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Bad weather hampers AirAsia QZ8501 search The head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Vice Marshal F Henry Bambang Soelistyo said bad weather hampered the diving efforts to search and evacuate the missing AirAsia QZ8501 and its passengers Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 January 2015 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines confirms 12 Indonesians aboard MH17 There were 12 Indonesians among 298 passengers, who boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 July 2014 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI Chief: 'Indonesia currently needs no aircraft carrier' A carrier vessel (CV) is not yet required to strengthen the countrys primary weaponry defense system (alutsista), Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief General Moeldoko claimed here on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 19 May 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Indonesian MH370 flight passengers clean' Seven Indonesian passengers in the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have no records of involvement in terrorism or suspicious activities, national police chief General Sutarman said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 March 2014 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


600 Indonesian overstayers in Jeddah detention center A total of 596 Indonesians without valid visas remain in the immigration detention center at Tarhil, Shumaysi, Jeddah, according to official information. Based on a press release from the Indonesian Consulate General Jeddah received by ANTARA News here, on Friday, 400 Indonesian were deported by the Saudi Arabia government.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2013 15:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6000 overstaying Indonesians repatriated from Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 6,017 Indonesians, who had exceeded their permitted length of stay in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4,757 were still lodged in the Shumaysi Immigration Shelter.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport gets clean toilet award Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta airport in the Tangerang district of Banten Province, has received the second prize in a clean public toilet competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, an airport official revealed.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane evacuated at Djalaluddin Airport The Lion Air plane, which had skidded off the runway at Djalaluddin Airport in Gorontalo on August 6, 2013, was evacuated on Friday at 4 p.m. local time. The Lion Air Boeing 737-800 plane was towed away to the end of the runway by an excavator and is being guarded by patrol cars.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 August 2013 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Public transportation fares up by 15 percent Public transportation fares to increase by 15 percent following the fuel price hike announced by the government last Friday (June 21), Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2013 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 23 June 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic tourists flood Bali over year-end holidays Tens of thousands of domestic tourists are descending on Bali over the current Christmas and New Years holiday. Until January 5, 2013 Bali will see a total of 76 additional flights landing during the holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 December 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink purchases 25 ATR 72-600 planes Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, will be ordering an initial 25 ATR 72-600s with an option on an additional 25 aircraft as part of a deal with the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer that will supply aircraft, foreign pilots and maintenance technicians.

Posted in Travel @ 29 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore bad weather forces four planes to land in Batam At least four airplanes failed to land in Singapore Changi airport due to bad weather and had to be diverted to Batam`s Hang Nadim airport, Indonesia on Sunday morning (Nov 25), Batam airport spokesman said. The four planes landed in the Hang Nadim airport at "adjacent" time, according to the Batam administration public relations officer, Dwi Djoko Wiwoho here on Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 25 November 2012 20:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign ministry repatriates 331 workers from Syria, Jordan Foreign Ministry has taken home a total of 331 migrant workers from Syria and Jordan who all of them arrived in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta residents asked not to use motorbikes in Lebaran exodus Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo has called on the local residents not to ride motorbikes to their home villages during 2012 Id-Ul Fitr (Lebaran) holiday mass exodus.

Posted in Ramadan @ 10 August 2012 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trainer plane crashes in Buleleng A trainer airplane belonging to the Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA) crashed a moment before it was landing at Letkol Wisnu airstrip in Buleleng district, Bali province on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 August 2012 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda wants to grow 80% until 2015 The Indonesian National Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia is targeting to operate 144 aircraft carrying 29 million passengers by the year 2015. Currently, Garuda flies 81 airplanes with 15.5 million passengers carried in 2011. If Garuda meets its self-proclaimed goals, this will translate into an 80% increase in business in only 3.5 years.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 July 2012 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cessna plane crash near Kuningan kills one A 172 Cessna Skyhawk of the Aero Flyer Institute crashed in Sukadana village, Ciawigebang Sub District, Kuningan District, West Java, on Monday, killing its pilot, police said.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 July 2012 17:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia to discuss C-130 Hercules Indonesia and Australia are all set to finalize an Australian grant for five C-130 Hercules in the coming days. On Monday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the deal was included as part of the President`s agenda during his visit to Darwin that has been scheduled between Monday and Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 02 July 2012 11:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wounded German tourist to be evacuated to Singapore Dietmer Pieper, 55, a German tourist who sustained shotgun wounds, will be evacuated to Singapore soon, said a health officer from Papua. The German embassy will coordinate with an insurance company to carry out the evacuation, remarked Joseph Rinta, the head of the Papua health office, here on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 31 May 2012 09:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two command posts to search missing Sukhoi aircraft Two command posts have been prepared in Bogor and Sukabumi districts to help search for the missing Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane that reportedly lost contact during a demonstration flight at the top of Mount Salak, West Java on Wednesday (May 9).

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi Superjet-100 found in Mount Salak area An official said on Thursday morning that the Russian Sukhoi Super Jet 100 airplane that went missing on Wednesday afternoon had been spotted by one of the rescue helicopters.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 04:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polri deploys police in Puncak Jaya after airplane shooting The National Police (Polri) has deployed officers in Puncak Jaya, particularly in southern PT Freeport area, Papua Province, to apprehend members of an armed group that shot at a Twin Otter airplane on Sunday, killing one passenger.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned over Merpati case Former minister for state-owned enterprises Sofyan Djalil was questioned as a de charge witness on Monday in an alleged plane-hire corruption case. Spokesman of the Attorney General`s Office Adi Toegarisman said Sofyan was questioned by AGO investigators as a mitigating witness for Hotasi Nababan.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2012 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of ex-PTDI employees migrate to Malaysia Hundreds of ex-employees, including experts from the Bandung-based airplane maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), have been recruited by the Malaysian airplane industry, an Indonesian embassy official said.

Posted in Economy @ 29 February 2012 00:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker urges govt to give sanction to Lion Air The government should sanction local airline company PT Lion Air due to drug problems involving a number of its pilots, according to member of parliament from Commission IX Muhammad Firdaus.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 February 2012 14:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane fails to land at Kalabahi airport Bad weather prevented a Merrpati plane with 30 passengers on board from landing at Malli Alor Airport in Kalabahi, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday, a passenger said.

Posted in Travel @ 02 February 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to start private jet service The Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, which announced the world's biggest-ever commercial aircraft order last month, plans to launch a private jet service by mid-2012, the company said Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 31 December 2011 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Lion Air worst in delayed flights Lion Air has been ranked the worst in the number of delayed flights in the first six months of this year, scoring 70.16 percent in on-time performance, the government says. Garuda Indonesia topped the performance with 86.22 percent, followed by Sriwijaya Air with 76.12 and Indonesia Air Asia with 72.90 percent.

Posted in Travel @ 02 November 2011 04:24 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 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


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal middlemen and taxi drivers arrested at Jakarta airport Dozens of illegal traders in tickets who were looking for a nice trade in terminals 1 and 2 of the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have been arrested. "They indeed were a target in our cleanup operation," said Abdi, a manager of state-run airport manager PT Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Crime @ 11 May 2011 02:49 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


Small plane crashes at Bandung air show A Super Decathlon airplane crashed and burst into flames in front of hundreds of schoolchildren during an air show Friday in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The pilot was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, The Associated Press reported, quoting Asni Wati, the spokesman for the city of Bandung's international airport. No one on the ground was injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 September 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers flee Merpati plane at Lombok airport Merpati Nusantara Flight 6601 scheduled to fly from Mataram to Denpasar on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, failed to take off when passengers took matters into their own hands and abandoned the aircraft on the runway, prior to take-off at Selaparang Airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2010 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airplane exhaust part crashes into Medan residence A part of an exhaust from a plane belonging to Riau Airlines came crashing into a residence in the city of Medan yesterday afternoon. No people were injured in this strange incident, but the owner was pretty scared when the 60-centimeter piece of airplane crashed through the roof of his house.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 February 2010 01:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to open 10 new routes in 2010 National News Agency Antara reports that Garuda Indonesia plans to open at least ten new domestic, regional and international routes in 2010, once 23 new airplanes join the national carrier's armada. Pujobroto, a spokesman for Garuda, told press in Bima on the island of Sumbawa, "following the realization of 18 new domestic routes this year, next year we will open 10 more routes."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 December 2009 02:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and KLM to cooperate Airliner KLM has signed a cooperation with Garuda Indonesia. General director of KLM, Peter Hartman, and his Indonesian colleague Emirsyah Satar, signed the agreement on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier. Separate from this agreement, earlier this year KLM already announced that it was to start flights to Bali again.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry with 210 aboard sinks in Riau waters Rescue teams are moving in the direction of the location where the Dumai Express 10 has reportedly sunk earlier this afternoon. The ferry is said to have sunk in the waters off Tukong Iyu, near the island of Karimun in the Riau Archipelago. There were 213 adults and 15 children on board of the boat, but there is no report on their faith yet.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2009 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dutch tourist on Bali suspected of having Mexican Flu A Dutch tourist which just arrived on the international airport of Ngurah Rai, on the resort island of Bali, has been brought to the Sanglah general hospital. It is suspected that the passenger has been infected with the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus. Michele van Dorsen has been put in isolation.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 May 2009 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 killed in military plane crash at Bandung airport A Fokker 27-03 belonging to Indonesian Air Force with 23 passengers on board crashed and burst into flames at Sastranegara airbase, in Bandung, West Java, at 1.02 p.m on Monday, airport officials said. Yanto, an official at the operator center of Husein Sastranegara airport, confirmed the incident. "It is true that a Fokker 27 of the Indonesian Air Force had crashed at the airport," he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 April 2009 17:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher taxes for older planes in the pipeline Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafi Djamal, has told the press that he is considering asking for higher tax rates for older planes operated by Indonesian air carriers as an incentive to drive a modernization of the country's air armada. Behind the Minister's plan is the view that older aircraft are more frequently involved in "safety incidents" in Indonesia and have generally poor operating efficiencies.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla orders extension of runway at Yogyakarta airport Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has ordered the Minister of Transport, Jusman Syafii Djamal, and the director of Indonesian airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, Bambang Darwoto, to speed up the extension of the runway at Yogyakarta International Airport Adi Sucipto. Kalla hopes that at the end of the year the airport can be used to receive big airplanes so that the number of tourists will increase.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch counter-terrorist exercise in Malacca Strait Indonesia will establish a counter-terrorist exercise on December 19-22 in the Malacca Strait as a part of the army-police joint exercise in overcoming terrorist threats on land, air and in the sea, the national Antara News Agency reported on Friday. Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo AS said that the exercise to be done in the Malacca Strait was a form of care Indonesia would show as a littoral country on the security of the world's busiest waterway.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 December 2008 06:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Garuda set to receive new airplanes starting in 2009 Garuda Indonesia will be taking delivery of brand new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft in May 2009. The Vice-President of Garuda, Pujobroto, said the new airplanes are the first delivery of 50 "new generation" B737-800s on order by the Indonesian national carrier from the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 November 2008 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Garuda's new Boeing aircraft begin to arrive Garuda's fleet of new Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft have begun to arrive in Indonesia from their production plant in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.). Quoted by Tempo Interaktif, the CEO of the Airline, Emirsyah Satar said on Thursday, July 17th, "one unit arrives on Friday and another one next month."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 July 2008 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to close Adam Air in three weeks Indonesia threatened Monday to close low-cost carrier Adam Air after two of its largest shareholders announced plans to pull out of the beleaguered company. The airline has defaulted on debt payments to airplane leasing companies, which has forced the company to ground 12 of its 22 planes, said Adam Suherman, whose family together with Sandra Ang owns a 50 percent stake.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2008 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Suharto on his way to his final resting place The body of former president Suharto, who died yesterday afternoon, has been brought to the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo. From there he will be brougt to Astana Giribangun. Several airplanes from the Indonesian air force as well as private planes left from the military airport of Halim Perdanakusuma in Jakarta since this morning. One of the planes also brought the body of the former strongman.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2008 04:30 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


Grammatical error in Tourism 2008 campaign to be fixed A grammatical error in the 'Visit Indonesia 2008' campaign - to be found on airplanes, websites and advertisements - has to be fixed, said an official at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The slogan of the campaign reads 'Celebrating 100 years of nation's awakning'. 'Nation's', in correct English, should read 'national' or has to be preceded by a definite article.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to delay open sky talks with EU The Indonesian government has linked open sky policy negotiations with the EU to the bloc's ban on Indonesian airplanes, effectively grounding the negotiations for the present, local press said Wednesday. Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal has said a decision had been made to "stop all discussions temporarily before it (EU) lifts its ban," reported English-language daily The Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2007 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to acquire airlines in six countries Indonesia's budget carrier Lion Air said Wednesday that it was preparing funds to acquire shares in airlines in six Asian countries as part of the company's ambition to boost its global presence. Lion Air will buy stakes in airlines in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and South Korea at the amount permitted under their respective laws.

Posted in General @ 15 November 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to boost military role in disaster relief In a country often hit by natural disasters, Indonesia's armed forces should shift their focus from the battlefield to emergency and relief efforts, said its defense minister on Wednesday. Juwono Sudarsono said that most of the defense spending in the next decade would be spend on improving transport capability to be able to respond better to emergencies.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2007 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to add four Boeing jets Garuda Indonesia plans to add four Boeing 737-400 aircraft to its fleet in January, according to Bisnis Indonesia on Monday, which cited a company executive. "We are ready to bring in four B737-400 airplanes in January 2008 while waiting for the arrivals of the Boeing 737-800NGs," quoted the newspaper.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 October 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flies into the black, finally After many years of writing its financial results in red ink, Garuda Indonesia closed the first semester of 2007 by reporting a net profit of Rp. 148 billion (11.56 million euro). In an impressive turn-around, the current profit results stand in stark contrast to the first six months of 2006 when the Airline reported losses of Rp. 361 billion (28.20 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 August 2007 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to observe conditions of Indonesian airlines Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafei Jamal said that observers from the European Union will take a direct look at the condition of Indonesian airlines in connection with it's ban on airplanes from Indonesia from flying to it's airspace. "They will send a team to Indonesia but they also asked us to send them first five kinds of documents on Indonesia`s aviation," the minister said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing wins $3bn order from Lion Air Boeing announced yesterday that is has won an order for 40 planes from Indonesian airlines Lion Air. The American aircraft manufacturer said that the airline had made an order for 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes, which are worth more than 3 billion US dollar according to standard pricetags.

Posted in General @ 19 June 2007 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tail crashed plane painted white and broken off In the early hours of Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Garuda Indonesia plane crashed at the airport of Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto, the only remaining part of the airplane, the tail wing, has been painted white. The logo of the airline is not visible anymore for visitors, also because the entire wing seems to be detached now, it's logo facing the ground.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia needs foreign help to lift crashed plane black boxes Indonesia will ask technological support from Japan, the United States and France to lift black boxes of the missing Adam Air plane from the sea floor in Majene water, Sulawesi, local press said Monday. Local authorities said the government had no equipment to pick up the cabin voice recorders from the sea bed at a depth of 1,700 meters, reported major national newspaper The Jakarta Post's website.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 January 2007 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to enforce airplane passengers regulation for safe flying The Indonesian government will begin enforcing a nearly 20-year-old regulation requiring airplane passengers to show an ID during check-in at airline counters. "Airlines must implement the policy, stipulated in a 1989 Transportation Ministry decree, by March 31 or face sanctions," Air Transportation Director General M. Ikhsan Tatang said Saturday during a discussion at the ministry.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2007 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DAS plane breaks wheel upon landing An passenger plane broke its front wheel while landing after aborting a flight Thursday, an airport spokesman said, in the latest of string of aviation incidents here. All 18 passengers and three crew were unhurt after the accident, involving a Dirgantara Air Services Casa-212 plane at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 January 2007 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sunken ferry captain among survivors, 400 still missing The captain of an Indonesian passenger ferry that capsized off the northern coast of Java last week, leaving hundreds missing, was one of 13 people rescued from an unmanned oil rig, officials said Thursday. A group of 15 other survivors who also were found Wednesday clinging to a reef near Kangean Island, off the coast of East Java province, were transported Thursday afternoon by the Indonesian Navy to Surabaya, the provincial capital.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Surveillance plane makes emergency landing An Indonesian Air Force surveillance plane used to search for the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane believed to have gone missing in West Sulawesi made an emergency landing at the Balikpapan air base in East Kalimantan on Wednesday due to bad weather. "After it took off at around 06.00 am central Indonesian time and did a search (for the missing aircraft), the plane stopped its flight due to bad weather," spokesman of the Indonesian Air Force Headquarters Air Commodore Daryatmo said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Garuda Indonesia meets creditors in Singapore Flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia said that it had met creditors, floating rate notes holders in particular, in Singapore on Friday. "Apart from explaining the company`s financial performance and operation, we also reported our plans and debt restructuring," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said in a press release.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Orangutans smuggled into Thailand to be repatriated next week Forty-eight orangutans smuggled into Thailand and which have been stranded in the country following a military coup will be repatriated to Indonesia this week, an official said Sunday. Pornchai Pratumratanatan, chief of a wildlife research center that has been sheltering the animals for several months, said the Indonesian government will send a C-130 military transport plane to pick up the apes on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 20 November 2006 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air offers 'surprise' bonus destinations Indonesia's budget carrier Adam Air is receiving some unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement agencies and Indonesian Air Transportation officials following a series of technical and safety incidents that have received front-page publicity across the nation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 February 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air will sign deal to buy 60 jets from Boeing Low-cost carrier Lion Mentari Airlines confirmed that it plans to sign an agreement for the purchase of 60 aircraft from Boeing worth 3.9 bln usd. Lion Air spokesman Hasyim Arsal Alhabsi told Agence France-Presse that the company is likely to order 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft as part of a memorandum of understanding due to be signed in the US this week.

Posted in Economy @ 26 May 2005 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to put airport, railway projects to tender As a follow-up to January's Infrastructure Summit, the Indonesian government is slated to open bidding for two airport and one railway projects worth some 4.24 trillion rupiah (3.54 billion Euro) in June, a local newspaper said Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2005 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Experts look for clues as death toll tops 26 Dozens of experts were sifting through the wreckage of passenger plane Lion Air on Wednesday in search of clues in the deadly crash in Surakarta, Central Java as the death toll rose to 26. Up until Wednesday evening, the plane's black box had not been found, leading authorities and airline staff to theorize that bad weather had caused the accident, the country's worst in the past seven years.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian pilot dies after unscheduled landing An Indonesian airline pilot flying a jet with more than 100 passengers died on board his aircraft, just minutes after making an unscheduled landing on the island of Borneo. "The pilot collapsed and died while still inside the airplane, shortly after he had successfully landed it," said Situmorang, a staff member at Supadio airport in the West Kalimantan provincial capital Pontianak.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2004 00:02 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


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


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Irate passengers take Batavia crew hostage At least 31 angry passengers held several crew members of a Batavia Air airplane hostage here after their flight to Jakarta was delayed for around nine hours at Juanda Airport until Friday morning. Rudy Herlambang, one of the protesters, said the passengers had to take action because Batavia broke its promise and tried to deliberately cancel the flight as fewer than half of the plane's 100 seats were filled.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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