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Niches seen for Nippon and the U.S.S.R. (Moehamed Soeparno) (company profile)

Jakarta-Since taking office as president of IATA last fall, Moehamed Soeparno, president of Garuda indonesia, has done much to focus attention on the problems that confront the world air-transport industry. His constructive-and at times controversial -comments also have served to put the spotlight on the 52-year-old executive and his achievements in revitalizing the airline since becoming its CEO at the beginning of 1988.

Soeparno describes the industry's problems-he prefers to call them challenges and opportunities-as "the four Cs": Congestion, capital, capacity and crews. To ease congestion, he feels that private capital should be involved in improving the civil-aviation infrastructure airports and ATC facilities. In the Asia/Pacific region, governments have to finance basic services such as hospitals, schools and roads, and they will be hard-pressed to find the estimated $1 00 billion required to make the "desperately needed" improvements to the civil-aviation infrastructure, Soeparno says.

To alleviate the shortage of capacity, Soepamo suggests that the resources of Japan and the U.S.S.R. should be used to supplement the inadequate output of the North American and European transport aircraft builders. Japan, he says, "has the expertise and investment capital available to undertake significant joint-venture projects for the manufacture and design of new aircraft types." As for the U.S.S.R., he notes that that country "already has the world's largest fleet of civil aircraft, some of which might usefully be employed to meet some of our immediate needs. …

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