Jakata, 17 August 2018 – TransNusa is celebrating its 7th anniversary as a schedule passenger airline. Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation granted the carrier a scheduled air operator certificate (AOC) on 19th August 2011, leading TransNusa to develop new air routes in Indonesia.
It started scheduled operations using Fokker 50s and flew to destinations in Nusa Tenggara Timur and Nusa Tenggara Barat as well as to Bali.
“The Fokker 50 proved to be a very reliable aircraft for us, but new Fokker aircraft are no longer in production, so in 2014 we started to add ATR regional turboprop aircraft,” says TransNusa managing director, Bayu Sutanto.
Since 2011, the airline has steadily expanded its network to cover 16 destinations in Indonesia. The airline plans to increase its network further to around 30 destinations in the near term. Some of the new routes will include Kalimantan.
“Our ATR aircraft have also proven to be very reliable and popular with our commercial airline passengers and with our charter customers. TransNusa is primarily a scheduled passenger airline, but we also do charter flights, mostly for oil, gas and mining companies in Indonesia,” says Sutanto.
“We provide, for example, air services to companies operating in the Natuna Islands.”
TranNusa’s fleet of aircraft has continued to grow. “Today we operate three ATR 72-600s, one ATR 42 and two BAE 146 aircraft. The two BAe aircraft will be phased out and we plan to add three more ATR 72-600s this year on lease and five more ATR 72-600s next year,” says Sutanto.
“Our vision is to be recognized for our high standard of reliability, safety and for our service excellence,” he says.
“We are a domestic Indonesian carrier, but we plan to expand internationally. We will begin our international expansion by launching air services to neighbouring countries,” says Sutanto.
“Also, in keeping with our international strategy, we have been expanding our management team to include people who have international aviation experience in areas such as: flight operations, ground operations, engineering and maintenance, QSS (quality, safety and security), marketing and inflight services.”
“In addition, we are about to apply for IOSA (IATA Oversight Safety Audit) and ISO 9001,” says Sutanto.
“We have already received recognition in Indonesia for our reliable air services, but because we will be expanding internationally, we wish to also gain more recognition internationally. In terms of domestic recognition, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that for the period January to June this year, TransNusa had the best on-time performance in the country. Our on-time performance averaged 91%.”