A330-900NEO Lion Air Orders Complete Flight Test, Two Plane Delivered This Year

A330-900NEO Lion Air Orders Complete Flight Test, Two Plane Delivered This Year
The first two of A330-900neo airplanes that Lion Air orders have finished flying tests at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, Friday (6/28/2019). Image source: Airbus.

avten.asia - Lion Air has just announced the latest news about the 10 A330-900NEO planes that they ordered from Airbus. The first two aircraft have finished undergoing flight tests at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, Friday (06/28/2019). While eight other aircraft are in the work phase.

The airline said, the first A330-900NEO planes will be delivered by manufacturers from France to Indonesia in the near future.

"The ten planes are planned for gradual deliveries to Lion Air Group in 2019 and 2020. This year, Lion Air will receive two planes," said Lion Air's Corporate Strategic Communication, Danang Mandala Prihantoro on Friday afternoon.

Danang said, Lion Air hopes that the plan for the arrival of the aircraft can run smoothly and according to the specified time. The arrival of planes will put Lion Air as part of the ranks of the first airlines to use this aircraft type.

According to analysis and keen views of the company's business going forward, the operation of the Airbus 330-900NEO is one of the strategic steps of Lion Air's fleet revitalization or rejuvenation program. The presence of this type of aircraft to support the expansion of the aviation business with the concept of low-cost carrier (LCC), including offering long-distance trends air travel.

"The A330-900NEO in the future will be considered capable of serving various popular routes that require travel time of more than 15 hours, such as non-stop worship services (umrah) from Makassar to Medina and Jeddah, Balikpapan to Jeddah, Surabaya to Madinah and other routes. "

To welcome the arrival of the aircraft, Lion Air has made optimal preparations ranging from human resources (pilots, cabin crew, technicians), ground services (ground handling), to training centers.

Order of 10 units of Airbus A330-900NEO aircraft carried out by Lion Air in 2018 ago. The airline also has the option of obtaining four similar aircraft.