Jakarta - Lion Air said goodbye to its only Boeing 747-400 this weekend with a special ceremony attended by the employees. The airline was one of the few low-cost operators that still flew the Jumbo jet.
Lion Air used its Boeing 747 (PK-LHG) until the end of last year on domestic flights and pilgrim flights to Saudi Arabia. Boeing delivered the Jumbo Jet to Singapore Airlines in 1989. In 2006, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines sold the aircraft to Lion Air.
From now on, the Indonesian low-cost carrier will operate the brand-new Airbus A330-900s on the routes previously served by its only Super Jumbo. The airline has ten A330-900 in its order book with Airbus. The first planes should be delivered later this year.
It is not clear yet whether the 747-400 will be demolished or will be put into service somewhere else.
Before Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia had retired it last Boeing 747-400. As of today, there is no airline to operate the iconic jet in Indonesia.