PR Machine, current or former senior members of the CAA/DGAC on their board of directors, hush money... it's all in "the Game"... unfortunate.
I and many down here who have heard what goes on behind the scenes think this is worse than an Indonesian Airlines-in-waiting... it's a potential AWAir! Some would go as far as saying this is a Valujet waiting to happen! Some have called it Indonesia's Ryanair gone haywire... The names goes on and on...
In the mean time, all the pax care about is cheap tickets and lots of pretty girls serving the flight... YES, they use "sex image" that for marketing to travel agents (where the travel agents would get some free tickets for their managers...) When Lion first started, this was what a few Lion marketing agents have told me! They even gave my travel agency blank tickets with no friggin' deposits required and told me to go and use one free ticket to see their girls on board! NUTS!
However, they can't get enough pretty girls to fly for Lion (as many have gone to other airlines, experienced or newbies), so Lion have now opened it's own Flight Attendant School, some are worried that the girls graduate as juniors whose contracts will be extended until they get prettier girls coming in! Crazy? Welcome to Lion!
This is their "nasty" PR
Machine... the average male would keep flying on Lion because of cheap tickets and pretty gals. While there's nothing wrong with that on the surface, I have a few colleagues who know the safety risks in Lion, and still fly them, not for the cheap tickets, but for the pretty gals... Bizarre eh?
Geez, is it me or do I seem to always rant about Lion whenever the opportunity comes up?