Indonesia’s Lion Group has celebrated the delivery of its first three Airbus aircraft, following a huge order placed in 2013.
The jets were handed over to Lion at a special ceremony in Toulouse, attended by Rusdi Kirana, chairman & co-founder of Lion Group, and Fabrice Brégier, president & CEO of Airbus.
The three A320 aircraft, which will be operated by Lion’s full-service subsidiary Batik Air, are the first from an order for 234 A320 aircraft placed in March last year. They come fitted with 156 seats in a two-class layout.
Eventually, the Lion Group will take delivery of 60 standard A320s, plus 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo aircraft.
“We are delighted to celebrate the delivery of our first Airbus aircraft. These A320s, and later the A320neo and larger A321neo, will allow us to continue our expansion with one of the most modern and advanced fleets in the world,” said Rusdi.
“In service with Batik Air, the A320s will combine the highest levels of in-flight comfort for our premium services with the lowest operating costs the industry has to offer. We will be looking forward to take delivery of our Airbus aircraft in the months and years to come.”
Since launching in 2000, the Jakarta-based Lion Group has become one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines. As well as the huge Airbus order, it has also purchased 230 Boeing 737s to service its range of units, including Lion Air, Thai Lion Air, Malindo Air and Batik Air.