Privately-owned Sriwijaya Air is planning to expand into full-service flights in the next two to three years while it prepares to meet the requirements.
“All of our planes will have eight business class seats next year in preparations for becoming a full-service airline in near future,” Sriwijaya commercial director Toto Nursatyo told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
The airline currently has a fleet of 30 planes consisting of Boeing 737-200s and the 737-300/400/500 Classic Series, he said.
The aging 737-200 series will be replaced by Boeing 737-800 NGs and Embraer E-190s next year to develop Sriwijaya’s network.
The first Boeing 737-800 will arrive in September 2012, while the Embraer E190 arrives in August 2012, he said.
The airline has ordered 20 of each type of plane.
“The Embraer E190s will be used for lower-density routes as feeders for...