Batik Air to serve Australia as second Lion Group airline: flying A321neos from Bali

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The Lion Group full service Indonesia-based airline subsidiary Batik Air is preparing to launch services to Australia, initially from the popular resort island of Bali. If approved by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Batik will become the second Lion Group airline to serve Australia, after its Malaysian JV - Malindo Air.

Malindo secured CASA approval in 2015 and launched services from Kuala Lumpur to Perth in Nov-2015. Batik will be able to reach deeper into Australia, including Melbourne and Sydney, since Bali is closer to Australia than Kuala Lumpur, and the airline will use new generation longer-range A321neos.

Going through the approval process at CASA - known as one of the world's most stringent regulators - is part of an overall initiative by the group to raise its international profile and improve safety standards. Lion Group expects all its airlines to be IOSA-registered by the end of 2016 and recently succeeded in removing its parent airline from the EU blacklist.

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