Hello friends! Welcome to one of my reports.
Firstly, as usual, sorry for my bad English and also bad photo quality as I took all shots by my cellphone.
Please also not to be surprised if you find similar reports on other sites, I wrote all by myself.
Before to the main story, let me recap all of my reports in Airliners.net:First Time & Last Time by Air France, Singapore-JakartaShort Trip to Malaysia with KLM 810 (777-300ER)An Indonesian Domestic Flight with Garuda Indonesia, from Jakarta to Pekanbaru (Riau Province)Jakarta-Medan, Banda Aceh-Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur-JakartaA Short Jakarta-Singapore Flight with JETSTAR ASIAFrom KL to Jakarta with KLM, Boeing 777-300ERFirst Time with Malaysia Airlines after 15 yearsAnother Indonesian Domestic Flight: Sriwijaya Air (Boeing 737-300)Once again with KLM's 5th freedom route (CGK-KUL)First time with Tigerair & photo session in Changi AirportAn Indonesian domestic flight with 777 (Garuda)Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur & return in one day, with AirAsia & KLMA journey with KLM to watch 2017 ASEAN Para GamesA short international flight of Malindo AirA Short Domestic Flight with GA A330Shortest Flight I've Ever Had: Jakarta-Bandung with ATR 72-600
This time I will tell you about my journey from Jakarta to Borneo Island (Sarawak, Malaysia & West Kalimantan, Indonesia) through Kuala Lumpur. The story are divided to 3 parts:
PART 1: Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) by KLM Boeing 777-300ER (click here)
PART 2: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kuching (KCH) by Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 (click here)
PART 3: Kuching to Pontianak overland + Pontianak (PNK) to Jakarta (CGK) by Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-800 you are hereBRIEF BACKGROUND
While still in Jakarta, I had arranged the trip to be like this:
1) Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur by KLM
2) Kuala Lumpur - Kuching by Malaysia Airlines
3) Kuching - Pontianak overland by express bus
4) Pontianak - Jakarta by flight???
No. 3, the overland trip from Kuching to Pontianak, was my main reason why I did the journey. I had been so curious about intercity roads in Borneo, especially in the Indonesian side, and also the land border between Indonesia and Malaysia. This would be my 1st time having my passport stamped in one of Indonesian land border.
So, how about the no. 4?
There are 5 carriers operating Pontianak-Jakarta flights:
- Garuda Indonesia
- Lion Air
- Batik Air
- Sriwijaya Air
Cheapest ticket prices at that time were offered by Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Citilink. Lion Air, with its uncertain departure time and low-score service, was quickly dropped from my list. So the 2 options were Sriwijaya Air and Citilink. I checked the schedule, and Citilink flew only once per day at night and the arrival schedule was too late for me (9.30 p.m.). Then my final decision was SRIWIJAYA AIR, which was scheduled to depart at 5.30 p.m.Kuching - Pontianak overland trip
July 19th, 2018
There were express buses available for you to go from Kuching to Pontianak overland. Indonesian operators were Damri (owned by Indonesian government) and SJS, while Malaysian operators were Eva Express, Bintang Jaya, and Kirata.
My choice for the trip was Damri. Why Damri? That was the only operator on this route which had Mercedes-Benz bus chassis as my favorite.
Road conditions in the Malaysian side.
Entikong immigration checkpoint in the Indonesian side. The new building was officially opened by Indonesian president on December 2016.
The National Road in the Indonesian side. This was also a new road project.PONTIANAK
The capital of West Kalimantan Province, it has a nickname "Kota Khatulistiwa" (Equator City) due to its location exactly on the equator line. That's also why the climate here is hotter than other Indonesian cities. Dominant ethnic groups in the city are Malay, Dayak, and Chinese (especially Teochew and Hakka).
The replica of "Rumah Radakng", traditional Dayak long house. It's called "rumah panjang", "rumah panjai", or "rumah betang" in other regions of Borneo.
On its eastern side is the replica of "Rumah Melayu", traditional Malay house.
Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pontianak. This is probably the largest Catholic church building in whole Borneo.
Ayani Megamall, Pontianak's largest shopping center.
The governor office.
The popular local cuisines are Pontianak-style Chinese (especially Teochew) foods:
- "Tau suan" (mung beans dessert soup)
- "Kway chap" (pork offal soup served with flat rice noodles, also popular in cities with Teochew communities like Singapore and Bangkok)
- "Kway teow", or locally known as "mi tiaw" (fried flat rice noodles mixed with beef & vegetables), quite different with Singaporean or Penangese kway teow
- "Chai kueh" (Hakka: "choy pan") dumplings similar with "jiaozi" or Japanese "gyoza" but different fillingsPontianak (PNK) - Jakarta (CGK) by Sriwijaya Air
July 20th, 2018
While having breakfast at the "kway chap" stall, I got an SMS from Sriwijaya Air informing that my flight was rescheduled from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Yeah, I was quite disappointed because I would arrive in Jakarta later than expected, but the positive thing was that I got more time to explore Pontianak city.
From my hostel, I ordered a motorcycle taxi (ojek) through Gojek app to the airport. The 15-km journey took about 40 minutes.
Pontianak's air gateway, Supadio International Airport, named after an Indonesian Air Force's member. Mainly serving domestic and intra-province flights, the airport also serves international flights to Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia), Kuching (AirAsia, Malindo Air, Xpressair), and Miri (Malindo Air).
Check-in counters. As I had done the online check-in, the only thing to do here was to print my pass. The staff informed me once again that the flight was rescheduled.
My boarding pass, printed in a simple paper.
Still around the check-in counters. The new terminal building was opened for public in June 2017.
To enter the airside, we had to tap our boarding pass to the automated gate.
Waiting lounge was shared by all departure gates.
There was no international flights at that time, so the international departure area was closed and vacant.
Free-to-use PCs were available.
In line with Indonesian regulation, Sriwijaya Air gave us snacks and drinks for all delayed-flight passengers.
Rescheduled to depart at 7.00 p.m., we were actually called for boarding at 7.15 p.m.
The plane, a Boeing 737-800 with registration code PK-CRH and nosename "Keagungan" (meaning: "Greatness"). It was 9.5 years old, having been previously operated by Xiamen Airlines before handed to Sriwijaya Air in August 2017.
At its left side was Lion Air's 737 MAX 8.
Entering the plane.
Boarding completed. I don't know the exact number, but I guess almost 90% of the seats were occupied.
Some photos before reaching the runway. Lion Air dominated the scenery.
The plane started to fly at 7.50 p.m. The take-off process was very smooth.
About 5 minutes after that, seat-belt sign was turned off. Time to explore all items inside the seat pocket.
Cabin crews then started to give us snack bags. So this was my 2nd snack, after the one for delayed-flight compensation. It contained a chocolate bread and mineral water. Sriwijaya Air serves only snacks, not full set meals, for flights less than 2 hours.
But for me it wasn't enough for my dinner, so I chose to eat my own "chai kueh". But I was quite embarrassed because the smell, especially from the "sambal" with strong shrimp flavor, was spread so quickly to the cabin area.
As no IFEs available, I spent my times before arrival by listening to K-pop musics in my cellphone.
At around 9.00 p.m., the lights from the land slowly could be seen.
The plane landed safely in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 9.10 p.m., about 1 hour 20 minutes after take-off.
Time to leave the plane.
Proceeding to the Terminal 2F, not with aerobridge but bus.
Final shot of the PK-CRH plane.
Passing a 777 of Garuda which would bring Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Reaching Terminal 2F.
Baggage claim area.
Then I proceeded to the bus station to catch an airport bus to Pasar Minggu, from where I would hop a commuter train to my lovely home.
From the bus I could see a group of buses bringing Hajj pilgrims to board the Garuda 777's for their flights to Saudi Arabia. Some of my friends said that most of the pilgrims were going by airplane for the 1st time. CONCLUSION
about the PNK-CGK flight
Honestly, even when I bought the ticket, I had been skeptical about time punctuality of Sriwijaya Air's evening flights, so I had been prepared for any delays. I had been flying with the carrier at evening and all of them departed behind the schedule. But the positive thing for this flight was that Sriwijaya Air had informed me through SMS broadcast, so that I didn't need to wait longer at the airport.
The PK-CRH (Kemenangan) plane was nice and well-maintained. The cabin still looked fresh, but less-colorful compared to, for example, Citilink. Cabin crews were friendly and nice. The snacks were good, at least they did provide it for us, unlike other LCCs (are carriers serving meals still classified as "LCC"?). No IFEs available, so no score for it.
Pontianak's Supadio Airport was good and clean. This was my 1st time being in the airport, so I can't compare the new terminal with the old one. Free Wi-fi and free-to-use PCs were available. I hope more public transport options will be available.
That's my report. Thanks for reading!