Indonesia-based Rimbun Air is expanding its 737 Classic fleet and has added a second 737-300F, and the carrier is already turning its attention to 737NGs for the next phase of growth.
Rimbun Air, which added the 1993-vintage unit 26288 (ex-China Postal Airlines) in early 2021, told Cargo Facts that it has now also acquired a sister aircraft (26284).
Unit 26284 arrived in Jakarta (CGK) on Jan. 20, after a series of technical evaluations.
Rimbun Air also told Cargo Facts that it plans to grow its fleet further and take it to five 737s by the end of 2022. Because of challenges in securing suitable Classics, the carrier said it is currently in discussions with several lessors on 737-800Fs.
Multiple carriers in Indonesia operate 737 Classic freighters but there is currently no 737NG freighter based in the country.
Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) recently told Cargo Facts that it is working on obtaining regulatory approval for its 737-800SF conversion from the Indonesian authorities, among others.
Other Indonesian carriers like My Indo Airlines, Tri-M.G. Intra Asia Airlines and Pelita Air Service have also previously told Cargo Facts that they were considering or evaluating 737-800Fs.
Unit 26284 was one of a few 737-300Fs that China Postal appears to have removed from service as it gradually renews its fleet. The carrier added three 737-800BCFs in 2021 and now has a total of seven.
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