Afghanistan's Ariana Afghan Airlines appears to face a bleak future and "could be days from collapse due to corruption, mismanagement and a crippling aircraft leasing arrangement that has drowned the struggling carrier in debt,"
Ariana's safety department has given certification to mechanics and pilots in exchange for bribes as little as $200. The airline's maintenance department also is said to have 500 people on its payroll but only 30 working. Or consider that Ariana employs 1,800 but flies only seven planes.
Ariana is blacklisted from flying to European Union countries because of safety concerns; it mostly flies to the United Arab Emirates, India, and Turkey. U.S. Embassy and United Nations employees are also banned from flying the airline due to safety concerns.
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