Lion Air to launch full service operations in 2013
Lion Air plans to launch full service operations in 2013 through its Batik Air division, according to a report in The Jakarta Post. Lion Air’s general affairs director Edward Sirait said, “our economic condition remains healthy and the demand for full-service flights is increasing. We want to tap this opportunity and Batik Air will start its operations in March 2013”. Lion Air is currently processing its flight permit (SIUAU) with the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, after which it would then process its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). The carrier will operate 10 Boeing 737-900s, focusing on international services to Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australia. Mr Sirait said he is confident the airline will be able to compete with Garuda Indonesia and Pacific Royale.