Indonesia's Trigana aims to double ATR fleet

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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.