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Indonesia Welcomes New Freight Operator BBN Airlines

Indonesia's aviation landscape is set to gain another player as BBN Airlines Indonesia secures its operating license, marking its official entry into the industry. The company recently received its Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations under the Ministry of Transportation on August 31.

BBN Airlines Indonesia's inaugural fleet will consist of two Boeing 737-800F freighter aircraft, specializing in airfreight services. While its immediate focus is on cargo operations, the airline envisions expanding into the passenger market in the future and aims to operate a total of nine aircraft.

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This airline, a subsidiary of Avia Solutions Group and a part of Blue Bi, enters the market with strategic aims. Indonesia faces a shortage of Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance (ACMI) providers. BBN Airlines Indonesia seeks to capitalize on this gap while also tapping into the growing e-commerce volumes.

According to the company, there is a pressing demand for reliable cargo delivery services across Indonesia, covering a vast geographical expanse from Sabang to Merauke. BBN Airlines Indonesia Chairman Martynas Grigas highlighted their unique ACMI offerings, stating, "ACMI providers are still a rarity, especially in Asia. We are offering wet lease as well as mixed-crews or damp lease that can be custom tailored to the client’s specific needs." In this flexible arrangement, lessees receive additional aircraft or more, while lessors provide a full guarantee on the airworthiness of the aircraft, crew, maintenance, and aircraft insurance. Operational aspects like fuel and ground handling services remain the responsibility of the lessee.

BBN Airlines Indonesia is the second cargo airline to obtain its AOC in Indonesia recently. Raindo United Services, another Indonesia-based freighter operator, received its air operator certificate (AOC) and plans to commence operations soon. Raindo will begin with two Boeing 737-800BCFs, equipped with a 23-tonne capacity for both domestic and international services.

Amidst these developments, Teleport is also rapidly expanding its operations, recently taking delivery of its first A321P2F aircraft.

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