AT THE AIRPORT
Two days were just too short for my partner and me to spend together with my brother-in-law and his wife. Before we knew, four of us were on our way to the airport with the complimentary shuttle of The Seri Villas Seminyak. As my brother-in-law and his wife had to get early at the airport as their flight was leaving at 15.00. My partner and I decided to come along with them.
Our shuttle pulled in at 13.10.
We thanked our shuttle driver and made our way to the check-in area. As usual at Indonesian airports, the security officials scrutinized the tickets before admitting anyone to proceed to the security before the check-in area. Unlike Jakarta’s T3
for instance, the liquid restriction applies for the international section.
Entrance to the check-in area. Note the mini altar
Mini altar of Sri Chimnoy
Sri Chimnoy memorial
My brother-in-law and his wife were waived through. Unfortunately as our flight would be leaving just after the next nine hours, we got turned away.
“Just wait here,” my brother-in-law’s wife said. “We will catch you up later on after we are checked in,”
Both of them went further to the assigned check-in desks which were located out of our sight. While my partner was waiting, I went to the left luggage facility to drop off our suitcase which is located past the single airport outlet of McDonald’s.
McDonald’s and other food outlets
Strange enough, you can only pay on a day basis which comes at IDR
25,000 (about EUR 2).
Left luggage signage
When I returned, my partner was still waiting. We just saw my brother-in-law and his wife walking back towards the single exit door to the public area after another ten minutes. However, they were flagged down by a security official and got involved in a short discussion. The official glanced at my partner’s direction and finally opened up the door.
“Apparently, you are not allowed to return to the public area once you are checked in,” my brother-in-law’s wife explained. “By way of exception the official was willing to let us through, but he got to see you first. Luckily, you were around,” she winked at my partner.
Four of us got our last drinks together at a café at the right end of the airport building.
Malaysia Airlines office on the opposite
Our farewell was rather emotional and we split our way.
My brother-in-law and his wife on their way back for their flight to PER
To my big disappointment, there were no waving gallery in DPS
. Despite being early at the airport, I just had to miss out any spotting opportunity I had dreamt of. Therefore, my partner and I wished to arrange an early check-in with QR
as soon as the published opening hours of QR
airport office started.
QR airport office
Despite being there earlier than the published 16.00, we just had to notice Hendra, a QR
airport agent, walking in our direction.
“Are you waiting for Qatar?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Please wait a moment,” Hendra said as he unlocked the office door.
He switched on the lights and invited us, “Please come in and have a sit,”
office seems always to be decorated with the photos of the country’s rulers.
Photo of Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, Emir of the state of Qatar
Photo of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, The Heir Apparent
QR A380 miniature
After gathering several materials and getting the computer started, Hendra asked. “How can I help you, Sir?”
“We are wondering whether you can arrange us an early check in,” I replied while handing over our travel documents.
“I am afraid you are too early, Sir,” Hendra said while taking our documents.
“When are you going to open the check-in desks?” I asked.
“At seven o’clock,”
My partner whispered that I had to say the seemingly magic word, “And how about Business Class?”
“Oh, you are traveling Business Class? Well, let me try to coordinate something,”
Hendra proceeded to make some phone calls. Well, it looked like that the magic word had worked!
I overheard Hendra mentioning counter 40 to be assigned for QR
flight on that day and at the end suggesting, “Let’s check them in at counter 23,”
Hendra hung up and turned to us. “Well, Sir. We can check you in at six o’clock. We will have one staff member stand by for you at counter 23. It will be another person which is not wearing Qatar uniform. Just proceed to the counter and you will be checked in,”
“We have checked in online by the way,”
“That is good. Let me further insert your Privilege Club details into your itinerary,”
After another typing, Hendra returned our documents. “Please be ready at six o’clock at counter 23,”
“Thank you for your help,”
“You are welcome. Have a nice flight with us,”
There were still one and a half hours to go, so we decided to explore the terminal.
New control tower
Toilet signage in four languages
High ceiling with airy concrete design
International departure signage
Curbside. Note the red white Independence day decoration
As we did not have any lunch yet, we grabbed some burgers from McDonald’s.
Typical Indonesian accompaniments
After finishing our burgers, we went to have a sit at a square further up. While I was watching the world passing by, my partner was keeping himself occupied with some Sudoku’s.
At 17.50, we collected our suitcase and made our way to the check-in area.
There were three lines before security. It took us about five minutes to get processed. We were through right after 18.00.
As we proceeded to counter 23 where the last Malaysia traveling group was being handled, we were halted by an official. “Are you flying with Malaysia Airlines?”
“No, Qatar,” I replied.
“Please have a seat there. Qatar’s check-in desks will just be opened at seven o’clock,” the official pointed at the chairs on the opposite of counter 23.
“But, Sir. We have been told by Hendra from Qatar to report at counter 23. You can check it with him,”
“Have a seat please. You can go to the check-in desk from seven o’clock,” the official repeated.
“Well, in that case, we will wait here,” we stayed standing.
The official luckily went about. We immediately took the opportunity to go to counter 23 when Dewi, the check-in agent, was putting away the MH
“Good evening, Sir,” Dewi smiled.
I introduced myself and further said, “My travel companion and I are supposed to be here for our check-in,”
“All right, Sir. Let me get prepared first,” Dewi replied as she took out one after another QR
items and supplied the check-in machine with QR
boarding pass stubs.
As soon as she got seated, Dewi took our documents and processed our check-in.
“Your luggage has been checked through to Dusseldorf,” she said as she tagged our suitcase with the Premium tags. “Do you have any hand luggage with you?”
“Yes, there are two of them,” I pointed at our single hand luggage and camera bag.
“Could you please put each of them on the scale?”
Dewi tagged each of our hand luggage’s as soon they got weighted out. Our camera bag did with a cabin luggage tag. But our hand luggage got more tag treatments.
Two QR passenger name tags and a luggage tag
“Here are your documents, lounge invitation and boarding passes to Singapore and Doha, Sir. The passenger service charge will be collected upstairs at IDR
150,000 each. Your onward boarding passes to Dusseldorf have to be collected in Munich.”
“Have a nice flight. Thank you for flying Qatar,” After saying this, Dewi held her both hands against the heart and made a bow. What an unexpectedly nice gesture!
My boarding pass
As we went further, we noticed KLM passengers being attended at several check-in desks not too far away.
KL check-in desks
KL welcome flag
No one should to get lost with the clear signage in the check-in area.
Signage again in four languages
An escalator and a parallel stair. I did not see any elevator in the neighborhood though
Backward view upstairs on the distinctive architecture
Line before PSC desks
Upon the PSC payment, we proceeded to the passport control. An apparently Spanish couple was being attended before us.
After a glance at their passports, I overheard the official asking the couple in fluent Spanish, “Have you enjoyed your stay in Bali?”
The couple was flabbergasted and could not say back more in Spanish than “Yes, we have,”
When it was our turn, the official just took our passports and stamped them after a quick glance. He just cracked a smile as he returned our passports.
After passport control
We reached the secured area in twenty minutes after our check-in.
One of the many shops
Parallel shopping corridor
is contracting Prada Lounge at DPS
to accommodate her Premium passengers.
Common airline lounge
We were waived through upon submitting our lounge invitation.
Being located downstairs without any windows, one might easily get claustrophobic feeling in the lounge. Once you entered the area, there was a first layer seating area where sets of two in leather upholstered chairs were being arranged in bistro style.
View to the left
View to the right with a service bar and an aquarium with Arapaima’s on the background
Walking past the buffet area , there was a raised floor level for the lecture area.
Complimentary newspapers and magazines though on rather limited choice
Behind the buffet area, there was a secluded smoking room.
Between the first layer and the lecture area, there was another corner with sets of chairs in bistro style. Unfortunately this corner was rather messy. All used utensils were not cleared up yet. This corner tended to get busy as there was a big flat screen nearby. There were some unoccupied chairs, however no set of two facing each other. So we took two seats on the aisle.
The buffet area
The buffet area was being set in a square form.
Warm buffet was laid on parts facing the first layer and our corner.
Fried rice and noodles
Cold buffet was displayed mostly on parts facing the lecture area and smoking room.
Mini cakes and sweets
The beverages were equally spread along the buffet area. There were only non alcoholic drinks on offer.
Coffee and tea corner
Soft drinks and mineral water
Alcoholic drinks were available from the service bar. A bartender would be at your service. I went to get two glasses of cold Bintang beer for me and my partner
A football game was being broadcasted. My partner moved to an empty seat on the opposite next to another lounge visitor to get a better view.
She plied him instantly, “Excuse me! My girlfriend is actually sitting here. She is on the internet right now,”
“Do not worry. I will move back by that time,” my partner replied.
The football game came to an end after which my partner moved back. Well, the so called girlfriend got apparently too preoccupied with the internet that she never showed up.
I was curious about the advertised shower amenity so I went to check it out. There was a separated room for each male and female.
Toilet is located next door.
The toilet was not really up to standard of any Business Lounge we have been in earlier. I got a little shocked by what I saw when using it.
Nasty door scratches
As there was no FIDS around, I went outside occasionally to get updated.
FIDS. Note the delayed flights to Singapore and Perth
Apparently, Prada Lounge was not only a common airline lounge. Everyone was entitled to the lounge at an admission fee of IDR
100,000 (about EUR 9). We found it out when people trickled in after each rattling printer from behind the lounge reception desk. Two lounge front-office staffs were actually upstairs proactively inviting passengers to join in.
Towards our departure time, Prada Lounge was getting busy and busy. Eventually, we decided to abandon the lounge and make our way to the gate.
At 21.35, a common call was made for QR
passengers to go to the gate.
Provisional solution to non functioning gate display
I noticed a considerable crowd before common entrance of gate 5 and 6.
Crowd before security inside
Gate 5 was located on the right after the entrance. We waited about five minutes for our turn to pass the security.
The security check was surprisingly quick. We were whisked to the gate area after another five minutes.
Boarding sequence information
Holding room overview
Date: 18 August 2010
ETD/ATD: 22.40 / 22.15
ETA/ATA: 01.10 / 00.30
Flight number: QR
Plane: Boeing 777-3DZER
Delivered: First delivered 29 September 2009
First Officer: Captain William Johnson
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Photo © Piotr Kaczmarek (Wlkp_Spotters)
At 21.45, one of the four gate agents announced that boarding would be started within five minutes which somehow made everyone to get up and form a queue.
Business Class passengers were invited to get to board at their own leisure. We decided to be among the firsts to get on board.
The gate agent tore our boarding passes and returned the smaller stubs. “Have a nice flight,”
First glimpse of A7-BAF, not unfamiliar to Mark (BA319-131) and Airpearl
Down the passenger bridge
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[Edited 2010-10-09 11:38:48]