The Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is poised to become a regular fixture of Indonesian airspace as the growing airline Sky Aviation prepares to receive three of the 100-seat planes by the end of the year, a company executive said.
The small airline ordered a dozen Sukhoi planes at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2011 air show in Moscow, Russia.
But the $380.4 million order was delayed after the plane crashed into Mount Salak, West Java, during a promotion flight, killing all 45 on board. The crash is still under investigation.
Sky Aviation, which began as a chartered airline, has been steadily expanding its fleet from two singe-prop Cirrus planes to ten planes — including a 140-passenger Boeing 737-300. The airline is now poised to double its fleet with the delivery of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100s, the first of which will arrive in October.
“The airplanes were actually supposed to arrival in August and September, but [instead] one will arrive in October, followed by the second and third in December,” Sky Aviation general marketing manager Sutito Zainuddin said.
Nine additional planes will arrive between 2013 and 2015, Sutito said.
The airline plans to begin regular flights out of Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Batam, Natuna and Bandung.
“With the operation of the Boeing plane, Sky Aviation is targeting its passengers to reach 500,000 by the end of the year,” Sutito said.
Sky Aviation currently serves Batam, Pekanbaru, Tanjung Pinang and Denpasar with a small fleet of Fokker F50s.