JAKARTA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now lifted the ban on flying Boeing 737 Max aircraft which previously had accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Even so, Garuda Indonesia did not want to rush to operate the aircraft immediately.
“We have one unit (Boeing 737 Max 8). Flying the Boeing 737 Max 8 that is currently in Indonesia is not a priority,” said Garuda Indonesia President Director Irfaniaputra in a video conference, Tuesday (15/12).
Irfan confirmed that currently, Garuda Indonesia was still grounding the plane. He said that Garuda Indonesia still complied with the aviation authority in Indonesia, namely the Ministry of Transportation.
He added that currently Garuda Indonesia is still negotiating with Boeing. Regarding the pending order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 units. “I do this while waiting for the authorities in Indonesia to give a positive signal,” said Irfan.
Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air have Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft
Two airlines in Indonesia Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air have Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Although the FAA has lifted the ban on flying Boeing 737 Max, the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) emphasizes that Indonesia has its own rules.
“For Indonesia, we have rules, a procedure that is carried out which is recorded in the laws and regulations,” said Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Novie Riyanto in a video conference of the 2019-2020 INACA General Meeting of Members (RUA), Thursday (19/11).
To fly the plane back, Novie said airlines need to do things that are regulated in the relevant regulations. Novie emphasized that even though the FAA has lifted the ban, airlines in Indonesia will not automatically be able to operate the Boeing 737 Max 8.
“We have certain processes to ensure this means of transportation can provide safety and comfort,” said Movie.
Novie confirmed, the Ministry of Transportation also coordinated with the FAA regarding the operation of the Boeing 737 Max. Likewise with ASEAn countries whose airlines operate the Boeing 737 Max.
“We are coordinating so that there is a harmonization of whether or not to carry out the flight back. We also share lessons learned so that if we operate again, we have guaranteed safety, ”explained Novie.
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