Have you ever heard of Lion Air? Probably not; it seems to be one of the least-well known major airlines in the world. Lion Air is an Indonesian airline, and it is expanding rapidly.
The airline has just ordered 27 ATR aircraft to provide the airline with more flexibility for the er airports in its region. Indonesia is composed of many islands. (“ATR” is a joint venture of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and Finmeccanica SpA’s Alenia Aermacchi SpAunit).
Lion Air also just announced that they have completed purchase agreements to buy 201 of the B737 Max jets that are still being developed by Boeing Company and also 29 of the B737-900ER aircraft. This total purchase from Boeing is estimated to be valued at USD $22.4 billion.
These purchases confirm that Indonesia’s big dometic market is their first priority. However, they do plan to also expand to medium markets in other areas of Asia — particularly southern Asia areas.
Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population — after China, India and the U.S. — and is seen by some aviation analysts as one of the big growth areas in the world for new airlines and aircraft.
Lion Air competes with Indonesia’s flagship carrier, Garuda Indonesia, as well as with low-cost carrier Citilink, and Batavia Air and Sriwijaya Air. However, Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest private airline. It flies to 36 locations in Indonesia and also to Singapore, malaysia and Vietnam.
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