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Jakarta Post

Airlines’ maintenance, finances in spotlight after deadly crash

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 15, 2021   /  09:00 am
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Illustration of the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 passenger jet(JP/Mecca Yumna NP)

Indonesian airlines’ fleet maintenance and finances are under scrutiny, amid wide calls for better safety supervision after a deadly crash involving private carrier Sriwijaya Air. Publicly listed Indonesian airlines' financial reports show decreasing maintenance and repair costs, but experts have expressed confidence that airlines will not compromise safety. While Sriwijaya Air’s current financial performance is undisclosed, the airline has been financially struggling for years, especially after its partnership with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia was terminated in 2019. Based on Garuda and its aircraft maintenance firm arm GMF AeroAsia’s financial statement, Sriwijaya Air owes Garuda US$37.5 million and GMF AeroAsia $54.3 million as of September 2020. In September 2019, an internal note written by Sriwijaya Air former quality, safety and security di...