Lion Air will open an aircraft maintenance center in Batam in mid-year. The workshop aircraft would be used to treat 100 aircraft owned by the company, as well as other airlines both locally and internationally, according to the Managing Director of Lion Air, Rusdi Kirana.

The facility will be built on an area of 16 hectares. "However, 4 hectares would be finished first and will be able to operate in mid-2013," said Rusdi in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday (3/19/2013).

Rusdi said the aircraft maintenance center can help reduce operating costs of the company.

Director of Lion Air Edward Sirait explained that he supports the operation of the workshop. Hence, Lion Air will prepare about 250 candidates mechanics, which come from Surabaya, Bandung, and Jakarta.

"They are schooled by Lion Air with a bond," said Edward.

However, he declined to comment regarding the value of the investment being poured for the construction of the project. "I do not know what the exact number," he said.

Previously, Lion Air has ordered 234 aircraft from Airbus worth US$ 24 billion, with aim to expand the company’s business.

The Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts are scheduled to be shipped from July 2014 until 2026. "Six of the first unit we received in July 2014," said Rusdi.