PT Nusantara Buana Air (NBA) has ordered 30 N 219 units from state-owned aircraft firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) as part of plans to expand their business in the country’s airline industry, a senior official said in Jakarta on Monday.
“We are going to sign the Letter of Intent (LOI) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PT DI on Tuesday at the Singapore Air Show,” NBA manager James Massie told The Jakarta Post.
The 19-seat aircraft are worth US$4 million each.
He said that the arrival of the 30 new planes was in line with the company’s plan to expand operations in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua in the near future.
NBA is currently operating more than 12 pioneer routes in Aceh, North Sumatra, Bengkulu, West Sumatra and Maluku with 5 Casa 212-200 units.
“The purchase of the N 219’s is also part of our plan to replace the older Casas,” he said.
He said that NBA is planning to acquire eight new aircraft this year; four units of the 29-seat Jetstream 41 from Scotland and four units of the 18-seat Dornier 228 from Germany.
“We will begin receiving the new aircraft within the next two months,” he said. (nfo)