At a signing ceremony held in Washington on Thursday, May 26, 2005, PT Lion Mentari Airlines, the owners of Indonesia's low-cost carrier Lion Air, signed a deal for 60 new aircraft from Boeing Corporation, worth an estimated US$3.9 billion.
The signing, witnessed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who was on a working-visit to the U.S.A., is for Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 aircraft that will bring the size of the Lion Air fleet to an estimated 94 planes.
The purchase of the new equipment by Lion Air will allow the Company to expand its regional routes, adding new flights to Bangkok, India and Australia. Currently, Lion Air serves 50 domestic destinations as well as operating internationally to Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
The new planes will start arriving in Indonesia in July of 2007 with the last of the 60 new planes slated for handover in 2012.
The successful bid by Boeing for the Lion Air order is seen as decisive in the American-based aircraft manufacturer's Boeing bid to dominate new orders for medium-sized against its main rival Airbus SAS.
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