Posted on: 25 September 2014 by Ross McSweeny
TransNusa Aviation Mandiri is bringing the first ATR 42-600 to Indonesia as part of its movement towards fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) operations.
The aircraft will begin its first FIFO service with six return flights per week from Jakarta's Halim Airport to Matak Airport in Natuna Island, and is scheduled to enter into service this November.
TransNusa won a 5-year contract from one of Indonesia’s largest oil consortiums earlier this year, which the airline believes shows a demand for turboprop services in the Indonesian market.
“Placing our turboprop services with ATR 42 aircraft on the stringent FIFO operations represents great value for money for energy companies,” commented CEO of TransNusa, Jodjana Juvenile. “It will increase their efficiencies as it enables companies to consolidate their FIFO schedule and still travel direct to their sites even on gravel and narrow runways, while increasing passenger comfort.”
The airline will cover its aircraft with the Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) signed recently with ATR, ensuring the supply of spare parts as well as the management of maintenance activities for the ATR 42-600 for 5 years.
ATR’s CEO Patrick de Castelbajac remarked, “The ATR-600 series aircraft will provide TransNusa and its customers with important reductions in operating and maintenance costs optimising and reinforcing its economic advantages to suit differing needs of the operation.”
TransNusa has options for three more ATR 42-600s.