"We are optimistic the N-219 aircraft, which is a product of PTDI, can be completed in August 2015 and become a gift for the 70th Anniversary of Indonesia," President Director of PTDI Budi Santoso said here Saturday.
He added that after completing two N-219 aircraft, PTDI seeks to market the propeller plane in 2015-2016.
According to Budi Santoso, the aircraft, which is to be sold for pioneer flights, was designed by Indonesian engineers.
"We want to prove to potential users about the advantages of this plane. If the market's response is positive, PTDI will manufacture 12 to 18 planes per year," Budi Santoso said.
The aircraft, with a capacity for transporting 19 passengers, is to be sold for US$5 million. The price is competitive in its class, he noted.
PTDI is experienced in aerospace technology and has become equal partners with aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Eurocopter and others.
"The N-219 has a potential market. It is able to serve aviation pioneers with short runways," Budi said. (*)