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Newly fitted planes to create an air bridge to remote areas in Papua

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 22, 2017   /   05:38 pm
Newly  fitted planes to create an air bridge to remote areas in Papua N219 aircraft is produced by state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia in Bandung, West Java. (kompas.com/Reska K. Nistanto)

Indonesian Aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is preparing three types of planes -- CN235-220, NC212i and N219 – that will be fitted to distribute equipment to remote areas in Papua.

PTDI president director Elfien Goentoro said in Jakarta on Thursday that the NC235-220 plane could transport 6,000 kilograms of equipment.

“The plane can be used to distribute equipment from Mozes Kilangin Airport in Mimika to cities in Papua,” said Elfien in Jakarta on Thursday on the sidelines of the Indonesia Business & Development Expo 2017 that was held at the Jakarta Convention Center as reported by tempo.co

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The NC235-200 and NC212i planes could land on Sentani Airport, which has a 3,000-meter long runaway, he said, adding that the NC212i plane were able to continue the flight on to Rendani Airport in Manokwari where the runway is 2, 000 m long.

Meanwhile, the N219 plane, which can transport 2,313 kg of equipment, is designed to land on airports with shorter runways like Merdey Airport in West Papua that has a 600-meter soil runway.

Elfien said the planes made by PTDI were expected to become “the air bridge” to implement Presidential Regulation No. 70/2017 on logistic transportation service to less developed regions, remote areas, outermost islands and border areas. (bbn)