Lion Air buys Airbus aircraft worth over 20 billion

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Year 2012 was very good for the American aircraft manufacturer. In February 2012, Boeing received the largest order in history, both in value and in number of aircraft ordered.

Lion Air, Indonesia's largest air carrier, has commanded over 230 units: 201 from the 737 MAX and 29 737-900ER aircraft. If all goes according to plan, the agreement also provides for the purchase of an additional 150 aircraft.

One year after placing this order, here's how Lion Air returns in the spotlight and prepares a new order over 200 aircraft, but this time it prefers those in the Airbus A320 family. It would be a great success for the European aircraft manufacturer to enter the South Asian market and would be the first collaboration with Lion Air.


Calculated at the catalog price, the order that Lion Air will place would be worth around 20 billion, but huge discounts for very large orders are certainly applied.

So far, it has not been confirmed, but the international press announces that this agreement will be concluded today and will be attended by the President of France, Franciais Hollande.

Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia. It consists of over 17 000 of islands and has over 238 million inhabitants. It is the fourth most populous country in the world, being the country with the highest number of Muslims. Indonesia is a presidential republic with a parliament and an elected president. It is a young, constantly growing and ideal market for aircraft manufacturers.


This year, Lion Air will launch Batik Air, full service operator.

Update: Lion Air commissioned 234 Airbus aircraft from the A320 family: 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. A320 aircraft can carry up to 180 passengers, and A321 aircraft up to 236 passengers.

  1. Master RA says

    Unbelievable what orders they launched, both for Boeing and Airbus, in less than 1 year. I think they are unique with these orders throughout the history of aviation.

  2. Master RA says

    Waiting for the answer from Garuda?!?

    1. Sorin says

      Well, it's all confirmed! The order is 234 planes, the value of 18.4 billion dollars… It was slapped as they say :).

  3. Master RA says

    You see, they ordered planes from Boeing and Airbus in total !!! That gives development! However, not to be rotten, I think this growth is too fast. I have not seen at any other airline, much more powerful such orders in less than a year. and besides Indonesia. Long live Asia!

    1. Sorin says

      Payments are made on delivery and the aircraft will probably be received in the next 10 years :).

      1. Mihai says

        In other words, be in front. Other companies will have to stand in line. And how in 10 years air traffic will increase significantly… 🙂 this is their bet. They want to bite the "big" slice which in 10 years will be even bigger :).

  4. Sorin Rusi says

    You have to think that Indonesia has over 238 million inhabitants and over 17 islands. Lion Air is a low-cost operator and will operate to many domestic destinations…

    The more than 400 planes will be delivered on time and paid for on delivery. Probably the agreement will be for the next 10 years, maybe more, during which time the current aircraft will leave circulation and others will enter, plus the new aircraft that will increase the fleet :). If you think about it at a macro level, the situation is not so wow :). I think it's natural.

    Ryanair has a fleet of 305 aircraft and operates to 165 destinations. To which we add the new order over 100 aircraft :). So Lion Air wants to become some kind of Ryanair of South Asia :).

  5. Mihai says

    The "low-cost" of intercontinental flights could be said to be China Southern, if we talk about Asia. And China Southern really has a sizeable fleet of ~ 410. maybe more. They have a hub in Guangzhou. It is very frequently used for cheap flights between Oceania / Australia and Europe. Sometimes the quality leaves much to be desired and the behavior of the stewardesses.

    1. Sorin Rusi says

      China Southern Airlines is not low-cost and has a fleet of 368 aircraft. But China and China and Indonesia and Indonesia… great distance :)

  6. Mihai says

    I put the quotes.

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