"Merpati has chartered the Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Singapore Technology Aerospace, while the Boeing 737-200s were chartered from Asia Fortis Aerospace, Dallas on a two-year contract," Merpati spokesperson Yanine Helga Warokka said here on Thursday.
By chartering the six aircraft, the number of Boeing 737 passenger planes operated by Merpati now stands at 13, consisting of 11 Boeing 737-200s and two Boeing 737-300s, in addition to other types of aircraft such as three Fokker-100s, eight Fokker-28s, two CN-235s, seven Casa 212s and eight DHC-Twin Otters.
Any news on which type(s) they want to add as new 30-seaters?
Privately owned airline company Lion Air said it will lease 19 units of MD-82 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft this year to serve international and domestic routes. The company will lease the aircraft from General Electric Leasing Company, its public relations manager Hasyim Arsal Alhabsi said.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6767 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1426 times:
Now this is interesting... Another typical shine the rust by the airlines here!
"By chartering the six aircraft, the number of Boeing 737 passenger planes operated by Merpati now stands at 13, consisting of 11 Boeing 737-200s and two Boeing 737-300s, in addition to other types of aircraft such as three Fokker-100s, eight Fokker-28s, two CN-235s, seven Casa 212s and eight DHC-Twin Otters."
8 F28s? LOL I wish I can believe that ! Only the 8 is "airworthy" out of a boneyard of 20+, of that, 4 are missing their engines, 1 spare, and 4 flying!
Interestingly they don't say that their 734s are being given up! In fact, they're not saying that it exists?
And their 727s? Not a word? I guess they were embarrassed that the parliament almost killed all Merpati's funding with the 727s arriving... plus the fact that its operation is a near disaster on a daily basis.
"According to her, the Boeing 737-300 aircraft would be operated for long distance flights, especially in the eastern regions of Indonesia or in Papua to link the province's big cities.
Those cities are Jayapura, Biak, Timika, Merauke with flight route of Jakarta, Surabaya, Ujung Panjang, Jayapura, Biak, Timika and Merauke."
733s in Merauke? Good Luck! They'll sink in the soft runway!
Lion? Another 19 MD80s? God, they barely fit to the airports here! And the 734s are the the ones in Merpati at the moment. And their flying fleet of Dash8 is 2, with the third in a dispute with the leasing company after Wings blew up one of the engine... but maybe that's flying now...
"Meanwhile, Jatayu, another privately owned airline company plans to lease four more Boeing 737-300 aircraft"
Unless they came in the last month, Jatayu doesn't have 733s...
Sorry, I'm laughing at this... these are the 3 worst airlines in Indonesia by some local observers... But, then again, it's an interesting time in aviation down here...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
Can anyone, maybe you, Mandala499, shed a light on Merpati's Fokker fleet? When I were in Indonesia I indeed saw many F-28s and F-27s rusting away at Surabaya, but I believe Merpati still has a handful of F-27s besides the fleet mentioned above, for instance operating from Denpasar. For my airlinerlist website I'd like to find out the registrations of frames withdrawn or serviceable.
It is interesting, who could have thought the 727 has a revival in Indonesia, a country who hardly had 727 experience before 2000? In the 80s and early 90s, Indonesia was known as it had the last Vanguards, Viscounts and Electra's on passenger service (and even some Hercules and Transalls) and maybe in a few years it will be the only country where airplane fans go to fly a 727, 737-200, F-27 or F-28!
Interesting remark about the three worst airlines. Do you think Mandala and Bouraq are much better?
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4160 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1235 times:
Mandala, what do you predict for the Indonesia scene? Which carriers will survive, which will be a one-day-fly? Is it likely that a real "reginal scene" will develop in Indonesia, or will it rather stay B732-sized?
How is Mandala doing these days, are they serious competitionfor GA?