Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Antara, Surabaya |Thu, 07/03/2008 4:33 PM
The Indonesian Navy has ordered two maritime patrol aircraft and one CN 212-400 plane from the country's aircraft industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI).
"The number of naval aircraft we have is still small and therefore we will continue to increase it," Navy chief of staff Admiral Sumardjono said here on Thursday.
He said he would continue to improve the naval armament system including aircraft and warships through transfer-of-technology deals with other countries.
"The oldest aircraft we have at present were made in the 1980s but we will continue to rejuvenate our fleet," Sumardjono said, adding that only airworthy planes would be operated.
Meanwhile, the head of the Navy's Aviation Center, Admiral Sumartono, said the Navy now had a total of 68 airplanes of various types but only 48 of them were serviceable.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wed Jul 2, 2008 7:37am BST
JAKARTA, July 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia's transport ministry grounded five small airlines this week because they did not meet safety standards, a ministry official said on Wednesday.
The transport ministry gave Helizona, SMAC, Asco Nusa Air, Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines and Dirgantara Air Service three months to meet minimum safety standards, Budi Mulyawan Suyitno, director general of air transportation, said. "Those airlines, with small planes for rent, didn't meet safety standards," Suyitno said. "If within three months they don't show any improvement we will revoke their air operator's certificate."
Suyitno said this move was part of an on-going process to improve the the safety standards of Indonesian airlines.
In March, Indonesian budget carrier Adam Air, which has suffered a series of accidents and defaulted on debt payments, had its flights grounded over safety concerns.
Indonesia's airline industry has grown rapidly in the past decade following liberalisation, with the launch of new players and a wider choice of routes across the sprawling archipelago.
However, the world's fourth-most populous country has suffered a string of airline disasters in recent years, raising concerns about safety standards and prompting the European Union to ban all Indonesian airlines from its airspace.
In January 2007, an Adam Air plane crashed into the sea off Sulawesi island, with all 102 people on board presumed dead. In March 2007 a Garuda plane carrying 140 people on board skidded off the Yogyakarta runway, killing 21 people.
(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Sugita Katyal and Valerie Lee)