Freighter airline Raindo United Services gains AOC

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Indonesia-based freighter operator Raindo United Services has gained its air operator certificate (AOC) and is hoping to launch operations in the coming months.

The airline said this week that it had been awarded the AOC by the directorate general of civil aviation and the director of airworthiness and aircraft operation of the ministry of transportation.

The carrier will launch operations with two 23-tonne capacity Boeing 737-800BCFs, with the first (PK-RUS) delivered on July 14 and the second (PK-RFS) arriving on August 9.

Raindo plans to offer both domestic and international services.

Earlier this year, the carrier said domestic routes would include JakartaMedanBalikpapan, Makassar and Surabaya, as well as international routes to SingaporeHong Kong and Guangzhou.

The first passenger-to-freighter conversion was completed by Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd. (BSAS), and the second by Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO). 

Both of the aircraft are being leased to Raindo by AerCap.

When the carrier was first announced, founder Benny Rustanto, said: “The presence of Raindo United Services is expected to be a catalyst for a change that can support the development of the MSME (Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises) industry in Indonesia, particularly on the logistics side through seamless and sustainable connectivity. 

“We realise that the MSME sector in Indonesia has greater potential if supported by a logistics ecosystem that synchronizes the traffic flow – both internationally and locally – from the point of departure to the destination. 

“The ecosystem of Raindo United Services enables MSME players to be more competitive by overcoming existing obstacles such as high logistics prices, inefficient shipping processes, limited access to distribution channels and others.”

Raindo United Services plans Asia freighter services

PT Rusky Aero Indonesia signs AerCap lease for 737-800BCFs ahead of launch


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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]