Sriwijaya Air

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Sriwijaya Air
LOGO SJ VERTIKAL.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
Palembang
Pontianak
Tanjung Pandan
Sorong
Yogyakarta
Subsidiaries NAM Air
Fleet size 35
Destinations 43
Company slogan Your Flying Partner
Parent company Sriwijaya Air Group
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Key people
  • Chandra Lie, CEO
  • Hendry Lie, President Commissioner
Website www.sriwijayaair.co.id
Sriwijaya Air - Boeing 737-900ER

Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta with its headquarters 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.

History[edit]

In 2003, Sriwijaya Air was founded by Chandra Lie, Hendry Lie, 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. Commencing operations on 10 November 2003, the airline initially launched 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 was operating 23 aircraft, serving more than 33 domestic and 2 international 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. In 2008, Sriwijaya Air was awarded an award by Markplus & Co., signifying 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 agreed to buy 20 Embraer 190 jets, with purchase 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]

Currently Sriwijaya Air in progress to retire its entire 737 Classic fleet with the Boeing 737-800. It took delivery of 2 such aircraft in 2014, 6 737-800 in 2015 and planned to acquire up to 10 more aircraft in 2016. In Paris Airshow 2015, Sriwijaya Air also signed an order for 2 units of 737-900ER with purchase option to acquire up to 20 unit of Boeing 737 MAX. This deal was the first time for Sriwijaya Air to take a brand-new aircraft after almost 12 years operating in Indonesia. It took delivery of its first and second Boeing 737-900ER in August 23, 2015.

Per November 2015 (for NAM Air since its forming in 2013), Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air is the only airline in Indonesia that allowing female flight attendants to use hijab in all regular flights, and Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air is one of some airlines that allowing to do so in Southeast Asia alongside with Royal Brunei Airlines and Rayani Air. Other airlines in Indonesia known only allows their female flight attendant to use hijab when flying Hajj/Umra flights or flights to Middle East especially to Saudi Arabia.

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 logo and livery philosophy[edit]

Logo

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

White

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

Blue

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

Red

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

Subsidiaries[edit]

Sriwijaya Air subsidiaries use NAM as an acronym, in honor of Sriwijaya Air CEO father, Lo Kui Nam.

Destinations[edit]

In 2013, many destinations such as Palangkaraya, Banda Aceh, and Bandung, were closed for commercial reasons. Some previously closed routes are being opened again in 2015 such like Bandung and Pekanbaru even though now operated by NAM Air, not by Sriwijaya Air.

 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Philippines
 Timor Leste
 China

Fleet[edit]

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 737-500 12 8 112 120 All aircrafts using Blended Winglets. 5 aircraft are operating for NAM Air but still using Sriwijaya Air livery. Planned to be transferred soon to NAM Air.
Boeing 737-800 12 10
189 189 Aircraft with Business Class cabins have been refitted with all Economy configuration. Planned to acquire up to 10 more additional aircrafts in 2016.
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 planned in 2017 or 2018 if finalized.
Total 35 10 20

As of October 2015, only the Boeing 737-500 aircraft feature a business class cabin, while the rest of the fleet is flown is configured in an all-economy configuration. In August 2013, the airline phased out its Boeing 737-200 fleet, and plans to replace its entire 737 Classic fleet with 737 Next Generation aircraft as well. The last Sriwijaya Air 737-400 has been retired in January 2016. On every Sriwijaya Air Group planes (including NAM Air) had a unique name that taken after holy book phrases, places, behaviours and even plants or birds with different philoshopy on each planes. Example on Sriwijaya Air is "Rajawali"(Hawk), "Gaharu"(Agarwood), "Kebersamaan"(Togetherness), "Hawila"(Havilah) and "Bukit Kejora"(name of hill in Bangka).

Previously Operated[edit]

Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-200 15 Retired August 23, 2013. PK-CJH, PK-CJI, PK-CJK, and PK-CJP stored. Configured Y126 when still operating.
Boeing 737-300 4
Boeing 737-400 7 The last 737-400 of Sriwijaya Air, PK-CKN being phased out in January 2016. Configured Y168 when still operating.
Boeing 737-500 3 PK-CMA, PK-CMC and 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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