Nepal Buys Indonesian CN235 Aircraft

Prepare for CN235 flight to Nepal (photo: RI Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Bandung, MINA – Indonesia succeeded in selling CN235-220 aircraft made by PT. Dirgantara Indonesia that worth the US $30.5 to Nepal.

The multipurpose aircraft was flown from Bandung on Wednesday and scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, November 2.

“The use of Indonesian production aircraft by Army Force’s Nepal has further strengthened world confidence in the work of Indonesian people,” said Elfien Goentoro, President Director of PTDI, at the official release event in Bandung, Wednesday.

Nepal is the 23rd country in the world and the second in South Asia to use CN235 after Pakistan, Elfien continued.

Nepal’s trust in the aircraft made by PTDI grew stronger after the Nepalese Army team visited Bandung to inspect the CN-235 directly last September. Nepal also intends to order the second plane from PTDI.

Besides Nepal, PTDI is producing a number of aircraft for several countries including Senegal and Thailand.

The aircraft purchase uses a financing system through a program from LPEI, namely the National Interest Account which is the policy of Indonesian Government in the context of strengthening export financing.

The sale of the CN-235 is part of a joint effort to increase the promotion of national strategic industries to compete in international markets in accordance with the direction of Indonesian President which continues to encourage the promotion and oversee the contract negotiation process of a number of leading SOEs so that economic diplomacy provides direct benefits for the country.

In addition to PTDI, a number of other SOEs are also conducting a number of project discussions with countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa region, including PT. Waskita Karya, PT. INKA, PT. Pindad, PT. LEN, Perum Peruri, PT Pelindo II and PT. GMF Aero Asia. (T/Sj)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)