As carriers in emerging markets mature, their fleet support needs account for an ever-increasing part of their operating budgets. Indonesia’s LionAir, for one, has begun the process of investing directly in the upkeep of what it expects eventually to become a 700-strong fleet with a new $250 million heavy maintenance facility at Hang Nadim International Airport on the island of Batam called Batam Aero Technic.
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Indonesian authorities are piecing together information from the wreckage of the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 that crashed in shallow water and broke into pieces just short of Runway 9 at Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (WADD) on April 13. The accident occurred at 3:15 p.m. local time as the aircraft completed a non-precision approach after a 536-mile domestic flight from Badung Airport (WICC). None of the 108 people aboard was killed, although many were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
A Xi’an Aircraft MA60 operated by Indonesia’s Merpati Nusantara Airlines crashed on May 7 into Kaimana Bay, some 1,500 feet short of the Utarung Airport runway in Kaimana, West Papua province, killing all 25 occupants. The scheduled flight had originated in Sorong, West Papua, at 12:40 p.m. local time and crashed at about 2 p.m. in heavy rain and high winds.