Thai airlines safety issues

This item appears on page 4 of the September 2015 issue.

On July 18, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation 65 days to rectify shortcomings in its aviation safety standards, citing a shortage of qualified aviation inspectors plus improper testing and an incomplete air manual.

After another 30 days, the FAA will give its official rating. If the rating falls short, Thai carriers will not be allowed to fly new routes to and from the US. (Thailand’s national carrier, Thai Airways, is flying only one US route: Bangkok/Los Angeles. The largest private carrier, Bangkok Airways, has no US routes.)