Citilink QG 126 dari Jakarta (HLP) ke Solo (SOC)

Rute penerbangan QG 126 (sumber: https://flightaware.com/).

Menjadi seorang Ketua Kepanitiaan semasa kuliah….Sudah biasa.

Lalu berlanjut menjadi Ketua Kepanitiaan untuk acara kantor….Juga sudah biasa.

Dua-duanya sama-sama pusing dan melelahkan.

Nah, ini beda….

Kalau kamu disuruh jadi Ketua Kepanitiaan di kantor, tapi isi acaranya adalah jalan-jalan dan makan-makan. Apakah kamu pernah?…..Hahaha.

Yiiyyyy, inilah kisahku…..Aku mengalaminya….Sungguh nyata dan meyenangkan. Ini kisahku kala bersepak terjang menjadi Ketua Kepanitiaan Marketing Conference di kantor. So….Mari jalan-jalan, mari senang-senang!.

Sebagai Ketua Panitia, maka aku berkewajiban melakukan survey lapangan sebelum acara sesungguhnya digelar. Aku melakukannya tiga bulan sebelum acara itu dimulai. Kini, aku akan melakukan survey bersama Wakil Ketua Panitia menuju kota  tujuan acara….Solo.

Minggu sore, hanya dengan menenteng ransel kecil, sekitar pukul 13:30,  aku menggunakan jasa taksi online menuju Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport untuk mengejar “maskapai hijau”. Pesawatku akan terbang pukul 16:00, jadi aku sudah memiliki jeda waktu yang cukup, berkisar dua jam sebelum boarding.

Sore itu adalah awal dari hari kejepit nasional, Minggu sore adalah keberangkatanku, senin masihlah hari kerja tetapi aku diizinkan untuk tak masuk kantor dan lusa adalah hari libur nasional. Tiga hari ke depan tak akan kusia-siakan waktu untuk melakukan survey demi keperluan acara, sekaligus melakukan eksplorasi kota.

Tiba di Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.
Boarding pass menuju Solo telah siap.
Duduk manis sambil membaca inflight magazine “Linkers”.

Tugasku mudah sekali kali ini. Tak akan jauh-jauh dari:  survey ruangan dan food test di Swiss-Belinn Saripetojo Solo, survey kereta wisata Jaladara, bertemu Artcoustic Band, surey beberapa tempat bersejarah, menentukan tempat berburu oleh-oleh terbaik dan tentu saja mencari dan mencicipi kuliner terbaik “Kota Batik” untuk ditetapkan sebagai tujuan wisata kuliner….Widih, keren.

Tak terbayangkan sudah sungguh nikmatnya trip ini, karena aku tak perlu keluar uang sepeserpun, semua biaya akan ditanggung oleh kantorku bekerja. Hanya saja kali ini sang Wakil Ketua yang orang Bandung, bernama Rahadian, adalah seorang aerophobia, sehingga dia bersikeras memilih menggunakan kereta api dari Bandung menuju Solo. Jadi, skenerionya adalah, aku akan tiba di Solo di sore ini, sedangkan Rahadian akan menyusulku esok hari ke hotel.

Aku sendiri tiba di Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport pukul  dua siang lebih lima belas menit, menyempatkan diri berkeliling untuk mengenal bandara itu. Aku baru melakukan check-in setengah jam kemudian.

Berjalan di apron Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport selalu menjadi hal yang mengesankan bagiku. Aku bisa menikmati dengan begitu dekatnya pesawat yang akan kunaiki tepat dari sepasang kaki besi raksasanya. Tak jarang, pesawat berbadan besar lain melintas tepat di sebelah ekor pesawat dengan begitu elegan tapi tetap saja meninggalkan aroma bising yang dihasilkan oleh kedua mesin jetnya.

Tepat pukul 16:00, aku terduduk di window seat bernomor 18F. Momen duduk di window seat, bagiku adalah aktivitas terencana yang kupersiapkan sebelum terbang. Sehingga bangku itu pasti akan kukuasai. Pemandangan indah di angkasa adalah alasannya.

Penerbangan sore itu  berlangsung dengan baik, tak ada turbulensi berarti. Saking jernihnya langit, dua muka gunung berapi di tanah jawa terlihat dengan sangat jelas. Sementara Alto Cumulus banyak ditemui sepanjang rute penerbangan ini.

Indahnya gunung itu.
Bak kapas di angkasa.
Apakah itu gunung Merapi?
Touchdown Solo.
Merapat di apron milik Adi Sumarmo International Airport.

Airbus A320 twin jet itu melaju dengan kecepatan 305 mph menempuh jarak 371 mil hanya dalam waktu 55 menit. Penerbangan cepat yang cukup indah.

Pukul 17:12 roda “Si Hijau”menyentuh run-off Adi Sumarmo International Airport dengan sangat mulus.

Terimakasih Citilink. Saatnya mengeksplorasi Solo.

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

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Citilink QG 125 from Solo (SOC) to Jakarta (HLP): Back into Capital City’s Routines

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Citilink QG 125 flight path (Source: https://flightaware.com/).

It was already past one o’clock when I finished in paying for lunch menu, however, I was blown away by the taste of Nasi Gudeg Komplit and Durian Juice at Javenir restaurant where I stopped by. Lunch session finally ended my adventure in Solo

Two and a half hours before the flight….

Leaving the restaurant, I waited for an online taxi in front yard when Javenir was full of visitors, several cars were queuing up to entering parking area. Five minutes in waiting, I saw a black Toyota Avanza on a road side while turn its hazard lamps on, noticed the vehicle’s license plate, I waved at the driver who looked confused. Knowing my whereabouts, he turned high beam on as a sign he understood.

Airport, Sir!“, I sat next to him while confirming destination.

Ok, Sir….Oh, sorry, I was hesitant for taking Sir Donny. Usually, people who leave Javenir are carrying souvenirs. Sir Donny doesn’t seem to be carrying anything ”, he started to open a conversation.

Oh, I just went there to do a survey for my office’s event, Sir. There isn’t intention for buying souvenirs“.

No wonder. Where is Sir Donny going back? ”, he understood that I intended to leave Solo.

Jakarta, Sir“.

The conversation intently continued for next twenty minutes until taxi arrived at airport’s drop-off zone.

There wasn’t much time left….

After cashly paying taxi, I immediately rushed. Showing my e-ticket and ID card to aviation security, completing an initial screening process, I managed to enter departure hall. My gaze swept over the rows of check-in counters in search of an LCD with a Citilink QG 125 displaying in it. I found it in a corner of row and without hesitation I started queuing.

A few minutes later, I easily got my boarding pass. This time, I won’t enjoy the beauty of flight because I have to sit in column B seat…. Yups, that was the middle column. Leaving check-in counter, initially I smoothly went through second screening process. However, an aviation security officer asked me to take out all electronic devices in my backpack, put it on a tray which they had prepared. I myself am not worry, because I didn’t feel that I have done anything wrong and of course this was still in my own country. I just feel amazed by safety standard of domestic flights at Adi Soemarmo International Airport.

As expected, screening process went straightforward without any problems. I walked towards boarding gate to wait for the plane to arrived.

Half an hour from boarding time….

I took time to do Dzuhur and Asr Prayers in a time at prayer room and spent remaining time fot consolidating with Marketing Conference’s Head of Event Division in Jakarta. I conveyed some important notes regarding my survey results and added Javenir possibility for being a strong candidate for destination.

By sending report via email prior to check-out from Amaris Hotel Sriwedari this afternoon, it means that my survey trip and report were simultaneously completed….Wow, It was good, this free trip has done, the report was also finished….Yuhuuu.

To my surprise, coordination by telephone took so long untul boarding call had interrupted it. I ended the conversation and immediately headed for boarding gate. After checking my boarding pass and ID card, I rushed through aerobridge following other passengers who had previously entered the cabin.

That was Citilink QG 125 using Airbus A320.
To aerobridge.

Boarding was over a while after I sat on seat 21B. Aircraft began to move and cabin crew began to busy in demonstrating flight safety procedures. After being in a perfect position at the end of runaway, plane really took off and left the beauty of Solo City.

Not wanting to be busy reading Linkers, Citilink’s inflight magazine because I had read it during Jakarta-Solo flight a day before yesterday, I chose to sleep and wait until the plane arrived in Jakarta for about 50 minutes later.

The twin-jet Airbus flied 500 km with a cruising altitude of 26,000 feet and a speed of more than 800 km/h. Without turbulence, I fell asleep and felt comfortable in riding Citilink QG 125. For some reason, my heart feels safety when using Citilink’s services. Is it because a suggestion that Citilink is a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia Airways, the best airline in this country?….Ah, I don’t know….

“Flight attendants, please prepare for landing!”….

The announcement from flight captain made me wake up and prepared for landing at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.

Landing at the capital’s second airport is the most enjoyable thing, because we would go down using manual stairs and felt a sensation when under the giant feet of iron bird. It was rare to be able to get a special moment like that.

Smoothly landing @ Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.

Welcome to Jakarta….

Time to get back into capital’s busy work routine with no end.

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Citilink QG 126 from Jakarta (HLP) to Solo (SOC)

Flight route Citilink QG 126 (source: https://flightaware.com/).

Becoming a committee chairman during college….It’s normal.

Then went on to become Committee Chairman for office events….Also it’s common.

Both of them were dizzy and tiring.

Well, this is different….

If you are told to be Committee Chairman at office,but its content program are traveling and culinary. Have you?…..Hahaha.

Yiiyyyy, this was my story….I experienced it….It was real and fun. This was my story when I agreed to become Chairman of the Marketing Conference Committee at my office. So….Let’s be happy, let’s having fun !.

As Head of Committee, I was obliged to conduct a field survey before actual event was held. I did it three months before the event was started. Now, I was going to do a survey with Deputy Chairman of Committee to destination city of the event….Solo.

On Sunday afternoon, with only a small backpack, around 1:30 p.m., I used an online taxi service to Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport to catch a “green airline“. My plane would fly on 16:00 hours, so I have enough time lag, about two hours before boarding.

That afternoon was the start of national long holiday, Sunday afternoon was my departure, Monday was still a working day but I was allowed to didn’t work at office and the day after tomorrow was a national holiday. In next three days, I would not waste time in doing survey for event purposes, as well as conducting city exploration.

Arriving at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.
The boarding pass to Solo was ready.
Sweet Sit while reading “Linkers” inflight magazine.

My job was very easy this time. Not far from: room survey and food test at Swiss-Belinn Saripetojo Solo, survey of Jaladara tourist train, meeting with Artcoustic Band, survey some historical places, determining where to hunting the best souvenirs and of course, finding and tasting the best culinary in “Batik City“. to be designated as culinary tourism destinations….Wow, cool.

I couldn’t imagine how enjoyable this trip was, because I didn’t need to spend a penny, all costs would be paid by my office. But this time, my Deputy Chairman who was from Bandung, his name was Rahadian, was an aerophobic, so he insisted on choosing to use train from Bandung to Solo. So, the scenario was, I would arrive in Solo this afternoon, while Rahadian would follow me on next day to hotel.

I myself arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport at two pass fifteen minutes in afternoon, taking time to get around to get to know the airport. I just checked-in half an hour later.

Walking on Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport’s apron had always been a memorable thing for me. I could proximity enjoy the plane which I was about to board right from its giant iron legs. Not infrequently, other large aircraft passed right next to plane tail so elegantly but still leave behind the noise which was generated by its two jet engines.

At exactly on 16:00 hours, I sat in window seat which numbered 18F. Moment of sitting in window seat, for me was a planned activity which I prepared before flying. So that seat I would definitely get. Beautiful scenery in the sky is the reason.

The afternoon flight went well, there wasn’t significant turbulence. Because the sky was so clear, two volcanic faces in Java land could be seen very clearly. While Alto Cumulus could be found along this flight route.

Beautiful mountain.
Cotton tub in the sky.
Is that Mount. Merapi?
Solo Touchdown.
Parking at apron which was owned by Adi Sumarmo International Airport.

The Airbus A320 twin jet was traveling at 305 mph over a distance of 371 miles in just 55 minutes. Quick flight which was beautiful.

On 17:12 hours, “The Green” wheel touched Adi Sumarmo International Airport run-off very smoothly.

Thank you Citilink. Time to explore Solo.

Alternatives to plane tickets from Jakarta to Solo can be found at 12Go or the following link: https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

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