Nov. 4, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Lion Group,
largest airline group, today commemorated the delivery of the carrier's 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event.
"This is an amazing moment for the Lion Group," said Lion Group President Director Rusdi Kirana. "We've grown from one airplane and today we're taking our 100th Next-Generation 737. It's an airplane that has allowed us to grow and be successful because of the low operating cost and passenger comfort."
The Lion Group's 100th airplane, a 737-900ER (Extended Range) features a special livery commemorating the delivery.
"I want to congratulate Lion Air on this special milestone," said
, senior vice president of
, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Few airlines reach its centennial delivery so quickly, and we're proud that the 737 is part of Lion Air's growth into one of the world's largest low-cost carriers."
Lion Air, which was established in 1999, was also the launch customer for the 737-900ER. Lion Air mainline currently operates 67 737-900ERs and 19 737-800s. The group's other Next-Generation 737s are allocated to its full-service carrier in
, Batik Air, and to its overseas affiliates: Malindo Air in
and Thai Lion Air, a new carrier based in
The Next-Generation 737 is the best-selling and most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane in the world. Boeing will continue improving fuel-efficiency with the 737 MAX, a new engine variant of the 737, which delivers an additional 14 percent improvement in reduced fuel use, compared to the Next-Generation 737.
All of the Lion Group's new 737 deliveries feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin. On board, passengers will enjoy a greater sense of spaciousness with decorative sculpted sidewalls, larger window reveals, LED mood lighting and larger pivot stowage bins.