Indonesian state-owned carriers Merpati Nusantara and Garuda Indonesia are looking to pick up some of the aircraft left from the collapse of privately owned Adam Air.
Merpati general manager corporate planning Tony Sudjiarto says “some of the Adam Air aircraft we are negotiating to get”.
Adam Air, which stopped operating on 18 March after experiencing financial difficulties, had a fleet of 23 aircraft which were mostly leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services and CIT. Other lessors included AWAS, Jetscape, Airplanes Group and Aviation Capital Group.
Sudjiarto declines to say which leasing companies it is speaking to about 737-300/400s but rules out AWAS because “the two aircraft AWAS had at Adam Air already have a new home”.
He also says CIT is only interested in selling, rather than leasing, ex-Adam Air aircraft to Merpati.
Merpati currently has four 737-300s and two 737-400s and wants to get another 12 737-300/400s so it can phase out its 12 737-200s, nine of which are leased and three of which it owns, says Sudjiarto.
The 737-300/400s it wants because these newer aircraft use 350-400l less fuel per hour and carry 20-30 more passengers than the -200s, he adds.
Garuda Indonesia’s aircraft procurement committee chairman, Yudi Fadjari, says Garuda is negotiating with Jetscape for one ex-Adam Air 737 and negotiating with Aviation Capital Group for two ex-Adam 737s.
He also says the carrier is negotiating to try and secure two ex-AirAsia 737-300s but he fails to mention the lessor or lessors. But for a deal to be concluded on the ex-Adam Air aircraft, Garuda needs to ensure the aircraft maintenance records are in order, that “all additional [airworthiness] directives” have been followed and the aircraft are fresh from a heavy maintenance check, adds Fadjari.
This year Garuda has also been trying to secure on lease 737-800s, Boeing 777-200ERs, 737-300 freighters and Airbus A300-600Fs.
Source: Air Transport Intelligence news