PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, is to soon launch a new affiliate in Thailand by the end of 2013. Indonesia’s largest privately run airline will start with a fleet of two 737-900ERs based in Bangkok Don Meuang Airport. The new carrier will operate under the name ‘Thai Lion’ and aim to be a complete low cost model.

Lion Air flies to cities within Indonesia and to Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and some charter routes to China Mainland and Hong Kong. It has been rapidly expanding its fleet and the launch of ‘Thai Lion’ is a part of the expansion.

‘Thai Lion’ will initially serve two international routes – Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – and Thailand’s second largest domestic route, Bangkok – Chiang Mai.
The new carrier will compete primarily against Thailand’s two existing Low Cost Carriers, Thai Air Asia and Thai Airways’s low cost affiliate Nok Air.

Thai Lion is currently in the process of being certified by Thai Authorities. The carrier has been allocated two of the six 737-900ERs the Lion Air Group is slated to receive in 4Q2013. Thai Lion aims to begin revenue flights by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval.Thai Lion Air