Next year, Indonesia's Lion Air group will receive a Boeing 737-900ER every 15 days, and an ATR 72-600 every 30 days, expanding its fleet by a third in 12 months. Garuda Indonesia plans to double its fleet within the next 3.5 years. Taking delivery will be the easy part. For every new narrowbody, an airline needs to employ at least six pilots, and to do a Boeing 737 line-maintenance check requires four maintenance technicians. The difficult part will be finding enough of these maintenance ...


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