Indonesia's Lion Airlines will receive another eight Boeing MD-82s by July, and will lease 10 Bombardier Dash 8-100s and up to seven Fokker 100s later this year if talks with GECAS lead to a deal.

Jakarta-based Lion will deploy the eight MD-82s it is acquiring on lease-purchase alongside the 10 MD-82/83s it operates on trunk routes in Indonesia and to Malaysia.

Three Dash 8-300s have been leased from CIT and are now entering service with Lion's new turboprop regional subsidiary, Wings Abadi Air, says Lion's president Rusdi Kirana.

Kirana expects the Dash 8s to arrive in the third quarter, the Fokker 100s by year end. Wings will feed passengers from small towns across the Indonesian archipelago into the regional capitals that are served by Lion's MD-80s.

Source: Flight International