Lion Air retired Indonesia’s last Boeing 747-400 from service on 24 March, as it ramps up to receive its first Airbus A330-900s.
The aircraft bore the registration PK-LHG (MSN 24065), and entered service with the low-cost carrier on 23 April 2009. It was configured with 504 seats in two class: 12 business and 492 in economy.
Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that Lion Air operated two 747-400s that were built in 1989 and originally operated by Singapore Airlines. PK-LHG’s sistership, PK-LHF (24063), was retired in December 2017.
The A330neos will be configured in an all-economy 440 seat layout, similar to the A330-300s already in its fleet.
“Lion Air is pleased to add the Airbus A330neo to its fleet, in line with its expansion into long-haul flights with a more efficient cost. This aircraft is known for fuel efficiency, and its ability to fly longer distance,” says Lion.
Garuda Indonesia was the only other operator of the 747-400 in Indonesia, and retired its final two of the type in October 2017.