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Aircraft Deregistration and Repossession in India: Lessons from Kingfisher and SpiceJet

In 2012, Kingfisher Airlines, one of India's major airlines, ceased operations. India and its courts delayed responses to the request of lessors and financiers to deregister and repossess their aircraft, upsetting the market...more

Airline Industry Alert: OT Class Action Against Southwest Airlines Fails to Take Off

Airlines achieved a major victory on May 19, 2015, with an order from the Central District of California granting Southwest Airlines Co.'s motion to dismiss in McKinley v. Southwest Airlines Co., United States District Court,...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: No Remedy For Travel Delays Under EU 261 In The U.S.

Unexpected delays are one of the inherent risks of travel. Mindful of the impact of such events, regulators in the EU promulgated a scheme of compensation available to travelers affected by substantial delays, to be paid by...more

Data stored on aiplanes’ black boxes may help a personal injury claim

Most safety experts agree that flying is the safest from of travel in existence today. However, airplane accidents, while rare compared to car crashes, do occur with regularity. ...more

DOT Revises Its “Mistaken Fares” Enforcement Policy

DOT’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings issued a notice temporarily amending its enforcement policy regarding airlines’ obligation to honor “mistaken fares.” Until now, DOT’s Enforcement Office has generally...more

Update on Pre-Clearance at Airports

Airline travel can be a long, unpleasant process. Long lines are part of the problem. In the past, frequent fliers received complimentary TSA PreCheck status, but no more....more

Supreme Court considers place of “establishment” in Olympic Airlines appeal

Trustees of Olympic Airlines SA Pension and Life Assurance Scheme v Olympic Airlines SA [2015] UKSC 27 - The Supreme Court was unanimous in its brief judgment, that for the purpose of establishing secondary proceedings,...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Save the Plane – Or Save Yourself From a Libel Suit?

Fear of liability may match fear of flying for many Americans. We all know that commercial aviation is one of the safest forms of modern transportation. But it only takes a gut-wrenching drop of an aircraft in the...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of EU 261 Claims - Direct Claims Under EU 261 Are Only Actionable in EU Member States

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Volodarskiy v. Delta Airlines, Inc. follows numerous District Court opinions holding that EU 261 does not provide a right of action enforceable outside the EU...more

The GAO Issued A Report Recommending Improvements For Aircraft Cybersecurity

On April 14, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report highlighting cybersecurity challenges as the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System...more

Lufthansa frequent flyer accounts hacked

Lufthansa confirmed last week that an unknown number of their customers’ accounts were hacked and the hackers were able to use illegally obtained usernames and passwords in order to use frequent flyer miles to make purchases....more

D.C. District Court Dismisses Delta’s Appeals Against U.S. Ex-Im Bank

In a series of three decisions published on March 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed appeals brought by Delta Air Lines and other plaintiffs against the U.S. Export-Import Bank...more

"What Every General Counsel Needs to Know to Comply With New Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements"

In 1976, Congress passed legislation requiring the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to collect information on investment flows between the United States and foreign countries. Subsequently...more

Disclosure of Germanwings Co-pilot’s Medical Information Raises Tricky Privacy Concerns

Recent reports surrounding Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suggest that Lubitz told his doctors he was on sick leave (or was instructed by his doctors to be on sick leave), and concealed that he was still flying for the...more

Could The SEC Ask Airlines To Produce Data On Delayed And Canceled Flights?

The following story is fiction.   It was imagined following the SEC’s recently settled action against KBR, Inc. Airlines were caught completely off guard yesterday by SEC letters asking that they produce five years of...more

Airline Tragedy Prompts Renewed Discussion on Employment Inquiries into Mental Health

As the world reels in the wake of last month’s shocking crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in France, many are questioning what, if anything, the airline should—or could—have done to prevent the tragedy. These questions...more

Australian Competition Law: Update for the Aviation Industry

Airlines operating in Australia currently face an unprecedented degree of legal and regulatory change. This shifting landscape presents both opportunities and risks. Harper Review creates opportunity for structural...more

Southwest Airlines Reaches Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Southwest Airlines employee claims that he was retaliated against for uncovering and reporting two cracks while investigating the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 during his regular maintenance checks. Now, Southwest has agreed...more

Effect Of Agent's Surreptitious Dealing

In Tigris International NV v China Southern Airlines Co Ltd & anr [2014] EWCA Civ 1649, 17 December 2014, the Court of Appeal confirmed, obiter, that when a contract is terminated because of a party's surreptitious dealing...more

No Article 17 Accident in Passenger Slip-and-Fall

In Vanderwall v. United Airlines, Inc., __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2015 WL 309094 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 26, 2015), a federal district court in Florida granted summary judgment to the airline dismissing personal injury claims by a passenger...more

Court Rules on “Principal and Permanent Residence” Under MC Article 33

In personal injury or death cases, Article 33 of the Montreal Convention provides five jurisdictions in which an action against the airline can be brought: (1) an air carrier’s place of domicile; (2) an air carrier’s...more

Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Supreme Court has been showing a tendency towards increasing whistleblower protections. The most recent installment of this trend was a recently decided case in which the Court granted whistleblower status to an Air...more

Treaty Preempts Discrimination and Contract Claims From Seat Assignment Dispute - Although the Complaint Did Not Plead a Montreal...

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted an airline's pre-answer motion to dismiss a passenger's discrimination and breach of contract claims arising from the airline's alleged failure to assign the...more

Federal Air Marshal Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit

Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more

FAA to Begin Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

The FAA’s draft rule opens up the possibility of using so-called small “commercial drones” in the National Airspace, thus encouraging the emerging UAS industry. Introduction - Since 2007, Congress has been calling...more

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