Sriwijaya Air to lease 12 former Continental/United Boeing 737-500s

Sriwijaya Air (Jakarta) is acquiring 12 Boeing 737-500s with Blended Winglets. GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing unit of GE, announced it will lease 12 Boeing 737-500s to help the Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya Air upgrade its fleet.

The first aircraft went into service today (May 16), with the remaining scheduled for delivery through January 2013. The 12 aircraft, with Blended Winglets for improved fuel savings, are coming off long-term lease with Continental Airlines, now merged with United Airlines.

Privately-held Sriwijaya Air started service in 2003 and today flies to nearly 50 destinations in Indonesia as well as Singapore and Penang.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Sriwijaya Air also operates 10 Boeing 737-400s.