5-Dec-2013 6:03 AM

Thai Lion Air launches inaugural service

Thai Lion Air successfully completed (04-Dec-2013) its first commercial service on 04-Dec-2013, with service from its base at Bangkok Don Mueang to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. The Thai carrier's twice-daily service on the route uses Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, configured with all-economy seats in 29" seat pitch. The carrier is the first to operate the 737-900ER in Thailand. Thai Lion Air CEO Capt Darsito Hendroseputro said the carrier has applied for international air traffic rights and aims to launch a daily nonstop service from Bangkok to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. “The carrier's consistently low fares means people have the freedom to fly when they want to,” he said. Thai Lion Air has two 737-900ERs in its fleet and plans to add two more in Feb-2014. It had originally planned to add these two in Mar-2014, but has since decided to bring deliveries forward. These additional aircraft will be used to increase frequency on existing routes and to launch new domestic and international services such as Bangkok-Hat Yai and Bangkok-Singapore. The CEO noted that the launch of Thai Lion Air will help grow Thailand’s air passenger market and reinforce Bangkok’s position as a leading international air hub.  [more - original PR]

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