Indonesia's Lion Air orders 22 more Boeing 737s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Wednesday, 5 December  2007

Boeing has confirmed a previously unidentified Lion Air order for 22 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. Jakarta-based Lion Air's order was placed during the second quarter of 2007 and was listed in the unidentified category on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website. This order, valued at more than $1.7 billion at current list prices, brings Lion Air's combined orders for the 737-900ER to 122.

"The Next-Generation 737's reliability, passenger comfort, and low cost of operation and maintenance play a crucial role in supporting our growing route structure," said Lion Air founder and President Director Rusdi Kirana. "The 737 is the right airplane for our airline and our customers."

Boeing launched the 737-900ER program in July 2005 when Lion Air announced the initial order for 30 of the newest 737 model. In July 2006, the airline announced an order for 30 more 737-900ERs, and in June 2007 it announced an order for an additional 40 at the Paris Air Show. All of Lion Air's airplanes will be equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4%.

"Lion Air, the world's largest operator of the 737-900ER, is providing unmatched service for its customers throughout Southeast Asia, and is utilizing the 737-900ER's economic advantages to provide value for the airline and for its passengers," said Dinesh Keskar, vice president, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 737-900ER incorporates a new pair of exit doors and a flat rear-pressure bulkhead that allow a maximum capacity of 220 passengers in a single-class layout. Aerodynamic and structural design changes - including strengthened wings, a two-position tailskid, enhancements to the leading and trailing-edge flap systems, optional Blended Winglets, and auxiliary fuel tanks - will allow the 737-900ER to accommodate higher takeoff weights and increase its range to 3,200 nautical miles (5,900 km).

Lion Air received the first 737-900ER in April when the airplane was delivered in a special dual paint scheme that combined the Lion Air lion on the vertical stabilizer and the Boeing livery colors on the fuselage. The airline will receive a total of seven 737-900ERs in 2007. Lion Air operates an all-Boeing fleet and is one of the largest low-cost airlines in Asia, with traffic approaching 1 million passengers per month since the airline began operations in June 2000.

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