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Indonesia plan to ban low-cost carrier operation regrettable Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonans plan to ban low-cost carrier operation in Indonesia is unfortunate as it will deprive consumers of cheap flight fares, said former Chairman of Indonesian Consumers Foundation Indah Sukmaningsih.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusnatara reaching a point of no return? NusaBali reports that the director-general of civil aviation from the Ministry of Transportation is warning that unless steps are urgently taken to rescue the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara, the company will fade into oblivion of its own accord.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2014 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines confirms 12 Indonesians aboard MH17 There were 12 Indonesians among 298 passengers, who boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 July 2014 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia forced to land due to bird ingestion An AirAsia flight from Ahmad Yani Airport, Semarang in Central Java bound for Singapore, was forced to return to the airport due to a bird hit. The plane had just taken off when one of the engines suffered a hit.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 May 2014 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LAPAN ready to develop pioneer aircraft The National Aeronautics and Aviation Agency (LAPAN) plans this year to develop pioneer N219 aircraft, thereby spearheading the development of the national aviation industry, noted a minister.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Temporary surcharge for airlines to be allowed Bisnis.com is reporting that Indonesian airlines will soon be able to impose a cost recovery surcharge to recoup losses they are suffering due to the weakening exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar.

Posted in Travel @ 03 January 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ngada district head named as suspect in airport blockade Police have named the Ngada District Head Marianus Sae as suspect in the blocking of Turelelo airport in the district on December 21. Based on questionings, the police suspected the Ngada district head of violating Article 421 of the 2009 Aviation Law by ordering other people to commit a criminal offense, he noted.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of† PT Angkasa Pura I †who†manage of Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Maintenance Facility receives EU recognition Indonesia`s aircraft maintenance company, PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recognition.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai airport cancels two flights due to haze Dumai city`s airport in Riau province cancels two flights here on Wednesday due to thick haze from the forest fire that hit the area, the airport management`s spokesman, Catur Hargowo, said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 June 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapan: 'Extreme weather conditions occurring in Indonesia' Indonesia`s National Aviation and Space Board (Lapan) said people may experience extreme weather conditions until mid-January as Indonesia`s skies continue to be covered by thick clouds.

Posted in Weather @ 09 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink purchases 25 ATR 72-600 planes Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, will be ordering an initial 25 ATR 72-600s with an option on an additional 25 aircraft as part of a deal with the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer that will supply aircraft, foreign pilots and maintenance technicians.

Posted in Travel @ 29 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to produce N-219 aircraft in 2014' Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta has stated that Indonesia will produce N-219 transport aircraft in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PTDI-Airbus military strengthen business partnership Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PTDI and Airbus Military have strengthened their business partnership through a variety of joint production programs that include long-term agreements between the two companies.

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport blames 15-year-old UPS unit for blackout Following the blackout in Jakarta International Airport Soekarno-Hatta on Sunday, December 16, the airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II blamed the 15-year-old Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) unit that is to be replaced in 2013.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crew that landed plane at wrong airport grounded The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has grounded the pilot and co-pilot of Sriwijaya Airlines flight SJ021 that landed at the wrong airport in Padang, West Sumatra on October 13, 2012. Bisnis.com reports that the flight landed at the Tabing Padang Airport in Padang when, in fact, it was scheduled to land at the nearby Minangkabau International Airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: N250 still the best Former vice president BJ Habibie said that N250 is still one of the best aircraft. On the sidelines of an open house on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr celebration at his residence on Jalan Patra Kuningan here on Sunday Habibie said the plane will be able to fly in the next five years with some design changes.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesian navies conduct joint exercise As many as 2,074 personnel from the Indonesian and US navies participated in a joint exercise organised here on Wednesday by the Eastern Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Agung Pramono.

Posted in Military @ 30 May 2012 12:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification process of air crash's victims complete The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team has completed the identification process of all remains of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100)`s victims.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2012 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi lost contact 12 minutes after take-off The transportation ministry in a press statement here on Friday said Sukhoi Superjet 100 took off at 2.21 p.m. local time from the Halim Perdanakusuma air force base in East Jakarta and lost contact 12 minutes later, at 2.33 p.m.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor village residents see Sukhoi plane before missing A number of Tapos I village, Tenjolaya sub district, Bogor district admitted that they saw the reported missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 flew over their village at around 15:00 pm on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesman: 'Missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 still being traced' Search for commercial aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 that was lost from radar monitoring on Wednesday is still ongoing, Indonesian Air Force head of public information sub-division Col. Agung Sasongko said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 May 2012 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy expels Malaysian plane An Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) patrol plane expelled a Royal Malaysian Air Force plane on Tuesday after it crossed into Indonesian territory over Karang Unarang in Ambalat waters off the coast of East Kalimantan.

Posted in Military @ 21 March 2012 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia airlines shows firm passenger growth Indonesian airlines are in a period of accelerated growth, despite the looming debt crisis that threatens aviation in Europe and the United States.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 01:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air working on new full-service airline Lion Air has announced plans to launch a full-service airline soon. A new company, PT Space Aviation Service, has been set up for this purpose already. The general director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, said that they were currently arranging licenses for the new company.

Posted in Travel @ 03 October 2011 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Helicopter crash in south-central Indonesia kills 2 Two people were killed on early Sunday afternoon when a helicopter chartered by a mining company crashed in south-central Indonesia, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 September 2011 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. pilot among three killed in small plane crash Papua A small aircraft crashed in a remote area in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua on Thursday afternoon, killing three people, including a U.S. national, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2011 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners missing after plane crash in Indonesia's Papua Two foreigners are missing after their small plane carrying supplies to a remote area crashed during bad weather conditions in Indonesia's Papua region on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 September 2011 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Warning for Lion Air, Batavia Air over delays Bisnis Indonesia reveals that the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has published on-time performance figures for Indonesian air carriers with Batavia Air and Lion Air earning "red card" results for managing to fly on schedule less than 70% of the time.

Posted in Travel @ 09 August 2011 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? (Part 2) While indications abound that Indonesiaís Mandala Airline may soon resume service, a definite announcement of return to commercial service remains elusive.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia sign expanded air agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows a 70% increase in air passengers between the two countries to 25,000 seats each week. A revised memorandum of understanding covering air rights was signed in July 2010.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2011 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawsuit for Lion Air by passenger with wheelchair A handicapped traveler has filed a lawsuit against Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air for alleged discriminatory treatment he suffered on a recent flight between Jakarta and Bali. Lion Air has yet to publicly comment on the suit.

Posted in Travel @ 08 July 2011 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU and Indonesia sign aviation agreement The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced that it had signed an aviation agreement with the Republic of Indonesia on Wednesday to boost future transportation development between both parties.

Posted in Politics @ 30 June 2011 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry says country needs multi-airport system Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday called for the country to develop multi-airport system to reduce density at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2011 05:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crews recover black box from Merpati plane crash site A search team on Sunday afternoon recovered the black box from a Merpati Nusantara Airlines passenger plane which crashed in the sea off Indonesia's West Papua province on Saturday, officials said. All 27 people on board were killed.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 May 2011 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to go public next year On the eve of what promises to be a lackluster launch to an initial public offering (IPO) by national carrier Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's largest airline, as measured by passenger volume, Lion Air has declared its aim to raise more than US$1 billion via its own IPO targeted for 2012. The move was announced by Rusdi Kirana, CEO of Lion Air

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2011 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two parties interested in buying Mandala Airlines At least two investors are preparing to take over PT Mandala Airlines which is currently experiencing a financial crisis. They are PT LCNC which is a lessor of aircraft and also PT Manunggal Sejati Group Sinarmas Group.

Posted in Travel @ 31 January 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia sign transport safety and security agreement Indonesia and Australia have signed a transport safety and security agreement, further reassuring their bilateral cooperation.

Posted in Politics @ 16 December 2010 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts once more The Mount Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday, it is the strongest in the five eruptions in the last two weeks, shooting ashes 5,000 metres into the air, but there is no report of casualties. The eruption sent hot ash rain toward south-east of Mount Sinabung, located in Karo district of North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2010 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda reports strong loads on new Amsterdam route Bisnis.com reports that three weeks into the re-launch of Garuda Indonesia's Jakarta-Amsterdam service load factors are running at 70%. The commercial director of Garuda, Agus Priyanto, predicts that load factors on the new European route will reach 80% in July.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 June 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger plane skids off runway in Indonesia A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flights to Dili from Bali Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.

Posted in Travel @ 31 March 2010 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot of Garuda plane crash free after court decision Marwoto Komar, the pilot convicted of criminal negligence in the death of 21 passengers, including 5 Australians, in the March 2007 crash landing of a Garuda Boeing 737 at Yogyakarta's airport, is a free man now that the appeal courts in Indonesia have quashed his conviction and a 2 year prison sentence.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 December 2009 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda invited to resume flights to the U.S.A. Bisnis Indonesia reports that the U.S. Government has invited Garuda Indonesia< to re-open its long-abandoned direct flights between the U.S.A. and Indonesia with assistance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Garuda terminated its flights to Los Angeles in mid-1998 that operated on a route that traveled in both directions between Jakarta - Bali - Biak - Honolulu - Los Angeles.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Operating licenses expired; Garuda cancels purchase of airlines Garuda Indonesia has abandoned plans to acquire either Linus Airways or Star Air following the formal revocation on July 26, 2009, of the operating licenses of the two air carriers by the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 July 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


EU lifts travel ban for some Indonesian carriers The European Union (EU) has lifted its restriction on four Indonesian air carriers from entering its territory, Director of Air Transport of Indonesian Transport Ministry Herry Bakti quoted EU ambassador to Indonesia Julian Wilson as saying here on Tuesday. The four carriers are leading carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast Indonesia and Prime Air, Bakti said. All of them have potential to open routes to Europe, according to the ministry.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2009 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda finalizing acquisition of Star Air Unsuccessful in their bid to reach an agreement that would allow the purchase of 100% of the shares of Linus Airways, the national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is reported to be near finalizing an agreement to purchase Star Air. Both Linus Airways and Star Air ceased operations in 2008. Garuda is seeking to purchase the operating licenses of an existing Indonesian carrier as a "fast track" solution to the lack of an airline operating license and other licenses needed for its low-cost subsidiary Citilink.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 20 June 2009 13:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia 'takes over' Darwin - Bali route from Garuda Indonesia Just days after Garuda Indonesia announced it would be abandoning its nearly three decades of service between Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and Bali, Indonesian Air Asia (IAA) have stepped up to the plate and declared their intentions to assume that route.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 May 2009 14:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspends operation of MD-90 planes Indonesian Transport Ministry has grounded all McDonnell Douglas MD-90 operated by budget airline of Lion Airline following two accidents in two weeks, Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said here Wednesday. The accidents came as Indonesia is struggling to improve air safety, expecting the European Union to lift its travel ban on Indonesia in March or July.

Posted in General @ 12 March 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU welcomes Indonesia's new aviation law The European Union on Thursday welcomed the adoption of a new Indonesian aviation law which introduces stricter safety regulations on Indonesian airliners. The EU has banned 51 Indonesian airliners, including leading carrier Garuda, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a series of air accidents that had claimed more than 300 lives.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2008 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fewer people flying domestic in Indonesia Uncertain oil prices and a worsening global financial crisis have prompted Indonesian aviation industry observers to project a potential downturn of between 10 and 15% in passenger totals in by year end 2008. Foreshadowing this downturn, only 23 million passengers were carried by Indonesian carriers through the end of September 2008. This compares with a total of 37 million passengers who flew in 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 29 November 2008 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU extends flight ban on Indonesian airlines The European Union (EU) has extended flight restriction on Indonesian airliners at its recent meeting in Brussels of Belgium, Indonesian Transport Ministry said here Tuesday. The group has forbidden all 51 Indonesian airliners, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a rampant air accidents that claimed more than 300 of lives.

Posted in General @ 26 November 2008 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transport Minister: 'Indonesian airlines will not collapse' The Department of Transportation is working closely with the national aviation industry to anticipate the negative effects of the current global economic crisis. According to the Minister of Communication, Jusman Syafii Djamal, national airlines may eventually encounter difficulties in securing aircraft leases and insurance as the result of a continuing economic downturn. "Fortunately," the Minister added, "the price of fuel is reducing. In addition, while the price of leasing aircraft is increasing, the lease contracts for most national airlines will not expire in the near future."

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2008 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia launches inaugural flight to Singapore The inaugural flight of AirAsia Indonesia landed at Singapore's Changi Airport Thursday, making it the third airline to start operations in Singapore this year. Aboard the flight from Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province, was the carrier's chief executive officer, Dharmadi, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2008 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four airlines seeking traffic rights to Indonesia Four foreign airlines have declared their interest in commencing scheduled flight services to Indonesia: Shanghai Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), Aeroflot (Russia) and Mohan Air (Iran). A Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, confirmed to Bisnis Indonesia that his office has received formal applications for traffic rights in Indonesia by the afore mentioned airlines.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2008 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government orders AirAsia to assign seat number to passengers Indonesian AirAsia was recently scolded by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, who told the low cost airline to start assigning seat numbers on the airline's boarding passes. According to the Indonesian aviation official, the pre-assignment of seats is needed to help identify passengers in the event of an air accident.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2008 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesia still on airline blacklist from EU The European Commission added the west African state of Gabon to its airline safety blacklist on Thursday and maintained a ban on all Indonesian airlines flying to the European Union in the latest update. Safety experts from all 27 EU states called for the Indonesian ban to be upheld after meetings with airlines Garuda, Mandala and Air Fast and with local aviation authorities.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2008 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia pilot goes on trial for 'crashing plane' An Indonesian pilot has gone on trial accused of deliberately causing a deadly airliner crash, the first time a pilot has been charged over an aviation disaster in the country. Marwoto Komar, who faces a life sentence if he is convicted, said nothing as his trial began in the central Javanese city of Yogyakarta on Thursday. Indonesian courts do not require the accused to make a formal plea.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2008 09:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most likely more flights between Singapore and Bali The government says it will add 350,00 seats each year on the air segment between Singapore and Bali in order to meet growing demand and sustain ambitious official tourism targets.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 April 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines seeks compensation from Airbus Tempo Interaktif reports that Mandala Airlines is negotiating with Airbus Industries regarding the increased cost of purchasing airplanes produced in the European Union (EU), an additional cost estimated at US$250,000 or around 2.3 billion Rupiah per aircraft.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2008 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU continues its blacklist of Indonesian aviation Long-awaited reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that could have cleared the way for the lifting of the current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation have now been published. While noting improvements have been made in aviation safety, EASA decided to leave the current ban in place, saying much remains to be done before the skies of the Republic can be declared "safe" for European travelers.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala offers more connections from new Bali air hub Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced three new routes from their new secondary air hub of Bali with the addition of Denpasar-Jogjakarta, Denpasar-Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) and Denpasar-Balikpapan (Kalimantan) - effective October 1, 2007.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi sends aviation watchdog to Indonesia Officials of Saudi Arabia's aviation watchdog arrived in Indonesia Monday to begin inspections of local airlines concerning their safety record after the European Union recently denied entry of all Indonesian airlines. Personnel from the General Authority Civil Aviation (GACA) visited the Transportation Ministry's compound here and were received by director general of civil aviation Budhi Suyitno.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2007 18:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to observe conditions of Indonesian airlines Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafei Jamal said that observers from the European Union will take a direct look at the condition of Indonesian airlines in connection with it's ban on airplanes from Indonesia from flying to it's airspace. "They will send a team to Indonesia but they also asked us to send them first five kinds of documents on Indonesia`s aviation," the minister said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2007 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces new airline ban in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has said it is considering a ban on Indonesian airlines from flying to the country for safety reasons. This news comes just after a newly instated ban in the European Union was announced for similar reasons. That ban came after two major air accidents in the archipelago earlier this year.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2007 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Safety ratings for Indonesian airlines The Indonesian Department of Transportation has issued its the results of its scheduled re-audit of safety and air worthiness for all commercial air operators in Indonesia, following an initial audit in March 2007 which failed to see even a single domestic air carrier receive a "clean pass" Category I rating.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2007 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia revokes licenses for four unsafe airlines Indonesia has revoked licenses of four airlines and has suspended five others in an effort to improve safety following a series of crashes and other accidents, told the Ministry of Transport. Last March, the government released the results of an audit on the safety standards of local airlines. That found that none of them fully complied with Civil Aviation regulations on safety.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2007 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Airports do not meet international safety standards Only half of Indonesia's 19 major airports comply with international safety standards. This was said by a top government transport official yesterday The statement further fuels fears about the national aviation industry. Just one day after the United States advised it's residents not to use Indonesian airlines after a series of deadly accidents the official said that some airports were lacking proper runways and air traffic control systems.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 12:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda jet that crashed was flying far too fast The Indonesian passenger jet that crashed one month ago was flying with speeds up to 425 km/hour, almost double the normal landing speed. The crash killed 21 of the 140 people aboard. This was told by the chief investigator earlier today. A preliminary report had not yet determined however, if it was the pilot that caused the Boeing 737-400 to overshoot the runway, according to Marjono Siswosuwarno.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 April 2007 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Garuda Indonesia to buy 25 new Boeing 737-800 planes Garuda Indonesia has signed a deal with Boeing to buy 25 737-800 planes with a total value of around US$ 1 billion. This was announced by the chief executive of the airline earlier today. It is aiming to replace it's aging fleet. Emirsyah Satar didn't give an exact value of the deal, but he told at a news conference that new passenger planes of this type are typically priced between US$35 and 40 million.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2007 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Six airlines given three months to improve The Transport Ministry has given three months time to six airlines to improve safety standards of face closure. The six airlines that were placed in the warning list are Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Jatayu, Batavia, Trans Wisata Air and Dirgantara. Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the director general of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry, said that an audit of 54 aviation firms revealed that not one of them made it to the first of three classes.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airline ratings to be announced this week The government will announce the results of an audit on Indonesia's airliners this week, as was told by the general aviation chief earlier today. The audit came after immense pressure to improve air safety following a series of accidents in the last months.The team, set up by the government to evaluate transport safety, has recommended that airliners found to have violated safety regulations to be closed.

Posted in General @ 20 March 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Airliners may be shut down after accidents The Indonesian government may close airliners after a series of accidents that killed hundreds of people, this was said by Vice President Jusuf Kalla yesterday. "Whoever can not meet the regulations will face sanction, including the liquidation of the company," Kalla told a press briefing at his office in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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