Asia Cargo Airlines Launches First Cargo Flight from Kertajati Airport Since Pandemic Shutdown

The Indonesian cargo airline to invest to help the airport become the country’s leading logistics hub

21 December, 2021 (Jakarta) – After almost two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kertajati Airport (KJT) in West Java saw its first cargo flight depart today with leading regional cargo carrier Asia Cargo Airlines heading for Syarif Kasim II airport in Riau with a load of 12 tonnes on a Boeing 737-300F.

Speaking at the official relaunch of Kertajati Airport, Marco Isaak, Group CEO of Asia Cargo Network (which owns Asia Cargo Airlines) said, “With the combination of the overall easing of restrictions and the pent-up market demand, there is no better time to work towards turning Kertajati airport into the logistics hub of Indonesia, just as it was initially designed for.”

“We have been working closely with government agencies over the last few months with this shared vision in mind, and we will be investing over the next 12 months to help Kertajati Airport attain this status,” announced Isaak.

Also attending the official ceremony were the Chairman of the Indonesian People’s Consultative

Assembly (MPR RI), H. Bambang Soesatyo, SE., MBA; The Minister of Transportation, Ir. Budi Karya; The Governor of Jawa Barat, Ridwan Kamil, ST., M.Ud; President director of JNE, Mohamad Feriadi; and President Director of Kertajati West Java International Airport (BIJB), Muhamad Singgih.

For this first route, Asia Cargo Airlines will initially transport 15-16 tonnes on one outbound flight per day, five days a week. In the coming weeks, the airline plans to triple the number of flights by mid-January 2022. The airline is also in the process of securing more flight operations domestically before broadening its reach internationally.

In another key announcement, Chairman Bambang Soesatyo, shared plans of a partnership with Blackstone Airlines, the latest venture from the Asia Cargo Network Group. The partnership will be focused on launching cargo operations in February 2022, and Umrah and Haj flights into Saudi Arabia for passengers later next year.

Blackstone Airlines will also be launching a pilot programme using drones to make deliveries within the Indonesia island chain in the coming months.

Asia Cargo Network, Group CEO, Marco Isaak added, “The Asia Cargo Network group, with our two airlines actively operating in the Southeast Asian region, is now more capable than ever to provide the market with the best services needed for air cargo deliveries. We look forward to furthering the future of the industry in this region.”

(Bahasa Indonesia translation)

Asia Cargo Airlines Luncurkan Penerbangan Kargo Pertama Semenjak Pandemi dari Bandara Kertajati 

Investasi pada maskapai kargo  membantu bandara menjadi pusat logistik terdepan di negara tersebut

Setelah hampir dua tahun ditutup karena pandemi COVID-19, Bandara Kertajati (KJT) di Jawa Barat melakukan penerbangan kargo pertamanya dengan maskapai kargo regional terkemuka, Asia Cargo Airlines, menuju bandara Syarif Kasim II Riau dengan beban 12 ton menggunakan Boeing 737-300F.

Pada peluncuran resmi Bandara Kertajati, Marco Isaak, CEO of Group Asia Cargo Network (sekaligus owner Asia Cargo Airlines) mengatakan, "Dengan adanya pelonggaran pembatasan secara keseluruhan dan permintaan pasar , tidak ada waktu yang lebih baik lagi untuk segera mengubah bandara Kertajati menjadi pusat logistik di Indonesia, seperti awal mula tujuan perancangannya."

"Kami telah bekerja sama dengan lembaga pemerintah selama beberapa bulan terakhir dalam visi bersama ini, dan kami akan berinvestasi selama 12 bulan ke depan untuk membantu Bandara Kertajati mencapai status tersebut," kata Isaak.

Turut hadir dalam acara tersebut Ketua MPR RI, H. Bambang Soesatyo, SE., MBA; Menteri Perhubungan, Ir. Budi Karya; Gubernur Jawa Barat, Ridwan Kamil, ST., M.Ud; Presiden Direktur JNE, Mohamad Feriadi; dan Presiden Direktur Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) Kertajati, Muhamad Singgih.

Untuk rute pertama ini, Asia Cargo Airlines awalnya akan mengangkut 15-16 ton pada satu penerbangan per hari, selama lima hari dalam seminggu. Dalam beberapa minggu mendatang, maskapai berencana untuk melipatgandakan jumlah penerbangannya pada pertengahan Januari 2022. Maskapai ini juga sedang dalam proses mengamankan lebih banyak operasi penerbangan di dalam negeri sebelum memperluas jangkauannya secara internasional.

Dalam kesempatan tersebut  Ketua Bambang Soesatyo, mengungkapkan rencana kemitraan dengan Blackstone Airlines, usaha terbaru dari Asia Cargo Network Group. Kemitraan ini akan difokuskan pada peluncuran kargo pada Februari 2022, dan penerbangan umrah dan haji ke Arab Saudi pada akhir tahun depan.

Marco Isaak menambahkan, " Asia Cargo Network Group, dengan dua maskapai kami yang aktif beroperasi di kawasan Asia Tenggara, sekarang lebih mampu untuk memberikan layanan terbaik yang dibutuhkan dalam pengiriman kargo udara. Kami berharap dapat memajukan masa depan industri di wilayah ini."

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