70s’- Mr. Mohamed Ishak Ghous, “Mr Ishak”, in collaboration with a few Singaporean and Indonesian businessmen, were the group’s pioneers who started cargo delivery services from Singapore to Jakarta from as early as the 70s. Those were the days of the Paya Lebar and the Seletar Airports in Singapore and long before the existence of the world renown Singapore Changi Airport.
Services was also provided to reach out to the oil and gas companies for delivery of cargo shipments from Singapore to the oil rich state of Balikpapan in Kalimantan. Light cargo aircraft were, during those days, chartered by these pioneers for the dispatch of their shipments. Among the aircraft they chartered were the Dakota and F-27 cargo aircraft. The aircraft were operated to and from Singapore Seletar Airport.
Apart from shipments that were exported from Singapore into Indonesia, shipments that originated from Indonesia to Eastern Europe via Singapore were transported by them as well. Electronics and garments were among the biggest commodities exported out of Indonesia to different parts of the world via the Singapore connectivity in the late 70s.
80s’- International air cargo forwarding was the next development these pioneers embarked on in the 80s. During this period, apart from the utilization of commercial airline cargo space, they sensationally secured the charter operations of freighter aircraft for operations into the Middle East and Europe from Singapore Changi Airport utilizing the B707 and B747 freighter aircraft.
90s’- Two decades later, Mr Ishak’s sons, Mr Marco and Mr Gibbrael joined the group in 1991. They both exponentially expanded the group’s business frontiers to the extend of establishing their own airline in Indonesia at the turn of the century.
The New Century- Sometime in 2002, the family decided that it was time they incorporate an airline of their own. This was when Tri MG Airlines was incorporated in Jakarta, the heart of Indonesia. They started off by operating one unit of B737-200F aircraft for UPS for sectors JKT/SIN/JKT in that year, and soon after within 2 years from then, Tri MG Airlines was operating 6 units of Boeing freighter aircraft namely the 737s and the 727s. Three units for UPS, one unit for “CKB” the Caterpillar Group and two other units for spot charters within the region.
Marco jointly with his father and younger brother, Gibbrael Isaak, then incorporated Aero Speed Aviation Pte Ltd, a Singapore company, as the headquarters to front the group’s marketing brand and successfully made headlines as one of the leading cargo airline companies in the South East Asian region including winning an award from Singapore Changi Airport Group (CAG) for being among the Top 5 Cargo Airline for Absolute Growth in year 2015-2016.
Apart from the operation of cargo aircraft, Tri MG Airlines took a more creative approach by embarking on another new challenge by expanding its business into the Medivac (Medical Evacuation) and VIP aircraft charter business utilizing 3 light aircraft i.e. the Beech Jet 800XP aircraft. This operation commenced on August 2014.
The Air Operators Certificate “AOC” of Tri MG Airlines covers 2 spectrums of aircraft operations. Firstly under the AOC 121 for the Boeing freighter aircraft operation and secondly, under the AOC 135 for the light passenger aircraft operation. Asia Cargo Airlines assume the new branding of Tri MG Airlines on 4th August 2021 this rebranding was approved by Director General Civil Aviation Authority of Indonesia (DGCA).
The family remarkably survived over 40 years of business uncertainties and have ever since acquired enormous industry skills and experience. Tri MG Airlines is therefore definitely a force to be reckoned with in the Cargo Airline industry.