Indonesia to develop its own pax aircraft

Commencing in the first half of Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported the Indonesian National Aeronautics & Aviation Agency (LAPAN) as saying that it intends to develop a domestic aircraft in an effort to boost connectivity to more remote parts of the archipelago.


Indonesia to develop its own pax aircraft


Commencing in the first half of Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported the Indonesian National Aeronautics & Aviation Agency (LAPAN) as saying that it intends to develop a domestic aircraft in an effort to boost connectivity to more remote parts of the archipelago. “The N219 aircraft will come into play as there are several areas in the country that are not yet accessible,” Indonesia’s research & technology minister, Gusti Muhammad Hatta, was quoted as saying.

The IDR90 billion (US$7.5 million) programme will commence in 2014, with construction and trials expected to follow a year later. The 19-seat N219 aircraft will be designed to operate on short landing strips and is expected to obtain certification by 2016.