Dutch-based freight forwarder TNT has recently begun using the Boeing 747-400 ER Freighter, with a payload capacity of 110 tons, to serve its Southeast Asian, Chinese and European markets.
With four new Boeing 747-400 ER Freighters being put into operation last week, TNT now has a fleet of 51 aircraft.
"A Boeing 747-400 ER Freighter can fly directly from Europe to Singapore, traveling around 13,000 kilometers without transit," TNT Indonesia sales and marketing manager Andry Adiwinarso said at a press conference Wednesday.
The new freighters, the largest in Asia, do not fly direct to Indonesia, Andry said.
Indonesia transports cargo every day to Singapore with feeder aircraft leased from the Malaysian based cargo airline Transmile via Jakarta and Balikpapan, he said.
"Indonesian freight served by TNT grows each year by around 15 to 20 percent. With the new large aircraft now available, we're expecting the amount to increase by up to 50 percent a year," he said.
Indonesia received around $188 billion from export and import trading last year, said Mahendra Siregar, a deputy to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy.
The main export commodities included electrical equipment, textiles and machinery. (rff)