The airline was established and started operations in 1997.
In March 2007 the Indonesian transport ministry, under huge political pressure to improve air safety in Indonesia, warned it will close seven airlines unless they improve training and maintenance within the next three months. The ministry developed a formula for ranking the airlines in three bands. Those in the third (least safe) band are: Adam Air, Batavia Air, Jatayu Airlines, Kartika Airlines, Manunggal Air Services, Transwisata Prima Aviation and Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines.
As of March 2008 the Manunggal Air Services fleet consists of :