Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
The Indonesian company Lion Air has a unique trick. In the seat pocket, with safety instructions, there is a special prayer booklet for the plane.
This is something that can surprise Lion Air. The Indonesian low-cost airline can modernize itself and equip itself with brand new aircraft, it continues to propose to passengers, with the safety instructions sheet, slipped into the seat pocket, a document entitled Doa-Doa Perjalanan / Invocation Card. It is a small booklet containing prayers for all religions.
To make a small prayer so that the sky is favorable to us, that the apparatus works well and that the crew is leading the plane and all its passengers to port, I doubt that it has a real impact on the flight but after all, it can not hurt ...
I had already talked about it on this blog, during my very first trip to Sulawesi in 2007:
(In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I specify that I completely respect the beliefs of others, whatever they may be, as long as I do not have any.)
Lion Air, the company that goes up
With Air AsiaLion Air is the company that I have most often taken for my travels in the huge Indonesian archipelago.
Lion Air begins to seriously compete with Air Asia in Indonesia, both in terms of price, proposed links (In June 2013, they posted 36 destinations and 226 daily flights on their site).
The company has grown significantly in recent years and continues to expand and renew its fleet (including buying Airbus to France).
During my March 2013 trip to IndonesiaSo, I flew on Lion Air again, as almost every time I went there! One way to reach Halmahera (Jakarta-Ternate flight), then to join Sulawesi (Ternate-Manado flight), where my final destination was the island of Bangka.
But ... the blacklist?
I was often asked the question ... At the time I published this article (2013), all Indonesian companies were blacklisted, with the exception of Garuda (the national airline) and Air Asia Indonesia. (the Malaysian lowcost that spreads throughout Asia). But in a few years, things have happily moved in the right direction. I made two updates recently:
UPDATE 2017: Lion Air is no longer blacklisted by companies banned by the European Union (the complete list is available in PDF to download on the website of the European Commission). The first publication of this post dates from 2013 and since then, security has improved, in the Indonesian sky! Among the commercial passenger transport companies that comply with EU safety standards, therefore, are now: → Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost subsidiary Citilink → Air Asia Indonesia → Lion Air and its subsidiary Batik Air
When I travel to Indonesia, I try as much as possible to fly on the most reputable companies. But to reach certain corners of the archipelago, we do not always have the choice, Garuda does not fly everywhere. So yes, I have been in the past flying with companies that were blacklisted.
Batavia, which was one of the few not to be blacklisted, went bankrupt early 2013: I had to take one of their flights, precisely, for this journey of March 2013 ... Too bad for me, I had already bought my ticket. With the "Bangkrut" Overall, I just had to sit on it and buy another plane ticket. Only Lion Air operated the connection to the day and time that suited me, so I opted, again, for a flight with prayer book included.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2018:a Lion Air aircraft crashed at sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, 2018. It's cold in the back ... He had 189 people on board. Lion Air had previously had only one fatal accident in 2004: an MD-82 crashed on landing in Solo City, Java, killing 25 people out of 163 people on board , according to the network of aviation safety of the Flight Safety Foundation.
In any case, my flight Ternate-Manado went perfectly well. I was a bit sad to leave Weda, but Bangka did not disappoint me ... The sequel in the next post!