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Dirgantara awaiting $30m cash injection for N-219 project

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 16 2011   /  08:00 am

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...