Sriwijaya Air's subsidiary Nam Air plans to begin operations as soon as it receives its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Indonesia's authorities.
The carrier’s AOC application is still in progress, but it expects to receive it before the end of this year, says Sriwijaya Air’s corporate planning and business development director Jefferson Jauwena. However, he is hopeful that it will be received earlier.
The airline previously targeted a launch date in January 2014, but decided to bring forward the launch as “it intends to get the right [momentum]”.
Nam will start off with two Boeing 737-500s and adopt the same hybrid offering as Sriwijaya. It will initially complement its parent’s operations before transitioning into a feeder carrier.
The carrier has previously said that it is looking to acquire ATR 72-600s or Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, and will make a decision when the timing is right. However, Jauwena also confirmed local media reports that it will sign an agreement for up to 100 of the proposed 80-seat turboprop aircraft being developed by Regio Aviasi Industri (RAI).
RAI has begun working on the aircraft’s early designs and will narrow down its configuration options by end of this year, while detailed design works will start approximately in 2014. The first aircraft is expected to be rolled out in 2016, with certification from Indonesian regulators by 2018.