"This time, they are dead serious"

"This time, they are dead serious"

"This time, they are dead serious"

Mandala Airlines says it will be back in the air next month, despite failing on a previous occasion to meet a resumption deadline it set itself. The airline is racing to meet a Feb. 15 deadline set by the Transportation Ministry to resume its operations, a deadline its 51 percent owner, private equity firm Saratoga Capital, is confident it will meet. “We are ready now,” said Devin Wirawan, a manager at Saratoga. Diding Sunardi, director of the air transportation directorate at the Transportation Ministry, said the ministry had completed the verification of Mandala’s fleet and it was in the final stage of issuing the airline operator’s certificate. The AOC requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public. It also lists the type of aircraft to be flown and flight destinations.

“We are in the final stage now,’’ Diding said. “We set February 15 as the deadline for the airline to fly. If they cannot meet that, its license will be revoked.” Should the license be revoked, the airline would have to restart the process of getting the license, Diding said. For its Jakarta operations, the airline appears set to initially fly out of Terminal 1 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport before moving to Terminal 3 in the middle of the year.

Salahuddin Raffi, director of operations at Angkasa Pura II, the airport operator, said the airline had notified it of its intentions. “Mandala told us that it will be stationed at Terminal 3 in June or July. There have been delays,” Salahuddin said. “We welcome them, and we will not cause any difficulties.” Angkasa Pura II operates 11 international airports, including Soekarno-Hatta. Devin said Mandala had 10 Airbus A320 aircraft, five of which are owned by the airline. “Two of the aircraft are ready in Singapore,’’ he said. Mandala stopped its operations in January last year under the weight of Rp 2.4 trillion ($269 million) in debt, returning its aircraft to its lessors amid rising operational costs. In a debt-restructuring deal reached in April, the airline converted its debt into 6.89 million shares, or 15 percent of Mandala’s total equity. In September, a Saratoga representative said he was hopeful the airline would return to the skies within 90 days. Investor Daily, with additional reporting from Francezka Nangoy

The Jakarta Globe

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I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy

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