It is hard to find original footage of aviation in the Netherlands East Indies during the pioneering years of the 1920’s and 30’s. But sometimes I am in luck. This time, Willem Kramer sent me a U-Tube link to footage of his grandfathers “maiden flight” from Surabaya to Batavia (Jakarta nowadays) on September 21, 1932. Here it is (and thanks Willem!)
Digging in my archives I managed to come up with the timetable for that period.
It shows a flight time (including a stop at Samarang) of 4 hours and 30 minutes. This may seem long, compared to present day flight times, but it sure beat sitting in the tropical heat in a train all day.
The price was something else though. A single fare ticket is shown here at the “reduced price” of Dfl. 90.= To put it into perspective, this is the equivalent of a whopping € 717,= nowadays (!)
Those, staying behind after having waved you off, could have gone on a joyride at just Dfl. 12, 50, the equivalent of a mere € 96,= …
Yeah, flying was for the rich or the businessmen in those days.