New Airline Alert: Indonesia's Batik Air
Indonesia has just gotten even more accessible for travel to their tropical paradise. With the introduction of a premium subsidiary, Lion Air will try to go head-to-head with the national flag carrier, Garuda. Batik Air is planning to get their birds in the sky by March of next year.
Usually, we see premium airlines creating low-cost offshoots, but this the exact opposite. Lion Air is the low-cost carrier while Batik will be the one with higher ticker prices and, to go with it, high levels of service. It's to be based out of Jakarta, flying to South and East Asian destinations and Australia.
The new airline will start flying a fleet of Boeing 737s, but has placed an order for 5 Dreamliners to expand their reach. The unique livery will sport the traditional Indonesian fabric design called batik. Along with comfy seats and a more pleasurable flying experience, airline execs have said passengers will have access to inflight wifi. Woo-hoo!