Indonesia’s Batik Air begins operations

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Indonesia's Batik Air commenced operations on 3 May with the launch of its Jakarta-Manado service.

The airline's first flight, ID 6270, departed from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport at 09:40 local time and landed in Manado at around 14:00 local time, says a spokeswoman from parent company Lion Air. Local media reports say the inaugural flight carried 151 passengers, including 69 invited guests.

The full-service airline, which is wholly owned by Lion, also intends to launch a daily Jakarta-Ambon service, and thrice daily services from Jakarta to Balikpapan and Pekanbaru during May.

With these services, Batik will be competing directly with two established full-service carriers, Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Air. Lion also operates low-cost services on these routes.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Batik has two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft in its fleet, with registrations PK-LBG and PK-PBH. They are configured with 180 seats - 12 in business and 168 in economy class.