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Bureaucratic bottleneck; Indonesian government has blocked National Air Charter's importation of BAe 146s despite relaxed restrictions - while a carrier co-owned by Suharto's son launches Fokker 100 operations. (British Aerospace 146 jet transport, Hutomo Mandala Putra, Fokker 100 jet transport)

Indonesian government has blocked National Air Charter's importation of BAe 146s despite relaxed restrictions--while a carrier co-owned by Suharto's son launches Fokker 100 operations.

SINGAPORE-indonesian domestic carrier National Air Charter is caught between a rock and a hard place. The 23-year-old airline is gambling its existence, ceasing all other operations to switch to British Aerospace 146-100s. But the airplanes, ready to be delivered, sit as motionless as the carrier's 72 employees. Although the Indonesian government said in 1989 that it was relaxing severe aircraft import restrictions, the 146s still are awaiting import permits.

Reasons given for the delay in issuing the permits are vague. Indonesia's Department of Air and Communications tells National Air Charter that it is uncertain whether traffic is sufficient to support two more 146s on regional routes. …

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