The launch of Lion Air's new premium carrier Batik Air has been brought forward to April.
This is possible because two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft initially scheduled for its Malaysia-based joint venture Malindo Air, will instead be deployed to Batik, Lion's president director Rusdi Kirana told Flightglobal.
"We're planning to have 10 aircraft for Malindo in the first year, instead of 12, because Batik also needs aircraft," says Kirana.
He adds that Batik will start operations with domestic services between Manado and Jakarta.
Lion had previously said that Batik is likely to base its aircraft in Manado, a city in the northern region of Indonesia's Sulawesi island, and it will first serve domestic and regional routes.
Batik was initially scheduled to launch in March, but that was pushed back to late 2013 to allow Malindo to start operations first.
Five Boeing 787-8 aircraft originally ordered for Batik have since been scheduled to be deployed to Malindo instead. Kirana said that Lion has discussed buying 10 787-9 aircraft, and is also considering the Airbus A330 and A350, some of which could be deployed to Batik.
Lion is targeting to grow Batik's fleet to 100 aircraft within 10 years.