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Indonesia's Pelita Air launches commercial flights

Carrier under state oil company Pertamina urged to avoid 'mistakes' of Garuda

Pertamina's Pelita Air has long offered charter services but is now tapping into scheduled commercial flights. (Screenshot from Pertamina's YouTube page) 

JAKARTA -- Pertamina, the Indonesian state oil and gas company, on Thursday launched commercial flights under the brand Pelita Air, with the government pledging affordable domestic service as it aims to steer clear of the mismanagement and debt that has plagued flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

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