Strategy Change Prompts Widebody Order Switch For Lion

By Adrian Schofield
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 03, 2014

Lion Air's decision to drop its Boeing 787 orders in favor of acquiring another twin-aisle type represents a major shift in the role the carrier envisages for its widebody fleet.

The Indonesian low-cost carrier is talking to Boeing about converting its five 787-8 orders to 737s, Lion Group CEO Rusdi Kirana said during the Jan. 27 launch of a new maintenance facility on the island of Batam. The carrier intends to place a new widebody order in 2015, but will be looking for something larger than the 787-8.

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