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Aviation regulators warned about safety of low-cost airlines.

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Aviation regulators have been warned to ensure that low-cost airlines meet the same safety and flight standards as full-service carriers.

During a joint Aerospace Forum and American Chamber of Commerce lunch, Jim Eckes, head of airline consultancy Indoswiss Aviation, said that it is a major concern that low-cost airlines may not operate as safely as all other airlines. Without naming names he said that "regulatory authorities of some Asian countries are not prepared to supervise" their airlines.

Eckes suggested that start-up carriers, without in-house training facilities, should be forced to send flight crew overseas to train on flight simulators, and said that China, India, Malaysia and Thailand would be the main areas to target, The Associated Press reported.

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