(NSI News Source Info) February 10, 2009: AIRFAST Indonesia, an Indonesian aircraft charter company, has signed a firm order with Dirgantara Indonesia for the purchase of C-212-400. This is the first C-212-400 order for Dirgantara after C-212-400 assembly jigs and facilities are relocated from San Pablo, Spain, to Bandung, West Java.
The contract order was signed by Dirgantara President, Budi Santoso, and Airfast President, Irma Reuneker in Bandung,West Java, on Friday (06/02).The EADS CASA C-212 Aviocar is a turboprop-powered STOL medium transport aircraft designed and built in Spain for civil and military use. C-212s are also produced under licence in Indonesia by Indonesian Aerospace, formerly called IPTN but now known as IAe. The design was initially marketed under the name of Aviocar, but EADS-CASA no longer uses that name in referring to the C-212. *A total of 478 C-212s of all variants had been delivered through the end of 2008 by EADS-CASA. EADS-CASA predicts that an additional 85 aircraft will be delivered in the 2007-2016 time period. EADS-CASA currently builds only the C-212-400, which received Spanish certification in 1998. The C-212-200 is currently built in Indonesia, and IAe is also preparing to begin assembly of -400 models, probably in 2008.
The 26-seater C-212-400 is the latest version of the C-212 developed by CASA-EADS. Budi said the market for the C-212-400 was promising as many airlines in the region had started to turn from jets to light aircraft due to high global oil prices.
The ASEAN market of C-212-400 is potential and it is predicted that within the next seven years 155 units of C-212-400 will be sold.