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 !