Jakarta: With regard to the results of a special audit of the airworthiness of Boeing 737-8 MAX aircrafts carried out by the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation early November, Garuda Indonesia ensured that the B737 Max 8 fleet currently operated by the airline had the standard of airworthiness.

The special audit was carried out on October 30 in accordance with the Letter issued by the Directorate General of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operation (DKPPU). The ramp check included repetitive problems, troubleshooting, airworthiness, complete equipment and operation management in handling technical problems.

The results of DKPPU’s inspection concludes that Garuda Indonesia has carried out routine inspections of its B737 Max 8 maintenance process on schedule, all installed components have not exceeded the age limit and there are no technical issues with the aircraft engine features.

Garuda Indonesia Director of Maintenance, I Wayan Susena said that as a national flag carrier – Garuda Indonesia continuously puts forward safety as its commitment and corporate culture in all its operational lines. This is also in line with the safety aspect of the company’s core operations that have been embedded in the work culture of the employee ranks and Garuda Indonesia operational lines.

“In carrying out its operational activities, Garuda Indonesia always refers to and complies with all regulations issued by the regulator and manufacturer,” said Wayan.

“In line with our effort to maximize safety aspects in the operation of our 1 B737 Max 8 fleet, Garuda Indonesia has also coordinated intensively with Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft manufacturers by conducting mitigation manual updates on the operation of the Boeing 737 Max 8. This manual is compiled in Flight Crew Operating Manual Bulletin (FCOM) which was further updated by Boeing. The manual illustrates the guidelines that pilots must take when experiencing certain conditions related to the condition of the ‘erroneous input’ of the aircraft’s ‘angle of attack sensor’ feature. We have also extended the bulletin to all maintenance and operations lines of Garuda Indonesia and became a guide for carrying out operational activities in Garuda Indonesia, especially for our B737 Max 8 fleet,” Wayan added.

In April, Garuda Indonesia had passed the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) audit – which is conducted once in every two years, and had renewed its sixth certificate, where in 2008, Garuda Indonesia became the first airline in Indonesia to obtain the certificate.

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