Super Air Jet, the new Indonesian carrier with links to Lion Group founder Rusdi Kirana, has commenced operations, weeks after teasing an imminent launch

The carrier began flying from Jakarta to Medan and Batam from 6 August, operating a daily service with Airbus A320s. 

According to Super Air Jet, it picked the two cities as they were “the most popular destinations for millennials”, which will form the fledgling carrier’s core target audience. It also notes that the two cities possess huge travel potential. 

Batam and Medan were among the six points first disclosed by the carrier in July, when it shed more light on its operations. Other cities Super Air Jet is eyeing to serve include Palembang and Padang. 

The carrier operates a low-cost model, starting with domestic, point-to-point flights, before expanding to international destinations. 

Super Air Jet received its AOC in late-June, and has been cleared to start operations with three Airbus A320 aircraft. Cirium fleets data shows that the three jets are managed by three separate lessors: CDB Aviation, Orix Aviation, and ICBC Leasing. 

The carrier is headed by former general manager in the Lion Group Ari Azhari, though its actual ownership structure is unclear.