Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Airlines and charter flights departing Israeli airports will have to compensate passengers for delayed or canceled flights now that a new law has taken effect. The new law brings Israeli passenger protections closer in line with EU standards. Further harmonization will be necessary under the recently signed EU/Israel Air Transport Agreement.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
In an story published in Sunday's Financial Times, American Airlines CEO Tom Horton shared a few notable tidbits of information. He said that AMR would likely make a decision in the coming weeks about merging with another carrier, that in the event of a merger AMR would remain in the oneworld alliance, and that oneworld is "on the brink" of adding one of the big three Gulf carriers: Emirates, Etihad or Qatar.
Monday, August 13, 2012
On July 31 Ukraine became the most recent State to deposit its instrument of ratification to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol. Ukraine's elected declarations can be found here.
Friday, August 10, 2012
UK Competition Tribunal Dismisses Ryanair Challenge; Commission to Proceed with Investigation into Aer Lingus Holding
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed Ryanair's application for a review of the UK Competition Commission's decision to investigate Ryanair's 30% stake in Aer Lingus. A short summary and pdf of the full judgment can be found here.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
According to Air Transport World, Russia may soon join the growing list of States that have prohibited or are taking steps toward prohibiting their carriers from participating in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. It also appears that the ETS has given Russia an excuse to once again abandon its promises to reduce the Siberian overflight fees charged to EU carriers. The EU had hoped the issue would finally be put to rest as a condition of Russia's admission into the WTO.
Monday, August 6, 2012
IAG confirmed today that it is considering acquiring a small stake in American Airlines. American's post-bankruptcy future as a stand-alone carrier is uncertain, and while IAG is prohibited by U.S. laws from owning a majority share of the U.S. carrier, IAG may believe that such an acquisition will help keep American in the oneworld alliance regardless of a potential merger with another U.S. carrier.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The two-day meeting of countries opposed to the EU's aviation emissions regulation ended yesterday. In attendance were Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. As we wrote on Monday, the fact that EU opponents were even having this meeting to explore common ground and attempt to help along the ICAO process demonstrates a desire for an actual ICAO solution, as opposed to merely a victory over the EU. At the same time, comments coming out of the meeting suggest a global solution is still some way off and unlikely to be ready in time to head off conflict next Spring.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Senate Bill 1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, has been cleared for a floor vote and looks likely to pass after an amendment was added to secure additional support. The legislation accuses the EU of violating international law by extending its ETS to U.S. carriers and instructs the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. carriers from complying with the EU regulation and FAA and State Department officials to negotiate protections for U.S. operators. The legislation's actual impact on U.S. negotiations within ICAO is likely to be limited as the legislation contains sufficient qualifying language to allow the implicated executive branch agencies continued discretion in their response to the international controversy. The main purpose of the legislation appears to be symbolism as the U.S. Congress conveys to the EU its displeasure and willingness to take a hard line stance over the aviation emissions issue, and it affords individual Senators an opportunity to pander to anti-European and anti-environmentalist sentiments within their constituencies. The amendment that allowed the bill to proceed was a similar example of messaging as two Senators, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California, attempted to burnish their own environmental credentials and soften the United States' anti-environmental posture abroad by securing language asking ICAO to do something to reduce aviation emissions. Corresponding legislation passed the House of Representatives last year. There is no word yet as to whether the President will sign the bill.