Lion Group Aims To Form Training Joint-Ventures
JAKARTA, Aug. 14, 2013 - Indonesia’s Lion Group is seeking international partners for its training organizations – the Wings Flying School and the Lion Training Centre.
Lion Group president director, Rusdi Kirana, says Lion Group has been investing heavily in training, including training for its pilots, cabin crew and maintenance personnel.
Kirana says Lion Group would like to partner with internationally-certified and recognized training organizations that have European Safety Agency and/or US FAA certification. He says he envisages that the joint-ventures that Lion Group forms, with internationally-recognized training organizations, will be able to serve the needs of Lion Group and third-party airline customers.
Lion Group’s subsidiaries include Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air. Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest airline and mostly operates Boeing 737-900ERs and 737-800s. Wings Air is the largest turboprop operator in Indonesia, with a fleet of ATR 72-500s and ATR 72-600s. Batik Air is Indonesia’s newest full-service carrier, with a fleet of 737-900ERs.
Lion Group also owns 49% of Malaysian carrier Malindo Air, which operates 737-900ERs and ATR 72-600s.
The investments that Lion has recently made in training include a firm order for 20 Cessna 172 trainer aircraft for the Wings Flying School. It also has options for 20 more Cessna 172s and plans to steadily turn these options into firm orders as the delivery slots draw near. The Wings Flying School forecasts that it will have 60-70 graduates this year and around 150 graduates next year. This is achievable because of the new Cessna 172 trainer aircraft that are being delivered.
The Lion Training Centre in July added its third 737-900ER simulator. It also has one ATR 72-500 simulator. Lion’s simulator centre is at ‘Lion Village’, near Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The simulator centre has seven full-time instructors, says the head of the Lion Training Centre, Henry Biantoro, adding that they are all foreigners and come from a mix of places, including Europe and the U.S. To work as a trainer for Lion Group, one needs to be certified as a trainer by Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Land at Lion Village has already been set aside, so the simulator centre can achieve its long-term plan of having a total of 21 simulators, says Kirana. These will be a mix - different simulators for different aircraft types. But there will be some A320 simulators, as Lion Group has A320 aircraft on order with the first due to be delivered in next year’s second-half.
The Lion Training Centre is based at Lion Tower in Jakarta, but its simulator centre is located at Lion Village.
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