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Indonesia to Ban Boeing 737-200s

Older Aircraft Considered by Less Safe and Not Economically Efficient.

(10/2/2005) Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, M. Hatta Rajasa has confirmed that the Government will soon ban the use of Boeing 737-200 aircraft while, at the same time, revising its rules on the maximum age of aircraft permitted to be used for civil aviation.

Under the terms of the new rules some four B-737-200 aircraft and one Fokker 28 MK 400 must be withdrawn form service before December 7, 2005.

The new rules governing the use of Indonesia's domestic air armada of 198 planes specifically forbids the use of aircraft older than 35 years since manufacture or for planes that have done more than 70,000 landing and take-off cycles. The same regulations forbid the registration of used aircrafts purchased abroad for use in Indonesia that have done more than 50,000 operational cycles.

According to figures published in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, there are currently 4 aircraft operating commercially in Indonesia that are between 30-35 years old, and another 44 planes that are aged between 25-29 years.

According to the press report, a Boeing executive recently recommended the phasing out of service of B-737-200 aircraft because the older planes were no longer economically efficient to operate.