Home Wings Air Expands Fleet Wings Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest airline Lion Air, has confirmed the purchase of 15 new planes from Avions de Transport Régional, a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer.
The ATR 72 series 500 turboprops are expected to go into service flying short-haul flights to smaller destinations to feed its parent company.
Wings Air commissioner Rusdi Kirana, who is also president director of Lion Air, said the company was “proud to expand and develop transportation capabilities in Indonesia.”
“ATR aircraft have become very popular in Indonesia because they play a key role in business development and tourism, as well as linking the islands in Indonesia,” Rusdi said.
Wings purchased 15 ATR planes in 2009 with an option to buy the additional 15 aircraft.
ATR’s CEO Filipo Bagnato said it was “consolidating a partnership with Lion Air and Wings Air, and we are pleased to witness the success of one of the leading airlines in Southeast Asia.”
Present at the signing ceremony were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo and Christine Lagarde, the French minister for economy, finance and industry.
It is the first ministerial visit by the French in 14 years.
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