Citilink plans to acquire up to 50 turboprops to serve low-density routes within the country.
The Garuda Indonesia's low-cost subsidiary is evaluating the ATR 72-600 and Bombardier Q400, its chief executive Arif Wibowo tells Flightglobal.
The carrier wants to have a fleet of seven turboprops based in Batam by mid-2013. A second base will then be set up in Lombok.
The plan is to have a fleet of 50 turboprops by 2017, adds Wibowo.
In April, Garuda's president and chief executive Emirsyah Satar told Flightglobal it plans to acquire turboprops to serve low-density routes in east Indonesia. Destinations that were identified include Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua.
Citilink's turboprop plan will put it in direct competition with low-cost carrier Lion Air, which has a fleet of ATR aircraft that is used by its subsidiary Wings Air on secondary routes.
Citilink plans to operate 21 aircraft by end of the year, with the delivery of five Airbus A320 over the next two months. It now operates nine A320s and six Boeing 737s, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.
The low-cost carrier plans retire its 737s in 2013 and switch to an all-Airbus A320 fleet.