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This part covers some flying in Indonesia, namely CGK-UPG-CGK on KI/XN.
My goal was to add at least one more Indonesian airline to my log during this trip, prime candidates being Kartika Airlines and Expressair, as both operate B737-200s. Arranging such a ticket turned out to be rather difficult, but my trusty source of Indonesian domestic bookings worked of course. A big thank you for that!
It turned out that Kartika’s sole B737-200 was undergoing maintenance, so their CGK-BTH-MES was not operating during my stay in Jakarta. Bookings to the east were heavy in anticipation of the end of Ramadan, but we managed a seat on Expressair’s UPG-CGK on 04OCT. Now, I needed a ticket to UPG. Lion Air had a 737-900ER doing CGK-UPG-MDC, but unfortunately that would have cost me Rp 1,000,000 and the connection was too tight. So I settled for the safest of them all, Adam Air, for half the price.
04 October 2007
Jakarta Soekarno Hatta (CGK/WIII) – Ujung Pandang Hasanuddin (UPG/WAAA)
Adam Skyconnection Airlines KI/DHI 782
0630-0950 – On Time
Economy Class, Seat 1F (Bulkhead)
Photo © M Radzi Desa
Photo © Stefan Sjogren - Stockholm Arlanda Photography
Photo © Irfan Caliskan - AirTeamImages
Photo © Javier Rodriguez - Iberian Spotters
Photo © Nuno Silva - Madeira Spotters
Photo © JetPix
Fare: EUR 33.30
25th B737-400 flight, 1st on PK-KMA
Aircraft history from airfleets.net
25/02/1989 Nortjet EC-251 lsd GPA
01/04/1989 Nortjet EC-EMY
14/04/1992 Air Tara EI-CEW
14/07/1992 Transmed SU-BLL
01/11/1993 Transalsace F-GNFS lsd GPA
25/04/1994 Markair EI-CEW lsd GPA
13/04/1995 Pegasus Airlines TC-AFZ
01/11/1998 Air Alfa TC-AFZ
12/09/1999 Air Algerie TC-AFZ
05/03/2000 Pegasus Airlines TC-AFZ
08/05/2001 SATA Internacional CS-TGW ret to GECAS early 2004
01/07/2004 THY Turkish Airlines TC-JKB
01/04/2007 AdamAir PK-KMA To enter in service
After a quick Blue Bird ride to the airport at 4.30am, I arrived at packed terminal 1C. Apparently 5am is peak time for domestic departures, the initial luggage check at the door had awful lines. I was through quickly though, the check is a joke basically, I don’t know why they bother. With officers chatting with each other or staring at the roof behind the baggage scanning machine, I can’t imagine it being very effective…
KI 782 check-in was rather quiet though, I assume everybody arrives at the last minute. ICAO code used on the monitors at check-in, so DHI 782. All other monitors use IATA 2-letter code…
I asked for a window seat and they gave me 1F in no time at all, paper tickets are much more convenient than using E-tickets with Adam Air! For E-tickets, they need your signature, photocopy of ID etc. Shockingly though, I was asked to show ID at check-in, seems to be happening more and more often these days.
Paper ticket, flyadamair.com seems to be the only one issuing E-tickets
I went back outside and upstairs to the viewing gallery. Some photos:
Mandala jets at T1C, the airline seems to be getting back after heavily scaling down after the MES crash
After some time outside, I decided to head to the gate. Another ordeal to get through the baggage screening at the terminal door of course. For some reason, the departure tax is collected by airport staff separately at T1C nowadays while T1B was check-in as usual. It wouldn’t surprise me the slightest if Adam did some monkey business with the departure tax money…
A very lax security check upstairs, and I headed to gate C6 used this morning for Makassar. These people should really make up their mind – one screen says DHI782 Ujung Pandang and the next KI 782 Makassar!
Boarding passes were scanned upon entering the gate lounge, something new that Adam has implemented.
Boarding started on time at 6am, not surprising considering this would be the first flight of the day for the aircraft.
Plenty of orange jets around, PK-KMD
Aircraft for KI 782, PK-KMA
Was greeted by two Adam’s Angels at the door, and took my seat in the first row. Legroom was not bad, but the seats are super narrow and uncomfortable. The cabin looked nice with new seat covers.
We were pushed back on time, and taxied past the graveyard for departure.
Turning onto the runway for departure
A standard powerful B737-400 takeoff followed, flying time to UPG 2h10min.
Terminal 1 CGK
GMF parking lot… Home to Phuket Air
Nice view after takeoff
A cup of water was served as usual, and I fell asleep given the early morning departure. These seem to be popular with Indonesians/Filipinos, the flight was packed (had an empty seat next to me though) just like a PR A330 I took MNL-CEB at 5am. I myself hate such morning flights with passion.
I dozed off for an hour and a half, and woke up as we were starting approach into Hasanuddin airport, Makassar.
A rather rough landing, and a short taxi to the apron followed. Exiting the runway here.
Deplaning at UPG via stairs
Sriwijaya PK-CJN next to us, with an equally ancient refuelling truck
Walking to the terminal, it was extremely hot with sunny skies
Outside UPG airport
I went to KFC for some food since there were no seats whatsoever in the check-in hall where I could sit to wait for Expressair check-in to open.
04 October 2007
Ujung Pandang Hasanuddin (UPG/WAAA) – Jakarta Soekarno Hatta (CGK/WIII)
Expressair XN/XAR 801
Boeing 737-284 Adv
1300-1420 – On Time
Economy Class, Seat 1F (Bulkhead)
Photo © Teemu Tuuri - FAP
Photo © Guido Allieri - Italy
Fare: EUR 38.50
20th B737-200 flight, 1st on PK-TXF
Aircraft history from airfleets.net
19/10/1976 Olympic Airways SX-BCD Sold end 2003 to Aero North Int
04/12/2006 XPress Air PK-TXF
I was asked to report to the check-in desk at noon, and that’s what I did. A couple of guys sleeping behind the counters… One took my ticket and disappeared into a back room.
A few minutes later, he came back with a nice hand-written boarding pass for seat 1F. I actually prefer the back of the 732s for engine noise, but didn’t bother asking since they use stickers off a seatmap for the boarding passes.
Paper ticket, of course
Paid the departure tax and went to the departure hall – indeed a hall with chairs and non-existent air-conditioning.
Lion 737-900ER being refuelled for its continuation to Manado
Awful looking gate desk
Didn’t Bouraq declare themselves bankrupt years ago??
Finally, Expressair B737-200 PK-TXF arriving from somewhere east of UPG
Garuda B737-400 PK-GZO
Boarding started at departure time of 1pm, but was quickly completed (BP some reason said 1.30pm?!)
Nice unpainted engines, makes the aircraft look older IMO
Look at the number of rivets; wonder if that’s part of old 737-200 construction or reinforcements later
Legroom in row 1 was huge, no way I could even touch the bulkhead with my feet!
Nice and tidy seat on this 31years old 737
I guess that’s something for the end of Ramadan celebrations
F/As on Expressair wear jeans and blue shirts
Pushback was some minutes late, nothing major.
Bandar Udara Internasional Hasanuddin
New terminal and control tower of UPG
Turning onto runway 31 for takeoff
Very enjoyable takeoff, although the engine noise isn’t as nice as in the back…
Views after departure
Meal service started soon after takeoff, a hot snack was served. It consisted of satay and some sort of rice.
Time to have a look around after the meal…
Safety card, still bearing Xpress Air logo. XN started as Xpress Air.
Exit row card
Old style signs
Toilet was rather disgusting… Note Greek writing from previous owner Olympic
Cabin view from the back, old style bins on this ancient bird, making the cabin look spacious
I then dozed off for a while, waking up at 4am really isn’t my thing… We then started descent into Soekarno Hatta.
Nice blue sky
Descending into Jakarta
Parked at Terminal 1B next to Batavia’s ancient B737-300 PK-YTY
Deplaning via stairs
PK-TXF’s ex-Olympic friend PK-CJL of Sriwijaya (also 1976 delivery)
That concludes this part of my Asian Adventures report. Adam Air gets you there unless it happens to crash, service isn’t really part of their concept. Expressair’s B737-200 was great, nice ancient plane, good service and edible meal. What else can you ask for when paying 38 Euros for a 2h20min flight?
CGK-SUB SJ 256 Y 732
SUB-CGK KI 193 Y 733
CGK-SUB KI 198 Y 734
I need to break these reports into small parts due to a large number of pictures. Hope they are enjoyable nonetheless.