Indonesia set to roll out first commercial airliner
Indonesia is about to roll out its first passenger plane, one of several smaller, homegrown aircraft being studied in Asia, designed especially for short hops across the region’s emerging markets, where air travel is booming.
State-owned aerospace firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia’s 19-seat N219, which cost $400-million (U.S.) and took just more than five years to make, is scheduled to make its first flight in June and start deliveries in 2018.
South Korea is mulling a 100-seat aircraft, and India has considered a 70-to-90 seater. | READ MORE