New Indonesian airline to operate BAe 146 “Superjet”

A new airline is planning to operate a BAe 146 on services within and from Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province. Kaltim Airlines is planning to use a BAe 146-100 leased from Penas Airlines, along with two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans leased from Prime Air. The 146, which the airline refers to as a ‘Superjet BAE 146’, will initially be used on three times a week service from Jakarta to Balikpapan and on to Berau and Tarakan in the northern part of the province. Kaltim is being set up with support from the provincial government. Embarassingly, the 146 failed to show up for a ceremonial first flight from Balikpapan to Berau and Tarakan on 17 August, Indonesia’s Independence Day, as she was delayed at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport. A Grand Caravan was substituted and the flight only went as far as Samarinda. No date has yet been announced for the start of regular services.

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