Friday, December 16, 2011
An interesting news item in Reuters yesterday indicated that Chinese airlines had been instructed not to participate in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). See David Stanway and Ken Wills, China Aviation Body Urges Members Not to Cooperate with EU CO2 Scheme, Reuters, Dec. 15, 2011 (available here). According to the report, Wei Zhenzhong, the secretary general of the China Air Transport Association, has instructed airlines not to submit CO2 monitoring plans to European officials. China and the United States have been the most strenuous objectors to the EU's claimed authority to include foreign carriers in the program. This latest news out of China resembles earlier legislation passed by the U.S. Congress, though unlikely to become law, prohibiting U.S. carriers from participating in the EU scheme. The article also quotes Chinese officials as considering retaliatory measures and an eventual legal challenge.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Star Alliance Chief Executive Board has selected former United Airlines Senior Vice President Mark Schwab to be the organization's new CEO. See Star Alliance press release, Dec. 14, 2011 (available here). Schwab, who had previously served on Star Alliance's Management Board when he was with United, replaces Jaan Albrecht who became CEO of Austrian Airlines in November.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
An interesting item last week from RT suggests Russia may be considering dramatic changes in aviation policy as a result of recent high-profile crashes. See Open Sky Program May Give Russian Airline Companies a Dare, RT, Dec. 7, 2011 (available here). According to the article, authorities are expected to allow Czech Airlines and Air Baltic to provide air services for the Russian ice hockey league, to prevent a repeat of September's tragic crash involving the Yaroslavi team. The article also suggested that foreign airlines might be allowed to operate domestic services generally within Russia. While it is not clear whether the grant of eighth (consecutive cabotage) or ninth (stand-alone cabotage) freedom rights is under consideration, either would be a significant development. Outside of the EU and Australia, cabotage rights are practically non-existent for a market Russia's size.
Monday, December 12, 2011