Monday, December 27, 2010

Batavia Air FIRST flight to Dili, Timor Leste


On December 27, 2010 Batavia Air conducts the first flight from Denpasar, Bali to Dili, Timor Leste (return) by using Airbus A320-811 with flights number Y6-811

The aircraft departed from Denpasar at 07:00 LT and landed at the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport at 09:40 LT. While the flight from Dili to Denpasar departed at 10:25 LT. Direct Flights Denpasar – Dili will be operated every day.

"With the entry of Batavia Air to Dili, the Timorese people have an alternate transportation to travel to Denpasar, Bali and other cities in Indonesia. Now, Dili has been connected with 40 cities in Indonesia that have been serving by Batavia Air," said Batavia Air President Director Yudiawan Tansari.

In addition, he continued, transport goods and cargo from Dili to the cities in Indonesia and vice versa become more fluent. "And of course we hope for the tourism potential that is here much more widely known by the people of Indonesia," he added.

Inaugural flight to Dili, led by Capt. Pilot Noer Effendi with a group of officials from Batavia Air, Director General of Civil Aviation as well as officials from the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The delegation was welcomed by the President and Prime Minister of Timor Leste as well as officials in the country.

Batavia Air currently operates more than 170 flights per day and serving 40destinations across Indonesia, and 6 international destinations namely, Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Guangzhou (China), Kuching (Malaysia), Singapore and most recently Dili, Timor Leste. Batavia Air has a fleet of 36 aircraft consisting of Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-400, Airbus A-319, Airbus A-320 and Airbus A330.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Emirates Airlines will BUY Airbus plant


Airlines from the Middle East do not seem to stop making a sensation. The latest news is the plan from the United Arab Emirates  airline, Emirates Airlines, to purchase European aircraft manufacturing, Airbus.

The news released on Thursday (12/23/2010) by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), which comes from a spokesman for airlines in the Gulf. The spokesperson said the airline from the Gulf will provide for ordering 90 units 70 units A380 and A350. In order to facilitate the management, would be better if the manufacturer also all purchased.

Airbus spokesman described very surprised, but also happy with the program. In addition to Airbus, Emirates is also rumored to be buying from US aircraft manufacturing plant, Boeing. However, the Boeing chose silence to confirm the news. It's just that party did not dismiss the US Exim Bank to provide soft loans if the plan is to be implemented.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Garuda Indonesia add four planes to Malaysia

Garuda Indonesia will ensures to prepare an additional 1,000 seats for the flight route from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur (return) on December 26, 2010. Additional seats are intended to ease the country fans who will watch the AFF Cup final 2010 between Indonesia and Malaysia at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Malaysia.

"This is one of our support," said Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Garuda Indonesia, I Poetra Tri Sakti.  Therefore, Garuda Indonesia has prepared Boeing B747-400 to bring supporters of the Garuda National Team from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur.

He explained that the Boeing 747-400 aircraft with a capacity of 42 executive class and 386 economy class will be flown from Jakarta at 10:00 pm and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 13.00 local time. After the match, the aircraft will be flown back from Kuala Lumpur at 23:00 hours local time and arrive in Jakarta at 24.00 pm. "So this is a traveling one-day trip from Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta by using the same aircraft, the Boeing B747-400," he said.

In addition, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, also prepared two additional aircraft from Surabaya to bring supporters from Surabaya to Kuala Lumpur. As of Jakarta, low cost carrier is also planning to dispatch a plane to Kuala Lumpur as an extra flight.

"Additional flights are additional flights on the two regular flights (every day) between the two cities using a Boeing B737-800 with a capacity of 150 seats, each of which departed at 0845 pm and 17:10 pm," he said.

Not only that, added Tri, they is also preparing bus transportation from the airport to the Bukit Jalil stadium (return) and coordinate with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the convenience of purchasing tickets football games for passengers.

"Garuda Indonesia offering a special price airline tickets one-day trip starting from USD 156 nett," he said. Garuda Indonesia will also continue to see market growth and anticipated demand for the fans immediately if it is still necessary additional flight.

Local committee in Kuala Lumpur to prepare about 15,000 tickets for supporters of Indonesia to witness the final round match between teams of Indonesia and Malaysia teams at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, which has a seating capacity of around 80,000.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Investor from China and Taiwan will invest in the fisheries sector


A number of investors from China and Taiwan began to come to Indonesia to invest and develop the marine fisheries sector in Indonesia. Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad expressed the ministry began aggressively to attract investors from many countries to invest in Indonesia. "Indonesian marine and fisheries sector require investors in order to grow," he said in Jakarta today.

Fadel said a number of islands that are offered to develop the investors is the island of Morotai, Bangka Island, and a number of areas in Sulawesi, which has great potential as a fishery resource. Minister explains investors from Taiwan will invest capital to develop the island of Morotai in North Maluku. "Investing in ensuring that they will reach U.S.$ 2 billion."

Fadel expressed the Taiwanese investors are interested to build a lot of seafood processing industrial complex until construction of marine ecotourism park. "Investors will make Morotai area as a special economic zone, or megaminapolitan," he said.

Fadel added Morotai island will also be the center of the national tuna industry. He said the Taiwan expressed interest in investing in this island because this region was in the Pacific ocean. This area is known to have high fisheries potential because this place is a stopover point tuna, both from the Pacific Ocean to the waters of Indonesia, or vice versa. This region is estimated to generate up to 200 tonnes of tuna per year.

"In order to develop the marine and fisheries sector can not depend continuously on the State Budget, but also must attract investors to invest," he said. Minister said it plans Morotai and Bangka island will become the region as a special economic zone or megaminapolitan. Meanwhile, Director General of Processing and Marketing of Fishery Products Fishery Martani Huseini state investors began to arrive to Indonesia. "Indonesia has already become one of the purposes of investment in marine and fisheries sector," he said.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

AirAsia establish LOW COST airline in Philippines


The airline company AirAsia, announced a cooperation agreement between the AA International Ltd, a subsidiary of AirAsia (with full ownership), with Antonio O. Cojuangco Jr.., Michael R Romero, and Marianne B. Hontiveros to set up another low cost airline company with a base of operations in the Philippines.

Ownership shares of AirAsia to AirAsia Inc., through AirAsia International Limited, will be at numbers 40 percent, while the remaining 60 percent stake will be divided evenly between Antonio O. Cojuangco Jr.., Michael R Romero, and Marianne B.Hontiveros.

The joint venture company will named AirAsia Inc.. AirAsia Inc. will maximize the advantages of the AirAsia in order to penetrate the Chinese market, Korea and Japan via the Philippines, without leaving the focus on key markets in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

"We are proud to be able to apply proven business model of AirAsia's success more broadly to the Philippines. In a short time, Philipines residents have the opportunity to travel to and abroad with an affordable cost. This is a right to provide easy access for all people in the Philippines that will ultimately hope will lead to more rapid economic growth, as happened in other countries where AirAsia has been operating, "said Group CEO of AirAsia, Dato Sri Dr Tony Fernandes on Friday (17/12/2010) in Manila.

With the addition of a new operating sector, the ASEAN region which encroached by AirAsia will be global. Choice of flight routes and destinations will be more and more. Therefore, AirAsia's route network more reliable.
With 140 routes to 65 destinations and more than 400 flights every day, AirAsia connects major cities in ASEAN as well as providing flights to places that have a rich unique history, exotic beaches, the region with beautiful nature, and centers leading entertainment.

With the connecting points in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, AirAsia not only connects the ASEAN region alone, but more broadly to the Australia, Asia, and Europe. Ease of travel by the best airline category will be more cost effective to strengthen unity among the diverse communities in ASEAN and promote economic growth through tourism and trade activities.

AirAsia Berhad started its flights to destinations in the Philippines since April 2005. Currently, AirAsia has two daily flights to Clark, from Kuala Lumpur and from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Implementation of Bar Code Boarding Passes by Airlines


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set a milestone in passenger traffic with the implementation of 100% worldwide with 2D bar code boarding passes (BCBP). BCBP replaces the previous generation of efficient and less costly magnetic stripe boarding pass.

"The magnetic strip boarding passes go on the way to a history museum next to the paper ticket. After the e-ticketing in 2008, switching to BCBP the next important step to the passengers more convenience and choice. Completing many tasks during the journey will now take seconds with the swipe of a bar code," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General and CEO.

The completion of the industry, offers passengers more choice in the check-in counter at an airport, at home, in a kiosk, or mobile device. BCBP also allows airlines to a single pass printing boarding several flights, simplifying travel for passengers in transit or those who travel on different airlines problem. In addition, BCBP opens the door for automated access to premium services. For example, with a scan of a BCBP, eligible passengers to access the fast track to safety or lounges.

Airlines issue over 2 billion boarding passes every year. The conversion of printed 2D BCBP was a five-year project and save the industry $ 1,500,000,000 per year. With the airlines to offer more, to receive the possibility of the barcode with a mobile device, we are well on the way to travel without papers, "said Bisignani.

Transition history

Boarding passes with magnetic strips that have been used since 1983, has several limitations for airlines and passengers that the bar code. Boarding passes expensive tape printer is at the airport check-in desk or in a cabin where passengers can receive their boarding card limits. The boarding passes with magnetic strips also expensive and exclusive role.

In the 1990s some companies to switch to one-dimensional barcodes (1D), which uses a series of parallel and perpendicular lines, similar to UPC codes, in order to identify products of the camp. This 1D was first used in the rail industry in the 1960s and are able to provide a limited amount of data.

The industry standard IATA airlines in 2005 is one of the two-dimensional (2D), known as the PDF417 code. This is more information on the basis of drawings of squares, dots and other geometric patterns. This code allows flexibility in size, ease of code reading and the support of many different types of scanners and printers. Print 2D code also allows the encryption and many functions.

The industry in 2008 agreed on a bar code standard for paperless, mobile passes. Data from the printed boarding card and mobile phone are the same, but the code looks like mobile devices is slightly different. Mobile 2D data can use the Aztec, or QR codes. About 30 airlines now offer mobile BCBP and usage should increase significantly in the short term.

After reaching the target of 100% bar code boarding passes (BCBP) was a joint effort of airlines, airports, service providers and IATA. More than 2,000 airports on board and  implementation was done by the StB Matchmaker. A secure web portal, StB Matchmaker allows airlines and airports for the exchange to prioritize, and coordinate requests for application effectively plan the use of a global standard. The tool provides information on 3,000 airport terminals and more than 200 airlines, creating a global database of over 10,000 records. The StB Matchmaker system will be expanded next year to facilitate the projects of Fast Travel and the IATA e-services.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Airline optimistic, airline business continues to increase next year


The number of Air Asia passengers up to the third quarter of 2010 has reached 2.8 million passengers. By the end of 2010, this number is expected to reach of 4 million passengers.

This belief is based on the achievement of Air Asia in 2009 are able to fly 3.5 million passengers. This amount can be achieved with a total fleet of 10 Airbus A-320 and 3 Boeing-373. In 2010, Air Asia has added four Airbus A-320. These conditions make Air Asia optimistic target of 4 million passengers by the end of 2010 was achieved.

The total number of passengers of Air Asia during 2010 supported by some flight routes, such as Jakarta - Denpasar, Jakarta - Singapore, Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur, Perth - Denpasar. Unfortunately, Audrey does not mention the number of passengers for each route. "I do not know, but the fourth route is the most passengers" said Audrey Progastama, Corporate Communications Manager Air Asia

Next year, Air Asia at least the target number of passengers for international flights can be increased up to 4.5%. This is due in 2011 will the government have imposed a fiscal free for international flights.

Meanwhile, Nurmaria Sarosa, Head of Corporate Communication, Mandala Air, said that this year passengers of Mandala Air as many as 2.5 million people. This number decreased from the year 2009, of 3 million passengers. This decrease was caused by a fleet reduction of Mandala Air, from 7 fleets in 2009, to 5 fleets in 2010.

According Nurmaria, the number of passengers in 2010 which reached 2.5 million people supported by regional routes, such as Jakarta-Singapore, Jakarta - Hong Kong and Jakarta - Macau. These routes accounted for approximately 20% of Mandala Air passengers this year.

In 2011, Mandala Air is targeting to fly 3, 5 million passengers. Increasing the target is in line with the plan to increase the number of airlines. Mandala Air plans to add about 5 airlines later in 2011. This amount is based on Ministry of Transportation regulations that require each airline to have a fleet of at least 10 flights by January 12, 2012.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Indonesia EXPORTS increase by 21.9% in 2010

In 2010, Indonesia's exports increase 21.9% to U.S.$ 142.53 billion compared to the year 2009. Non-oil commodities such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture to support the growth of exports by value reached U.S.$ 122.68 billion.

The largest contribution of the export is from mining sector at 41.9%. Manufactured products 34.1% and the rest is from agricultural commodities. Meanwhile, exports of oil and gas sector contributed aroudn U.S.$ 22.95 billion, up 15.61% from the year 2009 valued at U.S. 19.85 billion.

Meanwhile the largest non-oil export destination country is still gained from ASEAN countries amounting to 21.3%. For non-oil exports to EU countries by 13%, Japan 12.7%, China 12.2% and USA 10.6%. While the contribution of exports to Korea only 5.5%.

"Export growth continues to increase because many countries in the world think Indonesia has a good quality of commodities," said Gusmardi Bustami International Trade Director General of Ministry of Commerce.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

January 2011, Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Malang twice a day

So far, Garuda Indonesia flight only once a day from Jakarta to Malang. The flight schedule is departing from Jakarta (GA-290) at 7:10 pm and arrive in Malang at 8:40 pm. The same plane will return to Jakarta (GA-291) at 09:15 hrs. However, starting January 1, 2011, the frequency will be increased to twice daily using a B737-300, capacity 110 seats, comprising 16 business class seats and 94 economy class seats.

Vice President of Corporate Communications Garuda Indonesia, Pujobroto, said on Sunday (05/12/2010), route from Jakarta to Malang and vice versa that had closed since last November 30, due to the eruption of Mount Bromo, opened again since Sunday morning.

"Based on recent developments of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, the situation more conducive to flight, and in accordance with the latest NOTAM (Notification to Airman) No: C0927/10 stating Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, Malang have reopened, the Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Malang which previously transferred to Surabaya, starting today, Sunday (5 / 12) back to normal flying to Malang, "wrote Pujo in a press release.

Previously, the Garuda Indonesia flight to Surabaya, but divert passengers from Malang still doing reporting passengers on Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, then transfer bus by Garuda to Juanda Airport, Surabaya, to fly to Jakarta. While, passengers who fly from Jakarta, transfer by bus to the terminal Arjosari Malang.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Indonesia will Import 250,000 Tons of Rice


Indonesia will add as much as 250,000 tons of rice imports to ensure food security in the country, as said by Coordinating Minister Hatta Rajasa, after opening the "Indonesian Palm Oil Conference and Outlook 2011," in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday (02/12/2010), respond to question reporters about the government's plan to import rice from Thailand. "Yes there is the additional 250,000 tons more. Details please asked to Bulog," he said.

Import is in addition of previous imports amounted to 600,000 tons.

Added, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Marine, Diah Maulida said that rice to import to Bulog it will import from Thailand with the outbreak of the kind of premium rice (broken) five percent. "Not exactly 250,000 tons, but close to it," se did not give the exact figure the amount of rice imports by Indonesia.

She asserted that these imports are in addition to the previous rice imports of 600,000 tons, which had already in Indonesia. The price of rice to be imported, the recognition is more expensive, because it included the category of premium rice. Diah said that if imports would realized by the end of this year, then the total rice imports reached 850,000 tons.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia Airlines signed codeshare cooperation


Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia Airlines signed a joint Singapore-Denpasar flight. In codeshare cooperation, the two airlines will provide connectivity services for its passengers.

Ng Kian Wah, Senior Vice President of Sales Regions Singapore Airlines, explains, the codeshare agreement will effective on December 1, 2010. "The two airlines will cooperate on the basis of the principle of reciprocity on all flights between Singapore and Denpasar," said Ng Kian.

The agreement is a shared desire to offer more flight options for customers. It also aims to improve the accessibility of foreign tourists who will travel to the island of Bali.

Garuda Indonesia customers will be able to enjoy connectivity services from Singapore to all destinations of Singapore Airlines in the world. Similarly, on the contrary, Singapore Airlines customers can enjoy the benefits of connectivity Garuda Indonesia's domestic destinations from Denpasar, Bali.

Singapore Airlines operates three flights per day to Singapore-Denpasar route, while Garuda has daily flights. The cooperation is believed to be able to maximize the benefits of two airlines from the route.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

As of September, Indonesia's export value rose 38.3%


Indonesia's export performance during the first nine months this year rose 38.3% to USD 110.8 billion over the same period last year. In fact, as of September performance was also better before the global crisis sweeping the world in 2008 ago, which just posted an increase of 12.3%. This achievement was launched by the Board of Research and Development, Ministry of Trade (Kemdag) which released today, Thursday (25/11).

The Research and Development of Ministry of Trade also quoted Trade Watch from the World Bank that assesses Indonesia's exports in the second quarter, including three best of the 60 countries. This report shows, in the second quarter of this year, only three countries that can improve the performance of exports exceeded the export performance before the global crisis; namely China, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

China recorded can increase its export value up 14.7% while Indonesia was 4.9% compared to the value of exports during the same period in 2008. Meanwhile, Hong Kong recorded the highest increase in export value far beyond China and Indonesia, which amounted to 20.8%.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The 10 world's best airports


Recently, Skytrax a consumer survey institute awarded 10 best airports in the world. In a statement, Chairman of Skytrax Edward Plaisted said that this survey is very competitive because it is done on 9.8 million users of the world's great airports. "The questionnaire was distributed to 2009-2010," he said. The result is remarkable, Changi Airport emerged as the best airport in the world. It beat the big airports, like Munich Airport and Schiphol Airport in Holland.

Here's the 10 world's best airports are:

1. Changi Airport
Number of passengers per year: 37.2 million
Last year's ranking: 3
Awards: Best Airport to Leisure Facilities (# 1), Best Airport Immigration Services (# 3), Best Airport Shopping (# 3), Best International Transit Airport (# 2), and Best Airport Dining (# 2)
Changi Airport serve passengers more than 200 goals more than 90 international airlines. Changi also handles approximately 5,000 arriving and departing each week.

2. Incheon Airport
Number of passengers per year: 18.7 million
Last year's ranking: 1
Awards: Best International Airport Transit (# 1), Asia Airport Staff Excellence (# 1), Airport with Best Leisure Facilities (# 2), Airport with Best Security Management (# 2), Airport with Best Cleaning (# 2), and Airport with the Best Toilet (# 2).
Incheon is the largest airport in South Korea. The airport serves more than 70 passenger airlines. Not only serve the passengers, the airport also has a museum of Korean culture.

3. Hong Kong International Airport
The number of passengers per year: 45.5 million
Last year's ranking: 2
Awards: Best Airport Toilet (# 1) and Best Airport Dining (# 1)
Hong Kong Airport is the busiest airport in the world. The airport is equipped with a nine-hole golf course that can be used by visitors as they pass the time waiting for planes.

4. Munich Airport
The number of passengers per year: 32.7
Rank last year: 5
Awards: Best Airport to Leisure Facilities (# 3), Best International Transit Airport (# 3), Best Airport Dining (# 3), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (# 2)
Munich is Germany's second busiest airport. Passengers enjoy the beauty of the terminal starting from the entrance gate. The airport was built in the urban landscape. Many walls and ceilings made of glass, so that the airport was great.

5. Kuala Lumpur Airport
The number of passengers per year: 29.7 million
Last year's ranking: 7
Awards: Best Airport Immigration Service (# 1) and the Airport Staff Excellence South East Asia (# 1)
Kuala Lumpur is located in Malaysia's southern corridor and one of the busiest airports in Asia. The main terminal remains green, because it is equipped with artificial forest. They use the concept, "airport in the forest, the forest at the airport."

6. Zurich Airport
The number of passengers per year: 12.3 million
Last year's ranking: 4
Awards: Best Baggage Delivery (# 1), Best Terminals Cleanliness (# 1), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (# 3)
Zurich Airport, Switzerland, lies 11 kilometers north of downtown Zurich. The airport has a porter service where tourists pay, and the porter will take your goods to final destination.

7. Schiphol Airport
The number of passengers per year: 43.6 million
Last year's ranking: 8
Awards: Best Airport Shopping (# 2)
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, opened in 1916 as a military airfield, and now has turned into one of the busiest in the world. While waiting for departure, travelers can enjoy a massage and play poker at the casino.

8. Beijing International Airport
The number of passengers per year: 65.4 million
Last year's ranking: 17
Awards: Best Airport Security Processing (# 1), Best Airport Immigration Service (# 2), Best Airport Cleanliness (# 3), and Asia Staff Service Excellence (# 2)
Beijing Airport is the busiest airport in Asia and can accommodate up to 78 million passengers per year. Tallest building, the terminal 3, has a roof that was painted red, the Chinese luck color.

9. Auckland International Airport
The number of passengers per year: more than 13 million
Last year's ranking: 10
Awards: Airport Staff Excellence Australia / Pacific (# 1)
Auckland Airport, New Zealand, providing more than 20 international airlines, and serve 45 flights take off per hour.Aukland provide thousands of jobs through the second-largest cargo port in the country.

10. Suvarnabhumi Airport
The number of passengers per year: 40.5 million
Last year's ranking: 16
Awards: South East Asia Staff Service Excellence (# 3)
Suvarnabhumi was designed by architects Murphy/Jahn and opened in September 2006. The airport is ready to serve 74 flights per hour and 45 million passengers and three tons of cargo per year. There is a 600 room hotel located in front of the terminal.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

October 2010: coffee export down 28%


In October 2010, the volume of coffee export through the port of Lampung, down 28% to 25,640 tons worth USD 40,649. In September 2010, the volume of coffee exports reached 35,630 tons with a value of USD 55,122. Depreciation of coffee exports was triggered by the expiration of the coffee harvest in Indonesia.

In addition, production problems are also disturbed by the weather that makes the coffee production declined. "There was a decline in production because it leads to the end of the harvest," said Muchtar Lutfi, Head of Research and Development, Lampung Coffee Exporters Association.

Exports coffee from the port of Lampung comes from coffee which grown in the area of Central Sumatra, such as Bengkulu, South Sumatra, and also from Lampung area. Until October 2010, Indonesia has been exporting coffee as much as 212,594 tons with a value of USD 312,408. According to Muchtar, that number was far behind compared to last year.

Muchtar concerned about coffee export performance in the last quarter of this year. Because, at the end of the year like this, the coffee harvest in the central coffee plantations in Sumatra has been reduced. While common stock is stored coffee farmers are now no longer exists because the rainy season makes many coffee trees were damaged.

"It would be difficult to chase the target this year," he explained. This year, AEKI Lampung set the coffee export target of 300,000 tones.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Indonesian fertilizer imports continue to rise


In January-September 2010 there was an increase of fertilizer imports to Indonesia. The highest import demand was due to increased fertilizer consumption directly and also for raw materials fertilizer plant.

"The need for fertilizer industry also rose while raw materials such as potassium and phosphate were imported," said Deddy Shaleh, Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce in Jakarta, Friday (12/11). According to him, the import of fertilizer is needed because there are some raw materials can not be produced domestically.

Based on data from Central Statistic Agency (BPS), Indonesia fertilizer imports from January to September 2010 stated at USD 1.065 billion. This figure rose 77.81% compared to the imports of fertilizers in the same period last year amounted to USD 599.365 million.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Indonesian woodworking exports are decreasing


Indonesian woodworking exports are decreasing sharply. It because the economic conditions in Europe and the USA which has been the main export market has not recovered yet.

The Indonesian Sawmill & Woodworking Association (ISWA) estimates, woodworking export volume this year only 1.2 million cubic meters. The export volume was down 14.2 percent compared to last year's export volume which reached 1.4 million cubic meters.

Similarly, plywood, even though the volume down, value of exports, probably, will not sag away from last year that reached USD 957 million. The trigger is woodworking prices also increased slightly, from USD 665 per cubic meter in 2009 to USD 675 per cubic meter. "So, we estimate, the value of exports same as of 2009," said Soewarni, Chairman of the ISWA.

Soewarni explained, since the financial crisis plagued the USA in September 2008, woodworking wood consumption in the USA continued to decline. It happened because a lot of housing development projects stalled. Similar conditions also experienced a number of other export destination countries, like China, Japan, Australia, and Germany. "Since the crisis, it is difficult for us to expect an increase in export of woodworking, especially in terms of volume," said Soewarni.

Weakening demand for Indonesian woodworking in the world market, bring bad impact to exporters. According Soewarni, many exporters of woodworking is now out of business. "Of the 700 exporters are now only just over 600 exporters," he said.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Indonesia’s Exports (Jan-Sep 2010) Up 38 Percent

Indonesia Central Statistic Agency (BPS) expressed, total value of Indonesia's exports from January to September reached USD 110.81 billion. This amount increased by 38.27 percent over the same period last year.

"Hopefully we will record a new performance for annual export, at least approach USD 150 billion. If our export per month around USD 12 billion, it could approach even be higher," said Head of the BPS, Rusman Heriawan in a press conference held at the office BPS, Jakarta, Monday (01/11/2010).

Although the export value from January to September 2010 increased compared to last year period, exports value in September 2010 dropped compared with August 2010. According to Rusman, exports of September reached USD 12.08 billion, down 12.02 percent compared to August. "The decline in non-oil -13.66 percent. Exports of non oil reached USD 10.13 billion, and USD 1.95 billion for oil and gas," he said.

The reduced value of exports in September, according to Rusman due to Eid al-Fitr which falls in September. Import-export activity before and after Lebaran is totally decreasing. "Labor-workers who went home a lot so many activities that are pending. Hopefully October there was an increase export and import of missed work," he said.

Besides the Indonesia’s export up 38 per cent, the import value also increase by 11.92 percent in September compared to last year. Imports of September reached USD 9.53 billion.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Singapore Airlines (SQ) will Buy 50 New Aircraft


Singapore Airlines (SQ) will buy 50 new aircraft to support flight operations of all of their route serves. Public Relations Manager of Singapore Airline (SIA) Gloria Henriette said the ordered aircrafts is consisting of eight units of Airbus A380-800, two units of Airbus A330-300, 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and 20 units of Airbus A350-900 XWb.

Gloria explains, for A380 and A330 are already produced commercially can begin to be sent in stages starting next year. However, for the B787 and A350, both of a new aircraft which are still prepared by manufacturer for commercial sale. Thus, the delivery depends on the readiness of Boeing and Airbus. "But from now we already ordered. Later, all aircraft will be purchased. Singapore Airlines (SQ) has enough financial to buy it," said Glory, Wednesday (10/27/2010).

If Singapore Airlines (SIA) use the option to pay cash for all aircraft ordered, they surely must prepare a lot of money. The Airbus A380 have a price per unit of USD 317.2 million to USD 337.5 million. As for the A330 at USD 195.9 to USD 205.7 million per unit. While the A350 XWB at USD 238.2 million to USD 242.9 million per unit and  B787-9 sell at USD 194 million to USD 205.5 million per unit.

"Singapore Airlines (SQ) has a policy if an aircraft has been operated for five years it will be handed over to its subsidiary, Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) for lease to other airlines. Along with the arrival of new aircraft," Gloria explained.

Today's the Singapore-based airline already operates 105 aircraft, comprising 11 of A380-800, 5 of A340-500, 17 of A330-300, 7 of B747-400, 19 of B777-300ER, 12 of B777-300, 9 of B777-200ER, and 25 of B777-200 with an average aircraft age of 5 years 11 months. As for cargo aircraft, Singapore Airlines (SIA) operates 11 of B747-400 Freighter.

Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights to 17 countries around the world, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Indonesia. For Indonesia, the SIA has a flight from Singapore to Denpasar 21 times per week, and Singapore-Jakarta, 49 times per week.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Indonesian Exports increase 9.76 per cent


The Indonesian exports increase 9.76 per cent in August 2010 with value reached US$ 13.71 billion, compare to the exports in July 2010. If compared to exports on August 2009 is increasing of 29.99 percent.

Non-oil/non-gas exports on August 2010 has reached US$ 11.77 billion, rose 10.94 percent compared to July 2010, whereas compared to August 2009 exports increased by 32.35 percent.

The cumulative value of Indonesian exports from January to August 2010 reached US$ 98.71 billion, an increase 40.42 percent over the same period in 2009, while non-oil exports reach US$ 81.73 billion, an increase of 36.25 percent.
The largest increasing of non-oil exports in August 2010 is coming from animal fats & oils / vegetable at US$ 1.1 billion, while the largest decline occurred in the ore, scale, and ash for metals at US$ 80.0 million.

Non-oil exports to Japan in August 2010 is the largest number of US$ 1.40 billion, followed by China US$ 1.24 billion and the United States US$ 1.14 billion, with the contribution of all three reached 32.17 percent. While exports to the European Union (27 countries) around US$ 1.62 billion.

By sector, industrial product exports from January-August 2010 rose by 34.66 percent compared to same period of 2009, as well as exports of agricultural products rose 15.84 percent and exports other mining products rose 47.35 percent.

Source: Indonesia Central Statistics Agency (BPS) /

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Garuda Indonesia awarded Airline Turnaround of the Year


Garuda Indonesia awarded the Airline Turnaround of the Year in the event of Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation Award. This award was obtained by Garuda Indonesia as the airline which able to improve their self.

The award was given directly to the President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia Ermirsyah Satar by Paul Avery, Regional Director, Asia Pacific Retail Decision in Singapore, Wednesday (10/20/2010).

The purpose of this award is a tribute to the airline that is able to improve themselves from which does not mean a thing into something meaningful.
Besides Garuda Indonesia, there are 8 other companies which on the airline business and get award.

For the category of Aviation Minister of the Year won by Sumio Mabuchi, Transport Minister of Japan. Airport of the Year won by Airports of Thailand. Region Airline of the Year award won by Regional Express (REX). LCC of the year is Tiger Airways, Cargo Airline of the Year is Cathay Pacific. Airline of the Yeard is Emirates Airlines, Aviatiation Executive of The Year won by the CEO of Air New Zealand, Rob Fyfe, while CAPA Legends Award presented to Brett Godfrey.

Emirsyah Satar expressed the appreciation of the  Airline Turnaround of the Year award as effort of the hard work of all employees of Garuda Indonesia. "Teamwork, I could not get this award without the other. One team, one spirit, one goals," he said after getting the award.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

AirAsia has reached 100 million passengers

AirAsia has reached their target to  transport 100 million passengers to various countries. The target was reached within a period of 8.5 years.

The announcement of the 100 million passengers was held in Ecoba Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday (13/10). Passengers to-100 million won by Irma Dewi (23) from Indonesia. She is entitled to have 100 AirAsia free tickets to all routes with lifetime validity period.

"Initially we only dreamed of creating a cheap flight so that everyone can fly anywhere. Now that dream come true, our passengers have reached 100 million people, "said CEO Group of AirAsia Group, Tony Fernandes in announcing the passengers to-100 million.

In 2013, Tony said, the target is 200 million passengers. AirAsia currently operates in 139 routes with a around 1,000 pilots, assisted by about 7,000 staffs. "The first time when we operate, we had only two aircrafts and 200 staffs. There are many routes that should we open due to a big potential, "he said.

According to CEO AirAsia Indonesia, Dharmadi, AirAsia is now focusing on international routes because of domestic airlines have taken over by the other airline company. After developing international routes from Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Bali, AirAsia will focus on Makassar. Passengers from Indonesia around 330,000 per month. Until the end of September recorded 2.8 million passenger from the target of 4 million passengers.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Garuda Indonesia needs special terminal


The airline company which has the second largest number of passengers in Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, needs a special terminal at the terminal of Soekarno-Hatta (Soetta), Jakarta. The terminal is to anticipate the development of the airline business is expected to increase almost doubled in 2014 later.

In the year 2009, the total number of passengers carried by Garuda Indonesia more than 10 million people.

According to President Director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsah Sattar, currently Garuda Indonesia already operates 74 aircrafts and by 2014 its fleet will increase to 116 units. Garuda Indonesia also has selected Jakarta as a base of operations. "We need a dedicated terminal for us," said the Emir in Jakarta. Nevertheless he was evasive that Garuda Indonesia is also required to participate to build its own terminal at the Soekarno Hatta airport. "Too much for it," said Emir.

For time being, Garuda Indonesia has formed a team to advise the Board of Directors. Angkasa Pura II as the organizer of Soekarno-Hatta airport.

As is known, PT. Angkasa Pura II will create a grand new design for the Soekarno Hatta airport. Grand design is expected to be completed later this year and will be implemented next year. Indonesia Minister of State Owned Entreprises, Mustafa Abubakar also have to allow private parties to participate in developing and managing Soekarno Hatta airport. Some news said, Schipol airport management (Netherland), Changi airport management (Singapore) and the airline Air Asia Group is interested in developing the biggest airports in Indonesia.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Garuda Indonesia: Osaka-Denpasar 7 times a week

Garuda Indonesia

To meet increasing market demand and in terms of improving service to their customer, starting on Thursday (07/10/2010), Garuda Indonesia has added frequencies of Osaka-Denpasar flight route (return) from the previous 5 times a week to 7 times a week.

Garuda Indonesia flights Denpasar-Osaka scheduled every day, departure from Denpasar (GA 882) at 0:55 pm and arrives in Osaka at 08.30 local time.

The plane departed again from Osaka (GA 883) at 11.00 local time and arriving in Denpasar at 17:15 pm. This flight using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 257 seat capacity of 42 business-class and 215 economy class.

"The addition of Denpasar-Osaka flight frequency from five times to seven times a week is a Garuda Indonesia effort to meet the increasing of market demand as the continued growth of traffic between the two cities and to provide convenience for customer," said Garuda Indonesia VP Corporate Communications.

Osaka-Denpasar equipped by Garuda Indonesia Experience service, a unique service that combines the uniqueness of Indonesia in all flight services, from pre service, in, and post-flight.

In this flight, passengers will be served by cabin crew from Japan who is ready to assist the passengers in the ease of communication or need assistance during the flight.

In addition, the airline also offers on-board the Immigration Service. Through this service, passengers can comfortably managing the immigration document granting a visa on arrival on the plane so that the passengers do not need to queue at the immigration desk on arrival.

Today, besides serving the Osaka-Denpasar flight route, Garuda Indonesia also serve other cities in Japan, the Nagoya-Denpasar, 3 times a week, Tokyo-Denpasar 7 times a week, and Tokyo-Jakarta 7 times a week.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mandala Airlines ads on Changi Airport

To improve the awareness, one of Indonesian airlines, Mandala Airlines has chosen the airport advertising company Eye to assist promote their brand at the Singapore Changi Airport.

This ad is scheduled to begin broadcasting from 30 August 2010 until the end of November 2010. According to the Eye they also are negotiating the possibility of long-term advertising contracts with Mandala Airlines. This advertisings are designed to aim passengers during high season and was publicised about Mandala Airlines direct flights to Jakarta and Balikpapan.

"Ads are displayed by Eye is Mandala Airlines as an airline that is consistent with the target audience. And in our opinion, is there a better way to promote the profile of the airlines to the tourist other than by advertising at the airport?" said Junice Liew, head of marketing, Eye Singapore. "The Mandala Airlines has selected the Eye as one excellent example for a strong marketing strategy and combined with strategic product placement to reach the right audience sets in their environment and travel industry”.

Adrian Hamilton-Manns, CEO of Mandala Airlines, added: "Partnering with Eye allows us to tell everyone that there is a new airline from Indonesia that offers low fares and great value. We do this by advertising in the airport. Since the ad publicised, then we examined a significant growth in demand through our website”.

Monday, September 27, 2010

AirAsia : “No Fuel Surcharge”


The airline company, AirAsia still want to strengthen the implementation of the policy of no fuel surcharge, although other airlines company intend to increase their fuel surcharge as world crude oil prices is increasing. The largest low cost airline cheap in Asia is committed to continue providing affordable tickets for all level.

"AirAsia not impose fuel surcharge in November 2008 and we have no intention to enforce back," said Dharmadi, President Director of Indonesia AirAsia. "Strong sales of our seats and additional revenue to address the growing problem of rising fuel prices. We continue to innovate to help reduce costs and ongoing development of various strategies to increase revenues," said Dharmadi.

Dharmadi  emphasized, increasing the fuel surcharge may be the easiest solution. However, the benefits are temporary. AirAsia also receive additional revenue from its products, such as luggage Supersize, AirAsia Insure, AirAsiaGo, AirAsia Courier, Pick a Seat, and AirAsia Megastores.