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Garuda buffeted by more turbulence as president is jettisoned

Indonesian airline braces for third CEO in 2 years, leaving reform up in the air

Allegations of smuggling a Harley-Davidson motorcycle into Indonesia shot down Garuda's previous CEO, Ari Ashkara.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The president of Garuda Indonesia has been dismissed over charges of trying to smuggle a disassembled Harley-Davidson motorcycle into the country earlier this month on a newly delivered plane.

Ari Ashkara had been in his post since only last year, but had received kudos for his efforts in righting the troubled airline by improving service and mending ties with unions angered over the previous CEO's austerity measures.

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