ENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Indonesia Tells Airlines Not To Buy European Planes
Quote: JAKARTA (AFP)--Indonesia's transport minister has urged Indonesian airlines not to purchase European aircraft in response to a European Union ban on flights by the country's carriers, a report said Thursday.
"We do not need to buy aircraft from Europe as long as the flying ban stays unrevoked," Jusman Syafii Djamal was quoted as saying by news Web site Detikcom.
All 51 Indonesian airlines were banned in July from flying over the EU amid safety concerns following a series of deadly crashes in the Southeast Asian archipelago.
Djamal said the ban could force airlines to fly newly purchased European aircraft back to Indonesia before registering them, resulting in higher costs.
"If aircraft are purchased and registered as Indonesian (in Europe), we are worried the planes won't be able to fly to Indonesia because Indonesian airlines' aircraft are banned from flying over Europe," the minister said.
Indonesia has been incensed by the ban, which was imposed in July and extended last month. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week decided to postpone a planned visit to Europe early in 2008, with a spokesman citing the ban as the cause.
I doubt if the airliners will listen to the minister, but otherwise, good news for Boeing and Bombardier...
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 73 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
Anyone who is somewhat in the know about Indonesia and its government will understand that these comments are merely the work of yet another brainless government official who is extending the country's best tradition of blaming all its problems on external, preferably foreign sources. The only line that has so far come from the Indonesian government with respect to the European ban has been that it is not fair and that it is nothing but a foreign plot to undermine the Indonesian economy. Not once has the government acknowledged that serious problems continue to exist in the country's civil aviation industry, not only at the airline's level but also at the government level, which is responsible both for the regulation of the industry and for the organization of airport and air traffic control facilities.
As far as these comments go, it is unlikely that the local airlines are going to bother about it. The man, just like many of his counterparts in the Indonesian cabinet, is a joke and has no idea what he is talking about. His comments are destined for domestic consumption and will go down well with the uneducated masses.