Lion Air (Jakarta) started passenger operations on June 30, 2000 with one Boeing 737-200. Today the fast-growing Indonesian carrier along with Boeing is celebrating the delivery of the 150th Next-Generation 737. Lion Air is now the largest privately-owned airline in Indonesia.
Photos: Jim Anderson/Boeing via Randy’s Journal. The pictured Boeing 737-8GP PK-LPJ (msn 39869) wears a special logo to celebrate the milestone. PK-LPJ was handed over to the airline on August 14.
Boeing (Chicago) and the Lion Group (Lion Air) (Jakarta), Indonesia’s largest airline group, yesterday (November 4) commemorated the delivery of the carrier’s 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event.
The Lion Group’s 100th airplane, the pictured Lion Air 737-9GP ER (Extended Range) PK-LOF (msn 38741) features a special “100th Boeing Next-Generation 737 – Thank You Indonesia” livery commemorating the delivery.
Lion Air, which was established in 1999, was also the launch customer for the 737-900 ER. Lion Air mainline currently operates 67 737-900 ERs and 19 737-800s. The group’s other Next-Generation 737s are allocated to its full-service carrier in Indonesia, Batik Air, and to its overseas affiliates: Malindo Air in Malaysia and Thai Lion Air, a new carrier based in Bangkok.
All of the Lion Group’s new 737 deliveries feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin.
Lion mainline and subsidiary Wings Air serve 76 destinations in Indonesia, giving the group the largest domestic network in Indonesia. Lion Air mainline has 580 flights a day and Wings Air has 180 flights per day.
Top Copyright Photo: The Boeing Company. Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com.
Lion Air (Jakarta) Boeing 737-8GP PK-LKH (msn 37297) while operating flight JT 892 from Ujung Padang to Gorontalo, Indonesia (Sulawesi) with 110 passengers and seven crew members while attempting to land at Jalaluddin Airport near Gorontalo skidded off the runway last night (August 6) after hitting three cows. The brakes failed after colliding with the animals. One cow was found dead under under the main gear. The airport was closed. Reports indicate animals are often sighted on the runway and Lion Air has previously complained about the problem to airport and government officials!
The company has had at least 10 previous incidents and accidents involving the landing phase.
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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Pictured landing at Seattle (Boeing Field), Boeing 737-8GP PK-LKH was handed over to Lion Air on September 28, 2012.
Gorontalo is located in the northern region of Sulawesi (Google Maps):
Lion Air‘s (Jakarta) flight from Bandung to Bali went into the water while landing at Bali today and broke into two sections. The 101 passengers and seven crew members were able to safely evacuate the aircraft. There were reports of 53 people with minor injuries.
The aircraft involved is this brand new Boeing 737-8GP PK-LKS (msn 38728) (below) which arrived at Lion Air on March 20, 2013 after a short stint with subsidiary Malindo Air.
A local report by the Jakarta Post quotes a Lion Air official stating the aircraft had not yet touched the runway before it hit the water implying the aircraft crashed short of the runway and was not an overrun of the runway as most media accounts claimed.
Lion Air (Jakarta) has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus.
The order was finalized today at a special ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris in the presence of President François Hollande of France, who witnessed the signing of documents by Rusdi Kirana, Co-Founder and CEO of Lion Air Group and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus.
In a single class layout the A320 can seat up to 180 passengers, while the A321 can carry up to 236 with the latest cabin configuration options. Lion Air Group will use the aircraft to meet growth requirements on its expanding domestic and regional route network. The carrier will announce engine selections for the aircraft in the near future.
Lion Air (Jakarta) is reportedly ready to sign a major order with Airbus for narrow body A320 Family aircraft in a high-profile ceremony today in Paris. Lion Air is a staunch Boeing customer and has over 300 Boeing 737-800, 737-900ER and 737 MAX 9 aircraft on order for the fast-growing Asian market.
Lion Air (Jakarta) is celebrating the hand over and acceptance of its 70th Boeing Next-Generation 737 with a new logojet.
Copyright Photo: Ivan K Nishimura. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER registered as PK-LJZ (msn 37296) was handed over to the Indonesian carrier on August 9 and is pictured passing through Honolulu on the same day.