PTDI to produce 15 aircraft for Papua

State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) will produce 15 light N-219 aircraft that will be used for pioneer routes across Papua Island.

“The development of N-219 aircraft has begun and [we] expect to finish the prototype in 2014,” PTDI director for development and technology Andi Alisjahbana said in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday (12/01).

He said that the company would need around US$60 million to fund the project because because around $4 million was needed for each of the 19-seater aircraft.

Andi said that the company had submitted a budget proposal to the government.

He added he had gained support from the Research and Technology Ministry, the Industrial Ministry and the Transportation Ministry for the development of the 15 N-219 aircraft.

Source: the Jakarta Post

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