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Lion Air to cancel order for five Boeing 787s
January 27, 2014 / 7:47 AM / 4 years ago

Lion Air to cancel order for five Boeing 787s

BATAM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian budget airline Lion Air said on Monday it planned to cancel an order for five Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 aircraft and replace them with smaller 737 models.

A Lion Air airplane takes off at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The carrier said it needed widebody aircraft to accommodate more than the roughly 250-passenger capacity of the 787-8, and will place a new order for aircraft in 2015.

The 737s will join a fleet that already includes a large number of that model. The widebody aircraft it intends to order next year will be used on domestic, high-frequency routes, the company said.

(This version of the story corrects 787-8 capacity to roughly 250 seats from 350)

Reporting by Siva Govindasamy; editing by Tim Hepher and Tom Pfeiffer

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