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Formed in 2003 and started operations in 2004. Formerly "Efata Papua Airlines." Domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Menara Dea 1501
Kawasan Mega Kuningan
Jakarta 12980, Indonesia
February 2004: Received its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) and acquired a 727-243 (22702, PK-EPV) from Aviogenex (AVG).
March 2004: Started Jakarta - Surabaya - Biak - Jayapura - Merauke.
1 727-243 (22702, PK-EPV), Aviogenex (AVG) 1 year wet-leased with 2 year extension option. 1 order F 100, Debis AirFinance (DEA) leased for feeder services in Papua to establish services to East Timor and Darwin, Australia.
April 2005: Efata Papua Airlines (EFT) operates a wet-leased jet airplane on services between Jakarta and destinations in Irian Jaya (West Papua).
July 2005: 1 order MD-88 (49759, PK-FTT), ex-Air Aruba (AAU)/Southeast (SJI), GECAS (GEF) leased.
August 2005: Changes name from "Efata Papua Airlines" to "Air Efata."
December 2005: 2 MD-88's (49759, PK-FTT; 49766, PK-FEA), (GEF) leased.
January 2006: Launches operations Jakarta to the Papua Province.
July 2006: Air Efata (EFT) is a full-service Indonesian airline serving traffic to and from the eastern area of Indonesia, particularly Papua (formerly known as Irian). International destinations are to be added.
Main Base: Jakarta Soekamo Hatta International Airport (CGK).
Hubs: Tembagapura (TIM); Biak Frans Kaisiepo (BIK); Jayapura Sentani (DJJ); & Surabaya (SUB).
December 2006: Ceased operations.
March 2007: The Indonesian government announced a ban on commercial airplanes older than 10 years following several mishaps and accidents, the worst of which was the January 2007 crash of a 17-year-old Adam Air (DHI) 737-400 that killed 102. According to the "Associated Press," Transport Minister, Hatta Rajasa insisted the regulation would not require parliamentary approval, but did not indicate when it would go into effect. The current age limit is 20 years. Adam Air (DHI) announced last month, that it intended to lease six A320s and build up a fleet of 30 of the type "over the next five years," replacing the 737s it now operates. New airplanes will be both leased and purchased.
April 2007: The USA (FAA) announced that Indonesia "does not comply with international safety standards set by (ICAO)" and lowered the country's safety rating to Category 2, ruling that it is "no longer overseeing the safety of its airlines in accordance with international standards." The USA State Dept issued its own statement saying that last month's safety assessment conducted by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation did not include "detailed methodology supporting the ratings" and that "Americans traveling to and from Indonesia should fly directly to their destinations on international carriers from countries whose civil aviation authorities meet international aviation safety standards."