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...
EDIT: Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/Ne...2200021DOWJONESDJONLINE000008.htm&
[Edited 2007-12-20 01:59:03]