FAA Upgrades Israel’s Safety Rating to Category 1
The FAA has upgraded Israel’s air safety rating to Category 1 from the Category 2 status it held since December 2008. The November 1 upgrade, based on an October 2012 FAA review of Israel’s civil aviation authority, means Israeli air carriers will be allowed to add new service to and from the U.S., and also to code-share with U.S. airlines. The Category 2 rating allowed Israeli air carriers only to maintain existing services in place in 2008. Israel’s civil aviation authority worked with the FAA on an action plan so that its safety oversight system now fully complies with ICAO’s standards and practices.