Mandala Airline had received the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) last week and was ready to fly on April 4, 2012. The presentation of AOC was in line with the airline’s wish to re operate as per next April. At premiere flight using two airbus 3200 aircrafts Mandala planned to open the routes of Jakarta – Singapore – Medan – Singapore – Denpasar and Jakarta – Singapore – Denpasar – Jakarta.
For the Premiere Flight Mandala Airlines offered tariff for Jakarta – Singapore at Rp 248.000,- per pax to be flown next April. For the time being international routes were only served by on-line through site www.tigerairways.com which had started since March 2012 last. Domestically, Mandala Airlines served only two cities in Indonesia, i.e. Jakarta and Medan.
From Jakarta Mandala would serve Jakarta – Medan – Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, while from Medan only serving Jakarta. For Jakarta – Medan Mandala sets a higher price, i.e. Rp 524.900,- for the premiere flight as per April 5, 2012 For this premier flight Mandala would use Airbus 320 aircraft, one of which was presently ready and one more aircraft would be operational by April 2012. To accommodate Mandala Airline operations, PT Angkasa Pura II had designated Terminal II of Soekarno Hatta airport which had now been facilitated.
PT Angkasa Airline which had stopped operations since January 2011 was now supported by a new investor through signing of conditional transaction including possession of legal and other related commercial documents between Mandala Airline and Saratoga Group as financial investors and Tiger Airways as company’s strategic investors. Signing of all documents was done on September 23, 2011. Saratoga Group commanded over majority shares of 51% while Tiger Airways held 33% and the remaining 16% was owned by consumers creditors and old shareholders.
During initial flight targeted for end of 2011, apparently Mandala Airline had not obtained any permit, whether SIUP permit or Air Operator Certificate (AOC) which was only issued last week in 2012. The flight was not on routes flown by Tiger Airways abroad, because Mandala was focusing effort on tapping their own market.
Business News - April 4, 2012