Another episode from my trip report, I hope you enjoy it.
Destination: Denpasar, Bali WADD
ETD: 1130 (well, Lion really knows how to delay their flights politely)
ETA: 1300 (refer to my comment above)
Flight: Lion Air JT ??? (I forget what was the flight number)
Inside the boarding room, passengers heading to Bali were really confused as the boarding pass stated that boarding procedure will take place on Gate 3A. When we entered the lounge, gate 3A is waiting for passengers heading to Balikpapan (or was it Mataram). And the actual boarding procedure for passengers leaving for Denpasar took place in Gate 3B.
Inside the aerobridge, the bule (on the right) was quite angry with Lion. Well, Indonesians know that Lion is among the worst airline in Indonesia in terms of service. After that, we went downstairs to catch a bus that will “chauffeur” us to the correct plane.
Garuda Citilink Boeing 737-300 PK-G??, Citilink is Garuda Indonesia’s sister company that focuses its service on budget segment to rival Lion and AirAsia Indonesia. It ceased operation in early 2007 and resumed operation in late 2008. Their old livery is more colourful though.
This is my ride, Wings’ MD-82. Lion used to operate MD-82 before it was given to its subsidiary, Wings. Lion is going to focus on the full-service market whereas Wings will be the budget carrier. So far, the plan is somewhere in … never mind, you know most Indonesian businessmen put profit ahead anything else.
This is a compulsory photo in Indoflyer. My ride is registered as PK-LMF. The man is conducting a regular checking.
Another dead planes from Bouraq, a ceased-operating carrier due to low passengers rate and high fuel price at that time (2005). It was one of the oldest carrier in the country, ‘The Big Five’ members (Garuda, Merpati, Sempati, Bouraq, Mandala).
And that’s the way it was on 22 June 2009. For now, good day.