The Jakarta Post
European aircraft producer Airbus has expressed its interest in cooperating with its Indonesian counterpart, state-owned aircraft company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI), to establish an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Indonesia, a senior minister has said.
“We talked about the cooperation in the aircraft industry. They [the Airbus representatives] want to have an aircraft maintenance facility in Indonesia,” said Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan as reported by tribunnews.com after meeting with Airbus representatives at his office in Jakarta on Tuesday.
“They are seriously considering cooperating with PT DI.”
Luhut said the establishment of such a facility was needed because it is believed that many more planes that were produced by Airbus, whose base was in Toulouse, France, would be operated in the country.
Luhut said although the company particularly had their eye on maintenance service for military planes, they also considered expanding the business to serve commercial planes.
There was no detailed plan yet, Luhut said, adding that more meetings, including with the Transportation Ministry, were needed to realize such a cooperation.
He said the planes that could be repaired in the facility would be not only those made by Airbus, but also those that received licenses from the company such as the CN235, CN295 and A400M planes. (bbn)