Approval still needed from FAA
NEW DELHI: Jet Airways has finally received a green signal from the United States Government for launching flights to America.
The airline has got the clearance from the Department of Transportation (DoT), informed sources said. It is learnt that the U.S. Government has satisfied itself in respect of security concerns about Jet Airways arising out of allegations that the airline had links with terror masterminds like Dawood Ibrahim and outfits such as the Al-Qaeda. Plans of Jet Airways to launch operations to the U.S. a year ago were upset after an American company of the same name made the allegations. The sources said the U.S. authorities were understood to have informed the airline about the clearance granted to it. The airline would now need a go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the U.S. before it mounts India-U.S. flights.
The Union Home Ministry had last year given a fresh security clearance to Jet Airways. The airline has sought slots from the Civil Aviation Ministry to operate to New York and San Francisco from the next summer. It has also plans to fly to other destinations like South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Rome, Zurich, Munich and Frankfurt in the near future.
The private carrier had last year signed $2.5-billion worth purchase agreements with aircraft manufacturers Airbus Industries and Boeing for 10 A 330-200s and an equal number of B 777-300 ER aircraft. They are expected to be delivered from the first quarter of next year.
On the issue of pending security clearance from the U.S. Government to Jet Airways, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had said that all required procedures had to be followed before the airline was granted permission to operate to the U.S. He had said the issue was being sorted out by the two governments.