The Jakarta Post
Lion Air Group’s full-service carrier Batik Air has received its first Airbus A320neo aircraft at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten. The A320neo is increasingly popular with airlines around the world. It is more fuel efficient than earlier Airbus A320 models, with neo standing for “new engine option”.
Batik Air has ordered 234 units of the A320 aircraft family from the European manufacturer, according to the company’s press statement. The Airbus A320 family is often compared with Boeing 737 type aircraft.
The A320neo delivered on Thursday is Batik Air’s 45th Airbus, as the airline already has 44 A320-200Ceo planes in its fleet. The A320neo is a single-aisle aircraft with 144 economy class and 12 business class seats.
“In the future, the A320neo will be used to expand our business. It could be used on existing routes to increase flight frequencies or on new domestic and international routes,” Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie said.
Currently, the airline serves to 45 domestic and international destinations with more than 350 flights per day.
The company chose the A320neo for its fuel efficiency and for having the same type rating as its predecessor, which means technicians and pilots familiar with A320 family aircraft can easily familiarize themselves with the A320neo.
“Batik Air’s Airbus 320neo is supported by an eco-friendly engine. The aircraft is much more efficient in terms of fuel and able to take on longer-haul flights.”
According to Airbus’s website, the A320neo provides an additional range of up to 900 kilometers or 2 tons of extra payload. The aircraft model is used by a number of airlines, from German’s Lufthansa to Japan’s ANA, China Southern Airlines and British low-cost carrier EasyJet. (mpr)