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Xpress Air established itself as a Domestic Regular Airline that offers direct flights to the Eastern parts of Indonesia, with its first leap in the year 2005 and from 2014 served international routes to Malaysia.[1] Beginning with its two Boeing 737s, Xpress Air became the first privately owned, scheduled airline that connects Jakarta to 24 domestic destinations like Makassar (formerly known as Ujung Pandang), Ternate, Sorong, Manokwari, and Jayapura. Makassar serves as a main hub for all flights coming from Java islands to the Eastern cities of Indonesia, while Sorong serves as a second hub in Papua, connecting remote places surrounding West Papua Area.

Xpress Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
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Company sloganTerbanglah Indonesia (Fly, Indonesia)
Xpress Air planes at Sultan Babullah Airport

Xpress Air is supported by PT Aero Nusantara Indonesia (ANI).

Xpress Air is listed in category 1 by Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority for airline safety quality.[2]



Express Air begun commercial operations between Jayapura and Jakarta on June 23, 2003. Since then, the airline has grown to become one of the major airlines in Eastern Indonesia. Xpress Air is currently in the process of a major fleet expansion to serve more numbers of destinations along West-East Papua axis, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Nusa Tenggara region. The vision to also offer routes to the western regions has been met as Xpress Air has begun connecting people to Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Pontianak and more.

The year 2012 embarked a new journey for Xpress Air with a new branding name (from Express Air to Xpress Air to represent a more modern and customer-friendly airline), a new strategy and a fresh new slogan "Terbanglah Indonesia", holding close to its heart the same culture and tradition of a friendly airline with new, modern advancements and motivation



Current FleetEdit

As of February 2019 the Xpress Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[3]

Xpress Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Order Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 3 0 149
Boeing 737-500 1 0 131
ATR 42-300 3 0 42
Total 8 -

Former FleetEdit

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:


  • On 6 November 2008, a Dornier 328 that was in service only 6 weeks with Express Air had a hard landing at Fakfak Airport. All 36 passengers and crew survived.
  • On June 14, 2009, an Express Air Dornier 328 swerved off the runway at Tanahmerah Airport and skidded into an earthen mound. This resulted in substantial damage to the right engine and propeller.[4]
  • On 13 May 2013, an Express Air Boeing 737-200 experienced a technical engine problem. The aircraft later landed at Jayapura safely.


  1. ^ "Express Air to link Pontianak and Johor Bahru this weekend". June 11, 2014.
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  3. ^ "Expressair Fleet". Airfleets. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
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