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To Surabaya On Citilink Airlines’ Old B737-400  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10372 times:

Hi again, and welcome to yet another tripreport of mine, albeit a short one.
I’m not saying it’s less interesting to read, maybe, because as far as I could find, this is the first tripreport on the airline I flew a few months ago.

To Surabaya on Citilink Airlines’ old B737-400


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I was visiting Bali for a week in late November 2012. It was my third time that year that I visited Indonesia, and I thought about doing some flying to get myself entertained for at least half a day. I looked up for some itineraries that would work out of me, and decided to spend a whole Rp. 283.000 on Citilink Airlines, for a 1 hour flight including seat-reservation (surcharge, Rp. 25.000 was already included).


Citilink Airlines


Originally started as lowcost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia (hence their tail scheme), since August 2012 this airline is a seperate business entity from Garuda Indonesia. The main hub of this airline is at Juanda International Airport on Java, better known as Surabaya. The airline operates a mixed fleet consisting of Boeing 737-300, -400 and Airbus A320-200 aircraft. The airline has an order with Airbus Industries for 25 brandnew A320s and an option for 25 more. Also the Airbus A320Neo is said to be part of the deal, and therefore this airline is focussed on future growth.
During my flight in 2012, most of the fleet were still older aircraft previously used by Garuda Indonesia.


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Reservation was done online on a well maintained website. My Dutch creditcard was gladly accepted for payment, so no worries about that either. I found it interesting to see that the e-ticket was delivered in my inbox, stating an aircraft registration behind my flightnumber. PK-GGQ was printed, and after checking their fleetlist, it was one of their Boeing 737-300’s. So, the information could be correct, although I found it rather interesting to see and the airline probably didn’t plan so far ahead. Anyway, let’s see…

This flight was taken on November 22, 2012.

Denpasar Ngurai Rah International Airport


Note: When the flight was taken, and when the report get published, a new airport terminal is under construction at DPS but not yet available for passengers

Denpasar Airport is offering a extensive mix of domestic and international flights, and operates 2 seperate terminals. The airport public area offers a wide selection of little restaurants, Starbucks is there for your caffeine shot, or Dunkin’ Donuts for example. A lot of local food can be bought basically everywhere and at still low prices (no high airport pricing here).
Prior entering the terminal every passenger is asked to show the flightticket, prior security screening of all baggage by x-ray. After this check you’ll find yourself in the check-in area.


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Outside the terminals in DPS



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Walking towards the domestic terminal



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To the left for domestic flights…


With only 2 passengers in front, my turn came quickly and my boarding pass was printed within seconds by friendly staff.


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Check-In desks



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Not so busy in the early morning


The next step is purchasing the airport departure tax, which is compulsory in Indonesia (not on GA anymore since late 2012). Domestic tax is Rp. 40.000 at DPS (this varies at every airport). A coupon of purchase is attached to the boarding pass and next step is security screening.
With nobody at the security screening point, I was through in a minute. No beeping, very friendly staff, the 0.5 liter bottle comes with me. Liquids are not banned from domestic flights in Indonesia, no need to worry about it.


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Waiting lounge…



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…and more waiting area


I buy breakfast in a local restaurant, with a good view on the apron. Mie Goreng (instant noodle) for me, with Bali coffee and that’s priced at Rp 25.000. I notice a Garuda Indonesia CRJ-1000 around, being PK-GRE and delivered 3 days ago. Hmm… maybe this is a hint about my next tripreport!


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Breakfast Time



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Air Asia Indonesia – Airbus A320



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Delivered 3 days ago: Garuda Indonesia’s CRJ-1000NG PK-GRE


Boarding is announced and called throughout the terminal. Gate 18 would be the winning number that morning for the flight to Citilink’s hub at Surabaya.It’s always interesting to find out that we are actually boarding from gate 17 instead but who cares here.

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I walk down the stairs onto the apron, and about 50m walking was necessary to reach the aircraft. I immediately noticed that the ‘expected’ Boeing 737-300 became slightly bigger and was actually a Boeing 737-400. No problems for me. I had enough and free photo opportunities on the apron and a ground staff offered to take a picture of me as well   .


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My aircraft can be seen from the boarding gate



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Free time on the apron for me!



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Also Lion Air is around. Power on the runway with PK-LHJ, a Boeing 737-900ER



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Closely together. I think the B737-400 is good looking in this way



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In case you wanna fly them as well, book your tickets on this website



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Some people like this kind of ‘under the wing’ shots  



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The green tail is really colourful at least!



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Garuda’s new toy PK-GRE is still here…



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Boarding in this way


Boarding via stairs, and a friendly welcome of 2 female cabincrew at the entrance.

Flight: QG641 – 22NOV12
Route: DPS-SUB
STD08:20 ATD08:19
STA08:10 ATA08:16
A/C: Boeing 737-400 # PK-GZQ
S/N: 03A (Single class/Y)

My aircraft is PK-GZQ and is originally delivered in July 1991 to Malaysia Airlines as 9M-MLH. In her career it also flew with British Airways, GB Airways, Futura from Spain (and leased it out to newcomer easyJet Switzerland for a while), it was stored a while before Adam Air in Indonesia went flying with her (ouch!), and 22 years later ending up with Citilink Airlines.

My seat was 02A, but with 01A missing on this aircraft and facing a flight attendant, I was not too happy about it. So I was just another ‘stupid’ tourist and took 03A instead. Even better, it’s Indonesia after all, who cares.
And indeed, nobody cares, since soon a couple takes 02A/B without looking on their boarding pass. I think the seats suited them fine  
My row remains empty, and that is not a surprise when we end up with a load of just 25% or so.

Some pictures:


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Legroom is ‘just ok’ here



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Interesting tray-table in the B and E seats…



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… this is how the traytable looks when used



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Definitely showing her age around the windows…



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This might be useful for your travels in Indonesia from time to time



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Old-fasioned cabin interior on this aircraft


Doors close at at 08:17, 3 minutes to go now, and we manage to leave on schedule. I’ve done now a fair share of Indonesian flights and so far, all expect one left on schedule, which I find a good thing.
The safety demo is done, manually of course, and also in English (for me, I suppose). When the crew is finished, also a word from the captain when we are nearing runway 27. He welcomes all on board, estimates a 50 minute flighttime and we will cruise at 22,000 feet.


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Pushback



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Taxiing with the new (under contruction) terminal and Garuda’s A330-300



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TransNusa Airlines Fokker 50 Made in Holland


An Indonesia Air Asia Airbus A320-200 is arriving before we line up the runway for a departure to the West. We climb out steeply and the clear weather gives me a good view on a South part of Bali, including Jimbaran and Uluwatu area. Beautiful cliffs, and great waves for surfers in that area.


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Holding short of runway 27



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Airborne!



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Climbing out over the beautiful sea


Soon we are above the clouds, or better in between. That will continue for the remaining duration of the flight.


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In between clouds



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Typical unstable conditions over Indonesia


The seatpocket is empty apart from the safety card, no magazine, no shopping, no menucard. The trolley with food and drinks for sale came along the aisle, but it was hardly noticable that something was ‘for sale’ and they didn’t sell much so to say. So, the crew finished quickly and took their position in the galleys for the remainder of the flight.
For me some opportunity to move myself in the cabin and take some more pictures. With everybody watching me, that strange white guy with the interesting camera.


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Inflight cabin view on PK-GZQ



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This is one of the overwing emergency rows



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A view from row 16 overwing



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Another interesting detail


Soon the seatbelt sign switched on again and we started descend for SUB. Cloudy or even overcast conditions here, quite a low ceiling. We land eventually on runway 10 and use thrust reversers to reduce the speed quickly. After vacating the runway we must give way to a CX A330 (B-HLG) and a company A320-200 PK-GLC, before continuing to our remote stand on the apron.


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Low ceiling on approach for SUB RW10



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On short finals for landing



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Sriwijaya Air still operates the Boeing 737-200, and a Citilink Boeing 737-300



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Giving way to Cathay Pacific heading back to HKG



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Citilink Airbus A320-200 taxiing out


We arrive a few minutes later then schedule, but never mind. The single bus is waiting and I let all Indonesians go inside before I step on just before the doors close.


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Garuda Boeing 737-800 PK-GFK and Citilink A320 PK-GLO seen together



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Disembarkation in progress



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The bus that took the whole load of passengers on arrival


Within minutes I find myself in the arrival hall which is a long alley full of shops, bars and ticket sales offices of the various domestic airline companies. SUB has an observation deck, but it was my unlucky moment since Accorhotels is constructing a IBIS budget hotel on top of the terminal (I hope they do a good construction), resulting in the observation deck to be closed.

I have to spend roughly 3 hours at SUB, and times go quickly at this airport. More on that in the next report.

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To conclude I just hope that you enjoyed this little insight on Citilink Airlines of Indonesia, a company rarely reported on this forum. Stay tuned for more flights to be reported in the near future!

Thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to leave your small comment in the textbox here below   I would appreciate to hear from you!

Happy Flying   
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10296 times:

Hoi Eric, nice report!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Rp. 283.000 on Citilink Airlines, for a 1 hour flight including seat-reservation (surcharge, Rp. 25.000 was already included).

How much is that in real world money?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Reservation was done online on a well maintained website. My Dutch creditcard was gladly accepted for payment, so no worries about that either.

I'm guessing AMEX was too fancy for this airline, hence another card having to be used?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Note: When the flight was taken, and when the report get published, a new airport terminal is under construction at DPS but not yet available for passengers

I hope they make a nice glass and steel airport (like all other airports these days), rather than those cheap tin hangar-style terminals like the KLIA LCT.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Waiting lounge…

Looks so dull and depressing.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Air Asia Indonesia – Airbus A320

Look forward to flying on that fabulous airline in two weeks! 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Delivered 3 days ago: Garuda Indonesia’s CRJ-1000NG PK-GRE

That's a nice one. Though I never expected to see a regional jet operating for an Asian airline.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Even better, it’s Indonesia after all, who cares.
And indeed, nobody cares, since soon a couple takes 02A/B without looking on their boarding pass. I think the seats suited them fine

Or perhaps they had looked at their BP's before stepping onto the aircraft, hence knowing where 2A was?

//J



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10274 times:

Hi Eric,

Very interesting report.
I think this is the first of one of the first reports about Citilink.
I wonder if they have an inflight mag on their newer A320s?

Anyway great report with a lot of pics of rare airlines at least for me.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2401 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10059 times:

Great to read from such exotic airlines...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
was stored a while before Adam Air in Indonesia went flying with her (ouch!)

According to http://www.planespotters.net

"Incident 31-05-2005 at CGK dmgd when right main landing gear collapsed on landing"

So indeed !!!


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10008 times:

Hi Eric!

Thanks for an amazing report on Citilink ! Always nice to try something new and it looks like the flight was comfortable. Good that they were not too pushy with the buy on board.

Very nice picture of the Citilink and GA aircraft next to each other at SUB.

Very much looking forward to more of your reports from Indonesia!

The777Man



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26860 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9996 times:

Hey Eric  

Great report and your right a rare airline to be reported.

Lovely pics and read as usual . Looking forward to more Far East adventures  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9776 times:

Hi Eric,

A really nice trip report on Citilink Airlines. Although we heard quite a lot about its parent company Garuda, this is the first Citilink report I read in the forum.

Back in 2009 to 2011, I used to travel on Citilink quite frequently. I enjoyed my flights on Citilink, and since then I preferred to fly them than other local carriers. Your trip report reminded me of the days I was traveling on their fleet.

Once I flown on a flight from Surabaya (SUB) to Balikpapan (BPN) on the same aircraft that brought you to SUB, PK-GZQ.

At the time I flew with them their livery was still red, if you don't mind I would like share this pic I took with my phone of PK-GZQ, when it was still on a red livery. But seems green looks better though  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I had enough and free photo opportunities on the apron and a ground staff offered to take a picture of me as well   .

That's really nice of the ground staff.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
lso Lion Air is around. Power on the runway with PK-LHJ, a Boeing 737-900ER

Nowadays when I saw a picture of a Lion Air B739 in Bali, my mind now associating it with an entirely different image.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
This is one of the overwing emergency rows

Haha, nice picture. I was seated on the emergency exit row when I flew on PK-GZQ. It was 16B if I'm not mistaken.

Thanks for sharing this interesting report.
Looking forward to the next part of the series.

Regards,
Dirktraveller


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9510 times:
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Hi Eric,

Indeed a nice and exotic airline and report, good to see it here. You took a nice opportunity to fly on a old lady, she definitely wears her age with pride is still going strong. The green scheme is quite cool although not that really special. The Indonesian airline scene looks so varied!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and I thought about doing some flying to get myself entertained for at least half a day.

I can imagine that you do get bored after your 4th visit  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
PK-GGQ was printed, and after checking their fleetlist, it was one of their Boeing 737-300’s.

Lol, an airline planning well ahead. One obviously knows that this is to be taken with a large bag of salt.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Liquids are not banned from domestic flights in Indonesia

Are they not? A good thing.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Garuda Indonesia’s CRJ-1000NG PK-GRE

Wow, looks really good. Did you fly on this one (or another reg)?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Airlines Fokker 50 Made in Holland

I really like that tail design. Finally a nicely painted F50!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9320 times:

Hi guys,

that's nice to read your comments already!

Jonas! You're still aroud  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
How much is that in real world money?

IDR 283.000 is about SEK 185, as far as SEK's are considered as 'real world money'  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I'm guessing AMEX was too fancy for this airline, hence another card having to be used?

Amex was a bit fancy indeed, but Mastercard does the trick here.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I hope they make a nice glass and steel airport (like all other airports these days), rather than those cheap tin hangar-style terminals like the KLIA LCT.

I certainly hope not, and they won't. DPS new terminal will be similar but more modern to the old structure e.g. keeping the Balinese traditional style.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Looks so dull and depressing.

Get used to it. Most smaller Asian airports look like this or even worse  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Look forward to flying on that fabulous airline in two weeks!

Nothing fancy about Air Asia imho. What makes you say so?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
That's a nice one. Though I never expected to see a regional jet operating for an Asian airline.

Indeed, the only airline in Asia (except Japan) operating the CRJ-next Generation, let alone the CRK. (afaik)

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Or perhaps they had looked at their BP's before stepping onto the aircraft, hence knowing where 2A was?

I had seat 2A on my boarding pass, but I changed myself to 3A (without asking, who cares here).

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
I think this is the first of one of the first reports about Citilink.
I wonder if they have an inflight mag on their newer A320s?

Hi Johannes, it makes me wonder as well, maybe they don't take that too serious. It's only a 'waste' of money after all.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Great to read from such exotic airlines...

Thank you!

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
"Incident 31-05-2005 at CGK dmgd when right main landing gear collapsed on landing"

Hey, nice to know about this. I googled but can't find more information or pictures about this incident.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Thanks for an amazing report on Citilink ! Always nice to try something new and it looks like the flight was comfortable.

Hi 777man   Thanks and indeed, flying something different keeps the excitement up!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Very nice picture of the Citilink and GA aircraft next to each other at SUB.

I think so too, hence I took it. Similar tails, different colours.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Great report and your right a rare airline to be reported.

Thanks Philip. More soon  
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
A really nice trip report on Citilink Airlines. Although we heard quite a lot about its parent company Garuda, this is the first Citilink report I read in the forum.

Thanks Dirktraveller, indeed, I used the searchfunction and also did not find previous reports so this is the first.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
Back in 2009 to 2011, I used to travel on Citilink quite frequently. I enjoyed my flights on Citilink, and since then I preferred to fly them than other local carriers. Your trip report reminded me of the days I was traveling on their fleet.

Nice to know. Tell me, what made you prefer Citilink over the others? I think (personally) that Sriwijaya has a nice operation and consider them as reliable enough for me for the longer distances inside Indonesia.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
Once I flown on a flight from Surabaya (SUB) to Balikpapan (BPN) on the same aircraft that brought you to SUB, PK-GZQ.

Talk about coincidences!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
At the time I flew with them their livery was still red, if you don't mind I would like share this pic I took with my phone of PK-GZQ, when it was still on a red livery. But seems green looks better though

Wow, back in the days   Cool picture but indeed, the green livery looks a bit better I agree!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
Nowadays when I saw a picture of a Lion Air B739 in Bali, my mind now associating it with an entirely different image.

The one that crashed was a B737-800 though, it also makes me think since I made a go-around myself on runway 09 finals in DPS onboard a CX B744 in sudden severe heavy rain. At exactly the point where the Lionair aircraft didn't manage to get around. See my tripreport on this flight here:

Jumbo Jet’s Galore! CX In Y: AMS-HKG-DPS V.v. (by airbuseric Sep 20 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 6):
I was seated on the emergency exit row when I flew on PK-GZQ. It was 16B if I'm not mistaken.

Row 15 and 16 are emergency rows on this aircraft, so I think you can be right about it indeed.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
You took a nice opportunity to fly on a old lady, she definitely wears her age with pride is still going strong.

Hi Nils, thanks for replying! She definitely shows age, but about being strong... I hope she was/is!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
The green scheme is quite cool although not that really special.

I agree. The tail is nice but the rest... I don't understand why so many people are always super excited about Garuda's (blue) livery which is exactly the same except for the titles.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
I can imagine that you do get bored after your 4th visit

I never get bored there!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Lol, an airline planning well ahead. One obviously knows that this is to be taken with a large bag of salt.

Well, the airline I used to work for was planning ahead the fleet by 3 weeks and of course, we managed a reliable operation which was very secure. Only with serious maintenance issues the fleet had to be replanned but otherwise it was a safe bet!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Wow, looks really good. Did you fly on this one (or another reg)?

I flew their CRK, stay tuned for the report. It will be online soon  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
I really like that tail design. Finally a nicely painted F50!

I love to see it, Dutch metal in such parts of the world with these small airline companies.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineTupolev160 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9291 times:

Very, very nice trip report, thank you! Beautiful pictures both of the sky and the airport, thanks again for sharing!

User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9194 times:

Hey Eric,

Another interesting report from a part of the world I know next to nothing about. When it comes to the aviation industry down there I know even less. The photos are great as usual.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found it interesting to see that the e-ticket was delivered in my inbox, stating an aircraft registration behind my flightnumber.

How nice! (even if it was wrong at the end). I would love to know this information ahead of time. But I guess that it's next to impossible for most big companies to know such details, especially if one books way in advance.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The next step is purchasing the airport departure tax, which is compulsory in Indonesia (not on GA anymore since late 2012). Domestic tax is Rp. 40.000 at DPS (this varies at every airport). A coupon of purchase is attached to the boarding pass and next step is security screening.

This is something that has always bugged me. Why can't these "fees" (whether directly or indirectly linked to the airport) be paid as part of the ticket so that passengers don't have to worry about it at the airport? What's worse, I hate it when they insist that such payments are made in cash.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
To conclude I just hope that you enjoyed this little insight on Citilink Airlines of Indonesia, a company rarely reported on this forum. Stay tuned for more flights to be reported in the near future!

Looking forward to more reports from your time down there. The colors of Indonesia are indeed great.

Thanks,

Stojan



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User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8993 times:

Hi

Great report! I'll be flying this route in a few weeks time but on a GA CRJ-1000 so particularly looking forward to that report from you to see what to expect

Regards
Byronicle6


User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8886 times:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for the reply.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Nice to know. Tell me, what made you prefer Citilink over the others? I think (personally) that Sriwijaya has a nice operation and consider them as reliable enough for me for the longer distances inside Indonesia.

Back then, I used to travel to remote areas in Borneo from Singapore quite frequently. From SIN, I usually traveled to SUB and then took a connection to Balikpapan where smaller commuter flights on a Casa 212 or a Twin Otter would take me to my intended destination.

The choice between SUB - BPN back then were either Citilink, Lion Air, Mandala, and Sriwijaya. Citilink back then was the only one offering double daily service between the two cities (with the right price too) and therefore I can make it to my commuter flight connection.

I had a flight on Lion and Indonesia Air Asia last time, and I have to say it was not a nice experience. Sriwijaya, on the other hand I heard was a good carrier, but I myself never got to fly with them (so far) because if I remembered, they only offered one daily service last time and they had the highest price. Hopefully I'll be able to experience them soon!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
See my tripreport on this flight here:

That's a really nice trip report. Thanks for providing me with the link. Seems you got an awful weather as well during your approach to DPS. Glad everything ended up well, and you did not get diverted that time!


Looking forward to see your next trip report on the Garuda CRJ 1000.
Thanks.

Regards,
Dirktraveller


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8489 times:

Hi Eric

Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
I really like the design of the DPS airport with a tropic feel to it.
The plane looks nostalgic, I just would not want to be sitting the middle seat of your row.
Reminds me about a recent BA flight where the middle seat was as cramped.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

Hi all,

I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading  
Quoting Tupolev160 (Reply 9):
Very, very nice trip report, thank you! Beautiful pictures both of the sky and the airport, thanks again for sharing!

With pleasure Tu160!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Another interesting report from a part of the world I know next to nothing about. When it comes to the aviation industry down there I know even less. The photos are great as usual.

Thanks Stojan. Time to explore the area for you!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
How nice! (even if it was wrong at the end). I would love to know this information ahead of time. But I guess that it's next to impossible for most big companies to know such details, especially if one books way in advance.

A well maintained and organized company can do it some weeks in advance at least, like my previous company knew it about 3 weeks before and it just rarely changed.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 11):
Great report! I'll be flying this route in a few weeks time but on a GA CRJ-1000 so particularly looking forward to that report from you to see what to expect

Should be up in a few days, when nothing else comes in between...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
I really like the design of the DPS airport with a tropic feel to it.

Sure it is a Balinese design. International flights use airbridges though (mostly, I assume). The new airport might feel different though.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
The plane looks nostalgic, I just would not want to be sitting the middle seat of your row.
Reminds me about a recent BA flight where the middle seat was as cramped.

Middle seats are never good for us a.netters  
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 12):
From SIN, I usually traveled to SUB and then took a connection to Balikpapan where smaller commuter flights on a Casa 212 or a Twin Otter would take me to my intended destination.

Very interesting routings at least. From BPN there is still some smaller traffic to remote areas afaik, even the DHC-7 is still active around that area?

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 12):
I had a flight on Lion and Indonesia Air Asia last time, and I have to say it was not a nice experience. Sriwijaya, on the other hand I heard was a good carrier, but I myself never got to fly with them

Lion Air didn't impress me neither, but at least I got myself on the B737-900ER with them, still a bit 'rare' type to fly on for a European citizen like me. I've yet to try Air Asia Indonesia, might be on the next trip. Let's see...

For Sriwijaya Air, stay tuned here. I'll do a report in on them as well in due time. They still fly the B737-200's also, which can be a nice catch for some!

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8221 times:

Hoi, E.,

now that´s for sure interesting to follow something about Citilink. Well done, also the pictures.
And you know, there are not only old 734´s in Indonesia, Australia have also a couple of them!.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

Some people like this kind of ‘under the wing’ shots

Never heard about something like this before.
But well, I should do it myself somedays!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8098 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Very interesting routings at least. From BPN there is still some smaller traffic to remote areas afaik, even the DHC-7 is still active around that area?

Yes it was really an interesting (and long) routing, haha. I could have three-four legs flight in a day. Thanks to the small oil & gas industry, along with coal mining in Borneo, the commuter traffic is still alive and getting stronger (actually). I still had some family friends who were still based there in the industry.

DHC-7 is still active over there, on regular trips to Bontang Airstrip. If I'm not mistaken, now a Casa 212, ATR 42, a Cessna Grand Caravan, and DHC-6 Twin Otters are still based there. I even remembered once I flew a Short SC7 there when I was a kid. Personally I feel BPN is great if you're looking for some remote area commuter flying.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
For Sriwijaya Air, stay tuned here. I'll do a report in on them as well in due time. They still fly the B737-200's also


Certainly, I would be looking forward to see your Sriwijaya report, and your GA CRJ 1000 too!  

Regards,
Dirktraveller


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7751 times:

Hi Eric,

Great report and the usual nice story described by a set of top photos  

I would love to explore more of Indonesia, but for now, I have not gone past Jakarta. But, Bali and Surabaya airports look very exotic, with typical Indonesian design. Much like CGK, it is what makes them quite unique  

I have not read or seen much in terms of reports on Citilink before, and that green Garuda livery looks very attractive! What about the cabin crew uniforms? Do they wear kebayas?

Many thanks for sharing this with us! Looking forward to more.

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7621 times:

Hoi Eric,

You make me miss flying domestic in Indonesia! Great report about Citilink!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a whole Rp. 283.000 on Citilink Airlines, for a 1 hour flight including seat-reservation (surcharge, Rp. 25.000 was already included).

Bargain!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My Dutch creditcard was gladly accepted for payment, so no worries about that either.
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found it interesting to see that the e-ticket was delivered in my inbox, stating an aircraft registration behind my flightnumber. PK-GGQ was printed,

Awesome!   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
prior security screening of all baggage by x-ray. After this check you’ll find yourself in the check-in area.

Without enforcing liquid restriction!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(not on GA anymore since late 2012).

Isn’t it great?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Mie Goreng (instant noodle) for me,

  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a ground staff offered to take a picture of me as well    .

That’s the way I like it!   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And indeed, nobody cares, since soon a couple takes 02A/B without looking on their boarding pass.

LOL

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
With everybody watching me, that strange white guy with the interesting camera.

Did anyone ask you for a picture?  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
To conclude I just hope that you enjoyed this little insight on Citilink Airlines of Indonesia, a company rarely reported on this forum.


Terima kasih banyak!



Suryo  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7612 times:
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Hoi Eric,

Another great report here with many nice and sharp pictures! (like usual )
Thanks for this insight on Citilink Airlines, as you say correctly an airline you barely read about here. Always nice to catch a classic 737, but good to here they ordered some brand new A320s as the interior sure is showing it's age!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I looked up for some itineraries that would work out of me, and decided to spend a whole Rp.
283.000 on Citilink Airline

How many Euro's would that be?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Liquids are not banned from domestic flights in Indonesia, no need to worry about it.

If it were only like that everywhere!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I notice a Garuda Indonesia CRJ-1000 around, being PK-GRE and delivered 3 days ago. Hmm… maybe this is a hint about my next tripreport!

Definitely looking forward to that one!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I had enough and free photo opportunities on the apron and a ground staff offered to take a picture of me as well   .

Once again: If it were only like that everywhere!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also Lion Air is around. Power on the runway with PK-LHJ, a Boeing 737-900ER

An inappropriate joke comes in mind, but I'll bite my tongue 

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your next report  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7600 times:

Hi Eric,

fabulous report about an exotic airline with great pictures! It will be interesting to follow Citilink's development, hopefully it will be a safe one.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Closely together. I think the B737-400 is good looking in this way

The overtaped markings look rather interesting!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Definitely showing her age around the windows…

One could also say the cabin's not well maintained.  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Airlines Fokker 50 Made in Holland

Nice tail design!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The seatpocket is empty apart from the safety card, no magazine, no shopping, no menucard. The trolley with food and drinks for sale came along the aisle, but it was hardly noticable that something was ‘for sale’ and they didn’t sell much so to say. So, the crew finished quickly and took their position in the galleys for the remainder of the flight.

Reminds me of my one and only Lion Air flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
SUB has an observation deck, but it was my unlucky moment since Accorhotels is constructing a IBIS budget hotel on top of the terminal (I hope they do a good construction), resulting in the observation deck to be closed.

Interesting, the closer the better.


PH



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7129 times:

Hello Eric, nice report with some great pictures. Indeed an airline we do not hear much about, so thanks for sharing this story!

User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6979 times:
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Hi Eric,

Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing. Your aircraft was one of many Citylink planes I made during a brief but excellent spotting trip to CGK earlier in the year.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found it interesting to see that the e-ticket was delivered in my inbox, stating an aircraft registration behind my flightnumber. PK-GGQ was printed, and after checking their fleetlist, it was one of their Boeing 737-300’s. So, the information could be correct, although I found it rather interesting to see and the airline probably didn’t plan so far ahead.

- Quite interesting, don't think I've ever heard/seen that before.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Denpasar Airport is offering a extensive mix of domestic and international flights, and operates 2 seperate terminals. The airport public area offers a wide selection of little restaurants, Starbucks is there for your caffeine shot, or Dunkin’ Donuts for example

- I noticed during my brief trip that Dunkin' Donuts is very popular in Indonesia, as are donuts in general, quite odd given the excellent local cuisine.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A lot of local food can be bought basically everywhere and at still low prices (no high airport pricing here).

- Indeed, found the same @ CGK, could eat cheap as chips, local food main meal less than £3.00!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Liquids are not banned from domestic flights in Indonesia, no need to worry about it.

- Indeed as in much of Asia, such a wonderful part of the world, love it!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
free photo opportunities on the apron and a ground staff offered to take a picture of me as well  

- Don't you love Indonesian hospitality?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
SUB has an observation deck, but it was my unlucky moment since Accorhotels is constructing a IBIS budget hotel on top of the terminal (I hope they do a good construction), resulting in the observation deck to be closed

- Bummer, at least you did not have a long layover.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Hi all,

sorry for my late response, but thanks for your further replies! I appreciate it a lot...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
And you know, there are not only old 734´s in Indonesia, Australia have also a couple of them!.

I remember your QF report on the 737-400 indeed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Never heard about something like this before.
But well, I should do it myself somedays!.

 
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 16):
Certainly, I would be looking forward to see your Sriwijaya report, and your GA CRJ 1000 too!

Working on these reports... time is short though. But I can finish one soon.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
I would love to explore more of Indonesia, but for now, I have not gone past Jakarta. But, Bali and Surabaya airports look very exotic, with typical Indonesian design. Much like CGK, it is what makes them quite unique

Indeed Roni, typical design and found at most Indonesian airports

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
I have not read or seen much in terms of reports on Citilink before, and that green Garuda livery looks very attractive! What about the cabin crew uniforms? Do they wear kebayas?

I'll have to dig up pics to see if they had kebayas on, I actually am not so sure about it to give the answer right now.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
You make me miss flying domestic in Indonesia!

Ah come on Suryo, you'll surely be there again sometime soon, I'm sure about it  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(not on GA anymore since late 2012).

Isn’t it great?

No, it's rather confusing actually. Plus, a ticket booked on multiple airlines (I had a QR/GA combo last year also), tax had to be paid additionally, where my dad (travelling with me) was booked on 2 seperate tickets where taxes where included. So, it's a nice promotional thing for Garuda... but it's not so great (yet), but that's Indonesia.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
Always nice to catch a classic 737, but good to here they ordered some brand new A320s as the interior sure is showing it's age!

Give me the 737 though  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
How many Euro's would that be?

About EUR 22.50

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
It will be interesting to follow Citilink's development, hopefully it will be a safe one.

I guess they will be safe, and biggest competition to Lion Air soon...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Your aircraft was one of many Citylink planes I made during a brief but excellent spotting trip to CGK earlier in the year.

Indonesia remains one of the most interesting countries for spotting I think... a lot of changes over the years and always a lot of new registrations for you!

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6084 times:

Hoi Eric!

Thanks for the nice story! Nice to read about Citilink for the first time here.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Rp. 283.000 on Citilink Airlines

Oh that´s not much! (had to check it up:D)

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Delivered 3 days ago: Garuda Indonesia’s CRJ-1000NG PK-GRE

Good looking bird! Looking forward to read your report!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boeing 737-400.

Oh the -400 is rare these days. Really jelous on you  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Some people like this kind of ‘under the wing’ shots

Who can that be?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Adam Air in Indonesia went flying with her (ouch!

That was a scary airline!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and also in English (for me, I suppose).

  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
TransNusa Airlines Fokker 50 Made in Holland

Never heard of that airline but good looking livery they have!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Citilink Airbus A320-200 taxiing out

Is this a "newer" livery? Thinking of the larger titles on the side of the fuselage.

Thanks again Eric, looking forward reading more reports soon 

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 25, posted (6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Hi Robert,

thanks for your reply  
Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
Nice to read about Citilink for the first time here.

Yeah, something new always good here!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
Oh the -400 is rare these days. Really jelous on you

Does SK still operate a few 737-400's these days or are they retired by now? Otherwise, you might catch a ride on them, otherwise BA still ploughing the old birds on e.g. LGW-AMS v.v.

Eric



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