Well, I have been asked many times by various people the following “Is it safe ah? Low cost you know? I heard the maintenance all ah, so so only”. And in one of the blogs, someone asked “Eh, I heard even the baggage handler can be pilot, how can? I hope they get only the good people lar”
So, what do you think? Having flown for the national airline, national cargo carrier, and now with my life in the Asian Budget Airline of the year 2008, I can safely say one thing – only the business model is low cost lar!
To start an airline, one must first obtain an AOC – Air Operator Certificate which is issued by the respective Civil Aviation Authorities. All airline operators, cargo, passenger, low cost, HIGH cost have to meet the same rigid requirements before such a certificate is issued. Operators must meet rigid maintenance practices, flight crew training, and other safety aspects before obtaining such a certificate.
The aircraft maintenance engineers and pilots hold the same professional license as issued by the same Civil Aviation Authority – there is NO LOW COST LICENSE!!! The flight attendants also have to go through the same training as those in the full fledge airlines. In fact, having been through the training where I am now, I realize that being a low cost carrier, we are under the spotlight most of the time as the civil aviation authority does not want us to cut corners where training is concerned, with that, I have to say, somehow, we are more thorough with our training for the engineers, pilots, as well as flight attendants.
For those of you who are worried that we are taking in everyone to fly – bear in mind, to obtain a professional pilot license, the local authorities do have their own criteria – and again, there is only one professional pilot license – there is NO LOW COST CREW!!! The guy who made it as a pilot met all the academic requirements – we are not that LOW COST lar 😛
So there you go – the business model is low cost (I would prefer to say, cost effective), but the safety aspect is NOT as there is no LOW COST to safety. If you want to know what low cost business model is – visit Tony’s blog:)
Flying commercial since 1992…