Indonesia-based Cardig Air has relaunched operations after a couple of years of stagnation. The carrier recently added to its fleet a 737-400F (25857, ex-British Airways) and began flying it May 18 [FAT 005420].
According to Indonesian ground handler JAS Airport Services, Cardig Air is flying the aircraft between Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP) and Pekanbaru (PKU) three times a week.
Unit 25857 exited the British Airways fleet in 2015 and appears to have been converted by PEMCO in Tampa (TPA) between 2018 and 2019. In mid-March 2020, the aircraft was ferried to HLP via Oakland (OAK), Honolulu (HNL), Majuro (MAJ), and Biak, Papua (BIK).
Cardig Air previously operated a number of 737-300Fs, but hit a rough patch shortly after beginning its transition to a 737-400F fleet. The single 737-400F (25180, ex-Sriwijaya Air) which it added in May 2018 was repossessed by Vallair after just several months, with Cardig Air having terminated operations. That aircraft was placed with ASL Airlines France in November 2019. Some of the 737-300Fs are now with other Indonesian operators, including My Indo Airlines.
While the carrier’s only active aircraft currently appears to be unit 25857, at least one 737-300F remains registered to Cardig Air (23258, ex-TNT). The aircraft has been in storage since 2018, and it remains unclear if the carrier has any intention of reactivating the aircraft.
Update 8/20/2020: An earlier version of this story stated 25857 was acquired from Aero Acquisitions. In fact, the deal was facilitated by other entities and Aero Acquisitions was not involved.