Aerospace (IAe) aims to develop a 19-seat passenger aircraft, possibly in
cooperation with other Southeast Asian countries, as part of a new five-year
Edwin Soedarmo says the new project is being pursued to offset the upcoming
shutdown of IAe’s NC212 production line. IAE plans to stop license-building the
CASA-developed 26-seater after delivering a final eight aircraft next year,
four to the Indonesian police and four to Indonesian charter carrier Sabang
Merauke Raya Air Charter.
says Sabang Merauke, which already operates two NC212s, recently signed a deal
to buy four NC212s to be finished next year and one NC212 which is already in
IAE’s inventory and will be delivered shortly. IAe has built almost 100 NC212s
since 1976 for civilian and military customers, as part of a licensing
agreement with Spain’s CASA.
says IAe is now courting partner countries in Asia, who “would share in building
the [new 19-seat] aircraft and would be committed to buying the aircraft”.
consortium consisting of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand is “one
possibility” under discussion, according to Soedarmo. He says IAe, which is
owned by the Indonesian government, is also discussing forging a partnership
with a Chinese company.
looking to strengthen the market,” he says. “The best way to do this is to
cooperate with other Asian countries.”
He says IAe
prefers not to partner with a Western company but acknowledges some technology
may have to be imported from outside Asia.
plans to continue manufacturing CN235s, but only the military variant.
seating up to 44 passengers, was developed as part of a joint venture between
IAe and CASA. About 50 aircraft have been built, mostly for military customers.
can be civilian or military. For civilian, we tried our best, but I think the
235 is much more suitable for the military,” Soedarmo says.
the aircraft is too heavy for the civilian market and a structural modification
would have to be pursued for the aircraft to be sold to airlines. He says IAe
may later do such a modification if there is market demand but right now there
is no interest for such an aircraft.
aims to expand its aerostructures business as part of its new five-year
business plan. Soedarmo says the company is now bidding for a BAE Systems
contract covering Airbus A320 leading edge components.
manufactures small components for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 757. The company
also has an aircraft maintenance division that services military helicopters,
military transports as well as airline-operated NC212s and CN235s.
is seeking $73 million in short-term loans from banks to complete existing
contracts and another $100 million in the medium-term to pursue its new
business plan. IAE is also in talks with several Asian countries over possible
five-year business plan envisions a 3,400-employee workforce and annual
revenues of $150-$200 million, up from the current $120 million. IAe had 9,600
employees prior to a company-wide shutdown in July that resulted in all workers
rehired 2,700 employees and re-opened for business after ten days. This month
the company agreed to rehire another 2,200 employees who passed a reselection
test. But Soedarmo says 1,500 of these employees will be redirected this week
to an IAE-paid redeployment programme, where they will be trained for
acknowledges the resulting workforce of 3,400 is too many, but says IAe wants
to keep extra employees “to ensure we have the capability in hand” for
“We expect within
the first quarter to get some additional workload,” he says.
took over as IAe’s CEO in August and was tasked with preparing a new business
plan and leading a massive restructuring effort. He has worked at IAe, formerly
known as IPTN, for over 20 years, the last three as head of its engineering and