Batik Air looks to international expansion

Indonesia-based Batik Air has announced its first international route, an addition of 12 new domestic routes and a projected 10 new aircraft this year. Batik, the full-service subsidiary of Lion Air, will begin its first international services on a daily basis from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Singapore Changi at “the end of 2014,” Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie said.


Batik Air looks to international expansion


Indonesia-based Batik Air has announced its first international route, an addition of 12 new domestic routes and a projected 10 new aircraft this year. Batik, the full-service subsidiary of Lion Air, will begin its first international services on a daily basis from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Singapore Changi at “the end of 2014,” Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie said.

Luthfie said the airline will also extend its fleet with six new A320s and four B737-800s to be delivered by the end of this year. The aircraft will come from Lion Air’s previously placed orders for B737s and A320s, and will help expand the airline’s coverage to a total of 100 daily flights to 22 destinations from the previous 36 flights to 10 destinations.

Flying out of localised hubs at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta, Hang Nadim International on Batam and Sam Ratulangi Airport on Manado, the carrier will gain a greater range for its projected international expansion, Luthfie said.

“We intend to fly to China from Batam and to Perth in Australia from Jakarta maybe in 2015,” he said, although did not commit to the aircraft type to be used on these routes. Batik planned to purchase five B787-800s to service its expansion plans in 2012, but cancelled the order in January. Batik said it would start services to Kuala Lumpur in January 2015 and Hong Kong in “early 2015.”