Another BAe 146 heads to Indonesia

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BAE Systems has clinched another sale of a BAe 146 regional jet into Indonesia.

PT Aviastar Mandiri purchased a BAe 146-200 that will be operated on behalf of Transnusa Air Services.

Indonesia is becoming a strong market for the BAe 146/Avro RJ family and so far this year BAE Systems has placed four aircraft into the country.

Aviastar Mandiri bought another BAe 146-200 in June, while PT Nusantara Air Charter also bought a Series 200 passenger airliner from BAE Systems and a Series 200QT (Quiet Trader) freighter in a deal brokered by BAE Systems in the summer.

Raj Singh, director sales and leasing Asia for BAE Systems says: "Indonesia is a very receptive market for us at the moment and we are actively engaged in further discussions with a number of operators."

BAE Systems says there are 11 BAe 146s, in three different variants, currently operating with seven Indonesian carriers.

PT Riau Airlines is carrying out scheduled and charter passenger operations with two Avro RJ100s, Aviastar Mandiri is doing with same with two BAe 146-200s, as does PT Manunggal Air with two BAe 146-100s, PT Nusantara Air Charter also flies a Series 200 and PT Air Maleo operates a single BAe 146-100.

Freighter operations are carried out by a BAe 146-200QT with PT Nusantara Air Charter.

Also, two Avro business jet variants are operated by PT Pelita Air Service (one RJ85) and by PT Airfast Indonesia, which files a corporately-configured BAe 146-100 on behalf of Metro TV, Indonesia's 24-hour news station.