Nov 19, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
As the dates draw nearer for the FAA to follow up on its (IASA) on India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 33 areas of compliance pointed out in its September audit, we are hearing the present DGCA Arun Mishra will be leaving his position on Dec 31, this year as Mamata Banerjee has not approved his extension and wants him back in her state. AerospaceDiary could not confirm this.
If this were to happen, moving forward, this will be a big blow to the many initiatives introduced and in planning stage at the DGCA.
Apparently, FAA is not buying what the Indians hoped would have helped them cross the murky waters of compliance following Mishra’s stint and experience at ICAO. If FAA gives DGCA a Cat 2 rating, air carriers from India cannot initiate new service and are restricted to current levels of any existing service to the US while corrective actions are underway. FAA does not support reciprocal code-share arrangements between air carriers for the assessed state and U.S. carriers when the DGCA has been rated Category 2. So what happen then to the Jet Airways- Etihad code share to the US then, we ask?
During this time, Indian air carriers serving the US are subject to additional inspections at U.S. airports.
It is likely, the reshuffle will also result in the moving of Air India Chairman Rohit Nandan with the likely candidate Prabhat Kumar,who will replace him.