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Lion Mentari Airlines, or commonly known as Lion Air, is an Indonesian low-cost airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Lion Air is Indonesia's largest privately-run airline, and the second largest airline as is flies to 79 destinations across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia as well as charter routes to China and Hong Kong.
The airline's motto "We Make People Fly" is what Lion Air are about and believe that anyone can fly with them, ensuring that their safety, security and quality is prioritised.
Lion Air was legally established on 15 November 1999 and began operating the first time on June 30, 2000 by flying from Jakarta to Pontianak using aircraft type Boeing 737-200 which at that time only 2 units.
Lion Air Group now has 332 aircraft including Boeing 747-400s, 737-800, 737-900 ER, 737 MAX 8, ATR 72-500, ATR 72-600, Airbus A330-300s, Airbus A320 CEO, Hawker 900 XP and EC 135-P2e.
Fifteen years in the air and serving the public, Lion Air already flies to 183 routes. These are divided into domestic routes, which spread to all corners of Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke, and the International towards a number of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China.
27th October 2017
Indonesia's airlines expands flight service to China's Zhengzhou
Indonesia's private airlines Lion Air has expanded its flight services to Chinese cities with the latest one connecting China's Zhengzhou city with Denpasar, Bali.
The Lion Air's Zhengzhou-Denpasar route was slated to begin on Thursday from the Chinese historical city which is the capital city of central China's Henan province.
Lion Air assigned Boeing 737-MAX 8 plane, codenamed JT 2652, to serve the initial flight.
The initial reciprocal flight from Denpasar to Zhengzhou had already been set in the same day with a flight codenamed JT 2653.
In the following days, Lion Air is set to open four flight schedules per week to serve the Zhengzhou-Denpasar route.
The Zhengzhou-Denpasar route has added Lion Air's flight services in China. The Indonesian budget airlines previously opened services to Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Changsha, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
"The opening of our flight service plying Zhengzhou-Bali route was due to the increasing eagerness of Chinese tourists to visit Indonesia," Lion Air Group Public Relations Manager Andy Saladin said in a statement on Thursday.
Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya warmly welcomed the opening of Lion Air's new flight service in China, saying that it has opened more flight seat capacity from China.
The minister said that the historical and cultural city of Zhengzhou has great potential for Indonesia to tap benefit from its tourism through the new direct flight linking the city to Denpasar.
21st September 2017
Lion Air Aims For Growth With MRO Subsidiary
The Lion Air Group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary plans to expand its base on the Indonesian island of Batam, to handle the group’s expected fleet growth and also to service more third-party customers.
The subsidiary, known as Batam Aero Technic (BAT), constructed its first facilities on the island in 2013. BAT now has two hangars capable of accommodating 12 narrowbody or four widebody aircraft. A third hangar is being built which will handle six narrowbody aircraft. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, BAT CEO Rai Pering said.
In addition to the hangars, workshops for auxiliary power units (APU), landing gear and components are expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2018, Pering said. Construction on an engine workshop will start in 2018 and is slated to be ready in 2021.
The main driver for BAT’s growth are the rapidly expanding carriers in the Lion Group, including Lion Air, Malindo Air, Thai Lion Air, and Batik Air. The group has placed ordersfor more than 400 Boeing and Airbus narrowbody aircraft, which will be allocated to the Indonesian parent carrier and the other affiliates.
One of the major advantages of Batam as an MRO site is that it is very close to the aviation and logistics hub of Singapore. Its location north of Jakarta also means it can support Thai Lion Air and Malaysia-based Malindo Air more readily, Pering said. Batam is already a secondary hub for Lion Air flights.
BAT currently performs maintenance on all of the aircraft types Lion Group operates. This means it can work on Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s and A330s, and ATR turboprops. Pering confirmed the subsidiary will also handle maintenance for the 737 MAX and A320neo, both of which Lion has on order.
The company was recently granted FAA Part 145 certification for maintenance on 737s, which will help it gain more third-party work. BAT is also preparing to apply for EASA certification, Pering said.
20th September 2017
Lion Air adds scheduled Haikou charters from September 2017
Lion Air later this month plans to offer new scheduled charter service to Hainan Island, as the airline plans Jakarta – Haikou nonstop flight. The airline currently plans 2 weekly flights, on board Boeing 737-900ER from 30SEP17.
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13th September 2017
Lion Air’s special offer for Malaysian student travel in Indonesia
Low-cost airline, Lion Air Group, is offering Malaysian students in Indonesia the opportunity to travel across the country with special air ticket prices.
Its chief executive officer Edward Sirait said the offer was one way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.
He said the offer for Malaysian students included the group’s Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air for its domestic travel in Indonesia.
"This is a form of respect by Lion Air Group to celebrate the 60th anniversary of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia," he said when launching the special programme at the Malaysian Embassy here yesterday.
He said, however, the special price offer would be different from one region to another and Malaysian students only needed to fill out certain data when booking tickets.
There are over 5,000 Malaysian students in Indonesian universities.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's Ambassador to Malaysia, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, said he welcomed the offer as it would provide opportunities for Malaysian students to visit tourist attractions in Indonesia.
He said as students they would have been looking for cheap flights to travel in the country during the holiday season or when they they had the free time.
Zahrain said the Lion Air Group's offer proved that the private sector in Indonesia had always worked with Malaysia and celebrated diplomatic ties between the two countries since Malaysia achieved Independence.
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area on the world's most populous island of Java, Indonesia, along with Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. As of 2014, it is also the busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Jakarta-Singapore route is the world's fifteenth busiest passenger air route.Airlines that fly from and to Soekarno-Hatta International airport include Etihad, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates and Air Asia.
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