JAKARTA - Budget carrier Adam Air said it plans to replace its fleet of Boeing 737s with Airbus 320s from next year. Adam Air sales director Gugi Pringwa Saputra said the additional aircraft would enable the company to open new routes. 'We will operate 40 Airbus planes in stages starting in 2008 to meet the demand of passengers for a more convenient and comfortable flight,' Saputra told reporters.
He said the company was also examining the possibility of adding flights to a number of areas in eastern Indonesia. He declined to give further details of the switch to European maker Airbus. Privately-owned Adam Air began operations in 2003 and serves mostly domestic routes, with Singapore and Malaysia's Penang its only international destinations.
The company is a leading low-cost carrier in the competitive Indonesian market, marketing itself as a 'boutique airline' between traditional budget firms and regular airlines. According to Adam Air's website, the carrier had 19 Boeing 737 jets in its fleet as of January 2006.