Showing posts with label Lion Air. Show all posts
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01 May, 2020

Thai Lion Air restarts domestic routes

Thai Lion Air has restarted some domestic routes the carrier has confirmed this week.  Starting today the airline will operate schedules to Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Hat Yai, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. 

In order to recommence this schedule,  the airline has introduced a series of stricks health and safety measures,  including the requirement for all passengers to wear a mask at all times from entering the passenger terminal until leaving the terminal at the end of the journey.  Passengers without masks will be denied boarding.

Thai Lion Air will adopt a minimum 1-hour check-in time as passengers will have to follow a strict process including temperature screening.  If a body temperature reading is higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius or coughing, wheezing is witnessed then the airline may deny boarding to that person. 

Social distance markers have been placed on the floor at checkpoints, desks, on the bus and in the passenger air-bridge. 

No food and beverage service during the flights. And food and beverage are not allowed to be eaten on board.  In addition, a health declaration form which will be distributed to passengers at the boarding gate must be filled out. 

All cabin crew will be checked for body temperature before the flight. And will be in proactive equipment with masks and gloves throughout the service. After the flight, the airline will clean and disinfect the aircraft every time. 

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26 March, 2020

State of emergency in place in Thailand will make travelling very difficult

In accordance with the decree of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, a state of emergency is imposed on the territory of the state from 00:00 on March 26. 

Thus, the government of Thailand declares that entry to Thailand by air, sea, road or other means of transport is prohibited, except for the people listed below:
 1. Employees of embassies, employees of international organizations, representatives of the government, who have duties in Thailand, including their family members, issuing a letter guaranteeing entry to the Kingdom of Thailand at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. Foreign citizens, who have work permits in the Kingdom of Thailand.
3. Thai citizens are subject to receiving a letter of guarantee and a certificate of health when returning to Thailand.

This decree does not apply to foreign citizens travelling in transit until March 31, 2020. Persons aged 4 to 6 years must have a certificate of sufficient health to fly issued no later than 72 hours before departure.

So far over 350 police checkpoints have been established around the country and restrictions will be enforced.  “People can still travel, but there will be measures imposed on travellers which will make travel more difficult and eventually discouraging them from doing so,”  Wissanu Krea-ngam Thailands Deputy Prime Minister said. “Police and soldiers will set up checkpoints at provincial borders to see whether the measures are followed.”

26 September, 2019

US NTSB says Boeing did not adequately consider pilot reactions in 737 MAX

The US National Transportation Safety Board - NTSB has said that planemaker Boeing failed to adequately consider how pilots respond to cockpit emergencies in its 737 MAX safety assessment and may need to make changes to flight deck alerts, pilot procedures and training. 
An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facilities at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019. Photo REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Officials from the NTSB have announced a number of recommendations today, which they have handed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the two 737 Max crashes that have lead to the most serious and long-running aircraft grounding in recent years. 

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crews of the crashed 737 Max aircraft “did not react in the ways Boeing and the FAA assumed they would,”.  

Boeing has said the feeding of erroneous Angle of Attack (AOA) data to a system called MCAS that pushed the planes lower was a common link in two wider chains of events leading to the crashes. MCAS stands for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.

18 September, 2019

Ethiopian crash victims want 737 MAX documents from Boeing, FAA

(Reuters) - A lawyer for victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 said on Tuesday he wants Boeing Co and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to hand over documents about the decision to keep the Boeing 737 MAX in the air after a deadly Lion Air crash last October, reports Tracy Rucinski. 

A week after Lion Air Flight 610 nose-dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 aboard, the FAA warned airlines that erroneous inputs from an automated flight control system’s sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose down, but the agency allowed the jets to continue flying.

24 July, 2019

Lion Air becomes first A330neo operator in the Asia-Pacific region

Indonesian carrier Lion Air has received its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is the first of 10 A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet.

The A330neo will be used by Lion Air for non-stop long-haul services from Indonesia. These include pilgrimage flights from cities such as Makassar, Balikpapan and Surabaya to Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The flight time for such routes can be up to 12 hours.

06 May, 2019

Out of the paint shop comes the first Lion Air A330neo

First Lion Air A330neo emerges from the Airbus paint shop

The very first Airbus A330neo for Lion Air has emerged from the manufacturer's paint shop in Toulouse, France. The aircraft will now continue its industrial process and then will progress onto a series of ground and flight tests, before the delivery to the airline in the coming weeks.

Altogether, Lion Air Group will acquire 10 A330neo aircraft, eight of which will be leased from BOC Aviation. The aircraft will have a single-class layout seating 440 passengers and will be operated by Lion Air on selected domestic routes, as well as charter and pilgrimage service to Saudi Arabia. Some of the aircraft will be operated by Thai Lion on long-haul services from Thailand. 

18 April, 2019

CFM investigating LEAP -1A & 1B engine issues.

The aircraft engine giant, CFM International, is said to be monitoring closely its LEAP engines following a build up issue said to be behind the engine failure on a Boeing 737 Max 8 of US budget carrier, Southwest Airlines on 26th March.

CFM has told operators to inspect the LEAP-1A and -1B engines looking for a build-up of carbon or other materials on fuel nozzles. This build-up, often called coking, could cause hot-spots and premature wear which could cause a failure in the turbine blades. Its believed it was this that caused the engine failure Southwest jet on a ferry flight to Victorville for storage from Orlando. 

16 February, 2019

Lion Air 737 overshoots runway in heavy rain.

A Boeing 737 of Lion Air with 189 people onboard has skidded off the runway in Indonesia during a heavy rain storm today.  The aircraft was performing a flight from between Jakarta and Pontianak in Indonesia when it skidded off the runway.

Local media report that all passengers and crew had evacuated the aircraft and there were no injuries reported. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800NG had 182 passengers and 7 crew members on board at the time of the accident.

Images from local media show the aircraft with its wheels embedded in the soft turf of the grass at the end of the runway, with some damage visible to the engines and undercarriage.

Polana Pramesti, Director General of Air Relations at the country's Ministry of Transportation, confirmed some details of the incident, ''It is true, the plane slipped due to heavy rain. There were no fatalities and the entire crew survived.''

Flights from the Supadio International Airport were cancelled while airport workers try to move the aircraft from its current position. A full investigation is underway.

14 January, 2019

Lion Air crash black box found

Officials from the Indonesian search and rescue have found and retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the Lion Air Boeing 737 that crashed killing 189 people in October 2018.

The rescue teams also found human remains at the same location in the Java Sea local officials have confirmed. However, the bright orange cockpit voice recorder had broken in two when it was located in around 165ft or 50m away from where the fight data recorder black box had been found in November. 

It is hoped that the recorder will help to provide crucial insights into the last moments of flight JT610, to help pinpoint what went wrong and how much the faulty equipment on the latest Boeing 737 model contributed to the crash.    

The Indonesian navy confirmed the recorder had been damaged and had been found in water that was approximately 321ft / 98m  deep and was buried in mud said to be 8th down.  A spokesperson from the navy confirmed that a weak signal from the recorder had been detected several days ago and was slowly retrieved.

28 December, 2018

Boeing sued over Lion Air crash for unreasonably dangerous aircraft

Photo Fauzy Chaniago/ AP
The US aircraft giant Boeing is being sued by another family of one of those killed in the 737 Max of Lion Air that crashed into the Java Sea back in October this year.

The aircraft had taken off from Jakarta on October 29th but crashed shortly after and the crash sent shock waves around the world to all operators of the brand new Boeing 737 Max aircraft.  

According to court papers, filed in Chicago, the family of Onggo Wardoyo state the brand new Boeing 737 Max was unreasonably dangerous as certain sensors provided inaccurate data to its flight control systems which caused the anti-stall protection system to engage improperly. Boeing also, according to the papers, failed to give adequate instructions to pilots on how best to respond to and turn off the anti-stall systems on the aircraft.

Thomas Demetrio,  a lawyer representing the Wardoyo family told media, that “It was like Boeing first blindfolded and then tied the hands of the pilots,”   

It is understood that at least three other families of some of the 189 people on board the doomed aircraft that all perished have started legal proceedings against Boeing.  Many citing the warnings Boeing issued after the Lion Air crash had come too late and the manufacturer knew of the issues of the sensors long before the crash.   

01 November, 2018

Lion Air search teams find flight data recorder

Local media have reported that the Indonesian Navy have found and retrieved a black box from the wreckage of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed into the Java Sea on Monday.

Divers advise they retrieved the black box on Thursday morning, during the fourth day of the search following the plane crash that cost the lives of all 189 people onboard. From the initial reports, the divers have found the flight data recorder and are still searching for the cockpit voice recorder. reported that Indonesian Navy diver Sertu Hendra said his team followed the electronic “pings” from the device to find its exact location, “We followed the tool, reducing the area in the place the machines were picking up sounds, and it turns out we got black box,” 

29 October, 2018

New Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes in sea off Jakarta

Debris field in the sea, 
Officials advise that all 189 people on a Lion Air brand new 737 MAX 8 are believed to have perished when the plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

The aircraft has only been in operation since August and was operating Flight JT 610 from Jakarta and heading for Pangkal Pinang, in the Bangka Belitung Islands, when contact was lost with the aircraft just 13 minutes after taking off. The crew had reportedly asked to return to Jakarta due to a technical issue and according to radar tracking, it had struggled to gain height.

Emergency escape chute retrieved from the sea
Flight JT610 had taken off as normal from Jakarta at 06:20 local time on Monday morning, it was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that had been in service with the airline since 15th August. Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group, told media representatives that the aircraft had a technical problem on a previous flight, but that been resolved "according to procedure" set out by manufacturer Boeing.  The CEO also said: "We are also confused about the why since it was a new plane. We don't dare to say what the facts are, or are not, yet.

25 October, 2018

Lion Air to lease four ATR72-600s from Chorus Avaition

Lion Air is to get four new ATR72-600's from Chorus Aviation Inc leasing arm its been confirmed today. This transaction marks the second multi-aircraft leasing transaction in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region for Chorus who already lease 78 aircraft to 12 lessees in 12 countries in the region.  

The first of these new ATR aircraft for Lion Air is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the remaining three scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2019. It is anticipated that the aircraft will be operated by members of the Lion Air Group in Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Edward Sirait, Chief Executive Officer, Lion Air Group said, "We are delighted to start this new relationship with Chorus, as a lessor."

"We are very pleased to add Lion Air to our portfolio, expanding our global network of customers in line with Chorus' vision to deliver regional aviation to the world," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Chorus Aviation Capital.  "We are proud to have earned the trust of exceptional customers and continue to evaluate multiple opportunities as we expand our leasing business."

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24 August, 2018

Eight new Airbus A330neo's for Lion Air

Lion Air will get eight brand new Airbus A330neo aircraft between now and the end of 2020 after leasing company BOC Aviation Limited confirmed it had purchased the planes.

 BOC Aviation, previously known as Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise confirmed it had done the deal today and says that Lion Air will get the new aircraft in 2019 and 2020 and will help the carrier expand its network.

“We are delighted to partner with Lion Air Group once again as we commit to deliver the latest technology Airbus twin-aisle aircraft, commencing next year,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “This transaction takes the number of Airbus A330NEO family aircraft in our order book to 10."

15 August, 2018

Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Lion Air

Lion Air has taken delivery of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Seattle, via CMIG Aviation Capital leasing company.

The Lion Air Group has an in-service fleet of 299 aircraft and flies from bases in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia under 5 different brand identities. As a group, it serves more than 200 destinations in over 20 countries, most of which are the Chinese Belt-and-Road regions. The addition of 737 MAX 8, fitted with CFM-LEAP-1B engines, will allow the company to pursue its growth plans. 

Edward Sirait, Lion Air Group CEO, said, "We are delighted to have CMIG as a lessor to the Lion Group and we look forward to expanding and strengthening this business partnership. As the largest domestic operator in Indonesia, safety and reliability are our top priorities. The 737 MAX has built upon our current 737's industry-leading reliability and is providing us with the highest level of air safety for our passengers."

30 April, 2018

Lion Air 737 runway excursion

There was a lucky escape for the 181 passengers and crew of Lion Air Boeing 737-800 PK-LOO which came skidding off the runway and embedded itself in the grass verge.

The incident happened on Sunday and whilst there were no reported injuries due to the runway excursion, some people suffered minor abrasions from the following emergency evacuation. Two people were later taken to hospital for evaluation. 

The aircraft, operating flight JT892 from Makassar to Gorontalo in Indonesia when it skidded off the skidded off the runway shortly after touch down at approximately 6.35 in the evening local time.  According to local media, the airport management said that whilst it was raining at the time, the visibility was far in excess of that which is legally required.  

The airport was closed for some 16 hours following the incident, which snapped the aircraft's nose gear and severely damaged other parts of the frame and engines. It is also being reported locally that the damage is of such a state that it is beyond economic repair, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Lion Air issued a statement of explanation on this incident via its social media without apology. 

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10 April, 2018

Previous undisclosed customer of 737 Max 10's confirmed as Lion Air Group

Boeing  confirmed today that a previously unnamed customer of  the US manufacturer's 737 Max 10 aircraft is Lion Air.  

The airline is taking 50 of the new 737 MAX 10 aircraft that the Boeing claims is the most fuel-efficient and profitable single-aisle jet in the aviation industry. The deal has a true value of $4.98 billion and is one of Boeing's largest orders for the  737 Max airframes. 

"Lion Air is very excited to be a launch customer of the latest version of the 737. This aeroplane delivers a new level of fuel efficiency and operating economics and fits in perfectly with our fleet of modern aeroplanes," said Edward Sirait, President Director, the Lion Air Group. "We are proud to continue our tradition of innovation at Lion Air as we again lead the way with new aeroplane technology."