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Garuda : No Thanks Linus Airways and Star Air

Linus Airways and Star Air No Longer Attractive as Acquisition Targets for Garuda Indonesia.

(7/22/2009) Garuda Indonesia has abandoned plans to acquire either Linus Airways or Star Air following the formal revocation on July 26, 2008, of the operating licenses of the two air carriers by the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation.

The CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, said any thoughts of acquiring Linus Airways disappeared when that airline's route permits were recently yanked by the government. Emirsyah commented: "Linus acquisition is cancelled. Their licenses are revoked, why would Garuda want to acquire them?"

According to Bisnis Indonesia, Garuda was considering a 100% purchase of the shares of Linus or Star Air as a means to pave the way for a fast track acquisition of needed operating permits and licenses for Garuda's low-cost subsidiary Citilink.

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