Dirgantara Air Service

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Dirgantara Air Service
Dirgantara Air Service logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1971
Ceased operations 2009
Fleet size 15 (at closure)[dubious ]
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia

Dirgantara Air Service was an airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia. It operated scheduled domestic services, as well as charters and aerial work. Its main bases were Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta, Samarinda Airport, Syamsudin Noor Airport, Banjarmasin and Supadio Airport, Pontianak.[1] Dirgantara Air Service is not listed in any category by Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority for airline safety quality.[2]

Since 2008, Dirgantara Air Service operation licence is revoked and on March 5, 2013 Central Jakarta Commercial Court declared the company in Bankcruptcy.[3]


The airline was established and started operations in 1971. It was owned by UDI Upaya Foundation (40%), its employees (30%) and others (40%). At March 2007, it had 232 employees.[1]

In March 2007 Dirgantara Air Service was rated as "holding potential for threatening safety of aviation" by a survey of the Indonesian Transport Ministry, forcing the airline to ground three of its aircraft.[4] Other reports state that Dirgantara Air Service has been grounded.[5][6]

In 2009, Dirgantara Air Service was discontinued.[7]


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Dirgantara Air Service operated scheduled services to the following domestic destinations in January 2005: Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Berau, Datadawai, Ketapang, Long Apung, Long Bawan, Nunukan, Pangkalan Bun, Pontianak, Putussibau, Samarinda (Temindung Airport[Hub]), Sampit, Sintang, Tanjung, Tanjung Selor and Tarakan.


Upon closure, the Dirgantara Air Service fleet included the following aircraft:

Further aircraft included:[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 7 December 1996, a CASA 212 registered as PK-VSO crashed into residential area shortly after take off from Banjarmasin Airport in South Kalimantan. 18 people, including 2 bystanders, were killed in the crash.
  • On 18 November 2000, a Britten Norman BN2A Islander, registered as PK-VIY, operating as Dirgantara Air Service Flight 3130, crashes into the forest shortly after take off from Datah Dawai Airport, East Kalimantan. No one was killed in the accident, but all 18 people on board were injured, 11 of them were seriously injured. Multiple issues on the airport, crews, and security causes the crash.[9]
  • On 26 February 2008, a CASA 212-200 with a registration code of PK-VSE went missing over the jungle of Borneo while conducting a chartered cargo flight from Tarakan Airport, Tarakan to Long Apung Airport. The plane was carrying 3 people. Search and rescue team found the wreckage of the plane in the following hours. All on board were killed. Before it went missing, the plane sent a distress signal to nearby aircraft. The crash was categorized as CFIT.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 73. 
  2. ^ http://hubud.dephub.go.id/?en+news+detail+1464+8
  3. ^ "Court Declares Dirgantara Air in Bankruptcy". March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ People's Daily Online 23 March 2007
  5. ^ World News Australia Archived March 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. 23 March 2007
  6. ^ Jakarta Post Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. 23 March 2007
  7. ^ Dirgantara Air Service at airlineupdate.com Archived June 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Dirgantara Air Service fleet at airfleets.net
  9. ^ http://kemhubri.dephub.go.id/knkt/ntsc_aviation/PK-VIY%20181100%20FInal%20Report.PDF[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ http://kemhubri.dephub.go.id/knkt/ntsc_aviation/baru/Final%20Report%20PK-VSE.pdf[permanent dead link]