Lion Air

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Lion Air
Lion Air logo.svg
IATA
JT
ICAO
LNI
Callsign
LION INTER
FoundedOctober 1999[1]
Commenced operations30 June 2000
Hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programLion Passport
Airport loungeLion King Lounge
Subsidiaries
Fleet size100
Destinations79
Company sloganWe make people fly
Key peopleRusdi Kirana (CEO)
Websitelionair.co.id
 
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Lion Air
Lion Air logo.svg
IATA
JT
ICAO
LNI
Callsign
LION INTER
FoundedOctober 1999[1]
Commenced operations30 June 2000
Hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programLion Passport
Airport loungeLion King Lounge
Subsidiaries
Fleet size100
Destinations79
Company sloganWe make people fly
Key peopleRusdi Kirana (CEO)
Websitelionair.co.id

PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, is Indonesia’s largest privately run airline, capturing the largest share of the domestic market. Headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lion Air flies to cities within Indonesia and to Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia and some charter routes to China Mainland and Hong Kong. Its main base is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta.[2] It operates scheduled passenger services on an extensive network from Jakarta to 79 Destinations.[3]

Lion Air has been rapidly expanding its fleet to meet the need for medium-haul jets in the world's fourth most populous country. On March 2013 Lion Air & Airbus signed a $24-billion contract - recorded as the most valuable commercial order booked in history - for 234 A320s. The second biggest was also made by Lion Air in 2011, in a $22.4-billion order for 230 Boeing jets.[3]

History[edit]

The airline was established in October 1999 and started operations on 30 June 2000, when it began scheduled passenger services between Jakarta and Pontianak using a leased Boeing 737-200. It is owned by Rusdi Kirana and family.[2] The airline is planning to join IATA and therefore hoping to become the second IATA Indonesian member carrier after Garuda Indonesia. Lion Air failed, in early 2011, the initial IATA assessments for membership due to safety concerns. Lion Air and Boeing are pioneering the use of required navigation performance (RNP) procedures in Indonesia, having successfully performed validation flights at the two terrain-challenged airports of Ambon and Manado.[4]

Starting February 2010, Lion Air increased the number of flights to Jeddah to five times weekly. This route is being served by two Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which are fitted with 496 seats each.[5]

From 19 July 2011, Lion Air has grounded 13 planes due to sanction caused by bad on-time performance (OTP) until Lion Air can fulfill at least 80 percent of OTP. The transportation ministry recorded that Lion Air's OTP of 66.45 percent was the worst of six airlines in an assessment conducted from January to April 2011 at 24 airports nationwide.[6][7] On the other hand, airlines using Jakarta airport face considerable delays to their schedules due to runway congestion.[8]

On 18 November 2011, the airline jointly announced with Boeing for a record-setting order of 201 Boeing 737 MAX and 29 Boeing 737-900ER planes, setting the record for the world's biggest single order of 230 planes for a commercial airline worth $21.7 billion.[9]

PK-LHG, A Lion Air Boeing 747-400 in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

In January 2012, the Transportation Ministry said that it sanctioned Lion Air because some of its pilots and crew members were found in recent months to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine. In late 2011 Muhammad Nasri and two other co-pilots were arrested at a party in Tangerang; in early 2012 a pilot was caught with crystal meth in Makassar.[10] On 4 February 2012, another Lion Air pilot was arrested following a positive urinalysis test for use of methamphetamine; he was scheduled to fly on Surabaya-Makassar-Balikpapan-Surabaya flight hours later.[11] The licenses of the pilots and crew have been revoked. Lion Air has a drug test program, in which the company's pilots, maintenance and engineering personnel, flight attendants and flight despatchers are required to undergo random drug tests. These tests can occur at anytime. Lion also cooperates with Indonesia's National Narcotics Board, and Lion has an ongoing internal advertising and PR campaign, "Say No To Drugs".

Lion Air has launched a full-service airline called Batik Air, which began operations in May 2013 using 737-900ERs. Lion Air also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners, making it the first Indonesian airline to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm orders for 10 Dreamliners in 2010; it hopes to have them delivered by 2015.[12] The airline had been considering ordering the competing Airbus A330 widebody but opted to purchase the 787.[13]

On 11 September 2012, Lion Air and National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) signed a joint-venture agreement to set up a new airline in Malaysia, to be called Malindo Airways by May 2013. The two partners agreed to form another joint venture to provide maintenance services to all aircraft in the Lion Air Group, including any joint-venture airlines.[14]

On 5 October 2013,a photo of Lion Air B737-900ER in Thai registration,and also with 'Thai Lion' title was spotted at Boeing Field,Seattle; thus confirming the news that Lion Air is forming its second international subsidiary in Thailand,after Malindo Air in Malaysia.[15]

Destinations[edit]

Lion Air serves 60 destinations, 100 domestic and 20 international (as of January 2014).

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

As of February 2014, the Lion Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.1 years:[16][17]

AircraftIn ServiceOrders[18][19]PassengersNotes
JYTotal
Airbus A320-20060TBAFirst delivery reported will be allocated for Batik Air, Malindo Air, Thai Lion Air
Airbus A320neo109TBA
Airbus A321neo65TBA
Boeing 737-30020149149Phasing out by 2016
Boeing 737-40040168168Phasing out by 2017
Boeing 737-80023120189189Orders converted from -900ER
Boeing 737-900ER68880213213Launch Customer. Some Lion 739ER orders will be used for it's subsidiary on Lion Group(Batik Air, Malindo Air, Thai Lion Air,and possibly new subsidiary).
Boeing 737 MAX 9201TBALaunch Customer[20]
Boeing 747-400222484496Phasing out by 2017
Total100535

Orders[edit]

Lion Air was the launch customer of the 737-900ER, seen here on the type's first flight

Lion Air was the launch customer for the largest variant of the Boeing 737, the 737-900ER, which it placed an order for in 2005. On 26 May 2005, Lion Air signed a preliminary agreement with Boeing for the purchase of up to 60 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, valued at $3.9 billion at list prices. Lion Air confirmed their order in July 2005 and became the launch customer for the Boeing 737-900ER with firm orders for 30 aircraft and options for 30 more, which were later converted into firm orders. The -900ER can carry up to 215 passengers in a single-class layout, and is powered by CFM56-7B turbofan engines. On 27 April 2007, Boeing delivered the first 737-900ER to Lion Air. The aircraft was delivered in a special dual-paint scheme that combines Lion Air's logo on its vertical stabilizer and the Boeing "Dreamliner" livery on the fuselage.

Lion Air set a record when it placed an order for 230 aircraft from Boeing, making this the largest order in terms of aircraft ordered as well the cost of the order. In November 2011, Lion Air and Boeing announced that the airline planned to buy 29 737-900ER and 201 737 MAX aircraft, with options for 150 more, valued at $21.7 billion at the time.[9] A firm order was signed on 14 February 2012, with the 737 MAX aircraft identified as 737 MAX 9s, making Lion Air the launch customer for that variant.[21] By the time of the signing, the order's value had risen to $22.4 billion at list prices, the largest aircraft order in history.[21] Additionally, the engines for the -900ERs, CFM 56-7s, cost about $580 million and the engines for the MAXs, CFM LEAP-1Bs, cost about $4.8 billion.[21] Deliveries of the -900ERs are to start in 2016, with the MAXs to follow in 2017.[21]

On Monday 18 March 2013 Lion Air placed an order for 234 A320 jets with Airbus, the largest single order ever made surpassing previous record by Boeing ($22.4 Billion). The contract, which was signed at the Elysée Palace in the presence of President François Hollande and several government ministers, is worth €18.4 billion ($24 billion) at catalogue prices, the French presidency said.[22]

Former fleet[edit]

Airbus A310 the former fleet of Lion Air in the Mojave Desert, California
AircraftTotalNote
Airbus A310[23]2
Boeing 737-8001
Boeing 737-200[24]2
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-305
Yakovlev Yak-42[25]1

EU aviation blacklist[edit]

Lion Air is one of several Indonesian carriers currently banned from operating in European airspace, because the European Commission has concerns about the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) ability to provide proper regulatory oversight of the Indonesian airline industry.[26]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Private jet business[edit]

In early 2012, the Transportation Ministry said that the airline was processing an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for their private business jets. Private-jet services will be launched in the third quarter of 2012 with 4 of nine-seater jets Hawker 900 XP. The aim is to serve clients from the country's mining industry and will compete with Susi Air and Royal Jet.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013 Laureate Award Nominees, Aviation Week & Space Technology, 21 January 2013, p. 47
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 106. 
  3. ^ a b "Airbus-Boeing battle shifts to Indonesia | Inquirer Business". Business.inquirer.net. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Boeing, Lion Air pioneer precision satellite navigation technology
  5. ^ Lion Air adds extra flights to Jeddah, Jakarta Post
  6. ^ Lion Air Should Grounded 13 Planes
  7. ^ "Lion, Batavia pledge to improve performance". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Citrinot, Luc (18 November 2010). "JAKARTA AIRPORT CONGESTION Some solutions to decongest Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport?". Eturbonews.com. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Boeing sets record with $22 billion order". CNN Money. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lion air sanctioned over pilots with crystal meth". 11 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lagi, Pilot Lion Air Nyabu Ditangkap BNN". 4 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Govindasamy, Siva (9 June 2012). "IATA: Lion's Batik Air to up the competition in Southeast Asia". Flightglobal. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Walker, Karen (8 June 2012). "Lion Air signs Dreamliner commitment for premium carrier". Air Transport World. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Lion Air Takes Fight to AirAsia's Malaysia Home
  15. ^ Thai Lion B737-9GP(ER),HS-LTI
  16. ^ http://www.aerotransport.org
  17. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Lion-Airlines
  18. ^ Lion Air Orders and Deliveries. Boeing. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  19. ^ Lion Air unveils order for over 230 Airbus jets
  20. ^ "Boeing, Lion Air Finalize Historic Order for up to 380 737s". Boeing.mediaroom.com. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Lion Air Firms Up Boeing Order". Aviation International News. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Disaksikan Presiden Prancis, Lion Air Pesan 234 Pesawat Airbus A320". 18 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Photos: Airbus A310-322 Aircraft Pictures". Airliners.net. 9 August 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Photos: Boeing 737-2P5/Adv Aircraft Pictures". Airliners.net. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  25. ^ Airliners.net
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  27. ^ "Accident: Fatal Accident in 2004". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  28. ^ a b c d "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  29. ^ a b c "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  30. ^ "Lion Air Flight JT 793". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Lionair B734 at Pontianak on Nov 2nd 2010, overran runway on landing". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  32. ^ a b c Hradecky, Simon (14 April 2013). "Accident: Lionar B738 at Denpasar on Apr 13th 2013, came to stop in sea". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  33. ^ "All passengers safe as Lion Air plane overshoots runway in Bali". Daily News and Analysis. 13 April 2013. 
  34. ^ "Investigators seek cause of new Boeing 737's crash into sea". KOMOnews.com. 14 April 2013. 
  35. ^ "Lion Air tergelincir di Bandara Jalaluddin" (in Indonesian). ANTARAnews.com. 6 August 2013. 
  36. ^ "Lion Air set to buy Hawker jets for private services". 10 February 2012. 

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