Indonesia's AirMark buys two F27s from Sri Lanka's ExpoAir

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AirMark Indonesia Aviation is buying two Fokker F27s from an airline in Sri Lanka and plans to use the aircraft to replace its two Indonesian Aerospace CN-212s.

An AirMark official in Jakarta says they are buying the two turboprop aircraft from Sri Lankan carrier Expo Aviation (ExpoAir). He says the first aircraft will be delivered by the end of this month and the second by the end of December.

ExpoAir only purchased the F27s seven months ago from Oman Air but is now selling them because it is cutting back on its domestic passenger services.

Both passenger aircraft will be stationed in Indonesia’s eastern province of Irian Jaya, otherwise known as West Papua, and will be operated to cities including Biak, Nabire and Manokwari. AirMark needed to acquire the two aircraft because it is returning its two CN-212s to their lessor.

The Indonesian airline also has a Fokker 50 on lease from Icelandic company Elmo Aviation, but that aircraft is currently parked and needs to undergo a scheduled maintenance check.

When this maintenance work is completed, the Fokker 50 will used to operate a passenger service between the Indonesian resort islands of Bali and Lombok. AirMark had been using the Fokker 50 in Irian Jaya.