Batik Airline flights will commence in May 2013, two months after the launch of LCC, Malindo. The Lion Air group of carriers would have the the largest airline by market share and fleet size in the country of Indonesia. The groups current fleet size is 70 aircraft, but it has ordered 182 planes. This makes the Lion Group one of Boeing's biggest customers in the world with deals topping US$12bil.
On-boad Batik and Malindo flights is said to have a seat pitch of 34 inch is 6% roomier compared with AirAsia's and it would provide complimentary frills such as light snacks, drinks, in-flight entertainment and great customer service . In addition, we estimate Batiik Airlines Boeing 737-950 planes has superior cost economics for flights which are above two hours against AirAsia's Airbus A320 planes.
Malindo Airlines, to be a sister airline, to cater to the budget carrier sector is set to be launched in March 2013 and plans to fly to 78 destinations across 5 countries. By May 2013, the Lion Group will begin their ong haul service via Batik Airlines. It is owned by Indonesia's tycoon brothers, Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana and corporate personalities say "the Kirana brothers are seasoned businessman and politically well-connected individuals."
Hightlights:Batik Air BookingBatik air Malaysia to be Malindo Air's new name* Batik Air and Malindo issues bonds * Jakarta-Surakarta service on 31-May-2013 * Launch daily Jakarta-Jayapura service * Increase Jakarta-Ambon frequency * Launch Jakarta-Denpasar and Jakarta-Yogyakarta services * Batik Air to receive an additional three Boeing 737-900ER aircraft in 2013 * Batik Air launches services to Pekanbaru and Ambon * Batik Air aiming for 90% on-time performance in 2013 *Batik Airlines launches twice daily Jakarta-Manado service * Two additional services from Jakarta * Lion Airlines launches full service subsidiary Batik Air on 25-Apr-2013 * Batik Airlines postpones the launch of operations * Batik Air accepts delivery of first Boeing 737-900ER