Batik Air

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IATA ICAO Callsign
ID BTK BATIK
Founded10 June 2012 (2012-06-10)
Commenced operations3 May 2013 (2013-05-03)
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programBatik Frequent Flyer
Fleet size71
Destinations53
Parent companyLion Air Group
HeadquartersJakarta, Indonesia
Key peopleWisnu Wijayanto (CEO)
Websitewww.batikair.com

PT Batik Air Indonesia, operating as Batik Air, is an Indonesian scheduled airline based at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. The airline was founded in 2012 as the full-service arm of the Lion Air Group and made its maiden flight on 3 May 2013 from Jakarta to Manado and Yogyakarta. The airline is certified as a 3-Star Airline by Skytrax.

History

Founding

On November 18, 2011, Lion Air announced its intentions to enter the full service market with the announcement of a premium subsidiary by the name of Space Jet; the airline was to be a full-service subsidiary to compete with the Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, which at the time was the only operating full service carrier (monopoly) serving the Indonesian market.

In June 2012, Batik Air was established, following a rename from Space Jet. The announcement was followed by a commitment by the Lion Air Group for five Boeing 787 Dreamliners to be allocated to Batik, intending to have them delivered by 2015.

The airline began operations on May 3, 2013 using Boeing 737-900ERs leased from Lion Air, and at that point became the country's third full service carrier after Garuda Indonesia and the short-lived Pacific Royale Airways. Batik Air's 737-900ERs were equipped with a two-class seating configuration, replacing Lion Air's two-class 737-900ER service. The new service offered passengers a personal television (in-flight entertainment system) in every seat, light snacks and free meals, and seat pitches of 32 inches (81 cm) in economy class and 45 inches (114 cm) in business class, as well as a free baggage allowances.

In 2014, Lion Air cancelled the Boeing 787 deal with Boeing and indefinitely shelved plans for the long-haul expansion of Batik Air, citing the airline's inclusion in the EU Airline Blacklist at the time. In June 2016, the airline was removed from the EU Blacklist, together with its parent Lion Air.

Expansion

Batik Air Airbus A320 approaching Perth Airport, Australia Batik Air Boeing 737-800 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia

In November 2019, Batik Air received its first wide-body aircraft, a single Airbus A330-300, transferred from Thai Lion Air. The airline announced its intention to use the aircraft to fly to Saudi Arabia, carrying umrah passengers to Jeddah and Medina, complementing Lion Air's existing service. Medina later became the airline's first long haul route when it launched flights from Surabaya carrying hajj pilgrims on December 17 of that year. In February 2020, the aircraft was used to repatriate Indonesian nationals from Wuhan, China during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Controversy arose in which members of the People's Representative Council questioned the decision to have Batik Air operate the repatriation flight in place of the state-owned Garuda Indonesia; the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation later issued a statement justifying the choice, citing Batik's existing permit to fly to Wuhan.

On 27 April 2022, Lion Air Group's Malaysian full service subsidiary, Malindo Air, rebranded as Batik Air Malaysia, adopting a common identity with the existing Batik Air. The then-CEO of Batik Air (Indonesia), Capt. Achmad Luftie, announced that Batik Air Malaysia would function as an international complement to the Indonesian arm, using Kuala Lumpur as a transit point beyond South East Asia for Batik Air passengers. In May 2022, the airline announced plans to expand its international network from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

In December 2022, Batik Air, along with the other Lion Air Group airlines, relocated its main base to Terminal 2 at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, consolidating the operation of the entire group at the terminal. Per the same year, Batik Air, together with Lion Air, is reported to have a combined market share of 44% out of Soekarno Hatta International Airport, in terms of seat capacity and flight frequencies.

In February 2023, the airline was ranked fourth out of the seven airlines that were included in a survey of Indonesian people listing their favorite airlines conducted by Jakpat.

Destinations

As of November 2023, Batik Air operates 41 domestic and international destinations, with a frequency of over 350 flights daily. International destinations included Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang, as well as Adelaide, Chennai, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. The airline also operates charters to Guilin, Nanning, Kunming and Shenzhen in China.

The airline chiefly focuses on operating within the Indonesian domestic market, which makes up of 90% of its scheduled capacity.

Country City Airport Note Ref
Australia Adelaide Adelaide Airport Ends 22 July 2024
Canberra Canberra Airport Begins 14 June 2024
Melbourne Melbourne Airport Terminated
Perth Perth Airport
Sydney Sydney Airport Terminated
China Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
East Timor Dili Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Terminated
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Terminated
India Chennai Chennai International Airport
Indonesia Ambon Pattimura Airport
Balikpapan Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport
Banda Aceh Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport
Bandar Lampung Radin Inten II Airport Terminated
Banjarmasin Syamsudin Noor Airport
Banyuwangi Banyuwangi Airport Terminated
Batam Hang Nadim International Airport
Berau Kalimarau Airport
Bengkulu Fatmawati Soekarno Airport Terminated
Biak Frans Kaisiepo Airport Terminated
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport Hub
Gorontalo Jalaluddin Airport
Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport Hub
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport Hub
Jambi Sultan Thaha Airport
Jayapura Sentani International Airport
Kendari Haluoleo Airport
Kupang El Tari Airport
Labuan Bajo Komodo International Airport
Lubuk Linggau Silampari Airport
Luwuk Syukuran Aminuddin Amir Airport
Makassar Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport Hub
Malang Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport
Mamuju Tampa Padang Airport
Manado Sam Ratulangi International Airport
Manokwari Rendani Airport
Mataram Lombok International Airport
Medan Kualanamu International Airport
Merauke Mopah Airport Terminated
Padang Minangkabau International Airport Terminated
Palangkaraya Tjilik Riwut Airport
Palembang Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport
Palu Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport
Pangkalan Bun Iskandar Airport
Pangkal Pinang Depati Amir Airport Terminated
Pekanbaru Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport
Pontianak Supadio Airport Terminated
Samarinda Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto Airport
Semarang Jenderal Ahmad Yani Airport
Siborong-Borong Sisingamangaraja XII Airport
Surakarta Adisumarmo Airport
Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Airport
Surabaya Juanda International Airport Hub
Tanjung Pandan H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin Airport Terminated
Tanjung Pinang Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport
Tarakan Juwata Airport
Ternate Sultan Babullah Airport
Timika Mozes Kilangin Airport
Yogyakarta Adisutjipto Airport Terminated
Yogyakarta International Airport
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Penang Penang International Airport
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Taiwan Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Terminated
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport

Codeshare agreements

Batik air codeshares with the following airlines:

Fleet

Current fleet

As of May 2024, Batik Air operates the following aircraft:

Batik Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 29 12 144 156 Equipped with Sharklets.
4 8 156 164 Ex-Cathay Dragon aircraft.
1 12 138 150 Ex-Royal Jordanian aircraft.
1 16 120 136 Ex-Etihad Airways aircraft
1 8 150 158 Ex-Singapore Airlines aircraft.
2 12 144 156 Ex-Vistara aircraft.
7 12 144 156 Ex-Saudia aircraft.
Airbus A320neo 1 125 12 144 156
Airbus A321neo 65 TBA
Airbus A330-300 1 18 374 392
Boeing 737-800 18 12 150 162
6 12 162 174 Ex-Garuda Indonesia aircraft.
Total 71 190
A former Batik Air Boeing 737-900ER at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Former fleet

Services

Batik Air operates as a full service carrier, featuring two classes of service—business class and economy class—on all flights.

Cabins

Business class Business class seats on a Batik Air Boeing 737

Business class is available on all Batik Air aircraft. On narrow body aircraft, the business class cabin is equipped with 12 recliner seats in a 2-2 configuration featuring a 38 inch (96.5 cm) pitch, along with charging ports and individual touch screen IFE monitors. On the Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the business class cabin consists of 18 angle-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, each equipped with personal IFE monitors. Meals and refreshments, and amenities including headphones, are provided to all business class passengers. All business class passengers are also offered lounge access at select airports.

Economy class Boeing 737-900 economy class cabin

Economy class is offered on all aircraft. Seats are in a 3-3 configuration on narrow body aircraft and in a 3-3-3 configuration on the Airbus A330-300. Inflight entertainment is available to economy class passengers through personal IFE monitors as well as through the Batik Entertainment wireless streaming service. All passengers are offered complimentary snacks and meals.

Lounge

Batik Air Business Class Lounge at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.

Batik Air operates two lounges, one being at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport and another at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport. The lounges are open only to passengers traveling in business class, offering food and drinks, and wireless internet.

On 28 October 2022, the lounge in Soekarno–Hatta International Airport caught fire, traced to an electrical short circuit in the lounge's wiring. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Accidents and incidents

See also

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