Lion Air is the largest airline in Indonesia and the first in Asia to offer flights with seating both in tourist class such as business, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The airline also has destinies to Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. Its main base of operations is the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. Operates scheduled flights to passengers in its extensive network with 42 domestic destinations with 226 daily flights.
Like many other Indonesian airlines, the airline is in the list of airlines banned in the EU due to safety reasons since December 2009.
The airline was founded in 1999 and started operations on June 30 2000, when it started regular passenger flights between Jakarta and Pontianak using a Boeing 737-200. It is owned by Rusdi Kirana and his family. The airline is now posing to become an IATA member, becoming the second Indonesia airline member of IATA after Garuda Indonesia.
At the beginning of 2010, the airline increased the number of flights to Jeddah to reach the five weekly frequencies. This route is served by two Boeing 747-400 with 496 seats each.
On May 26, 2005, the airline signed a preliminary agreement with Boeing for the purchase of up to sixty aircraft Boeing next-generation 737, valued at $3,900 million. These will replace the current fleet and allow it to continue its expansion. Later, in July 2005, the airline signed a contract for thirty Boeing 737-900ER, with the option for additional thirty.
On 17 July 2006, the airline announced that it had become their options to buy thirty Boeing 737-900ER to ask in firm (increasing the order to 60 aircraft), with deliveries starting on 2010 until 2012.
On April 27, 2007, Boeing delivered the first Boeing 737-900ER to the airline. The plane was presented with a special paint scheme that combines dual the lion of the brand in the vertical stabilizer and the colors of the livery of Boeing in the fuselage.
On 18 June 2007, the airline announced at the Paris Air Show orders by 40 additional Boeing 737-900ER increasing the order.
On December 4 2007, the airline announced an additional order of 22 737-900ER, to increase the order to 122 aircraft.
On February 19 2008, during the Singapore Airshow 2008, the airline requested 56 Boeing 737-900ER, increasing the order to 178 aircraft.
On November 19 2008, the airline signed an agreement for ten new ATR72-500 turboprop airliners, designating the aircraft to be managed by Wings Air. The new aircraft began delivery in 2009.
Lion Air is one of the seven first airlines to incorporate the new Boeing 737 inside the Sky since the end of 2010.
On March 18 2013, the airline signed an agreement with the European consortium Airbus for the purchase of 234 aircraft Airbus A320 neo, Airbus A321neo and Airbus A320ceo by a total of 18,400 million euros. This agreement is considered to be the most important, both in terms of the number of appliances such as in amount, in the history of commercial aviation