Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) secured its Foreign Air Transport Air Operator's Certificate (FATAOC) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on Friday, November 25.

The move paves the way for the Indonesian full-service carrier to commence scheduled passenger flights to Australia. Once launched, Batik Air will become the second Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) affiliate to serve Australia after Malindo Air (Kuala Lumpur Int'l) which secured its FATAOC in 2015.

Under the terms of its permit which expires in May 2017, Batik Air is allowed to operate its fleet of A320-200s, as well as B737-800s and B737-900(ER)s to Australia. The A321neo is expected to be added as well given Lion Group's intention to place several of the type with the unit.

Services will likely operate from the Indonesian leisure hub at Denpasar, Bali.