Lion Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta and hub on the local Soekarno -Hatta International Airport.
Lion Air, Lion Mentari Airlines actually PT, was founded in 1999 and started operations on 30 October 2000 with a flight from Jakarta to Pontianak on. 2005, the Company was passed with a large order launch customer of the Boeing 737- 900ER, the first copy was on April 27, 2007.
In July 2007, all Indonesian airlines have been added to the list of operating bans for the airspace of the European Union. Although until April 2012 some Indonesian companies were removed from the list, Lion Air can still fly to any destinations in the European Union.
On November 18, 2011 signed Lion Air CEO Kirana on Bali in the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama with Boeing Chief Conner personally a record order in the amount of 230 aircraft with a value of 21.7 billion euros.
On the Singapore Air Show in February 2012, Lion Air ordered 201 Boeing 737s valued at $ 22.4 billion. Furthermore, ordered the subsidiary Wings Air ATR 72-500 and 20 ATR 72-600 40.
In March 2013 it was announced that Lion Air more than 200 medium-range machines ordered A320s. The contract was signed on March 18, 2013 at the Élysée Palace, where President François Hollande received the heads of EADS subsidiary and Lion Air. In fact, 234 medium-haul jets from Airbus now been ordered. The order includes 109 Airbus A320neo fuel-efficient of the new, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. To list prices of the contract has a volume of 18.5 billion euros.
Lion Air operates mainly a dense network of destinations within Indonesia, including Aceh and Denpasar, and additionally serves with Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Jeddah also some international destinations.
As of October 2013, the fleet of 95 airplanes from Lion Air is with an average age of 5 years:
Lion Air recorded in its history, seven incidents involving aircraft loss, including one with fatalities. Furthermore, the airline has a noticeably high number of incidents in which a machine off or landing ran off the runway. Just since January 2009 lists The Aviation Herald seven such incidents. Exemplary two serious incidents are listed below:
- On 14 January 2002 was a 32 -year-old Boeing 737-200 ( Flight 386) after a rejected take-off 275 meters past the end of runway 18 of the Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport to a halt. In this incident, there were among the 96 passengers and 7 crew members no fatalities, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
- On 30 November 2004, a McDonnell Douglas MD -82 crashed on flight 538, as they also shot at landing at the airport Surakarta due to aquaplaning on the runway. 23 passengers and 2 crew members lost their lives in this disaster.
- On April 13, 2013 established a Boeing 737-800 ( Flight JT904 ) on approach to the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali of the runway in the sea on and broke in two. All 108 passengers survived the disaster.