Brian E Johnson, director of civil aviation of the Manx government, takes issue (Write Back, February 22) with comments attributed to me in the interview '15 key questions about doomed flight NM7100' (News, February 12).
While my comments were edited in the interests of brevity, I think it is worth restating their intent which was to convey the fact that Manx2 is not an airline in the strict sense of the word.
It does not possess an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from any authority - even the Isle of Man - and flies on the AOC of other airlines.
So-called 'virtual airlines' have been called into question by safety advocates in the US on the grounds that, while the ticket is issued by one airline, the passengers are not always aware they will fly with another one, which perhaps operates to different standards.
I am not suggesting that the Metroliner crew were lacking in training and ability, but the public is entitled to be aware of whose aircraft they will be carried on.