Indonesian domestic carrier Trigana
Air Service wants to double its fleet of ATRs so it can retire its Fokker F27s.
Trigana currently has four ATR 42s
and one ATR 72 but wants to get five more ATR 42s, says a Trigana executive
involved in engineering and product planning control.
He says the carrier wants the
additional ATR 42s so it can retire its four F27s and launch new services. When
asked when the carrier aims to get the aircraft, he says the airline is already
negotiating with “our friends in Europe and we usually take aircraft one by one”.
This official is unable to disclose
the leasing firms the carrier is talking to but an industry source says Trigana
is negotiating with TAT Leasing for one ATR 42.
Trigana’s remaining fleet consists
of three de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, two DHC-4 Caribou aircraft and
two Cessna 206s.
The airline is one of only two
commercial carriers in Indonesia operating ATRs. The other is Dirgantara Air
Service, which has an ATR 42.
Merpati Nusantara did sign a letter of
intent early last year with Bank of America for ten ATR 42-320s but has so far
failed to take delivery of any.