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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (December 17, 1999 – Marshall Islands Journal)---The arrival of Air Marshall Islands new Dornier 328 is not expected until the end of January at the earliest, according to AMI.

An originally hoped-for arrival date of this month has been put off because of financing and other developments, according to AMI general manager Phil Marshall. "The best case scenario would be the end of January," he said.

Aside from the financing issue with the Berliner Bank in Germany, which is taking longer than anticipated, the airline manufacturer has not yet sent copies of the relevant operating manuals for the 328s to Majuro so that the Directorate of Civil Aviation can begin the process of certifying the planes for service in the RMI, Marshall indicated.

In the meantime, AMI pilots, mechanics and flight attendants have been undergoing intensive training in anticipation of the arrival of the larger Dorniers, Marshall said.

One crew of pilots (Albon Jelke and Scott Davis) is in training, while two other crews will go in January after AMI’s peak travel season slows following the holidays.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail:  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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