The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the downgrade of Malaysia's aviation safety rating following a review from Category 1 to 2.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards,” the FAA said in a statement on Monday.
With an official announcement expected later, the downgraded rating means Malaysia is deficient in at least one safety standard from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Unlike the higher Category 1 rating, Malaysian carriers can continue flights to/from the United States but will not be able to launch new services until the Category 1 rating is restored.
Also, Malaysia-based carriers such as Malaysia Airlines will not be able to form new codeshare agreements with US-based airlines.
Only one Malaysia-based airline has regular service to the United States, which will be subject to additional inspections. AirAsia Berhad through its long-haul subsidiary AirAsia X Berhad operates flights between Kuala Lumpur-Osaka-Honolulu.