Buying 234 Airbus Planes, Lion Air Boss Awarded by France

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Légion d’Honneur award is the highest honor from the French government given since 1802 to the military and civilian citizens considered meritorious for the country.

French President Francois Hollande has awarded the Légion d’Honneur to the founder of Lion Air Group, Rusdi Kirana. The award was given after Rusdi was judged to contribute in moving the economy of France by ordering 234 Airbus aircrafts in March 2013.

The order is recorded as the largest in the history of Airbus. The Légion d’Honneur award is the highest honor from the French government given since 1802 to military and civilian citizens considered meritorious for the country.

“By working hard with intention to build the country, we can bring the name of Indonesia to the world,” Rusdi said in a written statement on Wednesday (3/29).

Rusdi ordered 234 Airbus aircrafts for the long-term business expansion of Lion Air Group. Currently, Lion Air Group operates Lion Air, Wings Air, Batik Air, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air. The Malindo Air is based in Malaysia, while Thai Lion Air is headquartered in Thailand.

Up to now, Airbus has delivered 30 aircrafts of A320 – 200 CEO type and three wide-bodied aircrafts of A330-300 type.

President Hollande recently visited Indonesia accompanied by 40 business people. President Joko Widodo mentioned France as Indonesia’s strategic partner in economy.

“Indonesia-France will enhance the cooperation in maritime and creative economy,” Jokowi said in his speech during the meeting between the Indonesian and French delegations led by President Francois Hollande at the Presidential Palace, as reported by Cabinet Secretariat on Wednesday (3/29).

In addition to the bilateral cooperation, said Jokowi, the two countries also become partners in a wide range of global issues, including peace in Palestine and partnership against terrorism.