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The FAA has down­graded the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Malaysia to a Cat­e­gory 2 rat­ing, on the grounds that it “does not meet the safety stan­dards laid down by the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO).” Malaysian air­lines can con­tinue to op­er­ate ex­ist­ing ser­vice in the United States (US), but can­not add new flights, in­clud­ing those code-shar­ing with US air­lines. Ac­cord­ing to the FAA, “A Cat­e­gory 2 In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion Safety As­sess­ment (IASA) rat­ing means that CAAM that is a body equiv­a­lent to the FAA for avi­a­tion safety mat­ters, is de­fi­cient in one or more ar­eas such as tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise, trained per­son­nel, record-keep­ing, and/or in­spec­tion pro­ce­dures.” Malaysia achieved a Cat­e­gory 1 rat­ing, “mean­ing CAAM com­plied with ICAO stan­dards for avi­a­tion safety over­sight,” in 2003. The down­grade to Cat­e­gory 2 fol­lows in-coun­try as­sess­ments in April 2019.

The FAA noted that the as­sess­ment does not re­flect the sta­tus or safety of in­di­vid­ual air­lines, but is a re­flec­tion of the coun­try’s avi­a­tion au­thor­ity. “As part of the IASA pro­gramme, the FAA as­sesses the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties of all coun­tries with air car­ri­ers that have ap­plied to fly to the United States, cur­rently con­duct op­er­a­tions to the United States, or par­tic­i­pate in code-shar­ing ar­range­ments with US part­ner air­lines and makes that in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the pub­lic. The as­sess­ments de­ter­mine whether for­eign civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties are meet­ing ICAO safety stan­dards, not FAA reg­u­la­tions,” says the FAA. “In or­der to main­tain a Cat­e­gory 1 rat­ing, a coun­try must ad­here to the safety stan­dards of ICAO, the United Na­tions’ tech­ni­cal agency for avi­a­tion that es­tab­lishes in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and rec­om­mended prac­tices for air­craft op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance.”

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