JAKARTA, 5 July 2017: Lion Air took deliver of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, earlier this week.
Earlier in the year, Malaysian-based Malindo Air, which is also part of the Lion Air Group and due to be rebranded Batik Air Malaysia, took delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX-8 from the US aircraft manufacturer.
Airline officials said they were confident the new aircraft would reduce operational costs and be popular with the airline’s customers claiming it is 40% quieter, has a longer flight range between fuel stops and can accommodate more cabin luggage.
Lion Group has ordered 218 of the aircraft that will be delivered to airlines operating in Southeast Asia under the group’s ownership.
Lion Air Group was the first customer of the Boeing 737 MAX-10 ordering 50 of the aircraft.
Lion Air currently operates 113 aircraft a mix of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. It serves 44 destinations.