Lion Air (Jakarta) on March 7 accepted its 60th new Boeing 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airliner. 737-9GP ER PK-LJO (msn 38315) is painted in this special color scheme to celebrate the significant milestone. Lion Air is the largest operator of the type. With the first delivery on April 27, 2007, the fast-growing carrier has another 118 copies on order.
Lion Air was the launch customer for the largest variant of the Boeing 737, the 737-900 ER when it placed an order in 2005.
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 29 737-900 ER and 201 737 MAX aircraft, with options for 150 more, valued at $21.7 billion at the time. A firm order was signed on February 14, 2012, with the 737 MAX aircraft identified as 737 MAX 9s, making Lion Air the launch customer for that variant. 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. Deliveries of the new -900 ERs are due to start in 2016, with the MAXs to follow in 2017.
Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. PK-LJO is already in service at Singapore.
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