Saturday, January 09, 2010

Wings Air flies ATR 72-500s

Wings Air, a sister company of Lion Air---Indonesia's largest private carrier, has started the operation of three ATR 72-500s in Indonesian market. Wings signed a contract to purchase 15 ATR 72-500s from ATR, the world leader in the 50 to 70-seat turboprop market, worth US$600 million last year.
The remaining 12 aircrafts will be delivered this year and next year to replace routes currently operated with MD 80. The aircraft is configured with 72 seats and powered with Pratt & Whitney 127M engines.
Both Lion and Wings Air are controlled by Rusdi Kirana. Last month, Boeing delivered four Next Generation 737-900 ER airplanes to Lion Air. Lion is the launch customer of the new series. The airline operates 41 Boeing 737s, including classics and NG models.
According to transportation ministry's data, Lion Air transported 15 million passengers last year, surged from 9.147 million in 2008. So, Lion Air controlled 38.2% of the domestic market.




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