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Minister: 'Cockpit voice recorder already lifted' The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday. It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 January 2015 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers AirAsia QZ8501 search The head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Vice Marshal F Henry Bambang Soelistyo said bad weather hampered the diving efforts to search and evacuate the missing AirAsia QZ8501 and its passengers Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 January 2015 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian ship discovers AirAsia victim`s body and luggage A Malaysian ship involved in evacuation operations recovered a body and luggage believed to be of the victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, which disappeared on Sunday (Dec. 28).

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2015 19:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Arif Wibowo new president director of Garuda Indonesia Arif Wibowo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, has been named president director of PT Garuda Indonesia, replacing Emirsyah Satar. So Wibowo now has bigger aeroplane as "pilot in command" to fly.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2014 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Singapore-bound planes divert flights to Batam Two Singapore-bound Airbus planes diverted their flights to Hang Nadim Airport in Batam island as heavy rains fell in Changi Airport on Friday, a spokesman said. The two planes belonged to Tiger Airways and Silk Air, according to the head of the general affairs section at the Hang Nadim Airport Suwarso.

Posted in Weather @ 26 July 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government must be responsible for Batavia bankruptcy     The Indonesian Airline Ticketing Association (Astindo) for Riau province office said the government should be responsible for the bankruptcy of Batavia Air as declared by a court on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 01 February 2013 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lease company drops demand for Batavia Air bankruptcy Lease company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has dropped their request that sought the bankruptcy of PT Metro Batavia, better known as Batavia Air. This was announced during the latest hearing of the case in a Jakarta court earlier this afternoon.

Posted in Travel @ 30 January 2013 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PTDI-Airbus military strengthen business partnership Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PTDI and Airbus Military have strengthened their business partnership through a variety of joint production programs that include long-term agreements between the two companies.

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore bad weather forces four planes to land in Batam At least four airplanes failed to land in Singapore Changi airport due to bad weather and had to be diverted to Batam`s Hang Nadim airport, Indonesia on Sunday morning (Nov 25), Batam airport spokesman said. The four planes landed in the Hang Nadim airport at "adjacent" time, according to the Batam administration public relations officer, Dwi Djoko Wiwoho here on Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 25 November 2012 20:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air to fly Denpasar - Guangzhou route After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou. Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

Posted in Travel @ 10 June 2012 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Air to fly again from April 4, 2012 The Indonesian minister of Transportation has handed over the flight permissions, or air operator certificate AOC to the managers of Mandala Airlines. This just happened recently although the document was already signed on February 20, 2012. The airline will resume flights on April 4, starting with three Airbus 320 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2012 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto airport relocation being studied Adisutjipto Airport relocation plan from Sleman district to Kulon Progo district is still in the stage of a feasibility study, PT Angkasa Pura I spokesperson Isye Yuviana said here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 31 December 2011 06:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink opens Surabaya - Denpasar route Citilink, the strategic low-cost daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route earlier this week. The airline has commenced a twice-a-day flight between Surabaya and Denpasar following the arrival of two Airbus A320 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 16 November 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turnover Garuda Indonesia at 6 trilion Rupiah in Q2 2011 PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk earned revenue to IDR 6.02 trillion in the second quarter of 2011 or an increase of 40.5 percent over the achievement in the same period in 2010, amounting to IDR 4.28 trillion. The figure also shows an increase by 16 percent compared to past achievements in the first quarter which amounted to Rp 5.18 trillion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2011 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda places USD 2.2 billion order with Airbus Garuda Indonesia and Airbus Industries have reached an agreement to purchase 25 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus Airbus 320-Neo with a total purchase price of US$2.18 billion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 August 2011 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesia’s Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New airport on Lombok to be opened on October 1? Vice-president Boediono has ordered the management of PT Angkasa Pura I, the manager of airports in Indonesia, to open up the new Lombok international airport from October 1, 2011. "I want to hear from PT Angkasa Pura I that they will be able to open the airport, because it should have been opened in early 2010 already."

Posted in Economy @ 17 July 2011 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Citilink will operate first Airbus A320 in July The low-cost daughter company of Indonesian airliner Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, will soon start renewing it's fleet. It will receive it's first Airbus A320 plane in July 2011. Until the year end it will receive another five of those planes, so it can replace older planes it is currently operating.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2011 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Late arrival of Boeing 777-300 planes for Garuda The new Boeing 777-300 planes that were ordered by Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), will not be delivered to Garuda as scheduled. The planes were due to arrive late 2012 or at latest early 2013, but Boeing now says that is will not be able to comply to this. There is a backlog at the Boeing plant in Seattle in the United States. Garuda expects that two out of the total order of 10 will be delivered in 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2011 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten new aircraft for Garuda Indonesia Until May 2012, Garuda Indonesia will receive a total of 10 new planes to be used to accomodate passenger growth of the company. According to the latest information from Standard Chartered, both companies have already signed a cooperation for the lease of the planes via Pembroke Group Limited, a daughter-company of Standard Chartered that leases, finances and manages planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 February 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New airline to fly Brisbane to Bali route New international airline Strategic Airlines has announced a new Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, route, starting in March 2011. Strategic will fly the route every Wednesday and Saturday with a dual-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 30 business class seats and 243 economy seats.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2010 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regular flights Denpasar - Dili soon available The Indonesian government has appointed Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Batavia Air to serves the international air segment between Bali and Dili, East Timor. A total of 14 flights per week will ply the route with Merpati flying a daily service using a Boeing 737-300 carrying 138 passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 28 November 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air opens new routes Indonesian airline Batavia Air has started services of a number of new routes in recent weeks. These routes are mainly domestic flights but the airline also created a direct air link between Pontianak and Singapore on three days a week. These flights were added after requests from passengers and can now be booked online via ticketindonesia.info.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2010 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights to Dili from Bali Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.

Posted in Travel @ 31 March 2010 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to open 10 new routes in 2010 National News Agency Antara reports that Garuda Indonesia plans to open at least ten new domestic, regional and international routes in 2010, once 23 new airplanes join the national carrier's armada. Pujobroto, a spokesman for Garuda, told press in Bima on the island of Sumbawa, "following the realization of 18 new domestic routes this year, next year we will open 10 more routes."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 December 2009 02:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda shopping for more aircraft The Jakarta Post reports that Garuda Indonesia has allocated US$100 million (70 million euro) for expenditure in 2010 as the first of five yearly installments that will increase the airline's present fleet from 67 to 116 aircraft. Garuda's finance director Eddy Purwanto told the press, "We plan to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2010 to buy more planes as well as to fulfill Garuda's other operational expenditure."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 November 2009 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flies to Amsterdam again from June 2010 Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will resume flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam as of June 1, 2010. A daily flight between the destinations will be made with an Airbus A330-200 plane, which makes a short stop in Dubai.

Posted in Travel @ 17 October 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AirAsia plays with passengers Every once in a while I do get to fly short distances in Indonesia. Because I don't fly to very exotic destinations which can only be reached once every few days, I often have the choice between several operators. That puts back the fun in flying a little bit, because looking for the right tickets is part of the travel already.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New offices and new look for Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has formally inaugurated the new head corporate offices for Garuda Indonesia located at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. According to Bisnis.com, the cost of the new home-base for Indonesia's national carrier is Rp. 112 billion (7.9 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 July 2009 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AirAsia 'takes over' Darwin - Bali route from Garuda Indonesia Just days after Garuda Indonesia announced it would be abandoning its nearly three decades of service between Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and Bali, Indonesian Air Asia (IAA) have stepped up to the plate and declared their intentions to assume that route.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 May 2009 14:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launching new Bangkok to Bali service Thai AirAsia - the Thailand associate of the AirAsia Group has announced the introduction of a daily Bangkok-Denpasar service effective January 20, 2009. To kick-start the new Bali service Thai AirAsia is offering a special one-way introductory fare to Bali from Bangkok for only THB 999 (22 euro). Seats are very limited for this special offer which is being sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jetstar commences Perth-Bali service On Monday, October 27, 2008, the low-cost Australian carrier Jetstar commenced its new service between Perth and Denpasar (Bali). The Chief Executive Office of Jetstar, Bruce Buchanan, lauded the opening of Perth as the seventh international port for the airline, saying Western Australia was destined to make a major contribution to his airline's plans for overall expansion in Asia.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 November 2008 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda has eyes on Europe for 2010 Garuda Indonesia is planning to re-commence service to major capital cities in Europe in 2010 once additional aircraft become available to operate these flights. The airline's CEO, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that the 10 new Boeing 777s on order will start arriving in Indonesia in 2010. Explained Satar: "Our armada is still insufficient to fly to Europe and we must await the delivery of new Boeing 777. The delivery will take place in 2010, we can do nothing but wait."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2008 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to build pay-as-you-go hotels in Indonesia Bisnis Indonesia reports that AirAsia is interested in building a network of low-cost hotels in several locations across Indonesia, including Bali. Sendjaja Widjaja, the Deputy-Chairman, Indonesia, for AirAia, told the press that hotels to be built in Indonesia will pursue a low-cost formula in keeping with the carriers low-fare approach to the market.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2008 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to order ten Boeing 777-200ERs Bisnis Indonesia reports that Garuda Indonesia has followed up its recent move into profitability by announcing plans to purchase 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft worth an estimated US$2 billion to support route expansion plans to Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 February 2008 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic flights diverted to Halim Perdanakusuma PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator for Soekarno-Hatta international airport is ready to divert flights from the airport to the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in eastern Jakarta. This was announced by General Manager Edie Haryoto at the time the preparations were still ongoing earlier on Sunday. The airport will be used as an alternative for the time being because of floods at and around the Soekarno-Hatta international airport.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia to open second base in Indonesia in Bali Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) has announced their intention to open an additional operational base in Bali as the next step to establishing a regional presence for the Carrier. The Chief Officer of IAA, Dharmadi, told Bisnis Indonesia that the new Bali home base will commence operations in late March 2008, serving as a turn around point for new flights planned to Darwin and Perth in Australia.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 January 2008 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Mandala Airlines seeks compensation from Airbus Tempo Interaktif reports that Mandala Airlines is negotiating with Airbus Industries regarding the increased cost of purchasing airplanes produced in the European Union (EU), an additional cost estimated at US$250,000 or around 2.3 billion Rupiah per aircraft.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2008 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia recommends not purchasing Airbus after ban Indonesia has recommended the airlines in the country should not buy Airbus plane as long as the European Union (EU)'s ban on the country's airlines from entering the group's territory is still in place, Transport Minister JusmanSyafii Djamal said here Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2007 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala offers more connections from new Bali air hub Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced three new routes from their new secondary air hub of Bali with the addition of Denpasar-Jogjakarta, Denpasar-Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) and Denpasar-Balikpapan (Kalimantan) - effective October 1, 2007.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia: 'in talks to buy Airbus jets' The national airline of Indonesia, PT Garuda Indonesia, is in talks with Airbus to buy some 20 Airbus A320 planes to expand it's fleet for domestic routes, according to an official from the airline on Thursday. Talks with Airbus, a unit of European aerospace group EADS, come after a deal with Boeing last March for 25 737-800 planes with an estimated value of 730 million euro.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 September 2007 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines places first A320 order from Indonesia Mandala Airlines has signed a contract for 25 A320s and has become the first customer for the type from Indonesia. The airline already holds the status of being the first Indonesian carrier to operate A320s following the entry into service of the first of two leased aircraft in December 2006. The new A320s will be used to replace old generation Boeing 737-200s on Mandala Airlines' widespread domestic network that extends to over 20 destinations. The A320s will be configured with 180 economy class seats.

Posted in General @ 25 June 2007 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to replace Boeings with Airbus aircraft 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.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra to get new airport soon After repeated delays, the central government has renewed its promise to start the construction of Kuala Namu airport in Deli Serdang regency in September. The facility would replace North Sumatra's ailing Polonia airport in Medan. The promise was made by State Minister of National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta in Medan on Thursday after consulting with Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda plans to turn Citilink service into budget carrier PT Garuda Indonesia plans to turn its Citilink service into an independent low-cost carrier, and it is considering leasing 10 Airbus A319s for the new airline, the Jakarta Post reported, citing a Garuda official. Garuda plans to spin off the Citilink business unit in the first half of this year, the newspaper quoted Joseph Saul, Garuda's vice president in charge of Citilink, as saying.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 January 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


AirAsia eyes Brunei, new destinations in Indonesia, Cambodia Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia said Sunday it soon hopes to fly to Brunei and to new destinations in Indonesia and Cambodia following the arrival of two new Airbus A320 aircraft in December. "We are waiting for approval to fly to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur," AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 November 2005 12:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore's Valuair to start flights to Surabaya Valuair Ltd., a Singapore-based low-fare carrier, said it will start offering daily flights to Surabaya from the island state to meet rising travel demand between the two countries. Valuair will fly Airbus SAS A320 aircraft for the new services starting Oct. 23 with fares from S$199 ($118) for a round trip ticket, the airline said today in an e-mailed statement.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2005 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Experts look for clues as death toll tops 26 Dozens of experts were sifting through the wreckage of passenger plane Lion Air on Wednesday in search of clues in the deadly crash in Surakarta, Central Java as the death toll rose to 26. Up until Wednesday evening, the plane's black box had not been found, leading authorities and airline staff to theorize that bad weather had caused the accident, the country's worst in the past seven years.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Infant, mother mortality rates up The Indonesian government has expressed concern over the infant mortality rate, which has increased from 47 babies per 1,000 births in 1997 to 51 babies in 2001. Mr S. Soemantri of the Research and Development Unit at the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday: 'We predict the infant mortality rate will be about 50 per 1,000 births in 2004.'

Posted in Health @ 19 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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