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Old July 13th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #641
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This one is surprising ....

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New scheduled flights ex Melbourne

http://www.etravelblackboard.com/sho...id=94498&nav=2


Commencing 16 September 2009, Malaysia Airlines is pleased to announce the new scheduled flights ex Melbourne with direct services to Jakarta.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH146 from Melbourne to Jakarta and on to Kuala Lumpur will operate 3 times a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This flight will depart Melbourne at 0001am and will arrive in Jakarta at 0400am, departing Jakarta at 0500am and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 0800am. The return flight, MH147 will also operate 3 times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing Kuala Lumpur at 2135pm, arriving into Jakarta at 2235pm, departing Jakarta at 2335 and arrival into Melbourne at 0850am the next morning.

These flights offer excellent connections to many destinations on the Malaysia Airlines network, with direct access to Indonesia’s domestic network.

Malaysia Airlines Area Manager VIC TAS Giles Gilbert commented “we are extremely excited about this new route and see this as a great opportunity for us to provide Victorians Five Star Malaysian Hospitality with the World Best Cabin Crew to the capital of Indonesia with excellent connections to many domestic Indonesian destinations. Fares to Jakarta start from just AUD538 plus taxes of AUD241.54 with fares to domestic destinations to be launched very soon”. In addition he said “We are proud to be providing Victoria and Melbourne with more direct access to international destinations and look forward to serving Victorians needs to and from these 2 major South East Asia gateways”.

Malaysia Airlines presently flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft twice daily departing Melbourne to Kuala with connections to more than 100 destinations.

Malaysia Airlines offers full 5-star service from our award winning World’s Best Cabin Crew.

These flights allow stopovers in both Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and all passengers are required to take note of Visa requirements for Indonesia.
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EU set to lift ban on RI carriers...
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Old July 15th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #643
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finally it is official, GA and 3 other Indonesian airliners have been excluded from EU's ban list
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/pdf/list_en.pdf
hopefully GA will resume its route to AMS, LHR and FRA in the months to come
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Old July 15th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #644
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GA will relaunch the JKT-AMS (and DPS-AMS?) route within 9-12 months with a330-200's or 300's with a stop in the middle east (expected) and will use the new 777-300's when they arrive in 2011. (nonstop)
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Old July 15th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #645
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Almost ready to fly
Wed, 07/15/2009 6:07 PM | Business



Mechanics check machines and other equipment of Airbus A330-300 at Garuda Maintenance Facilities in Cengkareng, Tangerang on Wednesday. Garuda and other three local carries are allowed to travel across European countries following the lifting of a two-year flight ban from the European Union. (JP/J. Adiguna)
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Old July 15th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #646
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Bilateral agreement finalized as air ban lifted
Tarko Sudiarno , The Jakarta Post , Yogyakarta | Wed, 07/15/2009 9:11 AM | Business

Indonesia finally agrees to settle a new partnership agreement with the EU following the latter’s decision to lift air restriction on the country’s major airlines.

EU member countries have endorsed the European Commission’s Air Safety Committee recommendation on the lifting of air restriction on Indonesia’s national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, and three private airlines: Mandala Air, Premiair and Air Fast.

A two day meeting of senior officials between both sides, the 8th so far, in Yogyakarta, concluded Tuesday, witnessing a conclusion of negotiations on a new framework agreement between the two institutions called the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).

The Indonesia delegation was headed by Foreign Ministry’s director general for Europe and America Retno L. P. Marsudi while the European delegation was led by the European Commission’s director for Asia James Moran.

A provision in the final draft of the PCA said both sides agreed to develop further civil aviation agreement that would ensure closer coordination in this area in the future.

An “Aid-for-trade” support was identified in the draft, where a Euro 15 million program has started this year and a further Euro 15 million is planned for 2010.

An official signature ceremony is scheduled to take place later this year between the Indonesian foreign minister, the Swedish foreign minister, as well as the commissioner for external relations.

“This comprehensive partnership agreement will allow a more concerted and measured effort in engaging in bilateral relation with the European Union. The tenure of this agreement is in five years, but an extension is available,” Retno said.

She added Indonesia is pursuing similar cooperation with the US.

The PCA is a major step to enhance relations between Indonesia and the EU through a closer and regular dialogue to reinforce existing bilateral areas of cooperation, such as the Euro 20 billion annual trade relationships and cooperation in education, research, environment, energy, tourism and transport.

Indonesia and EU agreed to work on common positions for the Copenhagen Summit on climate change. Both will pursue cooperation in the forestry and palm oil sectors and boost financial cooperation on climate change measures in Indonesia.

The meeting also confirmed the need for an extension of such a program for the 2011-2013 period as well as on continued support and cooperation on education, climate change and governance.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #647
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From the EU press release:
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Commission updates the list of airlines banned from European airspace

The European Commission adopted yesterday evening the eleventh update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union which comprises those of two additional countries. With this update the ban imposed upon five airlines is lifted given satisfactory improvements in safety.

"We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every where in the world" said Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and concluded that "we will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe – it is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere. This list has greatly contributed to making Europe's skies safer. We should gradually move towards an international strategy based on cooperation between countries around the world".

The new list replaces the previous one and can already be consulted on the Commission’s website ( http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/ ).

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Significant improvements and accomplishments of the Indonesian civil aviation authority are recognised in the area of safety. Since the imposition of the ban in July 2007, four air carriers – Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Premiair can be taken off the list, because their authority ensures that they respect the international safety standards. The Thai carrier One Two Go has been removed from the list as its certificate has been revoked by the Thai aviation authorities.
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It also acknowledges the efforts made by the civil aviation authorities of Indonesia, Gabon, Ukraine and Angola to enhance the exercise of their oversight responsibilities with a view to improving safety and cooperate closely to that end with the Commission.
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So the Indonesian president can finally plan his official visit to The Netherlands...
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Old July 16th, 2009, 03:45 AM   #648
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Amsterdam a go, Frankfurt and London on the map
Benget Besalicto Tnb. , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Wed, 07/15/2009 10:56 PM | Business

With permission to fly to Europe now secured, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will resume flights from Jakarta to Amsterdam early next year, and sees Frankfurt and London on the map soon.

The airline said Wednesday it would take six to nine months of preparation prior to resumed flights to Amsterdam — a route it abandoned prior to the European Commission-imposed flight ban in 2007.

EU member countries endorsed Tuesday a recommendation on the lifting of air restrictions on Garuda and three other Indonesian airlines: Mandala Air, Premiair and Air Fast.

“We once served routes from Jakarta to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London,” Garuda vice president for corporate communications, Pudjobroto, told The Jakarta Post.

“I think we’ll start by reviving the Jakarta—Amsterdam route.”

For its first flight to Amsterdam, the airline plans to use an Airbus A330-200, transiting in Dubai.

“In 2011, when we’ve received all our orders of aircraft, we’ll use a Boeing 777 to serve the European routes,” Pudjobroto said.
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More airlines to fly to Europe soon: Ambassador
Benget Besalicto Tnb. , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Wed, 07/15/2009 11:03 PM | Business

The lifting of a ban by the European Union (EU) on Indonesian airlines flying through European airspace demonstrates Indonesia’s significant improvement in the field of aviation safety and may lead to more airlines being taken off the list soon, the European Union’s (EU) envoy said.

Julian Wilson, the EU ambassador to Indonesia, said on Wednesday that as Indonesia continued its efforts to improve air safety, at least two more of its airlines could meet the safety standards required by Europe and be removed from the list of banned carriers in the EU.

“It has been confirmed that Indonesia has made a great achievement by improving its air safety. I think at least two more airlines will be removed from the EU ban in the near future. Very possibly, [they will be] Lion Air and Air Asia Indonesia,” Wilson told The Jakarta Post in an interview.

He said the EU would consider taking other Indonesian airlines off the list when the Indonesian directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) recertified them.
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I would want to see Lion Air or Batavia Air to fly to Europe or the U.S. someday because of their long-range B747-400s and A330-200.
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You can fly B747-400s and A330-200s with other airlines.

I think Lion Air's strategy is confusing. With 122 B737-900ERs on order, it was pretty clear that they were intending to be a regional Asian powerhouse, sort of like Ryanair if you will. It had even planned joint ventures in other ASEAN countries but not only has that not worked out, it is appearing to avoid international expansion altogether, allowing foreign-based airlines to trample on the "gold mine" that is DPS. Purchasing 2 B747-400s for long-haul ops with vastly inferior cabin interiors to Jeddah was never going to work, clearly, that was a last-minute decision.
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I would want to see Lion Air or Batavia Air to fly to Europe or the U.S. someday because of their long-range B747-400s and A330-200.
I really hope Lion dont fly there (or anywhere for that matter), if they dont change their practice in Security and Safety.
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Garuda is not going to take over the defuncted airlines Star air or Linus airways. Source will come later on.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 03:30 PM   #655
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one more brand new A332 scheduled to arrive at CGK today, registration known as PK-GPK



today Indonesian President inaugurated the GA's HQ new lay out and branding

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Garuda Indonesia, the Indonesia’s flagship carrier, unveils today at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport concrete evidence of a meticulous major revitalisation programme.

Even the country’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has been dealing with the unexpected terrorist attack to two of Jakarta’s major hotels, is coming to see the new-look Garuda at ceremonies that kick off at 10am.

The 60-year-old carrier showed off its new, glass-oriented headquarters and two aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 and Boeing B737-800NG, representing several more that will be arriving by year end until 2014, effectively doubling its present fleet.

Garuda Indonesia’s medium-term strategic plan put in place in 2006 – designed to ensure taking the state-owned airline through various stages such as survival, consolidation, improving operations, products and services and growth through IPO and debt restructuring – was generally on track. The global financial recession, however, has rescheduled the IPO to 2010, barring any fresh assault on the world economy.

The airline is planning to restart services to Amsterdam next year, using the A330-200, with a stopover in Dubai. In 2011, the service will convert to non-stop, using a B777 extended range aircraft. Other European cities being considered include Frankfurt, Rome and London and in the US, Los Angeles in the West Coast.

With the promise of new aircraft, Garuda management is keen on building up Jakarta as a business hub, “while keeping Denpasar (Bali) as our leisure hub”.Their Jakarta services to Sydney, Melbourne and Seoul will start up in quick succession on August 1, 2 and 3 respectively. A Jakarta-Shanghai service started on July 2.

Garuda’s cabin service has been refreshed as the “Garuda Indonesia Experience”, which encapsulates all that conjures Indonesia from the design and colours on the livery (palm trees, bamboo, rivers) to the music and cuisine associated with the country’s various regions. “Coming into Garuda Indonesia’s cabin will be like being welcomed into an Indonesian home. Indonesia’s hospitality is unique.” New uniforms will be introduced at a later date.

Service on the ground will complement the service in the air. A new executive lounge in Terminal 2 at Soekarno-Hatta Airport will open in October. But starting today, online check in will be available for all flights as well as the ability to print boarding passes at home or office. A self check-in kiosk has also been made available at the airport. Check in by mobile phone will also be in use in the coming months.

http://goodnewsfromindonesia.com/?p=1360
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Garuda targets Rp3.7 trillion net profit by 2014
Thursday, July 23, 2009 19:15 WIB | Economic & Business |

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia has set itself the target of earning a net profit of Rp3.7 trillion in 2014 following its better performance in recent years, its president director said.

"We have improved our services, and set a target in 2014 to get a net profit of Rp3,7 trillion, after gaining Rp669 billion in 2008," Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar said here on Thursday at the inauguration of Garuda`s new office here.

Garuda`s new office was inaugurated by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and attended among others by State Enterprises Minister Sofyan Djalil and Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal.

Emirsyah said in 2004, Garuda suffered losses totalling Rp811 billion but in 2008 it made a net profit of Rp669 billion.

"We call this a business transformation in every field and are to implement a new `quantum leap` program until 2014," he said.

In line with the new program, Garuda had ordered a total of 50 B737-NG 800 aircraft part of which had arrived in 2008, he said.

Garuda, he noted, had also ordered 10 aircraft of the B777-300 ER type and four of the A330-200 type until 2011.

"We will be seeing one of the A330-200s and one of the B737-00s on this occasion today," Emirsyah said.

Having made the progress in 2008, Garuda`s management was optimistic that it would be able to expand the company`s fleet from 62 to 116 aircraft by 2014, he said.

"The cities of destination can also increase from the current 41 to 62 in 2014," Emisrsyah said, adding that the number of passengers could also rise from the present 10.1 million a year to 27.6 million in 2014.

"In addition, we are optimistic that our Skytrack rating which now stands at four will rise to five by 2014," Emirsyah said. (*)
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Presiden SBY dan Ibu Negara memperhatikan fasilitas pesawat baru milik Garuda, di Bandara Soekarno Hatta, Cengkareng, hari Kamis (23/7) pagi. (foto: anung/presidensby.info)





Presiden SBY dan Ibu Negara memperhatikan fasilitas pesawat baru milik Garuda, disaksikan Dirut PT Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, di Bandara Soekarno Hatta, Cengkareng, hari Kamis (23/7) pagi. (foto: anung/presidensby.info)






Presiden SBY meninjau pesawat baru milik Garuda, didampingi Dirut PT Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, di Bandara Soekarno Hatta, Cengkareng, hari Kamis (23/7) pagi. (foto: cahyo/presidensby.info)




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#JT | Lion Air

LION AIR
We Make People Fly



Lion Air took to the skies from Indonesia in 2000 with one aircraft in its fleet. Within eight years of operation, Lion Air now flies to more than 36 cities in Indonesia and many other destinations such as, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam on a fleet of brand new Boeing 737-900ER.
As the largest private carrier in Indonesia, we offer passengers not only affordable airfares in the market, but safe, comfortable, reliable and convenient air travel.

 Creating opportunities for new travellers and empowering budget-conscious customers to fly more often by making travel affordable with its consistent low fares.
 Stringent cost controls through our operations so that we can keep our fares consistently low for travellers.
 Maximising the number of sectors served by our aircraft per day with efficient air traffic planning.

Lion Air’s promises to utilise our ingenuity and innovation to provide passengers’ real cost savings in air travel not just through the provision of low airfares, but through a comprehensive range of Lion Air’s value-added services.

Mission:

Consistent service delivery, safety and security are the foundation blocks of everything at Lion Air.

Our commitment to these attributes has resulted in our airline’s success.

Milestones:

Since taking off in 2000, we have taken numerous significant steps forward in bringing low airfares to more passengers in Asia. Journey through our milestones and discover all the highs of Indonesia’s largest low cost carrier.
 Lion Air was the inaugural Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Aviation (ARA) International Conference held in Singapore on 19 November 2003. Demonstrating the airline’s success of a low-cost carrier, Lion Air became the example for the trend of low-cost carriers in the international airlines industry. The airline was also regarded as a phenomenal low-cost carrier in Indonesia.
 Lion Air garnered the ‘Best Brand Award 2004’ from SWA, a marketing magazine published in Indonesia. The results were tabulated from Marketing Research Specialist (MARS) based on a survey of 6,000 people in 5 major cities of Indonesia. Lion Air gained a 33.6% index with the potency of a brand name to increase the number of passengers in the future.
 Lion Air was named the official airline for ‘Miss Universe’ and ‘Puteri Indonesia 2004’.
 Lion Air leased its aircraft and sent its crew and technicians to Myanmar to help establish Myanmar Airlines.
 Lion Air was assigned as the official airline for ‘Miss Asean 2005’.
 Lion Air is the launch customer of the Boeing 737-900ER and the largest operator of Boeing 737-900ER, the newest member of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 airplane family.



Fleet (as July 2009):
9 Boeing 737-400
2 Boeing 737-300
6 McDonnell Douglas MD-82
1 McDonnell Douglas MD-83
4 McDonnell Douglas MD-90
20 Boeing 737-900ER (from totaly order 178)
2 Boeing 747-400 (Middle East Flight, start on June 2009)
5 ATR 72-500 (2009)



Website: Lion Air and Lion Air Training Center

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Lion Air to refurbish Juanda International Airport's old terminal

Lion Airlines will invest Rp 300 billion (US$28.86 million) to develop facilities at the old terminal of Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, which is owned by the Navy.

The strategy aims to expand the airline's market in eastern Indonesia, and boost maintenance efficiency.

Lion Air and the Navy signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to rent part of the old terminal of some 100,000 square meters (sqm).

Lion Air president director, Rusdi Kirana, said aviation facilities to be developed included hangars, runways, a maintenance center and special gates for Lion Air passengers.

"If the infrastructure development can be done in 12 months, we will open flights connecting Surabaya with Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur," he said.

"We will build the maintenance center in an effort to reduce our fleet maintenance costs currently carried out in Jakarta and Singapore."

Navy chief of staff, Adm. Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, said the cooperation was an effort to optimize the utilization of Navy assets which became idle after the new Juanda International Airport started operation on Nov. 15, 2006.

Juanda Airport was opened on Feb. 7, 1964 as a naval air station which also served civilian flights.

As civilian flights grew, the airport management was handed over by the then defense and security ministry to the transportation ministry which in turn handed the management over to state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I on Jan. 1, 1985.

The new terminal is on the north side of the old terminal owned by the navy. The new terminal has a total area of 51,500 sqm, twice the size of the old terminal at 28,088 sqm.

The airport has a 3,000-meter runway.

Lion Air director for general affairs Edward Sirait told The Jakarta Post Thursday the airline was anticipating the possibility of growth in traffic such that the present terminal would not be able to accommodate all their airplanes at one time.

"This will cause inefficiencies as long queues to get a parking spot means burning more fuel," he said.

"That is why we are preparing the old terminal as an alternative for us."

Edward said cooperation with the Navy would provide a dedicated terminal for Lion Air in due time without preventing other interested airlines from sharing the facility. "We are also studying new routes linking Surabaya with cities in eastern Indonesia."
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