AirAsia Indonesia, the local affiliate of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost airline AirAsia, launched its Airbus A320-200 with traditional Indonesian nuances on the body. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

AirAsia Launches Indonesian Style Aircraft

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Jakarta. AirAsia Indonesia, the local affiliate of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost airline AirAsia, launched its Airbus A320-200 with traditional Indonesian nuances on the body, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday (13/09).

The aircraft features illustrations of wayang kulit puppets, Borobudur Temple and Mount Bromo. It also has the logo of the "Wonderful Indonesia" campaign.

"This special design is our form of appreciation of Indonesia's rich cultural and tourist potential," AirAsia Indonesia chief executive Dendy Kurniawan said in a statement.

The plane will serve on the routes to Jakarta, Medan in North Sumatra, Surabaya in East Java and Bali. It will fly to eight international destinations.

Infrastructure expert at the Ministry of Tourism, Judi Rifajantoro, said the collaboration will benefit the promotion of Indonesia's tourist destinations.

AirAsia, he added, is the biggest contributor (26 percent in 2016) of foreign arrivals to Indonesia.

"AirAsia consistently opens new routes to Indonesia, like the recently added flights to Denpasar from Narita in Japan, and Mumbai and Kolkata in India," Judi said.

The budget carrier currently operates 221 routes, flying to more than 165 destinations in 25 countries.

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