de Kroonduif (Nederlands Nieuw Guinea Luchtvaart Maatschappij) was established on 14Jul1955 as a subsidiary of Dutch airline KLM, to provide air services within the Dutch territory of Netherlands New Guinea. As Western New Guinea was being incorporated into Indonesian territory on 01Jan1963, the operations of De Kroonduif were absorbed by Indonesian airline Garuda, which shortly afterwards assigned them to Merpati Nusantara Airlines, a company that since 1978 was fully owned by Garuda
[ – Merpati Nasantara Airlines was officially constituted by the Indonesian Government on 06Sep1962 and launched services from Jakarta on 11Sep1962. It continued the services provided by De Kroonduif. KLM subsiduary. Suspended flights due to financial reasons. Suspended operations on 01Feb2014. Hoped to restart in 2017 but did not do so. Merpati Nusantara Airlines hoped to resume operations in 2018, the company’s president said Monday, revealing that the airline has received a promise of financial backing from a domestic investor. The start has now been delayed until 2020. In 2018 Merpati Nusantara signed a letter of intent for 10 Irkut MC-21-300 aircraft. On 29Sep2020 it was revealed by Erick Thohir, Indonesia’s minister of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), that Merpati is one of 14 state companies he is planning to liquidate
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