Indonesia’s Lion Air on Thursday inked a firm contract for another 27 ATR 72-600s, raising its order total for the new Franco-Italian turboprops to 40 and making it the manufacturer’s largest customer for ATR 72s. Regional subsidiary Wings Air already operates 16 ATR 72-500s and awaits delivery on four more. Deliveries of Lion Air’s first ATR 72-600 will start in November and run into 2015, Wings Air chairman and Lion Air president Pak Ruski Kirana told a packed assemblage of reporters and officials at the ATR stand. ATR places the value of this latest order at $610 million.
The Western world’s two remaining turboprop makers each made sales headlines at last week’s Singapore Airshow, where Indonesia’s Lion Air padded ATR’s already robust order book and Bombardier’s Q400 showed signs of life following a lengthy dry spell.
Indonesia’s Lion Air underlined its clear love for Boeing aircraft here on St. Valentine’s Day when it signed a “ceremonial certificate of purchase” to firm up the massive aircraft order it first revealed at the Dubai Airshow last November.
Lion Air subsidiary Wings Air last month introduced the first three ATR 72-500s to the Indonesian market. Wings Air celebrated the milestone with a ceremony
in Manado attended by Indonesian Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and North Sulawesi governor SH Sarundajang.
Lion Air subsidiary Wings Air last month introduced the first three ATR 72-500s to the Indonesian market. Wings Air celebrated the milestone with a ceremony in Manado attended by Indonesian transportation minister Freddy Numberi and North Sulawesi governor SH Sarundajang.
Lion Air subsidiary Wings Air of Indonesia today announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 15 ATR 72-500s, as well as options covering another 15 of ATR’s new 72-600 series turboprops. The value of the order, originally revealed in November last year as a memorandum of understanding covering 10 ATR 72-500s plus options for 10 more ATR 72-500/600s, now amounts to some $600 million.
Boeing announced new firm orders from two Indonesian airlines–ambitious low-fare 737 operator Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia–for a total of 60 airplanes. An order for 56 B737-900ERs from Lion Air raises the airline’s order total for the type to 178. Garuda’s commitment for four 777-300ERs accompanies a conversion of an order for six deferred 777-200ERs to the larger type, bringing its total -300ER commitment to 10.
Indonesia’s Lion Air and India’s SpiceJet have started operating some of the first 737-900ERs to roll off Boeing’s Renton, Washington assembly line. The Asian carriers could well serve as barometers of the type’s value within the low-fare markets expected to account for so much of the region’s airline growth. Early accounts suggest the new twinjet has met expectations and more.
Jakarta-based Lion Air is the previously unnamed customer for a listed order for 40 Boeing 737-900ER airliners–nominally valued at more than $3 billion–that bring the carrier’s combined orders for the model to 100. It was named here Monday. “The 737 is the right plane to support our growing route structure throughout Southeast Asia,” said a Lion Air spokesman. The airline’s initial order for 30 launched the program in July 2005.
Boeing has made a start here at Farnborough International toward fulfilling its recent prophecy of airlines spending $2,600 billion, over the next 20 years by revealing orders worth almost $7.9 billion. More business is scheduled to be unveiled today.