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10 busiest international air routes and who’s flying them

10 busiest international air routes and who’s flying them

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed the world’s busiest air routes for 2013 to the Telegraph; Routes News uncovers which carriers are serving them and who’s set to…
Flynas strengthens local services

Flynas strengthens local services

Flynas has announced a trio of new domestic destinations as part of its celebrations for Saudi National Day. 
Ethiopian expands its domestic network

Ethiopian expands its domestic network

Ethiopian Airlines is launching new services to Bale Robe and Kombolcha, located in the south-central and north-central part of the country respectively.
Qatar’s Doha–Vienna route gets Dreamliner upgrade

Qatar’s Doha–Vienna route gets Dreamliner upgrade

Qatar Airways has responded to increased demand in the region by introducing B787 aircraft to its Vienna service.
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Boeing finalises its biggest order with troubled Lion Air

News Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:51 Written by  Oliver Clark

 

Privately-owned Indonesian carrier Lion Air has finalised a record order for 230 aircraft from Boeing, including 201 B737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation B737-900ERs, as it seeks to expand within the Asia-Pacific.

 

The carrier, which already operates to 36 destinations mainly within the Indonesia archipelago, also placed an option for 150 more aircraft as part of the biggest single aircraft deal in Boeing’s history and which was signed in the presence of US President Obama.

 

The manufacturer claims the 737 MAX will 10-12% more fuel efficient than current single aisle aircraft.

 

Lion Air currently operates international services to Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and has made its determination to expand its route network clear. It states on its website that “Soon, you’ll be able to fly extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region with Lion Air”.


Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, CEO Rusdi Kirana told Reuters the with the completion of the aircraft deal, a delayed bid public flotation of the company was now likely to take place within the next two years.

 

The airline has been embroiled in scandal after two pilots were arrested on drug charges. It also remains on the EU’s list of airlines banned from operating in European airspace.

 

Kirana said Lion Air currently held a 51% share of the domestic market and aimed to go public when this reached 60%, something he estimated would happen "in the next two years"

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