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Some luxury with Batavia Air LIPPO CIKARANG - After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

The last two return trips that I made with Batavia Air were both Jakarta - Batam. Such popular routes are operated by a number of airliners, so it's just looking for a nice time to fly before you book the tickets for the prices stated on their website. For a million Rupiah you will have a return trip, and if you are a little bit more flexible, you can fly for less than 800.000 Rupiah.

If you want to have those slightly cheaper flights, be sure to pick other days than Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights early in the morning as well as later in the evening are often cheaper as well. You have to do something for it, but at least you can save some money. I didn't care too much about those 200.000 Rupiah and booked a mid-afternoon flight twice. This meant that I did not have to leave home early in the morning and that I would arrive at my destination not too late as well. Lunch can be had on the way, for example on the airport.

You will be appointed a seat number when you check in with Batavia Air, just like other airlines. I was appointed a seat on the row near the exit windows on all four trips I made with them. This means more space and no little children besides you. There are other regulations for the rows in front and behind you, so the children may sit there very well though.

That is a bit of a pleasant surprise because I did not ask for those seats and I checked in reasonably late on two of the flights and still I got a seat at near an emergency exit. How Batavia Air handles handing out such seats I don't know, but I suspect that 'foreigners' are discriminated here, meaning they are more likely to get those seats than others. The price of my ticket was the same as those of other people in the same class, so that should not make any difference as well.

Like always, you should use those situations. Make use of them indeed, no misuse. In a country where it is more than normal to discriminate it might as well once be in favor of the bule. Just take that seat and settle down for the trip on row 19. You can also board the plane as the very last person as well. Not because I was late, but just because I waited to board the plane as last person in the boarding room. Some of the faces you see are priceless, while I did do nothing wrong. Waiting in the boarding room is more comfortable than waiting in a plane with it's air-conditioning turned off.


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Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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