Indonesia’s Batik Air eyes Australia for international expansion; already ranked third in domestic market with 40-plus aircraft fleet
Batik Air was launched in Indonesia as a full-service carrier in May 2013 by the Lion Group. The Group’s LCC, Lion Air, had begun operations as long ago as 2000. Initially operating 737-800s and -900s the carrier’s fleet of 41 aircraft is now dominated by A320s. Its 27 A320s have 156 seats while the eight 737-800s are equipped with 162 seats and the six -900s with 180 seats. All aircraft have a total of 12 seats allocated to Business Class.
Until recently the airline has been focussed on the Indonesian domestic market. However, the carrier was recently granted traffic rights to serve Australia, with Perth expected to become the airline’s first destination, especially as Malindo Air (Lion Group’s Malaysian-based LCC) already serves the Western Australian airport from Kuala Lumpur.
Network focussed on Jakarta’s two main airports
According to OAG schedule data, Batik Air serves over 30 airports across Indonesia and Singapore. Its two busiest are in the capital, Jakarta. Not only does the carrier have a significant presence at the country’s busiest airport (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport), but also at the city’s second airport (Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport). The airline operates at least five flights per day from 14 Indonesian airports according to OAG data.
Batik Air #3 in Indonesian domestic market
Schedule data for this week indicates that Batik Air is now the third biggest carrier in the Indonesian market with 12.2% of seat capacity. Ahead of it are parent company Lion Air with 35.1% and the state-owned flag carrier Garuda Indonesia with 20.2%. Garuda’s subsidiary Citilink Indonesia has a further 9.5% of the market followed by Sriwijaya Air with 8.6%. The average weekly frequency across all of Batik Air’s network is 17.8 flights per week, in other words between two and three flights per day.
The airline’s longest sector, at 3,771 kilometres is from Jakarta (CGK) to Jayapura (DJJ), which is flown daily using the airline’s 737-900s. The route is also served by Garuda and Lion Air. In comparison the planned international route from Denpasar, on the holiday island of Bali, to Perth, is just 2,580 kilometres in length.