Xpress Air was a domestic regular airline that offered direct flights to the eastern parts of Indonesia, with its first flight in 2005, and from 2014 international routes to Malaysia.[1] Beginning with two Boeing 737s, Xpress Air was the first privately owned, scheduled airline to connect Jakarta to 24 domestic destinations like Makassar (formerly known as Ujung Pandang), Ternate, Sorong, Manokwari and Jayapura. Makassar was a main hub for all flights coming from Java to the eastern cities of Indonesia, while Sorong was a second hub in Papua, connecting remote places surrounding the West Papua area. The airline ceased all operations in 2021.[citation needed]

Xpress Air
XpressAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2021
HubsTanjung Pinang - Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport(Main Hub)
Fleet size6
Xpress Air planes at Sultan Babullah Airport


Express Air began commercial operations between Jayapura and Jakarta on June 23, 2003. The airline had grown to become one of the major airlines in eastern Indonesia. Xpress Air was done several major fleet expansion to serve more 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 connecting people to Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Pontianak and more.[citation needed]

In 2012, Xpress Air adopted 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", maintaining the culture and tradition of a friendly airline with new, modern advancements and motivation.[2]

In 2021 the airline ceased all operations.[citation needed]


Destinations at time of closureEdit

Terminated destinations before closureEdit


Last active fleetEdit

As of early 2021 the Xpress Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Xpress Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Order Passengers Notes
ATR 42-300 2 0 42
Boeing 737-300 1 0 149
Dornier 328-110 3 0 32
Total 6 -

Retired fleet before closureEdit

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:


  • On 6 November 2008, a Dornier 328 that was in service for only six 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.[8]
  • 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". Jakarta Post. June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Xpress Air Logo Baru, Moto Baru dan Kantor Baru". December 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Express Air Migrasi ke Bandara Adi Soemarmo, Garap Rute Kalimantan". radarsolo.jawapos.com. Archived from the original on 2020-02-27.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ogah ke Bandara Kulon Progo, Maskapai Ini Pilih Adi Soemarmo". finance.detik.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Xpress Air Pilih Bandara Adi Sumarmo Ketimbang YIA". Bisinis.com. 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Xpressair Buka Rute Baru dari Jateng ke Kalimantan dan Sumatera - SuaraMerdeka". www.suaramerdeka.com. Archived from the original on 2020-03-25.
  7. ^ "Express Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  8. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 328-110 PK-TXN Tanahmerah Airport (TMH)".