Indonesia's state-run airline firm Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) signed a commitment to engage its newly-procured Cessna Caravan planes to support logistic business run by Indonesian postal service firm PT Pos Indonesia, local media reported on Wednesday.
MNA President Director Rudy Setyopurnomo said that the delivery of the plane is expected to commence in April this year. The firm has ordered 20 of such planes to serve flights in remote areas.
The cooperation between the two state-run firms was manifested in a memorandum of understanding signed by senior officials of the two firms here, the detik.com reported.
According to Rudy, the Cessna Caravan plane is capable to load one ton of cargo and is able to undertake six to eight flights a day. As a civil passenger plane, the Cessna Caravan can accommodate 12 passengers in each flight, he added.
"We can deliver the logistic cargo to subdistrict level in remote areas," he said. The MNA allocated 50 million U.S. dollars to procure the turbo propeller passenger planes from U.S.-based Cessna firm. Endi