RPX Airlines expands regional alliance

Last year's appointment as Indonesia's offi cial air cargo carrier has prompted Republik Express, which is better known as RPX Airlines, to go beyond its original set-up, a move which the company's CEO described as 'time to broaden the regional network.'

"Our challenge is to win a profi table share of the aircargo pie in the Asia- Pacifi c region," said Harsha Edwana Joesoef, CEO of the RPX Group, adding that the carrier also hoped to expand its activities to other destinations. "If we don’t try, we will never become a real player in this industry." After successfully solidifying its image as a leading domestic logistics operator, RPX is determined to play a much bigger role, following the example of its long-term partner FedEx Express. RPX has been the licensee of FedEx inIndonesia since 1985.

Starting its maiden flight on October 20, 2001, RPX Airlines has been pioneering Indonesia’s scheduled air cargo services by successfully connecting major cities with high economic potential. To meet demand, the airline has taken some crucial measures, including the acquisition of three additional Boeing B727-200s, plus expanding codeshare agreements with airlines in the region. Within the next four months, the carrier will take delivery of additional aircraft from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, bringing the total fl eet to six B727-200s.

Joesoef described the B727-200F as an ideal aircraft for Indonesia’s air cargo industry, which requires shortmedium range planes. But he said that smaller freighters with a capacity of 2-3 tonnes will be needed for feeding services to connect 140 locations in 58 Indonesian cities. RPX will decide on future feeder aircraft after concluding feasibility studies, Joesoef added. With the arrival of new freighters by the end of this year, the carrier aims to start code-sharing services with Thailand’s Sawasdee Airways, which Joesoef said was an opportunity to participate in the booming aircargo industry of Thailand and neighbouring countries. The code-share arrangement with Sawasdee will soon be fi nalised, he added. Connecting Indonesia and China, RPX Airlines will also enter into a codeshare arrangement with fl ag carrier Garuda Indonesia, which is expected to start next month.