The Jakarta Post
A Wings Air Indonesia ATR 72-600 PK-WHQ at Supadio International Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan. (Shutterstock/Alexiushan)
Wings Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air Group, will open a new round-trip flight connecting East Nusa Tenggara towns of Kupang on Timor Island and Ruteng on Flores Island on Nov. 24.
The route’s first flight (IW-1991) will depart from El Tari International Airport in Kupang (KOE) at 7 a.m. Central Indonesian Time (WITA) and land at Frans Sales Lega Airport (RTG) in Ruteng at 8:30 a.m. The next flight (IW-1990) will fly from Frans Sales Lega Airport at 8:50 a.m. and arrive at El Tari International Airport at 10:20 a.m.
Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Wings Air’s corporate communications strategic officer, announced on Thursday that the flight would be available once daily using propeller plane ATR 72-500 or ATR 72-600. The aircraft has 72 economic class seats in the 2-2 seat configuration. Tickets start from Rp 700,000 (US$49.56).
Danang said the plane would provide a new experience for passengers.
“The ATR 72 is a technologically advanced aircraft that gives more comfort throughout the trip. It’s equipped with a more futuristic interior design, so passengers can relax, work or enjoy the trip as the aircraft is able to fly at a low altitude.”
Additionally, several features will be provided in the cabin to ensure passengers’ health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The aircraft features a circulation system where the air from the cabin’s ceiling will be drawn to the floor area, minimizing air that will flow transversally and vertically. The galley area is located at the back and passengers will be directed in such a way that minimizes face-to-face interaction between them and the flight crew.
Wings Air has launched several new domestic routes this year, including from Makassar to Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi and from the West Kalimantan city of Pontianak to the Central Kalimantan city of Palangkaraya. (wir/wng)
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