The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will terminate the effectiveness of certain wet-lease statements that are held by various foreign air carriers of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland (collectively, the affected carriers) that permit them to engage as wet-lessors in lease operations to other affected carriers.
The order also tentatively sets forth the position of the Department regarding the effectiveness of current statements of authorization as well as future applicable wet-lease operations between affected carriers.
“As described here, we propose to take these actions due to the longstanding competitive disadvantage U.S. carriers have faced vis-à-vis the affected carriers as a result of the time constraints U.S. carriers are subjected to by EU Regulation (EC) No. 1008/2008 (EC 1008/2008), and the unsuccessful effort of the EU to satisfactorily resolve this matter over an unreasonably excessive period of time, despite its repeated commitment to do so,” the DOT wrote in a document.
List of affected authorizations
|Wet Lessee||Wet Lessor||Initial||Grant Status|
|Cargolux Airlines||Cargolux Italia||10/3/2012||On APA|
|ASL Airlines Ireland||Aer Lingus||12/18/2013||On APA|
|Tyrolean Airways||Austrian Airlines||7/29/2014||On APA17|
|Lufthansa Cityline||Lufthansa||9/25/2015||On APA|
|Sun Express Deutschland||Eurowings||3/27/2016||On APA|
|White Airways||TAP Portugal||9/9/2010||Indefinite|
|Privilege Style||Air Europa||3/30/2013||Indefinite|
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