Monday, March 23, 2015

Malindo explains

Malindo cautions public over false news

Monday, 23 March 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air has cautioned the public over false news regarding Malindo's operability that has been circulating on chat messaging service Whatsapp.
The hybrid airline had on Monday urged the public to ignore and not participate in this rumour mill that may affect the livelihood of its 1,800-strong workforce, their families as well as its passengers' planned journeys.
Malindo said as per procedures in an airline license renewal upon two years of operation, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) conducted a full audit of the company last month.
“In that regard, measures have been implemented on certain issues to further improve our operations.
“We would like to reiterate that as a fully licensed commercial airliner, our company wholly observes and abides by all DCA's stringent rules and regulations. Operational standards especially those concerning civilian safety would not be compromised nor taken lightly under any circumstances.
“Rest assured, we have reported this incident to the legal authorities concerned. All customers can anticipate a pleasant journey with Malindo Air on their respective booked as well as future flights,” it said.

(first appeared on staronline on March 23, 2015)

updated: Monday March 23, 2015 MYT 7:10:18 AM

Time to buck up, Malindo told

PETALING JAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation, which has spotted several “shortcomings” in Malindo Air’s operations, has given the airline six months to rectify the problems.
DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (pic) said an annual audit was conducted on the airline last month and his department had compiled a “list of findings” which required rectification.
Among others, the DCA ordered Malindo Air to resolve its documentations, management of aircraft and flight operations.
The airline’s operating licence expired on Feb 28 and the department had approved a six-month extension until Aug 31 to allow the company to concentrate on resol­ving the problems, he added.
“There are positive signs Malindo Air will rectify the problems we have pointed out to them. In fact, some of them have already been corrected.
“Once these problems are cleared, we will decide the validity period of the airline’s operating licence,” he told The Star.
The normal practice is for the DCA to issue an operating licence to an airline for a period of one year or a maximum of two years.
Despite the findings that need to be resolved, Azharuddin stressed that the airline had not committed any serious violation.
“Otherwise, we would have grounded them and not given the six-month extension,” he said.
Azharuddin added that Malindo Air was not the only airline which the department had ordered to resolve certain issues before it could have its operating licence renewed.
He was confident the airline would resolve all its issues before August, adding that the department was monitoring its “rectification works in order for us to approve the operating licence”.
Malindo Air, which began operations in March last year, is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries and Lion Air of Indonesia.

(first appeared on The Star on March 23, 2015)

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