Kalstar Aviation Becomes First E-Jets Operator in Indonesia
Embraer announced today that two Embraer E195s will start operations with Kalstar Aviation, a regional operator based in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan on Borneo Island. The two aircraft are being sourced from Aldus Aviation, Ireland.
“We are proud to be the first Embraer operator in Indonesia and we look forward to enhancing our operations, especially in the Kalimantan area, with the introduction of these E195s,” said Andi Masyhur, CEO Kalstar Aviation. “The E195 gives us an opportunity to open new routes and provide better connectivity, frequency and passenger comfort to the people of Kalimantan. We believe that passengers will greatly value the two-plus-two cabin layout that offers unrivalled comfort in this segment.”
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“Indonesia’s geography presents an ideal platform for the E-Jets. Its secondary and tertiary cities spread across many islands offer opportunities for enhanced connectivity and frequency,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “I would like to congratulate Kalstar Aviation as they boost their fleet and enter their next growth phase. We are confident that the E-Jets’ sound economics and enhanced passenger comfort will add value to their operations.”
Established in 2007, Kalstar Aviation, named after ‘Kalimantan Star’, has been connecting passengers to cities in the province of Kalimantan – an area known for mining and agriculture. The E195s will operate to and from Kalimantan on routes within Indonesia. These routes will be announced by Kalstar Aviation in due course.
Embraer is the only manufacturer to offer a modern family of aircraft specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment. Since the formal launch of the program in 1999, the E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.
The E-Jets family entered revenue service in 2004. Currently, E-Jets are operated by 65 airlines from 45 countries and hold a 62% market share, based on deliveries, in the segment of jets with capacity up to 130 seats. These airlines include mainline, low-cost and regional carriers, as well as charter airlines. The E-Jets have a strategically located global network of customer support and services with 37 MRO service centers worldwide - 12 Embraer Authorized Service Centers (EASC) and 25 independent centers, as well as a regional parts distribution center in Singapore.
In June 2013, Embraer launched the second generation of the E-Jets family – the E-Jets E2 – the first of which is scheduled to enter service in 2018.
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