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Formed and started operations in 2013. Batik Air (BTK) was re-branded from Space Air (2011-2012). Domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Jl. Sangaji No. 17 Jakarta Pusat
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Jl. Gajah Mada No.7, Jakarta Barat
Indonesia (the Republic of Indonesia) was established in 1945, it covers an area of 1,904,569 sq km, its population is 240 million, its capital city is Jakarta, and its official language is Indonesian.
March 2013: Batik Air (BTK) has announced plans for routes from Denpasar Ngurah Rai Bali International (DPS) to Adelaide International (ADL), and Kupang Eltari (KOE) to Darwin International (DRW) as part of its initial route network. (BTK), the full service subsidiary of Lion Airlines (MLI) plans to launch operations in April or May with a fleet of 737-900ERs from Lion (MLI)'s extensive backlog of orders. (BTK) also plans to compete with national carrier Garuda Indonesia (GIA) on international routes from Jakarta to the (ASEAN) region: China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan in the medium term.
April 2013: Batik Air (BTK) plans to make its maiden flight on April 26 using a planned fleet of 737-900ERs sourced from its parent, Lion Airlines (MLI). (BTK) intends to début operations with Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK) to Pekanbaru Sultan Syarif Kasim II (PKU) flights, to be followed by Batam Hang Nadim (BTH) and Manado Sam Ratulangi (MDC) thereafter. (BTK) also plans to go head-to-head with Indonesian national carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) on international long-haul routes and has 5 787-8s on order through parent Lion (MLI).
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May 2013: Batik Air (BTK) launched full-service operations on May 3rd using 2 new 737-900ERs - - SEE ATTACHED - - "BTK-2013-05-1ST FLIGHT." (BTK) links Jakarta with Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, and Manado, northern Sulawesi. Service to Ambon, Maluku Islands, and Pekan Baru, Riau (Sumatra) are scheduled.
(BTK) will launch flights from Manado Sam Ratulangi (MDC) to Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN) during the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year as part of plans by parent, Lion Airlines (MLI) to use Manado as "a springboard to reach destinations in East Asia." (MLI) President Director Rusdi Kirana, said the group would also be opening flight schools in Manado along with the construction of a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) hangar at Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC). Once everything is in place, flights to Shanghai Hongqiao International (SHA), Beijing Capital (PEK), Seoul Incheon International (ICN) and Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) are planned.
Batik Air (BTK), the latest start-up from Indonesia’s Lion Air (MLI), continues to build up its network from Jakarta (CGK), as it launched two domestic routes on May 15th and 16th. Denpasar (DPS) and Yogyakarta (JOG) are now offered by (BTK) from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta with 2x- and 3x-daily frequencies, respectively. Competition is intense on both routes: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (103x-weekly), Lion Air (MLI) (91x-), Indonesia AirAsia (ASW) (42x-), Citilink (CNK) (21x-), Mandala Airlines (MND) (7x-), Merpati Nusantara Airlines (PNM) (7x-) and Sriwijaya Air (SJA) (97x-) already offer the service to Denpasar, while flights to Yogyakarta are available from Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (70x-weekly), Lion Air (MLI) (70x-), Indonesia AirAsia (ASW) (21x-), Sriwijaya Air (SJA) (14x-) and Mandala Airlines (MND) (7x-).
December 2013: 2 737-9GPER (38742, PK-LBJ; 38743, PK-LBI), Lion Air (MLI) leased to Batik Air (BTK).
February 2014: Batik Air (BTK) is a full service, scheduled Indonesian airline which made its maiden flight on May 13, 2013. (BTK) bases its airplanes in Manado, a city on North Sulawesi to serve East Asia, and also East of Indonesia. (BTK) will compete with full-service airlines such as Garuda Indonesia (GIA).
(IATA) Code: ID. (ICAO) Code: BTK - (Callsign - BATIK).
Parent organization/shareholders: Lion Air (MLI) 100%.
Company Slogan: Journey Begins.
Main Base: Manado San Ratulangi International Airport.
Hubs: Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Pekanbaru Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport.
Surabaya - Juanda International Airport
Yogyakarta - Adisucipto International Airport
* Lesser Sunda Islands
Denpasar - Ngurah Rai International Airport
Kupang - El Tari Airport
Makassar - Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport
Balikpapan - Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport
Ambon - Pattimura Airport
Jayapura - Sentani Airport.
Lion Group carriers Batik Air (BTK) and Malindo Air (MXD) have picked Lumexis Corporation’s Fiber-To-The-Screen (FTTS) in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for their incoming airplanes. Each carrier now has a fleet of 6 Boeing 737-900ERs, all fitted with the Panasonic (eX2) (IFE) system.
At a press conference in Singapore, Batik (BTK)’s (CEO) Achmad Luthfie said its 10 incoming airplanes this year (6 Airbus A320s and 4 Boeing 737-800s, will all be fitted with Lumexis’ embedded (IFE) systems. He added that the new system will eliminate bulky seat boxes that intrude into passengers’ foot space. The Lumexis (IFE) system is also weight saving since it does without large and heavy copper data cables, reducing fuel burn and generating cost savings for the airline.
Lumexis (CEO) Douglas Cline said their (FTTS) system has the lightest installed weight-per-seat of any embedded (IFE) system, adding that it is generally about a 3rd of the weight of any competitors’ systems.
A Lion Group spokesman added that Batik (BTK) and Malindo (MXD) will keep existing Panasonic systems in place, though it could replace them with the Lumexis system “later on.” Such a retrofit would probably be timed together with a heavy check, to minimize airplane down time. He added that with the new system, the Lion Group could also increase auxiliary revenue as passengers could access on board services such as in-flight catalog shopping.
March 2014: Indonesia-based Batik Air (BTK) has announced its 1st international route, an addition of 12 new domestic routes and a projected 10 new airplanes this year.
(BTK), the full-service subsidiary of Lion Air (MLI), will open its 1st international flights on a daily basis from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Singapore Changi at “the end of 2014,” (BTK) (CEO) Achmad Luthfie said. Singapore was picked as its 1st international point, because it is "the most popular city for traveling Indonesians." After Singapore, Batik (BTK) plans to launch services to Kuala Lumpur in January or February of 2015. Thereafter, it wants to start services to Hong Kong from its upcoming base at Batam.
Domestically, (Batik Air (BTK) is planning to more than double its network to cover 22 destinations this year, up from the current 10. The new domestic points will be: Banjarmasin, Batam, Gorontalo, Kendari, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Palu, Timika, Tarakan, and Solo. (BTK) will also resume services on the Jakarta to Bali Denpasar route.
These new services will increase its daily flights from 36 to 100.
(BTK) added that it also plans to launch services to another 5 domestic destinations in 2015. Services to 3 of these destinations will however be dependent on whether the airport runways are extended to accommodate (BTK)’s airplanes.
In a presentation, (BTK) said that the plan is to start international services to capitals across (ASEAN) countries, and also to eventually fly to southern China.
Luthfie said (BTK) will also extend its fleet with 6 new Airbus A320s and 4 Boeing 737-800s to be delivered by the end of this year. The airplanes will come from Lion Air (MLI)’s previously placed orders for 737s and A320s, and will help expand (BTK)’s coverage to a total of 100 daily flights to 22 destinations (previously 36 flights to 10 destinations). “It is not easy for any airline to keep running [in current conditions], but we are relying on the latest airplanes to give us a technology advantage,” Luthfie said. The (CEO) underlined (BTK)’s current healthy load factor of “around 90% LF to date,” but declined to give a yield per passenger across the fleet. “We are covering our costs,” he said, adding that Indonesia’s strong economy and growing desire to travel should give plenty of room for growth. “We are all in the same boat [regarding] the value of the rupiah and the cost of fuel anyway,” he said.
(BTK) is emphasizing its quality, full-service product with roomy cabin ergonomics and high-tech optical fiber in-flight entertainment (IFE) provision flying out of localized hubs at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta, Hang Nadim International on Batam, and Sam Ratulangi Airport on Manado.
This dispersal of hubs will allow a greater range for its projected international expansion, Luthfie said. “We intend to fly to China from Batam and to Perth in Australia from Jakarta, maybe in 2015,” he said, although did not commit to the airplanes to be specified in the permit applications to be filed at the end of this year. Batik Air (BTK) planned to purchase 5 Boeing 787-800s to service its expansion plans in 2012, but canceled the order in January.
(BTK) said it would start services to Kuala Lumpur in January 2015 and Hong Kong in “early 2015.” The company also hinted at further possible partnerships, in addition to those already set up by the Lion Group. “We intend to set up affiliates, in addition to those already established, but are in no hurry at the moment,” a spokesperson said.
However, with competitors like AirAsia (ASW) and Scoot (SCT) running wide body services to similar destinations (as well as Garuda (GIA) with a full-service offering) the competition on the routes (BTK) is planning will be tight.
Luthfie admitted (BTK) would be looking to the new in-flight system to both cut costs (the Lumexis-sourced (IFE) system weighs 33% that of a conventional system, allowing lower fuel burn) and also to increase yields. “We will definitely be looking to increase ancillary revenue,” he said.
May 2014: Airbus (EDS) announced the Lion Group’s 1st A320 has entered the final assembly line in Toulouse. The A320, which will be delivered in the 3rd quarter, will be operated by the Lion Group’s Batik Air (BTK) on its growing domestic and regional network. The A320 is the 1st of a major order placed by the Lion Group in March 2013 for 234 A320 family airplanes, comprising 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320ceos.
June 2014: The Lion Group’s 1st Airbus A320 has rolled out of the paint shop hangar in Toulouse, France - - SEE PHOTO - - "BTK-A320-2014-06." The A320 will be delivered in the 3rd quarter and will be operated by the Lion Group’s full service unit, Batik Air (BTK) on its growing domestic and regional network. The A320 is the 1st from a major order placed by the Lion Group in March 2013 for a total of 234 A320 Family airplanes (109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo).
August 2014: Lion Air (MLI) subsidiary, Batik Air (BTK) has taken delivery of its 1st Boeing 737-800 (39821, PK-LBL) as part of its plan to offer international services later this year.
The 737-800, part of a 6-airplane sale and leaseback deal from Irish lessor Avolon (AZV), will add to (BTK)’s existing 6 737-900s and will also assist (BTK)’s plan to expand its current schedule from 10 destinations to 22 by year end. The delivered airplane is currently at Singapore’s Seletar facility.
(BTK)'s route network currently consists of flights connecting the Indonesian cities of Ambon, Balikpapan, Denpasar, Jayapura, Manado, Pekanbaru, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta from its Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta hub.
(BTK), which currently only serves Indonesia destinations, is awaiting approvals from Singaporean authorities for the proposed new Jakarta - Changi route. “Our 1st international destination will be Singapore and we aim to have more than a daily service on the route from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Changi Airport,” Batik Air (BTK) (CEO) Captain Achmad Luthfie said. (BTK) plans to start flights to Kuala Lumpur in the coming months, followed by Australia and possibly China, pending the necessary approvals.
(BTK) has been slower than predicted in building its fleet; it was due to take the 1st of Lion Air (MLI)’s 109 Airbus A320s in July, but Airbus (EDS) now says the airplane will be delivered in the 3rd quarter. (BTK) also canceled an order for 5 787-8 Dreamliners earlier this year and intends to substitute them with more 737-800s.
November 2014: Indonesia’s Lion (MLI) Group has taken delivery of its 1st 3 Airbus airplanes from a March 2013 order for 234 A320 family airplanes, comprising 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320ceos.
The initial batch of A320s are set to join the fleet of the Group’s full service subsidiary, Batik Air (BTK), flying on domestic and regional services. The (BTK) airplanes are powered by (CFM56) engines and feature a premium 2-class layout seating 156 passengers.
June 2015: (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEC) has completed a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Lion Group subsidiary, PT Batik Air Indonesia (BTK) for 4 new Airbus A320s. (GEC) delivered the 1st A320-200 earlier this month; the remaining 3 A320-200s will deliver throughout the rest of 2015.
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August 2015: Batik Air ((IATA) Code: ID, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) (BTK) will commence international operations on August 14 with 2x-daily flights between Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta and Singapore Changi. (BTK) said the flights would operate on behalf of parent Lion Airlines (MLI). See "BTK-2015-08 - Jakarta to Singapore.jpg."
September 2015: Batik Air (BTK) is planning to commence international operations out of the tourist town of Manado. In line with Lion Airlines (MLI) (CEO) Rusdi Kirana's comments last year that the Group intends to develop international hubs in the east and west of the Indonesian archipelago, so (BTK)'s long-term strategy is to develop Batam and Manado into its own international gateways. In the east, Manado will serve China and South Korea, while in the west, Batam will serve India in particular.
Batik Air (BTK) is currently considering linking Manado with Seoul Incheon in South Korea sometime early next year and, pending the issuance of suitable slots, it is also looking at serving Shanghai from either Bali and/or Balikpapan.
Another destination said to be under consideration is Perth International, Australia, which Batik plans to serve from both Jakarta and Denpasar using its existing Indonesian Air Operator Certificate (AOC). (BTK) is hoping to secure approval from the Australian authorities in early 2016 ahead of a possible launch later on in the year.
(BTK) expects to enhance its international coverage beyond the current Singapore Changi with the arrival of its 1st A320neos in 2017.
Currently, Batik Air (BTK) operates a fleet of 30 airplanes, including 10 A320-200s, 14 737-800s, and 6 737-900ERs on flights to 24 destinations throughout Indonesia.
December 2015: News Item A-1: The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has begun inspecting Indonesian-registered Airbus A320 aircraft for potential issues with Rudder Travel Limiter Units (RTLU)s, following the findings on the fatal crash of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) flight QZ8501 in December 2014.
The A320-200 crashed December 28, 2014 with 162 people on board, while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
Crash investigators attributed a causal factor to a faulty connection in the A320’s (RTLU).
“We will check the technical documents, the operation documents and the aircraft itself,” Ministry spokesperson, Muhamad Alwi said.
The Ministry has allocated 18 inspectors for the audit, which will cover at least 75 aircraft registered to local carriers, including AirAsia (ASW), Lion Air (MLI), Garuda (GIA), Citilink (CNK) and Batik Air (BTK).
The Ministry said it aims to complete all inspections by June 2016, but will allow aircraft operators to continue normal operations until then.
However, if any aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overall (MRO) logs indicate “repetitive trouble,” such as the warning error messages experienced by QZ8501 prior to the accident, the aircraft will be grounded, according to the Ministry.
Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan recently described Indonesia’s aviation industry and its official oversight as having “failed to meet the standards of transport safety. A number of aviation accidents occurred in Indonesia during 2015; not a few of those accidents were fatal,” Jonan said at the opening meeting of the Ministry of Communications in Jakarta.
January 2016: "Indonesia Suspends 3 Lion Air (MLI) Route Licenses" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, January 8, 2016.
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry (ITM) has suspended 3 Lion Air (MLI) route licenses and has reprimanded the Indonesian low-cost carrier (LCC). The action came after both Lion Air (MLI) and Batik Air (BTK) had failed to operate flights on certain routes for 21 consecutive days.
The 3 routes, from Jakarta to Surabaya, Medan, and Pontianak, had been allocated to (MLI) and its subsidiary, (BTK).
The Ministry’s air transportation directorate inspectors carried out investigations, which verified that both (MLI) and (BTK) had committed contraventions of permit conditions, (ITM) spokesperson, Muzaffar Ismail told news agency "Kompas."
Ismail said the carriers’ standard operating procedure for delay management and implementation is currently at 60% of the target level, which he described as “very low.” “We will revoke a flight route permit of an airline company, if it does not use the permit for 21 days at a stretch,” Ismail said. The Ministry, which has previously said it will apply regulations more stringently if domestic carriers do not fulfill license requirements, said it would consider further sanctions against the Lion Group if it did not improve management of all sanctioned routes.
The (ITM) said the carriers would be given 3 months to rectify the contraventions, but if they did not satisfy inspectors the issues had been addressed, the likelihood of withdrawing their business license was real.
“If after 3 months, the airline is still getting a score of <60%, we can freeze the route,” Ismail said.
March 2016: 3 of Indonesia’s largest carriers (Batik Air (BTK), Citilink (CNK) and Lion Air (MLI)) are seeking a reappraisal of the European Union’s (EU) carrier blacklist next month. Of the country’s major carriers, only national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia (GIA) has been granted full (EU) access since it was unlisted in 2009.
“An (EU) team will review our Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) oversight of the airlines, both in terms of organization and regulation,” Indonesian Director of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations, Muhammad Alwi said.
He said the airlines would be subject to a safety and operations audit by a team of seven (EU) inspectors that were scheduled to arrive in Indonesia in the last two weeks of April.
Alwi said the 3 carriers would be subject to ongoing checks via the (DGCA) for a period of at least 10 days, and the key issue would be the meeting of specific (EU)-specified standards to see a potential removal from the (EU) blacklist. “Our job is to meet all the targets, including the lifting of the flight ban for the airlines,” he said.
As of the end of December 2015, Indonesia has 57 airlines banned on the (EU) list.
The country has come under sustained criticism for the application of its safety standards over recent years, as both Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan and airline body spokesperson Andrew Herdman warned of a need to increase operational standards.
If the review is successful and the three carriers are removed from the blacklist, Alwi said the (DGCA) would put forward a further list of airlines for audit. “Going forward, we will propose 4 other operators including air charter carriers,” he said.
April 2016: INCDT: An Indonesian Batik Air (BTK) Boeing 737-800 on takeoff run at Jakarta’s Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport collided with an empty TransNusa Air Services ATR 42-600 on April 3, causing severe damage and fires on both airplanes.
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June 2016: Garuda Indonesia (GIA) is slowing its domestic expansion at its main full service brand, while accelerating domestic expansion at its low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary – Citilink (CNK). (GIA) is considering the transfer of secondary leisure-focused domestic routes to (CNK) and for the 1st time, may start code sharing with its sister airline, which until now has focused on operating alongside (GIA) on trunk routes.
The Garuda group has tweaked its domestic strategy in response to both intensifying competition from the Lion (MLI) Group subsidiary, Batik Air (BTK), and an overall slowdown in domestic growth. (BTK) is a full service airline but has impacted Citilink (CNK) as its fares are generally priced only slightly above (CNK)'s fares, and significantly below those of Garuda (GIA). (CNK) slipped back into the red in 1Q 2016 after 6 consecutive profitable quarters.
Citilink (CNK) is essentially now sandwiched between Lion (MLI), which generally has the lowest fares in Indonesia, and Batik (BTK). (GIA) believes that it needs to respond by expanding Citilink (CNK) rapidly, resulting in market share gains and lower unit costs, as it starts to achieve better economies of scale.
February 2017: "Batik Air eyes Australia for International Expansion; Already Ranked 3rd in Domestic Market with 40-plus Aircraft Fleet" by
Batik Air (BTK) was launched in Indonesia as a full-service carrier in May 2013 by the Lion Group. The Group’s low cost carrier (LCC), Lion Air (MLI), had begun operations as long ago as 2000. Initially operating 737-800s and 737-900s (BTK)’s fleet of 41 airplanes is now dominated by A320s. Its 27 A320s have 156 seats while the 8 737-800s are equipped with 162 seats and the 6 737-900s with 180 seats. All aircraft have a total of 12 seats allocated to Business (C) Class.
Until recently (BTK) has been focussed on the Indonesian domestic market. However, (BTK) was recently granted traffic rights to serve Australia, with Perth expected to become (BTK)’s 1st destination, especially as Malindo Air (MXD) (Lion Group’s Malaysian-based (LCC)) already serves the Western Australian airport from Kuala Lumpur. The
network focussed on Jakarta’s 2 main airports.
Batik Air (BTK) serves >30 airports across Indonesia and Singapore. Its 2 busiest are in the capital, Jakarta. Not only does (BTK) have a significant presence at the country’s busiest airport (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport), but also at the city’s 2nd airport (Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport). (BTK) operates at least 5x-daily from 14 Indonesian airports.
A320-214 (7496, PK-LUP), ex-(F-WWBB), Avolon leased.
April 2017: Batik Air (BTK) will be launching the 1st Boeing 737 MAX 8 in the world next month. 737 MAX 8 (42985, 9M-LRC) is currently in Flight Test at Boeing Field.
May 2017: 3 A320-214 (7644, PK-LUT; 7659, PK-LUU; 7673, PK-LUV), ex-(F-WWDY; F-WWIB; F-WWBS), Lion Air (MLI) leased.
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14 +6 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (39821, /14 PK-LBL; 39822, PK-LBK), AVOLON (AZV) LEASED 2014-08, WITH WINGLETS.
6 +50 ORDERS 737-9GPER (CFM56-7B26) (34441, /13 PK-LBH - - SEE PHOTO - - "BTK-737-9GPER-2014-02;" 38742, PK-LBJ, 2013-12; 38743, PK-LBI, 2013-12), (MLI) WET-LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 12PY, 160Y.
1 737 MAX 8 (42985, 9M-LRC), 2017-05 (1ST 737 MAX 8 WORLD DELIVERY - PART OF LION AIR (MLI) ORDER.
4 ORDERS (2015-02) 777-300ER:
0 ORDERS (2015-02) 787-8 DREAMLINER, 5 ORDERS CANCELED TO REPLACE WITH 737-800S:
12 +58 ORDERS A320-200 (6164, PK-LAF), 12PY, 138Y.
4 A320-200, (GEC) LEASED 2015-06.
2 A320-214 (6782, PK-LAR; PK-LUL), (SMBC) AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2015-11.
1 A320-214 (6823, PK-GQL), EX-(F-WWBO), LION AIR (MLI) LEASED 2015-11.
1 A320-214 (7496, PK-LUP), EX-(F-WWBB), AVOLON LEASED 2017-02.
3 A320-214 (7644, PK-LUT; 7659, PK-LUU; 7673, PK-LUV), ex-(F-WWDY; F-WWIB; F-WWBS), LION AIR (MLI) LEASED 2017-05.
14 ORDERS A330-200, 36PY, 186Y.
15 ORDERS A330-300, 36PY, 215Y.
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RUSDI KIRANA, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT DIRECTOR OF PARENT, LION AIRLINES (MLI).
ISMAIL SOESWONO, CHAIRMAN.
CAPTAIN ACHMAD LUTHFIE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).