PARIS, France (AP) -- France and Belgium have issued blacklists of airlines prohibited from using their airports, in an attempt to allay public fears about flying after a recent series of deadly crashes.
Thailand's Phuket Airways, one of the airlines banned in France, demanded to know what criteria France used to judge it.
"I really don't understand what is the meaning of unsafe. Unsafe for what? Unsafe for operations or unsafe for what? Because we have never had a serious incident or accident, so I would like to ask back to the authorities what is the meaning of unsafe?" Captain Chawanit Chiamcharoenvut, executive vice president of Phuket Air, said at the company office in Bangkok.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
and yet, for those unfamiliar with thai phonetics, there is something about the company's name that connotes a certain casualness about air safety