Indonesian carrier Gatari Air Service plans to add a BAe 146 freighter and more ATR passenger aircraft.
Its management is close to finalising an operating lease on a BAe 146 freighter for services in West Papua, says Gatari's technical manager Eddy Saryoko.
An industry source says the aircraft is an ex-TNT Airways BAe 146QT.
Satyoko declines to name the leasing company. He says the aircraft will be based in West Papua's capital Jayapura and will be used to serve towns in that province such as Wamena, up in the highlands.
Gatari's fleet comprises of two ATR 42-500s and three Bell helicopters, says Saryoko.
He says the ATR aircraft are sourced from NAC Aircraft Leasing and Financing. Gatari is in the market to lease more ATR 42 passenger aircraft, says Saryoko.
Ideally, the airline would like to have a fleet of five to seven ATR 42s, he adds.
Gatari is part of Indonesia's Humpuss Group, which is linked to the Suharto family. The family's patriarch was the country's president from 1967 to 1998.