PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) or the Merpati Airlines plans to add new vehicles to support its performance. For the addition of 15 MA-60 fleet types, the total funding needed by Merpati Airlines almost USD 30 billion. Not just that, Merpati Airline also intends to add 11 SAAB fleet type with an investment of USD 58 billion.
Finance Director of Merpati Airlines, Robi Quento explained, for the fleet type of the MA-60 will begin to operate in June 2010 to serve 49 flight routes. Procurement of these aircrafts which is coming from China, is done through Sub Loan Agreement. While for the aircraft SAAB type, Robi said that will bring it from Norway in October this year. Financing of SAAB aircraft type which will serve 42 routes done by way of operating lease.
"To improve the performance of MNA, Merpati Airlines have increased the number of aircraft or perform rejuvenation of the aircraft to enhance production, competitiveness, and serve. In addition, also for the selection of routes will be focused on routes that are growing and in accordance with the fleet owned by the Merpati Nusantara Airlines, "said Robi. Funds for the purchase of this aircraft is part of the operational funding requirements this year to reach USD 310 billion.