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
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.
“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.”