Air Do ordered to improve safety by Japanese government.


New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Mon, Dec 22, 2014 Japanese transport authorities on Friday ordered a budget airline to boost safety standards after it promoted a trainee to a full-blown pilot despite worries over ability. Air Do, which links Tokyo to cities in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido in a tie-up with major carrier All Nippon Airways, was also found lax on aircraft maintenance check-ups. The government said a co-pilot on training at Air Do bungled a landing at Chitose airport in Hokkaido on Sept. 11 by coming in too quickly. The instructor gave a good mark, paving the way for promotion, but when the company examined flight data, the error became apparent. They nevertheless let the trainee's promotion stand. "The company's training systems for flight crews is not functioning properly," the transport ministry said in its order to Air Do. The ministry also noted Air Do was found to have put off necessary regular check-ups on aircraft. The company was ordered to submit measures for improvement by Jan. 30. No immediate comment or details were available from Air Do. The...

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