25 MARCH 2013
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Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air is to become a major new Airbus customer. It has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320.
In a single class layout the A320 can seat up to 180 passengers, while the A321 can carry up to 236 with the latest cabin configuration options. Lion Air Group will use the aircraft to meet growth requirements on its expanding domestic and regional route network. The carrier will announce engine selections for the aircraft in the near future.
Along with most other Indonesian carriers, Lion Air is on the list of air carriers banned in the European Union. It was established in 2000. In November 2011 it placed a then record breaking order with Boeing for 29 Boeing 737-900 aircraft and 201 MAX variants. It is thought that these will go to a new ‘low-cost’ subsidiary (49% owned) called Malindo Air which has just started to operate out of Kuala Lumpur in competition with Air Asia. www.lionair.co.id www.malindoair.com
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