Friday, September 12, 2008

EU to audit three Indonesian airliners


JAKARTA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- A team of auditors from the European Union will visit three Indonesian airliners for a move expected to relax an earlier EU decision that bans all 51 Indonesian airliners from flying the region, according to local press on Monday,

The three airliners include flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airline which recently signed a deal on the purchase of 24Airbus planes and charter company Prime Air that has many European customers, reported leading news website Detikcom.

Garuda executives met Monday with the Transportation Ministry officials to discuss the planned audit later this week.

"We will be open, and give information to the audit team," Garuda spokesman Pujobroto said after the meeting.

The European Commission (EC) decided in July to ban all Indonesian airlines, including national flag carrier Garuda, from flying the 27-nation bloc due to safety concerns, following a number of deadly air disasters across Indonesia earlier this year.

(news.xinhuanet.com)

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