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Indonesian Aviation Seeking a European Stamp of Approval

November 19th Meeting of European Aviation Association will Decide If Current Safety Blacklisting for Indonesia to be Lifted.

(11/10/2007) Two important reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will be published in the coming days which will have a major impact on how safe the skies of Indonesia are viewed by the rest of the world.

Safety Audit of Four Airlines

On Monday, November 12, 2007, EASA is expected to announce the results of their safety audit involving four Indonesian airlines: Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast and Premi Air. Expected to contain recommendations for safety improvements for the four Indonesian airlines, the Government and the airlines involved have pledged to immediately act upon any recommendations from the EASA that will enhance air safety.

The Audit of the four airlines have been conducted by a European safety team that commenced work in Indonesia on November 5, 2007.

Removing Indonesian Aviation from the EU's Blacklist

Bisnis Indonesia reports the fate of the current "blacklisting" of Indonesian aviation by the European Union will be decided in a sitting of the European Aviation Commission scheduled to take place in Brussels on November 19, 2007. The Director General of Civil Aviation for Indonesia, Budhi Mulyawan Suyitno will be given 20 minutes to make the case for Indonesian air safety before delegates representing the EU's 27 members. It is not clear how soon after the November 19th meeting that the EU will announce its decision on the future banning of Indonesian aviation.

Indonesian aviation has been formally declared as unsafe by the EU since July 6, 2007 when all Indonesian registered aircraft were barred from entering European air space. The current prohibition by the EU affects 51 Indonesian air carriers.