A photo of a brochure and passenger safety card featuring a Lion Air-branded Airbus A220 have been shared on social media.
The Lion Air group, which is based in Indonesia and has several subsidiaries across Southeast Asia, operates several aircraft types. Its narrow-body fleet largely consists of Boeing 737 aircraft, with the airline group operating 165 737s throughout its subsidiaries. Lion Air Group carriers also operate 90 Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the A320neo.
Additional types in its fleet include the ATR 72 and the Airbus A330-300 and the A330-900neo.
However, a brochure and a passenger safety card displaying a Lion Air-branded Airbus A220 has been spotted on Twitter. A QR code included in the material leads to a website page that redirects to either a booklet overviewing all of Airbus’ aircraft, or a page where a person could explore services offered by the European manufacturer.
“The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100 to 150 seat market, resulting in the aircraft’s phenomenal economics and performance, opening new opportunities for single-aisle operations,” read a sentence from the product overview booklet.
According to ch-aviation.com data, Lion Air has a total of 422 new aircraft on order: 16 ATR 72-600, 112 Airbus A320neo, 65 A321neo, 179 Boeing 737 MAX-8, and 50 737 MAX-10s.
Airbus is currently conducting a demonstrational tour of the Airbus A220 throughout the region. Utilizing one of airBaltic’s Airbus A220s, which departed its home hub of Riga Airport (RIX) on May 20, 2023, the manufacturer has brought the aircraft to locations such as Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), Thailand, Kuching International Airport (KCH), Langkawi International Airport (LGK), and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Malaysia.
The A220 was last spotted operating a flight from and to Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK), Indonesia, on May 25, 2023, flightradar24.com records showed.
According to Airbus’ Orders & Deliveries data, out of the total 785 orders for the Airbus A220 as of April 31, 2023, only 33 were from Asia-Pacific-based airlines. North America is the largest market for the aircraft.
AeroTime approached Airbus and Lion Air for comment.