Wings Air

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Wings Air
Wings Air.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2003

Ngurah Rai International Airport

Sam Ratulangi International Airport
Fleet size 58
Destinations 75
Parent company Lion Air
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Key people Rusdi Kirana (CEO)

PT Wings Abadi Airlines, operating as Wings Air, is a scheduled commuter passenger low cost airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The airline operates out of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali as well as several other airports around Indonesia. The company was established as a short-haul regional flight service, wholly owned subsidiary of Lion Air and started operations on 10 July 2003.[citation needed]


Wings Air and other Lion Group is now banned from flying to and from Nabire Airport since December 2016 because of its disappointing service including heavy delays, aircraft issues and left passenger stranded apart from poor customer service.


A Wings Air ATR 72–500

The Wings Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2018:[1][not in citation given][2]

Wings Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72–500 20 72 3 in Wings Air livery
17 in Lion Air livery
10 to be sold
ATR 72–600 38 2 72 1 in 50th livery
1 in 60th livery
1 in 70th livery
31 in Lion Air livery
Total 58 2

Aircraft orders[edit]

On 15 November 2009, Wings Air announced that it had signed a deal with ATR worth 600 million USD. The deal involved an order for 15 ATR 72-500 aircraft with a further 15 options for ATR's new ATR 72-600 aircraft. The new aircraft replaced the airline's aging McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and Dash 8 aircraft.[3] The first three ATR 72-500s were delivered in January 2010 and were inaugurated at a ceremony in the tourist and diving destination of Manado.[4]

On 25 February 2011 Lion Air signed an order for 15 new ATR 72s for the Wings Air fleet. The 2009 contract had included options for 15 additional ATR 72-600 aircraft. The deal announced in February 2011 represented the conversion of all 15 options.[5]

On 27 November 2014 Lion Air signed an order for 40 new ATR 72-600 for the Wings Air fleet. It makes Lion Group the largest customer of ATR.[6]

Former aircraft[edit]

EU aviation blacklist[edit]

Wings Abadi Air was banned from operating in European airspace,[7][8] appearing on a list of carriers that do not meet necessary safety standards to fly to airports in the European Union.

As of 14 June 2018, EU had lifted the ban from all Indonesian airlines from flying into European airspace.[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 25 December 2016, Wings Air Flight 1896, an ATR 72-600 carrying 52 passengers and crews veered off the runway and crashed on its side while landing in Semarang in bad weather. No one was killed in the crash however six people were treated for shock. The aircraft was substantially damaged. Survivors stated that the undercarriage broke during landing.[10]
  • On 5 January 2017, Wings Air flight IW-1372 registration PK-WFP, overran the taxiway while taxiing for parking in Rahadi Osman Airport, Ketapang. The aircraft was carrying 30 passengers and 5 crews. No fatalities.

"Fly is Cheap" Slogan[edit]

Wings Air previously used the slogan "Fly is Cheap", subsequently changed to "Flying is Cheap". The former version of the slogan received considerable attention for the English grammatical mistake, which might be interpreted as a suggestion that the airline provides a poor quality service, rather than the intended meaning that its fares are inexpensive.[11]


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