Lion Air – bus driver and apprentice mechanic needed

Casuals only, 457 Visa workers considered.

Applicants via Punjab website only.

Must be able to swim long distance.


On October 29 in 2018, Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta enroute to Pangkal Pinangon on flight JT610.

It seems the plane had an unresolved technical problem from the previous flight from Bali, but was flown anyway.  The pilot got the same problem, sent a MayDay and requested returning to Jakarta, but pressed on regardless. Then he panicked and kamakazied into the sea at speed.

The pilot was Third World Indian, Bhavye Suneja, and the airline is owned by Third World Indonesians Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana.

Suneja learnt to drive in India before he took to flying.

Lion Air started flying in 2000.  On 14 January 2002, Lion Air Flight 386, a Boeing 737-200 crashed after trying to take-off with an incorrect flap configuration at Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport. Everyone on board survived but the aircraft was written off.  On 30 November 2004, Lion Air Flight 538, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed in Surakarta with registration PK-LMN (c/n 49189); 25 people died.

On 4 March 2006, Lion Air Flight 8987, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed after landing at Juanda International Airport.   Reverse thrust was used during landing, although the left thrust reverser was stated to be out of service.   This caused the aircraft to veer to the right and skid off the runway, coming to rest about 7,000 feet (2,100 m) from the approach end of the runway.  The aircraft was written off.   On 24 December 2006, Lion Air Flight 792, a Boeing 737-400, landed with an incorrect flap configuration and was not aligned with the runway.  The plane landed hard and skidded along the runway causing the right main landing gear to detach, the left gear to protrude through the wing and some of the aircraft fuselage to be wrinkled.   The aircraft was written off.

On 23 February 2009, Lion Air Flight 972, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landed without the nose gear at Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam.  On 9 March 2009, Lion Air Flight 793, a McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 (registration PK-LIL) ran off the runway at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.

On 2 November 2010, Lion Air Flight 712, a Boeing 737-400 (registration PK-LIQ) overran the runway on landing at Supadio Airport, Pontianak, coming to rest on its belly and sustaining damage to its nose gear. All 174 passengers and crew evacuated by the emergency slides, with few injuries.

On 13 April 2013, Lion Air Flight 904, a Boeing 737-800 (registration PK-LKS; c/n 38728) from Bandung to Denpasar with 108 people on board, crashed into the water near Denpasar/Bali while attempting to land. The aircraft’s fuselage broke into two parts.  While Indonesian officials reported the aircraft crashed short of the runway, reporters and photographers from Reuters and the Associated Press indicated that the plane overshot the runway.    All passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft and there were no fatalities.   On 6 August 2013, Lion Air Flight 892, a Boeing 737-800 (registration PK-LKH; c/n 37297) from Makassar to Gorontalo with 117 passengers and crew on board, hit a cow while landing at Jalaluddin Airport and veered off the runway.

On 1 February 2014, Lion Air Flight 361, a Boeing 737-900ER (registration PK-LFH; c/n 35710), from Balikpapan Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar/Bali via Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, with 222 passengers and crew on board, landed hard and bounced four times on the runway, causing a tail strike and substantial damage to the plane. There were no fatalities, but two passengers were seriously injured and three others had minor injuries.

On 20 February 2016, Lion Air Flight 263 from Balikpapan Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport to Juanda International Airport in Surabaya overran the runway on landing, with no injuries.  The National Transportation Safety Committee investigation into the incident found that failures in crew resource management led to improper landing procedures, and recommended that Indonesian airlines improve pilot training.

On 2 April 2017, about 300 litres of fuel spilled on the tarmac at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Pictures taken by passengers on board showed fuel pouring out of one of the aircraft’s wings.  Shortly after, all passengers were evacuated and the plane was grounded for further investigation. No casualties were reported. That same day a representative from Lion Air was summoned by the Indonesian Transport Ministry to clarify the incident. An early statement by a Lion Air representative said that the leak was caused by a non-functioning safety valve and overflow detector.

On 29 April 2018, Lion Air Flight 892, a 737-800 (registration PK-LOO), made a runway excursion at Jalaluddin Airport after landing under heavy rain conditions, resulting in the main nose gear to collapse.

So fly low-cost Third World and good luck.  You pay bus fares because you have bus drivers flying buses, serviced by apprentice mechanics.

The Lion Air Group of low-cost, low-safety airlines is made up of Lion Air, Batik Air and Wings Air (all based in Indonesia) in addition to Malaysian based Malindo Air and Thailand based Thai Lion Air.

Australia’s foreign affairs department has just announced that all government employees and contractors are banned from flying on any Lion Air flight anywhere.   Until June 2018, virtually all of Indonesia’s airlines were on the European Commission’s “Blacklist” meaning these carriers were unable to operate services to countries in the European Union.