After the huge order signed on Tuesday at the show for up to 380 Boeing 737s, Lion Air boss Rusdi Kirana had his cheque book out again on Wednesday. But this time the order was of a different magnitude, as the Indonesian low-cost carrier signed up with Hawker Beechcraft for two Hawker 900XPs and took options for two more.
Lion Air plans to use the aircraft to meet the growing demand for charter services throughout the region, said Kirana. "We'll take the first in May and the second in September. They will be operated by our charter division and offered to customers on a shared ownership basis."
Dan Keady, HBC vice president, Asia Pacific and India, said: "We're proud that the Hawker 900XP is Lion Air's selection to support the airline as it branches out into charter services."