Indonesian carrier TransNusa Aviation Mandiri has taken delivery of the one ATR 42-600 it had on firm order.
However, TransNusa Aviation also holds options for three more ATR 42-600 regional airliners.
TransNusa will be the first operator of the ATR 42-600 in Indonesia and the aircraft will represent a boost for the airline’s efforts to develop its presence in the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) charter segment.
Based at El Tari Airport in Kupang in the state of East Nusa Tenggara (otherwise known as West Timor), TransNusa has won a five-year FIFO charter contract this year from one of Indonesia’s large oil producers and this contract reflects the market need, according to ATR.
The manufacturer says the ATR 42-600 is ideally suited for Indonesia’s FIFO charter market because it can operate to and from short, unpaved and narrow runways, yet offers a high degree of cabin comfort and cockpit sophistication.
“Placing our turboprop services with ATR 42 aircraft on the stringent FIFO operations represents great value for money for energy companies,” says Jodjana Juvenile, TransNusa’s chief executive officer. “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.”
TransNusa is expecting to put its first ATR 42-600 into service in November. The chartered ATR 42 will operate its first FIFO service from Jakarta’s Halim Airport to Matak Airport on Natuna Island, conducting six round-trips a week on the route.
In order to help ensure the smooth operation of its FIFO service, TransNusa has chosen to have ATR manage the maintenance of its ATR 42-600 under a global maintenance agreement the airline signed recently with the manufacturer.
This contract provides for ATR to manage the maintenance activities and supply of spare parts for TransNusa’s ATR 42-600 for five years.
TransNusa Aviation Mandiri serves eastern parts of Indonesia, mainly Nusa Tenggara, Bali and southern Sulawesi. It was launched in August 2005, serving various destinations from Kupang using aircraft chartered from other locally based airlines.
In August 2011, TransNusa received its own air operator’s certificate and permit to operate scheduled and charter commercial services.