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Pelita Air launches scheduled Airbus A320 flights, ultimate successor to Garuda?

Pelita Air ordered 12 Airbus A320s in October 2021. The first two were delivered in April 2022. The airline is planning to expand the A320 fleet to 20 aircraft by the end of 2023.

The carrier is also studying the smaller A220 and larger A330.

On April 28 the airline launched A320 service between Jakarta and Bali. The airline is also flying to Yogyakarta.

Photo: Peilta Air.

Pelita Air has long operated charter flights, mainly in support of Pertamina’s oil and gas operations in Indonesia.

Meanwhile Garuda Indonesia has been suffering from its staggering pandemic losses, which has been aggravated by its long-term debt and on-going corruption.

Will Pelita Air succeed Garuda?

Rumors persist that Pelita Air may take over Garuda.


The history of Pelita Air:

When two state oil companies – Pertamin and Permina – were merged to form Pertamina, the need to establish a special air service becomes a primary priority to support Pertamina’s growing need of oil and natural gas exploration, exploitation, as well as transportation of personnel and/or cargoes.

In 1963, as a result of growing operational needs, an air service department was established within Pertamina called Pertamina Air Service. Seven years later (1970), Pertamina established PT. Pelita Air Service (PAS) – closing the doors on air division of Pertamina – through the establishment of an autonomous subsidiary to provide continuous flight operations.

Defining the company as a commercial air carrier, PAS was given a mission of performing flight operations in the broadest sense of the world, to economically serve and coordinate flight operations within the oil and gas industry in Indonesia by way of charter flights and related activities. This includes:

  • Transmigration
  • Fire Fighting
  • Refugees
  • Red Cross
  • Oil Spills
  • Aerial Photo
  • Cargo Transportations

On the back of a long tradition, successful track record and expertise, PAS obtained financial independence from Pertamina (1981) to increase its competitiveness beyond the domestic commercial aviation industry and compete internationally. Today, PAS extended world-class services are :

  • VVIP
  • Offshore
  • External Load such as banner and short/long sling line
  • Medical Evacuation
  • Seismic Operation
  • Geological Survey
  • Helirig
  • Helicopter Pilots For Hire
  • Support and Training

Being more than 45 years of solid experience since 1970 with many types of airplanes and services supporting its business, has given PAS a well-deserved repute among the users of its services to be able to compete and stay outstand. For these reasons, PAS has continually trusted to render its services to the President and other dignitaries of the nation. Trying to expand another line of business, we had experienced the regular flight since 2000 until 2005, for many routes across the country. In order to be more focus in our main business, then we decided to concentrate in air flight charter by shutting down the regular flight.

Our maintenance subsidiary, PT. IndoPelita Aircraft Services, has the ability and expertise of conducting maintenance and repair work from its exclusively owned airfield in Pondok Cabe (south Jakarta) consisting of hangar, warehouse and a 2,000 meters runway.

Pelita Air aircraft photo gallery:

Jetlines’ first Airbus A320 is painted

Jetlines (Canada Jetlines) will take delivery of its first Airbus A320 in January.

Airbus A320-214 C-GCJL (msn 4175, ex OE-IAV) was painted at Shannon.

Volotea adds its first Airbus A320, ex-Alaska N621VA

Volotea has added its first Airbus A320. N621VA is pictured landing at Palma de Mallorca after its delivery flight from San Antonio to Bangor, Glasgow and Palma.

Ex-Alaska Airlines N621VA (msn 2616) (above) is the first Airbus A320 for Volotea. The airframe will become EC-NNZ.
Copyright Photo : Javier Rodriguez.
Volotea aircraft slide show:

Volotea to add up to 19 Airbus A320s to expand its A319 fleet

Volotea has accelerated its fleet transformation for Summer 2021, becoming a 100% Airbus operator, phasing out entirely its Boeing 717s and adding 15 to 19 Airbus A320s. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.

With the addition of the 180-seat Airbus A320s, Volotea will increase its fleet capacity by 15% of seats.

Volotea evolves into a single fleet operator, in a move favoring the European manufacturer Airbus, through the early retirement of its fourteen Boeing 717 aircraft and their replacement by 15 to 19 Airbus A320s.

The fleet renewal is part of Volotea’s review of its strategical, financial, and operational plans in the context of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.

Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, previously founders of Vueling, and is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served, and seats offered. Since its start, Volotea has carried more than 30 million passengers across Europe.

Volotea is based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon (opening in 2021), Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. Volotea currently flies to 90 cities across 14 countries and plans to fly to a new country in 2021 by opening routes to Algeria from France.

In 2020, Volotea signed an agreement with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, in order to verify the successful implementation of health and hygiene measures. Volotea is the world’s first airline to have its preventive measures against COVID-19 audited by Bureau Veritas.

Brussels Airlines honors Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel with a new logo jet

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement on its latest logo jet scheme on Airbus A320 OO-SNE.

An ode to one of the most talented artists of the sixteenth century.

Known for his folk tableaux and scenes from rural life, Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder allowed his imagination to work like no other, painting classical themes in a very quirky and humorous way.

Moved and touched by the tough life in the countryside, he captured the life of the common man in a masterly manner.

And most importantly, he has given Belgium a very rich art history to be proud of.

This is why we have created Bruegel as part of our aircraft series in honour of Belgian icons. Because this is what Pieter Bruegel The Elder is.

A Belgian icon

All photos by the airline.


Are you wondering where Bruegel is flying for the moment? Have a look below. The schedule listed is the most current, but please keep in mind that it can change last minute, and without notice.

  • Brussels (BRU)03/05/2019 08:25Venice (VCE)03/05/2019 10:00Map
  • Venice (VCE)03/05/2019 10:50Brussels (BRU)03/05/2019 12:35Map
  • Brussels (BRU)03/05/2019 15:15Tel Aviv (TLV)03/05/2019 19:40Map
  • Tel Aviv (TLV)03/05/2019 21:50Brussels (BRU)04/05/2019 02:50Map
  • Brussels (BRU)04/05/2019 03:50London Heathrow (LHR)04/05/2019 05:15Map
  • London Heathrow (LHR)04/05/2019 06:05Brussels (BRU)04/05/2019 07:15Map
  • Brussels (BRU)04/05/2019 08:15Fuerteventura (FUE)04/05/2019 12:35Map
  • Fuerteventura (FUE)04/05/2019 13:40Funchal (FNC)04/05/2019 14:55Map
  • Funchal (FNC)04/05/2019 15:50Brussels (BRU)04/05/2019 19:35Map


Jetstar Asia celebrates 10 years of direct services between Singapore and Darwin with special livery

Jetstar Asia has partnered with Tourism Northern Territory to celebrate ten years of flying between Singapore and Darwin with a special livery on Airbus A320 9V-JSB depicting scenes from the Top-End.

The airline continued:

In celebration of our 10th year of flying to Darwin, we’ve launched a commemorative livery, featuring the top icons of Australia’s Outback, Northern Territory!

Designed by Singaporean illustrator Ben Quek Made By Ben, this special livery is on our 9V-JSB A320, so look out for it as it flies around Asia and of course to Darwin.

“From vast deserts to lush wetlands, koalas to crocodiles – these are the contrasts I wanted to

capture in the design and colours in the livery,” said Mr. Qwek.

Jetstar Asia operates a daily service from Singapore to Darwin during peak periods.

All photos by the airline.

Alaska Airlines repaints its first ex-Virgin America Airbus A320

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has started the re-painting process of the Virgin America fleet.

Alaska has just departed from being “Proudly All Boeing” (the inscription on the nose of their Boeing fleet).

Alaska Airlines has released photos of the first former Virgin America Airbus A320 to be repainted – the pictured A320-214 N625VA (msn 2800).

Photos Alaska Airlines.

Joon unveils new destinations


Joon (Air France) has unveiled its seven new medium-haul and long-haul destinations on departure from Paris-CDG – Rome, Naples, Oslo, Istanbul, Cairo, Cape Town and Tehran.

Joon took off for the first time on December 2 to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto.

Europe at your feet as from March 25, 2018 starting at 39 euros including tax*!

  • Istanbul (Turkey): 7 weekly flights
  • Naples (Italy): 14 weekly flights
  • Oslo (Norway): 18 weekly flights
  • Rome (Italy): 49 weekly flights

On departure from Paris-CDG, Joon will fly to its medium-haul destinations by Airbus A320 (174 seats) and A321 (212 seats). In Business class, Joon offers a free meal, snacks and beverages! In Economy class, customers choose from a free selection of beverages at any time of the day. Want something more substantial?  Sweet or savoury? Joons delights its customers’ taste buds with a selection of tasty treats and organic snacks sold on board by the crew. During the flight, the company’s customers have free access to YouJoon, the in-flight streaming system on their own smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The world’s your oyster as from spring 2018!

  • Cairo (Egypt): 7 weekly flights as from 25 March 2018 starting at €149 including tax**
  • Cape Town (South Africa): 3 weekly flights as from 1st April 2018 starting at €279 including tax**
  • Tehran (Iran): 3 weekly flights as from 2 April 2018 starting at €149 including tax***

On departure from Paris-CDG, Business, Premium Economy and Economy customers will benefit from new cabins on board the Airbus A340s equipped with the latest-generation individual touch-screens to enjoy some one hundred films.

Joon’s Business customers will enjoy a free catering offer, from starter to dessert, including snacks. In Premium Economy and Economy class, one or even two meals will be offered on the longest flights. In addition, Joon will offer a selection of gourmet products as a paid option.

In total, for the 2018 summer season, Joon will fly to 13 destinations with 228 flights a week from Paris-CDG – Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Naples, Oslo, Porto and Rome on the medium-haul network and Fortaleza, Cairo, Cape Town, Mahé and Tehran on the long-haul network.

Route Map:


Joon is the new generation travel experience by Air France. The company has been designed to meet the expectations of new generations of travellers. On the schedule: flexibility, personalized and tailor-made services. Joon is for anyone who wants to enjoy a new kind of travel experience.

Initially six Airbus A320-200s have been assigned to the subsidiary.

Watch a new Joon episode – behind the scenes of the first Airbus A320 cabin configuration 

* One-way fare including tax, excluding baggage, on sale until 06 December 2017, for flights between 25 March and 6 May and between 14 May and 24 June 2018.
** One-way fare including tax, excluding baggage.
*** One way-fare including tax, including baggage, on sale until 13 December 2017, for flights between 7 May and 30 June 2018.

Photos: Joon (Air France).


German newcomer Sundair’s first two Airbus A320s are painted

Sundair is a new German charter airline based in Stralsund in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Starting in 2017, Sundair will fly to popular holiday destinations around the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.

The new airline has acquired two Airbus A320-214s (D-ASEE, msn 4953 and D-ASEF, msn 4974) which are being prepared by Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.

On July 12, 2017 the company made this announcement and issued these images (above):

In the coming days, our two aircraft, which are currently still in Abu Dhabi, will fly to Germany.

The new airline is planning to commence operations later this summer.

All images by Sundair.