In­done­sia air­lines cleared to fly to US

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

IN­DONE­SIAN air­lines have been cleared to fly to the United States after reg­u­la­tors there scrapped a nearly decade-long ban im­posed for safety rea­sons, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

US trans­port of­fi­cials said in a let­ter In­done­sia’s avi­a­tion sec­tor had met in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and its safety rat­ing had ac­cord­ingly been up­graded.

In­done­sian car­ri­ers were banned from fly­ing to the US in 2007 after the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion down­graded their safety rat­ing.

The re­stric­tions fol­lowed a se­ries of ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing fa­tal crashes by state-owned Garuda.

Crashes have con­tin­ued since 2007, in­clud­ing the loss of 162 lives aboard an AirAsia flight in late 2014.

But the FAA said In­done­sia’s ef­forts to im­prove its over­sight sys­tem had re­sulted in “pos­i­tive find­ings” dur­ing a safety as­sess­ment ear­lier this year.

Garuda is ex­pected to start di­rect flights to the US next year, ex­pand­ing its long-haul in­ter­na­tional net­work which in­cludes des­ti­na­tions like Lon­don and Am­s­ter­dam.

The air­line in April or­dered 14 new-gen­er­a­tion Air­bus planes for US$4 bil­lion. –

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