Sriwijaya Air

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Sriwijaya Air
Sriwijaya Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
SJ SJY Sriwijaya
Founded 2003
Commenced operations 10 November 2003
Hubs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Juanda International Airport
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport
Kuala Namu International Airport
Ngurah Rai International Airport
Focus cities Pangkal Pinang
Fleet size 41
Destinations 43
Company slogan Your Flying Partner
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Key people

Chandra Lie, CEO

Hendry Lie, President Commissioner

Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta. Headquartered in Central Jakarta,[1] the airline is the country's third largest carrier, operating a fleet of narrow-body aircraft and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations and a few international destinations. The airline is listed as a Category 1 airline by Indonesia's Civil Aviation Authority, the highest status that can be achieved for operational safety. However according to ICAO, the international civil aviation organisation, it received just one star out of a seven star rating in its recent safety audit


The airline was founded by Chandra Lie, Lie Hendri, Andi Halim and Fandy Lingga and named after the historical Srivijaya empire.

On 28 April 2003 SIUP PT.Sriwijaya Air was validated and by October 28, 2003 the AOC (Air Operations Certificate) for Sriwijaya Air was issued by Dephub.

Sriwijaya Air commenced operations on 10 November 2003, with initial operations between Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang. Then new routes such as Jakarta-Pontianak and Jakarta-Palembang was added. In their first year, Sriwijaya Air experienced rapid growth. As of June 2009, Sriwijaya Air operated 23 aircraft, serving more than 33 domestic routes and 2 regional routes.

In 2007, Sriwijaya Air received the Boeing International Award for Safety and Maintenance of aircraft. It was awarded after passing the inspection carried out in a few months. In the same year Sriwijaya Air received Aviation Customer Partnership Award from Pertamina because the airlines had assessed the accuracy of petroleum payment. In 2008 Sriwijaya Air was awarded an award by Markplus & Co.. This award is a public appreciation of the services provided by Sriwijaya Air. Aircraft Maintenance are done by PT. ANI (Aero Nusantara Indonesia) and Garuda Indonesia Maintenance Facility.

At the Paris Air Show 2011, Sriwijaya Air announced that they agreed to buy 20 Embraer 190 jets, with purchasing rights for 10 more. Unfortunately the plan to operate Embraer jets was cancelled due to operational reason, instead being replaced by 737-500.[2]

Sriwijaya Air has purchased (12-year lease agreements to purchase) 12 second-hand Boeing 737-500 with total value $84 million to replacing its ageing Boeing 737-200 aircraft. The delivery has been done since April 2011 up to December 2011.[3]

For further plan to replace ageing 737 classic, Sriwijaya Air has planned to acquire more 737-800NG. Currently in 2014, 2 additional 737-800 has been delivered and in 2015 being targeted to acquire up to 15 more 737-800.

Full Service Airline[edit]

Today, Sriwijaya Air is categorized as a Medium Service Airline which serves only light snacks. Sriwijaya Air had planned to expand into a full service airline in 2013 which should have at least 31 airplanes with business class seats and meals for passengers. However, as of 2015, the airline has yet to achieve its goal.[4]


Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-200 Take Off At Achmad Yani International Airport

Most of Sriwijaya Air's destinations are within Indonesia. They suspended daily flights to Singapore from Jakarta on 1 November 2013. It currently serves four International scheduled destinations regionally within South-East Asia and Timor and five charter flights within Philippines and China.

In 2013, many destinations such as Palangkaraya, Banda Aceh, Bandung, and Pekanbaru were closed in 2013 for commercial reasons.

 Timor Leste


As of August 2015, the Sriwijaya Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 24.4 years:[5]

Sriwijaya Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Business Economy Total
Boeing 737-300 10 -
8 126 134
Boeing 737-400 5 -
8 138 146
Boeing 737-500 17 - 8 112 120 4 operated by Nam Air
Boeing 737-800 7 5 8 168 176 Planned to acquire more 738's in 2015 to replace 733 and 734's.
Boeing 737-900ER 2 - - 220 220 Sriwijaya's first direct order.[6]

Delivery on 20 August 2015[7]

Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 20 TBA TBA TBA
Total 41 25

Currently all Boeing 737-500 and some selected 737-800 aircraft are fitted with Business Class products, while selected Boeing 737-300 and 737-400 aircraft are fitted with an all economy class configuration. 2 new additional 737-800 (PK-CME and PK-CMF) also using all economy class configuration. All Boeing 737-500 aircraft are fitted with winglets.

In August 2013, Sriwijaya Air stopped operating its fleet Boeing 737-200 aircraft, with the last flight conducted on August 23, 2013.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 27 August 2008 a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-200 (PK-CJG, c/n 23320) operating as flight SJ290 overran the runway at Jambi, Sumatra. There were eleven injuries and no fatalities. The injured include a farmer and his family who were hit by the plane.[8][9]

On 20 December 2011, a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-300 (PK-CKM, c/n 28333) encountered windshear on final approach and after touchdown veered off the runway while landing at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The aircraft managed to touch down, but could not stop in time. The aircraft came to a stop 25 meters past the runway end. The right main landing gear and nose gear collapsed, causing the right engine and wing were substantially damaged. There were no fatalities and two passengers received minor injuries during the evacuation. The aircraft was written off.

On 1 June 2012, a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-400 (PK-CJV, c/n 24689), operating domestic flight SJ188 from Jakarta, Indonesia to Pontianak (Borneo) veered off runway 15 during landing at Pontianak in heavy rain. The aircraft, after aquaplaning on the drenched runway, came to stop left of the tarmac on soft ground on its belly (the nose gear collapsed and the main landing gear sank into the soft soil) and received substantial damage. No injuries occurred, the airport was temporarily closed as its single runway was blocked by the accident. On 2 June the aircraft was removed from the runway by the use of heavy cranes and the airport reopened for normal traffic.[10]

On 13 October 2012, a Sriwijaya flight from Medan, North Sumatra to Minangkabau International Airport, Padang, West Sumatra accidentally landed at Tabing Air Force Base, some 7 miles (12 km) away. None of the 96 passengers and 4 crew were harmed. The pilot and co-pilot were suspended and subsequently questioned by the NTSC [11][12]

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