FAA BARS JAPAN AIRLINES FROM WORKING ON US PLANES

FAA BARS JAPAN AIRLINES FROM WORKING ON US PLANES

Japan Airlines has been denied permission to do maintenance on U.S. planes

because its facilities in past cases have performed unauthorized work on American planes, U.S. air safety officials said Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency also told JAL it would revoke the Japanese carrier's authority to repair U.S.-registered aircraft.Japan Airlines said in Tokyo that it had received a letter from the FAA and would hold talks with the agency next week, but confirmed no details of the letter.

U.S.-registered planes are often maintained and repaired by foreign facilities overseas where the American carriers do not maintain repair stations. The foreign facilities, however, must use FAA-approved parts and adhere to FAA-approved maintenance and repair practices when working on U.S. planes.

The FAA action was first reported in the Washington Post, which quoted Bill White, FAA deputy director, as saying action was under way to revoke all of JAL's certificates to do FAA-authorized repairs.

In a letter to the Japanese airline dated Aug. 10, the FAA said JAL facilities were not only deviating from approved practices but had contracted out work to noncertified facilities.

The letter also said JAL was reusing parts that should have been discarded, using parts from unapproved vendors and not giving proper training to repair workers, the paper said.