Some clarifications :
a) The issue of security certification is NOT relevant, as all of these airlines HAVE BEEN inspected and certified already by the relevant airport authorities. This is merely a BLANKET BAN against non-US/Canadian operators.
b) Canadian carriers may operate any flights into and out of all US airports except JFK, LGA, EWR, BOS and DCA.
c) Hass - yes, it was a rhetorical question. It was asked multiple times on the call by different airlines but no explanation was given. Go figure.
d) Mikeymike - airlines may complete RECOVERY AND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS on a case by case basis on individual approval from the FAA. Koren Air is ferrying out of JFK this afternoon using that same procedure.
e) Jaysit - I thought the dual mandate was withdrawn in 1997 after Mary Schiavo's little tirades.
f) Stretch8 - Bite me. I'm not an employee of Air India or the DGCA and I got access to the conference call through other sources. My name is in my profile, so I don't need to hide behind anything. Go to http://fly.faa.gov
and you will find a list of NOTAMs that pretty much cover everything I've said. Also, I don't know if you noticed, but Air India has been conducting CONTINUOUS TRANSATLANTIC OPERATIONS into and out of the United States longer than ANY of the current US operators.
Finally, please don't even begin to accuse me of insensitivity in this situation. I was travelling from EWR-SFO on Tuesday and fortunately declined a seat on the ill-fated UA93 which I watched taxi out and take off. I saw the impact of the second aircraft with the World Trade Center in real time from the runway at EWR airport. I volunteered at a triage center on Tuesday afternoon and with the US Marshals on Wednesday to assist with evacuations.
That said, I will continue to flame the FAA for their dumb, knee-jerk actions that reek of economic protectionism. The FAA needs to take a strong look at the US Airline industry and downgrade it to Compliance Oversight Category 2 along with the Nigerias and Laoses of the world.