The Aircraft Servicing the Direct Singapore-Dili routes

Air Timor is currently chartering an A319 aircraft from Silk Air to service the direct Singapore-Dili routes. The A319 offers 8 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats.

Occasionally Air Timor will upgrade the aircraft type to an A320 which offers more seats with 12 Business Class seats and 138 Economy Class seats.

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The Aircraft Servicing the Direct Denpasar-Dili routes

Citilink Indonesia – a part of the Garuda Indonesia group of companies is operating these routes in partnership with Air Timor using a B737-500 aircraft to service the direct Denpasar-Dili routes. The B737-500 offers 12 Business Class seats and 84 Economy Class seats.

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The 737-500 is the shortest and smallest member of the second generation 737-300/-400/-500 family, and the last to be developed.

When the new stretched 737-300 first appeared it was intended to supplement, rather than replace, the 737-200. However the evolution of the 737-300 into a family of models led to the development of a new model comparable in size to the 737-200, but offering better fuel economy and extensive commonality with the 737-300 and -400 models. This was the 737-500, known before its May 1987 formal launch as the 737-1000.

Like the preceding 737-300 and 737-400, the 737-500 is powered by CFM International CFM56s turbofans, in this case either 82.3kN (18,500lb) CFM563B1s or 89.0kN (20,000lb) CFM56-3C-1s. All three second generation 737 models share extensive systems and structure commonality, and a common aircrew type rating. These benefits offer real cost savings to an airline with two or more variants of the family in its fleet.

The 737-500 is 31.01m (101ft 9in) in length, comparable to the 737-200’s 30.53m (100ft 2in) length, and as such is a viable direct replacement for the earlier type. Like the 300 and 400, a higher gross weight longer range version is offered, featuring auxiliary fuel tanks and uprated engines.

The 737-500’s first flight occurred on June 30 1989, FAA certification was awarded on February 12 1990, with service entry later that same month.

The 737-500’s main appeal is for operators of large 737-400 and 737-300 fleets, as because the 500 is a shortened development of the 300, it still carries much of the structural weight needed for the higher weight models. This makes it less efficient than if it was designed specifically for its size category, however for operators of large 737-300/400 fleets, the extensive commonality benefits more than compensate for this.

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