Batavia Air

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Batavia Air
Batavia logo.png
IATA
Y6
ICAO
BTV
Callsign
BATAVIA
Founded 2002
Ceased operations 31 January 2013[1]
Hubs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Juanda International Airport
Focus cities Ngurah Rai International Airport
Fleet size 34
Destinations 48 [6 International, 42 Domestic]
Company slogan Trust Us To Fly
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Key people Yudiawan Tansari (President Director)
Website Batavia Air

PT. Metro Batavia, operating as Batavia Air, was an airline based in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia. Until January 31, 2013, the airline operated domestic flights to around 42 destinations and several nearby regional international destinations, and Saudi Arabia. Its main base was Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta.[2] Batavia Air was listed in category 1 on the Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority airline safety rating.[3]On January 31, 2013, at 12:00 local time, Batavia Air ceased operations after the Central Jakarta Regional Court granted a bankruptcy appeal by ILFC, the international aircraft lessor, saying that the airline owed US$4,68 million in debts, a debt that Batavia Air failed to repay after a series of financial difficulties.

History[edit]

A Boeing 737-200 in the old colors, 2006

The airline was established in 2001 and started operations in January 2002. Originally known as Metro Batavia, it started operations with a wet-leased Fokker F28 aircraft from Sempati Air. Batavia Air launched scheduled services from Jakarta to Pontianak in January 2002. The airline is owned by PT Metro Batavia.[2] Since June 2010 the airline has been taken off the list of banned carriers from flying into EU airspace, along with Indonesia AirAsia.[4]

The only Batavia Air Airbus A321

In July 26, 2012, AirAsia and Batavia Air issued a joint statement revealing an intention to proceed with a buy out of the airline by Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd for $80 million.[5][6]

The planned buy out was to be in two stages; first, AirAsia was to buy 76.95% shares in a partnership with Fersindo Nusaperkasa, its Indonesian business unit operating Indonesia AirAsia. By 2013, AirAsia was to acquire the remaining 23.05% held by other shareholders.

Indonesian trade laws disallow majority ownership by foreign entities in local businesses but AirAsia through its sister company Fersindo Nusaperkasa planned to circumvent that law to develop a further expansion of its foothold in Indonesia's domestic market.[7] The acquisition was anticipated to create controversy with Indonesian authorities at the time as domestic laws in Indonesia do not permit majority ownership in local airline industry by foreign nationals. That controversy did arise within days of the announcement.[8]

At the time of the initial public announcement the Indonesian government had not granted approval for the takeover by AirAsia Berhard and Fersindo Nusaperkasa (Indonesia AirAsia).[9][10] The share sale agreement signed in July outlined a commitment by AirAsia to buy a 49% stake of Batavia while its local partner, Fersindo Nusaperkasa (Indonesia Air Asia), was to acquire the majority 51%.[11]

By 11 October 2012, the deal between AirAsia Berhard and Fersindo Nusaperkasa (Indonesia AirAsia) and PT Metro Batavia fell through.[12]

When the cancellation of the planned takeover between Batavia and AirAsia was announced on October 11, 2012 a joint statement was issued announcing a plan to proceed with an alliance encompassing ground handling, distribution and inventory systems in Indonesia. The statement also announced a plan to deliver operational alliances between Batavia and the Air Asia group.

Batavia and Indonesia AirAsia of which AirAsia controls 49% will form a separate joint venture to provide a regional pilot training centre in Indonesia. No details were provided on that new alliance when it was announced in early October 2012.[13]

On January 31, 2013, at 12:00 local time, Batavia Air ceased operations[14] after the Central Jakarta Regional Court granted a bankruptcy appeal by IFLC, the international aircraft lessor, saying that the airline owed US$4,68 million in debts, a debt that Batavia Air failed to repay after a series of financial difficulties, particularly after leasing two Airbus A330 aircraft from ILFC on December 29, 2009, which was on a six-year dry-lease agreement until 2015. Six airlines were slated to take over the entire Batavia Air route network. As of February 2013, only three airlines have acquired the routes, namely Citilink, Mandala Airlines, and Travel Express.[15][16] All tickets purchased prior to the cessation of operations were either refunded or deferred to other airlines. [17]

The Central Jakarta Trade Court appointed four liquidators, all from local law firms, to assist in the liquidation of Batavia Air.

Ownership structure[edit]

Batavia Air Tail Fin

PT Metro Batavia was the controlling entity behind Batavia Air. On 11 October 2012 and after the airline dropped merger talks with Air Asia, Batavia Air chief executive director Yudiawan Tansari stated that Batavia "will continue to seek strategic partners to develop our business”.[11]

Destinations[edit]

Batavia Air at Radin Inten II Airport

As of December 2012, Batavia Air flew to six international destinations in addition to its wide domestic network.

Fleet[edit]

The Batavia Air fleet included the following aircraft (as of December 2012):[18][19]

Batavia Air Historical Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Seats
(Economy)
Notes
Airbus A320-200 5 180 Replacing: Boeing 737 Classic
Airbus A321-200 1 220 Registered PK-YUF. (previously F-OIVU with Air Ivoire.)
Airbus A330-200 2 314 Registered PK-YVI (previously EI-EWR with Aer Lingus) and PK-YVJ (previously EC-KIL with Air Comet)
Boeing 737-300 15 126
148
Planned to be phased out starting 2014; Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320
Boeing 737-400 10 168 Planned to be phased out starting 2014; Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320
Boeing 737-500 1 133 Registered PK-YUZ (previously PK-RAW with Riau Airlines); had planned to be retired in 2014
Total 34

The average fleet age was 22.6 years.[20]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On May 5, 2006 a Batavia Air 737-200 suffered hydraulic problems after take off and had to make an emergency landing in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The plane overshot the runway during the emergency landing. Three passengers were injured.[21]
  • On November 21, 2007 a Batavia Air 737-400 lost a 40 cm by 50 cm piece of wing shortly after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The aircraft safely made an emergency landing and a piece of the Boeing 737-400's wing fell onto a house nearby. Nobody was injured.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.merdeka.com/uang/batavia-air-berhenti-terbang-rute-diambil-alih-mandala-airlines.html
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 84. 
  3. ^ :: Directorate General Of Civil Aviation ::
  4. ^ Batavia Air Flights Between Denpasar Bali, Indonesia and Dili, East Timor Leste
  5. ^ "Malaysia's AirAsia Buys Batavia Air Of Indonesia For $80 Million | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online". Mb.com.ph. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Malaysia's AirAsia Buys Batavia Air of Indonesia for $80 Million". Yahoo!. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "AirAsia to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air for $80 million". Reuters. 26 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Indonesia May Cancel Airasia'S Acquisition Of Batavia Air - Yahoo! News Malaysia
  9. ^ "AirAsia to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air for $80 million". July 26, 2012. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Indonesia may review AirAsia's Batavia deal". July 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Linda Silaen; Abhrajit Gangopadyay (11 October 2012). "Batavia Air CEO: AirAsia Drops Plan to Buy Carrier". Capital.gr - form 2012 Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Linda Silaen; Abhrajit Gangopadyay (11 October 2012). "Batavia Air CEO: AirAsia Drops Plan to Buy Carrier". Capital.gr - from 2012 Dow Jones&Company. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Francezka Nangoy (16 October 2012). "AirAsia, Batavia Air Choose Alliance Over Acquisition". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.jakpost.travel/news/bankrupt-batavia-air-to-stop-service-K9gwizeB4IXA7kpv.html
  15. ^ Elisabeth, Berliana (2013). "BATAVIA AIR BANGKRUT: Baru 3 Maskapai Dapat Akusisi Rutenya". Kabar24.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  16. ^ "Batavia Air bankrupt, routes up for grab". Investvine.com. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  17. ^ Andri Saputra (30 January 2013). "Pailit! Batavia Air Stop Beroperasi Mulai Pukul 00:00 WIB". Detik Travel. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  18. ^ Batavia Fleet | Airfleets aviation
  19. ^ http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/backstage/orders_deliveries_table/Airbus_June_2012_orders_and_deliveries.xls
  20. ^ Fleet age Batavia | Airfleets aviation
  21. ^ "Batavia Air Emergency Landing". Aviation Safety Network. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jatuhnya Serpihan Batavia Air Termasuk Kategori Insiden Serius". Detiknews (in Indonesian). 23 November 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 

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