Lion Air Inflight Experience

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Lion Air Inflight Experience

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Our 3-week trip through Java to Karimunjawa included a short local flight from the Indonesian capital – Jakarta, to Semarang in central Java.

So, on arrival in Jakarta, we were heading straight out again without delay. We had booked a domestic flight with the carrier Lion Air to take us to Semarang. Although Lion Air is a budget airline, we were hoping that our inflight experience would be a painless one.

Who are Lion Air?

Lion Air is a popular Indonesian budget airline. So popular, in fact, that they have a sub-terminal at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Terminal 1C) dedicated to their own flights.

Terminal 1C - <em><strong>Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta</strong></em>

Terminal 1C – Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta

Their terminal and departure lounge is beautifully laid out and decorated in traditional Indonesian style on the ground floor. On all sides are windows with views over luxuriant, well maintained gardens.

Departure Gate, Jakarta

Departure Gate, Jakarta

Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest privately run airline, the second largest low-cost airline in Southeast Asia after AirAsia. In fact, it is the second largest airline of Indonesia, flying to more than 79 destinations in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Lion Air also offers charter routes to China and Hong Kong.

Lion Air Inflight Experience

Gardens surrounding the terminal

The airline has been criticized for poor operational management in areas such as scheduling and safety, although steps have been taken to improve its safety. In 2016, the European Union lifted the ban it had placed on the airline from flying into European airspace.

Lion Air Inflight Experience

Lion Air Inflight Experience – Plush Interiors

Booking the Flight

We had booked our flight several weeks previously, using the Indonesian website. We paid a total of IDR 317,000 (€22) per person, and received our eTickets by email. Our flight included a check-in luggage allowance of 20 kg per person, and a carry-on baggage allowance of 7 kg.

Since our backpacks weighed only around 7.5 kg each (we believe in travelling light), we just used our carry-on allowance.

Incidentally, our online booking experience with was smooth and flawless. We also used them later to book our return train tickets from Semarang to Jakarta.

Lion Air Inflight Experience

Check out the leg-room – Beats most of the big Airlines by a mile

Inflight Service

Our short one-hour flight was comfortable and on time, with inflight snacks available for purchase.

Although Lion Air don’t score highly in global domestic airline ratings, our experience was definitely a positive one.

… much more positive than what was about to happen to us shortly after our arrival in Semarang: “Honey, the ATM just ate my card!”

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