Malaysia Airlines passengers, take a look at this.
The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration, commonly referred to as FAA, has downgraded Malaysia Airlines from a category 1 to a category 2. What does this mean to Malaysia Airlines, isn’t it just a rating? This means some pretty important stuff, actually; the carrier can no longer create new routes to the US, and existing routes will require extra aircraft inspection before every flight. This could mean delays to some flights. American Airlines codeshares with Malaysian Airlines and will now have to cease this cooperation according to FAA regulations. This FAA press release goes further in detail about the downgrade. Cited from the press release, “In 2003, Malaysia was assigned a Category 1 rating, meaning CAAM complied with ICAO standards for aviation safety oversight. The FAA conducted an in-country reassessment of Malaysia under the IASA program in April 2019, and met with the CAAM in July 2019 to discuss the results.”
What do you think made the FAA bring Malaysia Airlines to a category 2?