Lion Group and Boeing celebrate delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737
Lion Air is the largest 737-900ER operator in the world
SEATTLE, Nov. 4, 2013 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lion Group, Indonesia’s largest airline group, today commemorated the delivery of the carrier’s 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event.
"This is an amazing moment for the Lion Group," says Lion Group president director Rusdi Kirana. "We’ve grown from one aircraft and today we’re taking our 100th Next-Generation 737. It’s an aircraft type that has allowed us to grow and be successful because of the low operating cost and passenger comfort."
Lion Group’s 100th aircraft, a 737-900ER, features a special livery commemorating the delivery.
"I want to congratulate Lion Air on this special milestone," says Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Few airlines reach its centennial delivery so fast and we’re proud to help support your growth into one of the world’s largest low-cost carriers. Thank you for your faith in the 737."
Lion Air - which was established in 1999, making it the very first low-cost carrier in Asia Pacific - was also the launch customer for the 737-900ER program. Lion Air mainline operates 67 737-900ERs and 19 737-800s. The group’s other 737NGs 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.
The Next-Generation 737 is the best-selling and most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane in the world, says Boeing, adding that Boeing will continue improving fuel-efficiency with the 737 MAX, a new engine variant of the 737, which delivers an additional 14 percent improvement in reduced fuel use, compared to the Next-Generation 737.
All of Lion Group’s new 737NGs feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin. On board, passengers enjoy a greater sense of spaciousness with decorative sculpted sidewalls, larger window reveals, LED mood lighting and larger pivot stowage bins.
Lion Group operates an extensive route network in Indonesia and also serves international destinations. In terms of domestic, Lion mainline and subsidiary Wings Air serve 76 destinations in Indonesia, giving the group the largest domestic network in the country. Lion Air mainline has 580 flights a day and Wings Air has 180 flights per day.
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