Lion Air has announced that it will retire its Boeing 747-400 aircraft and replace them with the Airbus 330-900NEO.
The airlines have only operated Boeing’s double-deck airplane since April 23, 2009. The airplane has 12 business class and 492 economy class seats.
Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said the airplane had performed well, as it could cover long routes nonstop and at high speed and transport a large number of passengers or large amounts of cargo.
“The airline was proud to operate the plane dubbed ‘Queen of the Skies’ for the last 10 years to serve domestic commercial flights,” said Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro on Sunday as quoted by kontan.co.id.
The airplanes have flown from Jakarta to Medan, Batam, Surabaya, Denpasar and Makassar, among other routes.
He said the replacement of the Boeing 747-400 with the Airbus 330-900NEO was a strategic move by the company to respond to the dynamic market of the aviation business. “The Airbus 330-900NEO will arrive in Indonesia gradually, starting in May. This year, Lion Air will receive two of the airplanes,” he added.
Last Year, Lion Air ordered 10 Airbus 330-900NEO for planned delivery in 2019 and 2020.
Danang said the airline had made optimal preparations for the operation of the new airplanes, including with regard to human resources like pilots, cabin crew, technicians and ground handling staff as well as establishing training centers.
“Lion Air is happy with the addition of the Airbus 330-900 NEO to its fleet as it is in line with the long-range aviation business development. The plane is known for its fuel efficiency and long range,” he added. (bbn)