History of Indonesia’s Lion Air blighted by deadly accident in 2004, near misses and poor management

Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air leapt from obscurity to global fame in 2011 when it ordered 230 Boeing planes worth a whopping US$22 billion, the US maker’s biggest ever deal, but it has been dogged by safety issues for years.
When co-founder Rusdi Kirana was asked months later if bank loans would be needed to finance the purchase, he told reporters at the 2012 Singapore Airshow: “I am the bank.”
Founded in 1999 by brothers Rusdi and Kusnan Kirani, the budget carrier began…