Jakarta, Gatra.com – If the trial at the commercial court of Surabaya (PN) accepts the peace proposal submitted by the creditor on 14/11, the situation will become a historic day for the red plate pioneer airline PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines.
Earlier, during the session on Wednesday last week (7/11), the panel of judges postponed the outcome of the verdict because first the proposal and the voting peace of creditors and debtors must be studied.
In the previous vote, the majority of creditors approved the peace and hoped Merpati could operate again to restore its financial health.
The creditors believe Merpati can fly again because there are investors, namely PT Intra Asia Corpora who are willing to pay Rp 6.4 trillion in phases to make the capital work again.
According to president of Merpati Capt. Asep Ekanugraha is the capital of the capital of Merpati to rise again.
"The road is with the new fleet (aircraft fleet), potential routes and credible human resources, Merpati will be able to fulfill its debt obligations," he told Gatra.com.
As is known]In completing the postponement of debt obligations (PKPU) through peace reports, 81 of the 85 unsecured creditors declared that they agreed and 4 disagreed. Although of separatist creditors, only 1 did not agree with the peace proposal, namely the Ministry of Finance.
The principle of business continuity has been defended by management by trying to find investors as an expression of the seriousness of Merpati to rise again.
That is why Asep is optimistic and hopes that Merpati will still have the opportunity to implement a new business plan and business model.
If it appears that Merpati has been declared bankrupt, there is no possibility and certainty whether Merpati's debt will be paid to creditors.
But if the judge's decision still offers an opportunity for peace, Merpati's business plan will be implemented.
President and CEO of Merpati Asep Ekanugraha said the management had plans and business models to discuss Merpati again.
The company's restructuring and revitalization process has actually begun since Merpati stopped working on February 1, 2014. "The move is to save Merpati from bleeding financially," Asep said.
As long as Merpati does not fly, the next restructuring process is the release and generation of existing business units, namely Merpati Training Center and Merpati Maintenance Center in 2016.
The restructuring was continued with the resignation of approximately 1,441 employees in 2017.
& # 39; & # 39; Currently both the training center and the maintenance center can stay alive. Although reluctantly there was a dismissal process that was eventually accepted by all employees. They realize that Merpati's position is in trouble & # 39 ;, Asep said.
If a Wednesday (11/14) homologation takes place and the decision of the judge accepts it, then Merpati is ready with its business plan.
"The first reborn flight from Merpati will be carried out in Biak, West Papua, the eastern part of the world that is one of the most important bases of Merpati," said Asep.
The current circumstances, says Asep, should be a momentum for Merpati to rise.
He mentioned a number of potentials that grew into a great opportunity for Merpati to get up from his suspended animation & # 39 ;.
First, the majority of creditors want the Dove to return. Secondly, there are already investors who will issue funds worth IDR 6.4 trillion as Merpati capital in the air and in the aviation sector.
The third potential, according to Asep, is the still open niche market in the country with the increasing number of new airports and the expansion of existing airports. In addition to welcoming tourists and millennials who love to travel, the government opens 10 new tourist destinations such as "new Bali".
The ten priority priority destinations are the Tobameer (North Sumatra), Belitung (Babel), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), the Thousand Islands (DKI Jakarta), the Borobudur (Central Java) Temple, Mount Bromo (Eastern Java), Mandalika Lombok (NTB), Komodo Island (NTT), Wakatobi National Park (Southeast Sulawesi) and Morotai (North Maluku).
In the meantime, Merpati will not operate an exit plane for the fleet or aircraft fleet Boeing and air planebut advanced aircraft made in Russia. "But it was not the one who had an accident on Mount Salak, Bogor," Asep said when asked.
In accordance with the business plan drawn up, according to Asep, Merpati will not be involved in the low cost carrier (LCC) aviation segment.
Then, in addition to working on flights in the east of Indonesia, Merpati also plans to fly routes in all regions of Indonesia.
"It is even possible to explore potential foreign routes," he said.
At present, according to Asep, it is a momentum for the aviation world in Indonesia to create balance and make improvements.
The return of Merpati is an opportunity to get a healthier new balance in the aviation sector in the country.
The community will also have many options for airlines to fly to a number of regions.
& Saya I have heard that there are many parties from communities in Eastern Indonesia who want and support Merpati to fly again & # 39; & # 39 ;, said Asep.
As far as the aspect of the company is concerned, Asep revealed that investors do not want excessive intervention, such as entering and asking for a position in the management structure.
"Investors want the leased funds to be used in the best possible way, so that the company can gradually become healthy, make a profit and reduce its debt obligations," said Asep.
As far as the government is concerned, Asep judged, if the Merpati operates again, this will have a positive effect. From business activities it will generate additional tax revenues for the state.
In addition to increasing tax revenues, Merpati's activities will become the economic wheel in the aviation industry, which will certainly absorb a lot of labor.
"In addition, there are many pilots who have not completed flying training," he concluded.
Gerard Arijo Guritno