BBN plans to set up Indonesian cargo airline

By Damian Brett

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Holding company BBN Cargo Airlines is planning on adding a new airline based in Indonesia as it looks to capitalise on growth in the region.

BBN Cargo Airlines, which operates Iceland-based cargo airline Bluebird Nordic, said BBN Airlines Indonesia would be based out of Jakarta. 

BBN Airlines Indonesia is in the process of getting the airline business license, which the company said should be ready this year, and it hopes to gain an Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC) in the second quarter of 2023.

The airline will manage its cargo operations from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which one of the busiest airports in the Southern Hemisphere. 

“The growing demand for air cargo transportation services in the last decade is one of the main reasons for this business expansion,” the company said.

In addition, Indonesia, which is an archipelagic country, certainly makes air cargo one of the most important means of transportation. Due to the sudden surge in e-commerce, there is a huge demand for the delivery of products, directly propelling logistic services’ growth.”

Martynas Grigas, the commissioner of BBN Cargo Airlines Holdings, added: “With the growth of exports and imports, and the rapidly expanding e-commerce trend, Indonesia has a promising future for its air cargo and logistics industry.

“Indonesia is the largest and fastest-growing internet economy and is expected to account for half of all e-commerce transactions in Southeast Asia by 2025. We see this as a great opportunity and are excited to develop the cargo airline to fulfil the market needs.”

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