The stories revolving around Lion are bordering on the unbelievable, however, knowing how Lion conducts business, it's pretty convincingly bad! Personally, I think ethics (towards their crew and passengers) would make people's complaints about Ryanair (the airline, not the person
) sound like kid's play.
Garuda is fighting back with Citilink, which is pretty successful. Lion seems to now have cashflow problems. While Lion seems to be the domestic airline darling for the government, Air Asia is the darling of the foreign airlines for our government at the moment. So it's pretty equal footing. Lion's CEO have openly invited Air Asia for a "challenge" in the domestic market while other airlines are screaming for protection. However, I'm pretty sure that Lion's taunt is just bluff.
If you read the newspapers here, the stuff that comes out of Lion's CEO's and the PR
's mouth makes you think 20 times about their believability (yet still fail to believe them after another 20x)
With all this competition, only Garuda and Air Asia has come up with innovative ideas. Lion hasn't brought in anything new, it is just a normal airline that squeezes it's cost to it's own suffication. With leasing companies now becoming more critical of Lion, I'm not surprised that while publicly taunting for competition, behind the scenes they're crying begging for protection.
I beleive that Air Asia will be THE foreign airline of Indonesia. However, JOG-PER
seems a bit fat fetched... runway length in JOG would make it a bit hairy for a (near) MTOW take off...
On an off note... Lion's MD82 slewed off Palembang last saturday. Lion's PR announced that the aircraft was pulled out of the mud by midnight. By Sunday morning, newspapers reported that it was still stuck. If I remember correctly, Lion still tried to convince people that it was out of the mud. Sunday evening a friend arrived in Palembang and called me saying it's still stuck... what next? Lion will blame the airport? LOL
[Edited 2004-07-07 21:21:12]