TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia issued a clarification regarding the foiled alleged smuggling of a complete disassembled special edition 1970 Harley Davidson unit onboard one of its latest jet planes, the A300-900 Neo.
The motorcycle in question is currently withheld at Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s customs.
Garuda Indonesia Vice President Ikhsan Rosan revealed that the confiscated motorcycle in question, along with numerous other parts, is owned by one of its employees.
“It was transported by a number of employees. They already declared the items to the Customs officers,” said Ikhsan to Tempo on Tuesday, December 3.
The carrier, said Ikhsan, will follow the rules and hand the case entirely on the airport’s Customs; “We are willing to pay for the fines if needed. We will also fully adhere if the motorcycle needs to be re-exported.”
The used motorcycle was allegedly smuggled onboard the newly delivered A330-900 from Toulouse, France, where it departed on Saturday, November 16 and landed in Soekarno-Hatta airport on Sunday, November 17.
As it landed, the new Airbus unit was greeted with a ceremonial tradition at hangar no 4 owned by GMF. According to Tempo’s sources, the arrival of the plane was anticipated by Soekarno-Hatta Customs’ team.
Customs officers said that the cargo that had the Harley Davidson was not declared in the plane’s manifest.