Posted on: 19 July 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Kartika Airlines has placed today a firm order for 30 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) and in parallel has entered into a Customer Support Agreement with PowerJet for the support of the SaM146 engines.
The 30 aircraft will be delivered between mid 2012 and 2014 and will be configured in a 98 seat layout (eight in business class and 90 in economy class).
In addition to the 30 aircraft ordered, Kartika says it is planning to add a further 130 Sukhoi SuperJet aircraft, which may include stretched and VIP versions. “The market opportunities here in Indonesia for a high-performing 100 seat aircraft like the SuperJet 100 are enormous,” remarked Kim Mulia, the airline’s chairman.
The Indonesian economy will as well benefit from the acquisition of these aircraft through an agreement between Kartika Airlines and PT Dirgantara which will provide line and base maintenance for the new aircraft.
Kartika Airlines teamed-up with aviation specialist CLC Aviation Consulting for the completion of the SSJ100 transaction. The two companies will continue to work closely together on the introduction of the new aircraft fleet.