After AirAsia tragedy, Tony Fernandes says need regional aviation regulators

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Singapore | Updated: May 30, 2018 11:26:20 AM

Regulators needed to streamline a fragmented safety framework in the booming industry, AirAsia's CEO Tony Fernandes said.

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Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators to streamline a fragmented safety framework and ensure common standards for aircrew training in the booming industry, AirAsia’s group chief executive officer (CEO) Tony Fernandes said.

The patchy airline safety record of Indonesia, the largest country in the region, has been in the spotlight after an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28, killing all 162 people on board.

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) has no regional agencies overseeing aviation safety or co-ordinating air traffic control, unlike the more developed European market.

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“It’s time for ASEAN institutions to step forward, for commonality and for standardisation, and for quality,” AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes told Reuters in a television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

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