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Indonesia plan to ban low-cost carrier operation regrettable Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonans plan to ban low-cost carrier operation in Indonesia is unfortunate as it will deprive consumers of cheap flight fares, said former Chairman of Indonesian Consumers Foundation Indah Sukmaningsih.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Arif Wibowo new president director of Garuda Indonesia Arif Wibowo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, has been named president director of PT Garuda Indonesia, replacing Emirsyah Satar. So Wibowo now has bigger aeroplane as "pilot in command" to fly.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Salary for 1,400 Merpati employees delayed by eight months About 300 employees of Merpati Nusantara Airlines staged a rally outside the State Enterprises Ministry on Tuesday demanding the payment of pending eight-month salary to 1,400 employees of the cash-strapped carrier.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 22:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati to propose deferred repayment of its debts Cash-strapped carrier, Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon submit a proposal to the commercial court for deferred repayment of its debts totaling Rp2 trillion to around 100 private and individual creditors.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusnatara reaching a point of no return? NusaBali reports that the director-general of civil aviation from the Ministry of Transportation is warning that unless steps are urgently taken to rescue the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara, the company will fade into oblivion of its own accord.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2014 05:00 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


Boyolali claims leptospirosis outbreak The Boyolali district, Central Java, said there was a leptospirosis outbreak following the death of five residents from the deadly disease in the area.

Posted in Health @ 16 April 2014 23:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura district to be free of malaria by 2026 The Jayapura district administration is committed to eliminating malaria in three phases, as part of the "Malaria-Free Jayapura District 2026" program. The first phase is the malaria control intensification program (2010-2016), the Head of Jayapura District Mathius Awoitauw said here on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 01 March 2014 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian caught trying to smuggle 11,877 ecstasy pills A Malaysian citizen of Indian descent, MR, was caught at the Batam Center Ferry Port carrying 11,877 ecstasy pills worth around Rp3 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2014 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Temporary surcharge for airlines to be allowed Bisnis.com is reporting that Indonesian airlines will soon be able to impose a cost recovery surcharge to recoup losses they are suffering due to the weakening exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar.

Posted in Travel @ 03 January 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of  PT Angkasa Pura I  who manage of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased passenger numbers for Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia – the Indonesian National flag carrier – reports a 23.96% increase in passengers carried in the first six months of 2013, totaling 11.9 million, as opposed to the 9.6 million flown January – June 2012. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, said the increase in passengers translated into a 14.1% increase in income achieving US$1.72 billion during the first half of 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


33 foreigners suffer from HIV/AIDS in Bali A total of 33 foreigners who once visited or stayed in the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali suffered from HIV/AIDS, a local AIDS Commission (KPA) said here on Wednesday. Dr Mangku Karmaya, prevention working group coordinator of Bali`s KPA, said the data were collected from 1987 to 2013.

Posted in Health @ 01 May 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Lion Air officially launches Batik Air Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 25 April 2013 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · 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


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


Jakarta`s feral cats being neutered to reduce numbers The West Jakarta Livestock and Fishery Office has neutered hundreds of feral cats wandering around the city`s local hospitals, bus stations, and neighbourhoods, in an effort to reduce their population and prevent rabies.

Posted in Health @ 10 December 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue claims lives in Sumenep, East Java Dengue has hit the regency of Sumenep in East Java leaving three people dead in the past several days. So far this year, five people have been killed of 239 known carriers of the disease in the district, a local health official said.

Posted in Health @ 21 November 2012 12:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team detects wreckage of sunken ferry boat A Search and Rescue (SAR) team on Saturday night detected the wreckage of Bahuga Jaya ferry boat that sank in Sunda Strait on Wednesday. The wreckage of the ferry boat was detected at a depth of 76 meters below sea level, coordinator of the SAR team Saidar S Jaya said here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 01 October 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to start flights to US from 2015 Bisnis.com reports that the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, confirms his airline is targeting to commence service the U.S.A. by the end of 2015.Said Emirsyah: “Garuda will be ready to fly to the US in 2015, because by that time we’ll have our B-777-300 ER fleet.”

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 September 2012 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV/AIDS carriers growing in number on Batam At least 38 people died of HIV/AIDs (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in Batam in the first half of the year, the Batam AIDs Control Commission said. They were 21 women and 17 men mostly in productive age, Pieter P Pureklolongemn, the Commission secretary, said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 07 September 2012 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wamena facing difficulty to cope with HIV/AIDS A non-governmental organization (LSM) in Wamena, Papua Province, complained about financial difficulty in coping with the spread of HIV/AIDs in that area.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2012 15:51 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


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New Merpati president starts company clean-up The newly installed president director of the troubled State airline Merpati Nusantara is complaining openly of “rampant corruption” permeating the state-owned carrier.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2012 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air to fly Denpasar - Guangzhou route After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou. Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

Posted in Travel @ 10 June 2012 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 1.16 tons of marijuana in Jambi Police detained a truck driver and seized 1.16 tons of dried marijuana, worth Rp2 billion, which was being carried by a truck from Aceh on the Trans-Sumatra highway in Muarojambi district early Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 April 2012 11:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police on standby for anti-fuel hike rallies The Jakarta Police Department, Polda Metro Jaya, said that they are on standby for the anticipated anti-fuel price hike rallies in the capital until April 5."After April 5, the Jakarta police will end its duty of guarding the fuel hike rallies," said the Jakarta Police`s spokesperson Rikwanto here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 March 2012 14:19 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


Nazaruddin named suspect in money laundering case A former Democrat Party`s treasurer has been named suspect in a money laundering case involving the purchase of shares worth Rp300.8 billion in national-flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 February 2012 08:37 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia's air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011 Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Wednesday announced that the country's passenger air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011, when compared to the previous year, local media reported.

Posted in Travel @ 26 January 2012 02:21 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


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Warning for Lion Air, Batavia Air over delays Bisnis Indonesia reveals that the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has published on-time performance figures for Indonesian air carriers with Batavia Air and Lion Air earning "red card" results for managing to fly on schedule less than 70% of the time.

Posted in Travel @ 09 August 2011 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot strike looming for Garuda Indonesia The Pilots Association for Garuda Indonesia (APG), representing 80% of the Indonesian Cockpit crew of the national air carrier, has announced its intention to go on strike commencing Thursday, July 28, 2011. , Jeffrey Ticoalu, representing the APG, said 

"we are announcing today that we will go on a strike on July 28, starting from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2011 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawsuit for Lion Air by passenger with wheelchair A handicapped traveler has filed a lawsuit against Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air for alleged discriminatory treatment he suffered on a recent flight between Jakarta and Bali. Lion Air has yet to publicly comment on the suit.

Posted in Travel @ 08 July 2011 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 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


Indonesia kills four Somali pirates during rescue operation Indonesia on Monday announced that four Somali pirates were killed during an operation that freed 20 sailors, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 02 May 2011 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 200 billion dollars in 14 years Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that the country is planning a $200-billion investment in the next 14 years to advance economic development.

Posted in Economy @ 18 April 2011 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink will operate first Airbus A320 in July The low-cost daughter company of Indonesian airliner Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, will soon start renewing it's fleet. It will receive it's first Airbus A320 plane in July 2011. Until the year end it will receive another five of those planes, so it can replace older planes it is currently operating.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2011 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack Indonesian bulk carrier with 20 crew members Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked an Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier with 20 crew members on board, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia (EUNAVFOR) confirmed on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 17 March 2011 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali traffic jams endanger tourism Bali Tourism leaders are warning that tourist may eventually abandon Bali unless urgent action is taken to resolve the island's worsening traffic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 February 2011 02:02 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


Lion Air to go public next year On the eve of what promises to be a lackluster launch to an initial public offering (IPO) by national carrier Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's largest airline, as measured by passenger volume, Lion Air has declared its aim to raise more than US$1 billion via its own IPO targeted for 2012. The move was announced by Rusdi Kirana, CEO of Lion Air

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2011 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bromo ash cloud halts Bali international flights At least 13 international flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been canceled after volcanic ash from Mount Bromo infiltrated Denpasar's airspace Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 January 2011 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to block Blackberry browsing if provider fails to filter porn Indonesia's communication ministry is threatening to block Blackberry internet browsing capabilities if pornographic internet content is not filtered out by Canadian tech company Research in Motion (RIM) in the coming week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 05:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New airline to fly Brisbane to Bali route New international airline Strategic Airlines has announced a new Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, route, starting in March 2011. Strategic will fly the route every Wednesday and Saturday with a dual-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 30 business class seats and 243 economy seats.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2010 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to apply for SkyTeam membership Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will start its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance after the signing of an official agreement next week, local media reported. After the signing, that will take place on November 23 in Jakarta, the airline will join the alliance around early 2012.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 November 2010 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta declared no-fly zone after volcano eruption Just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia, all international airlines canceled flights into the country’s capital city Saturday after a volcano hundreds of miles to the west unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century. The cancellation also means passengers leaving Jakarta for overseas had to call off their trips.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Ambon route expected to boost Maluku's tourism The much awaited reopening of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia`s Ambon route in June is expected to have a significant effect on tourism in Maluku. Starting June 1, there will be regular flights from Jakarta to Ambon.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2010 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights to Dili from Bali Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.

Posted in Travel @ 31 March 2010 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia and Jetstar to cooperate Malaysia-based AirAsia and it's Australian counterpart Jetstar announced earlier this week that they were to form an alliance to help reduce costs even further. They were to cooperate in handling each others passengers at airports in the the region and would also consider buying new aircraft together. Earlier it was already reported that they were talking about a joint venture to safe costs.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tune Hotels: 'Don't tell lies about our services' Tune Hotels has responded to claims that its pricing strategy for its two Bali properties is threatening the viability of local, Balinese-owned Melati class hotels. Quoted in Bali Post, a member of the Badung House of Representatives alleged that a Tune Hotel in Legian was "of a five star standard" but offering prices as low as Rp. 230,000 (18 euro) a night which compete with locally owned and operated Melati class hotels.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2010 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 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


Sexy and Indonesian #7: Luna Maya Luna Maya, born on August 26, 1983 in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, is an actress known from Indonesian tv and big screen. She started her carrier as a catwalk and advertisement model. Back in 2004 she featured in her first film, 30 Hari Mencari Cinta which put her on the map. She now owns a clothing line and restaurant as well.

Posted in Sexy @ 11 December 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Garuda invited to resume flights to the U.S.A. Bisnis Indonesia reports that the U.S. Government has invited Garuda Indonesia< to re-open its long-abandoned direct flights between the U.S.A. and Indonesia with assistance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Garuda terminated its flights to Los Angeles in mid-1998 that operated on a route that traveled in both directions between Jakarta - Bali - Biak - Honolulu - Los Angeles.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flies to Singapore from Jakarta and Semarang The Indonesian airline Batavia Air has announced that they will start with two new routes. They will fly direct daily between Jakarta and Singapore as well as Semarang in Central Java and Singapore. The flight between Semarang and Singapore is fairly remarkable, as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia ceased operations on that same route.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2009 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda adds flight between Surakarta and Jakarta The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced that it would add a flight between Surakarta and Jakarta starting from November amid growing demand on the route. "We will fly early in the morning so that businessmen from Surakarta don't have to fly from Yogyakarta," Syamsuddin, the Garuda general manager in Surakarta, said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Garuda charged with price-fixing in Australia Garuda Indonesia has been charged by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for conspiring to fix air cargo prices. The lawsuit alleges that Garuda and other carriers of colluding to fix fuel and security surcharges in Indonesia and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2006.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 September 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One hour delay at Soetta I have just arrived at 'Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta', or short just 'the airport' or even shorter Soetta. Later this afternoon, at 16:20 local time, my flight should depart. When I got out of the taxi about half an hour ago I first bought a cup of iced tea at A&W. Not the best choice in the area, but I needed over an hour to reach the airport and had already spend an hour in the bus. Two hours without drinking is far from good for me.

Posted in Travel @ 14 August 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New offices and new look for Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has formally inaugurated the new head corporate offices for Garuda Indonesia located at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. According to Bisnis.com, the cost of the new home-base for Indonesia's national carrier is Rp. 112 billion (7.9 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 July 2009 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dream on Garuda! Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national airline and state owned company - informed the public that they have had a vision. A vision of billions of Rupiah in a vault, profits from their operations worldwide. Gold coins and millions of banknotes stacked as high as the ceiling with transporting three times as much passengers as they do now... in just five years time.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Operating licenses expired; Garuda cancels purchase of airlines Garuda Indonesia has abandoned plans to acquire either Linus Airways or Star Air following the formal revocation on July 26, 2009, of the operating licenses of the two air carriers by the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 July 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Garuda finalizing acquisition of Star Air Unsuccessful in their bid to reach an agreement that would allow the purchase of 100% of the shares of Linus Airways, the national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is reported to be near finalizing an agreement to purchase Star Air. Both Linus Airways and Star Air ceased operations in 2008. Garuda is seeking to purchase the operating licenses of an existing Indonesian carrier as a "fast track" solution to the lack of an airline operating license and other licenses needed for its low-cost subsidiary Citilink.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 20 June 2009 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to fly Brisbane-Bali in November 2009 Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 April 2009 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to open route Denpasar - Kupang Garuda Indonesia will commence daily service between Bali and Kupang, effective May 1, 2009, the latest addition in the national carrier’s "look eastward" following the launch of its flights between Bali and Lombok in April 2009. Bucking the worldwide trend of shrinking airlines, Garuda is set to open 18 new domestic routes in 2009.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 April 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to shut down all airlines with under 10 planes Indonesia will shut down all airlines that do not have at least 10 planes by 2012, a Transportation Ministry official says. The new regulation is part of efforts to improve the country's safety record following a string of deadly accidents including a Garuda Indonesia plane crash at Yogyakarta airport in March 2007 that killed 21 people, including five Australians.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2009 09:28 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


Passengers fume as luggage diverted to Jakarta More than 100 AirAsia passengers flying in from Bandung, Indonesia, were left fuming at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang when they discovered that their luggage had travelled to Jakarta instead. One of the passengers, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) vice-president Mohd Noor Ab- dullah, said he had arrived at about 5pm at the LCCT but was told that his luggage would only arrive at 11.30pm.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 December 2008 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU welcomes Indonesia's new aviation law The European Union on Thursday welcomed the adoption of a new Indonesian aviation law which introduces stricter safety regulations on Indonesian airliners. The EU has banned 51 Indonesian airliners, including leading carrier Garuda, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a series of air accidents that had claimed more than 300 lives.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2008 02:40 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


Fewer people flying domestic in Indonesia Uncertain oil prices and a worsening global financial crisis have prompted Indonesian aviation industry observers to project a potential downturn of between 10 and 15% in passenger totals in by year end 2008. Foreshadowing this downturn, only 23 million passengers were carried by Indonesian carriers through the end of September 2008. This compares with a total of 37 million passengers who flew in 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 29 November 2008 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU extends flight ban on Indonesian airlines The European Union (EU) has extended flight restriction on Indonesian airliners at its recent meeting in Brussels of Belgium, Indonesian Transport Ministry said here Tuesday. The group has forbidden all 51 Indonesian airliners, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a rampant air accidents that claimed more than 300 of lives.

Posted in General @ 26 November 2008 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jetstar commences Perth-Bali service On Monday, October 27, 2008, the low-cost Australian carrier Jetstar commenced its new service between Perth and Denpasar (Bali). The Chief Executive Office of Jetstar, Bruce Buchanan, lauded the opening of Perth as the seventh international port for the airline, saying Western Australia was destined to make a major contribution to his airline's plans for overall expansion in Asia.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 November 2008 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pacific Blue to launch 11 weekly Australia-Indonesia flights Pacific Blue Airlines is set to expand its international route network into Asia for the first time, with the launch of 11 Australia-Indonesia direct flights a week from December 1 this year. Subject to regulatory approval, Pacific Blue will operate direct services from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth to Denpasar, the gateway to exotic Bali.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2008 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launches inaugural flight to Singapore The inaugural flight of AirAsia Indonesia landed at Singapore's Changi Airport Thursday, making it the third airline to start operations in Singapore this year. Aboard the flight from Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province, was the carrier's chief executive officer, Dharmadi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four airlines seeking traffic rights to Indonesia Four foreign airlines have declared their interest in commencing scheduled flight services to Indonesia: Shanghai Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), Aeroflot (Russia) and Mohan Air (Iran). A Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, confirmed to Bisnis Indonesia that his office has received formal applications for traffic rights in Indonesia by the afore mentioned airlines.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2008 09:27 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
    
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