BBN Airlines’ third freighter set for action

Source: BBN Airlines Indonesia

BBN Airlines Indonesia is hoping to put its third Boeing 737-400 freighter into action in the opening weeks of March.

The recently launched ACMI carrier took delivery of the converted freighter in November last year and since then it has been undergoing a maintenance check process.

BBN said the aircraft, which was delivered alongside three passenger 737-800s, will be used on domestic and regional flights.

The carrier has plans to expand its fleet to 40 aircraft by the end of 2027, although at this stage it is not known how many of these will be freighter aircraft.

Martynas Grigas, chairman of BBN Airlines Indonesia, said: “By early 2024, BBN Airlines Indonesia already has six aircraft in total, and the addition of these [aircraft] is a significant step in developing our fleet to meet the demands of the growing market.”

He added: “We are optimistic that the mission carried out by BBN Airlines Indonesia can strengthen the Indonesian aviation sector as a whole, both on a domestic and international market scale.”

The Avia Solutions-owned carrier received its AOC in August of this year and launched operations with the aim of capitalising on the lack of ACMI providers and growing e-commerce demand.

The airline also revealed some of the details of the cargo services it had provided so far.

“BBN Airlines Indonesia continues to gain great trust from various parties,” it said.

“One of them is the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has given BBN Airlines Indonesia a mandate to become an airline that sends 20 tons of materials and raw materials to support the rehabilitation of Port Vila International Airport in Vanuatu, also with the Ministry of Health Republic Indonesia in delivering Rotavirus Vaccine (ROTAVAC) from India and another humanitarian aid mission.”

The carrier was the second Indonesia-based cargo airline to receive its AOC in August.

Freighter operator Raindo United Services gained its air operator certificate (AOC) that month.

Indonesia’s all-cargo market continues to grow with BBN addition


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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]