Indonesia's good economy, which mostly escaped the global financial crisis, has set the stage for strong growth in its aviation industry. Indonesian passenger traffic rose 16% in 2009, and demand is expected to continue to grow faster than in many other countries in Asia. Indonesian airline companies have ordered 215 new aircraft, to be delivered over the next few years.
Garuda Indonesia, which is the country's flagship airline, is working on a public stock offering later this year. They are also planning to start service to Europe in June. Garuda is boasting three years of profitability in a row, despite the economic downturn worldwide. It plans to buy increase its fleet size to 116 in the next few years, from the 67 aircraft it flies today.
Lion Air now ranks as Indonesia's largest private carrier with 51 planes. They have another 148 aircraft presently on order for delivery in the five years.
AirASia, which is the country's best-known budget airline, has expanded rapidly also. They will be taking delivery this year of four new Airbus A320 aircraft.
Indonesia is the world's most populous country after China, India and the U.S. Last year the country served roughly 40 million passengers, which is up from 12 million just seven years ago, confirming their confidence in further growth in the Indonesian aviation market.
Even aircraft manufacturers recognize Indonesia as one of the markets showing very strong potential for more growth. The Indonesian aircraft fleet will more than triple in size over the next 20 years, which means nearly 400 new aircraft will be needed — and the pilots to fly them.
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