Lion Air eyes possible CSeries order

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Lion Air is considering an order for Bombardier’s CSeries, after the airline's chief executive Rusdi Kirana met with the airframer in Montreal.

The Indonesian low-cost carrier is considering an order for the 130-seat CS300 that would be announced at the 2014 Farnborough air show, according to local reports. The aircraft is also available in a 160-seat high-density configuration.

Bombardier says that executives from Lion Air visited their facility at Mirabel airport on 25 September and reacted “positively” to the CSeries. The airline's management were in Montreal for the recent ICAO general assembly.

An order from Lion Air would be the second for the CSeries in Asia, following Korean Air's 2011 commitment for 10 CS300s. Malaysia’s AirAsia briefly considered the type in 2012 but instead ordered the Airbus A320neo.

Lion Air operates two Boeing 737-300s, two 737-400s, 19 737-800s, 67 737-900ERs and two Boeing 747-400s, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows. It has orders for 60 Airbus A320s, 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos, 11 737-800s, 99 737-900ERs and 201 737 Max 8/9s.

The airline also has a letter of intent for 50 737-900ERs, according to Ascend.

Bombardier has 114 firm orders for the CS300, with the first delivery scheduled for 2015, Ascend shows.

The first flight of the CSeries was on 16 September.