Lion Air Group operates the world's first Boeing 737 MAX

Tinuku ~ Lion Mentari Airlines inaugurated the latest Boeing 737 variant and became the world's first B737 MAX operator. US aircraft maker Boeing has officially presented its first B737 MAX aircraft for Lion Group carrier on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Seattle Delivery Center in Washington, USA.

Tinuku Lion Air Group operates the world's first Boeing 737 MAX

Lion Mentari Airlines or otherwise known as Lion Group is officially the operator of the newest Boeing 737 variant in the world. Lion Group is the owner of several fleet brands are Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, Lion Bizjet, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.

The Company based in Jakarta will use the B737 MAX to fill Batik Air's fleet in Malaysia. Chandra Rhama Muty, CEO of Malindo Air, said the Boeing 737 MAX will be the backbone of the airline for the foreseeable future.

"We are pleased to work with Boeing to be the first in the world to use the Boeing 737 MAX.This new aircraft enables us to serve long-haul destinations and play an important role in delivering low cost airline flights to consumers," Muty said.

The handover of B737 MAX from Boeing to Lion Group was once a day late from schedule. The engines using CFM LEAP-1B and Boeing MAX are the latest variants of the Boeing 737 model with improvements in engine performance, avionics, and aerodynamics. Lion Air Group operates the world's first Boeing 737 MAX

"The aircraft is going to change the single-aisle flight market," said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Lion group is known to have signed a B737 MAX booking of 201 units in early 2012. The B737 MAX series is Airbus A320neo's main competitor in the commercial single-aisle aircraft market.