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Lion Air set to buy Hawker jets for private services

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 10 2012   /  10:30 am

Low-cost carrier Lion Air is purchasing four Hawker 900 XP aircraft to support its launch of private-jet services in Indonesia, a company executive says.

The privately-owned airline’s general affairs director, Edward Sirait, said that the company would pay US$70 million for the nine-seater jets.

“We are going to purchase the aircraft during the Singapore Air Show next week and the first two Hawkers will arrive in May,” he said.

Based on the company’s business plan, private jet services will be launched in the third quarter of 2012.

The Hawker jets will become available to individuals, but it is most likely that they will be used to serve clients from the private sector, particularly those in the country’s mining industry, he said.

“We find that the demand is there. Most of the CEOs of mining companies are living in Jakarta, but they have to...