep Lap Kok, it is my favourite airport in the world, but there is something *missing*

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
You are absolutely one crazy trip reporter

Agreed

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
Keep posting
Keep Walking


And one final thing...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
patronized



Before you move down here, please discover the letter "s"         

[Edited 2013-05-11 06:21:01]


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User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 595 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9955 times:

Hi Ryanair,

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
Although reservations are necessary. The management is trying to make that place so exclusive (I don't know why) that you cannot just walk in and ask for a table.

Thanks a lot for the information! Hopefully I manage to get a reservation there one day.  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
It didn't stop Lion from becoming one of the largest airlines in Indonesia!

True, I guess for most Indonesians price is still the number one factor, unless the Lion has disappointed you in your previous flying experience  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
With very new planes in their hands, it seems things can only get better. And then Bali happened... Sigh...

Yes, when Bali happened now I am rethinking on trying to get on Lion (or their future subsidiaries) flights, although I would like to fly on those B739s

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6225 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 9840 times:

Thanks for sharing Ryan, quite enjoyable read. I liked the farti reference it made me chuckle. Great poctures of Jakarta, keep thos trip reports coming!


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9287 times:

Hi

Great report and splendid and crisp pics.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8971 times:

Hi guys,

Thanks for stopping by and apologies for my late response. Its been a super busy week for me...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
A great report on such a short route, on an infamous airline and you made it look like a super long haul one....Keep posting.

Ahem... I have another two more TRs up my sleeve.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
I knew that I hadn't made a mistake clicking on your TR, and you proved me right!

Hahaha... glad you like it. You might want to read some of my older ones as well.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
That is quite bizarre, I agree.

The fact that it is a full serviced carrier. Other than Garuda, Merpati is the only other full service carrier I know of. Everyone else is their own version of LCC. So many others didn't survive post deregulation. Bouraq, Sempati etc...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
Now that sounds like my kind of breakfast!!!   

Honey, its "brunch". Its for the gluttons... We dine into the afternoon until we are all ready to explode.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
REALLY?!? Can't they be satisfied with jetbridges? Surely they don't need to start sponsoring lounges as well!  

HSBC has a Premium card. I guess their customer base in Indonesia is large enough for them to open a lounge in CGK. I've been in there for a bit and it isn't anything to shout about.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
I never knew Garuda had a retrojet

So does MH and TG. SQ, being traditionally superstitious about paining any sort of special livery - has chose NOT to have a retro-jet.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
Oh you and your gossip girl! Where would you be without it?

I've moved on to Pretty Little Liars. Hehehehe...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
To my shame, I've never been to Singapore. I've experienced this approach many, many times on my way to Europe, though, and I could never get board of it

Come out of the airport next time. You won't be the first a.netter I've brought around town. In fact, I met two of them in the last month alone.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
I love Chep Lap Kok, it is my favourite airport in the world, but there is something *missing*

I wouldn't say HKG is my favourite airport persay... But it is one of my favourites. The expansive windows are a photographer's wet dream aka me. I literally went crazy while I was there because at every second, there was a plane I wanted to take a shot of. I have other favourites like Sydney, Kai Tak, Bangkok's Don Meuang (back then, not now).

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
Before you move down here, please discover the letter "s"         

Hahaha, I've taken very special note of this. Wouldn't want my prospective employers to look at me funny.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 11):
Yes, when Bali happened now I am rethinking on trying to get on Lion (or their future subsidiaries) flights, although I would like to fly on those B739s

You know what they say, there's never a safer time to fly an airline after a crash.

Quoting chepos (Reply 12):
Thanks for sharing Ryan, quite enjoyable read. I liked the farti reference it made me chuckle. Great poctures of Jakarta, keep thos trip reports coming!

Hahahaha... Glad i made you chuckle. Hope you're well.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Great report and splendid and crisp pics.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers y'all...
Ryan



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8209 times:

Yay one more TR, I just love the stream of TRs coming out  
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Anyway, fast forward to departure day from Jakarta. It was Easter weekend so I used that opportunity to make a quick trip down south to celebrate a dear friend's birthday. It was a glutton-filled Sunday as we gorged our stomachs silly with blood vessel clogging cholestrol inducing culinary delights over champagne brunch at Ritz Carlton. I swear my ears were burping afterwards.

It's Sunday, you are forgiven.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
In order to avoid Jakarta's legendary jams (I'm sure they've somehow beatened Bangkok for this title), I left for the airport late morning to be there by 1130H.

And once again, you seriously need to come to India. You would then know what traffic jam is.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
There were two flights heading to Jeddah (Garuda and Saudi) leading to a human jam at immigration.

Ah yes, CGK - JED.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Wait staff drew up the blinds as soon as they saw me armed with a camera - talk about anticipation! Thumbs up!

Good job!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
CGK is presently experiencing some of aviation world's biggest growth rates defying economic logic and it showed.

Yes, EK just added a third daily B77W there.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Gulp... I started perspiring in my pits. Was I nervous? No, just that the air conditioning wasn't working well in the aerobridge today.

LOL! .. you remind me of Po (Kung fu Panda)

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
. Ah, the plane was sickeningly new you wanted to do something naughty to destroy it. Smear mash potato on the brand new leather perhaps? Or pass a blood red crayon to a restless toddler two rows back?

The FA would have spanked you for being naughty   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
It was such a leisurely affair it felt like a Sunday stroll by the beach.

Lol

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Nothing like an episode of scandalous gossips on Gossip Girl to keep my mind off the plane breaking apart in mid air. Out came my tablet.

You aren't done with Gossip girl yet?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Just as I was about to walk away impressed with how this airline has progressed - they had to go land one of their planes into the sea in Bali a week later. Awesomme

Sad

Nonetheless, thanks for sharing ... it was a wonderful TR.

P.S -- Why were you sitting on your phone in the below picture?




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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8025 times:

Hey Ojas...

Quoting ojas (Reply 15):
LOL! .. you remind me of Po (Kung fu Panda)

hahaha I hope that's a compliment?

Quoting ojas (Reply 15):
You aren't done with Gossip girl yet?

I am... I've moved on to Pretty Little Liars.

Quoting ojas (Reply 15):
P.S -- Why were you sitting on your phone in the below picture?

"... all electronic items must be turned off..." so that's what I do. I warm the phone between my hot thighs while listening to music.



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Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7429 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
hahaha I hope that's a compliment?

Yes, that indeed is.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
"... all electronic items must be turned off..." so that's what I do. I warm the phone between my hot thighs while listening to music.

you are such a .....



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