Indonesian carrier Lion Air has received its first Airbus A330neo, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo.
The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is the first of 10 A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet.
The A330neo will be used by Lion Air for non-stop long-haul services from Indonesia. These include pilgrimage flights from cities such as Makassar, Balikpapan and Surabaya to Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The flight time for such routes can be up to 12 hours.
Lion Air’s A330-900 is configured for 436 passengers in a single-class configuration.
The A330neo is a new-generation aircraft building on the popular widebody A330’s features and leveraging on A350 XWB technology.