New Freighter Service: Express Cargo Airlines

05 July 2023.

Indonesia will soon be home to another freighter operator flying the 737 Classic. The new startup, Express Cargo Airlines, has taken delivery of its first aircraft as it prepares to commence operations, according to Cargo Facts. Express Cargo Airlines is performing test flights with a 1990-vintage 737-300F as part of the certification process and hopes to receive its air operator certificate (AOC) in July.

The airline’s social media indicates the first test flight occurred in mid-June and the aircraft operating multiple flights in Indonesia in recent weeks. To see their LinkedIn page and follow their activities, click HERE.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the 737-300F freighter, registration PK-ECA most recently operated for Africa Charter Airline (FSK, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) while registered as ZS-PKV. The aircraft, now bearing the Express Cargo Airlines livery, is owned and managed by Cardigair (CAD, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta). Indonesian business records show PT Express Cargo Airlines is a limited liability company based in West Jakarta.

The start-up airline joins an increasingly crowded cargo market in Indonesia. In addition to existing operators Asia Cargo Airlines, My Indo Airlines, RGA-Black Stone Airlines, and Rimbun Air, two other new entrants are also well advanced in their start-up plans, with both Raindo United Services and BBN Airlines Indonesia intending to commence cargo flights later this year.

For more about new cargo airlines, read our related articles about Central Airlines and PT Rusky Aero Indonesia.

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