Lion Air buys Airbus aircraft worth over 20 billion
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.