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Citilink tests first freighter to boost cargo service

  • Yunindita Prasidya and Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  01:50 am

Low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia Group, conducted an operational test for its freighter fleet on Tuesday to support its cargo business.

The freighter, with a load capacity of 13 tons, is a Boeing B737-500 aircraft converted to carry cargo instead of passengers.

The conversion was done by Garuda Indonesia Group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, PT Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia, and has been certified by the Transportation Ministry’s Airworthiness and Aircraft Operation Directorate.

“Citilink hopes that the operation of the freighter will contribute quite significant additional income [to the airline], aside from the passenger revenue,” Citilink president director Juliandra said in a press release published on Wednesday.

He noted that the airline’s shift to cargo services was a m...