Lion Air confirms order for 50 more B737 MAX 10s
Indonesia’s Lion Air Group on Monday announced an order for 50 additional B737 MAX 10s, the largest MAX series variant. Read More » The decision takes Lion Air’s MAX order backlog to 251 MAX 8s, 9s and 10s.
The deal, valued at approximately US$6.24 billion at list prices, is the largest incremental order to date of the MAX 10 variant. The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's orders and deliveries website.
“Lion Air is very excited to be a launch customer of the latest version of the 737. This airplane delivers a new level of fuel efficiency and operating economics and fits in perfectly with our fleet of modern airplanes,” said president and CEO of Lion Air Group, Edward Sirait. “We are proud to continue our tradition of innovation at Lion Air as we again lead the way with new airplane technology,” he said.
Lion Air Group’s Malaysian subsidiary, Batik Air, was the launch operator of the B737 MAX 8 and the group’s Thai subsidiary, Thai Lion Air, was the Asia-Pacific’s first customer for the larger MAX 9, using the airplane's added capacity to commence several international routes from its Bangkok Don Mueang headquarters.
“We are honored that Lion Air Group has once again placed its trust in the 737 family,” said senior vice president for Asia Pacific and India sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Dinesh Keskar. “With the 737 MAX 10, Lion Air will have a range of efficient and reliable options to optimize their network to serve their customers and grow profitably,” Keskar said.
The MAX series is a family of aircraft that offers 130 to 230 seats and a range of 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers). The MAX series incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver higher efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort.
Last week, Transportation Partners, the leasing arm of Lion Group, finalized a US$5.5 billion order for 380 CFM LEAP-1A engines to power its incoming A320neo and A321neo fleets.
In addition to the LEAP-1As, Lion Group has ordered 544 LEAP-1B engines to power its on-order B737 MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10 aircraft, of which 10 are already in service with Lion Air.
With orders for 924 LEAP engines at list prices of US$13.4 billion, Indonesia’s Lion Group is the best LEAP customer in the world. “CFM has been a great partner in supporting the growth of our fleet operation since the start of our journey,” said Sirait.
“Our choice to use LEAP engines to power our A320neo fleet and Boeing 737Max is the right decision. “The new fleet of A320neo and B737 Max are critical elements for our long-term growth that will ensure Lion Air Group’s position as the leading airline in the region. We are optimistic these engines will give us the highest efficiency and reliability to support Lion Air Group’s growth.”