Sriwijaya Air Fleet Expansion

Last updated: November 13, 2010

Sriwijaya Air embarks on a major fleet expansion, purchasing contracts on 40 new planes.

Sriwijaya Air this week ordered 20 new “E-jet” Embraer planes from the Brazilian maker, to aid in its route expansion to more towns in the country, at a cost of $40.5 million per unit, and will begin taking receipt of the planes in 2012, ten of the 195 model, and ten of the 175 model.

Embraer 195

Embraer-195 vessels have a capacity of 105, while the 175 model can seat 90 passengers.

The new Embraer airplanes will be put into service as so:

  • Papua – 8
  • Sumatra – 4
  • Bali & NTT – 4
  • Ambon – 2
  • Kalimantan – 2

The President Director of Sriwijaya Air, Chandra Lie, says:

They’ll be used mostly for short hop routes.

Meanwhile, last month, the airline with the moniker “Your Flying Partner” also placed an order for twenty Boeing 737-800 NG models, at a price tag of $75 million each. The Boeing planes however will not begin arriving until 2014, while next year as a stop gap measure Sriwijaya will rent three Boeing 737-800 NG’s.

It is intended that these larger planes will be put into service for international routes, with Sriwijaya hoping to gain permission to fly to Perth and Melbourne in Australia, while it has already received the go-ahead to open routes to Xiamen and Guangzhou in China, an expansion on its existing international routes to Singapore and Malaysia.

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