The Kingdom of Srivijaya and Boeing

Posted on October 7th, 2010 at 11:33 am by Akhyari


Besides the gigantic Lion Air, Indonesia is host to many other privately-owned airlines, Batavia Air, Mandala Air, and Sriwijaya Air are 3 major airlines carry millions of passenger every year and fly both domestically and internationally.

GNFI has many times posted about Lion Air, Mandala, and Batavia Air. It’s now Sriwijaya Air’s turn. Sriwijaya’s name is for sure derived from Southeast Asia’s largest and most influental kingdom in th2 7th to 13th century. So big that it ruled as far as places like Srilanka and Indochina.

Sriwijaya Air flied 5.9 million passengers in 2009 and is gearing up to load in 7 million passenger this year, serving 32 domestic routes and 2 international routes, with 34 Boeing 737 fleet. It’s really huge achievement considering that Sriwijaya Air is a relatively-new airline in a crowded market.

Boeing 737-800 NG

It will soon acquire 10 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation and the delivery will start in 2012, it costs $81 million per unit. Sriwijaya is also considering to purchase 60 commuter aircraft by 2012 but has not decided between competing offers from ATR, Avro RJ, Bombardier and Embraer.

Avro RJ, targeted by Sriwijaya Airlines

Bombardier, eyed by Sriwijaya Air

Yeah, it’s going to be BIG! Indonesian aviation grows exponentially during the last 10 years and is now one of world’s fastest growing region in aviation biz.

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