TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has not decided to take further action after the global 20-month ban on Boeing 737 Max fleets was lifted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) two days ago.
Garuda Indonesia director Irfan Setiaputra said the company’s future operations of its Boeing 737 Max aircraft would consider the aspect of passenger occupation and whether this could justify operating the fleet again.
“We have a number of aircraft that are grounded and yet to fly again because the demands are not there yet,” said Irfan in a virtual press conference on November 20. “We will operate our aircraft based on the firm’s priorities and necessity aspects.”
Reuters reported today the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order lifting the longest jet grounding in commercial aviation history. The agency released final details of the software, system, and training upgrades Boeing and airlines must complete before carrying passengers.
When flights resume, Boeing will be running a 24-hour monitoring room to keep an eye all Boeing 737 Max flights for potential problems, from stuck landing gear to health emergencies, three people familiar with the matter said.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA