Lion Air accelerates aircraft delivery plan

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Lion Air is calling on Boeing to speed up the delivery of its aircraft on order to meet the group's ambitious growth plans.

The carrier has 333 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 201 of the re-engined Max variant, and five Boeing 787-8s on order, due to be delivered through to 2024.

Lion will receive 24 aircraft next year and is in talks with Boeing to push this number to 30 in 2014, its president director Rusdi Kirana tells Flightglobal.

In 2015, it hopes to receive 36 737s and the five 787s from the airframer.

Besides being deployed to Lion to increase the frequencies of its services with high demand, the aircraft will also be used for its premium arm Batik Air and Malaysian joint venture Malindo Airways.

Kirana is also in talks with Boeing for 10 787-9s.

Lion's regional subsidiary Wings Air, which has 42 ATR72 aircraft on order, will also take delivery of 12 turboprops annually.