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New presidential aircraft arrives in Halim air base The new Boeing Business Jet 2 Green 737-800 for Presidential aircraft use is reported to have arrived at the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport, Jakarta. The aircraft, worth 91 million US dollars, was manufactured by the Boeing factory in the United States, with the aircraft dimension reaching 38 meters in length with a wingspan of 35.79 meters.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai Lion Air starts commercial flights at December 4 Thai Lion Air, a daughtercompany of Lion Air Group, founded in Thailand, will start it's commercial flights on December 4, 2013. Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK) will be used and in Jakarta, departures and arrivals are from terminal 2E. The airline will start operations with three routes.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2013 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia interested in Indonesian-made CN295 planes The Malaysian government has expressed keen interest in buying Indonesian-made CN295 military transport aircraft, considering it is very competitive particularly in Southeast Asia, Indonesian Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. (ret) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2013 22:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crashed drone found in Bintan An unmanned drone which crashed in the waters off Pucung Island, Malang Rapat, Gunung Kijang, Bintan, was retrieved by Tanjungpinang Air Base personnel on Monday. The Tanjungpinang Air Base military personnel collected the wreckage of what is suspected to be a surveillance drone for further investigation.

Posted in Military @ 12 November 2012 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 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


PTDI, Sukhoi cooperation continues despite crash The President Director of state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), Budi Santoso, said the company`s plan to manufacture and supply the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft tail would continue despite the accident two weeks ago in West Java.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2012 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusantara opens several new routes Indonesian airliner Merpati Nusantara has opened a number of new routes. With these new routes, the airline is to compete more directly with fast-growing Lion Air which operate many flights to smaller destinations with their daugher-company Wings Air.

Posted in Travel @ 08 March 2012 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New route and added flights for Lion Air Indonesian airliner Lion Air has once more announced it will open new routes. They will start flying on the route Luwuk - Makassar - Luwuk with a daily flight starting on January 18. The flights will be executed by daughter company Wings Air. Departure from Luwuk is at 06:00 local time, departure from Makassar at 15:50 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 16 January 2012 05:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wings Air purchases 15 more ATR 72-500 planes Wings Air, a full daugher of Indonesian airliner Lion Air, has confirmed the purchase of another 15 units of ATR 72-500 planes. Lion Air confirmed the order with a joint venture between Turboprop An Alenia Aeronotica and EADS. The most recent purchase is a continuation of a purchase of 30 planes in 2009.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2011 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five new destinations for Lion Air The subsidiary of Lion Air - Wings Air - has opened up five new routes to several smaller destinations in central Indonesia. The new flights are to the destinations of Kolaka, Maumere, Ende, Natuna and Malaka (Malaysia). These routes are all flown by brand new ATR 72-500 planes and are flown from Jakarta or Denpasar.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wings Air plane skids over runway and breaks down An old McDonnell Douglas plane from airline Wings Air has finally broken down. This happened at the Syamsuddin Noor airport near the city of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan. The plane arrived from Surabaya at 18:15 when it skidded over the runway and broke down right away. The 160 passengers and crew were all safe but were panicked by the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 December 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Women start polygamy movement After over 300 people became member of the movement in several countries, the polygamy-movement from Malaysia has now spread it's wings over Indonesia as well. Earlier this week, a meeting was held in Bandung which was the start of the movement in Indonesia. There were some 150 people from various parts in Indonesia present.

Posted in Religion @ 21 October 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Hoping for the hereafter with Wings Air It has been quiet a while that I flew with Wings Air. This company is a 100% daughter of Lion Air, but that does not mean that they offer the same services. Services may be similar, it is mainly the planes belonging to Wings Air that are the problem, while those planes are quite important in the industry.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2009 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four nights of classic Balinese cinema in Ubud As part of its celebration of 20 years of operation, Bali's Amandari in Sayan, Ubud, is hosting 4 nights of classic Balinese cinema at their resort October 14-17, 2009. Presented in cooperation with Cinematheque De La Dance in Paris and The French Embassy in Jakarta, the showings are without charge with a cash bar available. Each film performance begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Posted in Culture @ 12 October 2009 05:48 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


New Lion Air website even more crappy than before It has been quite some time ago since I last flew with Lion Air. This is caused by the fact that Wings Air is a 100% daughter-company of Lion Air. Lion Air itself is currently renewing it's fleet with Boeing planes, but Wings Air is the trash can of Lion Air. They still operate two MD-82 planes built in 1982 which are in poor condition; PK-WIL and PK-WIK are just too dangerous to fly with if you ask me. It's amazing that they didn't crash already.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 June 2009 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier I had traveled from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia in one of the newest planes - at that moment - in use with the airline. It was the new plane that fascinated me most, while I only thought about the old one a few months later.

Posted in Travel @ 22 January 2009 00:00 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


Indonesia passes broad anti-pornography bill Shouts of "Thank you, God!" erupted inside the Indonesian Parliament building Thursday after lawmakers passed anti-pornography legislation, bringing to an end nearly 10 years of debate.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 30 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


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


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


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Probe into Indonesia jet crash hampered Soldiers hunted on beaches and in the sea on Saturday for the black box from an Indonesian jetliner that crashed with 102 people aboard, but ocean depths of more than 1 1/2 kilometers (0.93 miles) were hampering the search. Experts said authorities had to find the box -- also know as a flight data recorder -- or significant pieces of wreckage such as the engines, cockpit and wings to determine what caused the Boeing 737 to crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 January 2007 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Indonesia says reaction to prophet drawings 'out of proportion' Indonesia's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that radical groups around the world were exploiting public Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the reaction was now ``out of proportion.'' As scattered protests continued in the country, police said they were questioning two editors at a local news magazine that reprinted several of the caricatures to accompany a story on the uproar generated by them.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Denmark advises citizens to leave Indonesia amid protests Denmark advised its citizens to leave Indonesia on Tuesday as anger over the drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers spread across the world's most populous Muslim nation, the ambassador said. "The Foreign Ministry recommends that Danes already in Indonesia leave and that those interested in coming postpone their plans," said Geert Aagaard Anderson, Denmark's ambassador to Indonesia, who said there was little security in place to protect his citizens.

Posted in Protests @ 07 February 2006 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia plans new cartoons protest Thousands of Muslim protesters are scheduled to march on the Danish Embassy in Indonesia to protest against drawings of the prophet Mohammed that have ignited Islamic anger around the world. "We will condemn the publications of the cartoons," said Dedi Supriyadi, from the Justice and Prosperity Party, the Islamist political party organising the protest.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party holds slim lead in Indonesia poll Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party clung to a slim lead on Tuesday following parliamentary elections, but with less than one percent of the vote counted, the race is wide open. Investors shrugged off the excruciatingly slow vote tally, as they pushed the Jakarta stock market up more than two percent in morning trade. Election observers said any reliable indication of the winner from the official count could take as long as a week.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Describing myself I am the thin slim 100,000 rupiah note that was printed years in a government workshop.The day I was born I was transferred to a bank with a bunch of my friends who were one by one were leaving for the free world.

Posted in General @ 19 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian churches and cops beef up security Around 150,000 police officers, about two-thirds of the total force, will be deployed in Indonesia to thwart possible terrorist strikes against churches during the Christmas season. At the same time, Christian communities from around the country are stepping up their own vigilance following warnings of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda and its Muslim militant associates during the year-end festive season.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P raises Indonesia's rating, boosts sentiment Foreign investor sentiment toward Indonesia got a further boost Monday from a decision by Standard & Poor's to upgrade the country's credit rating by one notch. Although widely expected, the move nevertheless represents a vote of confidence in the government's bid to cut its public debt, and comes at a time when the country is looking to end its reliance on the International Monetary Fund and to tap the international debt market for the first time since the 1997-98 Asian crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In August last year, U.S. intelligence agents learned that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network had obtained a highly detailed, hand-drawn map of the U.S. diplomatic compound here.

Posted in Religion @ 11 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When the Jakarta stock market plummeted by 31 points on Sept. 18, 2000, many domestic analysts directly blamed the bomb explosion at the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building as the main cause. We, on the other hand, beg to differ. In our opinion, most of the decline in the JSX can be directly attributed to weak sentiments toward regional stocks. In turn, part of the weak sentiments occurred through events happening beyond Asia's boundary (i.e. in Europe and the U.S.), while some of the negative sentiments are coming from inside the region itself.

Posted in Economy @ 12 October 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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