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Lion Air is an Indonesian hybrid airline 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 carrier 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.
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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.
Thai Lion Air plans to double the size of its fleet over the next 16 months, giving it a potentially larger operation than long established Nok Air by the end 2016. Thai Lion launched operations at the end of 2013, has already captured more than a 20% share of Thailand’s fast-growing domestic LCC market and should see its share exceed 30% by the end of 2016.
Thai Lion currently operates 13 737-900ERs and recently took delivery of its first two 737-800s, which it will use to launch services to secondary domestic airports that cannot accommodate 737-900ERs. Thai Lion plans to take five more 737-800s by the end of 2015 and add 10 aircraft, a mix of -800s and -900ERs, in 2016.
Thai Lion’s domestic network will grow from 10 to 13 destinations over the next few months. The carrier also resumed international services on 15-Aug-2015 with a daily flight to Singapore and plans to launch several destinations in China by the end of 2015.
Lion Group full-service subsidiary Batik Air has entered the international market with a new double daily service to Singapore. Batik becomes the eighth airline operating Jakarta-Singapore and supplements the seven daily flights already operated by sister LCC Lion Air in the world’s second largest international route.
The launch of Singapore is part of a major expansion for Batik in 2015 as the airline nearly doubles its fleet to 34 aircraft. Lion has been allocating most of its narrowbody deliveries this year to Batik and Thai Lion Air while growth at the main Lion Air brand has slowed significantly.
The new route is also part of a major push in Singapore for the Lion Group. Thai Lion Air at almost the same time is launching service to Singapore, which will become the first destination to be served by all four of the main Lion Group carriers.
Thai Lion resumes international expansion with Singapore, increasing Lion Group’s presence at Changi
Indonesia-based Lion Group affiliate Thai Lion is making another move into international operations by launching service to Singapore on 15-Aug-2015. Bangkok-Singapore becomes Thai Lion’s first international route since it dropped services to Indonesia in early 2015. Thai Lion also dropped services to Malaysia in 2014.
Bangkok-Singapore is an extremely competitive route that is already well served by four LCC groups – AirAsia, Jetstar, Scoot and Tigerair. Lion Group’s entrance could be seen as a strategic move as it will give Lion a presence on all three of the largest routes from Singapore.
Lion Group’s share of Singapore’s LCC market will reach 8% in Aug-2015. Lion is still much smaller in Singapore than its rival Southeast Asian LCC groups but it is closing the gap as it expands at a time others have been reducing capacity.