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Indonesia Removes Ban On Boeing 737 MAX

On Tuesday, the Indonesian transport ministry lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, three years following the first deadly crash involving the Indonesian carrier, Lion Air, killing all 189 people on board.  The aircraft was originally grounded by aviation authorities globally — following the second fatal accident in March 2019 — which involved a 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines, resulting in the loss of all 157 souls on board.  The release of the ban on the…

Lion Air Group, Sabre Corporation Announce Partnership Renewal

Back in 2016, Southeast Asia's leading low-cost carrier, Lion Air, had selected Sabre Corporation to deliver an end-to-end airline operations and crew management platform that would allow the airline to optimize daily flight operations while reducing costs in the midst of a push for regional growth. In return, Sabre Corporation…

New Indonesian Start-up Eyes Millennial Travelers

Indonesian budget start-up airline Super Air Jet is the latest airline trying it luck to find a seat within the aviation industry, having just established in May 2021, per Business Times. Its President Director, Ari Azhari, said this fresh private carrier was entirely funded and owned by Indonesians. “This air…

Lion Air Suspends Flights Until Further Notice

On June 3, 2020, the Jakarta-based Lion Air group announced that it would be suspending flight operations starting on June 5, 2020. The suspension of flights applies to all Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air flights on both the domestic and international level. In a press release, the airline…

Indonesia Releases Report on Lion Air Crash

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) has released its final report on the crash of Lion Air flight 610. The Boeing 737 MAX operating the flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta for a one hour flight to Pangkal Pinang. The crash sparked the beginning of a crisis for…

Lion Air Bids Farewell to 747 Fleet, Prepares for A330neo…

Lion Air announced it has retired the Queen of the Skies from its fleet in what constitutes a milestone for the Indonesian low-cost carrier, after ten years of flying with the airline serving domestic destinations and flights to Saudi Arabia. The Jakarta-based carrier has been flying a single densely-configured Boeing…

French Aviation Safety Agency Confirms Similarities in 737 MAX Accidents

The pressure on Boeing continues to grow following two crashes of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft. French aviation experts have now confirmed that there are strong similarities of the data collected from the black boxes of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX and the Lion Air 737 MAX that had…

United CEO Declines Need for Additional 737 MAX Training

During a conference on Wednesday to discuss new international routes out of San Francisco, the CEO of United Airlines made his first public comments on the safety of the 737 MAX. His comments came over a month after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29,…

Opinion: Why We Can Never Forget Commercial Aircraft Accidents

On Oct. 29, Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew onboard. Just over a month earlier—on Sept. 28—Air Niugini flight 73 crashed in Micronesia, leaving one dead. On May 18, 112 perished as Cubana de Aviación…

Updated: Lion Air Reports Loss of Contact with Boeing 737…

A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia. The airplane rapidly lost altitude just minutes after departure. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that they had lost contact with the aircraft minutes after takeoff. The aircraft was carrying 188 passengers at the time…