JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Founder of the Lion Air Group, Rusdi Kirana, reported will set up a new airlines to rise from the JT-610 accident in 2018 and to avoid the impact of the pandemic. Spokesman of the directorate general of air transportation at the transportation ministry, Budi Prayitno, confirmed that there was an application for a new Air Operator Certificate (AOC) .
However, he was reluctant to share further details on the planned. There are also no responded from the company. Some media reported the submission came from PT Lion Mentari Airlines, the operator of the airlines in Indonesia. Its still unclear whether the new airline will be part of the Lion Group or other entities.
Lion Air claimed have tried to recover from the crash in 2018 which was caused by errors in the design of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, as well as a series of errors by the airline from pilots and mechanics. Currently, British’ Goshawk Aviation Ltd. sued Lion Air Group for US$ 2.8 million through a litigation court in London over alleged lease debt for seven Boeing 737 aircraft.
The group is trying to keep negotiating and finding the best solution to the lawsuit filed by the aircraft charter company. The flight carrier was established in October 1999 by Kirana family and started operations on June 30, 2000.
It began scheduled passenger services from Jakarta to Denpasar and Pontianak using a leased Boeing 737-200. In 2003, the company established Wings Air to operate flights on lower density routes. Then in 2012, developed Malindo Air in Malaysia, Thai Lion Air in 2013 and domestically, Batik Air, a full-service subsidiary, also in the same year.
The airline has repeatedly broken records for largest aircraft orders, such as its US$24 billion order for 234 Airbus A320 jets, as well as its $22.4 billion order for 230 competing aircraft from Boeing. The firm signed an agreement with American-based aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, for fifty 737 MAX 10 passenger jets worth $6.24 billion in June 2017.
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