Sriwijaya Air buys 12 ATRs, will open new MRO facilities in 2017
Indonesian Sriwijaya Air has signed for the acquisition of 12 ATR 72-600s for its subsidiary NAM Air, according to the CEO of the airline Chandra Lie quoted by Liputan 6.
Lie said that the deal was signed in Kuala Lumpur on the 14th of December 2014. He added that NAM Air will serve as a feeder for Sriwijaya Air, mainly for remote destinations operated on turboprop planes.
The airline is expecting to take the delivery of two ATRs in January 2017. The remaining aircraft will be delivered until the end of 2017.
At the same time, the airline also plans to establish its own MRO facility with an investment of $250 million. Lie said that his company requires its own MRO facility due to the high density in its MRO partner companies.
Sriwijaya Air also said that it might open an MRO facility in the new airport of Bintan, Riau Archipelago, which is located near Singapore, and a supporting facility in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Previously, the airline has been granted a permit to establish an MRO facility by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Sriwijaya Air now operates a fleet of 39 aircraft, including 10 aircraft operates by NAM Air, for domestic routes as well as two international destinations in Malaysia and East Timor.
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