Premium carrier Batik Air Unveils Expansion Plans
Singapore, February 27, 2014 – Batik Air will be increasing its fleet this year to 16 aircraft and aims to launch services to 12 new domestic destinations in Indonesia, as well as launch its first international service.
“Our first 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 Singapore Changi Airport,” says Batik Air CEO, Capt. Achmad Luthfie.
“We chose Singapore as our first international destination, because we can see that demand on the route continues to increase,” he says.
The airline also plans to more than double its domestic network this year to 22 destinations from ten. The new domestic points this year will be: Banjarmasin, Batam, Gorontalo, Kendari, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Palu, Timika, Tarakan and Solo.* Batik Air will also be resuming services on the Jakarta-Bali Denpasar route.
These new services will increase Batik Air’s daily flights to 100 from 36.
The airline also plans to launch services in 2015 to another five domestic destinations, although three will be dependent upon the airport runways being extended to accommodate the airline’s aircraft.
Batik Air operates six 737-900ER aircraft configured with 168 economy-class and 12 business-class seats.
The airline will be adding its first A320 in July and will be getting a total of six this year. Batik Air will be the first airline in the group to operate the A320. These aircraft will have 144 economy-class seats and 12 business-class seats. The airline is also adding four 737-800s in this year’s second-half and these will have 150 economy-class seats and 12 business-class seats.
Batik Air’s aircraft come with back-of-seat in-flight entertainment (IFE). The IFE system uses fibre-optic cable and touch screen technology. Passengers are able to choose from content that includes popular TV programs and movies from Hollywood and around the world.
The passenger seats on Batik Air aircraft are all-leather and come with a generous seat pitch.
The airline also provides passengers with a full meal service – comprising of free drinks, free snacks and choice of free hot meals. In addition, there is a generous check-in baggage allowance for economy-class and business-class passengers.
*new routes are subject to regulatory approval.
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