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Falling skies for Indonesian aviation
Full story, 2 pages :http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/IA24Ae01.html
Generalizations about Indonesian Aviation don't help; we're talking about one airline in the entire country. Garuda, and Merpati continue to operate safely, and Lion Air is the worlds first airline to use the 737-900ER. But it's just like aviation in Sub-Saharan Africa-people hear about Nigerian Airways disasters and see the poverty on the continent and assume that it isn't safe to fly there. But we just had several videos from Johannesburg uploaded to this site, and they all show African airlines taking off and landing safely. And if Air Zimbabwe can operate safely with a nut like Mugabe running the country, then I don't think anyone should make generalizations about the state of Indonesian Aviation. Sure, Garuda does not fly directly to the US anymore, but that has nothing to do with US DOT concerns about the airline's safety record, and everything to do with demand-not too many Indonesians could afford to travel here.