BANDUNG-The success of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) to build N219 aircraft is one of the implementation of the Nawacita that is desired by the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
Director General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Agus Santoso said one of the Nawacita echoed by the president is the development of aircraft industry that can connect all regions in Indonesia. Also as part of local independence.
"The success of PT DI should be grateful, meaning that there are children of the nation who can produce something in this independence day, realizing Nawacita," he said during attending first flight N219, Wednesday (16/8).
N219 will be maximized to develop remote areas because it can land at a small airport, especially East Indonesia.
He hopes the development of N219 will revive remote airports such as those in the region of Papua. N219 may be modified as a freight forwarder or passenger in accordance with the needs of the remote area.
"Today PT DI has proven that we can build our own without much depend on other countries," he said. Jo