“Citilink hopes that the operation of the freighter will contribute quite significant additional income [to the airline], aside from the passengers revenue,” Citilink president director Juliandra said in a press release published on Wednesday. He noted that the airline’s shift to cargo services was a move to seize opportunities in the growing cargo market.On its test run yesterday, Citilink’s new freighter flew from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, to Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, and Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra. The aircraft will enter operations after Idul Fitri, which falls on May 24 and 25, and will carry cargo for both domestic and foreign routes, especially those in the Asian region.Many national airlines that predominantly operate passenger flights have reportedly shifted to the cargo business to cover losses from the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely hit passenger demand and airlines’ revenue.According to data from the Finance Ministry, the combined revenue losses among local airlines amounted to Rp 207 billion (US$13.4 million) as of April 15.Meanwhile, Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) data show that the volume of domestic and international airfreight in Indonesia also dropped 39 percent from the average rate.Topics : Low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia Group, conducted an operational test for its freighter fleet on Tuesday to support its cargo business.The freighter, with a load capacity of 13 tons, is a Boeing B737-500 aircraft converted to carry cargo instead of passengers.The conversion was done by Garuda Indonesia Group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, PT Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia, and has been certified by the Transportation Ministry’s Airworthiness and Aircraft Operation Directorate (DKUPPU).
Critical Force, the mobile game developer behind FPS title Critical Ops has revealed that Kevin Chou has joined the board.For those unaware, Chou is the founder of the Korean Silicon Valley (“KSV”) esports organisation who secured the rights for the Seoul based franchise in Blizzard’s Overwatch League. In addition, KSV have acquired a PUBG squad and a Heroes of the Storm roster who recently won the World Championship at Blizzcon. Chou is well known for his prior venture, Kabam which he grew from nothing to a 1 billion dollar exit in 2017. He was also named in the “top 40 under 40” industry players in the Fortune magazine back in 2014. “I’m passionate about esports, and Critical Force represents the leader in creating the first possible mobile FPS esports” said Kevin Chou in a release. “I expect to work with a global team of people passionate about making great games and taking the right long term steps to bring competitive FPS experiences to gamers worldwide”.“We are very pleased to have Kevin to join our board, and we look forward to his contributions” said Veli-Pekka Piirainen, CEO and Founder at Critical Force. “Kevin is a real veteran and a leader in the game industry worldwide. He led Kabam from founding to a billion dollar company and his experience as an entrepreneur, business leader and now as a founder and CEO of KSV Esports will be invaluable to Critical Force.”It comes as Critical Ops reaches the landmark of 30 million downloads despite still not being “officially released” yet. The Finnish game studio announced last year a $4.5 million seed investment from NHN Entertainment, a Korean game publisher which has helped drive the game forward. “Critical Force’s mobile esports scene has grown exponentially this year. There’s been a new Critical Ops tournament every week and even bigger events are in the plans. Getting the legendary Kevin Chou to join our board was just the first step. We will be taking even more major steps soon to grow the scene to the next level,” concluded CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen.Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Kevin on joining the Critical Force board and equally Veli-Pekka & co for snagging him. The expertise of Kevin in the mobile market is clearly there for everyone to see.