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Recently on the way back from my holidays in Bali I took a flight from
Denpasar to Jakarta with Adam Air. I've heard about these relatively new
airlines from several friends who all mentioned that they have a brand new
aircrafts and are authorized to fly to Singapore. It sounded extremely good
especially considering the one way tickets price of Rp. 295.000,- which was
just a bit higher than offer from the cheapest "metro-mini" style
none-budget carrier Lion Air. The offer seem to be so good that base on my
experience of living in Indonesia for several years, I immediately started
thinking that this is just too good and there must be something wrong.

Anyway, I decided to try my luck and fly with Adam Air and apparently many
other passengers thought the same, as the flight was totally booked ?
Comparable to Garuda flight which had almost no passengers.

When boarding Adam Air, I immediately noticed that the Boeing 737-400
aircraft had engine cover scratched everywhere, wings were all dirty and had
broken paint in several places, door also looked very old and far from my
expectations of the brand new airplane. Nevertheless, I decided to test the
level of my fear of flying and get on the plane. Just for the record I noted
the airplane registration code PK-KKI (see Table of Adam Air as follows below).
When arrived in Jakarta I looked up the airplane code in the database
and the "brand new" aircraft that I was flying apparently had its first
flight on 10th December 1988, thus being 17 years old age aircraft, which if
compared humans, the airplane would be in its late forties. In its long life
the mentioned airplane also traveled a lot as it was previously
used by Sahara India Airlines, Sierra National Airlines and Air Belgium
(first owner), thus having pretty much interesting life as an aircraft.

Now a question arises if I had a bad lack to fly with the only old airplane
in Adam Air's fleet or actually the fleet is not as new as I've expected.

Following my curiosity I prepared a Table of Adam Air owned aircrafts
providing the age of each aircraft :

Registration Aircraft First flight date Aircraft Age
(Danger !)
PK-KKF 737-200 12-02-1980 26
PK-KKN 737-200 21-03-1980 25
PK-KKQ 737-200 16-01-1981 25
PK-KKJ 737-200 03-02-1982 24
PK-KKL 737-200 12-04-1984 21
PK-KKE 737-300 31-08-1987 18
PK-KKP 737-200 31-05-1988 17
PK-KKH 737-400 11-07-1988 17
PK-KKU 737-300 04-08-1988 17
PK-KKI 737-400 10-12-1988 17
PK-KKD 737-400 22-12-1988 17
PK-KKR 737-300 09-01-1989 17
PK-KKS 737-400 28-01-1989 17
PK-KKT 737-400 05-09-1989 16
PK-KKG 737-400 07-01-1991 15
PK-KKC 737-400 09-01-1992 14
PK-KKA 737-500 10-06-1997 08 [only 1 (one) aircraft rather safe ?]

the other aircraft above "safety" are questioned ?

Looking at that I feel I was actually lucky as the 17 years old aircraft I
had a pleasure to fly with is actually very new if compared to another
Aircraft used by Adam Air registered as PK-KKN (KKN is actually one of the
most popular acronyms in Indonesia originated from Korupsi-Kolusi-Nepotisme)
which at a current date is 25 years old.

Comparable to human age this aircraft would be in its late seventies and
probably already having one spot booked at the graveyard.

Base on the table above we can also calculate an average age of the Adam
Air's fleet, which is 18 years. Actually, there was only one airplane that
was less than 10 years old and if I'm not mistaken that must be the Adam Air
aircraft authorized to land in Singapore.

Clearly, many passengers chose Adam Air airlines thinking about the new
airplanes, when actually the fleet is full of refurbished aircrafts with
only one relatively new aircraft which is used by Adam Air marketing team to
create an image or rather mirage (khayalan belaka), of having fleet of new

Maybe Adam's Air definition of "new" is somehow only for local Indonesian
definition, thus I might have wrong perspective. To verify that I compared
age of major Indonesian airlines and came up with the following statistics
of Indonesian aircraft carriers average age of the fleet :

Garuda Indonesia - Age 10.0 years
Lion Air - Age 17.3 years
Adam Air - Age 18.1 years
Awair - Age 18.8 years
Merpati - Age 21.6 years
Batavia - Age 23.4 years
Sriwijaya Air - Age 23.5 years
Mandala Airlines - Age 23.9 years
Bouraq Indonesia Airlines - Age 25.1 years

Shocking ! With 18 years old fleet of elderly aircrafts Adam Air comes on
the third position of the newest aircraft fleet in Indonesia. Garuda
Indonesia leads with 10 years old fleet.

Another great surprise is that none-budget carried Lion Air comes second
with just a little over 17 years old fleet ? that is almost half older fleet
than Garuda Indonesia.

The list is closed by Bouraq Indonesian Airlines which with 25 years old
fleet gives me an idea of a Fear Factor stunt-man "Flight with Bouraq" for
trial & error-test of flying phobia (penyakit ketakutan / gamang).

Mandala Airlines comes second from the end.

Having Mandala Airlines so low in the list reminds me about the Mandala's
Boeing 737- 200 crash on 05th September 2005 which resulted in total body
count almost 150. At the date of incident the PK-RIM aircraft was almost 24
years in service.

For comparison the Lion Air's McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 airplane that crashed
in Solo Airport on 30th November 2004 at the date of incident that resulted
in 25 fatalities was 20 years in service. At last report, it had accumulated
56,674 flight hours and 43,940 landings !
I somehow think that it's not just a coincidence that the aircraft that
crashed were at least 20 years old.

To compare that to the foreign airlines, I checked the average age of fleet
of pervious owners of the Adam Air's PK-KKI aircraft I was flying with.
Blue Panorama Airlines : Age of the fleet - 11.6 years
Sahara India Airlines : Age of the fleet - 10.5 years

Interesting, 11.6 years and 10.5 years which I think proves that both
airlines found this plane too old to operate, while Adam Air management
thinks operating 17 years old aircraft is perfectly fine ?. --> SNOBBISH ! But

Browsing through recent newspapers I've found several articles that will be
a good conclusion for this post.

The first one comes from The Jakarta Post (dated 11th February 2006) :

An Adam Air Boeing 737-300 plane serving the Jakarta-Makassar route was
forced to make an emergency landing Saturday at the small Tambulaka Airport
in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, a spokesperson for Adam Air said.

The plane took off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at
6:20 a.m. with 145 passengers on board. It was scheduled to land at
Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar at 9:25 a.m. local time, Suwandi, Adam Air
supervisor for Makassar, said. There is a one hour time difference between
Jakarta and Makassar.

However, navigational problems caused pilot Tri Tuniogo to lose contact with
the destination airport, he said. The plane was later found to have landed
at Tambolaka at 9:45 a.m. local time.

"No one was hurt in the incident," Didik, Adam Air's public relations
officer for Jakarta, said, adding that the emergency landing was made due to
bad weather. "As to whether it was a storm or heavy rain that forced the
pilot to land - we remain uninformed," he said.
Ok, so there was a bad weather and airplane had to land. Nothing unusual,
right ? Until you read the follow-up published on the Valentine's day.

The Ministry of Transportation considers that Adam Air committed a serious
violation when operating a plane still required for "evidence" following a
serious incident affecting the navigation system of the plane. "That is a
serious violation and the first ever committed by an airline in
The Adam Air management needs to be examined in connection with it," the
Ministry's Director General of Air Transportation, Iksan Tatang, said replying
a reporter's question here on Monday.
Adam Air's Boeing 737-300 aircraft with flight number DHI728 had made an
emergency landing at Tambolaka airstrip in West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara,
after wandering for three hours due to a navigation system failure on its
way from Jakarta to East Nusa Tenggara with The Director General said the
plane should not have been flown pending an examination by the National
Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT) and the Directorate of
Airworthiness Certification.

That's interesting. Previously it was a bad weather and now it is a
navigation system failure. Huh ?

I think the real story came up only because of the serious violation
committed by Adam Air.

FYI two of my friends flight with Lion Air from Manado and airplane had
serious malfunction to the extent that stewardess ordered everyone to wear a
life vest.

Fortunately flight finished without fatalities and nothing appeared in
news --> Probably thanks to the KKN acronym I've mentioned before.

You probably wonder how old was that Boeing 737-300 which got navigation
system failure
acka landed because of bad weather ? Looking at the age of
Adam Air's 737- 300 fleet, the plane must be at least 17 years in service.

That is probably 3 years too short to have this small incident resulting in
fatalities and adding another Indonesian airplane crash to the list.

Looking at the whole picture, I predict there will be at least one
Indonesian aircraft crash before the end of this year 2006
. Thus, have a
nice flight everyone !