Batik Air

Last updated: April 30, 2013
Batik Air plane and stewardess

A new full-service airline, from Lion Air.

Today (3 May 2013), a new full-service airline will take to Indonesia’s skies:

Batik Air logo #2

Lion Air is reaching out to passengers who perhaps like a little more comfort than Lion’s current economy class offering, but baulk at the much higher cost of Lion’s business class service.

Is it worth paying a little extra to fly Batik Air? Here is a comparison of each airline’s economy and business classes:

Lion Air logo
Economy Class
Batik Air logo #2
Economy Class
Lion Air logo
Business Class
Batik Air logo #2
Business Class
Food No food or drink Meal service included Meal service included Meal service included
29 32 38 45
20 kg 20 kg 30 kg 30 kg
No No Yes Yes
Rp1 110 000
Rp1 280 000
Rp3 090 000
Rp4 415 000

Batik Air also offers the following services in both economy/business classes:
Batik Air in-flight entertainment, personal TV screens

  • personal TV screens with in-flight entertainment
  • leather seats
  • in-flight wi-fi and mobile phone signal (subject to regulatory approval)

Batik Air hostesses, stewardessesIt is unconfirmed how Batik Air’s stewardesses (right) will stack up against the competition.

Initially, Batik Air will fly between Jakarta and the following cities: Ambon, Balikpapan, Manado, Pekanbaru. More domestic routes will be opened shortly, and perhaps some international routes too; these are still to be be confirmed, but are rumoured to include Kupang to Darwin and Denpasar to Adelaide.

Whatever their business plan, it is hoped that Batik Air performs better than the last full-service domestic airline to commence operations in Indonesia – Pacific Royale – which remains grounded indefinitely.

Would you like to try Batik Air? Please fill in an enquiry form.

4 Comments on “Batik Air”

  1. Joel Amos says:

    If i want to change the date after booking the penalty fee would be how much?

  2. Chris says:

    If it’s the same as Lion Air (it probably is), the penalty for date changes > 48 hours before departure is Rp75 000 plus any difference in fare between the old ticket price and the new ticket price.

    You would need to visit a Lion Air office in person – it cannot be done online – and bring photo ID, the tickets, proof of payment and money.

  3. Rick Marcel says:

    According to your scheme, Lionair awards 20kg. Not correct. I booked a flight on Lion and when I got my e-ticket the second flight was on Wings air. Lion awards 15 Kg, and Wings 10 Kg. These airlines might be a blessing for Indonesians, but not for tourists. I know people that could not fly, because they were not allowed extra freedom, and could not buy extra at the airport either.
    With my big mouth, I told them that nobody told me about flying Wingsair….and I got my bags checked in.
    I prefer Garuda wherever possible. 20 kg free and when you connect on a flight from overseas…30kg…for economy class!!

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    At the time of writing this post (April 2013), Lion Air did have a 20kg baggage allowance.

    As you say, it is now 15kg on Lion Air and 10kg on Wings Air. We highlighted these smaller baggage allowances on Lion Air, Wings Air and Citilink in a subsequent post earlier this year.

    We also updated the baggage allowances in our Which Airline page.

    Unfortunately, it’s not possible to go back and update every old post with the latest information, due to time constraints.

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