Merpati Nusantara Airlines president and CEO Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo stated the carrier ordered 40 ARJ21-700 aircraft from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) on 14-Feb-2012, scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2017 (Xinhua, 21-Feb-2012). Mr Tjitrokusumo stated the carrier plans to expand its fleet to 75 aircraft by 2017.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines orders 40 ARJ21s, targets fleet of 75 aircraft by 2017
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