Lombok, MINA – Lion Air (JT flight code) member of Lion Air Group on Wednesday, started its first 1441 Hijri pilgrimage service from the city of Mataram via Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, Lombok Praya, West Nusa Tenggara (LOP) to Jeddah-King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (JED).
The inauguration was marked by the release of Umrah pilgrims by the Governor of the Province of West Nusa Tenggara, Zulkieflimansyah; Head of West Nusa Tenggara Province Transportation Agency, Lalu Bayu Windia; General Manager (GM) of Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, Nugroho Jati; Lion Air Group Jakarta Area Manager, Isnandar; Area Manager of Lion Air Group Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and Labuan Bajo, Fajar Teguh Santoso.
Danang Mandala Prihantoro explained that the first flight from Lombok Praya used the JT-104 flight number, the plane took off at 13.15 (Central Indonesian Time, GMT + 08) and was scheduled to arrive at King Abdul Aziz International Airport at 19.45 time local Arabia Standard Time (AST), GMT + 03.
“At this best moment, Lion Air flew 257 worshipers,” Danang said as a press statement received by MINA on Thursday.
He said the 2019 Umrah flight was marked by the operation of the Airbus 330-900NEO, as the latest wide-body aircraft and the first operator in Asia Pacific to use the fleet.
“The operation of Airbus 330-900NEO is part of Lion Air’s strategic move to strengthen the development of the long-haul flight business that requires more than 13 non-stop trips,” he said.
Danang explained the A330-900NEO has a 433 passenger seat with a comfortable 433 passenger seat, provides the quietest cabin in its class, adds to the main features of the Airspace cabin, a new design of cabin luggage compartment that allows easier handling and storing luggage in the luggage cabin.
“Lion Air congratulates first worshipers on their choice to fly with Lion Air. Together with travel partners (tour and travel), Lion Air can realize the dream of worshiping to the holy land by offering affordable prices, thereby helping the community go Umrah, “he said.
Danang said Lion Air appreciated the form of cooperation so that this synergy was expected to provide more value to the Umrah pilgrims in facilitating access to the destination city.
“The first umrah this year is a form of Lion Air’s seriousness in accommodating and facilitating the needs of worship trips. Lion Air hopes to always be able to serve pilgrims from West Nusa Tenggara and around with the best service,” he added.
In the initial stages, the frequency of flying is available once a month. Lion Air projects that the growth of worship trips to the Holy Land from West Nusa Tenggara will increase positively because there is the potential for Umrah pilgrims so that they are optimistic and do not rule out the addition of flight frequencies.
The 2019 Umrah service, he added Lion Air targets a timekeeping performance level of more than 85 percent. This seriousness is in the form of providing the best service to Umrah pilgrims based on a structured and comprehensive system between aircraft maintenance, operations at the airport as well as quick and appropriate decisions to minimize the impact of flight delays.
Lombok is the 13th origin departure for Umrah flights, which are served from Indonesia.
The opening of Umrah market from Lombok is an expansion of Lion Air’s business, while at the same time creating equitable international route connectivity from central Indonesia.
In relation to air travel in accordance with safety aspects, Lion Air has appealed to all pilgrims, among others, not to bring dangerous goods to the aircraft, not to receive any items of safekeeping from other people on board the aircraft, electronic goods must be removed from their batteries and independent chargers or portable batteries (power bank) according to the criteria in terms of capacity that can be carried into the cabin and not allowed to be used during flight.
Lion Air operates three Airbus 330-300 (440 seats) and two Airbus 330-900NEO (436 seats). All aircraft have undergone intensive maintenance, in the best condition and flightworthy. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)