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PICTURES: Lion Air retires Indonesia's last Boeing 747-400

Lion Air retired Indonesia's last Boeing 747-400 from service on 24 March, as it ramps up to receive its first Airbus A330-900s.

The aircraft bore the registration PK-LHG (MSN 24065), and entered service with the low-cost carrier on 23 April 2009. It was configured with 504 seats in two class: 12 business and 492 in economy.

Lion Air Group says during the 10 years the 747 was in Lion Air's service, it was deployed on domestic and international services to Saudi Arabia.

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Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that Lion Air operated two 747-400s that were built in 1989 and originally operated by Singapore Airlines. PK-LHG's sistership, PK-LHF (24063), was retired in December 2017.

Under its fleet renewal plan, Lion Air Group will take delivery of 10 Airbus A330-900neos it has on order between 2019 and 2020. Lion Air will receive two of the aircraft this year.

The A330neos will be configured in an all-economy 440 seat layout, similar to the A330-300s already in its fleet.

"Lion Air is pleased to add the Airbus A330neo to its fleet, in line with its expansion into long-haul flights with a more efficient cost. This aircraft is known for fuel efficiency, and its ability to fly longer distance," says Lion.

Garuda Indonesia was the only other operator of the 747-400 in Indonesia, and retired its final two of the type in October 2017.

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