Lion Air Buys Five Dreamliners

Lion Air is expanding rapidly.


Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest airline by passenger numbers and which counts Bali as one of its top routes, is buying five of the American aircraft maker Boeing’s new-generation airplane.

Boeing has confirmed a commitment from Lion Air to buy five 787-8 Dreamliners.

The aircraft will be used by a subsidiary called Batik Air.

“Boeing confirms that Jakarta-based Lion Air announced a commitment to order 787 Dreamliners for its newly launched premium carrier Batik Air,” the company said.

“Boeing congratulates Batik Air for selecting the 787 Dreamliner and looks forward to finalising this order,” it said.

A Boeing spokesman said privately owned Lion Air planned to buy five 787-8s. At list prices, the deal is valued at US$967.5 million.

Boeing's new plane, the Dreamliner, has been beset by production problems and order cancellations.

Since the beginning of the year, Boeing has posted order cancellations for six Dreamliners. The first 787 delivery, last September was three years behind schedule.

Built largely with lightweight composite materials, Boeing says the Dreamliner is about 20 percent more fuel efficient than similarly sized aircraft and is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes.

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