Lion Air recently announced a deal that will see the airline roll out 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft, in an agreement that is reportedly worth US$6.2 billion. The carrier will be the first in the world to operate flights using these cutting-edge aircraft.
Last month, the group made headlines by confirming its Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Airlines, would be the first in the world to operate the new Boeing 737 Max 8. This latest announcement follows a world record-breaking 230-aircraft deal with Boeing in 2012 and another in 2013, when Lion Air ordered 234 Airbus A320 aircraft.
“The Lion Air Group was first in the world to put the 737 MAX 8 into service and the first to order the 737 MAX 9, and we continue to lead the way again with this commitment for 50 737 MAX 10s and help launch the latest version of the 737,” said Lion Air’s group president, Edward Sirait.
To accommodate the high demand for air transport, Lion Air employs single-aisle commercial aircraft for domestic flights, as well as commercial aircraft with double aisles for international flights. The Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft is the newest and highest-capacity version of Boeing’s new single-aisle jet.
Recently unveiled at the Paris Air Show, the 737 MAX 10 is the fourth and largest version of Boeing 737 MAX series. It is capable of carrying 188 passengers in a typical two-class layout or 230 passengers in a single-class configuration. Lion Air is the first airline group to include the new aircraft in its fleet.
Lion Air currently operates flights in three Southeast Asian countries, with Boeing 737-900ER, Boeing 737-800NG, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft.