Close on the heels of the recent 175 Boeing 737 aircraft order by Ryanair, Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air has ordered 234 A320 aircraft from rival aircraft manufacturer Airbus in a deal valued at about $24 billion. The ordered aircraft includes 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo.
The Airbus A321 can carry a maximum of 231 passengers in a single-class layout while A320 series aircraft can seat a maximum of 180 passengers.
In 2011, Lion Air had placed an order for 201 Boeing aircraft for about $22 billion.
Recently Lion Air confirmed rumors that it plans to expand its operations to Thailand and Australia. The airline, however, is banned from flying within both the US and EU member countries due to concerns that its safety procedures are not up to acceptable standards.
With the addition of the new Airbus aircraft, Lion Air will become one of the world’s 10 largest airlines, based on the number of planes.