Aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia says it is waiting to receive a US$30 million government cash injection that would allow it to start production on its new N-219 twin propeller passenger aircraft, a company official says.
“The government has made a pledge. The Finance Ministry will channel the funds,” technology developer Dita Ardonni Jafri said on Thursday.
The aircraft will meet the demand for a reliable inter-island small aircraft, Dita said.
He said the company hoped it could receive the money by August so that it could build two N-219 prototypes by 2014.
“Hopefully, we will be able to fly the plane before the state administration changeover. After that, we can produce between one and two units a month,” Dita said.
The company has received an order for 20 units of N-219 from Merpati Airlines, which is looking to replace its flee...