The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority has offered to sign a deal with its counterpart in Jordan, allowing Israeli airlines to undertake aircraft maintenance in Jordanian facilities.

Israeli CAA director-general Avner Yarkoni has written to his Jordanian counterpart, Capt Yaser Zawad, offering to sign an agreement which will allow the two authorities to act on each other's behalf if mutually agreed regulations are put in place. "Once an agreement is signed, Israel may approve out-of-country maintenance," says Yarkoni.

The Israeli CAA boss confirms that talks are scheduled soon, to formulate a memorandum of understanding that would include mutual airworthiness approvals for aircraft and equipment.

According to Yarkoni, the initiative for the move originated with small local domestic and charter airlines.

Source: Flight International