Thai authorities will next year attempt to prove to ICAO that they have addressed safety concerns regarding the country’s aviation oversight.
Component OEM and MRO provider Ontic has been granted certification by Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) for its Singapore facility.
Thai carrier NewGen Airways has taken delivery of a 737-800 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), becoming a new customer of the Shannon-based lessor.
The advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) has been appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to help improve the country’s safety oversight and compliance with ICAO.
Thailand’s airlines avoided inclusion in the European Commission’s (EC) Air Safety List, a 228-airline list of shame made public last Friday (December 11).
Following the downgrading of its safety rating by the FAA from category 1 to category 2 earlier this month, effectively banning Thai carriers from opening new routes to the US, some feared that EASA would be the next regulator to follow suit by red flagging Thailand’s airlines.
While its omission from the list was no doubt met with a sigh of relief from Thailand’s aviation authorities fearful of imposed restrictions and flight bans over European skies, both EASA and the EC didn't completely let Thailand off the hook.
The deputy prime minister of Thailand Prawit Wongsuwon has called for a meeting with representatives from 41 Thai-based airlines after the FAA downgraded its airline safety standards rating.
The FAA has downgraded Thailand’s aviation safety rating after its civil aviation body failed to rectify failings found in an audit earlier this year.
In a statement released on Tuesday (December 1), the FAA said that Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation “did not comply” with ICAO’s safety standards and its rating would be lowered to category 2 status.
This means restrictions will now be applied to Thai carriers, including them being banned from opening new routes to the US.
Inspectors from the FAA are in Thailand to evaluate progress made in aviation safety standards after it told the country to address shortcomings or face a downgrade.
Lithuanian MRO FL Technics has confirmed it plans to open a new centre of operations in Thailand as part of its efforts to expand its global footprint.
The FAA has given Thai aviation authorities a mid-October deadline to make corrective measures over shortcomings in its commercial aviation safety standards.