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Jakarta Post

Lion’s full service Batik Air to launch maiden flights

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 10 2013   /  12:32 pm

Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier, Lion Air, says its full-service Batik Air will start service this month, connecting Jakarta to Manado, North Sulawesi, and Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.

Lion Air general affairs director Edward Sirait said that the maiden flight of Batik Air would be on April 26.

“We will gradually operate more aircraft every year to expand our business,” Edward said in Jakarta on Tuesday on the sidelines of hearing with House of Representatives Commission V overseeing transportation.

Edward said that the first new Boeing B737-900 ER to be used by Batik Air would arrive from Seattle, the US, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on April 16. Plans call for Batik to offer 12 business class seats and 160 economy seats on the aircraft.

“We plan to operate six aircraft by the end of this year to connect majo...