Gallery 6: More Viva Macau
A few more pictures from the webmaster's next adventure: Viva Macau. Viva was a short lived airline based in Macau, providing Boeing 767 service from there to cities in Australia, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. For the staff, Viva was a near perfect airline: great destinations, great schedules, great management, and great people to work with. For the customer, there were great prices, on-time departures, and friendly service at every turn.
Viva Macau was subject to one of the world's most corrupt, opaque, and monopoly-loving governents. Below is a cautionary lesson to anyone considering working for or investing in Macau!
Viva Macau was forced to lease its right to fly "sub concession" from Air Macau (partially owned and controlled by Air China), and fight tooth-and-nail for everything it needed to conduct business. Macau's Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Lau Si Io, ordered Air Macau to cancel the sub concession, forcing Viva Macau to cease operations. There was no due process, no appeal, and no legal recourse of any kind. Macau's government also abrupty canceled the work permits of foreign employees - effectively kicking them out of the country. In the press, there was biased reporting with a tone of finality regarding the Viva Macau sutdown - a deliberate posture supporting the government's actions.
With great satisfaction, the former employees and investors of Viva Macau witnessed hearings starting May 30, 2012 in which the crorrupt Air Macau and Lau Si Io were forced to explain, in public, their corporate execution of Viva Macau.
Interestingly, Macau's former Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Ao Man Long, was convicted on May 31, 2012 on NINE counts of bribe taking and money laundering. Both Secretaries have followed a pattern of abusing their authority "at the expense of public interests and regardless of the established official procedures." Ao's sentence totaled 417 years, but he was given a term of only 29 years to actually serve.
Blues performer Jimy Graham penned a song after the shutdown, titled "Viva Macau Blues" and performed in Macau's Roadhouse pub. Click on the link below to hear Jimy's amusing rendition on April 23, 2010.
Jimy Graham: Viva Macau Blues
The people of Viva Macau have since scattered around the world, settling into other airlines, other careers, and in some cases - retirement. The webmaster went to a Chinese airline and continues his quest for a prosperous, stable, and sane place to fly...