Philippines Airlines PR 535 from Manila (MNL) to Jakarta (CGK)

In front of Gate 11 waiting to fly.
Philippine Airlines PR 535 had arrived.
Came on in!

“Ms, sorry I sit at No. 38K”, I greeted a tired looking young woman who leaning her head against the window.

“Excuse me, can I exchange it or not?”, began to guess that she was Javanese because of her typical accent.

“Sorry, Ms. It’s better to sit according to seat number which be shown in boarding pass. Let it be in accordance with the manifest. Anticipating that something might happen while flying, I happened to need to take some pictures from the window seat,” I quietly said. Although I understoodd that this plane wouldn’t be completely full.

Slightly swayed, she came out of the row of seat and let me take the seat and she was still pouting in the aisle seat.

“Hmmh, she’s cute when pouting, maybe more beautiful when she smile”, my mind said, I mischief started to relapse.

Every passenger’s face twisted, perhaps because the flight was delayed for up to five hours. I thought that a compensation for a piece of bread only happened in Indonesia. It turned out that a compensation for a meat burger for the delay also happened in Manila….I wryly smiled, because I had lost my appetite. How could, I just got on the plane at twelve o’clock at night, then a short message was sent from my manager, He was hoping that I could attend the inauguration of the new office building at nine o’clock on the morning in Jakarta.

Yess, I got the right for my seat.
The NAIA apron area as seen from the window.
Bustle around the apron.

Even though I was already happy by arriving on time at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 15:30 hours to welcoming Philippine Airlines flight PR 535 at nine o’clock in the evening. I understood the wrong date in my passport and the missing flight number on airport’s LCD screen. But I was so excited when I heard the news that I would still go to fly in the middle of night due to the impact of Mount Taal eruption in the Tagatay area.

I knew the magnitude of this eruption impact after three weeks of my returning to my hometown. My client, a Filipino national, was flying with Cebu Pacific when the eruption occurred. She said that The “Yellow White Blue” plane seemed to be sucked down and then dived upwards with an incoherent announcement from flight captain. Only after landing, the Cebu Pacific captain apologized for the incident in air due to volcanic eruption.

That night I was very tired, after taking some necessary pictures, I automatically felt asleep. Extreme exhaustion and missed for my home food made this flight was been the most comfortable flight since I left home three weeks earlier.

Being on the Manila sky.
Goodbye Manila, see you soon Philippines!.
Do you know the meaning of Mabuhay? ….”Life or long life”
FPML (Fruit Platter Meal)….Let’s had dinner before sleeping.

The 2,800 km flight with an average speed of 700 km per hour lasts in 3 hours 55 minutes. That night I closed the windoe tightly and hoped that when I opened my eyes, I would be in Jakarta.

There wasn’t special story that I got from this flight. It was just in that night I felt very relieved because during my journey to Malaysia, India and the Middle East region went very smoothly without the slightest problem. This trip added to my courage and calm to dream of welcoming Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhtan, Turkmenistan and their neighbors in the future.

But who knows, I didn’t even know that the pandemic would come, even it happened whem I wasn’t in my country but when I was in Dubai. A dream that had definitely been delayed for soe times.

Ancol coast in the early morning.
Getting ready to landing.
Smoothly touchdown.

Then why did I choose Philippine Airlines? Wasn’t is that an expensive airline for you, Donny?

I never even dreamed of riding that flag carrier, maybe God had blessed me by showing me the cheapest ticket in my search button on a ticket reservation application. A coincidence that made me happy. This was the tenth wide body plane I’ve boarded after

Air Asia Korea to Kuala Lumpur…

Thai Airways Jakarta Bangkok, Bangkok-Kathmandu, New Delhi-Bangkok and Bangkok-Jakarta….

Srilankan Airlines Mumbai-Colombo, Kochi-Colombo, Colombo-Dubai ….and

Swiss Air Dubai-Muscat.

Thank God for safely landing me.
Oh, Kampung Rambutan….I love you.

Alternatives to finding flight tickets from Manila to Jakarta can be found on 12Go or the following link : https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

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Philippines Airlines PR 535 dari Manila (MNL) ke Jakarta (CGK)

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Di depan Gate 11 menunggu terbang.
Philippine Airlines PR 535 tiba.
Yuk, masuk!

Mbak, maaf saya duduk di No. 38K”, sapaku pada seorang wanita muda yang tampak lelah menyandarkan kepalanya di jendela.

Maaf boleh tukar saja ndak?”, mulai tertebak dia orang Jawa karena cengkok medoknya.

Maaf, mbak. Lebih baik duduk sesuai dengan bangku. Biar sesuai dengan manifest. Takut terjadi apa-apa selama terbang, saya kebetulan ada perlu untuk ambil beberapa gambar dari window seat”, ucapku pelan. Walau aku faham bahwa pesawat ini tak bakal penuh seutuhnya.

Sedikit manyun, si mbak keluar dari deretan bangku dan membiarkanku mengakuisisi bangku dan dia masih cemberut saja di aisle seat.

Duh, manyun aja manis, apalagi senyum”, batin menyeru, aku mulai kumat.

Tertekuk raut muka setiap penumpang, mungkin karena tertundanya penerbangan hingga lima jam lamanya. Kufikir kompensasi pecel lele atau sepotong roti itu hanya terjadi di Indonesia. Ternyata sogokan sepotong meat burger atas keterlambatan itu terjadi pula di Manila….Aku tersenyum kecut, karena telah hilang nafsu makan. Bagaimana tidak, baru juga naik pesawat pukul dua belas malam, terkirimlah pesan singkat dari atasan untuk hadir di acara peresmian bangunan baru milik kantor pukul sembilan pagi nanti….Bukankah seharusnya aku menikmati masa-masa jetlag dahulu setelah 21 hari tak menginjak tanah air.

Yess, kudapatkan hak atas bangkuku.
Area apron NAIA tampak dari jendela.
Kesibukan di sekitar apron.

Padahal aku sudah merasa sumringah dengan datang tepat waktu di Ninoy Aquino International Airport pada pukul 15:30 untuk menyambut penerbangan Philippine Airlines PR 535 pada pukul sembilan malam. Kejadian salah tanggal di passport dan hilangnya nomor penerbangan pada layar LCD sudah kumaklumi. Tapi begitu senewennya diriku ketika terdengar info bahwa aku baru akan terbang di tengah malam akibat dampak muntahan abu gunung Taal di daerah Tagatay yang meletus.

Besarnya dampak letusan ini kuketahui setelah tiga minggu kepulanganku di tanah air. Seorang klienku berkebangsaan Philippina, terbang tepat di atas udara bersama Cebu Pacific ketika letusan itu terjadi. Pesawat “Kuning Putih Biru” rasanya terhisap ke bawah lalu menukik ke atas dengan aba-aba yang tak jelas dari kapten penerbangan.  Baru setelah mendarat, kapten Cebu Pacific itu meminta maaf atas insiden di udara karena adanya letusan gunung tersebut.

Malam itu aku sangat lelah, setelah mengambil gambar seperlunya, aku otomatis tertidur. Kelelahan yang teramat sangat dan kerinduan akan makanan rumah menjadikan penerbangan itu menjadi penerbangan paling nyaman semenjak aku meninggalkan rumah 3 minggu sebelumnya.

Berada di langit Manila.
Selamat tinggal Manila, sampai jumpa lagi Philippina!.
Tahu arti Mabuhay? ….”Hidup atau umur panjang atau long life
FPML (Fruit Platter Meal)….Yuk makan malam sebelum tidur.

Penerbangan sejauh 2.800 km dengan kecepatan rerata 700 km per jam ini berlangsung selama 3 jam 55 menit. Malam itu aku menutup jendela rapat-rapat dan berharap ketika mataku terbuka nanti, aku sudah berada di Jakarta.

Tak ada cerita spesial yang kudapat dari penerbangan ini. Hanya saja malam itu aku merasa sangat lega karena selama pengembaraanku ke Malaysia, India dan kawasan Timur Tengah berlangsung dengan sangat lancar sekali tanpa kendala sedikitpun. Perjalanan ini semakin menambah keberanian dan ketenanganku untuk mimpi menyambut Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhtan, Turkmenistan dan negara tetangganya di masa-masa selanjutnya.

Namun siapa yang tahu, aku pun tak tahu bahwa pandemi itu akan datang, bahkan sudah terjadi di negara asalnya ketika aku sedang berada di Dubai. Sebuah mimpi yang sudah pasti tertunda entah kapan.

Pesisir Ancol menjelang pagi hari.
Bersiap mendarat.
Touchdown dengan mulusnya.

Lalu kenapa Philippine Airlines? Bukankah itu maskapai mahal untukmu, Donny?.

Aku pun tak pernah bermimpi menunggang flag carrier itu, mungkin Tuhan yang menganugerahkanku dengan memperlihatkan tiket paling murah dalam pencarianku di sebuah aplikasi reservasi tiket.  Suatu kebetulan yang membuatku bahagia. Inilah pesawat berbadan lebar kesepuluh yang kunaiki setelah

Air Asia Korea ke Kuala Lumpur…

Thai Airways Jakarta Bangkok, Bangkok-Kathmandu, New Delhi-Bangkok dan Bangkok-Jakarta….

Srilankan Airlines Mumbai-Colombo, Kochi-Colombo, Colombo-Dubai ….dan

Swiss Air Dubai-Muscat.

Terimakasih Tuhan sudah mendaratkanku dengan selamat.
Oh, Kampung Rambutan….I love you.

Alternatif untuk mencari tiket pesawat dari Manila ke Jakarta bisa dicari di 12Go atau link berikut: https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

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