US regulator downgrades India’s safety rating

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded India’s aviation safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight, meaning Indian carriers cannot increase flights to the US and face extra checks for existing ones.


US regulator downgrades India’s safety rating


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded India’s aviation safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight, meaning Indian carriers cannot increase flights to the US and face extra checks for existing ones. “The FAA has determined that India at this time is not in compliance with the international standards for aviation safety oversight,” the US regulator told India in a communication, extracts of which were released by the Indian aviation ministry.

Getting upgraded could take months rather than years, though only if the Indian administration moved quickly to address the concerns, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Bloomberg in an interview in Singapore recently. “The principal thing is, there’s been a lot evolution in the aviation industry there,” Huerta said. “They bought a lot of new aircraft to their fleet including technologically advanced aircraft. Are their inspectors trained and conversant in the nature of the aircraft the authority is operating,” he asked. “As a regulator you can only oversee what you have technical understanding of.”

State-run Air India operates 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners while Jet Airways (India) Ltd. has 10 on order and the two carriers are the only Indian airlines that fly to the US. Air India has 21 weekly flights between India and the United States, Jet has seven.