Dutch airline KLM makes ten test flights to assess volcanic ash impact

09:25, April 19, 2010      

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The Dutch Royal Airline KLM made further nine test flights on Sunday to assess the impact of volcanic ash clouds on aircraft, and all these flights have been successfully operated.

All of the aircraft have now undergone a technical inspection, KLM said in a statement on Sunday evening.

KLM previously operated a test flight in Dutch airspace on Saturday evening. The results of subsequent technical inspections revealed that the flight had encountered no problems whatsoever.

KLM said that based on this information, the Dutch air transport authorities Inspectie Verkeer en Waterstaat (IVW), granted permission to operate further test flights on Sunday. KLM conveyed the results of Sunday's flights to the IVW.

"These were test flights," KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman stressed, adding that this does not imply that regular air traffic can be resumed. This decision rests with the IVW, in consultation with the European authorities.

KLM hopes to receive permission to resume part of its operations as soon as possible.

Source: Xinhua


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