- CAPA Analysis
- Schedule Analysis
- Cargo Analysis
- Route Maps
- Fast Fact Report
- IATA Code
- ICAO Code
- Corporate Address
- Jl. Gadjah Mada No.7, Jakpus, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
- Main hub
- Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
- Business model
- Low Cost Carrier
- Domestic | International
- Airline Group
- Part of Lion Group
- Association Membership
- Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA)
- Codeshare Partners
- Thai Lion Air
Lion Air is an Indonesian low-cost carrier based at Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Commencing operations in 2000 and based in Jakarta, Lion Air is the largest privately-owned airline in Indonesia. The LCC operates a network of scheduled passenger services throughout South East Asia and the Middle East.
Location of Lion Air main hub (Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Lion Air fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
629 total articles
96 total articles
Southeast Asia’s low cost carrier fleet has passed the 600 aircraft mark as the region’s 23 LCCs added about 70 aircraft in 2015, resulting in 13% growth. The region’s LCC fleet has expanded by 50% in only three years, from 400 to just over 600 aircraft.
Nevertheless, LCC capacity growth within Southeast Asia slowed significantly in 2015 for the second consecutive year, as several carriers made adjustments in response to challenging market conditions. For the first time since the birth of LCCs in Southeast Asia 15 years ago there was a drop in the LCC penetration rate within Southeast Asia.
There was faster LCC capacity growth in medium/long haul markets connecting Southeast Asia with other regions, driven by a 37% expansion of the Southeast Asian LCC widebody fleet. There are now seven LCCs in Southeast Asia operating widebody aircraft, compared with only seven in the rest of the world.
Indonesia's Lion Group continued to expand its fleet rapidly in 2015 as several of its competitors in Southeast Asia slowed growth or restructured. Lion added a remarkable 57 aircraft in 2015 – its highest figure ever – and ended the year with 236 aircraft.
In doing so Lion overtook AirAsia as the largest airline group in Southeast Asia, growing its fleet by 32% in 2015 while the AirAsia fleet shrank slightly. The Lion Group is expected to add a similar number of aircraft in 2016, further widening the gap with AirAsia.
All five Lion Group carriers grew their fleets in 2015 by at least seven aircraft. Lion currently has 191 aircraft in its home market of Indonesia, 27 in Malaysia and 18 in Thailand.
There is perhaps no greater indicator of the nuances in aviation than dual brand strategies. The United-Ted and Delta-Song approaches are mostly forgotten while Qantas-Jetstar trumpet alignment and newcomers like Lufthansa-Eurowings have to insist their plan will work.
What unites the attempts, successes and failures is a belief that dual brand strategies can be a silver bullet, not only gaining back lost passengers but securing new ones. Inevitably there is a lot more to it than that.
A successful dual brand airline strategy needs proper management, but this alone does not guarantee success. External forces can bring a swift end. Labour relations are often a critical factor for success or failure, but also whether a dual brand strategy is needed in the first place.
SIA’s Goh Choon Phong and Lion Group’s Rusdi Kirana honoured at 2015 CAPA Asia Pacific awards dinner
Singapore Airlines Group CEO Goh Choon Phong scooped the top award at the 2015 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence, held on 23-Nov-2015 in Singapore as part of CAPA’s 2015 Asia Aviation Summit. Lion Group founder and CEO Rusdi Kirana received the CAPA Legends Award (CAPA Hall of Fame) while Mr Goh was recognised as the 2015 Asia Pacific Airline CEO of the Year.
Qatar Airways received Asia Pacific Airline of the Year Award; Bangkok Airways, Peach Aviation and the Qantas Group also received awards under the airline categories. Dubai and Mumbai were winners in the airport categories, picking up awards at a CAPA Gala dinner hosted by Travelport.
Now in its thirteenth year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up.
Lion Air is taking delivery over the next three months of three A330-300s in single class 440-seat configuration. The A330s will provide some capacity growth for Lion in a year Indonesia’s largest carrier has taking an unusual breather from expanding its short haul fleet with only one 737 delivery for all of 2015.
The A330s are partially being used to replace ageing 747-400s, which Lion has operated for several years on religious pilgrimage flights to Saudi Arabia. But as the A330s will be utilised significantly more than the 747s they will also be deployed on domestic trunk routes.
Lion has committed to acquiring only three A330s but could add more should it see an opportunity to pursue a long haul low cost model. Lion has traditionally shied away from routes over four hours with the exception of Jeddah but could potentially use A330s in future to expand in North Asia and other medium haul markets.
Lion Group full-service subsidiary Batik Air is planning more rapid expansion as it continues to take deliveries at clip of well over one aircraft per month. Batik has added a remarkable 24 aircraft over the last 13 months, giving it a fleet of 30 aircraft, and expects to add another 19 aircraft by the end of 2016.
The planned fleet of 49 aircraft at the end of 2016 should make Batik the third largest airline in Indonesia and eleventh largest in all of Southesat Asia. This is an almost unfathomable achievement for a start-up that only began operations in 2013.
Batik is entirely a domestic carrier with the exception of one international route to Singapore, which it launched in Aug-2015. Batik is planning to add more international destinations over the next year, including Seoul and Perth, but most of its expansion will be in the domestic market.