Friday, April 18, 2008

Lion Air resumes HCM City service


Indonesian airline Lion Air has resumed service to HCM City after a three-year suspension of the low-fare carrier's flights in Vietnam.
The carrier's inaugural flight is scheduled to land at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport at 11:20 am today after a four-hour, 30-minute flight from Soekamo Airport in Jakarta.
The daily return flight will leave HCM City at 12:20pm and stop over in Singapore before arriving in Jakarta.
The carrier's senior manager of sales and marketing, Chandran Rama Muthy, said the schedule would make it easy for holidaymakers to check in and out at hotels in HCM City.
Chandran said tourists were Lion Air's major passengers and that students and family members visiting relatives made up the rest.
"Lion Air is the first airline in the world to fly the brand new Boeing 737-900ER, new safe and comfortable aircraft," said Chandran.
The Boeing 737-900 aircraft will initially operate with all economy class seats, but later the carrier will arrange 10 business class seats and 195 economy class seats.
He said Lion Air was a hybrid carrier rather than a low-cost airline, meaning that it is somewhere between a low-cost and full-serviced airline
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