Indonesia's Trigana seeks three ATR 42s

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Indonesian regional carrier Trigana Air Service wants to get another three ATR 42 turboprops so it can phase out its Fokker F27s.

Trigana deputy general manager Erwin Asmar says the airline is seeking to lease or purchase three ATR 42s and is interested in the -300 model although it would consider the newer -500 model if it can secure “back-up financing”.

If it secures leased aircraft it would like the lease term to be 4-5 years, says Asmar.

These three ATR 42s are required so the airline can phase out its last three Fokker 27s, he adds.

Trigana is primarily a charter operator that transports passengers and freight but it also has some scheduled services.

Besides the three F27s, it also has one ATR 72-200, six ATR 42-300 passenger aircraft, one ATR 42 freighter, three de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, one Boeing 737-200, two de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou aircraft and two Cessna 206s.