This announcement has been in the newspaper here in Indonesia last Sunday, together with the unveiling of a B744 model in full Lion Air colors... Take both topics for what they're worth but I'll believe it when I see it. Also, according to this same newspaper article, the flight should have started last Sunday, February 6, but so far nothing has happened...
However, for once, Lion Air has won some respect from a lot of business ppl in Indonesia..
I don't know what kind of business people you are talking about, but they are for sure not the ones I am talking to. As a matter of fact, Lion's numbers have been falling in recent months -international load factors, in particular, have been dropping- and the accident in Solo as well as last week's loss of yet another MD82 in Makassar have done no good in upgrading their image. They're a shoddy airline serving an increasingly shoddy customer base.
After Lion Air incident in Solo, Lion Air has promised to pay all of the tuition expense for all of children whose their parents were unforunately died in the incident.. in addition to a certain amount of money that they paid each family..
I would think that this is so obvious that it isn't even worth mentioning. Issues related to insurance with Indonesian LCCs, and in general with Indonesia at large, are questionable at best. Nobody really knows in how far passengers and their relatives are covered in case calamities like these. My guess is that they are, at least for domestic flights with non-IATA LC
cariers, very close to not covered at all.
So, if anyone was going to come up with the money, it would have to be the airline. They've said they would do so, they've spread the message all over the media. Now, the question is really... are they really going to do it, and if so, when? There's often a large gap between words and deeds in Indonesia. Talking the talk is not always followed by walking the walk...
In addition, Lion Air is one of the fastest growing in Indonesia, they revolutionize Indonesia's aviation sector and a lot of people travelled on the plane for the first time with Lion Air..
For starters, they are not as fast growing as their well-oiled PR
-machine would like you to believe. If all the announcements in newspapers et al had become reality, Lion Air would have been the proud operator of a fleet of about 60 aircraft by now, including widebodied B777, A330 and B747 aircraft. Yet, after the loss of another airframe last week, they are now down to, I believe, 19 units. New blood is about to come in, but there goes the theory of the fastest growing airline. FYI, Garuda last year added 14 B737 to its fleet and is about to do the same this year.
As for their revolutionizing of the aviation sector in Indonesia, I would give you a little more credit for that remark, but, once again, let's not get carried away. There's plenty of other airlines around, with equally low fares, that have given thousands of Indonesians a first chance of using air travel. So, to attribute this merit solely to Lion Air is a bit over the top.
As for the ever returning argument that it is because of Lion that fares are as low as they are, and that it is the only airline that is truly committed to offering its passengers low fares, it is time for everyone to realize that the facts have time and time again flown in the face of this nonstory. Just one recent example to illustrate my point: over a month ago, when the tsunami struck Indonesia's northernmost provice of Aceh, Lion increased its fares to Aceh within hours to more than the double of what they were. Meanwhile, Garuda, Adam Air and other were flying in relief workers and cargo for free.
So is Lion Air that bad? I don't really think so..
With all due respect, I don't think you are in the right position to make such a statement. And I don't blame you for that, because people all over tend to be blinded by Lion's fabulous PR
. Yet, if one scratches that thin layer on top, one quickly find oneself in a shithole full of dirty stories, which are being covered up by the company at any cost.