(Photo: PT Dirgantara Indonesia Persero)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – State aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed a framework agreement on the sideline of the Singapore Airshow 2018 to build 75 units of its N219 Nurtanio aircraft for three national aviation companies.

PTDI corporate secretary Ade Yuyu Wahyuna said in a written statement that the Aceh provincial administration, PT Pelita Service and PT Trigana Air Service had respectively ordered 50, 20 and five Nurtanio airplanes.

“Under the agreement, the operation and maintenance of the N-219 Nurtanio airplanes will be carried out by PT Pelita Service,” said Ade on Wednesday (7/2), adding that the North Kalimantan administration planned to sign a similar agreement on Thursday.

The N-219 Nurtanio airplane is a 19-seat, twin turboprop airplane that was designed and developed by PTDI in cooperation with the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).

The plane was developed to meet air transportation needs for remote areas of the country, and can provide passenger, cargo and air ambulance services.

The Nurtanio is expected to complete its 300th test flight this year, with a maximum flight time of 17 hours as of Feb. 2.

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