May 17, 2012
Bankruptcy Judge Approves Delta Loan to Pinnacle
Pinnacle received clearance to accept a $74.3 million debtor-in-possession loan from Delta over the objections of a group of shareholders. Bloomberg Businessweek has the details.
May 16, 2012
Lufthansa Shows Interest in TAP
An article in yesterday's Financial Times reports that Lufthansa will look into acquiring Portuguese flag carrier TAP. See Andrew Parker & Ralph Atkins, Lufthansa Bid to Tap into LatAm Market, Financial Times, May 15, 2012 (available here). IAG has also made known its interest in TAP, which is valued by both larger carriers for its routes to Latin America.
AG Opinion in Passenger Compensation Cases
Court of Justice for the European Union Advocate General Yves Bot has produced his opinion on an important collection of joined cases concerning passenger compensation for flight delays. The full opinion for Joined Cases C-581/10 Nelson and Others v Deutsche Lufthansa AG and C-629/10 TUI Travel plc and Others v Civil Aviation Authority is available here. A press release is available here (pdf). We'll have more analysis of this opinion later this week.
May 15, 2012
Spring 2012 Issue of IALP
The Volume 11, Spring 2012 issue of the International Aviation Law Institutes's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP), will be available later this month. The following articles will appear in the issue:
- Steven M. Dejong, Kant Be Done: A Consideration of the Criminalization of Accidents Within the Retributivist Paradigm
- W. Eric Pilsk, Airport Noise Litigation in the 21st Century: A Survey of Current Issues
- John Q. Mulligan, Legal and Policy Issues in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
- Wouter Oude Alink, The Establishment of Airport Charges: Recent Developments in the EU
- Francesco Gaspari, Recent Developments in EU Air Transport Liberalization and Re-Regulation Policies and the New Order of International Air Transport
- Yolande J. Hanlan, Eid v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.: The Great Divide
Additionally, the issue will include the following commentaries:
- Brian F. Havel & Jeremias Prassl, Reforming Civil Aviation in the United Kingdom: The Civil Aviation Bill 2011-12
- Allan I. Mendelsohn, International Aviation Today: What's Wrong?
Blog readers interested in subscribing to IALP, ordering back issues, or perusing a list of published articles may do so at the Institute's website here.
May 14, 2012
Professor Havel to Lecture at Royal Aeronautical Society
International Aviation Law Institute Director Brian F. Havel has been invited to deliver the lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society Air Law Group's Annual Summer Reception, Monday, July 9, 2012. The title of his lecture will be Is It All Just Politics? The ETS Controversy, the Rise of Unilateralism and the Future of International Aviation Law. From the brochure:
Since its inception, and by its very nature, international aviation has relied on a spirit of cooperation and the comity to succeed. However there has always been tension between the unilateralist inclinations of States burdened by domestic responsibilities and the multilateral regime necessary to a functional international aviation system.The controversy surrounding the EU’s extension of its Emissions Trading Scheme to foreign carriers has exposed that tension in vivid terms. Professor Brian F Havel will discuss how, ironically in an era of increased airline liberalisation, the legal agreements,informal standards, and international bodies that coordinate transnational activity in the aviation sector may be inadequate for a world with many more influential State and industry players and increasingly unilateral priorities for aviation policy.Will the current international aviation law regime fail? Will its apparent stability be revealed as an illusion propped up by previously unchallenged dominance of a few major aviation powers? How serious is the threat posed by the new unilateralism? Will the need for cooperation still transcend all of the emerging differences and conflicting priorities? Professor Havel will try to provide the answers to these questions.
Visitors are welcome. More information can be found about the event here.