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Garuda Complies with IATA Safety Standards

Indonesian National Carrier Renewing its IATA Safety Certification.

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On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certification for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Garuda's current IOSA certification remains in place and will expire at the end of this year. The successful completion of the August audit will allow the renewal of the IOSA certification enjoyed by the Indonesian flag carrier.

IOSA represents a global standard for the safety management of aviation based on the standards set forth on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

According to a Garuda spokesman, the IOSA continuing certification will also be used to lobby the European Union to cancel their plans to "blacklist" Garuda and all other Indonesian airlines from European airspace.

As widely reported in the international press, the European Commission announced their intention to "blacklist" all Indonesian registered aircraft from operating in European airspace effective July 6 2007. In the view of the EU, Indonesian aircraft fail to meet minimal safety standards and all Indonesian civil aviation authorities are deemed to be failing in the safety management of the 51 commercial airlines flying in the Country.

Other Indonesian airlines, including Adam Air, are also taking the necessary steps to obtain IOSA certification. To ensure a successful safety audit, Adam Air has contracted the services of internationally-renowned Marsh Aviation to guide them through the exacting audit process.

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