PT TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, operating as TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, usually shortened to TransNusa, is an Indonesian domestic airline serving the east of Indonesia, mainly Nusa Tenggara and southern Sulawesi. Its main base is El Tari Airport, Kupang. It was launched in August 2005 serving various destinations from Kupang, Timor, using aircraft chartered from Pelita Air and Trigana Air Service. In August 2011, TransNusa received its own air operator's certificate (AOC) and scheduled commercial airline permit.[1]

TransNusa Air Services logo.svg
Logo TransNusa Aviation Mandiri
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size8
Destinationsabout a half of 37 routes permit[1]
HeadquartersJakarta, Indonesia (Head Office)
Key peopleRisnandi Saepurachman (President Director),

Bayu Sutanto ,

Leo Budiman


TransNusa undertook its first commercial flight on 4 August 2005 in co-operation with Trigana Air Service. Initial services were established to Waingapu, Tambolaka and Lewoleba followed by routes to Alor, Ende, Maumere, Ruteng serviced by a Trigana Air ATR 42-300.[2]

Subsequently, TransNusa agreed to further co-operative partnerships in Nusa Tenggara with Riau Airlines using Fokker 50s with a second Trigana supplied ATR 42 added in April 2006. In June, a Boeing 737-200 was supplied on contract from Trigana to service Kupang-Denpasar-Surabaya and Kupang-Makassar. In late 2006 the 737-200 service was replaced by a Fokker F28-4000.[3]

The aircraft used on the commencement routes were Trigana ATR 42-300s, Riau Airlines Fokker 50s, and a Pelita Air Fokker F28.

In March 2007, arrangements with Mandala Airlines commenced with TransNusa acting both as a ticketing agent for Mandala at their office in Kupang and operating TransNusa as a feeder service to a then-new Mandala Airbus A320 operating services from Kupang airport and linking East Nusa Tenggara into the Mandala Indonesian network through Jakarta and Surabaya. TransNusa commenced by block buying seats on the A320 services.[3]

In August 2007, TransNusa entered into a route subsidy agreement with the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government to provide services for the Mataram to Sumbawa and Mataram to Bima route. The subsidised services were provided 3 times per week. In October 2007 TransNusa established the first implementation of airline e-ticketing in East Nusa Tenggara.[4]

By March 2008, TransNusa was operating 4 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft in fleet co-operation arrangements with Riau Airlines.

On 10 September 2008, Mandala Airlines announced arrangements with TransNusa to supply feeder services from Jakarta via Surabaya providing services to passengers through the Kupang hub connecting to and from destinations including Ende, Sika/Maumere, Bajawa/Ngada, Ampenan/Lombok, Waingapu/East Sumba, Tambolaka/West Sumba, Labuan Bajo and Alor.[5]

In December 2009, the charter airline Aviastar took delivery of a second new BAe 146-200 from BAE systems to be operated on behalf of TransNusa in a 98-seat all-economy layout. It was announced that the new aircraft was to be based at Denpasar Airport in Bali to operate to destinations in East Nusa Tenggara.[6][7]

Currently,[when?] that BAe 146-200 aircraft provides services originating from the two TransNusa hubs of Denpasar Bali and Kupang West Timor.[8]

This aircraft complemented an ATR 42-300 aircraft purchased in a similar collaboration with PT. Indonesia Air Transport for operations in East Nusa Tenggara originating from Kupang and serving Maumere, Alor and Lewoleba routes. The ATR-42-300 aircraft also serve airports in the region that have a relatively short runway, such as Larantuka, Rote, and Sabu. PK-TSY registered to IAT, commenced operations for TransNusa in December 2009 having first landed at the El Tari airport Kupang at 16:05 pm on 2 December piloted by Firmansyah Captain and Co-Pilot Edy Darta.[9]

By December 2009, TransNusa had a fleet of 4 French built 46 seat capacity ATR42 flying in a commercial and operational co-operation with IAT (Indonesia Air Transport).[10]

In 2010, TransNusa offered connections into the Sriwijaya Air network to link directly with flights from Kupang to Surabaya and Jakarta.[11]

TransNusa has strategic partnerships with Aviastar, Indonesia Air Transport, Sriwijaya Air and Riau Airlines in order to connect destinations in Bali and Nusa Tenggara.[12]

In 2011, Transnusa has a new stage of development, the expansion of commercial scheduled flights, and through the procurement of aircraft, obtained the 121 regular aviation operation license issued by the Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority. Transnusa was awarded by the regional aircraft manufacturer Fokker for the “World's second safe operation Fokker fleet airline” in 2014.

In 2017, Transnusa introduced 2 brand new ATR72-600s with registration PK-TNE and PK-TNF.

In 2018, Transnusa further expand the fleet by adding another ATR72-600 & ATR 42-500 with registration PK-TNH and PK-TNG.

By June 2019, Transnusa has 1 BAE, 7 ATR in fleet flying in commercial, and 3 ATR to be delivered soon. TransNusa has been awarded rewards by the Safety and HSE/OHSA audit/assessment from various customers,such as Chevron Pacific Indonesia, Premiere Oil BV, Star Energy Ltd, Santos Oil; Pearl Mubadalla Oil, Lundin Oil BV, MedCo Oil Co, Genting Oil Ltd, Vale Mining, etc.


The airline established an Executive Lounge in El Tari Airport in Kupang in January 2007. The lounge has a seating capacity for 100 passengers.[13]

TransNusa's inflight magazine is provided by the airline and presents news about corporate programs, social activities, tourism, entertainment and flight schedules. The magazine is provided in both print and electronic form being available from the TransNusa website as pdf documents.[14]

TransNusa has a VIP card program for passengers and frequent flyers. The program provides extra services such as free entry to the TransNusa Executive Lounge in El Tari Airport, Kupang, a priority customer status in high season and holiday periods and an additional 10 kg extra baggage allowance.

TransNusa Holidays packages are marketed by the airline. Ticket and vacation accommodation packages are available to passengers inbound to Alor, Kelimutu, Komodo, Sumba, Kupang, Bali, Lombok and other tourism destinations in Bali and Nusa Tenggara. These programs are cross marketed with airline travel provided by TransNusa.

Codeshare and co-operative operation partnersEdit


TransNusa office in Labuan Bajo

TransNusa operates to the following airports:[15]

Future destinationsEdit

TransNusa operates to provide scheduled operations on the following routes:

  • Makassar - Labuan Bajo - Makassar
  • Makassar - Kupang - Makassar (via Maumere)
  • Kupang - Maumere - Kupang
  • Makassar - Kendari- Makassar
  • Makassar - Pumala - Makassar
  • Makassar - Morowali - Makassar
  • Makassar - Selayar- Makassar
  • Makassar - Palu - Makassar
  • Makassar - Toli Toli - Makassar ( via Palu )
  • Makassar - Luwuk - Makassar
  • Makassar - Balikpapan - Makassar
  • Balikpapan - Palangkaraya - Balikpapan
  • Palangkaraya - Pangkalan Bun - Palangkaraya
  • Pangkalan Bun - Semarang - Pangkalan Bun
  • Balikpapan - Tarakan - Balikpapan
  • Balikpapan - Berau - Balikpapan
  • Balikpapan - Palu - Balikpapan
  • Balikpapan - Banjarmasin - Balikpapan
  • Balikpapan - Makassar - Balikpapan
  • Kupang - Labuan Bajo ( via Ende)
  • Ende - Labuan Bajo - Ende
  • Kupang - Ende - Kupang
  • Kupang - Dili - Kupang
  • Kupang - Larantuka - Kupang
  • Kupang - Bajawa - Kupang
  • Kupang - Ruteng - Kupang
  • Kupang - Lewoleba - Kupang
  • Kupang - Alor - Kupang


Current FleetEdit

TransNusa ATR 42-500

The TransNusa fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of October 2019):[17]

TransNusa Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 42-500 1
ATR 72-600 7 2 72
Total 8 2

Former FleetEdit

  • 1 Fokker 70
  • 1 further Fokker 50

Incidents and accidentsEdit


  1. ^ Not current


  1. ^ a b "January 28, 2012 - TransNusa to open route linking Kupang with Dili, Darwin".
  2. ^ Indonesian language-TranNusa website, Business Development News August 2005, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Jakarta Post-Juvenille Jodjana: Developing Nusa Tenggara via airline business, Lily Glorida Nababan, 11 December 2008, accessed 1 October 2010
  4. ^ Indonesian language-TranNusa website, Business Development News August 2007 to November 2007, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mandala Press release=Fly the biggest airlines in ‘East Nusa Tenggara’ (NTT) Mandala signs an agreement with TransNusa including route connection list and aircraft operators, 10 September 2008, accessed 1 October 2010
  6. ^ BAE Systems Press Release, 1 December 2009, Further BAE Systems Bae 146 success in Indonesia, accessed 1 October 2010
  7. ^ BAE Systems Press Release, 9 April 2010, Indonesian Market Proves Attractive For BAE Systems Regional Jets, accessed 1 October 2010
  8. ^ TransNusa Flight schedule, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 2 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ TransNusa-News 29 May 2009, TransNusa Datangkan Pesawat ATR-42, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ TransNusa-News November 2009, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ TransNusa-Business development, June 2010, accessed 1 October 2010 Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ TransNusa Air Services-About us Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 19.9.2010
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "TransNusa Aviation Buka Rute Kupang-Makassar". 8 December 2011.
  17. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 16.

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