Boeing and the Lion Air Group on Tuesday announced that Indonesia largest domestic carrier confirmed to purchase 50 Boeing’s new 737 MAX 10 planes. The deal is worth approximately US$6.24 billion at current prices. This is so far the largest order to date of the new MAX 10 version.
“Lion Air is very excited to be a launch customer of the latest version of the 737. This airplane delivers a new level of fuel efficiency and operating economics and fits with our fleet of modern airplanes,” said Lion Air president director Edward Sirait in Jakarta.
The Lion Air Group was first in the world to put the 737 MAX 8 into service in June last year and the first to order the 737 MAX 9. Last month, the group became the first to receive a delivery of a Boeing 737 MAX 9, using the airplane’s added capacity to launch several international routes.
The 737 MAX is a family of airplanes that offers about 130 to 230 seats, with the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers).
The 737 MAX 10 is the largest variant in the family. At 43.8 meters long, the airplane can transport a maximum of 230 passengers and offer airlines the lowest seat-mile cost ever in a single-aisle aircraft.
“We are honored that Lion Air Group, one of the most innovative and fast-growing carriers, has once again placed its trust in the 737 family,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Asia Pacific and India sales senior vice president Dinesh Keskar.
The carrier continues to expand internationally, particularly to China. It recently launched scheduled charter flights from Denpasar to Shenzhen with four frequencies per week and a weekly flight from Surabaya to Sanya. Both routes started at the end of March. Its affiliate Wings Air opened also last January a non-stop service between Pontianak in West Kalimantan and Kuching in Sarawak. The flight operates twice a day with an ATR72.