Riau Airlines was an airline based in Pekanbaru in the Indonesian province of Riau, Sumatra. It operated domestic and international services out of Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru. Riau Airlines was listed in category 1 by Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority for airline safety.
Riau Airlines was established on 12 March 2002 and started operations in December of the same year. It was the only one of Indonesia's commercial airlines headquartered outside of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, and also the only commercial airline owned by a local government. It was majority-owned by the Provincial Government of Riau and some other provinces such as Lampung, Bangka Belitung and Bengkulu, as well as some cities and Regencies in Sumatera.
Riau Airlines was originally formed to connect cities within Riau, however it expanded towards linking all major cities on Sumatra island, as well as serving Borneo island, Bali, and Kupang in Central Indonesia.
In 2008, the airline was temporarily shut down after an employee strike against the management. This however took only a few days.
After the strike, between 2009 and 2010, there had been changes in the top management. In early 2010, the management decided to change the name Riau Airlines to Riau Air and also the logo.
By the third quarter of 2010, the airline started to hit a financial crisis, which led the lay-off around 25% of its employee at the end of January the following year. The crisis continued after the management failed to run the company. This ended up with the second lay-off just three month after the first one and this time the rest of the employee got terminated and left only the directors stayed in the company (President Director, Financial Director, Operations Director and Commercial Director).
Sadly, all the laid-off employees have not been paid for compensations which supposedly paid right after the decision was implemented. Some of the employees decided to bring this matter to court and won, however, until early 2014 the employees have not got what supposedly their right.
On July 12, 2012, the Medan Commercial Court declared Riau Airlines bankrupt and that the airline would cease operations.
This decision was preceded by an order issued on April 1, 2012 by the Indonesian Ministry of Transport that revoked the airline's Air Operating Certificate after operations ceased last year.
However, on December 31, 2013, MA entreated Riau Airlines is not so relaxed.
Board of Directors (April 2014) - President Director: Teguh Triyanto - Financial & HR Director: Fizan Noordjaelani - Operations Director: Capt. Maman Syaifurohman - Commercial Director: Revan Menzano
After acquiring a Boeing 737-500 with some 120 seats configuration on January 2011, Riau Air served the following destinations :Indonesia
Natuna - Ranai Airport
Pekanbaru - Sultan Syarif Qasim II International Airport Hub
Dumai - Pinang Kampai Airport
Tanjung Pinang - Kijang Airport
Jakarta - Soekarno Hatta International Airport
Medan - Polonia Airport
Batam - Hang Nadim Airport
Denpasar/Bali - Ngurah Rai International Airport
Malacca - Malacca International Airport
As of January 2011 the Riau Airlines fleet consisted of a leased Boeing 737-500 from PT.ANI (Aero Nusantara Indonesia). It was to lease a 737-300 by the end of the month when operations ceased.5 Fokker 50
2 Avro RJ100
1 Boeing 737-500
Note: two of the five Fokker 50s were repossessed by the lessors due to late payment by the airline (The airline suffered financial crisis since 2010)