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Government Issues Latest Airline Safety Rankings

Little Changes in Government's View of Safety and Security Among Indonesian Carriers.

(3/30/2008) As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

In an announcement made by the Director General of Civil Aviation, Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the Nation's aviation regulators confirmed that while improvements are being made in the areas of airline safety and security, none of the results warrant a change in category.

The only exception to the status quo in the latest safety review is that Adam Air has been taken off the list for violation of numerous safety regulations. As reported on Balidiscovery.com, the low-cost carrier Adam Air has halted all operations. [See: Adam Air Gets it Wings Clipped]

Category I Operators

At present 7 airlines have earned a "Category I" rating from the government: Garuda Indonesia Merpati Nusantara Airlines Indonesia Air Asia Lion Air Wings Air Mandala Air Batavia Air

Category II Operators

The 12 airlines operating under a cautionary Category II rating are: Sriwijaya Air Pelita Air Service Trigana Air Kartika Air Travel Express Aviation Riau Airlines Trans Wisata Prima Aviation Express Trans Antar Benua Republik Ekspres Air Megantara TriMG Air Manunggal Air Service.

Air Operating Certificates

The Government has issued AOC 135 certification to 6 charter operators: Airfast Travira Air Indonesia Air Transport Pelita Airlines National Utility Helicopter Premi Air.