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Citilink Airbus A320 Arrival Still Wait

Subsidiary of PT Garuda Indonesia, PT Citilink Indonesia, stating ordered 30 Airbus A320s by 2015. "This year, we are still awaiting the arrival of ten aircraft types," said Vice President of Marketing and Communications Citilink Indonesia, Aristo Kristandyo, when contacted by Tempo, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

He explained that the aircraft will be brought gradually each ten units from this year until 2015. Aristo said the aircraft procurement through leasing with an option to buy. That is, the first Citilink hire aircraft from the lessor.

Then within a certain time, the airline can buy the original aircraft was leased at an agreed price. "But for the value of the rupiah, to lease or buy later, I do not know," he said.

In March 2013, the arrival of three unit Citilink Airbus A320. The airline also has received type aircraft in January and February. Aristo said, Citilink will operate an Airbus A320 on domestic routes. "In 2013 we did penetrate into the domestic front, the new 2014 next to the international community," he said.

Aristo said, the procurement activities by Citilink Airbus A320 can not be compared with a similar strategy undertaken Lion Air. "Nothing can be compared because they're up to 2026, while we were until 2015 only," he said.

The national airline Lion Air also announced it will buy 234 aircraft type Airbus A320 worth U.S. $ 24 billion (USD 232.8 billion). Delivery of new aircraft is done at 2014-2026.

According to President Director of Lion Air, Rusdi Kirana, six Airbus A320 fleet will arrive in July 2014. The new fleet will be used for new routes domestically and internationally. He added, for business expansion, Lion Air will make two subsidiaries. "We are establishing new companies and acquiring existing ones," he said.

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