Indonesia’s Merpati Nusantara
Airlines has ordered 10 C-212 turboprops from Indonesian Aerospace, giving the
struggling state-owned manufacturer an important contract win.
The purchase agreement was signed yesterday at an official ceremony
witnessed by Indonesia’s minister for state enterprises, Sofyan
Indonesian Aerospace says in a statement that the version to
be built for Merpati will be the C-212-400. They will
be the first -400s produced by Indonesian Aerospace, which until now has been
producing the -200 under a licensing arrangement with EADS’ Spanish arm EADS
It adds that under a previous agreement with EADS Casa,
production and assembly facilities for the aircraft will be moved from Spain to
its Bandung headquarters.
Merpati currently operates four C-212-200s,
according to Flight’s ACAS database, and its larger -400s are expected to be
delivered in 2009.
The contract is an important one for Indonesian Aerospace,
which years ago had ambitions to develop its own aircraft for sale globally but
which more recently has been struggling to keep its lines from licence-production
It says that in addition to the Merpati
contract, it has secured loans from two state-owned banks for $100 million for
working capital and to help it produce the C-212-400s.