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Sparrow Air -The Indonesian Way To Fly - survived the last months despite the absence of the CEO. The management used the time to shift money to private accounts and the CEO was not pleased to see the mess. He said that "he is the only one who can take as much money as wanted from the airline". The main task will be to repay all the obligations, including fees not paid to the civil aviation authorities and to people who want to get money as a nice gesture.

Despite all the mess, some employees really worked hard to improve the flying experience at Sparrow Air for the people of Indonesia and abroad.

The airline increased their flight schedule and currently serves 347 destinations with 723 aircraft.

The last weeks were used to add modern and efficient aircraft including 38 additional Douglas DC-9-50s and dozens of Boeing 757s. Sparrow Air also increased their MD-90-fleet to 61 aircraft and now operates a subfleet of 117 Boeing 717s.

"Getting additional MD-90s and 717s becomes difficult and Boeing declined to re-start production despite our offer to order 500 MD-90s and 500 717s instantly!".

Sparrow Air aims to optimize their flight-program further and recently added nine additional Boeing 757-300s to increase their network from and to Denpasar/Bali. "The biggest advantage is that the length of the 757-300s allows Sparrow Air to connect Bali with Jakarta without departure and arrival. Just enter the forward door and leave through the aft exit and you are there!"

The airline also signed agreements for five additional MD-80s, bringing the MD-80-fleet to 62 aircraft.

"We would be pleased to add many more aircraft but slot-contraints at major Indonesian hubs really hinder much more expansion. It´s also a very big problem that Jayapura (DJJ) is not available for transit-passengers. Changing planes at DJJ would greatly enhance the region with hundreds of small airfields in rural areas in Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea and the possibility for German tourists to visit the tribes (maybe one-way ;) )."

Sparrow-subsidiaries Sparrow Express, Sparrow Regional as well as Trans Domestic Airlines also increased their presence considerably. Sparrow Express added a large fleet of additional Saab 340s and Saab 2000s to their fleet while Sparrow Regional re-activitated many Dash 7s and added additional ATR-cargo planes.

TDA enhanced their flight ops with two additional Airbus A300s and re-activitated some stored MD-87s. TDA also leased additional MD-88s to serve Indonesia even better!

Now the CEO of Sparrow Air has to leave again for a Summer Night-party - it´s so hot and humid here in Jakarta!  :P


McDonnell Douglas and Sparrow Air are pleased to announce an agreement for an unspecified number of ultra-modern MD-11-aeroplanes.

“We couldn´t be more pleased to place MD-11 with Sparrow Air. The airline is probably one of the most loyal operators of our lineage of trusty and highly-reliable aircraft. Our aircraft are even able to withstand - the sometimes questionable - way of using the planes in Indonesia for the sake of providing sterling service within Indonesia” – a spokeswoman of MDC told to the press.

The CEO of Sparrow Air added: “We couldn´t be even more pleased to add the MD-11 that no other airlines wanted. Sparrow Air believes that the MD-11 enable Sparrow Air to develop long haul routes to Europe and the USA. Currently, Sparrow Air operates the Boeing 757-200ER on their longest legs and these routes are demanding even for the most powerful version of the 757. The MD-11 will be able to connect Indonesia with important gateways in Europe and the USA.”

The MD-11 will be operated in three versions:


250 seats including a First Class for 4 guests and 21 Business Class


232 seats including a First Class for 4 guest and 21 Business Class

MD-11 Combi:

117 seats including a First Class for 4 guest and 14 Business Class


Sparrow Air is the biggest Indonesian airline and provides the best service of all airlines worldwide with the youngest fleet, best pilots, finest in-flight service and best connections to all parts of the world. Our aircraft produce less pollution than some German car manufacturers and are quieter than a German cashier-dragon of a grocery demanding money for the bread that I want.

### End of this stupid press-release, all rights not reserved

Who will bring these planes? will!


After the official part was over, the CEO went to the next party:


Sparrow Air released a promo-video for their newest aircraft:


Recently there were rumours in indonesian media, that Sparrow Air is secretly testing innovative ways of flight and ground ops. To cut down turnaround times, the large rear stair door of MD-80 aeroplanes will be significantly enlarged and (in regular OPS) opened straight after touchdown. This will enable passengers to deboard way more quickly than through regular passenger doors, due to the larger cross section. This is done to credit passengers needs in getting up and rushing to the doors in the moment of touchdown.

Video footage, filmed by an (now imprisoned for espionage) aviation enthusiast shows the final test flight before certification by the indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara):

There is no information available so far, about how the tail section is reattached before take off in a timely manner, considering the short turnaround times. Proposed by aviation specialists from Sparrows competitor ‘Snooker Airways’ is the use of a forklift, speed tape and some fancy aviation-style parts, found scattered on the tarmac.

Sparrow Air’s CEO is expected to present this truly breakthrough technology to public by himself within the next days.

:smiley: :smiley: :smiley:


I would propose a crain instead. Forklifts are just for newbies :P.


Sparrow Air’s CEO is expected to present this truly breakthrough technology to public by himself within the next days.

Press-release of Sparrow Air:

The CEO of Sparrow Air is on vacation (as always...) but he will be back shortly and the CEO will not only present the possibility of faster deplaning but also the switch from the MD-11 to the even newer and far more appropriate aircraft for Sparrow´s long haul ops - the quiet, very fuel-efficient and modern Douglas DC-8! The DC-8 took over most of the long hauls previously served by the MD-11.

Sparrow Air is also very pleased to announce that the remaining 757-300s now provide unmatched comfort with only 282 seats. The only problem remains the safety demo provided by the cabin crew while showing the direction to the twelve emergency exits. Many cabin crew complain about contortion while the long pipe-shaped 753 rattles down the apron and taxiways to the runway with a full load of Indonesian people.

Thank you for choosing Sparrow Air!


Press-releases of Sparrow Group:

Sparrow Air

+++Sparrow Air retains regular deplaning+++

The (secret) testing of innovative ways of flight and ground ops resulted in the conclusion that the advantages were not as high as anticipated. Sparrow declines to comment some results but can confirm that “some procedures” resulted in much higher maintenance and “problems in passenger-acceptance”.

“We can confirm that regular deplaning of our MD-80/-90s, Boeing 717s, and DC-9s will be retained through the usage of the front door and/or front door and rear stairs.”

+++Sparrow Air adds MD-83s+++

Sparrow Air agreed to lease 25 additional MD-83s on a move to optimize the current network. The 144-seat MD-83s will be mostly used for expansion, including new schedules from secondary Indonesian cities to Hong Kong as well as increased frequencies from hubs to Australia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Sparrow Air´s MD-83-fleet will number a total of 27 aircraft. The airline´s MD-80-fleet will grow to 95 MD-80s (58 MD-81/-82/-83s, 37 MD-87/-88s).

+++Sparrow Air regains market-share+++

Sparrow Air are pleased to announce that both system-wide  load-factors and number of departures at major Indonesian hubs increased by approx. 4%.

The airline re-shaped their operational fleet and the following table is a summary of the aircraft used in December 2015:

41 Airbus A318, 22 Airbus A320, 71 Airbus A321 = 135

252 Boeing 757

14 Douglas DC-8

45 Douglas DC-9, 95 Douglas MD-80, 62 Douglas MD-90, 124 Boeing 717 = 326

Reasons enough for the CEO to make preparations for Christmas while singing these lovely lyrics:

+++Sparrow Air retains DC-8s+++

Sparrow Air confirms that the 14-strong DC-8-fleet will be retained to the time being as the “best solution” to provide the much needed long haul capacities.

The airline operates a mix of DC-8 Super 62s and Super 72/73s on long hauls as well as on shorter routes. The smaller DC-8-variants provide a capacity for 204 passengers while the longer Super 73 seats 233 passengers on two classes. “Sparrow Air evaluated the Airbus A380 as a potential replacement for the classic DC-8 but the CEO looked at the A380 and claimed this aircraft as ugly”.

+++ARJ21 for Sparrow Air?+++

Sparrow Air confirms that the company is generally interested in the new ARJ21. A decision could be made in the coming months but a common-crew qualification similar to the MD-80 would be a major factor as well as a maintenance-category similar to the Douglas-lineage. “The ARJ21 could augment our currently operated fleet of Douglas-jetliners and ordinary people won´t discover differences to the Boeing 717. We would attach “Boeing 717” to the engine cowlings and no one would detect our move to provide the finest fleet of T-tails.

Thank you!


After months of inactivity, the CEO of Sparrow Air returned to the office and was shocked to see that countless problems developed during the first half of 2016.

The shocking experience – operationally and financially – was the driving force of the CEO and his small team to re-organize, re-shape, and re-size the entire company and the subsidiaries.

Sparrow Air:

Sparrow Air suffered very much due to miss-mangagement, a generally declining market demand and complaining passengers. Thus, Sparrow Air took major steps to improve the situation in the short-term with a dramatic reduction of the offered network. This resulted in a large number of terminated leases for aircraft, mostly Boeing 757s and A318/319s, and the decision to end DC-8-services.

Last but not least, it was the sad duty of the CEO to reduce the workforce by approx. 18.000 employees and this step was taken with immediate effect yesterday. The huge amount of money for this decision results in a huge financial burden for Sparrow Air. However, the prospect of a much more agile and vibrant enterprise largely compensates this short-term loss.

Meanwhile, the entire ops was re-shaped with aircraft allocated to new schedules, reflecting the realistic demand of the markets and the answer by Sparrow Air.

Early estimates show that the systemwide load-factor considerably increased and productivity also went up.

Despite all the adjustments, Sparrow Air remains to be the driving force in Indonesian aviation and the entire team is aware of the investments needed to retain this position.

Important decisions were made, including the signing of an agreement to lease 13 additional Boeing 717s. The Boeing 717-fleet now numbers 142 aircraft, the the largest sub-fleet at Sparrow Air.

The agreements to lease one additional Airbus A321, one additional Boeing 757-300, and three additional MD-81s partly compensate the large reductions made during last week.

Here is our over-view of the Sparrow Air-fleet:

09 Airbus A318

22 Airbus A320

79 Airbus A321

142 Boeing 717-200

42 Boeing 757-200

05 Boeing 757-300

42 Douglas DC-9-10/-20/-30/-40/-50

26 Douglas MD-81

06 Douglas MD-82

09 Douglas MD-83

24 Douglas MD-87

44 Douglas MD-90

The following aircraft are currently stored:

58 Boeing 757-200

18 Douglas MD-83

21 Douglas MD-90

All these aircraft will be re-activated as soon as the general demand for capacity increases.

Nevertheless, the addiction of the CEO for Douglas-aircraft remains to be a tainted love:


Sparrow Express re-started their business with Dash 8s as well as Fokker F28s and Fokker 100s with the aim to provide essential feeder services. Additionally, BN Islanders and Trislanders were purchased to serve rural areas and/or routes with limited demand but demand for high frequencies. There are plans to lease additional Q400s during this weekend. Sparrow Express is also looking to add additional Fokker 100s on lease. The lack of the possibility to develop a hub at Jayapura and/or Tembagapura largely hinders any improvement for air services in this area of the world with very basic or even non-existent road network and very high dependability on airline services.


Trans Domestic Airlines (TDA) re-sized their business with the retirement of the A300 and A320 and with increased flights operated by additional MD-88s as well as two new ARJ21s. There are plans to increase the ARJ21-fleet. At the same time, the decision was made to retire the entire Boeing 717- and MD-90-fleet with the intention to transfer all these aircraft to Sparrow Air. TDA also introduced two Boeing 737-900s to increase capacities on flights from and to Ujung Pandang.


Sparrow Asia Airways increased their DC-8-fleet by three aircraft and additional frames will be leased from parent Sparrow Air in the future. The Boeing 747-fleet was reduced to two aircraft while both Boeing 707s were taken out of service.


Sparrow Regional Airlines as well as Wings Indonesia both continue to provide their services with no changes. Meanwhile, Sparrow Indonesia was able to increase their Tupolev TU-154M-fleet to six aircraft. The fleet of two TU-134s is in-active at the moment and the technical condition is said to be deteriorating.


The complaints by Indonesian media regarding too high market share of air traffic by Sparrow Air was the driving force to establish a subsidiary in Balikpapan and to place aircraft owned by the parent company at our new venture „Fairwind Airlines“. One Boeing 737-300 and three modern BAC One-Eleven 500s are used to connect Balikpapan with the hubs of Sparrow Air and Fairwind Airlines is a very nice tool to show that competion in the interest of the consumer is a reality.

The economic situation in the areas served by Sparrow Air and her subsidiaries is probably not the best one. However, the current interlining agreements with fellow companies are very fruitful and allows Sparrow Air to offer even better connections through the networks served by IL-partners and vice versa.

Last but not least, Sparrow Air is looking to sell one Boeing 777-300ER for 134.95134.953.927 AS $.

This aircraft was returned after one company folded and the resulting end of leasing-arrangement.

Thank you for taking time to read the news!


Last but not least, Sparrow Air is looking to sell one Boeing 777-300ER for 134.95134.953.927 AS $.


Very expensive :)


Very expensive  :slight_smile:

Upps  :blush:  :lol:  ;)

I meant 149.948.808 AS$  :P


Sparrow Air is pleased to announce a number of improvements concerning their flight schedule.

The company re-introduced long hauls from Indonesia:

  • UK (London-Heathrow)
  • France (Paris-CDG)
  • Germany (Frankfurt and Munich)
  • Spain (Madrid)
  • South Africa (Cape Town in addition to the flights to Johannesburg)
  • Sweden (Stockholm)
  • Switzerland (Zurich)
  • USA: Anchorage and Honolulu

All flights are operated with Boeing 777-300ER-aircraft, either in a 398-seat (F4C24Y370) or 392-seat configuration (F8C54Y330). The frequencies of our flights reflects our conservative and careful approach to offer our services in these markets. "Filling a Boeing 777 with healthy loads is not very easy without deteriorating air fares".

Frequencies from Indonesia to Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kenya were increased, using Boeing 757-200ER-aircraft.

Domestic as well as regional services were optimized through the addition of a single Airbus A321-100 and re-introduction of stored MD-81s, MD-83s and MD-90s.

The newest A321 is configured to seat 220 passengers - up to 33 more seats compared to our A321 already in service. "German Gutmenschen asked us to do more for a clean world and we are responding with the lowest possible fuel-cunsumption on a per seat basis."

A single Boeing 777-200 was also introduced to provide much needed capacity on our flights between Jakarta and Hong Kong as well as Jakarta and Ujung Pandang. This aircraft seats 292 passengers, including a Business Class for 32 guests.

Sparrow Air will accordingly react to the real demand on the new services. The six Boeing 777s (1 x Boeing 777-200, 1 x Boeing 777-300, 4 x Boeing 777-300ER) won´t be expanded at this time to allow Sparrow Air to digest the huge investments made during the last ten days. A new hand-luggage policy at Sparrow Air reflects the ignorance by passengers. From now on, hand-luggage won´t be weighed or measured any longer and the bins on our MD-80s will cope with that ;-):


The airline also improved their safety-culture by providing information to the cabin crews how to attach the girt bar correctly after landing:


Cabin crews are also asked to improve their skills in case of an emergency:



Last but not least we are deeply saddened that our long-time partner Air Malaysia suspended their ops. We hope that the CEO will re-start a new venture and Sparrow Air will fully assist him.

Thank you!


Sparrow Air adjusts schedule, adds B717s, stores B757s, says farewell to the B777

Sparrow Air continues to struggle with lower than expected demand, rising maintenance costs. In order to reduce costs, the company made important steps to reduce major cost-factors.

Sparrow Air added six additional Boeing 717s, bringing the fleet to 148 aircraft. The additional frames were already introduced on routes from and to Surabaya.

In the meantime, Sparrow Air returned all leased Boeing 777s and also stored two company-owned 777-300/-300ERs with the aim to dramatically reduce the maintenance-costs associated with the utilization of four different categories. This decision brought a large reduction of maintenance-costs. The airline also decided to remove capacity on many routes and a large number of B757s are stored as a result.

Meanwhile, Sparrow Express added two Fokker 100s and four Fokker F28s to their fleet, while Sparrow Asia Airways successfully purchased two 119-seat BAC One-Eleven 500s to augment the two active Douglas DC-8-62s in service. The Sparrow Asia CEO told to the press that his airline wants to develop his network very carefully. „The addition of the One-Eleven on key domestic routes guarantees financial income and we are very pleased with the early results“.

The following video of the first BAC One-Eleven was made by an Indonesian spotter and shows the quietness of this aircraft:

Some German "experts" say that the CEO of Sparrow Air forced Sparrow Asia to use the BAC One-Eleven with the intention to show that the MD-80s used by Sparrow Air are much quieter...

Sparrow Commuter seems to struggle a little bit but there are signs of recovery.

Sparrow Indonesia added seven Tupolev TU-154Ms, doubling the TU-154-fleet from seven to 14 aircraft. The additional TU-154s will be used to carefully develop mid-range routes and to optimize short haul schedules. The CEO of Sparrow Indonesia is rather proud that the TU-154-ops remains to be profitable and one major factor seems to be the comfort provided aboard these aircraft – 132 seats, including a First Class for 12 guests and a Business Class for 18 passengers.

Two TU-134s remain stored due to lack of demand and problematic economics as well as deteriorating condition of these aircraft while the introduction of two Ilyushin IL-62Ms was postponed and both aircraft are stored for the time being.

We are also happy to announce additional IL´s signed with Haribon Air as well as Manilan Airways (both from the Philippines) as well as „marhaba“ from Abu Dhabi. Sparrow Air provides a daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Medan with B757-300-equipment.

Thanks for taking time to read the news here!

The CEO will be off-line due to a party-invitation today and all CEO´s are also invited. The CEO will surely hopping and dancing on the floor like he did in 1987 during MD-80-deliveries ;) :


Sparrow Air signed an agreement today for 14 aircraft, including eight MD-90s, two Boeing 717s, and four Boeing 757-300s.

"These additional aircraft will be used to enhance our main hub Jakarta with more flights to more cities with more frequencies."

According to Indonesian aviation experts, Sparrow Air decided to install an even more comfortable seating-configuration on their additional MD-90s with only 121 seats in two classes 

(C36Y85). This move is seen as a reaction to the ever-increasing competition in Southeast Asia and the fact that some people are sceptical about adding used MD-90s instead of buying ultra-modern, 90-seat Q400s. One of the newest MD-90s was catched here:

Meanwhile, the two additional Boeing 717s will be based at Singapore and this allows Sparrow Air to increase their presence at Singapore with enhanced flight-schedules to and from Indonesia. The Boeing 717 remains to be the most widely used aircraft-type within Sparrow Air and the management praises the efficiency, comfort, quietness, and flexibility of the fantastic Boeing 717:

The four additional Boeing 757-300s will be used to provide much-needed capacities on domestic trunk routes while making full use of the rare slots at CGK. Due to rather short durations of the flights, three Boeing 757-300s are configured to seat 252 passengers while the fourth aircarft provides a much more comfortable configuration for 222 passengers, including a Business Class for 24 guests. This particular aircraft will be used on longer flights.


"The management praises the efficiency, comfort, quietness, and flexibility of the fantastic Boeing 717". That made a good laugh.


At the same time, the management adores the BAC One-Elevens, operated by subsidiary Sparrow Asia Airways  :P ->

Btw. we finally decided to order the MD-95 in 1995 after watching this video  ;)


Sparrow Air expands MD-80-fleet, Sparrow Express rushes into the provinces

Sparrow Air is pleased to annunce that an agreement was signed for 50 additional MD-80s. This major expansion allows Sparrow Air to optimize their flight-schedule within Indonesia and between Indonesia and neighbouring countries. All the hubs maintained by Sparrow Air are affected in a very positive way with increased frequencies and new connections.

The additional MD-80s will feature a very comfortable seating-configuration for 112 passengers, including a First Class for four guests, a Business Class for 28 passengers, and our well-known Economy Class with a capacity for 80 passengers.

„The management of Sparrow Air came to the conclusion that AS-passengers are extremly aware of ways to find the most comfortable way to fly. Thus, we decided to provide the utmost comfort aboard our additional MD-80s with only 112 seats.“

Industry sources claim that Sparrow Air was close to order the 100-seat Embraer 190 but members of the fleet-planning warned the CEO „not to use a 100-seater as a 100-seater in our business“.

A 100-seat Embraer 190 would have seated only approx. 60 passengers and the financial department said „NO“ after looking at the financial numbers of the costs per seat.

The 112-seat configuration aboard the MD-80s is a compromise and allows Sparrow Air to generate acceptable load-factors faster while providing comfortable legroom. The lower payloads also allows Sparrow Air to schedule these MD-80s on longer routes and/or to and from airfields with shorter runways without severe payload-restrcitions.

The expansion will also be fueled by the re-activiation of a number of A321/B757-aircraft. It is believed that the entire uplift of additional flights justify the re-installment oft he stored aircraft.

Meanwhile, Sparrow Express introduced additional Fokker F28-4000s and now operates a fleet of 34 such aircraft. These 85-seat aircraft are scheduled to provide feeder services on behalf of Sparrow Air. The very quiet and comfortable Fokker F28 became an important tool for Sparrow Express:

At the same time, the BN2-Islander-fleet and Dash-8-fleet was also expanded, with 32 and 39 additional aircraft.

The Islander will be used to connect tiny islands while the additional Dash 8s enable Sparrow Express to develop better connections between rural areas and hubs maintained by Sparrow Air.

The additional aircraft results in a major task by the fleet-planners due to the fact that the operational fleet seems to be operating with a too small infrastructure.

German "experts" warned German tourists to use Sparrow Express. 


Thanks for taking time to read the news here!

The CEO will be off-line due to a party-invitation today and all CEO´s are also invited. The CEO will surely hopping and dancing on the floor like he did in 1987 during MD-80-deliveries ;) :


I can only imagine what's there going on. And there must be a lot of dirty things. a MD-88 Tail.

And music like this:


Best regards to our old partner from another world.  ;)

How is allways flying low? Crazy stuff of Sparrow!



Due to mistakes of the CEO (investing to little time into the business) and a second week with a rescue-loan, the entire Sparrow Group suspended their ops.

The CEO re-established a "new" Sparrow Air but there are no ambitions (at the moment) to re-start ops within a few days. This has do to with too little time and faded interest.

However, there is the idea to re-establish Sparrow Air with a much smaller fleet at a later stage, possibly during December 2016.

The CEO will keep you updated as soon as the idea for a "new" Sparrow Air becomes a reality.

Thanks to all players!

Bye, bye!


Sorry to hear that