Pelita Air takes off with commercial air travel services in Indonesia

Indonesia is seeing a new addition to its commercial air travel industry with the expansion of Pelita Air into scheduled routes to domestic destinations.

Pelita Air, originally a charter and cargo airline servicing the oil and gas industry as a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, said it is now offering “affordable domestic flight services” aiming to steer clear of the mismanagement and debt that has plagued national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

In a move beyond the charter and cargo business, Pelita Air will be using two recently purchased Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a new corporate design. The first flight took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on the popular route to the island of Bali on April 28.

Popular business and holiday destinations

The airline also plans to operate routes from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Banjarmasin and Makassar. It is targeting both business travelers and holiday makers, with plenty of the latter expected in the European summer travel season in July and August as global travel restrictions are getting lifted.

Pelita Air appointed Dendy Kurniawan as president director, who left the same position at AirAsia Indonesia earlier this month.

As it stands, Pelita Air will focus exclusively on domestic flights, tapping the nation’s large domestic air travel potential. Pre-Covid-19 data showed that 72 per cent of flights serving Indonesia covered domestic routes.

“Huge” domestic customer potential

“Indonesia is an archipelagic nation with a population of 273 million. It’s a huge market.” Indonesia’s state enterprise minister Erick Thohir said, adding that by focusing on domestic routes, “Pelita can fly high” and eventually join the ranks of global airlines.

Hopes are that Pelita Air fares better than its predecessor, Pelita AirVenture, also a Pertamina-owned company that had provided scheduled flight services starting from 2000 but then shut down operations in 2005 due to the tough competition in the scheduled aviation sector at that time.

 



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Indonesia is seeing a new addition to its commercial air travel industry with the expansion of Pelita Air into scheduled routes to domestic destinations. Pelita Air, originally a charter and cargo airline servicing the oil and gas industry as a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, said it is now offering “affordable domestic flight services” aiming to steer clear of the mismanagement and debt that has plagued national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. In a move beyond the charter and cargo business, Pelita Air will be using two recently purchased Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a new corporate design....

Indonesia is seeing a new addition to its commercial air travel industry with the expansion of Pelita Air into scheduled routes to domestic destinations.

Pelita Air, originally a charter and cargo airline servicing the oil and gas industry as a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, said it is now offering “affordable domestic flight services” aiming to steer clear of the mismanagement and debt that has plagued national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

In a move beyond the charter and cargo business, Pelita Air will be using two recently purchased Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a new corporate design. The first flight took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on the popular route to the island of Bali on April 28.

Popular business and holiday destinations

The airline also plans to operate routes from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Banjarmasin and Makassar. It is targeting both business travelers and holiday makers, with plenty of the latter expected in the European summer travel season in July and August as global travel restrictions are getting lifted.

Pelita Air appointed Dendy Kurniawan as president director, who left the same position at AirAsia Indonesia earlier this month.

As it stands, Pelita Air will focus exclusively on domestic flights, tapping the nation’s large domestic air travel potential. Pre-Covid-19 data showed that 72 per cent of flights serving Indonesia covered domestic routes.

“Huge” domestic customer potential

“Indonesia is an archipelagic nation with a population of 273 million. It’s a huge market.” Indonesia’s state enterprise minister Erick Thohir said, adding that by focusing on domestic routes, “Pelita can fly high” and eventually join the ranks of global airlines.

Hopes are that Pelita Air fares better than its predecessor, Pelita AirVenture, also a Pertamina-owned company that had provided scheduled flight services starting from 2000 but then shut down operations in 2005 due to the tough competition in the scheduled aviation sector at that time.

 



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