Mandala Airlines increasingly aggressive spread its wings in the country and will operate 15 Airbus 320 planes by the end of this year.
Commercial Director of PT Mandala Airlines Brata Rafly said since officially opened back in April 2012, bringing it increasingly aggressive fleet, and until now already operates six Airbus 320. “At the end of this week will come again one A320 unit that we had bought for U.S. $ 50 million to U.S. $ 80 million, so that by the end of the year we are targeting will have 15 A320 aircraft which we operate,” said Brata to Bisnis.com , Wednesday (16 / 1/2013).
He explained that the A320 aircraft which will arrive this weekend to serve the planned new routes directly opened as the plane came. The new route is the Pekanbaru-Jakarta-Singapore and Pekanbaru-Medan is planned to open at the Valentine’s Days (Valentines Day), February 14, 2013. “We will move more aggressively to open more markets in Indonesia and connect with routes Tiger Airways, a sister company Mandala Airlines today, “said Brata.
Despite increasingly aggressive open market in Indonesia, Brata reluctant to say that it would compete with low-cost airlines or low cost carriers (LCC) banks in Indonesia such as Indonesia Air Asia and Lion Air.
“We each have their own market, clearly we offer exciting destinations to reach the community to up to 50 destinations in 14 countries of the world along with Tiger Airways, “he said.
President Director of Mandala Airlines Paul Rombeek previously explained by the addition of nine Airbus A320 aircraft by the end of this year it will open a number of new routes in order to increase passenger capacity Mandala Airlines.
Airline owned by the Saratoga Group and Tiger Airlines is now flying the 15 destinations of Indonesia to cities in the country and to three cities in three countries namely Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok using Mandala Airlines flight. If using Tiger Airways flight, can reach 50 destinations in 14 countries worldwide. “We plan to open flights to Perth Australia from Jakarta in April 2013, of course, by using our new aircraft, the entire aircraft is the A320,” he said.
The choice for all A320 fleet Mandala Airlines, according Brata, because this type of aircraft is considered most appropriate for LCC airlines as fuel costs lebh mrahketimbang other brands with the same capacity ie 180 passengers. In two years, he added, the total fleet will be operated Mandala will be 25 new aircraft.Previously, Mandala Airlines has also been entered into partnership with Singapore-based airline Tiger Airways (shareholders), and Singapore Changi Airport Group to launch tigerconnect.
Tigerconnect Service is a service for transit and the freeway will be provided by the Changi Airport Group and will utilize runway change connects the Changi Airport Group was launched in November 2012. Brata Rafly said the service tigerconnect then the passengers will be free visa while in the Singapore Changi Airport. “In Singapore, the origin of the airport, do not need visas and can enjoy various facilities at the airport like a movie,” he said. In addition to visa-free, passengers in transit at Singapore Changi Airport will also be free of the immigration process and do not need to check in baggage for a flight.
Tigerconnect service is applicable to all passengers who transit at Changi Airport, and only for services in some countries such as Tiger Tiger Airways Singapore, Tiger Mandala, Philippines Tiger and Tiger Australia. Rombeek tigerconnect added services, which are targeted passengers of a tourist group who transit at Singapore Changi Airport and headed a number of destinations such as Australia, China, and India.
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