PT Aviastar Mandiri, a certified air
charter operator in Indonesia, has taken delivery of a BAe
146-200. The new aircraft will be operated on behalf of Transnusa
Air Services in a 98 seat all-economy layout. It will be based at
Denpasar Airport in Bali and will operate to destinations in East
Indonesia is becoming a very strong market for
the BAe 146/Avro RJ family. So far this year BAE Systems has
placed four aircraft into the country. Aviastar Mandiri bought
another BAe 146-200 in June, while PT Nusantara Air Charter also
bought a Series 200 passenger airliner from BAE Systems and a
Series 200QT (Quiet Trader) freighter in a deal brokered by BAE
Systems in the summer.
Mr Raj Singh, Director Sales and Leasing Asia
for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said, “Indonesia is a very
receptive market for us at the moment and we are actively engaged
in further discussions with a number of operators. The geography
of the country means that regional air transport can often be the
only reliable means of getting passengers and goods from one area
to another. The BAe 146/Avro RJ family has the airfield
performance, economics and price tag to make it a strong contender
for these roles.”
There are three variants of the aircraft
operating with seven carriers in Indonesia – a total of 11
aircraft so far.
Scheduled and charter passenger operations are
carried out by PT Riau Airlines with two Avro RJ100s, by Aviastar
Mandiri with two BAe 146-200s, by PT Manunggal Air with two BAe
146-100s, by PT Nusantara Air Charter with its Series 200 and by
PT Air Maleo with a single BAe 146-100.
Freighter operations are carried out by the BAe
146-200QT operated by PT Nusantara Air Charter.
Two Avro Business Jet variants are operated by
PT Pelita Air Service (one RJ85) and by PT Airfast Indonesia who
fly a corporately-configured BAe 146-100 on behalf of Metro TV,
a 24-hour news station.
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