Thursday, February 28, 2013

Third Time Not a Charm for Ryanair

Ryanair's third attempt at a takeover of Aer Lingus appears to have ended with much the same result as the first two: no deal. The European Commission announced this week that it was prohibiting the merger because of concerns that the takeover would reduce competition on the 46 routes on which the two carriers currently compete. Ryanair had proposed the rather novel remedy of providing cash, aircraft and routes to British airline Flybe to create competition on the routes worrying the Commission. But the Commission did not project Flybe to be an adequate competitor.

February 28, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

EU Parliament Committee Approves ETS Suspension

The European Commission's decision to suspend for one year the emissions trading scheme's application to foreign carriers has received the approval of the European Parliament's Environmental Committee. The decision has diffused many of the international tensions that had surrounded the regulation, though it has also created some new disagreements.

February 27, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Recap of IATA Legal Symposium 2013

We apologize for the paucity of recent posts while the blog authors have been traveling. Those travels included the 2013 IATA legal symposium. We thought we'd provide a quick rundown of some of the highlights from this year's symposium. Passenger rights regulations, in particular EC 261/2004, were a prominent subject of conversation. The conference also included panels on financing, antitrust, unruly passengers and alternative dispute resolution. The final panel included a lively debate regarding the importance of international air law. Regular blogging will resume this week with our take on the American-US Airways merger and other important developments from the past two weeks.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

IATA Names Jeffrey Shane New General Counsel

Former U.S. Department of Transportation Undersecretary of Transporation for Policy Jeffrey Shane will become the new general counsel for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Shane served in the DOT from 1979-1993, during which time he played a central role in the development of the U.S. Open Skies policy, then returned to the agency from 2002-2008. He has been a partner at Hogan Lovells since 2008. The International Aviation Law Institute interviewed Shane last spring as part of our "Conversations with Aviation Leaders" oral history project. Video of the interview can be viewed here, while a transcript of the interview is available in the most recent special edition of the Institute's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy.  

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Boards Nearing Vote on American/US Airways Merger

The long-discussed merger between American Airlines and US Airways appears on the verge of finally becoming a reality with both boards expected to vote on the merger Monday. The combined carrier would become the largest in the world by passenger traffic. American is currently the third largest in the United States and US Airways is fifth. It is expected that the post-merger airline will remain in American's current alliance, oneworld, severing ties with US Airways' Star Alliance partners. We will try to post an early look at the potential antitrust implications next week once the deal is actually final. For now, the Wall Street Journal offers a concise analysis of the merger's market impacts.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

IALP Special Edition

The International Aviation Law Institute's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP), has produced its second special edition containing transcripts from the Institute's acclaimed "Conversations with Aviation Leaders" oral history project.  The project explores the origins, history and record of U.S. airline deregulation as told through the voices and memories of its participants. To date, there have been six interviews, all of which can be viewed at the Institute's website here.  By transcribing these interviews, IALP has turned these valuable conversations into more easily searchable and citable scholarly resources.  Later interviews will be collected in subsequent special editions.  The current edition contains interviews with:

  • John R. Byerly, the U.S. Department of State’s longest-serving Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, and the lead U.S. negotiator for dozens of U.S. air services agreements, including the historic U.S.-EU open skies agreement;
  • The Honorable Gerald L. Baliles, former Attorney General and Governor of Virginia and chair of the 1993 National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry; Gov. Baliles is also the co-founder of Issues in Aviation Law and Policy; and
  • Jeffrey N. Shane, who served in a number of key policymaking positions in the federal government over a 30-year period, including Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy from 2003 to 2008.

To purchase a copy of the Special Edition, or to subscribe to IALP, visit the Institute's website here, or send an e-mail to

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FAA Behind Schedule for Rules on Pilot Qualifications, Crew Training

According to a new DOT report, industry opposition has impeded the FAA from finalizing new rules regarding crew training and pilot qualifications. The rules were first proposed in response to the 2009 Colgan Air crash. The FAA hopes to have the pilot qualification rule in place by August.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Malaysia Airlines Joins Oneworld

Malaysia Airlines has become the newest member of the oneworld alliance. The addition gives oneworld a presence in Southeast Asia.

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