Thursday, January 31, 2013

CJEU Requires Compensation for Flights Cancelled by Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered its final judgment in Case C-12/11 Denise McDonagh v Ryanair Ltd. A brief summary is available via press release, while the full text of the judgment is here. As should be expected, the Court largely followed the opinion provided by Advocate General Yves Bot last March. For a more comprehensive analysis of the case and link to that opinion, see our previous post regarding the case.  

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kuwait Parliament Approves Privatization

Kuwait's National Assembly voted to privatize flag carrier Kuwait Airways. Kuwait attempted privatization in 2008, but was unable to find investors in the middle of the global financial crisis.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Governments Ground Dreamliners

Obviously, today's top story is the emergence of a near-global consensus among aviation regulators to prohibit the flying of Boeing 787s until it's technical problems can be investigated. Last week the FAA announced plans to take another look at the aircraft. Then Wednesday, after another incident, All Nippon Airlines and Japan Airlines announced that they would stop flying the aircraft temporarily. Wednesday night, the FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive halting operation of U.S.-registered 787s. Regulatory bodies in Japan, Europe and India have since followed suit. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Etihad Close to Buying Minority Stake in Jet Airways

It appears Etihad will become the first foreign airline to own a minority stake in an Indian carrier. This was made possible by India's recent relaxation of restrictions on foreign direct investment. The report indicates that Etihad will have the option to "scale up" its purchase, though foreign airlines are still prohibited from owning a majority share in Indian carriers.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Could Aviation Emissions Fight Pave Way for Global Action on Climate Change in Other Sectors?

That's what Professor Rachel Brewster of Duke Law School suggests in a new opinion piece for the Christian Science Monitor.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

EU Regulators Thwart U.P.S./TNT Express Deal

United Parcel Service abandoned its plans to takeover TNT Express after learning that EU competition authorities would block the deal. The European Commission has not yet issued an official decision, but U.P.S. withdrew its bid after attempts to offer concessions proved insufficient.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

FAA to Review Design, Manufacture and Assembly of Boeing 787

After a spate of recent high-profile mishaps involving Boeing's new 787 aircraft, the FAA has announced plans for a comprehensive review of the aircraft.  

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ICAO to Address Air Traffic Controller Fatigue

According to Air Traffic Management, ICAO will begin work this year on developing SARPs pertaining to air traffic controller fatigue risk management. The hope is that the SARPs would be ready for adoption in 2015.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Qatar Airways, Gulf Air to Operate Domestic Flights In Saudi Arabia

In the waning days of 2012 Saudi Arabia announced that it had chosen Qatar Airways and Gulf Air to be the two foreign carriers granted permission to serve domestic routes within Saudi Arabia. The move is intended to increase competition within Saudi Arabia's domestic market in order to benefit passengers.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

While We Were Gone...

Below is a brief rundown of the most important developments in aviation law and policy that took place while the blog was on holiday break:

  • The EU announced a new agenda for external aviation policy.
  • Lufthansa, United and Air Canada have offered concessions on the Frankfurt-New York route in response to concerns raised by the European Commission's antitrust investigation into the airlines' Star Alliance partnership.
  • President Obama signed the No-Hassle Flying Act allowing the Transportation Security Administration to waive screening requirements for baggage that has already been screened at foreign airports operating under aviation security preclearance agreements with the United States.
  • American Airlines and US Airways took additional steps toward merging into the world's largest airline.
  • The Portuguese government postponed the privatization of flag carrier TAP Air Portugal.

Regular blogging will resume next week.


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