Indonesia's Aviastar to get BAe 146-200 by end-May

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Jakarta-based Aviastar will acquire a BAe 146-200 on lease purchase by end-May. A company official declines to provide more information other than to say that the aircraft will be delivered from the UK.

He adds that this deal has been in the works for several months and that the aircraft is not a direct replacement for a BAe 146-300 that crashed on 9 April.

There were no survivors in the crash, which took place while the aircraft was flying from Jayapura, on the northern coast in the Papua region, to Wamena in the mountainous central region. Aviastar says that it operates a daily flight on the route.

The official says that investigations are ongoing and no further details on the cause of the crash are available. He was unable to say if the company will buy another aircraft to replace the one that crashed.

Aviastar, which specialises in charter services, was established in June 2000 and acquired the 146-300, an ex-Flybe aircraft, about two years ago.

Wamena is almost inaccessible by other forms of transport, says Aviastar, which states that its operations include transport of rice and other cargo from warehouses in Jayapura. The company also operates a fleet of five de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.