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Today's Headlines Aviation

  • Ministry of Transportation: Moratorium on Issuance of Airline Permits

    Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation has issued a temporary moratorium on the issuance of permits for the establishment of new airlines in Indonesia. A spokesman of the Ministry said that airports will become too crowded if more applications are approved. Overcrowded airports will result in more flight delays and entails risks for safety. An increase in flight frequency of already established airlines is still permitted. The Ministry is also concerned that if more permits are issued, current rife competition between airlines will intensify.

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  • Company Profile of Aviation and Food Services Provider Cardig Aero Services

    PT Cardig Aero Services (also known as PT CAS) is a leading aviation and food services provider in Indonesia that has been in operation since 1984. PT CAS currently owns five subsidiaries that provide a wide range of services across the aviation support and food solutions. The company is expected to reap the benefits of Indonesia's expanding aviation sector. As Indonesia's per capita GDP is growing steadily, more and more people will use airplanes.

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  • Company Profile of Garuda Indonesia: Transition to a World Class Airline

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    Garuda Indonesia is the most renowned airline of Indonesia. The company, which received four stars from Skytrax, provides both domestic and international flights (passengers and cargo). In recent years, Garuda has experienced a remarkable transition from being banned to fly to the Eurozone towards becoming a world-class airline that is acknowledged by international critical acclaim. Although Garuda is Indonesia's top class airline, it taps the low-cost aviation sector through its subsidiary Citilink Indonesia.

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  • Indonesian Airliner Merpati Nusantara Offers 35% of its Shares to Investors

    State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara Airlines will sell between 30 and 35 percent of its shares to domestic or foreign investors. The government feels the need to sell a stake as the airline has a debt of about IDR 6 trillion (USD $603 million). Most of this debt, about IDR 4 trillion, is held in Indonesia (government and state-owned enterprises). As such, the company is in need of new funds to restructure its business model. Last year, the airline carried 2.1 million passengers.

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  • Citilink Plans IPO and Expansion in Indonesia's Low Cost Aviation Sector

    Citilink Indonesia, the low-budget unit of Garuda Indonesia, announced its intention to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) in 2015 by offering 30 percent of its stocks to the public. The Indonesian budget airline also plans to expand its fleet-size to 50 airplanes. However, before an IPO can be conducted, the company said it should improve its (financial) performance first. In 2012, Citilink Indonesia recorded an USD $28.4 million loss on operating revenues of USD $73.4 million.

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  • Citilink Indonesia Continues Rapid Expansion in Low Cost Aviation Sector

    Citilink Indonesia, the low budget carrier of national airline Garuda Indonesia, expects to transport around 7.8 million air passengers in 2013. This constitutes a sharp rise compared to last year's result of 3.8 million passengers. The airline, which handles 140 flights per day to 22 Indonesian cities, expects the increase to be in line with the growth of its armada to 29 aircrafts in 2013 (including 22 new Airbus A320 planes). These types of aircrafts are designed to serve short or middle-long distance flights.

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  • Lion Air Boeing 737-800 Crashes into Sea Nearby Bali Runway

    A Lion Air airplane, with flight number JT 904, that flew from Bandung (West Java) to Bali crashed into the sea just a few dozen meters away from the runway at Bali's International I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport (which is located directly next to the sea) in Denpasar. Of the 101 passengers only one passenger is in critical condition, others have sustained minor injuries. According to sources, the aircraft did not touch the runway but completely overshot it.

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  • Fitch Ratings Acknowledges Garuda Indonesia's Good Corporate Performance

    Fitch Ratings has awarded Indonesia's top-class airline Garuda Indonesia the national long-term 'A (idn)' rating with a stable outlook. This upgrade represents yet another example of foreign appreciation of the airline's good corporate performance. Garuda Indonesia has experienced a remarkable transition within the last decade as it transformed from a company that was banned to fly to the European Union into one of Indonesia's success stories.

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  • Garuda Indonesia Plans to Sell Bonds Worth IDR 2 Trillion in Quarter II - 2013

    Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's national airline, is planning to sell bonds worth IDR 2 trillion (US $205.1 million) in Quarter II - 2013. The bonds, which are denominated in IDR rupiah, will have a five-year maturity. Proceeds of the bond issuance will be used by the company for capital expenditure (capex), which includes investments in aircrafts and working capital. The airline is currently searching for a lead underwriter through a tender.

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  • Garuda Indonesia's Full Year 2012 Net Profit Shows Robust Growth

    Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), one of Indonesia's biggest airlines, posted a 100 percent increase in net profit to US $145.4 million in 2012 from US $72.7 million a year earlier. Operating profit of the company rose 82 percent to US $110.8 million from US $64.2 million in 2011. These numbers were supported by a 19.6 percent increase in passengers from 17.1 million in 2011 to 20.4 million last year, while its seat load factor rose to 75.9 percent from a previous 75.2 percent.

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Latest Columns Aviation

  • Investment Projects on Offer in Indonesia: Airport Development & Management

    Investment Projects on Offer in Indonesia: Airport Development & Management

    Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned firm that provides airport management services in the central and eastern region of Indonesia, offers foreign and domestic private investors the opportunity to operate and develop several airports (in cooperation with Angkasa Pura I) across Indonesia: the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport in Sepinggan (Balikpapan, Kalimantan), Lombok Praya Airport on Lombok, and - in the pipeline - Kulon Progo Airport in Yogyakarta (Java).

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  • Ban on Indonesia's Airlines Entering US Airspace Lifted

    Ban on Indonesia's Airlines Entering US Airspace Lifted

    Good news for Indonesia's aviation industry and Indonesian airlines. After a nearly decade-long ban, the US aviation regulator (Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA) finally allows Indonesian airlines to enter US airspace again. The ban was imposed in 2007 due to safety concerns. The FAA announced on Monday (15/08) that the safety status of Indonesia's aviation industry was upgraded by one notch to category 1. This opens doors for Indonesian airlines to serve flight routes to the USA as well as code shares with US airlines.

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  • Outrage on Lion Air Strike, What are the Reliable Indonesian Airlines?

    Outrage on Lion Air Strike, What are the Reliable Indonesian Airlines?

    The spotlights are again turned on low-cost carrier Lion Air, Indonesia's largest privately-held airline that controls about 40 percent of the air passenger market in Indonesia. The airline, owned by Rusdi Kirana (one of the richest Indonesians), has again disappointed thousands of passengers due to delayed flights. This time flight delays were caused by Lion Air pilots going on strike. It is worth to zoom in on this case and to take a look at which Indonesian airlines are most reliable in terms of departure punctuality.

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  • Garuda Indonesia & Citilink Seek Global & Domestic Expansion

    Garuda Indonesia & Citilink Seek Global & Domestic Expansion

    Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the nation's top class airline, targets to fly 27.5 million people in 2016, up 10 percent year-on-year (y/y) from the airline's total number of air passengers last year. Passenger growth is supported by the arrival of five new wide-body airplanes in 2016. The company, listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange but majority-owned by the Indonesian government (60.6 percent), is particularly eager to boost the number of international passengers.

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  • Indonesia's 8th Stimulus Package: Import Tax, Oil Refineries & One-Map Policy

    Indonesia's 8th Stimulus Package: Import Tax, Oil Refineries & One-Map Policy

    On Monday (21/12) the government of Indonesia unveiled its eight economic stimulus package. This latest edition of the series of packages - all aimed at boosting economic growth - involves three policies. Firstly, the scrapping of import taxes on 21 categories of airplane spare parts. Secondly, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for the development of oil refineries. Thirdly, the central government will streamline and harmonize land-acquisition for infrastructure development across the country through the new "one-map policy".

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  • Aviation Industry Indonesia: ASEAN Open Skies, Challenges & Opportunities

    Aviation Industry Indonesia: ASEAN Open Skies, Challenges & Opportunities

    In line with the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of the year, the ASEAN Open Skies policy (also known as the ASEAN Single Aviation Market) should become fully effective later this year. The ASEAN Open Skies policy, a key component of the AEC, involves the multilateral agreement of all ten ASEAN countries to unite their skies into a single aviation market (hence liberalizing rules and regulations to a large degree) in a bid to boost the region’s economic growth.

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  • Negative Equity: Indonesian Airlines’ Operating Permits May Be Suspended

    Negative Equity: Indonesian Airlines’ Operating Permits May Be Suspended

    While Indonesia is still mourning for the lives that were lost in the military plane crash in Medan (North Sumatra) on Tuesday (30/06), the Indonesian Transportation Ministry threatens to suspend operating permits of 13 Indonesian airlines that are being plagued by negative equity, raising concerns about these airlines’ safety practices. The Transportation Ministry reviewed audited financial reports of 60 local carriers. These airlines will have time until 31 July 2015 to adjust their balance sheets.

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  • Aviation Industry Indonesia: Air Passenger Traffic Growth is Slowing

    Aviation Industry Indonesia: Air Passenger Traffic Growth is Slowing

    The number of air passengers in Indonesia will most likely fail to meet its growth target in 2014. Based on government data, the number of air passengers in Southeast Asia’s largest economy reached 47.5 million in the first eight months of 2014, a 5.82 percentage point growth from the same period last year. However, the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) initially targeted annual passenger growth in the range of 12-15 percent for 2014. Amid slowing economic growth, people’s purchasing power has declined.

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  • Strong Growth of Air Travel but How Safe Are the Airlines of Indonesia?

    Strong Growth of Air Travel but How Safe Are the Airlines of Indonesia?

    The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday 7 March 2014 reminds us that flying does not go without risks. Although it is popularly said that flying in an airplane is safer than driving in a car - and despite the fact that Malaysia Airlines is a world-class airline - it is worth taking a closer look at the current state of aviation in the Asia Pacific, Indonesia in particular, as air traffic in the Asia Pacific has been booming (and budget airlines mushroomed) in recent years due to the expanding middle class.

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  • Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport World’s 8th Busiest Airport

    Airport Council International (ACI), the only global trade representative of the world's airports, stated that Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, located just outside the capital city of Jakarta, has climbed one spot and is now ranked the world’s 8th busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers (over the year 2013) and was the 4th busiest airport in the Asia Pacific after Beijing Capital International Airport, Haneda International Airport (Tokyo), and Dubai International Airport.

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