Lion Air gears up for foray into Thailand

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Indonesia's Lion Air is in the process of setting up a Thai unit, to be called Thai Lion Air.

According to a source at Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation, Lion is in the process of obtaining and re-naming the air operator's certificate formerly used by Skystar Airlines.

Flightglobal Pro was unable to reach Lion for more details, but a Bangkok Post article quoted sources as saying that the new carrier will commence operations with six Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Thai Lion will operate from Bangkok's Don Mueang airport, and serve both domestic and international destinations.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend database, Skystar went out of business in 2009.