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The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink

 
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ameya
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink Reply with quote

Flight Review: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink, Indonesia

Pictures and complete TR on the link

Citilink an all Airbus A320 operator in Indonesia started off as a low cost arm of National Carrier Garuda Indonesia. Years later it was hived off as a separate entity and continues to operate close to 50 aircraft (A320ceo + A320neo) from its main bases at Jakarta and Surabaya.

This airline stood out in terms of the uniforms and branding color (fresh pigment green). They did not have the prayer pamphlets which I noticed in most other airlines in the country.

It was great to be back on this all familiar Airbus A320 with 180 seats my favorite.

Research & Booking

The problem of booking with Indian Credit card or international multi-currency card continued for this booking as well. This ticket I managed to get from another OTA which did accept my card for one time after telephone verification.

The PNR was trackable on the Citilink website which is a total no-frills website. Clean design with ease of navigation with every important aspect that is needed available on the home page. The aircraft has the forward rows classified as Green seats and additional charges apply to block those seats. I did not block any of those and took 9th row, the first non-chargeable one at check-in which opened 48 hours to departure.

The flight was fairly empty and I got a change to see how the seats are. Essentially the leg room is same across all seats and the airline was charging more for convenience.

Airport Information

The Supadio International Airport at Pontianak has seen a soft launch recently with the new terminal which is spacious, modern, roomy and clean. The airport doubles up as military training facility for the Indonesian Air Force and I saw some interesting aircraft types before boarding.

The single 2500mtr runway is without a full length parallel taxiway and it was fun to backtrack on active runway, seeing the lush greenery surrounding the airport.

Airport Experience

I spent a good amount of time at the airport and the retail options along with food & beverage selection was far more than what was expected from a city this small and an airport this busy.

A large high ceiling hall in the newly designed and built terminal acts as check-in area for all the flights and departures are from level 1. The security area segregates the domestic passengers from the international ones and the domestic side had Departure Control System and automated boarding pass readers.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Re: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
Flight Review: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink, Indonesia
I have been looking forward to all stages on this exotic trip of yours, Sir! The places, and the planes. Both.
The international credit card issue is really a big pain, and I wonder if you follow any heuristics to get rid of such issues.
Ameya Sir always shows the way...even if it is with airport security Smile
Water for purchase...hmm..
Thank once again, Sir!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
ameya wrote:
Flight Review: The all familiar 180 seater A320 with Citilink, Indonesia
I have been looking forward to all stages on this exotic trip of yours, Sir! The places, and the planes. Both.
The international credit card issue is really a big pain, and I wonder if you follow any heuristics to get rid of such issues.
Ameya Sir always shows the way...even if it is with airport security Smile
Water for purchase...hmm..
Thank once again, Sir!
Cheers, Sumantra.


Thank you sir! The airline and route both were exotic
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely TR ... good to see you visited a "swanky" new terminal of Indonesia Razz

the joys of empty planes are unparalleled from a passenger perspective
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