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Salary for 1,400 Merpati employees delayed by eight months About 300 employees of Merpati Nusantara Airlines staged a rally outside the State Enterprises Ministry on Tuesday demanding the payment of pending eight-month salary to 1,400 employees of the cash-strapped carrier.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 22:42 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


US grant of F-16 fighter jets to arrive in October The first batch of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which are a grant from the United States, is expected to arrive in Indonesia in October, according to Indonesia Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2014 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


T50i fighter jets strengthen Indonesian Air Force Indonesias Air Force (TNI AU) has been strengthened by new fighter jets T 50i Golden Eagle made in South Korea.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2014 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military to have Apache combat helicopters The Indonesian army will be strengthened with 8 units of AH-64 Apache AH-64 combat helicopter, Army Chief of Staff General Budiman said. The helicopters would be delivered by phases starting next year until 2017, Budiman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 24 January 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 23 June 2013 20:18 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


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


US offers 24 F-16 fighters in grant to Indonesia The US has offered to provide additional F-16 fighter jets to Indonesia through a grant, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Wednesday. He noted that the offer was made when the defense ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, visited the United States last week.

Posted in Military @ 15 August 2012 22:53 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


Lawmaker urges govt to give sanction to Lion Air The government should sanction local airline company PT Lion Air due to drug problems involving a number of its pilots, according to member of parliament from Commission IX Muhammad Firdaus.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 February 2012 14:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consumer group wants drug test voor all aircrew The National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) has urged the Transportation Ministry to subject all airline crews in the country to narcotic drug tests to prevent the recurrence of the recent meth-consuming pilot case.

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 7 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


Pilot strike looming for Garuda Indonesia The Pilots Association for Garuda Indonesia (APG), representing 80% of the Indonesian Cockpit crew of the national air carrier, has announced its intention to go on strike commencing Thursday, July 28, 2011. , Jeffrey Ticoalu, representing the APG, said 

"we are announcing today that we will go on a strike on July 28, starting from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2011 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia needs 120 new pilots each year Garuda Indonesia airlines needs at least 120 new pilots per year. These new pilots are for manning the fleet which continues to grow and to replace retired pilots. As stated by Garuda Indonesia's vice president of Flight Operations, Capt. S Samad.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 April 2011 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda'sdesperate need for more pilots Bisnis.com reports that the national airline Garuda needs more than 600 pilots to meet its current shortfall in cockpit staff. The corporate secretary for Garuda's Pilot Association (APG), Josias Pontonuwu, said the need for more pilots is tied to the airlines new aircraft and new routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 July 2010 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD-90 in Batam landing incident A Lion Air Boeing MD-90 late yesterday landed at Batam airport without its front landing gear extended, resulting in damage to the undercarriage and the airport having to be closed. The Indonesian airline's general director, Edward Sirait, says the MD-90, local registration PK-LIO, was on a domestic flight from Medan to Batam when the crew discovered the aircraft's front landing gear was unable to be deployed.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 February 2009 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's new Boeing aircraft begin to arrive Garuda's fleet of new Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft have begun to arrive in Indonesia from their production plant in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.). Quoted by Tempo Interaktif, the CEO of the Airline, Emirsyah Satar said on Thursday, July 17th, "one unit arrives on Friday and another one next month."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 July 2008 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots resign from Garuda Indonesia Over 70 pilots from Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national flag carrier - have resigned so far this year. They say poor working conditions and low salaries are the cause, according to the head of the airline's union. Most of the pilots have accepted more lucrative packages by other regional airlines, of which some are planning expansions of their fleets.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 May 2007 02:47 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


Landing speed key factor in Yogyakarta plane crash The Garuda passenger yet that crashed earlier this month killing 21, was landing with a speed much higher than normal. This was said by the chief inspector on Saturday. The plane with 140 people on board overshot the runway at Adi Sucipto airport of Yogyakarta. It crashed in rice fields and bust into flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2007 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flight recorder forwarded to U.S. The so-called 'black box' - or flight recorder - from the Garuda Indonesia passenger plane that crashed on the airport of Yogyakarta city last week, has been send to the United States after the Australian experts failed to retrieve the most vital data. This was told by an investigator on Monday. A team of Australians worked on the two flight recorders over the weekend, but they were not able to retrieve the cockpit voice recordings. Other information had been retrieved successfully however.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 March 2007 04:05 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


Indonesia to be allowed access to militant Hambali Indonesia will be allowed to interrogate an alleged Asian terrorist chief being held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a police spokesman said Saturday. U.S. officials had previously refused Indonesian investigators access to Hambali, also known as Riduan Ismaddin, because they said doing so could compromise their own investigation of his activities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 February 2007 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Indonesia plans to sell national airline Reports from Indonesia say the government is planning to sell its struggling state airline, Garuda. Kompas newspaper has quoted the minister for state enterprises, Sugiharto, as saying that Garuda is planning an initial public offering in 2009. However, he added the process may be sped up so that investors can enter as early as next year.

Posted in Economy @ 30 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increasing problems for Phuket Air in UK Phuket Air logoA cut-price Thai holiday airline has been banned from flying to Britain after a safety scare during April in which passengers staged a rebellion when they saw fuel leaking from a wing. Phuket Air, which was used by several leading tour operators including Kuoni and Thomson Holidays, has had its operating licences suspended in Britain and its other European destination, the Netherlands.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German runs 'renegade' tsunami relief effort A 31-year-old German is using two utility turboprop jets belonging to his business to ferry medical aid to the Indonesian town of Meulaboh, among the worst-hit in tsunami- bludgeoned Sumatra. The two planes Christian von Strombeck bought last year to transport seafood from the coasts of southern Java to his factory in Jakarta and his three Indonesian pilots have been flying eight hours a day since 28 December, primarily ferrying medical aid from Medan.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts building refugee camps The United Nations said Wednesday that camps for up to 500,000 tsunami refugees will be built on devastated Sumatra island, while world leaders headed to Indonesia to discuss how to distribute billions of dollars in aid. Indonesia's government has started breaking ground on four camps around Banda Aceh, the main city in northern Sumatra, where an estimated 1 million people were left homeless by the tsunami. The United Nations plans to provide tents and equipment for up to 500,000, said Michael Elmquist, who heads the U.N. relief effort in Aceh.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia struggles to aid stricken coast Military pilots struggled to drop food into cliff-rimmed villages Thursday along the ravaged coast of Sumatra, where towns strewn with bloating corpses remained isolated for a fifth day after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. UNICEF estimated 60 percent of this provincial capital was destroyed, along with severe damage across the northwest coast, a stretch of about 250 kilometers (155 miles).

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights disrupted as haze worsens in Jambi Increasing smoke and haze from bush and forest fires in the past week around Jambi city have disrupted flights and led to respiratory problems among residents. M. Sidabutar, the head of Sultan Thaha Airport Management, said on Monday that the worsening haze had decreased pilot visibility so many flights in and out of Jambi had to be delayed. "We have informed Jakarta and other airports in order to delay flights to Jambi as the haze thickened this morning," said Sidabutar.

Posted in Weather @ 07 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American companies feel impact boycotts Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Coke and Pepsi.

Posted in General @ 08 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilots cancel strike at last minute Pilots at state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a strike that was set to start Tuesday following a last-minute government intervention, a union spokesman said. It was the second time in a month that the pilots union has dropped plans to strike in its dispute with Garuda over wages. But the union on Tuesday insisted a strike remained an option if the company fails to meet their demands for salary hikes of up to three times their current levels.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 11 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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