Hello! At a much smaller version, Sparrow Air aims to re-start their business within the next few days with a batch of Airbus A320/321s as well as MD-87s. Domestic services will be offered mainly from and to Jakarta as well as seleted international services.
The The company will be sized and shaped in a way that I don´t need to check the business too often.
At a later stage, regional subsidiaries will be established to allow the development of regional feeder-services with more appropriate aircraft. Dash 8s will be used for these services due to their ability to operate in and out of airports with short runways.
According to an Airplane Spotter, Sparrow Air is planning to introduce an new livery on their planes, beginning with their modern and efficient long haul fleet. The Planespotter took this picture and uploaded it to the Internet seconds before he was hung, drawn and quartered by some Sparrow Air officials:
Sparrow Air strongly denied reports that some officials of the company mutilated an airplane spotter.
„We can confirm that we gave him a one-way ticket from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea and he was never seen again after he departed for his adventure into the dense jungles of this magnificient country“.
Nevertheless, Sparrow Air had different and demanding tasks during the last months, including the sudden suspension of their flight ops in November 2016 due to „some irregularities in maintenance“ and „overstressed infrastructure“. The management visited some Indonesian politicians and after a few days, the airline was ready to re-start their business.
„All aircraft were checked and cleaned. The first flight with one of our 109-seat MD-87s impressed journalists because our airplane looked like factory-new – inside and outside!“
Sparrow Air was able to re-install their schedule and the expansion ensured a sustainable market-share in the markets served.
The majority of flights are within Indonesia. Thus, Sparrow Air is a very good choice for all people who want to travel to and from Indonesia as well as domestically within the huge archipelago.
Important IL´s were signed and we are generally open for additional ILs – except from countries which are covered by current ILs.
The current fleet numbers 524 active aircraft, including 266 MD-80s, 53 MD-90s, and 120 MD-95s.
Additionally, the airline operates 54 DC-9s, 13 A320/321s, as well as 18 DC-8s.
„Efficiency“ is the key for Sparrow Air and a rather high-density seating allows us to operate at very low costs on a per-seat-basis“.
Sparrow Air started to offer three fares on most flights. This videos shows the cabin of one of our DC-9-41s, including a Japanese crew in the interest of Japanese tourists aboard this flight!
For example, Sparrow Air provides 172 seats aboard an MD-80. 150 seats are sold with the lowest fare available, followed by 17 seats at a higher fare and the remaining 5 seats at the highest fare.
A major expansion during the second half of January 2017 allowed Sparrow Air to increase their schedules in key markets considerably. The majority of expansion required the introduction of many additional MD-80s, resulting in a fleet of 167 MD-82s alone.
Prior to this, the airline looked at the option to get additional A320s and/or A321s. All calculations shows that the MD-80 remains to be the best option for the foreseeable future. „We can´t secure that much aircraft at lower costs“.
There are speculations that Sparow Air is looking to replace their 18-strong DC-8-fleet but the management can confirm that the DC-8s will be retained „as long as they can be operated profitably“. The 269-seat Douglas DC-8 Super 73 is currently the biggest aircraft-type of Sparrow Air.
Here you can see one of our DC-8 Super 62s in action:
Turmoil, doubts about financial situation at Sparrow Air
The absence of the CEO of Sparrow Air reflects not only the problems at Sparrow air but is also a potential reason for the ongoing internal problems, some sources told news agencies.
„The CEO always takes money and lacks financial discipline“ – the financial manager of Sparrow Air was cited. he added that „the CEo regularly taakes so much money from Sparrow Air and ignores the fact that the airline needs enough money to cover their weekly costs.
The financial manager left his position after the CEO was notified of this claim.
At the same time, the workforce of Sparrow Air continues to provide sterling service, despite lack of napkins or allegations of false maintenance.
The fleet-manager said:
- Sparrow Air operates their full schedule and this is a proof that our aircraft are serviceable
- Sparrow Air provides the most extensive domestic and international network from and to Indonesia
- The latest incidents were not the fault of Sparrow Air. In all cases, the runways were simply too short in rainy conditions during night-times
- Sparrow Air operates one of the most modern fleet worldwide. For example, no other airline operates the DC-8
- Sparrow Air is due to take delivery of an A321neo – again another first
The new A321neo will augment the nine A321s currently operated but will feature a different configuration for 186 passengers, adding three seats compared to the older configuration.
The airline also began to install First Class in their MD-80s. All 140-seat aircaft will be re-configured to provide five First Class-seats, while the seating capacity will stay the same. „In fact, we are now able to demand a First Class fare for five seats and passengers will be pleased to get the similar service offered in our Business Class“.
During the next weeks, the entire fleet will be re-configured to provide at least five First Class seats.
Sparrow Air plans to add additional suitable aircraft to enhance the servies between Indonesia and India. The demand on flights between the two countries considerably increased. The lack of suitable MD-82 and MD-83-aircraft really hinders the increase of frequencies on existing routes.
The long haul-business also improved during the last eight weeks and the MD-11-ops stabilized on an aceptable level. However, Sparrow Air is in no urge to provide additional capacities due to potential slumps in demand.
After the re-configuration, Sparrow Air seems to need a rest for financial recovery. For the time being, the CEO of Sparrow Air is preparing a summer party fort he management of Sparrow Air. He added: Sadly, no ordinary employee can attend our summer party because the airline needs to run unaffected by private activities to ensure enough income to cover the salaries oft he management.
The CEO is now away, organizing the party with the support of another very successful Italian airline and with music from the MD-80-era...
The fleet manager at Indo has been hesitant with the A321NEO suggesting to invest in 717s and MD80s, when the CEO heard the ex fleet manager was quickly sent to jungles of Papua where Indo has been supplying the cannibals with food in the form of incompetent managers for some time thereby Indo is the favourite carrier in the Papua jungles. The CEO wants his 500 A321NEOs now!
Some managers of Sparrow Air doubt the reasons behind the growth of the subsidiary Transair Niugini . Transair Niugini connects Port Moresby with tiny airstrips in the jungles of PNG and strangely, some managers were reluctant to support the growth of this airline. The CEO was informed about these resistant managers...
Btw. German aviation journalists arrived in Jakarta after invitation by the CEO of Sparrow Air. The journalists attended an apron visit and one of journalists asked for the newest addition, the A321neo. The CEO talked and talked (bla. bla.bla, blaaa, blaa, blo, bla) while the journalists looked out for the newest aircraft between the old and dirty MD-80s, MD-90s, Boeing 717s and worn-out A320s and A321s.
They were invited to an A321 with "neo"-stickers including a photo-shooting in front of this dirty aircraft and after a few minutes, doubts were raised by the journalists due to the worn-out condition of the A321. It was discovered that Sparrow Air used an old A321-100 for this occasion because the first A321neo stands in Medan, ready for her first revenue-flight to Surabaya tomorrow.
"Please use Photoshop etc. for your article", the CEO said to the bewildered journalists and you all will get "free flights and hotel accomodation as long as you are writing nice portraits about Sparrow Air". All journalists agreed after they got the information of further expansion of Transair Niugini with new flights from Port Moresby to Bambu, Maramoni, Obu, Salamo, Sangapi, Siwea, and Wipim with the chance to see vibrant, pure nature, with no possibility to use mobile phones and friendly tribes waiting for some gifts.
Sparrow Air provides wonderfull connections from Port Moresby to Bali (A319), Jayapura (MD82), Medan (A320), Tembagapura (MD82), and Ujung Pandang (B717/MD83). A new nonstop-flight between Jakarta and Port Moresby will be offered soon.
This evening, the CEO of Sparrow Air will attend another private summer party in Bali, celebrating...nothing.
The motto of this party is believed to be the delivery of an MD-83 in 1985 and the ability to use this beat to speed up cleaning between two flights:
Sparrow Air rethinks fares-policy, optimizes network
Sparrow Air aims to increase profitability systemwide with three different fares offered on most flights. The changes will be effective within the next three to four days and the financial department anticipates increased revenues in key markets.
For example, passengers can choose from three different fares aboard an MD-80-flight, with 5 seats at highest fare for people who think that their are important business men, 20 seats with normal fares for business men who wants to be seen as business men and 130 seats with attractive fares for ordinary people. If fully occupied, the 155-seat MD-80 answers the demand for three specific groups of customers.
The totally unexpected collapse of CAMUXX AIRLINES had a considerable effect on Sparrow Air. The majority of flights between Indonesia and Thailand were operated by CAMUXX AIRLINES. Thailand was previously served on a rather modest schedule with flights to Bangkok, Ko Samui, and Phuket.
Despite the dramatic increase of new connections and added frequencies, Sparrow Air believes that Thailand remains to be a tough market, similar to the PR China.
Sparrow Air initiated a considerable increase of their schedules between these two countries and leased more than two dozen additional MD-88s at very favourable terms to increase the number of flights between these two markets. The company will take a close look on all new flights for up to four weeks. In case of too low demand (except the flights from Bangkok to Medan as well as to Jakarta), the surplus MD-88s will be used elsewhere in the network.
Capacity was increased by approx. 5,5% during last week. During the last three weeks, Sparrow Air was able to expand into India as well as Australia. Medan acts as a hub for flights to India and is ideally suited for onwards flights to the Indonesian archipelago and Southeast Asia. Ujung Pandang as well as Bali were enhanced with additional flights to Australia – reflecting a surge of demand for flights between Indonesia and Australia.
Slot-constrained hubs within Indonesia and lack of suitable aircraft are major hurdles for Sparrow Air to expand faster. Sparrow Air is actively looking to add additional A321s.
Sparrow Air became the first operator of the A321neo and is generally very pleased with the efficency of this type. However, the company still retains ist business-strategy to add cheaper aircraft on lease. „We can get ten additional MD-80s for one A321neo and we know how to operate MD-80s economically“. The company admits, that some MD-83-routes should be replaced by A320s or A321-200ERs as soon as possible because the MD-83 is not perfectly suited to serve very long flights from Medan to Dubai etc..
However the MD-80 remains to be the workhorse of the company with 367 aircraft in service. 135 Boeing 717s, 53 MD-90s, and 85 DC-9s complement the narrow body-fleet.
Sparrow Air also increased their fleet of the A320-family with 23 A319s, 56 A320s, and 11 A321s in active service.
At the end of June 2017, the company operates the following fleet:
23 x Airbus A319 / 126-138 seats (some A319s are high-density versions)
56 x Airbus A320 / 150 seats
11 x Airbus A321 / 198 seats
135 x Boeing 717 / 120 seats
8 x Douglas DC8-62 / 186 seats
4 x Douglas DC8-72 / 186 seats
6 x Douglas DC8-73 / 233 seats
7 x Douglas DC9-15 / 85 seats
4 x Douglas DC9-20 / 90 seats
29 x Douglas DC9-32 / 100 seats
12 x Douglas DC9-41 / 110 seats
33 x Douglas DC9-51 / 120 seats
48 x Douglas MD-81 / 155 seats
211 x Douglas MD-82 / 155 seats
91 x Douglas MD-83 / 155 seats
24 x Douglas MD-87 / 109 seats
41 x Douglas MD-88 / 155 seats
53 x Douglas MD-90 / 155 seats
There are plans to transfer the entire fleet of faithful Douglas DC-8s to a subsidiary. This will allow Sparrow Air to save maintenance costs and to operate a more modern aircraft on long haul services. „We would retain the DC-8 but we can´t expand with additional passenger-configured aircraft of this type. A fleet of 50 to 60 DC-8 would make sense but 18 aircraft lacks the critical mass to justify the operations of the DC-8.
Eighteen DC-8s are still in successful service and aircraft like the Boeing 777/787 or A340/350 are under consideration. The ability to cover long hauls with a healthy payload from Jakarta to Europe requires very capacble aircraft.
Sadly, air agreements prohibit Sparrow Air to get full traffic rights to fly to the USA with one stop.
„We would gladly develop routes like Jakarta – Amsterdam – New York or Jakarta – Honolulu – Los Angeles but we are happy to be successful in our core Indonesian market“.
The lack of connecting ability in Eastern Indonesia remains to be a huge problem to serve the entire region. We are in regular contact with agencies regarding the possibility to upgrade Jayapura to an airport with the ability to generate transfer-traffic.
As long as no airport in the region is capable of connections, Ujung Pandang will remain the main port to the East and the very long sectors are really demanding for passengers and aircraft alike.
BTW during the acceptance of 28 additional MD-88s (also known internally as "1980s"), a party was organized with the motto: Sparrow Air will always jump above the jungle, not into it:
Always fun to read and inspiring. A charming hello from MD10 and MD11 operator on Fornebu who throws in this magnificient plane to compete with A340/B777. Ok, LAX is a too long flight, but Seattle is a beautiful city too!
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