Wings Air (Indonesia) ATR 727-212A (ATR 72-500) PK-WFI (msn 871) prepares to taxi to the active runway at Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
On February 25, 2011 Wings Air and its parent company Lion Air signed an operational contract for the purchase of 15 additional ATR 72-500s.
These newly-ordered aircraft will bring to 30 the total fleet of ATRs
operated by Wings Air.
ATR and Lion Air had previously inked a contract in 2009 for the purchase of 15 ATR 72-500s and options for 15 additional aircraft. This new deal represents the conversion of all 15 options.
Wings Air introduced the first new ATR 72-500 in Indonesia in January 2010 and 10 of the new aircraft are already in operation. With the delivery of the 15 additional aircraft, Wings Air and Lion Air will become ATR's largest customer in South-East Asia.
On February 16, 2012 parent Lion Air and ATR signed a contract for the purchase of 27 additional ATR 72-600 aircraft. Once these aircraft will be integrated into the fleet of Lion Air’s regional subsidiary Wings Air, it will become the largest operator of ATR aircraft in the world, with a total fleet of 60 aircraft (20 ATR 72-500s and 40 ATR 72-600s). Wings Air currently operates a fleet of 16 ATR 72-500s across its domestic network in Indonesia. The airline plans to receive its 60th ATR 72 by the end of 2015.
These next 44 ATR 72-500/600s to be delivered to Wings Air will continue to develop new routes departing mainly from Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua islands. Some of these aircraft will also replace and complement Wings Air’s MD-80s and Lion Air’s Boeing 737s operating from these airports, thus adding new frequencies into the network.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.