Lion Air is going to quintuple the size of its fleet, ordering more aircraft in one go than any other carrier on the planet - but up until last year it was forbidden from flying over Europe. It has 443 aircraft on order, to add to its current stock of 113. American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has just 285 on order.
This week, Boeing delivered its first ever 737 Max to Lion Air, the largest single buyer of the manufacturer’s new super efficient jetliner. In November 2011, Lion Air placed a record order with Boeing, worth $22billion for some 29 737-900s and 201 new 737 Maxs. It also has orders placed with Airbus for A330-300s.