Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wings Air use two new fleets as a feeder to Lion Air flight

Two new fleets of ATR 72-500 owned by Wings Air will be operated on short flight routes in Sumatra. This short route will use as a feeder aircraft to Lion Air flight. These two aircrafts with a registration of PK-WFI and PK-WFJ as to complete the total number of aircraft to as many as five units.

"The operation of this short route will continue Lion Air flight schedules which designed to connect to each other," said General Director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait.

Wings Air will fly four new routes in Sumatra with two ATR 72-500. The flight routes are Medan – Gunung Sitoli, Medan - Sibolga, Medan - Meulaboh and Medan - Lhokseumawe. The flight route Medan – Gunung Sitoli with the flight number IW 1260 will operate twice daily. Medan - Sibolga operated once a day with flight number IW 1254, Medan - Meulaboh operate once a day with the flight number IW 1252, while Medan - Lhokseumawe will operate once a day with the flight number IW 1250.

If the 15 of ATR 72-500 aircraft from a total of 30 aircraft which will be brought in gradually until 2012 it has prepared, it will planned to operate for short flight routes in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, and islands of eastern Indonesia. The aircraft was able to fly nonstop four hours and landed on the short runway. "We have already operated three ATR 72-500 aircraft to fly routes in eastern Indonesia," Edward Sirait said.

In 2009, Wings Air had ordered 30 ATR 72 aircraft consisting of 15 units of ATR 72-500 scheduled for sure, while the remaining 15 ATR 72-600 into additional options. The aircrafts will receive in phase until 2012. The arrival of two ATR 72-500 aircraft with 72 seats in April 2010 had increased the number of aircraft operated by Wings Air into 14 units consisting of five ATR72-500, 6 of MD-80, and 3 of DHC8-300. "The use of these new aircraft to target regional markets of the western part of Indonesia," he said.