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Merpati Nusantara Airlines

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 12, 2013

Merpati Nusantara Airlines is an airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a great domestic airline that operates regular flights to over 25 destinations in Indonesia, as well as scheduled international flights to East Timor and Malaysia. Its main base of operations is the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The airline was founded and began operating on September 6 1962. It was founded by the Indonesian government, thus becoming the second state airline, with the main objective of taking charge of the domestic flight network established by the Air Force since the year 1958. In October 1978, the airline was taken again by Garuda, but continued to operate under their own name. The airline was integrated into the Group Garuda Indonesia in September 1989, if well received permission from the government to separate in 1993, although the separation did not become effective until April 1997. It is owned by the Indonesian government (93.2 %) and Garuda Indonesia (6.8 %). It is one of the airlines that appears in the list of airlines that do not have access to fly in Europe, because of their severe security issues.

The airline’s Training Centre is a division of Strategic Business Unit and is one of the largest aviation training centers found in Indonesia. It teaches ground school courses for flight attendants, pilots, flight operation officers, administration staff and commercial airline operations in the region. The training center was originally founded in 1994 and known as ‘Flight Safety Training’ training initially the airline’s own staff, but later changed its name to the airline’s Training Centre (MTC) in 1999 referring aviation training services to other airlines and companies in the region. The national airline includes some of the training center’s clients, Sriwijaya Air, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Pelita Air Service among others.

the MTC Courses that are conducted include type rating courses for pilots, flight attendants and flight operation officers on the Boeing 737 Classic, AVIC Xian MA60, Fokker F27, CASA CN-235, DHC-6 Twin Otter, CASA C-212 Aviocar, as well as other ground courses including Dangerous Goods Awareness, Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) theory, Cockpit Resources Management (CRM), Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR), Safety Management Systems (SMS), Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Windshear Avoidance.

MTC has two campuses located in Surabaya and Jakarta. The training center at the Jakarta campus is on 11th Floor of the Merpati Building in Kemayoran, whereas the Juanda International Airport is where the Surabaya campus is located.

On 16 February 2010, the airline’s Pilot School, a department of the training center, was properly launched at Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport. The flying school was granted the Part 141 certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on 18 August 2009 and currently has a fleet of four Cessna C172s, registered PK-MSH, PK-MSA, PK-MST and PK-MSN. The airline’s Training Centre in Surabaya is where they conduct Ground school for cadet pilots, and Budiarto Airport conducts flight training, Curug (near Jakarta) as well as Trunojoyo Airport, Sumenep at the island of Madura. Flight Instructors at the airline’s Pilot School are all current line pilots with Merpati Nusantara Airlines each with thousands of hours flying experience.

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  • anatovar
    December 13, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I flew from Denpasar to Jakarta in Merpati Nusantara Airlines high season, flight was full, surprisingly check in and boarding process were fast and effective, the flight left before schedule, got a snack box (bread & mineral water) and 20 kg free check in baggage. Onboard service was ok and flight attendants were attentive and helpful did not expect that at all. Last but not least ticket price was very reasonable. Definitely will use this airline again and will recommend it to other people.

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