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PT DI accelerates N-219 aircraft toward commercial production in 2020

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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BANDUNG   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /  12:10 pm
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Nation's pride: The twin-engine N-219 aircraft, built jointly by state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), takes off on its first test flight on Aug.16, 2017. (JP/Arya Dipa)

State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) will begin commercial production of its N-219 aircraft next year to meet the growing demand for small airplanes both at home and overseas. N-219 program manager Palmana Banandhi at PT DI said that the that the N-219’s 19-seater transport aircraft was expected to enter the market in 2020 at the initial price of US$6 million per aircraft. The N-219 aircraft was expected to fulfill 25 percent of the global demand for 532 aircraft over the next 11 years. The company plans to produce four N-219 aircraft during its first year of commercial production, eight aircraft in the second year and 12 aircraft in the third year. The annual production output would increase to 24 aircraft in the fourth year and 36 aircraft in the fifth year. A number of domestic and foreign institutions have expressed their interest in pur...