Sriwijaya Air

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Sriwijaya Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2003
Commenced operations 10 November 2003
Hubs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Subsidiaries NAM Air
Fleet size 36
Destinations 43
Company slogan Your Flying Partner
Parent company Sriwijaya Air Group
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Key people
  • Chandra Lie (CEO)
  • Hendry Lie (President Commissioner)
Sriwijaya Air - Boeing 737-900ER

Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta with its headquarters located at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport M1 Area in Tangerang, near Jakarta. Sriwijaya Air is the country's third largest carrier, operating a fleet of narrow-body aircraft, and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations and a few international destinations. The airline is listed as a Category 1 airline by Indonesia's Civil Aviation Authority, the highest status that can be achieved for operational safety; by contrast, Airline Ratings's 2015 report saw the airline awarded just one out of seven stars for safety.[1]


In 2003, Sriwijaya Air was founded by Chandra Lie, Hendry Lie, Andi Halim and Fandy Lingga, who named it after the historical Srivijaya empire. That same year, on April 28, it obtained its business license, while the AOC (Air Operator's Certificate) was issued later that year on October 28. Commencing operations on 10 November 2003, the airline initially launched flights between Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang, before introducing new routes such as Jakarta-Pontianak and Jakarta-Palembang. In its first year, Sriwijaya Air experienced rapid growth, and by June 2009, Sriwijaya Air was operating 23 aircraft, serving more than 33 domestic and 2 international routes.

In 2007, Sriwijaya Air received the Boeing International Award for Safety and Maintenance of aircraft, awarded after passing the inspection carried out over a few months. In the same year Sriwijaya Air received Aviation Customer Partnership Award from Pertamina. In 2008, Sriwijaya Air was awarded an award by Markplus & Co., signifying public appreciation of the services provided by Sriwijaya Air. In August 2015, Sriwijaya Air also achieved BARS (Basic Aviation Risk Standard) Certification that issued by Flight Safety Foundation.[2] Aircraft maintenance is done by PT. ANI (Aero Nusantara Indonesia), AiRod Sdn Bhd and Garuda Indonesia Maintenance Facility (GMF AeroAsia).

At the Paris Air Show 2011, Sriwijaya Air agreed to buy 20 Embraer 190 jets, with purchase rights for 10 more. However, the airline cancelled its plan to operate the Embraer 190 shortly afterwards, instead deciding to utilize the 737 aircraft it already owned.[3]

In 2011, the airline began leasing 12 second-hand Boeing 737-500 with a total value of $84 million to replacing its ageing Boeing 737-200 aircraft, with deliveries taking place between April and December 2011.[4]

Currently Sriwijaya Air in progress to retire its entire 737 Classic fleet with the Boeing 737-800. It took delivery of 2 such aircraft in 2014, 6 737-800 in 2015 and planned to acquire up to 10 more aircraft in 2016. In Paris Airshow 2015, Sriwijaya Air also signed an order for 2 units of 737-900ER with purchase option to acquire up to 20 unit of Boeing 737 MAX. This deal was the first time for Sriwijaya Air to take a brand-new aircraft after almost 12 years operating in Indonesia. It took delivery of its first and second Boeing 737-900ER in August 23, 2015.

As of November 2015 (for NAM Air since its forming in 2013), Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air are the only airlines in Indonesia that permit female flight attendants to don the hijab in all regular flights, and are among the airlines in Southeast Asia that allow it alongside Royal Brunei Airlines and Rayani Air. Other airlines in Indonesia known only allow their female flight attendant to use the hijab when operating Hajj/Umra flights or flights to Middle East especially to Saudi Arabia.

Full Service Airline

Today, Sriwijaya Air is categorized as a Medium Service Airline which serves only light snacks. Sriwijaya Air had planned to expand into a full service airline, which are required to have at least 31 airplanes with business class seats and meals for passengers. However, as of 2015, the airline has yet to achieve its goal.[5]


Sriwijaya Air subsidiaries use NAM as an acronym, in honour of Sriwijaya Air CEO father, Lo Kui Nam.

  • NAM Air - Feeder of Sriwijaya Air, first flight on 11December 2013.
  • National Aviation Management - a flying school based in Pangkal Pinang, also known as NAM Flying School.
  • National Aircrew Management - Cabin Crew Training Centre based in Jakarta, next to Sriwijaya Air headquarters. Also known as NAM Training Centre.
  • National Aircraft Maintenance - Performing minor maintenance for Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air. Major maintenance is performed by GMF AeroAsia and AiRod Sdn Bhd.
  • Negeri Aksara Mandiri - Producing inflight magazines for Sriwijaya Air and NAM Air, known as "Sriwijaya Inflight Magazine".
  • PT. Nieve Aplikasi Mandiri - New IT arms for Sriwijaya Group.


In 2013, many destinations such as Palangkaraya, Banda Aceh, and Bandung, were closed for commercial reasons. Some previously closed routes are being opened again in 2015 such like Bandung and Pekanbaru even though now operated by NAM Air, not by Sriwijaya Air.

 Timor Leste
 Sri Lanka


Current Fleet

The Sriwijaya Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2018):[7]

Aircraft In Service On Order Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-300 4 148 148
Boeing 737-500 6 8 112 120
Boeing 737-800 24 189 189
Boeing 737-900ER 2 220 220
Total 36 0

As of October 2015, only the Boeing 737-500 aircraft feature a business class cabin, while the rest of the fleet is flown is configured in an all-economy configuration. In August 2013, the airline phased out its Boeing 737-200 fleet, and plans to replace its entire 737 Classic fleet with 737 Next Generation aircraft as well. The last Sriwijaya Air 737-400 has been retired in January 2016. On every Sriwijaya Air Group planes (including NAM Air) had a unique name that taken after holy book phrases, places, behaviours and even plants or birds with different philoshopy on each planes. Example on Sriwijaya Air is "Rajawali"(Hawk), "Gaharu"(Agarwood), "Kebersamaan"(Togetherness), "Hawila"(Havilah) and "Bukit Kejora"(name of hill in Bangka).

The airline signed a LOI for 20 737 MAX 8 at the 2015 Paris Airshow. Delivery is planned in 2017 or 2018 if finalized.[8]

Former Fleet

Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-200 16 2003 2013
Boeing 737-300 9 2007 2018
Boeing 737-400 7 2008 2017
Boeing 737-500 9 2012 2018 All fleets are transferred to NAM Air
Boeing 737-800 3 2012 2018 Returned to lessor

Accidents and incidents

  • On 27 August 2008 a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-200 (PK-CJG, c/n 23320) operating as flight SJ062 overran the runway at Jambi, Sumatra. There were 26 injuries and one fatality. The deceased was a farmer who was with his family in a hut sheltering from rain when it was struck by the plane.[9][10]
  • On 20 December 2011, a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-300 (PK-CKM, c/n 28333) encountered windshear on final approach and after touchdown veered off the runway while landing at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The aircraft managed to touch down, but could not stop in time. The aircraft came to a stop 25 meters past the runway end. The right main landing gear and nose gear collapsed, causing the right engine and wing were substantially damaged. There were no fatalities and two passengers received minor injuries during the evacuation. The aircraft was written off.
  • On 1 June 2012, a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-400 (PK-CJV, c/n 24689), operating domestic flight SJ188 from Jakarta, Indonesia to Pontianak (Borneo) veered off runway 15 during landing at Pontianak in heavy rain. The aircraft, after aquaplaning on the drenched runway, came to stop left of the tarmac on soft ground on its belly (the nose gear collapsed and the main landing gear sank into the soft soil) and received substantial damage. No injuries occurred, the airport was temporarily closed as its single runway was blocked by the accident. On 2 June the aircraft was removed from the runway by the use of heavy cranes and the airport reopened for normal traffic.[11]
  • On 13 October 2012, a Sriwijaya flight from Medan, North Sumatra to Minangkabau International Airport, Padang, West Sumatra accidentally landed at Tabing Air Force Base, some 7 miles (12 km) away. None of the 96 passengers and 4 crew were harmed. The pilot and co-pilot were suspended and subsequently questioned by the NTSC [12][13]

See also


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  3. ^ "Sriwijaya plane order of Embraer 190 jets".
  4. ^ "Sriwijaya Lease Agreement for Boeing jets". November 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sriwijaya looks to full service expansion in 2013". October 12, 2011.
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  9. ^ "Sriwijaya Air Slips". August 28, 2008. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008.
  10. ^ "Accident: Sriwijaya Air B732 at Jambi on Aug 27th 2008, runway overrun". Aug 29, 2008.
  11. ^ "Accident: Sriwijaya B734 at Pontianak on Jun 1st 2012, runway excursion". June 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "Indonesia plane lands at Tabing not Padang". Oct 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "SRIWIJAYA AIR NYASAR : KNKT Periksa Percakapan Pilot" (in Indonesian). Solo Pos. 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-19.

External links

  • Official website
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