AP II Secures US$129 million Loan from Bank Internasional Indonesia





            State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has secured a Rp 1.5 trillion or US$129 million loan from Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII), the fund it needed for the expansion of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.


            The loan was signed Aug. 11 by AP II president director Tri S. Sunoko and BII president director Taswin Zakaria at the AP II headquarter in Cengkareng. The loan, to help AP II in finishing the expansion of Soekarno-Hatta’s Terminal 3 which is projected to become the most modern terninal in Indonesia.


            “After selecting a number of banks, we saw BII as the only one that was able to accomodate our demands. We believe that the bank will help us to smooth out our massive


Soekarno-Hatta expansion project,” said Tri Sunoko as quoted by The Jakarta Post.

            In the span between 2007 and 2020, Angkasa Pura II needs an investment of Rp 26 trillion for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport alone, the country’s main gateway. Tri Sunoko further added, after completing the Terminal 3 project at end of 2015, AP II plans to upgrade the existing Terminal 1 dan 2, including an integrated building connecting both terminals.


            The integrated building will housed commercial areas, hotels and train station, also an automated people-mover system in transporting passengers within the airport. This face-lift project is expected to be completed by 2020, increasing the Soekarno-Hatta’s total annual capacity to 61 million passengers, from the current 22 million passengers.


            Angkasa Pura II currently manages 13 airports in the western part of the country, among others the newly Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra, Minangkabau International Airport in West Sumatra, Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Riau Islands, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport in South Sumatra, Husein Sastranegara International Airport in West Java and Halim Perdanakusama Airport in East Jakarta. (ds)



Lockheed Martin Announces Indonesian Radar Industry Initiative


            In a press release available to Antara news agency Aug. 6 mentioned, Lockheed Martin has launched an Indonesian radar industry initiative as part of its efforts to support the country’s plans to modernize and extend its air surveillance coverage.


            “Lockheed Martin is committed to supporting Indonesia and its defense industry revitalization plans,” said Robert Laing, National Executive of Lockheed Martin Indonesia in the release as quoted by Antara.


            This initivative includes technology tranfers to aid in the development of a new Indonesian radar industry, as well as partnerships with the local universities to cultivate the workforce necessary to support it. Enhancing Indonesia’s ability to make critical radar components will reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign suppliers, while providing employment opportunities for its citizens.


            “Our goal is to create a new technology sector and associated jobs to ensure a suntainable industry in Indonesia,”Laing stressed. Lockheed Martin has worked with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to produce an engineering curriculum focused on radar technologies.


            Similar programs, along with the ongoing technical seminars and education opportunities, are training future leaders in the development of this technology. The Corporation also has established an Indonesian-based manufacturing capability with local companies, which have begun producing radar components.


            Lockheed Martin is competing for Indonesia’s Ground Control Intercept (GCI) radar program. Should the company be selected for this opportunity, it would provide significant new employment possibilities for its local industry partners, estimated at up to 2 million labor hours over the lifetime of these radars. These Indonesian partners would be capable of producing nearly $100 million (USD) of radar components per year.


            Lockheed Martin extensive air surveillance radar experience can help Indonesia ensure a safe and secure airspace for both civilian air traffic and national sovereignty for many years to come.


            L:ockheed Martin has produced and currently maintains more than 200 air surveillance radars in 30 countries. Operational around the world 24 hours a day, these radars work completely unmanned and many have performed for decades in extremely harsh, remote environments.


            None of theses radars has ever been taken out of service, and many systems continue to operate well beyond their 20-year service lives.  This longevity is a result of Lockheed Martin continuous investment in state-of-the-air technology and its commitment to customer missions.


            Angkasa noted, radars on the Indonesian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and the T-50 Golden Eagle jetfighters are Lockheed Martin made products.


            Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed martin is a global security and aerospace company that employes approximately 113.000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the search, design, development, manucfacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporations net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion. (ds)




 Garuda Open New Route, Timika-Sorong-Manado


            Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia introduced its new route Timika-Sorong-Manado August 15 which it services three flights per week with Canadian-made Bombardier CRJ-1000 aircraft. John Rettob, head of the Mimika air communication office said, the route was formerly operated by Merpati Nusantara and was offered by the Transportation Ministry to other airlines.


            Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Air has indicated their interest to operate the routes left vacant by Merpati. At first Garuda sought approval to operate the Jakarta-Makassar-Timika-Jayapura route on a daily basis, while Sriwijaya Air has opted to operate the Timika-Sorong-Manado route thrice weekly.


            The Moses Kilangin airport authority in Timika has agreed to a time slot management for the two carriers. Rettob further explained, since Sriwijaya Air had not yet coordinated with the Mimika district administration on its proposal to serve the Timika-Sorong-Manado route, Garuda was then given the green-light to start operating the route.


            Garuda’s Timika general manager, Dedy Setiadi on the case, said that his company as acquired the time slot from Timika’s Moses Kilangin Airport to operate the route. According to Setiadi, Garuda has also acquired a time slot from the Sorong Airport to serve the Jayapura-Sorong-Manado route with CRJ-1000 aircraft in seat configuration of 84 economy class and 12 business class seats. 


            While on the regional route, Garuda has increased its Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur flight service from twice to three time daily as demand on this route increase. “We predicted this year we will see a passenger rise of 3 percent to 2.025 million. Last year we flew around 1.9 million passengers between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur,” said Erik Meijer, Garuda sales and marketing director. Garuda Indonesia uses 156-seater Boeing 737-800NG (Next Generation) aircraft on this route with configuration of 12 business class and 144 economy class seats. (ds)



Five Names Circulating As the New Garuda Indonesia President Director

            Five names currently circulating to replace Emirsyah Satar as the president director of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. Emir who has been appointed two terms in office, this coming October will end his duty as Garuda’s president.


            A source in the State Enteprises Ministry mentioned recently Zulkifli Zaini, commisioner at the State-owned Electricity Company, also formely the president director of Bank Mandiri), Kartika Wirdjoatmojo (executive director of LPS), Elisa Lumbantoruan (former Garuda sales and marketing director), and Elia Massa Manik (president director PT Elnusa Tbk, Pertamina subsidiary).     Also in the list, Rinaldi Firmansyah, former president director of PT Telkom, the state-owned telecommunication company. (ds)