June 29, 2012
Boeing will help Indonesia with training, flight optimization and air traffic management to clear obstacles to growth in the increasingly important Southeast Asian market.
Indonesia’s airline industry will continue to grow “but it may not be able to grow as quickly as it would like to, if it doesn’t address the issue” of training pilots, maintenance technicians and air traffic controllers, says Boeing Flight Services’ VP for air traffic management, Neil Planzer, who was speaking at this week’s Indonesia Aviation Training & Education Conference in Jakarta.
Training is important to Boeing because local carriers, such as Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia, are big Boeing customers. In December, Lion signed an order for 230 Boeing 737s. At the moment Lion is taking delivery of one 737-900ER each month, but next year that delivery rate will double.
Meanwhile, national carrier Garuda Indonesia and its subsidiary Citilink plan to increase their combined fleet to 194 aircraft in 2015 from the current total of 97. Most of the aircraft Garuda has ordered are from Boeing.
To ensure Indonesian carriers continue to take delivery of aircraft as scheduled, Indonesia’s aviation industry needs to have sufficient numbers of pilots, maintenance technicians and air traffic controllers. If there is insufficient numbers of trained and qualified personnel, industry officials are concerned this could prompt airlines to delay aircraft deliveries.
In an effort to help Indonesia’s aviation industry meet this challenge, Boeing Flight Services has signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry of transportation to work on training and improved procedures in the air.
At the Indonesia Aviation Training & Education Conference, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released data showing Indonesia only has 13 flying school whereas the U.S. has 1,076.
Indonesia clearly needs more flying schools, so it is likely Boeing Flight Services will help Indonesia establish more, Boeing Flight Services VP Sherry Carbary told Aviation Week on the sidelines of the conference. Boeing Flight Services, and in particular its business unit Jeppesen, will assist flying schools in Indonesia with course materials and setting standards and procedures, she adds.