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Diesel supply to Jakarta secured despite pipeline explosion State-owned oil company PT Pertamina announced that Jakartas diesel supply is still secure despite oil pipeline explosion in Subang area, West Java Province, on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2014 19:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government must be responsible for Batavia bankruptcy     The Indonesian Airline Ticketing Association (Astindo) for Riau province office said the government should be responsible for the bankruptcy of Batavia Air as declared by a court on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 01 February 2013 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road flooded with up to one meter of water Flood has inundated the Jakarta-Merak toll road at a height of up to one meter following the overflowing of Ciujung River. From Km 57 to Km 59, the toll road is flooded at between 80 cm and one meter deep, Rahmatullah, a spokesman of PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS) said here on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 January 2013 11:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines adds new routes In December 2012 Mandala Airlines plans to open four new air routes between Padang (West Sumatra) and Singapore and Denpasar (Bali) with Surabaya (East Java) and Singapore. Mandala’s commercial manager, Brata Rafly, told the press that the new routes would serve both the business and tourism sectors between the cities served.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2012 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Mandala Air to fly again from April 4, 2012 The Indonesian minister of Transportation has handed over the flight permissions, or air operator certificate AOC to the managers of Mandala Airlines. This just happened recently although the document was already signed on February 20, 2012. The airline will resume flights on April 4, starting with three Airbus 320 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2012 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Mandala Airlines will be operational before 2012' PT Mandala Airlines will resume operations before the end of this year. Funds needed for this plan to reach U.S. $ 250 million, which is to purchase five new aircraft and also rent five planes.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesia’s Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mandala Airlines to fly again? After the sudden shut-down of airliner Mandala Airlines earlier this year, there are now rumours that the company will most likely start flying again soon. The director general of PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator of airports in Indonesia, is said to have received this information earlier.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2011 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines too late to claim it's routes again Following the suspension of all services by the Indonesian air carrier Mandala Airlines on January 13, 2011, it is appearing increasing unlikely that the carrier will be able to emerge from a time window provided by the government to reorganize its finances, secure new airplanes and recommence flight services.

Posted in Travel @ 19 February 2011 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two parties interested in buying Mandala Airlines At least two investors are preparing to take over PT Mandala Airlines which is currently experiencing a financial crisis. They are PT LCNC which is a lessor of aircraft and also PT Manunggal Sejati Group Sinarmas Group.

Posted in Travel @ 31 January 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines files bankruptcy protection; stops all flights The Indonesian airline Mandala Airlines has announced that it will cease all flights starting January 13, 2011. This was decided after the company fell victim to seemingly sudden financial problems a few days ago, which makes it necessary to restructure drastically. The company has filed for bankruptcy protection with the court earlier today.

Posted in Travel @ 12 January 2011 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a “convicted murderer” in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to keep assets of ex-president Suharto's son Indonesia's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the finance ministry keeping 1.22 trillion rupiah ($134.8 million) of assets of a company linked to the son of ex-President Suharto. The case illustrates how the clan of Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, has seen its influence dwindle since Suharto stepped down in 1998.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2010 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Air flies to Singapore, Hong Kong en Macau Mandala Air has announced it will open up a number of new international routes next month. New flights will bring visitors from and to Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore from Jakarta and Balikpapan. With attractive ticket prices promotion for the new routes has just started. From June 25 the new routes will be fully operational.

Posted in Travel @ 20 May 2010 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir supporters protest against Obama Two thousand supporters of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in South Sulawesi staged Sunday an anti-US President Barrack Obama rally in Makassar, rejecting his plan to visit Indonesia. The rally began at Al Markaz Al Islami mosque and continued to Mandala monument.

Posted in Protests @ 15 March 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ticketindonesia.info: your website for e-tickets in Indonesia It quite possible to buy your e-tickets for domestic flights in Indonesia and regional flights from and to Indonesia via the Internet while you are still at home. Ticketindonesia.info takes care of this. At the moment you can book, pay and download e-tickets for as much as 9 Indonesian airlines via the Internet. And on top of that, we can offer you the best rates available.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie elected as Golkar chairman The Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, has been elected chairman of the Golkar Party early on Thursday, paving the way for the much-anticipated alliance with the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Aburizal secured 296 votes, while his closest rival, Surya Paloh only received 240.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2009 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU lifts travel ban for some Indonesian carriers The European Union (EU) has lifted its restriction on four Indonesian air carriers from entering its territory, Director of Air Transport of Indonesian Transport Ministry Herry Bakti quoted EU ambassador to Indonesia Julian Wilson as saying here on Tuesday. The four carriers are leading carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast Indonesia and Prime Air, Bakti said. All of them have potential to open routes to Europe, according to the ministry.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2009 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


23 old planes on Soekarno-Hatta airport will be removed As much as 23 old and damaged planes which are currently parked on the apron of Soekarno-Hatta international airport are to be moved from there. The planes currently can disrupt traffic of other planes. "The step of moving those planes is taken to give more space to other planes that are using the airport facilities," said director of Operations of PT. Angkasa Pura II, Tulus Pranowo.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2009 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot returns plane to airport terminal over hard-headed caller A domestic flight yesterday was disrupted by a stupid incident. The plane eventually left one hour late because a passenger refused to turn off his mobile phone while in the plane. The plane only departed when the passenger was unloaded from the plane at Medan's Polonia airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 December 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


12 Indonesian aircraft grounded in surprise check-up NusaBali and Kompas report that as a result of a ramp check audits carried out by the government's airworthiness and flight operations directorate September 26-29, 2008, a total of 12 airplanes were immediately grounded for safety violations. From a total of 46 aircraft inspected, these were the results:

Posted in General @ 04 October 2008 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court seizes assets linked to Suharto family Indonesia's government has seized 134 million US dollars from a firm linked to former President Suharto's family. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, says Bank Mandiri had been ordered to transfer the funds to a government account.

Posted in General @ 29 August 2008 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia still on airline blacklist from EU The European Commission added the west African state of Gabon to its airline safety blacklist on Thursday and maintained a ban on all Indonesian airlines flying to the European Union in the latest update. Safety experts from all 27 EU states called for the Indonesian ban to be upheld after meetings with airlines Garuda, Mandala and Air Fast and with local aviation authorities.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2008 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta organises 'celebrate your birthday' record event To help the people in Yogyakarta in their recovery after the earthquake of 27 May 2006 and also to celebrate the 252th birthday of the city of Yogyakarta (7 October 1756 - 7 October 2008) everyone is invited to join the effort to set a new national or even international record so that the name of Yogyakarta will be known all over the world soon.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 January 2008 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Doctors: 'ailing Suharto getting worse' Former Indonesian president Suharto's condition was deteriorating after the 86-year-old was hospitalised in Jakarta, doctors said Saturday. Suharto was suffering complications after his heart became too weak to pump blood properly around his body, causing large amounts of swelling, hospital director Djoko Rahardjo said, adding that he was in need of a pacemaker operation.

Posted in General @ 05 January 2008 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines seeks compensation from Airbus Tempo Interaktif reports that Mandala Airlines is negotiating with Airbus Industries regarding the increased cost of purchasing airplanes produced in the European Union (EU), an additional cost estimated at US$250,000 or around 2.3 billion Rupiah per aircraft.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2008 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala offers more connections from new Bali air hub Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced three new routes from their new secondary air hub of Bali with the addition of Denpasar-Jogjakarta, Denpasar-Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) and Denpasar-Balikpapan (Kalimantan) - effective October 1, 2007.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies latest corruption charges Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra has denied charges about misappropriation of liquidity credits from Bank Indonesia which are said to be channeled to the Clove Marketing and Buffer Agency (BPPC). Tommy was chairman when the credits were disbursed and he said that the BPPC had returned all of the credits, which reached 759 billion Rupiah (59.76 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 18 August 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines places first A320 order from Indonesia Mandala Airlines has signed a contract for 25 A320s and has become the first customer for the type from Indonesia. The airline already holds the status of being the first Indonesian carrier to operate A320s following the entry into service of the first of two leased aircraft in December 2006. The new A320s will be used to replace old generation Boeing 737-200s on Mandala Airlines' widespread domestic network that extends to over 20 destinations. The A320s will be configured with 180 economy class seats.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: age limit of acquired planes at 10 years The government is preparing new regulations that will limit the age of newly acquired planes to stimulate domestic operators to give priority to safety, an official announced earlier today. Domestic airliners will be banned from hiring or buying planes that do not meet this new requirement.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2007 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans paroled son of Suharto from going abroad The son of former Indonesian strongman Suharto, freed from prison last week after serving nearly five years for murder, was banned Friday from traveling abroad for one year as part of his parole, a local report said. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, 44, a multi-millionaire businessman, left Jakarta's Cipinang Prison on October 30 after serving less than half of a 10-year prison sentence for the murder of a Supreme Court judge.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2006 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's son released from jail Former Indonesian president Suharto's youngest son was conditionally released from jail on Monday, after serving a third of his original sentence for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court judge. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was sentenced to 15 years for paying a hitman to kill the judge and other offences, but that was reduced to 10 years on appeal and further sliced by a series of holiday "remissions".

Posted in Human rights @ 30 October 2006 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Tommy to be freed on parole next week The youngest son of former president Suharto could be released from prison next week after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, a prison official said Saturday. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandalaputra, who is being held at the Cipinang Prison in eastern Jakarta, was one of thousands of prisoners to receive sentence reductions for good behavior this week as part of celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Another jet skids off Indonesia runway in smoky haze A passenger jet skidded off the runway upon landing in thick haze in Kalimantan on Tuesday as forest fires in the country spread a pall of smoke around the region. A Boeing 737-200 jetliner skidded 50 meters (164 ft) off the runway in the town of Tarakan in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 October 2006 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane skidds into swamp in Kalimantan amit smoke from forest fires A domestic passenger jet skidded off the runway into swampland after landing Tuesday at an airport in central Indonesia, an airport employee said. There were no reports of fatalities or major injuries. Visibility was very poor at Juwata airport in east Kalimantan because of smoke from brush-clearing fires that have delayed flights at other airports in the province in recent days, employee Alfan told el-Shinta radio station from the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 October 2006 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans purchase of Boeing 737-200s The Indonesian government said Wednesday it banned local airliners from purchasing passenger plane Boeing 737-200s due to many serious accidents involving the type of aircraft. "The government no longer permits airliners to import that kind of plane, and all kinds of planes whose flight cycles have reached 50,000 or have attained the age of 32 years," Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2006 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cardig acquires Mandala Airlines from military Cargo transporter Cardig International has owned 100 percent of Indonesia's cash-strapped carrier Mandala Airlines under a purchase agreement earlier this month, an executive said Monday. Mandala president Diono Nurjadin told reporters here the negotiation began in September last year, several days after a Mandala plane crashed near an airport in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, killing 149 passengers and people on the ground.

Posted in Economy @ 20 April 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding affects planes, trains in Semarang It was a bright Sunday in Semarang but the floodwaters from three days of heavy rain were still inundating most parts of the city, with Ahmad Yani Airport and Tawang railroad station still not fully back to normal. Garuda Indonesia's general manager in Semarang, Arjo K. Bardijan, said on Sunday that the airline was still transporting passengers scheduled to depart from Semarang to Adi Sumarmo Airport in the neighboring city of Surakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Bali bombers transferred to Nusa Kambangan prison Three convicts responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings were transferred to a Central Java prison on Tuesday as Balinese prepared to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. The transfer came on the heels of mounting pressure from the Balinese that the convicts on death row -- Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas -- be executed immediately. Public pressure increased for the death sentence to be carried out following a second bomb attack in Jimbaran and Kuta Square here on Oct. 1, which killed 23 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four planes grounded after fatal crash Indonesian air transport authorities have grounded four Boeing 737-200s belonging to four unnamed private airlines in the wake of a recent fatal crash. "Four Boeing 737-200s owned by four airlines have been declared grounded until all damaged components are repaired," the Kompas newspaper quotes Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa as saying.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2005 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crashed Indonesia jet may have had fuel problem A preliminary probe into the crash of an Indonesian airliner that killed 149 people has found a fuel problem with one of the plane's engines, a transport safety official said on Wednesday. Setyo Rahardjo, head of the National Transport Safety Committee, told Reuters investigators had found a fault in one of the two engines on the Boeing 737-200, which slammed into a crowded neighbourhood in the city of Medan on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Young boy survives Mandala crash A 5-year-old boy given up for dead in a plane crash in Indonesia that killed 148 people has been found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted Tuesday through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to bury plane crash victims Indonesia said it would hold a mass burial Wednesday for unidentified victims of a plane crash that killed 148 people, even as a 5-year-old boy given up for dead was found in a hospital and reunited with his parents. Investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the Mandala Airlines' Boeing 737-200, trying to determine why it slammed onto a crowded street in Indonesia's third-largest city Monday, creating a path of destruction as it plowed into houses, cars, and pedestrians.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mandala crash passengers feared dead A passenger jet has crashed into a residential area after taking off from an airport in Medan and scores are feared dead, officials said. The Associated Press, citing a government spokesman, said all 117 people aboard were killed in Monday's crash. Video from the scene shows crews battling a huge fire, with cars and structures in flames.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor killed in Mandala crash Governor of the North-Sumatra province, Teuku Rizal Nurdin, and the former governor of the province, Raja Inal Siregar, and a member of the regional government Abdul Halim and his wife have been killed in the Mandala plane crash in Medan.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Mandala jet crashes into residential area An Indonesian passenger plane with over 100 people on board crashed into a residential area shortly after taking off from the northern city of Medan, officials said. The Mandala Airlines jet bound for Jakarta crashed minutes after take-off from Polonia airport in Medan on the island of Sumatra, said Ino, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1Q Sales IDR4.6 Tln Vs IDR4.0 Tln PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna, Indonesia's third-largest cigarette maker, said its first-quarter sales ended March 31 rose 15% year-on-year to IDR4.6 trillion from IDR4.0 trillion, because of higher sales volume. During the quarter, Sampoerna sold 11.3 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 9.9 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights disrupted as haze worsens in Jambi Increasing smoke and haze from bush and forest fires in the past week around Jambi city have disrupted flights and led to respiratory problems among residents. M. Sidabutar, the head of Sultan Thaha Airport Management, said on Monday that the worsening haze had decreased pilot visibility so many flights in and out of Jambi had to be delayed. "We have informed Jakarta and other airports in order to delay flights to Jambi as the haze thickened this morning," said Sidabutar.

Posted in Weather @ 07 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1H Sales IDR8.15T Vs IDR6.99T PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna (HMSP.JK) Monday said its first half sales this year rose 17% on year to 8.15 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR11,088), mostly on stronger cigarette sales. Indonesia's second largest cigarette producer's sales rose from IDR6.99 trillion in the first half of 2003, Sampoerna said in a statement. During the first six months of this year, it sold 20.2 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 17.7 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes the puffer's paradise Indonesia has reaffirmed its status as a cigarette manufacturer's and puffer's paradise. Early last month, the Finance Ministry announced a freeze on excise tax hikes on cigarettes for this year in an effort to encourage local cigarette manufacturers to boost their annual production to 200 billion sticks, about 1,000 cigarettes per capita. The policy decision flies in the face of international norms; most governments nowadays urge their populations to smoke less to avoid cigarette-related diseases and unnecessary deaths.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of monorail system to start in January The construction of two monorail lines is scheduled to begin in January 2004 but the elevated public transport system will only operate in the center of Jakarta instead of connecting Jakarta with Bekasi in the east and Tangerang in the west as originally planned. The US$540 million two monorail lines will be built by PT Indonesian Transit Central (ITC) and its Malaysian partner M Trans Holdings.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumps on Indonesia's Tobacco Road Every afternoon at 4:30, the thousands of women who roll clove cigarettes for Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna file out of the company's three factories here, the pungent aroma of cloves clinging to their uniforms as fast as the company logo. For anyone who has visited Indonesia, nothing evokes memories of the trip like the smell of those cigarettes, the lingering odor of cloves blended with tobacco serving as a sweet, but toxic, national perfume.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military plane skids, halts traffic at Juanda An Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel carrier skidded off the runway while landing at Juanda Airport here on Monday, causing several departing and incoming flights to be delayed by up to 1.5 hours. The skidding plane hit a number of navigation lamps and debris littered the runway. Bambang Utomo, the head of the operator of the airport, PT Angkasa Pura 1, said the Boeing 707 plane was scheduled to touch down at 7:38 a.m. to pick up soldiers and fly them back to Jakarta following the TNI's 58th anniversary celebration on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampoerna launches new clove cigarette brand Indonesia's second largest cigarette maker PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna on Wednesday launched "Sampoerna Exclusive", a new product of clove cigarettes, in a bid to increase sales. Sampoerna said it expects cigarette consumers will be attracted to its new product even though national cigarette sales are on the decline. It didn't reveal a sales target for the new brand, however.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jawa mudslide kills 20 A mudslide triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia's West Java province has killed at least 20 people and dozens are missing, a local government official said on Wednesday. The mudslide hit two villages near the base of Mount Mandalawangi late on Tuesday, the official, Dian Widyaningsih, said.

Posted in Weather @ 29 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy moved to Indonesian Alcatraz The son of Indonesia's former President Suharto has been moved to a top security island prison, dubbed 'the Indonesian Alcatraz', to serve out his 15-year jail term for murder. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was convicted in July of ordering the assassination of a high court judge who had earlier convicted him of corruption. He has since been held in Jakarta's high security Cipinang Prison, but there were several allegations that he had been receiving special treatment there as well as being allowed luxury items in his cell.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No death penalty call for Tommy Prosecutors in the trial of the Tommy Suharto are demanding he face a 15 year jail sentence for masterminding the murder of a Supreme Court judge -- a punishment critics described as 'a joke.' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the youngest son of ex-dictator Suharto, is accused of ordering the murder of Supreme Court judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, a crime punishable by death. In 2000, Kartasasmita sentenced Tommy to 18 months in prison in connection to a multimillion-dollar real estate scam.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies he was a fugitive The son of Indonesia's ex-dictator Suharto startled a packed courtroom Wednesday when he jumped up and asserted that he was never a fugitive from justice as prosecutors charge. Hutomo Mandala Putra, known as Tommy, is accused of masterminding the assassination of Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison for a multimillion-dollar real estate scam in September 2000. Tommy also faces charges involving weapons and his flight after the graft conviction.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto goes on trial Hutomo 'Tommy' Mandala Putra, the youngest son of former Indonesian President Suharto, went on trial today for murder, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of death. Chief justice Amiruddin Zakaria also charged Tommy with arms possession and fleeing from justice after he went on the run for a year in November 2000 before his arrest, sparking media speculation over the younger Suharto's whereabouts. The trial was adjourned until March 27 after Zakaria read the charges.

Posted in General @ 20 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto still weak Indonesian former president Soeharto's health condition was still weak, former Women's Affairs Minister Mien Sugandhi told reporters here Sunday. "I only saw him from outside the room," she said after visiting Soeharto. Soeharto was eating fruit and there were no doctors in his room Sunday, Sugandhi was quoted by the Antara News Agency as saying. "But he cannot communicate, speak, yet," she added. Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti "Tutut" Rukmana said her father's deteriorating health condition was caused by his unstable emotion as he heard his youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be on trial.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy shares killers block in Cipinang jail Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy Soeharto) is finally jailed in Cipinang Prison, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (20/2) around 15.50. Tommy's status is at the moment described as "prisoner of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Jakarta. The Head of Cipinang Prison promised to enforce rules for Tommy, he will not be given special treatment for being former President Soeharto's son. Tommy was imprisoned after the Chief Public Prosecutor received the police document, evidence, and Tommy as a suspect, from the investigation team of Metro Jaya Police.

Posted in Politics @ 22 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four local airlines to enter alliance amid competition Four airlines -- Mandala Airlines, Pelita Air Service, Bouraq Airlines, and Dirgantara Air Service -- will form an alliance next month to cope with mounting domestic competition, a senior airline executive said. Head of Mandala's development division Kus Winarko said on Wednesday that the alliance was the only way the airlines could provide new destinations without adding more planes.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy once offered Justice Syafiuddin billions of rupiah An investigation into the July 26, 2001 murder of Justice Syafiuddin Kartasasmita has revealed that fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra had once offered the judge billions of rupiah in return for ruling in favor of the convict in a 1996corruption case. Second widow of Syafiuddin, Iwa Setiawati Kartasasmita, admitted on Saturday that Tommy, the youngest son of former president Soeharto, had offered the money through his lawyers.

Posted in Crime @ 11 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto family: ready to surrender Tommy Indonesian police say the family of former President Suharto have offered to hand over his fugitive millionaire son, Tommy, to serve his jail sentence for corruption. Jakarta police chief Inspector-General Sofjan Jacoeb said he had received word from the former president's daughter, Tutut, saying her younger brother, would be surrendered "in a short period of time."

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy a suspect in murder of judge City police chief Ins. Gen. Sofjan Yacob declared on Monday night that former president Soeharto's fugitive son, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, was the main suspect in the murder of Supreme Court Justice M. Syafiuddin Kartasasmita. Sofjan said in a snap media conference that mounting evidence had pointed to Tommy as the mastermind of the killing and that he was aided by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

Posted in Crime @ 07 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods displace 18,000 people across Jakarta As many as 18,000 people were forced to flee on Thursday and Friday when floods struck their homes in various neighborhoods across Jakarta on Friday. Three days of incessant rain in the capital combined with floods in Bogor, from where many rivers in Jakarta originate, caused rivers to overflow, inundating 11 subdistricts.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombs at TMII provided by fugitive Tommy: Police Police said on Saturday a woman arrested at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) on Friday in the possession of three bombs admitted she received the bombs from Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the fugitive son of former president Soeharto. They also said they had uncovered a number of clues that pointed to Tommy's possible involvement in the Christmas Eve bombings.

Posted in Crime @ 20 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to break into more sections of Tommys residence In yet another desperate attempt to locate the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, police announced plans on Thursday to drill and break into at least three other spots in his house. Despite having found nobody in the air-conditioned and well-furnished underground bunker in Tommy's house, police refused to eliminate the possibility that the fugitive, a billionaire businessman, could be hiding somewhere in or around Jl. Cendana in the leafy Menteng area of Central Jakarta, where Soeharto and his children live.

Posted in Crime @ 19 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter secret bunker, but fail to find Tommy After two days of continuous drilling, police officers on Tuesday eventually broke into an air-conditioned underground bunker below the Central Jakarta home of the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra. Secretary to the city police detectives chief, Adj. Snr. Comr. Abdullah, said police spent all of Tuesday afternoon making an inventory of what was found in the four meter by four meter room.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bunker search leads police to drill into Tommy's home Using drills and jack hammers until late on Monday night, the police were still trying to open an alleged underground bunker below the residence of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, despite President Abdurrahman Wahid's claim that Tommy was hiding in a former general's house. "We need special equipment to continue drilling into the floor of Tommy's fitness center. We have gone a little beyond 20 centimeters, and we'll keep on going until we reach it," Comr. Rycko Amelza Daniel of the City Police Detectives unit told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police search for Tommy focuses on Jakarta, Surabaya The National Police's two-month search for fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra is now being focused on Jakarta and the East Java capital of Surabaya. "I repeat, the National Police has never arrested Tommy to date. Our sources indicate that Tommy is either in Surabaya or Jakarta," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Saleh Saaf told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police look for Tommy's accomplice Police are looking for a man who aided Hutomo "Tommy" MandalaPutra to escape on Nov. 3, a few hours before authorities declared him a fugitive, Jakarta Police Criminal Investigation chief Sr. Supt. Harry Montolalu said on Monday. "We have received information that Tommy was not alone when he ran away,"Harry said from Jakarta Police Headquarters.

Posted in Politics @ 28 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cendana family lied about Tommy, say police Family members of former president Soeharto lied to investigators when they said they had no knowledge of Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra's whereabouts, senior police officers said on Wednesday. Head of the National Police Criminal Investigation Insp. Gen. Engkesman R. Hillep said "there are indications of lies" made during the questioning of Tommy's family members over the disappearance of the country's most wanted man.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur orders police to tap Tommy's phone President Abdurrahman Wahid ordered the authorities to tap the cellular phone of the fugitive son of former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, a minister said on Tuesday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Alwi Shihab quoted Abdurrahman as saying Tommy had made repeated calls to one of his sisters, and that police and prosecutors should listen in on the conversations to locate his whereabouts.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawyers and family to be summoned in search for Tommy Attorney General Marzuki Darusman said on Friday that he had requested the National Police chief to summon the defense lawyers and family members of the fugitive son of former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, and to start anationwide operation to track him down. "Our priority is his lawyers as they have stated that they know of Tommy's whereabouts and have publicly acknowledged that the copies of the decree denying presidential clemency were properly certified," Marzuki told reporters before attending ameeting with economics ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 10 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy to be arrested Wednesday morning Former president Soeharto's son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be arrested at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, a reliable source said at midnight Tuesday. "Negotiations for Tommy's safety are ongoing. Tommy will probably either surrender or be arrested at 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday)," an official closeto the prosecution said.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy to surrender on Monday, lawyer says Defense lawyer of the youngest son of the former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, said that his client would surrender to prosecutors on Monday to begin serving his 18 months jail term. Erman Umar said Tommy did not leave the country and would appear on Monday at the South Jakarta Prosecutors Office. "He (Tommy) is still in Jakarta and he is still free as he has not received copies of the presidential decree on his clemency refusal," he said. The statement came after Tommy was declared a fugitive after a state prosecutor and police waited in vain at his central Jakarta residence for six hours Friday night to arrest him.

Posted in Politics @ 04 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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