Sriwijaya Air

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Sriwijaya Air
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
Tanjung Pandan
Fleet size 38
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 with its headquarter located at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport M1 Area in Tangerang, near Jakarta. Sriwijaya Air 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.


In 2003, Sriwijaya Air was founded by Chandra Lie, Lie Hendri, Andi Halim and Fandy Lingga, who named it after the historical Srivijaya empire. That same year, on April 28, it obtained its business license, while the AOC (Air Operator's Certificate) was issued later that year on October 28.

Sriwijaya Air commenced operations on 10 November 2003, launching flights between Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang, before introducing new routes such as Jakarta-Pontianak and Jakarta-Palembang. In its first year, Sriwijaya Air experienced rapid growth, and by 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, awarded after passing the inspection carried out over a few months. In the same year Sriwijaya Air received Aviation Customer Partnership Award from Pertamina because the airline 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. In August 2015, Sriwijaya Air also achieved BARS (Basic Aviation Risk Standard) Certification that issued by Flight Safety Foundation.[1] Aircraft maintenance is done by PT. ANI (Aero Nusantara Indonesia), AiRod Sdn Bhd and Garuda Indonesia Maintenance Facility (GMF AeroAsia).

At the Paris Air Show 2011, Sriwijaya Air announced that they agreed to buy 20 Embraer 190 jets, with purchasing rights for 10 more. However, the airline cancelled its plan to operate the Embraer 190 shortly afterwards, instead deciding to utilize the 737 aircraft it already owned.[2]

In 2011, the airline began leasing 12 second-hand Boeing 737-500 with a total value of $84 million to replacing its ageing Boeing 737-200 aircraft, with deliveries taking place between April and December 2011.[3]

The airline is planning on retire its entire 737 Classic fleet with the Boeing 737-800. It took delivery of 2 such aircraft in 2014,and plans to acquire as many as 15 aircraft in 2015. It took delivery of its first Boeing 737-900ER in August 2015.

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, which are required to have at least 31 airplanes with business class seats and meals for passengers, in 2013. 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.

Sriwijaya Air logo and livery philosophy[edit]


  • RU-YI (Chinese philosophy), that means whatever we want and put our heart into, we can achieve it.


  • Clean hearthed employees, as clean as Sriwijaya Air planes.


  • Passion for traveling to all corners of our beloved archipelago.


  • The courage and wisdom in solving problems and making decisions of the team.


Most of Sriwijaya Air subsidiaries are using NAM as acronym except for NAM Air, in honor of Sriwijaya Air CEO father, Lo Kui Nam.


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

 Timor Leste


Sriwijaya Air currently operating 37 aircraft as August 2015. 737-300, 737-400 and 737-500 currently being replaced by 737-800 and 737-900ER.

Aircraft Status Passengers Notes
In Service On Order Options C Y Total
Boeing 737-300 9 - - - 148 148 In the process of replacement with Boeing 737-800, one aircraft (PK-CKK) operating for NAM Air but still using Sriwijaya Air livery.
Boeing 737-400 1 - - - 168 168 In the process of replacement with Boeing 737-800.
Boeing 737-500 12 3 - 8 112 120 5 aircraft are operating for NAM Air but still using Sriwijaya Air livery. 3 order are to be leased from Transaero with delivery during November 2015.
Boeing 737-800 11 1
- - 189 189 Aircraft with Business Class cabins have been refitted with all Economy configuration.
Boeing 737-900ER 2 - - - 220 220 Ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 - - 20 TBA Sriwijaya Air also signed a LOI for 20 737 MAX 8 at the 2015 Paris Airshow. Delivery from 2018.
Total 35 4 20

As of October 2015, only the Boeing 737-500 fleet (which is also equipped with winglets) is fitted with a Business class cabin, while the remainder of the fleet is flown in an all economy configuration. In August 2013, the airline phased out its Boeing 737-200 fleet, and plans to retire its entire 737 Classic fleet as well.

Fleet Naming[edit]

On every Sriwijaya Air Group planes (including NAM Air) had a unique name that taken from places, behaviours and even plants or birds with different philoshopy on each planes.

Previously Operated[edit]

Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-200 15 Retired August 23, 2013. PK-CJH, PK-CJI, PK-CJK, dan PK-CJP still stored in GMF, perhaps for "Standby Aircraft"4 Aircraft Original series End Of Service in January 2015
Boeing 737-300 4
Boeing 737-400 6
Boeing 737-500 3 PK-CMA, PK-CMC dan PK-CMD transferred to NAM Air in May 2015.
Boeing 737-800 1 PK-CLR returned to lessor in April 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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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 [8][9]

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