SEPANG –Lion Air commences its operations to KL International Airport (KLIA), offering daily flights on the Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur vice versa route effective 29 June. The airline utilizes its brand new Boeing 737-900ER series with a maximum capacity of 215 economy class seats to ply the route.
Flight JT 282 will depart from Jakarta each day at 9.05am and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 12.05 noon, while Flight JT 283 will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 1 pm and arrive in Jakarta at 2.00pm. For the new service which commenced yesterday, a full load of 215 passengers from Jakarta arrived at KLIA.
Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said, “Malaysia Airports is pleased that Lion Air has re-established its connection to Kuala Lumpur. I believe the airline is poised to take advantage of the strong travel demand between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.”
He added, “Malaysia Airports would like to congratulate the airline on its successful comeback to Kuala Lumpur and I am confident that they’ll enjoy good operations to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airports will continue with its relentless marketing effort, keen collaboration with the Government and relevant stakeholders, which is vital and has always been instrumental in our effort to attract new airlines and establish new routes.”
Lion Air’s President Director, Rusdi Kirana said, “It feels great to be back in operations to Kuala Lumpur, which has always guaranteed good passenger load. We are looking forward to a fruitful and permanent operations to Kuala Lumpur.”
Although the airline operates under low fare model, Lion Air has opted to operate from KLIA’s main terminal building which will provides aerobridge services to ensure passenger comfort. Lion Air also hopes to capture a big portion of the market here as the airline offers very attractive fares which starts from as low as RM139 nett (one way and inclusive of airport tax and surcharge).
Lion Air was incorporated as a private limited company on October 1999 and took to the skies in year 2000 with one aircraft. Today, Lion Air is the largest private carrier in Indonesia and operates an extensive network in 61 Indonesia destinations, 150 routes and 475 daily departures. Lion Air also flies to Singapore, Malaysia Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.
Lion Air is the launch customer of Boeing 737-900ER and first in the world to operate the Boeing 737-900ER jet. The first Boeing 737-900ER was delivered to Lion Air in April 2007. As of May 2011, the Lion Air fleet consists of 78 aircraft and has another 134 units of Boeing 737-900ER in firm orders. More information on Lion Air can be found at www.lionair.com.my