Lion Air’s Thai Branch Accepts Its First Airbus A330-900neo

Lion Air’s Thailand subsidiary has accepted its first next-generation aircraft, the Airbus A330-900neo. The aircraft has already joined operations from Bangkok, operating to Bali on a daily service.

Lion Air A330neo
Lion Air received its first Airbus A330-900neo back in July. Photo: Airbus

What are the details?

Lion Air Thailand has taken its first A330neo as reported by CH-Aviation. The airline received the aircraft early last week and has now put it into active service on its Bangkok to Bali route. Lion Air’s A330-900neo seats 436 passengers in a single-class configuration.

The aircraft will be joining three older A330-300s as part of the Lion Air Thai fleet, with another two A330-900neos expected early next year.

Lion Air was actually the first airline in Asia to have the A330-900neo series, taking the first for its mainline fleet in Indonesia back in July and is currently up to two so far. They were purchased to replace its Boeing 747 fleet.

Lion Air A330
Lion Air already flies Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Where will it fly?

Our friends at Routesonline already managed to pull the upcoming schedule of the Lion Air Thai A330neo. Watch out, because this is very comprehensive:

  1. Bangkok Don Mueang – Denpasar
    27th October 2019 to 31 October 2019, every day apart from Friday and Saturday
  2. Bangkok Don Mueang – Hat Yai
    27 October 2019 – Unconfirmed frequencies at this stage, but only for a short time. Potentially a charter
  3. Bangkok Don Mueang – Chiang Mai
    From 11 November 19 to 23 January 2020 to 26 March 2020, once a week on Thursdays
  4. Bangkok Don Mueang – Jakarta
    19 January 2020 – 17 February 2020. Four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  5. Bangkok Don Mueang – Jinan
    17 December 2019 to 17 January 2019. Three times a week but at this stage unknown on the exact day.
  6. Bangkok Don Mueang – Nanchang
    03 November 2019, three times a week but again not sure on the days per week
  7. Bangkok Don Mueang – Phuket
    From 01 November 2019 operating 3-4 weekly
  8. Bangkok Don Mueang – Singapore
    29th October 2019 to 15 November 2019 3-5 weekly and then 18 January 2020 to 26 March 2020
  9. Bangkok Don Mueang – Taipei Taoyuan 
    27 October 2019 to 17 November 2019 every day
    18 November 2019 to 17 January 2020, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    18 January 2020 to 18 Febuary20 every day
    19 February 2020 to 29 February 2020, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    01 March 2020 to 27 March 2020, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  10. Bangkok Don Mueang – Tianjin
    03 November 2019. This route is special as the A330-900neo will work in partnership with an older A330-300
  11. Bangkok Don Mueang – Tokyo Narita
     20 January 2020. Three times a week and moves up to daily in February 2020
  12. Phuket – Tianjin
    01 November 2019 three times a week

A lot of these sectors are only a few hours, so likely the aircraft will be able to turn around and fly 3-4 more times that day.

What is the A330neo like?

The A330-900neo is the next generation of the A330 series and the successor to the A330-300. Like the A320neo series, the A330neo features powerful new engines that can provide massive thurst at a lower fuel cost ratio. This allows the aircraft to be more efficient and fly a further distance than its predecessors.

You can check out our unboxing of an A330neo right here:

Airbus also offers a successor to the A330-200, the A330-800neo, however, it has not sold as well as the bigger variant.

What do you think of the new Lion Air A330neo? Let us know in the comments.

Planned route information first published on Routesonline.