Tue, 31 July 2018

TransNusa to Expand Domestic Network with Three More ATR 72-600s

Indonesia’s TransNusa has unveiled plans to almost double its fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft this year.

The airline has leased three additional aircraft ATR 72-600s which it expects to receive by the end of the year.

The new aircraft will be used to increase the airline’s domestic route network to around 30 destinations from the 16 it currently operates.

The three ATR aircraft on lease will increase TransNusa’s ATR fleet to seven from four. The airline presently has three ATR 72-600s and one ATR 42. TransNusa also has two BAE 146 and one Fokker 70 aircraft, but these aircraft are gradually being phased out.

TransNusa ATR 72-600. Click to enlarge.

“ATR aircraft have proven to be very popular with passengers,” said TransNusa Managing Director, Bayu Sutanto. “They are also reliable to operate, which in turn has helped TransNusa to develop a strong reputation in the market for punctuality. In the first six months of this year we were number one for on-time performance according to the Indonesia Directorate of Civil Aviation. Our on-time performance averaged 91%. ATR aircraft can land and take off from runways that jet aircraft are unable to access, which makes them an ideal for many airports in Indonesia.”

The ATR -600 model is fitted with the Armonia cabin, designed by renowned Italian designer Giugiaro. Some of the new features of this cabin include larger overhead bins for carry-on luggage, new lighting systems and lighter, more ergonomic seats for better passenger comfort.

ATR sales director, Lim Kian Hui, said, “ATR aircraft have the lowest operating costs and excellent short field performance. The ATR turboprop aircraft perfectly suits the Indonesian market and TransNusa has successfully utilised this product advantage to steadily expand its air services network and we are confident TransNusa will rapidly increase its ATR fleet size to meet the increasing demand for air travel generated from Indonesia’s growing economy.”

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