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KLS-2015-02 - JAKARTA TO BERAU
Formed in 2007 and started operations in 2008. Started as a regional carrier operating domestic scheduled passenger services to 24 destinations using wet-leased airplanes. Also operates domestic and international (IT) charters on behalf of in-house tour operator and carries cargo for sister company Star Cargo. Services are operated by other carriers, including Pelita Air Services.
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Serpong, South Tangerang 15322, Indonesia
Indonesia (the Republic of Indonesia) was established in 1945, it covers an area of 1,904,569 sq km, its population is 210 million, its capital city is Jakarta, and its official language is Indonesian.
January 2015: Kalstar Aviation (KLS) is based in Serpong on the Indonesian province of Kalimantan on Borneo Island. It operates a fleet of 3 ATR 42-300s, 4 ATR 72-600s, 2 737-500s and 1 737-300.
Kalstar Aviation (KLS) will take a pair of Embraer E195s on lease from Aldus Aviation.
(IATA) Code: JT. (ICAO) Code: KLS - (Callsign - KALSTAR).
Main Base: Serpong, South Tangerang, Kalimantan.
* Jakarta, Soekarno Hatta International Airport
* Surabaya, Juanda International Airport
* Semarang, Achmad Yani International Airport
* Malang, Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport
* Solo, Adisumarmo International Airport
* Balikpapan, Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport
* Banjarmasin, Syamsudin Noor Airport
* Berau, Kalimarau Airport
* Ketapang, Ketapang Airport
* Kota Baru, Gusti Syamsir Alam Airport
* Malinau, Robert Atty Bessing Airport
* Melak, Melalan Airport
* Nanga Pinoh, Nanga Pinoh Airport
* Nunukan, Nunukan Airport
* Pangkalan Bun, Iskandar Airport
* Pontianak, Supadio Airport
* Putussibau, Pangsuma Airport
* Samarinda, Temindung Airport
* Sampit, Sampit Airport
* Sintang Regency, Sintang Airport
* Tanjung Selor, Tanjung Harapan Airport
* Tarakan, Juwata International Airport
Riau Islands & Bangka-Belitung Islands:
* Bintan, Kijang Airport
* Matak, Matak Airport
* Pangkal Pinang, Depati Amir Airport
* Tanjung Pandan, H. A. S. Hanandjoeddin Airport
Wakatobi Regency & Buton:
* Wakatobi, Matahora Airport
* Tomia, Maranggo Airport
* Bau-Bau, Betoambari Airport
June 2015: ATR 42-500 (518, PK-KSF), Nordic Aviation Capital leased.
October 2015: News Item A-1: "Indonesia Carriers Cancel Thousands of Flights due to Fires" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, October 27, 2015.
Indonesia’s regional carrier Kalstar Aviation (KLS) has canceled >1,000 flights in the last 2 months due to poor visibility resulting from uncontrolled rain forest and peat land fires.
(KLS), based in 1 of the worst-hit burning areas in Kalimantan, said the flight cancellations has impacted the travel plans of some 120,000 passengers to date this year and cost (KLS) billions of rupiah in lost revenue.
The fires are set every year to burn off land in preparation for palm oil and timber plantations, but this year, has seen worse than usual fires, due to a dry El Nino-influenced spell.
Kalstar (KLS), which became the 1st Indonesian Embraer E195 operator in January 2015, was targeting passenger growth to around 1.5 million passengers this year, but now has been forced to downgrade expectations significantly, (KLS) spokesperson Mochamad Zainuddin said. “We are unlikely to reach our passenger target this year,” he said, adding that, “Maybe the most we can reach will be 1.2 million or 1.3 million passengers.”
Other regional carriers have also seen extensive cancellations due to poor visibility caused by the smoke at airports across the region.
In the Philippines, both Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) have canceled regional schedules, and in Malaysia, both Firefly (FFM) and AirAsia (ASW) have suspended dozens of Penang flights to Langkawi, Medan, and Subang.
In southern Indonesia, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia (GIA) said it had also canceled at least 500 flights in recent weeks. “The effect of the haze on our businesses is very significant,” (GIA) spokesperson Benny Butarbutar said, adding the conditions had also affected the schedules of low-cost subsidiary Citilink (CNK).
Despite specialist crews from Indonesia, Singapore, China, Australia, Russia and Malaysia battling the fires, the situation was described by Singapore Defense Minister, Ng Eng Hen as “an industrial scale disaster” with millions of hectares still burning across both Kalimantan and nearby Sumatra. “This is the worst haze to affect this region in a decade,” he said.
ATR 72-600 (1266, PK-KSG), ex-(F-WWEP), (ALE) leased.
December 2015: "Kalstar Aviation (KLS) E195 Skids Off Runway at El Tari Kupang Airport" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, December 24, 2015.
INCDT: A Kalstar Aviation (KLS) Embraer E195 overran the runway at El Tari Airport in Kupang on December 21 and suffered substantial damage, including a landing gear collapse. The incident closed the airport for nearly 4 hours.
The aircraft (flight KD-678 from Denpasar, Bali to Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur) was carrying 120 passengers and 5 crew members. All were evacuated safely using emergency slides after the aircraft came to rest on the soft shoulder some 600 ft past the end of the runway.
El Tari Kupang airport, General Manager Gabriel Keraf said the incident occurred at around 17.30 hrs and the airport reopened to air traffic again at 22.30 hrs, after the emergency services and airport staff had “a chance to clean up the runway,” he said.
As a result of the incident, several flights (including Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Batik Air (BTK)) schedules were delayed.
Airport operator, Angkasa Pura I Kupang said it is still evaluating the situation, and that an investigation of the incident will be carried out by the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee.
Kalstar Aviation (KLS) operates to >30 domestic destinations across Kalimantan and central Indonesia, using a fleet of 12 aircraft, including E195s, Boeing 737s, and ATR 72 and ATR 42s.
February 2017: ATR 72-500 (518, PK-KSF) ferried Makassar to Saarbrucken for storage and return to Nordic Aviation Capital after lease.
June 2017: E190-100LR (0110, PK-KDD), returned to (GECAS) (GEF) leased.