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Two US airlines halt code-share with India's Jet

FAA's downgrade of Indian carriers is of significant interest: European Union

Published Mon, Feb 3, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[NEW DELHI] United Airlines is suspending a marketing agreement with Jet Airways (India) Ltd after US regulators cut the Asian nation's aviation-safety ranking for the first time.

The downgrade by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bars Indian carriers from starting new service to the United States and opens up their planes for additional inspections in the US. Officials acted because India hasn't fixed safety deficiencies found in earlier assessments, the FAA said on Friday.

United said hours after the FAA announcement that it had halted the use of its booking codes on Jet Airways flights, a practice that lets fliers arrange a seamless trip on jets from both carriers. The move took effect on Saturday, and passengers were being rebooked, Chicago-based parent United Continental Holdings Inc said.

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