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Photo: 22 Lion Air Group Boeing 737s parked at San Bernardino, CA mostly going to Delta

No, this not Jakarta, Indonesia. It is at San Bernardino, CA in the LA area. At least 22 Boeing 737s from the Group (Lion Air, Malindo and Batik Air) have been retired from service and are in storage at SBD.

From atcpilot_photography on Instagram

In July 2021 Delta made this announcement:

Delta has entered into agreements to add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and lease seven used Airbus A350-900s as it continues to streamline and modernize its fleet. The 36 additional aircraft will improve fuel efficiency and enhance the customer experience, while supporting Delta’s fleet renewal strategy focused on simplification, scale, size and sustainability.

“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “As we look past the pandemic, Delta’s disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting our sustainability commitments.”

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to simplify Delta’s fleet and accelerate retirements of 18 widebody 777s, and the MD-88 and MD-90 narrowbody fleets, all of them older and less efficient. The pandemic also provided unique business opportunities to add newer generation aircraft at attractive prices.

Widebody fleet renewal is instrumental to Delta’s recovery, and will help position Delta for sustained profitability and future growth. As Delta’s flagship aircraft, the A350 provides a world-class customer experience, enhances cargo capacity, reduces unit costs and contributes to a more sustainable future.

The next-generation A350s burn 21 percent less fuel per seat than the 777s they replace. Improved fuel efficiency is paramount to Delta’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon emissions and its Flight to Net Zero. The acquisition of 29 narrowbody 737-900ERs also complement Delta’s existing fleet.

Delta will lease the A350s through AerCap and purchase 27 of the 737-900ERs from funds managed by Castlelake, L.P., while the remaining two 737-900ERs will be financed from funds also managed by Castlelake, L.P. Both transactions are subject to closing conditions. Deliveries of the aircraft will be completed by the first quarter of 2022, and they will enter service after modifications are completed.

In addition to the seven A350s that are part of this announcement, Delta currently has 15 A359s in service and 20 on order. The addition of the 29 737-900ERs will bring the total to 159 in its fleet.

The agreement follows Delta’s decision in April to exercise options on 25 additional A321neo jets, which will start to deliver next year. Those aircraft offer the lowest seat costs in Delta’s fleet.

Lion Air Group to lay off 2,600 employees

Lion Air Group has decided to lay off 2,600 employees, including pilots, commercial staff and ground staff.

Meanwhile the group issued this statement concerning services:

Lion Air has announced that it will increase flight capacity compared to the previous month starting from July 2020 and continued to the following months.

Lion Air Group will continue to operate the aircraft to serve domestic routes which are currently run into an increasing demand (so it is not true if there is a piece of information that says Lion Air Group has stopped operating, related information currently being traced).

Scheduled flight services to and from major cities to the district or regency, including Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport), Banda Aceh, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Batam, Palembang, Jambi, Bengkulu, Lampung, Bangka Belitung, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Lombok, Bali, Kupang, Pontianak, Palangkaraya, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Tarakan, Makassar, Kendari, Palu, Gorontalo, Manado, Ternate, Ambon, Sorong, Manokwari, Timika , Jayapura, Merauke, Berau, Sampit, Lubuk Linggau, Labuan Bajo, Luwuk, Tambolaka, Waingapu, Bima, Sumbawa, Ende, Gunung Sitoli and other areas.

Lion Air Group will continue to serve and develop other routes as demand for air transportation services. Lion Air Group is optimistic, that air travel trends will continue to improve and increase in line with the ease of traveling by aircraft for passengers.

Lion Air Group complies with the health protocols, with the expectation that every flight operation fulfills the elements of safety and security (safety first), and in an effort not to cause the COVID-19 spreading.

Under conditions of COVID-19 pandemic alert, Lion Air Group has consistently run a sterilization process, cleanliness, and all aircraft maintenance in accordance with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance programs. It is the sincerity in every execution of aviation operations, ensuring that the aircraft is safe and airworthy for flight as well as to prepare the proper flight.

Lion Air aircraft photo gallery:

Lion Air aircraft slide show:

First Lion Air A330neo rolls-out of the Airbus paint shop

Airbus has made this announcement:

The first A330neo for Lion Air Group has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, featuring the airline’s distinctive livery. The aircraft will be operated on lease from BOC Aviation.

Altogether, Lion Air Group will acquire 10 A330neo aircraft, eight of which will be leased from BOC Aviation. The aircraft will have a single-class layout seating 440 passengers and will be operated by Lion Air on selected domestic routes, as well as charter and pilgrimage service to Saudi Arabia. Some of the aircraft will be operated by Thai Lion on long-haul services from Thailand.

The first aircraft will now continue its industrial process and proceed soon to ground and flight tests, before the delivery to the airline in the coming weeks.

The A330neo is the true new-generation aircraft building on the best-selling widebody A330’s features and leveraging on A350 XWB technology. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors. Equipped with the Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330neo offers a unique passenger experience with more personal space and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity.

Photo: Airbus.

Bloomberg: Lion Air considers a switch to Airbus, its 10 Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s are grounded

Lion Air (PT Lion Mentari Airlines) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 PK-LQF (msn 42990) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 945950.

Lion Air is planning to cancel its large Boeing 737 MAX order and switch to Airbus according to a report by Bloomberg.

A rift has developed between Lion Air founder Rusdi Kirana and Boeing over Boeing’s reaction to the tragic October 29, 2018 Lion Air MAX 8 crash. Boeing pointed to maintenance issues and possible pilot error as a possible reason for the crash while growing evidence indicates a faulty sensor took over the computerized system of the aircraft.

Lion Air issued this statement on the grounding of its Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s:

In connection with a circular from the Director General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation regarding temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Lion Air states that it will temporarily suspend its 10 (ten) Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Lion Air is considering a large order for the Airbus A321neo.

Meanwhile Lion Air has cancelled for MAX deliveries this year.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Lion Air (PT Lion Mentari Airlines) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 PK-LQF (msn 42990) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 945950.

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Chorus Aviation announces multi-aircraft leasing transaction with the Lion Air Group

Wings Air (Indonesia)-Lion Group ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PK-WHP (msn 1290) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 944060.

Chorus Aviation Inc. announced today an agreement to lease four new ATR 72-600s to the Lion Air Group.

The first of these aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the remaining three scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2019. It is anticipated that the aircraft will be operated by members of the Lion Air Group in Indonesia and Malaysia.

This transaction marks the second multi-aircraft leasing transaction in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region, expanding Chorus’ leasing business to 12 lessees in 12 countries and a total of 78 aircraft.

Upon completing the transaction contemplated by this announcement, Chorus Aviation Capital’s customers will comprise: Aeromexico Connect; Air Nostrum; Azul Airlines; CityJet; Ethiopian Airlines; Flybe; Falcon Aviation Services; KLM Cityhopper; Lion Air Group; Philippine Airlines; Virgin Australia; and its Chorus affiliate, Jazz Aviation.

Top Copyright Photo: Wings Air (Indonesia)-Lion Group ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PK-WHP (msn 1290) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 944060.

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