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Airline AirAsia prepared to take on Indonesia competitor Lion Air: boss

KUALA LUMPUR--AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has vowed to give Indonesian rival Lion Air “a real run for their money” after it announced plans for a new low-cost carrier, a report said Thursday.

Indonesia's PT Lion Mentari Airlines and a Malaysian partner called NADI said Tuesday their Malindo Airways would launch flights around the region from Kuala Lumpur in May, a direct assault on AirAsia's home turf.

AirAsia has long been based near Kuala Lumpur but Fernandes, a Malaysian, recently opened a regional headquarters in Jakarta and purchased Indonesia's Batavia Air for US$80 million.

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