As usual, sorry for my bad English and bad quality of the pictures.
After flying to Makassar with Batik Air and having good 4 days in Makassar, it was time for me to return to my hometown. Cheapest fare for this journey was offered by Sriwijaya Air, and I quickly grabbed it before the price rises.
My father had flown to Jakarta earlier because had to attend a wedding ceremony of one of our relatives. Just like my flight to Makassar, this time I boarded the plane alone.
From our hotel, I left for the airport with the motorcycle taxi ordered through "Gojek" apps. The journey took about 45 minutes.
The airport terminal with its unique exterior.
Flight schedule. My flight was SJ 599 to Jakarta.
My boarding pass, printed on a simple paper like this. LCC typical.
Then I proceeded to the departure area after usual security check.
Look at the unique ceiling pattern.
No more international departures for that day, so the immigration counters were empty.
Waiting lounge, shared by all gates.
What I expected came true. My flight was delayed for more than 1 hour. I had known that almost all of Sriwijaya's evening flights never departed on time.
Scheduled to depart at 5.45 p.m, we were actually called for boarding at 6.45 p.m.
Reaching the plane by bus.
The plane for our flight, Boeing 737-800, with reg code "PK-CMJ" and nosename "Kesayangan" (meaning: "beloved). The latest Sriwijaya's livery was painted on it, containing "SJ" letters and the web address.
A Bombardier CRJ of Garuda on its left side.
Entering the cabin.
After the boarding process completed, cabin crews started the safety procedure as usual.
The plane began to fly at 7.25 p.m (UTC+8) without queues.
Cabin lamps were turned on again. I checked anything in the seat pocket as usual.
Cabin crews gave all passengers snack bags containing bread and mineral water. Actually I had expected to get meal set because the scheduled flight duration was 2 hours.
As no IFEs available, my entertainment source during the flight was my cellphone with its musics and videos.
It was very dark outside the window until the plane started to descend and lights of Jakarta could be seen.
The plane landed safely in Jakarta at 8.15 p.m. (UTC+7).
Time to leave the plane. Unlike the departure, this time the aerobridge was provided for us.
Finally leaving the airport for my lovely home by express bus.
Makassar-Celebes Island - UPG
Jakarta - CGK
Just an ordinary flight with Sriwijaya Air, nothing special. The delayed departure had been expected. Based on my observation through Flightradar24.com, Sriwijaya Air's evening flights mainly depart later than schedule. I hope they can improve the punctuality. The cabin was good. The seat had enough pitch for my legs. Actually I quite dislike the leather-covered seat, but I admit that it was easier to be cleaned, especially considering the common bedbugs (Indonesian: "kepinding" or "kutu busuk"). Cabin crews were nice and friendly. The foods, only bread and mineral water, I still don't know if Sriwijaya actually provides meal sets for this route.
Makassar's Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, named after a popular Sultan of Gowa, is a gateway not only to Makassar or South Sulawesi Province, but also the eastern area of Indonesia. Some people said that the airport has been unable to handle the passengers, and the upgrading projects have been necessary.
That's my report, hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading!
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