She’s back and I’m happy .
Devica Esha and her mother arrived by this huge Emirates’ A 380 plane. The company advertises this giant of the air as a wonderful treat. Probably true. Waiting at “Arrivals 4″ on Schiphol airport, I counted some 20 cabin crew members before my daughter in law and granddaughter showed up.
The two of them were exhausted in spite of Emirates’ high quality service . Not because of the 15 hours they had been airborne since they left Jakarta. Actually the uncomfortable 10 hours break in Dubai did them in. Some odd 24 hours between take off from Soekarno-Hatta and touch down in Amsterdam is inconveniently, uncomfortably and nauseatingly long in the economy class, whatever the quality of the company’s service may be.
I put it to the world ( ): that awful transfer is the distant echo of the limits of good old friendly, charming Soekarno-Hatta.
Indonesia’s most important international airport is a cornerstone of the country’s infrastructure. However this crucial main-port may need some updating. Landing facilities necessary for this oversized plane are not yet implemented. So passengers flying Emirates from Jakarta to Amsterdam first cover 7000 kilometres by a regular Boeing only to get as far4 as Dubai airport . That luxurious air-conditioned prison on a hot spot on the Gulf is not where you want to be killing a lot of time waiting for the moment you at long last can board the giant bird to your real destination. If only Soekarno_Hatta had an adequate landing-strip for A380, Emirates could present a smoother flight schedule and tighter timetable for Jakarta-Amsterdam flights.
The recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13 has been composed of 12 “pillars”. Four of them make the so called “basic requirement’s index”. Indonesia’s rank on that specific component of the comprehensive index is 58 ( our of 144). If the government wants to accomplish further rapid economic growth improvement of the infrastructure is mandatory. Once such a program will be launched Soekarno-Hatta will in all likelihood be part of the process.
Which would mean that Indonesia’s GPD will grow ( if the assumptions of the World Economic Forum are correct that is)- and that it will be a blessing for my granddaughter who in that bright future always will be able to rely on an A380s to fly her comfortable and fast to and from Jakarta ( if the assumptions of this granddad are correct that is) .