I have to fly to some islands in Indonesia and I have heard bad reports on local airlines; where can I get more info on the local airlines? is there one company better than others , or the opposite, I there a local aieline I should avoid?
Avoid Merpati, if possible. They often cancel flights and you may find yourself stranded on some island longer than you would wish (happened to me, luckily they even paid for a hotel but I almost missed my connection back home). Quoting a local guy at Komodo airport: "They fall from the sky once a year, but you're safe as it's already happened two months ago".
From Wikipedia: "The airline is blacklisted in the United States and the European Union."
Garuda, on the contrary, offers high standard, but gets sold out as first... about 5 years ago
the Aviation Safety website is a good resource, you can put in the name of any airline and look at their safety record.
Just a note on the so-called "blacklist" in the US and Europe: if an airline wishes to fly to a European destination it must apply for certification with the EU authorities, if they don't have active certification they re blacklisted. However, if a particular airline does not fly to any European destination why bother with the expense of getting EU certification? By default (if they don't fly to Europe) they're blacklisted. Just a minor point, but an important one. Then again there are some airlines whch know they wouldn't pass EU certification, so they don't apply and scrub European destinations from their schedule.
Phil at the safety hub about 5 years ago