New Indonesian Low-cost Carrier Ready to Launch

New Indonesian Low-cost Carrier Ready to Launch

Indonesian low-cost start-up airline Super Air Jet aims to begin flying soon with a business model focused on tech-obsessed millennials with a propensity to travel, the carrier’s chief executive, Ari Azhari, said on Monday.

Industry sources said the airline has links to Indonesia’s biggest airline group, Lion Air Group, though the nature of any ownership overlap is unknown.

Azhari had been the general manager of Lion Air Group and the statement on Super Air Jet’s launch was provided to Reuters by Lion Air’s spokesman. The spokesman did not respond to questions on its links to Lion Air.

Super Air Jet, which is in the process of obtaining a license to fly, will start with 180-seat Airbus SE A320 planes focused on domestic routes before a later international expansion, Azhari said in a statement.

“Super Air Jet was founded on the basis of optimism that market opportunities especially for domestic flights in Indonesia still exist and are wide open,” he said. “There is very strong demand from the community for air travel today, especially from millennials.”

He did not provide further details on how the brand would be distinguished from Lion Air, also a low-cost carrier.

Lion Air, which is privately owned, has a portfolio of Indonesian brands, including full-service carrier Batik Air and regional airline Wings Air. Super Air Jet said its inaugural flight was scheduled for the “near future”.

A spokeswoman for Indonesia’s transport ministry said there were still some processes to complete before a license would be issued and it was unclear whether that would occur by the end of the first half.

Independent aviation analyst Brendan Sobie said Super Air Jet was able to take advantage of cheap lease rates because the pandemic made it harder for lessors to place planes when leases expired.

Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, is currently the world’s sixth largest aviation market based on capacity, according to data firm OAG. (Reuters)

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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