Sriwijaya Air to become a full-service airline as it adds modern aircraft

Sriwijaya Air (Jakarta) plans to become a full service airline in the next two to three years according to this article by the Jakarta Post.

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Sriwijaya Air ordered 20 new Embraer ERJ 190s and 10 ERJ 195 aircraft from Embraer last year. The deal makes Sriwijaya Air the first airline in Indonesia with a firm commitment for the two types. Sriwijaya Air expects to receive the first ERJ 190 in August 2012.

Sriwijaya Air will utilize these new Embraer aircraft to serve small airports in Papua, NTT and Maluku.

The aging Boeing 737-200s will be replaced with the new aircraft.

The airline started scheduled operations on November 10, 2003 with one aircraft to serve the Pangkal Pinang-Jakarta route.

The growing airline has also ordered 20 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The first 737-800 will arrive in September 2012. This new aircraft will support existing services and also new flights to Australia, China and other medium range routes.

The company operates 30 Boeing 737 aircraft and flies to 33 domestic and regional destinations. The airline has grown to 173 flights per day, carries approximately 5 million passengers a year with 88% average load factor.

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