he owner of PT Lion Mentari Airlines, Rusdi Kirana, was sued by Goshawk Aviation Ltd in the Court of London, England, after failing to pay leases of seven Boeing jets worth of GBP10 million (US$12.82 million) - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The owner of PT Lion Mentari Airlines, Rusdi Kirana, was sued by Goshawk Aviation Ltd., in the court of London, England, after failing to pay leases of seven Boeing jets worth of GBP10 million (US$12.82 million). The claim form was submitted on July 24, 2020 and the claimant was represented by Holman Fenwick Willan.

Based an official information, there is an agreement between the two companies in 2015 to 2020. The operator of Lion Air, Batik Air, and Wings agreed to provided a deposit of GBP5.5 million for the rental agreement. Goshawks and eight of its affiliated companies said the flight carrier’ outstanding arrears ranged from GBP1.6 million to GBP2.5 million.

The plaintiffs expect to win the lawsuit and receive GBP10 million in compensation. The spokesman of the company, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, conveyed that the world of the aviation industry was experienced situations beyond their capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lion Air has worked with all lessors to find the best solution of the problems.

“Lion Air continues to treat all lessors equally in negotiations and is committed to finding a fair solution, including with Goshawk,” he explained in an official statement released today (09/24).

In 2018, Lion Air purchased 50 Boeing new 737 MAX 10 airplanes with total valued around $6.24 billion. It also has a long-term order to bring in 1,273 units of MAX series, making the group as one of the largest airline operators in the world.

The 737 MAX is a family of airplanes that offer about 130 to 230 seats with the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers). While, the 737 MAX 10 is the largest variant in the family. At 43.8 m (143 ft 8 in) long, the airplane can seat a maximum of 230 passengers and offer airlines the lowest seat-mile cost ever in a single-aisle aircraft.

Lion Air is one of the world’s largest Next-Generation 737 operators and previously ordered 201 MAXs. The airline is also the launch customer of the 737 MAX 9 and its subsidiary, Malaysia-based Malindo Air was the first airline to take delivery and operate the 737 MAX 8 in commercial service.

The aviation firm currently operates Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, Boeing 737-800NG, Boeing 747-400, and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Then, the company took 15 other B737-900ER shipments in December 2008, which the entire aircraft was configured for economy class with a total of 215 seats per aircraft. And to date Lion Air has 71 units of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.

After experiencing the efficiency of fuel usage on the Boeing 737-900ER aircraft type, Lion Air also tried the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft type that has been in use since 2012. Lion Air’s Boeing 737-800NG aircraft has a single class configuration and is capable of carrying 189 passengers person.

Until now, Lion Air has 32 units of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. With the latest addition of the Boeing 737-800NG to the Lion Air fleet, it allows airlines to offer more non-stop flights at affordable rates to many destinations.

In addition to small-bodied aircraft, Lion Air also has Boeing 747-400 aircraft which is the first largest fleet owned by Lion Air. Bring in 2009, the plane, also known as Jumbo Jet, has four engines and can fly at a speed of 0.85 mach or 909 kilometers per hour and is capable of flying with a maximum distance of 13,570 km to 15,000 km.

Its latest big aircraft fleet is the Airbus A330-300. This large aircraft uses a Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine and is configured in a single class that can carry as many as 440 passengers. Coming in November 2015, Lion Air has 3 units of Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

While, Goshawk Aviation has representatives in a number of countries including Dublin, Hong Hong, London, Miami and Shanghai. The lessor provides aircraft leases for Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.

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