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.
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.