Air India’s integration into Star Alliance remains unaffected, even after the FAA downgraded the air safety
worthiness in India.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, K C Venugopal said, there would be no impact of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgrading of Indian aviation sector on Air India joining Star Alliance. According to the PIB release, Star Alliance has confirmed that the FAA safety assessment is a matter for the respective governments and aviation authorities and the downgrade has no direct impact on the planned integration of Air India into Star Alliance.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cut India’s aviation safety ranking from Category One to Category Two due to inadequate safety oversight, thereby inflicting a major blow on national airlines.
This downgrade will prevent Air India and Jet Airways from expanding existing services to the US as the FAA prohibits service expansion among Category Two airlines, neither does it support reciprocal code-share arrangements between Category Two nations and US carriers.